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Rex W. Tillerson
The United States wants a whole and unified Syria with no role for Bashar Assad in the government. The reign of the Assad family is coming to an end, and the only issue is how that should be brought about.feedback
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Oct 26 2017
“The United States wants a whole and unified Syria with no role for Bashar Assad in the government. The reign of the Assad family is coming to an end, and the only issue is how that should be brought about.” said Rex W. Tillerson speaking about Syria. It’s one of the 811 quotes about Syria you can find on this page. 447 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Ryan Dillon, Donald J. Trump and Nikki Haley. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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All quotes about Syria

Jennifer Cafarella

I do expect the Assad regime will pressure the SDF to relinquish control of the oil field in return for some form of financial or energy support from the regime.feedback

Jennifer Cafarella

Russia and Assad could actually demand limits on the U.S. presence in eastern Syria as a condition of a deal.feedback

Hassan Hassan

We assume the SDF will continue to control the oilfield and surrounding areas if Russia sticks to the de-confliction understanding with Washington, which stipulates that they avoid attacking the other side in a certain area once the other side expels ISIS from it. The regime would have wanted to control the oilfields, but the SDF checkmated it.feedback

Jennifer Sime - International Rescue Committee

This will add months, or potentially years, to the most urgent cases – the majority of which are women and children in heinous circumstances who need the permanent and proven solution of resettlement. With a world facing brutal and protracted conflicts like in Syria, or new levels of displacement and unimaginable violence against the Rohingya – this moment is a test of the world's humanity, moral leadership, and ability to learn from the horrors of the past.feedback

Vassily Nebenzia - United Nations

Let's not pretend we don't understand what's taking place here. It's intended, once again, to show up and dishonor Russia.feedback

Mohammad Ramiz Turjuman

We don't consider any town to be liberated before the Syrian army enters it and raises the Syrian flag over it.feedback

Abdullah Abdulkarim

They were all shot and left on the streets for others to take as an example. They all were accused of collaborating with the regime.feedback

Rosario Murillo

It is time for Nicaragua to sign the Paris agreement. It is the only instrument we have in the world that allows the unity of intentions and efforts to face up to climate change and natural disasters.feedback

Angie Blannin

Fighting Isis in Syria was his calling. He was lost for a while before he went to Syria and didn't know what he wanted to do. He didn't feel like he had any purpose. This gave him a purpose. He said, Mum, I love what I'm doing and I'm good at it.' I always respected that and supported him.feedback

Angie Blannin

I'm completely heartbroken. I can't believe he's gone. I was on the phone to Jac only on Sunday and we talked about how he planned to come home for Christmas now Raqqa is liberated. Jac was the longest-standing foreign volunteer in the YPG as far as I know and, as a mother you get used to pushing your fears to the back of your mind. But the longer he was out there the less I worried. Everyone who knew him said he was good at what he did. His Kurdish is fluent. I think he had a lot of guys had a lot of respect for him – the Kurds, the westerners, everyone.feedback

Omar Abu Saada

The idea of creating a play about something that you are living in the middle of and still being affected by and probably have not yet processed is difficult. But I know that there is no running away from it.feedback

Omar Abu Saada

It would be impossible to perform it in Syria. There are red lines, and the censorship that was there before 2011 is still there today. Syrians today are not in a single place, they are suspended. Waiting is something that we all have in common. Most people lost someone close, either by death, emigration or imprisonment. Everyone lost something.feedback

Omar Abu Saada

The state of coma is more of a metaphor for the lack of power to change things.feedback

Omar Abu Saada

When I thought about working on a new project, this was the story that came to my mind. It pretty much imposed itself.feedback

Ryan Dillon

Furthermore, the Coalition does not approve of the display of divisive symbols and imagery at a time in which we remain focused on the defeat of Daesh (IS) in Syria.feedback

Michael Enright

It just absolutely hardened my heart. Every single day now when there's an operation here in Syria against ISIS I'm the first to put my hand up to volunteer.feedback

Rory Stewart

Clearly combatants should be treated in accordance with law. My point was simply that ISIS is a death-cult which usually fights to the death.feedback

Rory Stewart

They are absolutely dedicated, as members of the Islamic State, towards the creation of a caliphate. They believe in an extremely hateful doctrine which involves killing themselves, killing others and trying to use violence and brutality to create an 8th Century, or 7th Century, state. So I'm afraid we have to be serious about the fact these people are a serious danger to us, and unfortunately, the only way of dealing with them will be, in almost every case, to kill them.feedback

Rory Stewart

If you wish to serve your country and you wish to fight terrorism, then please apply to join the military or join the police or join our intelligence services, we'll train you, we'll work with you to do it in a legal and controlled fashion. I don't think anyone should be in any doubt that the control that he has is brutal and ultimately fragile. The policy of the British Government is that Bashar al-Assad needs to step aside and we need transition to a new government, because so long as that man is in power it is going to be impossible to have a long-term, stable, sustainable future for Syria.feedback

Abdullah Abdulkarim

I knew most of these people – farmers and electricians and teachers. I know for a fact that most of the victims were not involved in anything against ISIS. Just 10 of them were collaborators with the regime, but this doesn't justify executing them.feedback

Ryan Dillon

Our mission is to defeat ISIS. Our priority was the defeat of ISIS in Raqqa, and now that defeat has happened. They [the SDF] have made this very quick sprint down to al-Omar, and they have to reinforce that area. The offensive operations on Bukamal will be difficult and will take a lot of forces.feedback

Columb Strack

The networks will survive and the insurgency will continue in these areas, probably under a different brand.feedback

Igor Konashenkov

[The only explanation of this] is an aspiration to quickly cover up the tracks of the barbaric bombings of the United States and the coalition's aircraft that have buried thousands of civilians liberated from the Islamic State [Daesh] terrorist group under the ruins of Raqqa.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

And we are hoping, that European companies, countries, and others around the world will join the U.S. as we put in place a sanctions structure to prohibit certain activities of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard that foment instability in the region and create destruction in the region, both in terms of their involvement in Yemen but their involvement in Syria as well.feedback

Talal Sillo

Our victory is one against terrorism, and the liberation of Raqqa marks the latest chapter in the fight against terrorists in Syria. We call upon all countries and peace-loving forces and all humanitarian organizations to participate in rebuilding the city and villages around it and help in removing the scars of war that were inflicted by the Islamic State.feedback

Mubashir Jamil

I am saying if you guys can send me someone quickly, and he fits a explosive [sic] belt on me and tells me how to press, I can go find good targets on the same day and press it.feedback

Aron Lund

It's definitely the weakest point in that investigation and previous investigations that they haven't been able to get access to the sites. That is a big issue, and that's why they might wind up saying, We don't know.feedback

Nikki Haley

We can't pick and choose who we want to be at fault and who we don't.feedback

Nikki Haley

This should not be controversial, but some Council members have decided to make it so. Basing the renewal on the contents of the next report, which the Russians would like to do, politicizes the process. We can't work like that.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

Trump's stupidity should not distract us from America's deceitfulness ... If the U.S. tears up the [nuclear] deal, we will shred it. Americans are angry because the Islamic Republic of Iran has managed to thwart their plots in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and other countries in the region.feedback

John Dorrian

[Islamic State] has used them in Iraq and Syria in the past, and we expect them to continue employing these types of weapons.feedback

Ryan Dillon

I'm not going to address whether or not an agreement or deconfliction line has been broken.feedback

Ryan Dillon

We're not in a race, we're not in the land-grab business. We're here to defeat ISIS.feedback

Ryan Dillon

There are always plans. You don't fight the plan, you fight the enemy . . . where they are.feedback

Amed Sido

They promised that they would contribute in construction in Raqqa in the future.feedback

Amed Sido

We consider it a first visit, a first step, that could be the beginning of future relations.feedback

Jennifer Cafarella

That's what you get when you make a deal with the Russians. What we see is a push by the regime and its backers to seize key infrastructure, such as oil and gas fields, and to position to disrupt U.S.-led anti-ISIS operations further down the Euphrates.feedback

Tareq Sham

For us Raqqans, we do not know whether the SDF taking over the city and expelling ISIS is a liberation or an occupation. The vast majority of us consider what happened a switch between two occupiers.feedback

Nicholas A. Heras - Center for a New American Security

Because ISIS has decided not to put up a tough fight against Assad's forces, it has forced a change of assumptions about what the situation will look like on the ground.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

If they [IS] were not stopped, we would have to fight them in Kermanshah and Hamadan [provinces in western Iran].feedback

Gilles de Kerchove

The vast majority would rather die fighting or seek to stay inside Syria.feedback

Andrew Tabler

The issue of self-defense will certainly continue as long as the fight against ISIS continues. But what goes on after that with the political process, I don't know.feedback

Nazmi Mohammad

We have no plans to give up Raqqa to anyone, not to the regime, not to anyone. We are not scared of the regime. The regime is not stronger than Islamic State.feedback

Nikki Haley

We can't work like that. We need to look at the attack. We need to prove that it was actually a chemical, and then we need to look at who did it. We can't go and pick and choose who we want to be at fault, who we don't. Given the multiple chemical attacks that we have seen in Syria, renewing the mandate for the Joint Investigative Mechanism...is critical. We need to ensure accountability for these attacks, which have killed hundreds of innocent civilians, including children who were sleeping or trying to go to school.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

They are angry because the Islamic Republic has foiled their plots in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt. Everyone should know that once again America will receive a slap in its mouth and will be defeated by the people of Iran. The European governments have affirmed [their stance] on the agreement and have condemned the statement made by the American president.feedback

Francisco J. Lara

It will be difficult to replicate a similar urban assault like Marawi in the short term. But the threat of a similar attack in the future remains real.feedback

Roderick Peruandos

It's like they don't care for their lives. They just want to kill or be killed.feedback

Colin P. Clarke

They look around the globe. They try to find a place where there is an ongoing insurgency, and they latch themselves onto that cause and exploit those local grievances.feedback

Nikki Haley

President Trump said when he hosted Prime Minister Modi on his visit to the U.S in June that India has a true friend in the U.S and it is a friendship based on shared values. Working at the UN really brings home how important it is for countries to share our commitment to democracy. Countries that honour and respect a voice of their people don't threaten peace and security. But, take a look at the countries that are causing most of the trouble in the world. And you will see countries that don't respect the will of their own people.feedback

Mikhail Ulyanov

In order to judge if it deserves an extension of the mandate, we need to see the report ... and assess it.feedback

Brian Schatz

Judge Watson's ruling makes clear that we are a nation of laws, no matter what this administration may try to do. There is a place here for peaceful immigrants from every corner of the world: Spain, Syria, Sudan, or Singapore. There is no place here for discrimination or xenophobia.feedback

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon - NATO

The greatest evil everywhere is Isil and the greatest threat to the UK is Isil. It's the defeat of Islamic State that is key and the trouble is people in Iraq believe that the fight against Isil is over and it's focused in Raqqa and Syria. But there are still pockets in Iraq and anything that deflects from that could have a global impact.feedback

Mehmet Aksoy

Why is it, that the sacrifice of such selfless souls is not receiving the attention it deserves in the media?feedback

Ibrahim al Idlibi - Free Syrian Army

The Turks will be taking up positions 40 km deep inside Idlib as agreed.feedback

Abdul Jabar Akaidi

The Turks presented the factions of the FSA the military and logistical support so that Idlib escapes the fate of Deir Zor or Raqqa.feedback

Ibrahim al Idlibi - Free Syrian Army

Nearly 200 troops are now stationed in areas that separate territory under control of Kurdish groups and opposition groups.feedback

Andrej Babis

We need to deal with Syria and Libya. We need a Marshall Plan for Syria, and for that we need to bring Trump, Putin and Erdoğan to the table. That's the priority now.feedback

Tim Benton

We have to grow considerably different things in considerably different ways. Certainly for our prime crops, like wheat, the wild relatives are thought to be really important because of the genes that can be crossed back into the wheat lines we have in order to build resilience and adaptation to climate change.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We said we may come unannounced one night, and tonight our armed forces started the operation in Idlib with the Free Syrian Army. We are the ones with the 911 km border with Syria, the ones who are constantly under threat.feedback

Michael Fallon

If you are a British national in Iraq or Syria and if you have chosen to fight for Daesh - an illegal organisation that is preparing and inspiring terror attacks on our streets - then you have made yourself a legitimate target. You run the risk every hour of every day of being on the wrong end of an RAF or a United States missile. Protecting this country is the first duty of a Prime Minister. Corbyn's continued refusal to back drone strikes on terrorists who are actively plotting murder on our streets shows he is simply not fit to lead and keep us safe.feedback

Mike Pompeo

In recent years, the IRGC has become more reckless and provocative, seeking to exploit the vacuum left by instability in the Middle East to aggressively expand its influence. It openly vows to annihilate Israel. And when you look at the death and destruction inflicted in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq by Tehran and its proxies, the threat is clear: Iran is mounting a ruthless drive to be the hegemonic power in the region.feedback

Frauke Josenhans

I visited his studio and was completely fascinated by this universe he's created from little objects and bric-a-brac. It illustrates the ongoing conflict in Syria, but it is not only a political work. It is also deeply personal and reflects what it means to not be able to return to a country you grew up in, to be separated from the family and friends you love because of political circumstances.feedback

Mohammad Alloush

We announced a preliminary agreement over the will to enter into a ceasefire and de-escalation deal for the area.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

OK, if you want to keep Daesh (the Islamic State group) in this region for 20 years and use it as a tool, then OK, it is your right to be angry with the Revolutionary Guards. Because the Revolutionary Guards, by their planning, and support for the nations of Iraq, Syria and Lebanon have humiliated Daesh. We are one society. We are all Iran. There are no differences among our factions in confronting our enemies' conspiracies. The current US president has created a situation where Iran is more integrated than ever, more unanimous, more united.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

Timmy is Timmy, that's why he's a great Australian sportsman. He's got real belief in himself. He's just a unique, extraordinary individual and he led from the front tonight.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

Timmy was Timmy and that's simply why he's the greatest ever. He's just a freak. I'd hazard to think when the last time he played 90 minutes was, let alone 120.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

I think Timmy would've belted me if I took him off. We haven't flogged him, we've used him when we needed to.feedback

Binali Yildirim

The reason for our activities is to prepare the groundwork and prevent a potential migrant wave into our country and lower tensions.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

When we don't go to Syria, Syria comes to us. If we didn't take our measures, bombs would fall on our cities.feedback

Maher Awad

It was a hard luck for the Syrian team that has wasted no chance to win.feedback

George Salloum

I should be supporting Australia because I have been here all my life [but] it's human nature, you always have a soft place in your heart for the place that you're from. Plus, Syria are the underdogs.feedback

George Salloum

It's good for Syria – with what's happening there you'd think there would be no soccer team. People think the whole country is in ruins, but it's showing the world we're still up there and thriving. The country is still up and running, and people are so proud of Syria.feedback

George Salloum

What has happened is a catastrophe in any way you want to measure it, cities and villages have been destroyed and people have been killed on both sides. The hatred and division is so profound it will take generations and generations to heal it.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

I won't be going into it with a different mindset because it's an absolute privilege and honour to coach your country.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

I think he's maturing in the right way and from an international standpoint it's only been the last 12-18 months since he's come into more prominence.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

[Cahill starting is] an option for us. We obviously kept a few back the other night. It's the way we've chartered our course through qualifying process, with different formations and players at different times. I've coached my nation for 11 years, more than club football - every game is special, I treat every game as if it's my last.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

Tim's one of those who didn't play the other night and is raring to go. But there are a few we can look to in terms of selection.feedback

Binali Yildirim

We will ensure safety in Idlib, and will cooperate with Russia.feedback

Emma Beals

The de-escalation process is allowing Assad to continue to implement this strategy within the framework of an internationally sanctioned political process.feedback

Ahmed Rahhul

Astana is just like a piece of fabric stretched over parts of the country. These de-escalations freeze the problem, they do not solve it.feedback

Emma Beals

For the international community, who have failed in large part to see through this process, a return to violence may have larger implications for their attempts to push for a political and sustainable solution.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

There's a serious operation in Syria's Idlib today and it will continue. Now this step has been taken, and it is underway.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

When you enter a boxing match, you don't count how many punches you throw.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

For now Free Syria Army is carrying out the operation there. Russia will be protecting outside the borders (of the Idlib region) and we will handle inside. Russia is supporting the operation from the air, and our armed forces from inside Turkey's borders.feedback

Christine Rivière

I wanted to make the most of [time with] my son before he dies… I know that will happen, of course, and if it does I'll be happy for him because I know what that means for him. I know he will have a place in paradise… I want what he wants, like every good mother.feedback

Boris Johnson

To stop their adventurist and expansionist plans, causing trouble in Yemen, Syria or anywhere else. On the other side, we in the UK feel that Iran – a country of 80 million people, many of them young and potentially liberal – could be won over. I think it is important they see there are benefits from the JCPOA (an acronym for the nuclear agreement), so we in the UK want that alive.feedback

Vladimir Putin

What we've done at OPEC serves the entire global economy well. We will look at the situation in late March. I think this is possible.feedback

Igor Konashenkov

If the United States views such operations as unforeseen 'coincidences,' then the Russian air force in Syria is prepared to begin the complete destruction of all such 'coincidences' in the zones under their control. The main obstacle to completing the defeat of Islamic State in Syria is not the military capability of the terrorists but the support for them, and flirtation with them, by the United States.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

We want security and stability in the Middle East ... The independence referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan is a sectarian plot by foreign countries and is rejected by Tehran and Ankara. We will not accept a change of borders under any circumstances.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

Of course Moscow is concerned about the fate of these citizens if they are citizens of the Russian Federation.feedback

Mohammed al-Jokhadar

In Syria, it exists, psychological therapy. But most people, especially older ones, don't try it.feedback

Theophilus Bela

If you see the actions of these hard-line groups, and threats from ISIS, or Indonesian militants coming back from Syria, they are a threat to interfaith cooperation in Indonesia.feedback

Ryan Crocker

And you can be sure that if Kurdistan declares independence Iran will attack, Turkey will attack, Syria will attack–and Iraq will not accept it. We cannot resist all these countries. He was keenly aware that while there could be some debate on what the worst of times was in the modern period–because there Kurds in Iraq had an awful lot of bad times–there was no question in his mind that the post-'03 situation was the best of times for the Kurds–and he wouldn't take action that would jeopardize it.feedback

Rachel Rooney

I found it really moving. It was passionate and complex. She was asking: 'How can I do myself justice through a poem? How can I create a homeland on paper?' And then she was actually doing it. Amazing.feedback

Josh Rogin

Team Trump says Iran can't rule Syria, but nobody will say how Trump intends to stop them.feedback

Fawza Youssef

The reality in Syria and Iraq is not the same. If there will be exclusion of the Kurdish people, stripping them of political and cultural rights...of course with time this would lead to secession.feedback

Aladdin Sinayic

He had wanted to go for a long time but stayed at home for the sake of his mother. He talked to her a lot about how he dreamed of moving to Kurdistan and I think she was scared for him but understood why he had to go. She told me today that she has lost her best friend.feedback

Can Atas

Mehmet grew up with stories about revolutionary Kurds. His uncle was a big inspiration to him.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

If Israel does not reconsider its support for Kurdish independence, Turkey could not take any steps. Those trying to establish new states in Iraq and Syria should not be surprised when they are tossed aside by those who use them. This referendum decision, which has been taken without any consultation, is treachery.feedback

Joe Dunford

I think you can argue that they (Iran) have certainly in Syria. It's been relatively consistent in Yemen with regard to their support for the Houthis, and clearly their support for Lebanese Hezbollah has been at a high level for some period of time. And you can argue over the last few months, whether it's related to JCPOA or not, that Iranian activity inside Iraq has certainly increased as they look to the end game in Iraq.feedback

Ryan Dillon

Our mission … is to defeat ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and to set conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability.feedback

Amarnath Amarasingam

The last one I know was definitely alive was the British fighter Omar Hussein, the 'supermarket jihadist'. He was last online in July, but nothing has been heard since.feedback

Amarnath Amarasingam

A bunch of the people I've spoken to I think will die fighting. They are pretty hardcore and devoted to the cause.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

Talking about foiling the Western project in the region doesn't mean we are victorious. They have failed, but the battle is still going on. The signs of victory are there, but signs are something and victory itself is another thing.feedback

Joe Macaron

The war as we knew it is over. What's left now is dividing the cake.feedback

Aron Lund

Assad lost half of the country, half of Aleppo and parts of Damascus, and he wouldn't budge. Now that he's taken most of that back, it's ridiculous to think he'll budge now.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

We will not allow enemies and rivals to achieve through politics what they failed to achieve through terrorism.feedback

Sergei Rudskoi

According to our information, U.S. intelligence services initiated the offensive to halt the successful advance of government troops to the east of Deir al-Zor.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

We lost the best of our youth and our infrastructure. It cost us a lot of money and a lot of sweat, for generations. But in exchange, we won a healthier and more homogeneous society in the true sense.feedback

Bassam Alahmad

The Syrian regime is now the furthest from being toppled. Fewer powers are interested in making that happen than was the case near the beginning of the Syrian war.feedback

Firas al-Khatib

Today, we are on the land of our homeland and in the service of our homeland. We are people who walk where the winds take us. During the siege, we were with the revolution. Now we are hanging Bashar's photos and we sing for him.feedback

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon - NATO

The chance that North Korea might provide jihadis with some of their chemical or nuclear capability is a huge concern at the moment. What some people forget ... is that in 2006 North Korea helped [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad and his regime set up their own nuclear program which was destroyed by the Israelis. But only as recently as a few weeks ago, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons intercepted two North Korean ships heading towards northern Syria with equipment to make chemical weapons.feedback

Ryan Dillon

The Coalition reserves the right to protect itself and its vetted Syrian partners against any threat.feedback

Binali Yildirim

Naturally, it is a question of timing as to when security, economic and security options are implemented. Developing conditions will determine that.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Whether you like it or not, we are going to defend the oppressed peoples of Yemen, Palestine and Syria.feedback

Mohammed Shibli

Even if it was a criminal case, this just shows how vulnerable Syrians are here. I do not feel safe anymore. I think it is better to leave Turkey.feedback

Alaa Basatneh

I'm confused, speechless, afraid, and hopeless. Please keep Syrians inside and outside of Syria in your prayers. Nowhere is safe for a pro-revolution Syrians on this planet.feedback

Hashim al-Moussawi

We couldn't find any support for Iraq from America or Arab or Islamic countries, except Iran. Iran supported Iraq with arms and advisers.feedback

Elias Farhat

If Iran can open this road they will have access through Iraq and Syria all the way to Hezbollah in Lebanon.feedback

Akram Kaabi

Our fate and future are the same. We announce our complete solidarity and support with your loud cry against the oppressive Zionist regime.feedback

Shakhwan Abdullah

All the groups in Iraq other than Shi'ites will be under threat if Iran can make this road. Sunnis will be displaced. The Kurdistan region will be under threat and Christians will be under threat.feedback

Shajul Islam

We are very wary of sharing information about how bad the damage is because the regime will just come back around and finish the job.feedback

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

What has to change is the Syrian government's will to negotiate, till now we have spoken about how to prepare ourselves for the negotiation. We must help Syria to reconstruct; for all of that a political process is necessary.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

The great nation of Iran has always pursued peace and security in the region and the world, and has always defended the oppressed people of the world. We will defend the downtrodden people of Yemen, Syria, and Palestine whether you like it or not.feedback

Michael Fallon

That is why we need to examine how to provide medallic recognition for those making a vital contribution to Operation Shader outside the battlespace, from Reaper pilots taking life and death decisions to those who ensure our planes can strike Daesh targets.feedback

Majd Eddin Ghazal

It's a big challenge for Syrian people and for sportsmen coming here or to any competition to get the medals, because you know the situation now in Syria. I've won about 12 medals for my country between the Asian Games, the World Championship and the Diamond League, so I am very happy about that. I want to send a message to the whole world that Syria is still alive.feedback

Ryan Dillon

They had a face-to-face discussion, laid down maps and graphics to discuss where those deconfliction measures would be put into place.feedback

Michael Fallon

It is only right that those who have performed above and beyond in this fight against the evil of our time get the recognition they deserve. This medal will do just that. Our troops have made huge contributions to the fight against Daesh (ISIS), helping end its tyranny in large parts of Iraq and Syria. They have conducted over 1,500 strikes against Daesh terrorist targets and helped train nearly 60,000 Iraqi security forces. The campaign is not over but for those that have served we rightly honour the critical role they have played in helping keep us safe.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I proposed that we initiate the work of a contact group at P5 level [Britain, China, Germany, France, Russia], which has been done, and we will widen it to represent the political forces in Syria and the regional powers without Iran. The United Nations Secretary General and France will play the role of mediator for Iran so that we have a parallel negotiation, but that will enable us to include Iran in the process.feedback

Kamal Wazne

Syria made the machine faster. A confrontation is going to be deadly, destructive and painful for both sides.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Let's be honest, the tensions are on the rise, look at the activities of Hezbollah and Iran's pressure on Syria. We need a clear framework to be able to reassure regional countries and the United States.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The process in Geneva has stopped and there is only the Astana process which will lead to tensions between the participants because it is a process that is a mechanical partition of Syria.feedback

Michael Fallon

It is only right that those who've performed above and beyond in this fight against the evil of our time get the recognition they deserve. This medal will do just that. Our troops have made huge contributions to the fight against Daesh, helping end its tyranny in large parts of Iraq and Syria.feedback

Johnny Stringer

That particular example for us very much brought it home because civilians had been herded in, forced literally at gunpoint, to go and watch this going on in their hundreds.feedback

Boris Johnson

We believe that the only way forward is to get a political process going and to make it clear to the Iranians, Russians and Assad regime that we, the like-minded group, will not support the reconstruction of Syria until there is such a political process and that means, as Resolution 2254 says, to a transition away from Assad.feedback

Michael Fallon

The changing character of warfare provides new challenges - not just about how we fight but also how we recognise and support those who serve. As fighting has evolved we have adapted, ensuring our troops have cutting-edge equipment including unmanned systems operated from outside the battle space. Our recognition of service, the risks taken, and the long-term effects must therefore adapt too. Our troops have made huge contributions to the fight against Daesh, helping end its tyranny in large parts of Iraq and Syria.feedback

Ange Postecoglou

There is a short turnaround from the last matches so we are fully focused on these upcoming fixtures against Syria. The players that we have selected for these crucial matches all have the benefit of several club matches under their belts over the past few weeks, and I am confident whichever 23 players we settle on will be able to do the job next month.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Refugees from Syria are now pouring into our great country. Who knows who they are – some could be ISIS. Is our president insane?feedback

Ange Postecoglou

Now that the match venues have been confirmed [in Malaysia and Sydney] we will prepare for our fixtures against Syria just like every other international opposition we faced throughout this campaign.feedback

Boris Johnson

We have one big card left to play in a pretty poor hand and that is the cash we can provide for the reconstruction of Syria. It is vital that we do not play that card prematurely, but instead when there is a serious political process that will culminate in elections in which not only the people in Syria, but the 12 million or so that have been expelled are able to vote. If we can get a political process that will lead to a transition away from Assad then we should play the reconstruction card.feedback

Rami Abdel Rahman - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

An hour later, the regime launched air strikes on the operation's supply lines. Raids are now ongoing across southern Idlib province and northern parts of Hama province.feedback

David Satterfield

The defeat of ISIS is underway. We are all committed to humanitarian aid. And that will continue to flow, of course. But the reconstruction of Syria depends very much on that credible political process.feedback

David Satterfield

We're engaged in working with Russia, deconfliction with Russia, as we each move on defeating ISIS. It's not a rivalry. It's not a contest.feedback

Heather Nauert

I strongly refute these claims. They don't add up. The State Department is focused on important matters of diplomacy. In fact, at this moment Secretary Tillerson is chairing a meeting with the foreign ministers of 15 like-minded countries and the EU on Syria.feedback

Angelina Jolie - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

This could be Syria. This could be Myanmar. I didn't plan on becoming a director. But through directing I've had to learn a lot. And I've tried different styles and I've learned different things. When I did 'Unbroken,' I was going to the classics that I loved and trying to understand that. This one, I think I finally found something that was just mine, that wasn't something that I was in any way trying to emulate. I was thinking: I know children and I love the way children look at things.feedback

Peter Kosminsky

People contemplating going to Syria are people with no sense of investment in our society. They feel very apart from it, and more importantly, they feel a sense of disgust at our society … And they're looking for a band of brothers or sisters, or a place where they will be welcomed, [where they] don't feel like they have to hide or make excuses for their faith.feedback

Peter Kosminsky

These are groups of people with a very absolutist attitude to society who want to tear it down and replace it. But they're also looking for a place where they feel they can belong.feedback

Peter Kosminsky

What I was trying to do was show a kind of battle between the head and the heart. In her head, she's rationalized this. She believes in the concept of the caliphate, a perfect place for Muslims that she can help build. But her heart is protesting in the most violent way imaginable.feedback

Peter Kosminsky

It doesn't do any service to people who've suffered at the hands of ISIS to pretend that all the people who go over there are clinically insane.feedback

Bill Roggio

It's impossible to know with Yemen, it's impossible to know with Iraq and Syria, [how many CIA strikes have occurred].feedback

Maria V. Zakharova

The meeting was on cooperation in Syria crisis, Middle East issues and Minsk agreement.feedback

Heather Nauert

The two recommitted to deconflicting military operations in Syria, reducing the violence, and creating the conditions for the Geneva process to move forward, pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254.feedback

Alexander Lapin

A key breakthrough took place here in the fight against ISIS. The successful and decisive offensive on Deir Ezzour began from here.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We have a lot of issues with Iran. They're a yard long. The nuclear issue is 1 foot of that yard. We have 2 feet of other issues that we must deal with. And it has to do with Iran's destabilizing activities. But since the nuclear deal has been concluded what we have witnessed is Iran has stepped up its destabilizing activities in Yemen, it stepped up its destabilizing activities in Syria, and exports arms to Hezbollah and other terrorist groups, and it continues to conduct a very active ballistic missile program. None of that I believe is consistent with that preamble commitment.feedback

Margot Wallstrom

We discussed here how to bring it back to the U.N.-led process and Geneva. I would say so. It's good if the Astana process leads to de-escalation and a reduction of the violence but it has to lead into the political process.feedback

Binali Yildirim

Those who are looking forward to their dreams of having an artificial state in Syria and Iraq should be well aware that any attempt that threatens our national security from inside and outside the country will be responded to immediately.feedback

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

(W)e have won…the war…and what remains are scattered battles.feedback

Leon Wieseltier - The Brookings Institution

The Holocaust museum, if it stands for anything, stands for the idea that we should always act against genocide and that there's something forever wrong and unsatisfying about the idea that we can do nothing to alleviate radical evil. This paper basically whitewashes the Obama administration's inaction on Syria and says that there's nothing we can do.feedback

Elliott Abrams - Council on Foreign Relations

I was on the board for – I think it was nine years. I did not see one single case in which there was political influence on a staff product.feedback

Orrin Hatch

Of all the monuments and symbols in our nation's capital, none has a more important message than the Holocaust museum. It would be a tragedy for that message to be even slightly diminished by partisan politics.feedback

Menachem Z. Rosensaft

It leaves the option of discussing the report internally, deciding whether or not to keep it pulled, deciding whether to repost it, or deciding to post or publish it but in a broader context together with other opinions.feedback

Marc Lynch

It's absolutely shocking that they would pull a report simply because their supporters didn't like the conclusions, which is the only way to interpret what they did.feedback

Ahmed Abu Khawla

We have requested explanations from the Russian government. We have asked for explanations from the coalition ... and necessary action to stop these jets.feedback

Paul Funk

Coalition officials are available and the deconfliction line with Russia is open 24 hours per day.feedback

Andrew Tabler

The recent U.S.-Russian de-escalation deal in southwest Syria, which gave the regime and Shiite militias a chance to fight ISIS, was supposed to come with greater Russian commitments to deconflict with the U.S. and its proxy the SDF along the Euphrates River. Today's strike, as well as Russian announcements in last few days that it and the regime intend to cross over the Euphrates, has called the deal into question.feedback

Alexander Lapin

All the conditions are in place for the final stage of defeating Isis in Syria. I can promise you that no Isis terrorist will ever set foot in this town again.feedback

Danny Davis

So having troops constantly fighting overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan – those things are not keeping us safe. And in fact, in some ways, they're actually contributing to rouse some of these radicalized people. We need to really be careful. What we have to do is get at the causes of radicalism and the causes of Islamic terror. And that's not going to be done on a combat battlefield.feedback

Daniel Byman - The Brookings Institution

Europe has all of these land entry points. And especially when you're taking about the Islamic State – notionally, you could drive from Syria to Paris. You wouldn't drive, technically; you'd cross borders, take buses and all that, but even so, it's just harder to secure.feedback

Brett McGurk

Our coalition will help ensure that these terrorists can never enter Iraq or escape from what remains of their dwindling caliphate.feedback

Alexander Sazanov

The fighting stopped, things are back to ordinary life, more or less. Not everything is sweet and simple, it would be good of course if there was more humanitarian aid. But at the present time, only Russia is tackling this problem. I haven't seen anyone else doing it.feedback

Abu Saad

That was when I left. Others joined me later, and more are coming now.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We already see elements of ISIS in the Philippines, as you're aware, gaining a foothold. Some of these fighters have gone to the Philippines from Syria and Iraq. We are in conversations with the Philippine government, with Indonesia, with Malaysia, with Singapore, with Australia, as partners to recognize this threat, try to get ahead of this threat.feedback

Nicholas J. Rasmussen

At one point, we were worried about this out-rush, outflows, massive outflows of foreign fighters once the battlefield situation changed in Iraq and Syria and that Western countries, countries in the region, would be flooded with returnees. I think now speaking kind of broadly, that's less likely than we first assessed.feedback

Abu Saad

A rehabilitation programme? Maybe. I went to Syria some time in 2012. I went to support the Syrian people and in the first few months I was with the Muhajirin (an auxiliary group of foreign fighters).feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We expressed our support to resolve all issues relating to the de-escalation zones' performance.feedback

Eli Ben-Meir

But the more it got bigger and expanded, the more it had to do with winning these hearts and minds.feedback

Eli Ben-Meir

Usually, the guys involved in agriculture, in feeding the population, in taking care of the health situation, are the same guys that are responsible for defending them and fighting against the regime.feedback

Eli Ben-Meir

First of all, it had to do with morals. People were injured on the other side of the border, coming to our fence – they were going to die. Then it led to a lot of other things. There was an understanding that if we weren't there, somebody else would influence them.feedback

Priyanka Chopra

I think the world needs to understand that this is not just a Syrian refugee crisis, it's a humanitarian crisis.feedback

Priyanka Chopra

It's a fight, it's a battle, and I am not afraid to fight it. I was considered darker toned, so in my head, I was not pretty and that's the ideology.feedback

Priyanka Chopra

Some of them want professional careers, some of them want to go back to their countries and rebuild. Parents ... want that for their children.feedback

Ayman Safadi

The goal is to set up a de-escalation zone in the fastest possible time. Our priority is that our borders are secure and that means that there should be no Daesh nor Nusra nor sectarian militias.feedback

Donald J. Trump

As far as Syria is concerned, we have very little to do with Syria other than killing [IS].feedback

Abu Khawlah

We at the military council decided to start this decisive operation. The morale of our forces is strong and we are ready for victory.feedback