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Jul 20 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Syria conflict. 438 people are quoted and you can read 806 citations of them about Syria conflict. Rex W. Tillerson, Vladimir Putin and Sean Spicer, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Rex W. Tillerson said: “I think this is our first indication of the US and Russia being able to work together in Syria. And as a result of that, we had a very lengthy discussion regarding other areas in Syria that we can continue to work together on to de-escalate the areas and violence once we defeat [Islamic State], and to work together toward a political process that will secure the future of the Syrian people.”.
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Nabih Dagher

I give each family $20, $50 groceries free. After that, I said you have to

Reza Nekumanesh

Helping one or two families, that's easy. But soon, one family after another was arriving – from San Diego, out of state. They didn't realize rent is low here for a

Zachary Darrah

Everyone is our neighbor, even Muslims. Our God said it doesn't matter. A guy told me he had a great idea, find some land far from Fresno and send the Syrians there because they're a danger to the

Jose Guzman

It was a shock at first. We never had to teach students who speak

Zachary Darrah

I've gotten calls from Indiana, Florida, Texas. We can't stop families from coming

Trevor Carey

In my years in the valley, I've met some great Syrian people. Come on, our safety is at stake here. This area they are coming from is embedded with

Charles Lister

We are falling into a Russian trap. Moscow will be delighted. We are making the moderate resistance more and more vulnerable. . . . We are really cutting them off at the neck. Russia's biggest, most important target was US-vetted FSA (Free Syrian Army) groups. We've now finished them off

Tulsi Gabbard

Initially, I hadn't planned on meeting him. When the opportunity arose to meet with him, I did so because I felt it's important that if we profess to truly care about the Syrian people, about their suffering, then we've got to be able to meet with anyone that we need to if there's a possibility that we could achieve peace, and that's exactly what we talked

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

I think that once again, the Russia fever has caught up with the media and everybody ran out and tried to create a story that simply didn't exist. To try to create that there was some kind of private conversation in a room with 40-plus people seems a little bit ridiculous. Not that I'm aware

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

They had a brief conversation and I'm not going to get into the specifics of the conversation but again, this was a social dinner where the president spoke with many world leaders as is the purpose. I think it would be incredibly awkward for them to all be at a dinner and not speak with each

Avigdor Lieberman

We retain exclusive responsibility for the security of Israeli citizens, and therefore our freedom of action is absolute. We will do everything that is

Hussain Afash

We're all here for the same reason. We have to build the team for the future who'll eventually feature in the senior

Stephen Constantine

I've been a person who has always preferred to build a 'team for the future.' I am working with this bunch of guys so that a few may come up the ranks and land up with the senior National Team in the coming

Elizabeth Saleh

People who migrated before the establishment of the modern Lebanese state [1943] and who, at the time, lived outside of the parameters of Mount Lebanon, but within today's Lebanese borders, were considered to belong to greater Syria. It was mostly young men who were sent abroad in search of opportunity. They would then send remittances back home and return to find a local

John Rafferty

How many people have to get shot? You can walk your dog at midnight around here. Minneapolis is not

Mohamad Nabih Alkhateeb

I will go back after I have finished my education so I can rebuild Syria

Sean Spicer

There is a shared interest that we have with Israel making sure that Iran does not gain any foothold military, base-wise in southern Syria. We are going to continue those talks [with Netanyahu].feedback

Michael Vachon

As a survivor of the Holocaust who hid from the Nazis in Budapest and later was himself a refugee, Soros knows firsthand what it means to be in mortal peril. He carries the memory of the international community's rejection of Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis. It is from the crucible of those experiences that his empathy for refugees from war-torn Syria and elsewhere was

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova questions the craft giant's intervention in the world of

Mohammad Javad Zarif

We certainly hope not ... We don't have to fight; we don't need to fight. We don't need to try to exclude each other from the scene in the Middle East. We certainly hope that if we don't agree with each other about the situation in Yemen or about the situation in Syria we can still work with each other in order to bring those situations to an end. Iran is a serious partner for all these countries in fighting a common enemy because we believe at the end of the day ... these extremist forces are as much a threat against us, but even more a threat against

Mohamad Al Rashi

I'm an actor. I have no religion. I don't believe in

Mohamad Alrefai

I just want this festival to be finished. I'm sure when I get to New York, I'm sure I'll love

Lesley Rosenthal

It was quite a drama, with a big crew working behind the scenes to secure the artists' presence

Mohamad Alrefai

Can't even think in Syria. I don't think I'll put myself through a situation like this

Alexei Borodavkin

The essence of this correction is that during this round the opposition never once demanded the immediate resignation of President Bashar al-Assad and the legitimate Syrian

Sami al-Aradi

I have participated in all of the battles of Iraq, but I've never seen anything like the battle for the old city. We have been fighting for each metre. And when I say we have been fighting for each metre, I mean it

Alexei Borodavkin

If they will be ready to make deals with the government delegation, that is one thing. If they again slide into ... ultimatums and preconditions that are not realistic, then this will not fly. This will lead the negotiations, be it direct or indirect, into a

Donald Trump Jr.

And all of a sudden you will have no bullets fired in

Brett McGurk

The Russians have made clear they're very serious about this and willing to put some of their people on the ground to help monitor from the regime side. They do not want the regime violating the

Brett McGurk

I think the president is referring to a very constructive discussion that he had with the Russians in building from this southwest

Emmanuel Macron

On the Iraq-Syria situation, we have agreed to continue working together, in particular on the building of a roadmap for the post-war period. We have asked our diplomats to work in that direction, so in the next few weeks a concrete initiative can be taken and managed by the P5 [the five permanent members of United Nations Security Council(UNSC)].feedback

Brett McGurk

That discussion is very much ongoing, and I'm hopeful over the next week or so it can get

Donald J. Trump

Today we face new threats from rogue regimes like North Korea, Iran and Syria and the governments that finance and support them. We also face grave threats from terrorist organisations. We renew our resolve to stand united against these enemies of humanity and to strip them of their territory, their funding, their networks and ideological support. Something could happen with respect to the Paris accords lets see what happens, but we will talk about that over the coming period of time and if it happens that will be wonderful and if it doesn't that'll be OK

Brett McGurk

We have identified 100 critical stabilization sites in and around Mosul which will be the immediate focus for de-mining and restoration. (The) United States last week announced an additional US$150 million for these stabilization programs. Today we are announcing more than US$119 million in additional humanitarian assistance and we hope to see similar contributions from our partners in this room in the coming

Nicolas Tenzer

Macron's idea is to boost the US and the EU's pressure on Russia to broaden the scope of the discussions on Syria's fate. If Macron wants to have true commitment of the international community on Syria, obviously the US must be on

Donald J. Trump

If you look at Iraq and if you look at Syria and you see the progress we've made with ISIS, it's been almost complete. The White House is functioning beautifully. The stock market has hit a new high. Job numbers are the best they've been in 16 years. We have a Supreme Court judge already confirmed. Energy is doing levels that we've never done before. Our military is doing well. We're knocking the hell out of ISIS, which Obama wasn't. There's not a thing that we're not doing well

Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer

It's for France a unique opportunity to show French military power . . . and that's very important for

Robert Grodt

Just know that I love you all, and there is a lot that goes unsaid. To my daughter, I am sorry that I am not

Robert Grodt

My reason for joining the Y.P.G. was to help the Kurdish people in their struggle for

Donald Trump Jr.

People said, Oh, they shouldn't get along. Well, who are the people that are saying that? I think we get along very, very well. We are a tremendously powerful nuclear power, and so are they. It doesn't make sense not to have some kind of a

Erik Jones

They have completely contrasting messages, where Trump has argued for 'America first,' Emmanuel Macron is arguing for a kind of cosmopolitan globalist vision of France and of Europe. That is going to create very sharp contrast when the two meet in

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

It's high time to end the threat of militant groups in Arsal and little time is left to reach certain reconciliation deals. There are terrorists and planners of attacks in Arsal and this needs a

Jeff Davis - Navy

We have no information to corroborate those

Seri Subahan Kamal

On the 14th (of August) the team will arrive for the central training camp in

Seri Subahan Kamal

We're trying to get Syria because Syria will play a qualification match against Qatar in Melaka as well. We're trying to talk to Syria to get them to play against us on the 22nd, so coach Nelo (Malaysia head coach Nelo Vingada) has three matches (before the Hong Kong match). This time Melaka will host it as most of the stadiums in Kuala Lumpur will be occupied by the SEA Games which will end on the

Seri Subahan Kamal

There are a few test matches that the national team department is arranging. Rest assured that the one that is confirmed is an away match on the 25th (August), against Macau. On the 26th we will be flying off to Yangon, Myanmar and on the 29th we will play Myanmar. Then we will come back and have a short Aidiladha break on the first (of September), the boys will come back on the second, and we will have the game (against Hong Kong) at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka on the fifth of

Sergey Lavrov

We will try, on this basis, to take further steps

Bahram Qasemi

The [ceasefire] agreement can be fruitful if it is expanded to all of Syria and includes all the area that we discussed in Astana talks for de-escalating the tension. Iran is seeking Syria's sovereignty and security so a ceasefire cannot be limited to a certain agreement would be successful without taking the realities on the ground into

Nuri Kamal al-Maliki

Syria and Iraq are closely connected. If the situation in Syria is unstable, Iraq will be unstable. The state cannot control the situation. The coming phase will be

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

The agreement is basically broadly holding quite well. l know in all agreements, there is a period of adjustment, we are watching that very carefully. We can say, we believe it has fairly good chances of working out. We consider it a significant step

Ziad Mahamid

When we heard the announcement of the tripartite deal between the Americans, Russians and Jordanians… honestly we hoped this fulfils the goals which we called

Donald J. Trump

The G 20 Summit was a great success for the U.S. - Explained that the U.S. must fix the many bad trade deals it has made. Will get done! ... I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I've already given my opinion ... We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!feedback

Donald J. Trump

I think it was Russia and I think it could have been other people countries. Fake News said 17 intel agencies when actually 4 (had to apologise). Why did Obama did nothing when he had info before election? We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia! Sanctions were not discussed at my meeting with President Putin. Nothing will be done until Ukrainian & Syrian problems are solved!feedback

Steven Mnuchin

He focused on the cease-fire in Syria, which is a major accomplishment. He talked about Ukraine and he talked about North Korea, so this was a very substantive meeting. Why would President Trump broadcast exactly what he said in the meeting? Strategically that makes no sense. He's made it very clear how he

Ahmad al-Masalmeh

There's still a lot of anxiety. We've entered the cease-fire but there are no mechanisms to enforce it. That's what concerns

Donald J. Trump

Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded and safe. He "strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!feedback

Steven Mnuchin

After a very substantive discussion on this, they reached an agreement that they would start a cyberunit to make sure that there was absolutely no interference whatsoever, that they would work on cybersecurity together. And President Trump focused the conversation on Syria and the Ukraine and North

Vladimir Putin

There is every reason to believe that we will be able to at least partially re-establish the level of cooperation that we need. I very much hope (for an improvement in relations) and it seems to me that some basis for this has already been created. It seems to me that the US position (on Syria) has become more pragmatic. There is a comprehension that if we combine our efforts, we can achieve a

Numan Kurtulmus

These (Turkish) preparations have reached level of a declaration of war and could lead to the outbreak of actual clashes in the coming days. We will not stand idly by against this potential aggression. This is not a declaration of war. We are making preparations against potential threats. Their (YPG) primary goal is a threat to Turkey, and if Turkey sees a YPG movement in northern Syria that is a threat to it, it will retaliate in

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

Violence continues to be directed against civilians, with complete disrespect for civilian

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

Fighting remains brutal in purpose and reprehensible in method. The imperative to fight terrorism must not, however, be undertaken at the expense of civilians who unwillingly find themselves living in areas where ISIL is

Chagai Tzuriel

The question and concern is of course if it will be exploited by the Syrian regime, Hezbollah and Iran to create new facts on the

Robert Ford

The Russian objective is to insulate Damascus and the Syrian national government from outside pressure trying to pressure it into major

Rex W. Tillerson

I think this is our first indication of the US and Russia being able to work together in Syria. And as a result of that, we had a very lengthy discussion regarding other areas in Syria that we can continue to work together on to de-escalate the areas and violence once we defeat [Islamic State], and to work together toward a political process that will secure the future of the Syrian

Rex W. Tillerson

The two leaders also acknowledged the challenges of cyber threats and interference in the democratic processes of the United States and other countries, and agreed to explore creating a framework around which the two countries can work together to better understand how to deal with these cyber threats. This de-escalation area was agreed. It's well-defined -- agreements on who will secure this area. A cease-fire has been entered into. And I think this is our first indication of the U.S. and Russia being able to work together in

Michael Fallon

The recent history of the Syrian civil war is littered with ceasefires and it would be nice ... one day to have a ceasefire. None of these have turned out to be ceasefires, they have been broken persistently, broken by the regime and indeed broken by Russian activity itself. So, ... we welcome any ceasefire, but let's see it, let's see the results on the

Rex W. Tillerson

And I think this is our first indication of the US and Russia being able to work together in Syria, and as a result of that, we had a very lengthy discussion regarding other areas in Syria that we can continue to work together on to de-escalate the areas in violence once we defeat ISIS and to work together towards a political process that will secure the future of the Syrian

Donald J. Trump

We have made this clear to everyone. We certainly made it clear in our discussions with

Vladimir Putin

We've had a very long discussion with the U.S. president. Many issues accrued, including Ukraine, Syria and other problems, as well as some bilateral issues. I'm delighted to meet you

Vladimir Putin

I had a very lengthy conversation with the President of the United States, there were a lot of issues such as Ukraine, Syria, other problems, some bilateral issues. We again returned to the issues of fighting terrorism and

Wolfango Piccoli

The Kremlin seeks to discuss a wide range of topics from economic relations to the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, while the U.S. side prefers a loose agenda for this first official meeting. It is unlikely that this closely-watched meeting will result in any tangible

Edward Oakden

It's obviously incumbent on the Russians to bring pressure to bear on both the (Syrian) regime and the Iranians, and on the regime's Hezbollah allies, to respect the spirit and the letter of this cease-fire and to contribute actively to the establishment of a de-escalation zone, rather than, as it appears, seeking to undermine

Chagai Tzuriel

These are threats which should concern all parties who are interested in stabilizing Syria and the region, including the United States and

Rex W. Tillerson

The president opened the meeting by raising the concerns of the American people regarding Russian interference in 2016 election. Putin denied such involvement, as he has done in the past. The two leaders agreed this is of substantial hindrance. They agreed to exchange further work regarding commitments of noninterference in the affairs of the U.S. and our democratic process as well as other countries. This is our first indication of the US and Russia being able to work together in

Vladimir Putin

I'm delighted to meet you personally. We have spoken on the phone with you several times on very important bilateral and international issues. But phone conversation are never enough. I have had a lengthy conversation with the US president. Loads of questions have accumulated including both Ukraine and Syria along with other issues, some bilateral issues. We have returned to discussing the fight against terrorism and

Luon Sovath

This is the rule of the Buddha. Except I use a smartphone and Facebook. This is modern monk

Luon Sovath

The problem in Cambodia is the ruling party controls everything – the money, the courts, the

Donald J. Trump

The defense of the West ultimately rests not only on means but also on the will of its people to prevail. The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. The transatlantic bond between the United States and Europe is as strong as ever, and maybe in many ways, even stronger. We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere, and its support for hostile regimes – including Syria and Iran – and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and in defense of civilization

Theresa May

We know that the terrorist threat is evolving. We have seen the threat spread out of Syria and Iraq – into other countries and online. As we deny physical space to terrorists to operate in theatre, we must outpace the terrorist methodology as it develops to attack other vulnerable targets and increases inspired attacks. We must therefore combat the threat from every angle. This includes taking measures against permissive environments for terrorist financing, and monitoring the dispersal of foreign fighters from

Donald J. Trump

We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere, and its support for hostile regimes – including Syria and Iran – and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and in defense of civilization itself. Today, the West is also confronted by the powers that seek to test our will, undermine our confidence, and challenge our interests. To meet new forms of aggression, including propaganda, financial crimes, and cyberwarfare, we must adapt our alliance to compete effectively in new ways and on all new

Alison Saunders

We need to be acutely aware that if people can't go to Syria – and we have certainly seen this in some of the cases we have prosecuted – they may plan a sort of an attack here (UK) instead or they may do more to radicalise other people here to attack so we need to be very aware of

Roy Bentham

Luciana needs to get on board quite quickly now. She will now have to sit round the table with us the next time she wants to vote for bombing in Syria or to pass a no confidence motion in the leader of the party – she will have to be answerable to us. We would like her to come out publicly like other MPs have done and apologise for not supporting him in the

Sam Gyimah

We also know that IS is discouraging people from travelling over to the caliphate to help fight there and is encouraging them to perform jihad

Donald J. Trump

The story of Poland is the story of a people who have never lost hope, who have never been broken, and who have never, ever forgotten who they are. We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere, and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran, and to join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and in defense of civilization

Rex W. Tillerson

The United States is prepared to explore the possibility of establishing with Russia joint mechanisms for ensuring stability, including no-fly zones, on the ground ceasefire observers, and coordinated delivery of humanitarian assistance. We call upon all parties, including the Syrian government and its allies, Syrian opposition forces, and Coalition forces carrying out the battle to defeat Islamic State, to avoid conflict with one another and adhere to agreed geographical boundaries for military de-confliction and protocols for

Alexander Lavrentyev

During these consultations, the Turkish side said it needed more time in order ... to make an appropriate

Rex W. Tillerson

While there are no perfect options for guaranteeing stability, we must explore all possibilities for holding the line against the resurgence of ISIS or other terrorist groups. The United States believes Russia, as a guarantor of [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's] regime and an early entrant into the Syrian conflict, has a responsibility to ensure that the needs of the Syrian people are met and that no faction in Syria illegitimately retakes or occupies areas liberated from ISIS's or other terrorist groups'

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I want the entire world to know that in northern Syria, on our border, we are never going to allow a terrorist state to be established. If there is a threat against us, our troops will conduct any operations with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on the

Saara Sabbagh

I'm from Syria. People don't need to tell us what ISIS is doing. We are at the receiving end of ISIS. We're in this together. There's no us and

Paul Hatfield

They are really dug in, they are professional, a lot of them foreigners. Very experienced fighters, they have been fighting for a long time. They try to outflank us with every

Paul Hatfield

It's very dangerous, with a lot of [Isis] snipers. At the moment my unit is in a dense neighbourhood about five [miles] from the city centre, with four to six storey high-rise apartment complexes. The snipers are horrible. They have a major advantage there. They have tunnels connecting every building of the neighbourhood. We blow them up once we move into a new area but they still have more and they manage to move

Paul Hatfield

At the moment in Raqqa we have four fronts. A few days ago we had an offensive where we tried to push as close to the city centre as possible and we are still holding the western line which hasn't moved in the last 13

Paul Hatfield

We also see a lot of drone bombs. We had hundreds of them since we started in

Paul Hatfield

I estimate the operation to last three months. The air support has been amazing. We are seeing probably 50 airstrikes per day ... If that keeps up we will continue

Saba Ashraf

He absolutely denies the allegations against him. He wishes to make it clear that he has always been peacefully preaching the message of Islam and denies the videos listed in the warrant have been used to indoctrinate or recruit

Numan Kurtulmus

This is not a declaration of war. We are making preparations against potential threats. It's ... a legitimate measure so that we can protect our independence. We cannot remain silent against those sending missiles from Afrin. Their (YPG) primary goal is a threat to Turkey, and if Turkey sees a YPG movement in northern Syria that is a threat to it, it will retaliate in kind. This isn't a fantasy for is an indispensible approach to protect Turkey's border security. There has never been an incident where a group in the Middle East has been armed, and they returned the

Numan Kurtulmus

The majority of Tel Rifaat is Arab and Turkmen, and if the PYD says it will capitalise on [its control], then this means ethnic cleansing, and this will not benefit

Ivan Konovalov

They get the better side of this contract. They get our participation in the security sector in Syria, which is very

Ivan Konovalov

It's all very simple. If a company provides security, then the country getting that service should pay. It doesn't matter how the payment is

David Ignatius

It would be distasteful, but spurning Moscow likely would make things worse for all

Abu Salem al-Muhameed

The quality of building has changed significantly ... If there was equipment we would be able to build faster and better. But these are war

Abu Salem al-Muhameed

But if someone comes with a rocket or a weapon and says 'fight', I won'

Abu Salem al-Muhameed

By the time they get to us the price has become 50, 60 or sometimes 100 percent more than their real price. It's always just (enough for) food and water. There are no savings because of the high

Abu Salem al-Muhameed

They said: you are the best brigade formed since the start of the Syrian

Andrew Clapham

It builds the momentum for prosecutions at the national level which otherwise would be less feasible, if not impossible. It also sends a message to those who are continuing to commit atrocities on the ground that the world is watching, and they may not be able to live out their lives casually or in

Michael McFaul

I hope that he would think about first: what is our objective in Ukraine? What is our objective in Syria? And secondarily, how do I go about achieving that in my meeting with Putin?feedback

David Ignatius

The Syria mission is usually secret, little seen or understood by the American public. But these are some of the best soldiers I’ve encountered

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The military chain of command was also fully aware of the statement as it was being prepared and later released. By the time the statement was issued, every relevant department and agency had ample opportunity to provide feedback and

Sergey Lavrov

They don't know how the sarin ended up there, yet tensions have been escalating for all these

Maan al-Saadi

The advance continues to Midan neighbourhood. Controlling it means we have reached the Tigris

Ahmet Üzümcü

I strongly condemn this atrocity, which wholly contradicts the norms enshrined in the Chemical Weapons Convention. The perpetrators of this horrific attack must be held accountable for their

Boris Johnson

This confirmation cannot be ignored. The U.K.'s own assessment is that the Assad regime almost certainly carried out this abominable attack. I urge our international partners to unite behind the need to hold those responsible for this atrocity to

Khaled Eissa

We were the victims of the nation state model and we have no desire to reproduce this

Benjamin Netanyahu

We are here celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Katzrin, the capital of the Golan Heights. I said that we will not tolerate spillover and that we will respond to every incident of fire. During my speech shells from the Syrian side landed in our territory and the IDF has already struck back. Whoever attacks us – we will attack him. This is our policy and we will continue with

Abu Habak

However we do not expect anyone or anybody to care, even after findings of the OPCW, or UN, because no one remembers after time passes. They make a big deal when it happens, and then they

Ahmad Shuja - Human Rights Watch

The fighters have little or no knowledge of the political-security context into which they are marching. They do not speak Arabic, most of them have never been beyond Afghanistan or Iran, many are barely literate, most are devout

Jean-Yves Le Drian

I can't give any details, but I think that there is a window of opportunity at the moment. Like everybody, I think the Russians are conscious that there is no military solution to the conflict. We should be able to get there with a new method that encompasses establishing robust principles that seem unquestionable, without setting rhetorical preconditions but by creating new bridges between the different

David Butter - Chatham House

ISIS as we've known it is looking very much on the way out, but something else could replace

Ludovico Carlino - IHS

Although ISIS still appears to be involved in some commercial activity, especially oil production, there are indications that it is attempting to increase its financial 'reserves,' accelerating the shift from a bureaucratic and centralized quasi-state economy towards funding a future insurgency through a real

Eckart Woertz

As far as they want to be a state, they have failed, or are about to

David Butter - Chatham House

When it really came to the fore in July 2014, it had already developed financing streams within Iraq from protection money and from under-the-radar taxation. There was a very broad tax base on farmers and traders ... anything that moved would be taxed, and even things that didn't move. A great deal will depend on effective governance in areas [liberated from ISIS]. But it is still quite a mess. There are a lot of people pushing ISIS-style ideology and they may find some receptiveness in Iraq if the country continues to be governed in the way it has

Ludovico Carlino - IHS

Although the Islamic State still appears to be involved in some commercial activity, especially oil production, there are indications that it is attempting to increase its financial 'reserves', accelerating the shift from a highly bureaucratic and centralized quasi-state economy towards funding a future insurgency through a real war-economy. An attempt to force people living in the Caliphate to pay all transactions with the Golden Dinar – the group's currency announced last year – is the most evident indicator of this

Michael Fallon

Three years on from when Daesh declared its so-called caliphate in Mosul, this evil death cult faces its endgame in the city. In Syria, there is now irreversible momentum and progress towards Daesh's defeat in Raqqa, with the SDF (US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces) already controlling nearly 15 per cent of the

Nikki Haley

I can tell you that due to the President's actions, we did not see an incident. I would like to think that the President saved many innocent men, women and

Sergey Lavrov

Our reaction will be dignified and proportionate to the situation that may take

Nikki Haley

I can tell you due to the president's actions, we did not see an incident. That we did see before was all the same activity that we had seen prior to the April 4 chemical weapons attack. So I think by the president calling out Assad, I think by us continuing to remind Iran and Russia that while they choose to back Assad, that this was something we were not going to put up with. I would like to think the president saved many innocent men, women and children. Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

It appears that they took the warning seriously. They didn't do it. I think you better ask Assad about that. I think the president speaking about (these preparations) says how seriously we took them. He wanted to dissuade

Tahir Aziz

You could just be talking about general stuff, Syria or the infighting between Isis and Al

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

All relevant agencies ... were involved in the process from the

Nikki Haley

The goal is at this point not just to send Assad a message but to send Russia and Iran a message that if this happens again, we are putting you on notice. It is very much letting them know we are not going to give you a pass on killing men, women and children. I don't think we have to pick one or the other. ISIS is always going to be our priority, but I think we should always be realistic about the dangers of Assad. Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own

Andrey Krasov

They have to somehow justify this military aggression against a sovereign state, so they are clearing the

Vladimir Putin

We are absolutely convinced that it was a provocation. Assad didn't use the weapons. It was done by people who wanted to blame him for

Dmitry Peskov

I am not aware of any information [or] threat of the use of chemical weapons. You know, there have been numerous cases of use of poisonous chemical substances by militant terrorists of ISIS and other criminal groups. Perhaps, there is a potential danger of repeating such provocations. But once again, I'd like to repeat that I don't have exact

Donald J. Trump

These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution. President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a 'red line,' against the use of chemical weapons and then did

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon - NATO

It is clear that Assad still has a good deal of chemical weapons and the U.S. has presumably seen things that suggest bombs being loaded onto aircraft or

Frants Klintsevich

A new cynical, unprecedented provocation is underway. The U.S. is readying a new attack on Syrian forces, that's

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Those so-called friends don't see any issue walking along with terror organisations who want to divide

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Americans are tired of wars without end. The response is to fight wars on the

Nikki Haley

Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Asaad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own

Sean Spicer

The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017, chemical weapons attack. As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy

Stephen Colbert

The real trick is to make show business money but live in the real

Ryan Dillon

The coalition's goal is always for zero human casualties. We apply rigorous standards to our targeting process and take extraordinary efforts to protect

Dmitry Peskov

We heard about this statement. We don't know what it's based on. And, of course, we strongly disagree with the wording 'another attack'. We also consider any similar threats to the legitimate leadership of the Syrian Arab Republic

Daryl Kimball

The White House must have solid intelligence about a possible Syrian sarin attack but why they chose to send [a] message to Assad and Putin via press release isn't

Michael Fallon

We are very clear the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime is absolutely abhorrent and the last time the United States took action to deal with the aircraft and airbase from which these chemical weapons were used we fully supported their

Alexey Khlebnikov

This US move definitely does not help building cooperation [with Russia]. Expect [a] Moscow reaction like 'US again gives no evidence, makes things

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Those who think that they can fool Turkey by saying that they will get those weapons back will eventually understand the vital mistake they made, but it will be too

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

All of these moves are against Nato. In this case, the Nato treaty should be revised. We will call to account the real owners of those weapons for every drop of blood they shed with those

Ibrahim Barakeh

Thank God for being released. I was wrong. I will try to return to al-Ghouta to join my wife and

John Thomas - International Security

He facilitated the movement of ISIS foreign terror fighters and

William J. Marks - Defense Intelligence Agency

As Mosul and Raqqa come under increasing pressure, we've seen ISIS elements moving into the Euphrates River Valley over the past few

William Wechsler - Center for American Progress

When the target is indeed captured alive, then we often can get even more valuable information through interrogations, immediate and continuing over time. All of this helps us better understand the enemy network, prioritize new targets, and identify external terrorist

Mike Pompeo

Today, we find it with enormous influence, influence that far outstrips where it was six or seven years ago. Whether it's the influence they have over the government in Baghdad, whether it's the increasing strength of Hezbollah and Lebanon, their work alongside the Houthis in Iran, the Iraqi Shias that are fighting along now the border in Syria -- certainly the Shia forces that are engaged in Syria. Iran is everywhere throughout the Middle

Stephen Colbert

To the beautiful and friendly Russian people. I don't understand why no members of the Trump administration can remember meeting you. If anyone would like to work on my campaign in an unofficial capacity, please just let me

Faisal Mekdad

Austin Tice is not in the hands of Syrian authorities, and we don't have any information about him at

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

The Israeli enemy must know that if an Israeli war is launched against Syria or Lebanon, it is not known that the fighting will remain Lebanese-Israeli, or Syrian-Israeli. This doesn't mean there are states that might intervene directly. But this could open the way for thousands, even hundreds of thousands of fighters from all over the Arab and Islamic world to participate - from Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan and

Viktor Ozerov

Russia would not want to be on the list of the countries that have said before that he was killed and then al-Baghdadi would

Robert Ford

The Syrian government would like to reduce the extent of its isolation. The Syrians are a very supple, nasty group. They're willing to talk all the time. That's just how they do

Nikki Haley

You pick and choose your battles, and when we're looking at this, it's about changing up priorities. And our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad

Andrew Tabler

What the regime requires is for us overlook what they do. That's a big deal. There is no way the U.S. is going to ignore these

Andrew Tabler

We're not there. That's sad for Austin Tice and his family. Everybody wishes that it had been different. That's just a hard

James O'Brien - Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

The administration said Assad could stay but got nothing for it. You only make that statement if you get Austin Tice

Bill McInturff

If you look at the parties and you say, OK, Republicans are the party of the economy and change in Washington, and they have overwhelming margins on dealing with ISIS,' that's a problem for

Emmanuel Macron

The real change I've made on this question, is that I haven't said the deposing of Bashar al-Assad is a prerequisite for everything. Because no one has introduced me to his legitimate successor. My line is clear: one, a total fight against terrorist groups. They are our enemies... We need the cooperation of everyone to eradicate them, particularly Russia. Two: stability in Syria, because I don't want a failed

David P. Gelios - FBI

When the subject went up to the officer and stabbed him, he continued to exclaim 'Allah' and made a statement, something to the effect of 'You have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and we are all going to

James Dobbins

In Iraq, you have got a police force and court system, which are not perfect but at least exist. In Syria, there is no comparable authority to whom you can hand off these

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

His diplomats are literally serving alongside us in Syria right now with our officers who are in that fight. So I am confident it's being put together. It's not complete

James Dobbins

It is a minimalist approach that should be adequate to get them through the first few weeks, but beyond that, there are going to be problems that may require a more substantial

Daniel Serwer

The vital question is whether law and order will be re-established because if it isn't, ISIS will be back in some form. It is terribly small. You need more than that just to talk with people, never mind do things. It is at least a recognition that there are civilian tasks that have to be fulfilled after you liberate the place. To be vital for success, it will have to

Derek Chollet

One of the last things Obama wanted was to get into a shooting war with Russia over

Vali Nasr

We are sleepwalking into a much broader military mandate, without saying what we plan to do

Donald J. Trump

We're going to have a lot of great success over the coming years, and we want to get as many to fight terrorism as

Rex W. Tillerson

Our relationship's at an all-time low, and it's been deteriorating further. Our objective is to stabilize that.