Syrian rebels on Friday welcomed a US strike on a government airbase, but urged additional action, with one powerful faction saying a single strike was “not enough.”
The US attack on the Shayrat base in central Syria was Washington’s first military action against the regime in the six-year civil war.
“Hitting one airbase is not enough, there are 26 airbases that target civilians,” a key figure in the Army of Islam faction, Mohamed Alloush, said on his Twitter account.
“The whole world should save the Syrian people from the clutches of the killer Bashar (al-Assad) and his aides.”
Other rebel groups welcomed the US strike and called for continued military action against the regime.
“The American strike against the killing tools used by Bashar al-Assad is the first step on the correct path to combating terrorism and we hope it will continue,” said Issam Raes, spokesman for the Southern Front rebel faction.
“In my opinion, the message is political, and the message has arrived to Russia and been understood,” he told AFP.
Colonel Ahmed Osman, of the Turkey-backed Sultan Murad rebel group said: “We welcome any action that will put an end to the regime that is committing the worst crimes in history.”
Mohamed Bayrakdar, another leader of the Army of Islam, which operates mainly around the capital Damascus, described the strike as “a bold and correct step.”
“We welcome any response to the crimes of the regime,” he told AFP.
And it looks like the U.S. will continue fighting endless wars in the Middle East for at least four more years: Tillerson: ‘Steps Are Under Way’ to Remove Assad From Power in Syria
REPORTER: Does Assad have to go?
TILLERSON: Assad’s role in the future is uncertain and with the acts that he has taken, it would seem that there would be no role for him to govern the Syrian people.
REPORTER: And what steps is the United States prepared to take in order to remove him from power?
TILLERSON: The process by which Assad would leave I think requires an international community effort, both to first defeat ISIS within Syria, to stabilize the Syrian country, to avoid further civil war and then to work collectively with our partners around the world through a political process that would lead to Assad leaving.
REPORTER: So will you and President Trump organize an international coalition to remove Assad?
TILLERSON: Those steps are under way.
REPORTER: Has President Trump been talking about that with other leaders.
TILLERSON: We are considering an appropriate response which violates all previous U.N. resolutions, violates international norms and long-held agreements between parties including the Syrian regime, the Russian government and all other members of the U.N. Security Council. It’s a serious matter. It requires a serious response. Thank you.
Trump and team should be more focused on removing sanctuary city mayors and governors from power. Removing illegal aliens from the U.S. Removing Muslim refugees from U.S. taxpayer-funded welfare and returning them to their home countries. Removing Obama holdovers from power. Removing the illegal surveillance of American citizens.
Trump ran on an America First policy, not Syria First.
By the way, for newer reader’s, the Syrian rebels – funded, armed and trained by Obama and Clinton are jihadists – al Nusra, al Qaeda, ISIS, etc. Dozens of posts in the Creeping Sharia archives including:
Obama-funded Syrian rebels merge with al Qaeda (video)
89% of Americans polled oppose Obama helping Syrian “rebels”
Video: Obama-backed Syrian rebel commander cuts out soldier’s heart and eats it
Obama-funded Syrian Rebels Broadcast Torture Videos
Obama increasing aid to al Qaeda and other “rebels” to topple Syrian govt