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The repeated mistakes will make the mission to liberate Mosul from [the Islamic State] harder, and will push civilians still living under [the Islamic State] to be uncooperative with the security forces.
NEW Mar 27 2017
Syria has been commented on by 398 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Syria are: Donald J. Trump, Staffan de Mistura, John Kerry and Bashar al-Assad. For instance, the most recent quote from Donald J. Trump is: “Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough, to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.”.
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All quotes about Syria

Mohammed Momani

The absence of justice for the Palestinian people is a major and fundamental reason for the instability of the region and creates an environment for extremism and terrorism.

Lise Grande - United Nations

We are stunned by this terrible loss of life and wish to express our deepest condolences to the many families who have reportedly been impacted by this tragedy. Nothing in this conflict is more important than protecting civilians. International humanitarian law is clear. Parties to the conflict -- all parties -- are obliged to do everything possible to protect civilians. This means that combatants cannot use people as human shields and cannot imperil lives through indiscriminate use of fire-power.

Nasr al-Hariri

This is the fault of warplanes. These are the ones who claim to fight terrorism who are responsible for this horrible massacre in Hamouna.

Chris Woods

The decision to temporarily suspend our Russia strike assessments has been a very difficult one to take. Moscow is still reportedly killing hundreds of civilians in Syria every month. But with Coalition casualty claims escalating so steeply – and with very limited Airwars resources – we believe our key focus at present needs to be on the U.S.-led alliance.

Bashar al-Ja

Those who are truly fighting Daesh are the Syrian Army with the help of our allies from Russia and Iran.

Jean-Yves Le Drian

Today we can say that Raqqa is encircled and that the battle will begin in the coming days. It will be a very hard battle but it will be an essential battle.

Benjamin Netanyahu

It's simply incorrect to say the Russians are changing their policy toward us.

Michael Koplow

No matter how good the coordination mechanism between the two sides, the fundamental conflict at the heart of Israeli-Russian views on Syria is that Israel's redline is the establishment of a permanent Iranian presence in Syria and Russia's redline is the elimination of a permanent Iranian presence in Syria.

Jean-Yves Le Drian

Today we can say that Raqqa is encircled and the battle will begin in the coming days. It will be a very hard battle but it will be an essential battle. Daesh will lose. The combined action and the Iraqi forces and the coalition of which France is a part will gradually lead to the resumption of Mosul.

Daniel Simonsen

The judges who rated Norway as better even than Denmark must have visited on a Saturday night. It’s the only time we break our ‘law of Jante’It’s always strange to live in a country that is listed as being one of the very best. When you have everything outwardly, it can make you look inwards. That’s when you sit down and think: “I wonder what Ryan Gosling is doing right now.” People in Syria do not worry about that stuff, for them happiness is something as simple as peace. But if you’re from safe little Norway, you’ve got loads of time to imagine what Ryan is up to. He’s probably eating lunch with Eminem and Benicio Del Toro. You know, just catching up with two old friends. Or maybe he’s just at home feeling kind of down, wondering what’s going on in Leonardo DiCaprio’s life? I’m sure Ryan has things he struggles with too.

Samer Alaiwi

After the failure of political conferences and solutions, the military operation is an urgent necessity.

Mariam Alhallak

Every day or two I would make the trip to the Palace of Justice and submit requests to the Military Police and the Military court. If he is buried in mass graves there is hope that Bashar Al-Assad will be prosecuted in the future and that we can find his DNA, but if it's true that they are destroying the bodies then it's very difficult. I want a grave for my son. Sometimes I remember the nice things. I miss sitting down with him in the mornings. We used to sit together drinking coffee and listening to a singer called Fairuz. Anything, everything reminds me of him.

Mariam Alhallak

Ayham's share of the beatings was on a daily basis, first of all because he was a doctor, and secondly because our village is very loyal to the president. When he was moved to a prison where he could have visitors, he had become so thin I couldn't control myself when I saw him. When he was finally released 21 days later, he had scabies and had been beaten everywhere, especially on his kidneys. He didn't talk about the torture. After he came out he didn't speak at all. He had nightmares when he slept. I saw how he woke terrified.

Mariam Alhallak

I saw the photo and felt a great sense of relief. Because it was confirmation. Because they were his last moments. Because we didn't see his body.

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We're fleshing it out. It's an interagency-developed report, where it embraces economic, diplomatic, military, covert means. And we should have this done in the next couple of months, if that long. It may not even take us another month.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

I recognize there are many pressing challenges in the Middle East, but defeating ISIS is the United States' number one goal in the region.

Peter Dutton

The tragic events in London and elsewhere demonstrate the government's approach was prudent and there are people that we'd excluded on national security grounds and people that we do have concerns about that we have not brought to our country and we never will.

Luciana Trinci

The fear is that with the arrival of people from other countries that it will reduce the possibilities of owning a house or finding a better job.

Rodriguez Saa

These are excruciating situations and it's natural to think about helping.

Guy Verhofstadt

Well it wouldn't work. It will be, in any case, a core group taking the lead. More or less 20 countries, maybe more 25 countries, going forward and then a number of other countries who will come in later on. That I see as a possibility. What I see is the opposite for the moment. After the Brexit referendum, in most of the countries we see that people want more Europe. Yes, look for example what is happening in Syria. What did we do in Syria? Nothing at all. But we have the fallout, all the negative consequences of the conflict in Syria. So I think it's time now to organise ourselves.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

The expansion of ISIS has necessitated a large scale military response, and our offensive measures are reclaiming areas in Iraq and Syria in which ISIS has had a large and destructive footprint. Our end goal in this phase is the regional elimination of ISIS through military force.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

As we stabilize areas encompassing ISIS's physical caliphate in Iraq and Syria, we also must prevent their seeds of hatred from taking root elsewhere. We must ensure ISIS cannot gain or maintain footholds in new regions of the world.

Mansour al-Turki

When they are defeated in Syria and Iraq we are all going to face difficulties and nobody knows where the ISIS (Islamic State) fighters will go to. I think we will be entering the next phase of terrorism which is through social media and lone wolves.

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

The US needs to decide what role it wants to play, and who it wants to ally with, in the debates about the future of those parts of Syria still outside government control, and the future shape of a national government. This cannot be considered independently of the commitment to defeat Isis in Iraq, where the US again faces the conundrum that Iran has the same declared enemy, but where victory threatens to extend its influence.

Rami Abdel Rahman - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

We can now confirm that 33 people were killed, and they were displaced civilians from Raqqa, Aleppo and Homs. They're still pulling bodies out of the rubble until now. Only two people were pulled out alive.

Charles Michel

The attacks are inspired by IS, they are inspired by a totalitarian ideology that aims to destroy European values. We need to fight this ideology with full determination.

Charles Michel

The attacks are inspired by ISIS, they are inspired by a totalitarian ideology that aims to destroy European values. We need to fight this ideology with full determination.

Elena Cavallone - Euronews

But facing these new challenges of the fight against terrorism seems hard for Belgium, where in addition to the difficult exchanges of information with the intelligence of other countries, there is also a lack of coordination between internal security services, as denounced by the unions of the Federal Police.

Eddy Quaino

The national security plan is not fully staffed. This has an impact on the management of information. We're afraid about missing information coming from all European countries, and that's available on the information crossroads, because of a lack of staff.

Wael Olwan

The problem is Russia's double standards. While the Russian foreign minister talks about a political solution, their military bases on the ground are doing the opposite. They are taking part in strikes that contradict what they are saying about a political solution.

Andrew Tabler

This doesn't mean the regime is going to be defeated. But their forces are just too thin. They stand in one place, they contract in another, they shift forces to another, and this has been going on for years.

Aron Lund

There is still a lot of fight left in the insurgency. But only if the government somehow cracks from within or screws up in the most spectacular fashion will they have a chance to break out and challenge Assad's hold on the capital.

Wael Olwan

By adopting the strategy of defense by offense, hopefully we will force Russia to force the regime to commit to the cease-fire agreement.

Michael Rakowitz

It's the first time this project has been situated in a public space, and it's happening when we are witnessing a massive migration of people fleeing Iraq and Syria.

Andreas Dalsgaard

Half of the people we are following in the film did not survive the conflict in Syria, they are not here today because their rights were not respected so it's for them and that's why it's important for us.

Jeff Prescott
Daniel Benaim

Using Iraq as a battleground as part of a broader strategy to counter Iran would also ignore the foundation of America's presence there – as the invited guest of the Iraqi government. As much as Iraq needs us, we also need Iraq, particularly as we pursue persistent threats against the homeland – including as a hub for the continued fight against the Islamic State in Syria.

Chagai Tzuriel

As we speak, relations between Iran and Syria are getting tighter. Iran is in the process of putting together agreements, including economic agreements, with Syria to strengthen its hold, its ports and naval bases there. There is a need for Russia and other powers to work to avoid the threat that Iran ends up with military, air and naval bases in Syria. When it comes to Iran, the United States, Russia and other powers need to understand that (growing Iranian influence in Syria) is going to be a constant source of friction. Russia has a vested interest in keeping that threat contained.

Chagai Tzuriel

We have to decide what we want (in Syria) or what we don't want. The main strategic threat right now is what happens in Syria, it is the key arena. There's no place in the world that has so many elements wrapped up in it.

Chagai Tzuriel

We don't view Russia as the enemy and I don't think they view us as the enemy either. We have to assume that the Russians want stability, they want a Pax Russiana in the region. If they want a stabilization, they can't do it alone. They need the United States, they need regional powers, they need opposition parties and militias, even those that are not exactly Russia's cup of tea.

Redur Xelil

It is the first (agreement) of its kind. The agreement came into force today. This is what pushed many forces to cooperate and make alliances with the YPG. The Russian presence ... comes in agreement between (the YPG) and the Russian forces operating in Syria in the framework of cooperation against terrorism and to help train our forces on modern warfare and to build a direct point of contact with Russian forces.

Redur Xelil

The Russian presence ... comes in agreement between (the YPG) and the Russian forces operating in Syria in the framework of cooperation against terrorism and to help train our forces on modern warfare and to build a direct point of contact with Russian forces. It is the first (agreement) of its kind. The agreement came into force today.

Nikki Haley

It is not Syria, where the regime has systematically slaughtered and tortured its own people. It is not Iran, where public hangings are a regular occurrence. It is not North Korea, where the regime uses forced labor camps to crush its people into submission. It is Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.

Leonid Slutsky

We were looking carefully at the details of the constitutional process and the creation of a constitutional committee in parliament. The creation of a constitutional committee in parliament is a revolution.

Andreas Dalsgaard

Half of the people we are following in the film did not survive the conflict in Syria, they are not here today because their right were not respected so its for them and thats why its important for us.

Talal Barazi

We are optimistic that the full exit of armed (fighters) from this district will pave the way for other reconciliations and settlements.

Joseph Votel - Army

The Counter-ISIS campaign has entered its third year and we are on track with the military plan to defeat the terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria. While we continue to make great strides towards countering ISIS trans-regionally, we recognize that we are dealing with a highly adaptive enemy. We will defeat ISIS militarily; however, a lasting defeat of this enemy will not be achieved unless similar progress is made on the political front. We have to be unpredictable starting now. But they're going to be gone. ISIS will be gone if I'm elected president. And they'll be gone quickly.

Phil Tunley

Our clients are gratified to have received an apology from the highest level of the Canadian government. They and their families are pleased that their long legal ordeal is over.

Muaz Khalouf

Chinese companies provide various equipment to Syria. China is the country that has offered the most help for Syria's industrial development. It is restarting Syria's industry so that the country will develop once again.

Abdul Al-Moudy

We have been importing raw materials and machines from China for nearly seven years, because of the European sanctions imposed on Syria.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Our policy is very consistent. When we identify attempts to transfer advanced weapons to the Hezbollah, and we have the intelligence and the operational capability, we act to prevent that. That is what was and that is what will be.

Josh Rogin

Three years after his first visit, the man who exposed Assad's war crimes is wondering if the international community will do anything about it.

Yisrael Katz

Our message is clear, we will not be complacent with a Syrian policy that arms Hezbollah. The fact that the incident developed into a situation where Israel claimed responsibility and the Syrians responded is significant.

Jeff Davis - Navy

We struck a meeting of senior al Qaeda terrorists, some of these were likely high value individuals, we're currently assessing that.

Abu Muhammed

He "heard powerful explosions when the mosque was hit. It was right after the prayer at a time where there is usually religious lessons for men in it. I saw 15 bodies and lots of body parts in the debris when I arrived. We couldn't even recognise some of the bodies.

Rami Abdel Rahman - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

The raids by unidentified warplanes targeted a mosque in Aleppo province during evening prayers, killing 42 people, most of them civilians. More than 100 people were wounded.

Donald J. Trump

Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough, to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.

Mohammad Yasser Tabbaa

They give palliative surgery or pain-killers, to try to reduce suffering while the person is dying. It's a difficult thing to say, but with the cost of one cancer patient's treatment, we can open up a clinic that treats hundreds of kids. There are children dying of fever. Even our doctors are being killed. We have continuous drainage of resources, continuous bleeding. Sometimes we have to make tough decisions.

Abdallah Darwish

But there's a huge shortage of specialists. We have no kidney specialist or oncologists ... no chemo or radiotherapy.

Abou Bassel

Soon after, a convoy with 250 dialysis sessions arrived, so the rest made it. The same thing happened last year. Every time these sessions run out, a patient dies. We are in a war zone, with civilians bombed regularly for years. The healthcare system in all of Syria has deteriorated since the uprising, even in regime areas. Resources are scarce, specialists left, medicine is more expensive.

Elizabeth Hoff

The impact of economic sanctions imposed on Syria heavily affected the procurement of some specific medicine including anti-cancer medicines.

Naim Der Moussa

My daughter was first diagnosed with kidney cancer and treated. Now cancer has been found also in her lungs.

Rima Salem

A child with cancer might die waiting for his turn to get treatment.

Maher Haddad

Most of the cancer medicines are imported. Pharmex used to import the stock of medicines that public hospitals need. But it has not been able to do so largely because of the economic sanctions, I believe.

Onuar Zhainakov

We expect the arrival of representatives from the Northern and Southern fronts of the armed Syrian opposition.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

There is no way that we should be accepting the fact that the sixth anniversary becomes the seventh. It's becoming one of the longest and most cruel wars of recent years. That's why there is a need for an acceleration of any type of negotiations - in Astana, in Geneva, in New York, wherever.

Eugene Rogan

The Americans are cooperating with the Russians in a way that is going to help complete the regime's victory in Syria.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Today, in a sense the entire country has become a torture-chamber: a place of savage horror and absolute injustice. Ensuring accountability, establishing the truth and providing reparations must happen if the Syrian people are ever to find reconciliation and peace. This cannot be negotiable. Detention remains a central issue for many in Syria, one which may determine the fate of any political agreement.

Husam AlKatlaby

Patients are already dying due to lack of medicine, food is becoming more expensive, and every day brings fresh casualties from conventional or chemical weapons. We fear that eastern Ghouta will be the next of many more Aleppos yet to come – cut off, strangled, and bombarded while the world watches.

Samer Jabbour

The international community has left these violations of international humanitarian and human rights law largely unanswered, despite their enormous consequences. There have been repudiated denunciations, but little action.

Karl Blanchet

Syria is just the tip of the iceberg. In Afghanistan and Yemen today, international humanitarian organizations attacks on health facilities every week. Patients have been shot while traveling in ambulances in Colombia, ambulances are used in suicide attacks in Afghanistan, doctors are murdered in Somalia, and hospitals bombed in Afghanistan, Yemen and Libya.

Samer Jabbour

Over time, targeting has become more frequent, more obvious, and more geographically widespread. To the best of our knowledge, this level of targeting health facilities has not occurred in any previous war.

Fadel Abdul Ghani

The regime is trumping everyone else with nearly 92,000 individuals that are still inside its detention centers.

Mazen Darwish

We are speaking of a daily massacre going on for six years. Why are we here? Today there are women, men, children, innocent people who are being killed under torture...It is strange that in front of all this evidence we do not see a real movement.

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad (@im-pulse) is a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling. He is writing a book on the war of narratives over Syria.

Brett McGurk

ISIS has now lost over 60 percent of the territory it once held here in Iraq and is losing more every day. In total, in Iraq and Syria, coalition-enabled operations – that means our coalition supporting local partners, including Iraqi security forces – have cleared 50,000 square kilometres of territory from ISIS.

Bachir Tajaldin

Targeting of health facilities and health staff increased sharply in 2016, killing and injuring hundreds of medical personnel and civilians. Children are missing out on their routine immunizations, exposing them to the risk of disease.

Carsten Hansen - Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Over the last year in Syria, all parties involved have blocked vital aid supplies and millions have become poorer, hungrier and more isolated from assistance and from the world.

Geert Cappelaere - UNICEF

The depth of suffering is unprecedented. Millions of children in Syria come under attack on a daily basis, their lives turned upside down. Each and every child is scarred for life with horrific consequences on their health, well-being, and future.

Cengiz Candar

Turkish foreign policy today – whatever it is, wherever it is, from Syria all the way to the Netherlands and Germany – is related to the domestic political agenda. There is no Turkish foreign policy now. Turkish foreign policy is related to Mr. Erdogan's referendum campaign.

Safaa El-Kogali - World Bank Group

The impact of the Syrian civil war on the education sector cannot be understated. School infrastructure has been devastated, teacher-flight is widespread, and students are at risk of being targeted on their way to school. These insecurities have resulted in a significant drop in enrolment. The short- and long-term effects of these lost years of education will play a significant role not only in constraining the future of the Syrian economy and society, but on the peace and stability of the region.

Mohammad Nadi Ismail

I left Syria to avoid jail and detention and here I have been locked up twice. I can't understand it. Why can't they look at me with some humanity? I am mentally so tired. My children call me from Syria but I can't speak to them any more. It is too painful.

Roger J. Stone Jr.

This is a witch hunt. It's the worst form of McCarthyism. Seems as if you're not for nuclear war with the Russians over Syria, then you must be a traitor.

Theo Francken

I am not going to put someone out of the country, who has lived here all of his life and has children here and so forth, just because he got two speeding tickets. That's absurd. That is not my intention at all. If I can keep a Syria fighter in Syria, then I'll definitely do that, that's for sure. We're already taking back all the Belgian nationals. And to be honest, we don't know what to do with them anymore, and in fact, the whole of Europe doesn't know what to do with these people anymore.

Aya Sabi

That's the same logic the government applied when foreign terrorist fighters started to leave for Syria, and that didn't turn out well, did it?

Vladimir Putin

Russia has always been very firm against all forms of terrorism, whatever the guiding principle of that terrorism, whatever ideas are being championed by the people behind that terrorism. That is our fundamental position and it won't change, under any circumstances.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We must accept the fact that one terrorist group can't be eliminated by another. As a country that has been fighting a war against terrorism for 35 years, our current enemies are terrorist groups like the Kurdish YPG, ISIL and al-Nusra.

Chris Cornell

This movie's a great opportunity to tell a story that needs to be told, to help engage the healing of something that happened at a specific time and place, but it also remind us that it's happening now and reminds us what to look for. You can see it now in Syria, where you have one regime that is trying to deny any [killing] is happening and you have ISIS on the other side who is targeting a different group and advertising it.

Oleg Krinitsyn

If we're under assault we enter the battle, of course, to protect our lives and the lives of our clients. According to military science, a counterattack must follow an attack. That means we would have to destroy the enemy. It was an uncomfortable situation but the image created by Putin in Syria played a positive role. We realized that Russia is welcomed in Libya more than other countries are.

Rich Tyler

There is no ideology, save for populism. There's no anchoring governing philosophy to any of this. There may be 'Trumpism' but it's not really conservatism or Republicanism. There may be a realignment but the incompetent and mixed messages coming out of the White House make it very difficult. I still don't know what our position is towards Russia and Putin, I'm still unclear what the plan is to defeat Isis in Syria and Iraq, I don't know what our agenda is for North Korea and Kim Jong-un. I don't know what 'economic nationalism' means.

Bilal Abdul Kareem

Some people here don't think that that was a good idea. Do you think this war needs one more black guy with no hair on his head blasting with a Kalashnikov? It's a sectarian war and don't let anyone tell you that it's not. If they tell you that it's not, they don't know or they are lying. We have arrived, we are out, we are out! Wooooo, apples! If the two sides decide that the only way forward is to just launch strikes on each other, then that is just what they decided to do. But a good cup of tea and some dialogue never hurt nobody.

Alberto M. Fernandez

But to the broader world, inside of Syria and on social media, there is an effort to reinvent them as kinder, gentler jihadists.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I made it clear that regarding Syria, while Israel is not opposed that there should be an agreement there, we strongly oppose the possibility that Iran and its proxies will be left with a military presence in Syria under such an agreement.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I made it clear that regarding Syria, Israel has no objection to an agreement in Syria, but we strongly oppose the possibility that in such an agreement Iran and its proxies will maintain a military presence in Syria.

Aldar Xelil

Look, these are your limits. It appears that the Americans have made up their minds. At this stage, the Euphrates Shield operation has not been completed. We are discussing the next step with our allies. The U.S. side made some promises for this before and we believe that they will provide this support.

Omar Osse

There is a clear coordination between the Syrian army and Kurdish forces. Any presence of U.S. forces or other forces on the Syrian land, without coordination with the Syrian state, is considered a flagrant violation of the Syrian sovereignty.

Mikhail Bogdanov

The lawful authorities who will be lawfully chosen in Syria would be the ones with the right to demand the withdrawal of all foreign powers from the country.

Vladimir Frolov

Given all this, it is hard to see what Putin could promise to Netanyahu. He might, and likely will, promise a lot, but is in no position to deliver.

Saeed Sheikh

Our cause is now lost. Without Turkey and Qatar, we are nowhere. And the reality is it has been like that since before (the fall of) Aleppo.

Marcia Brophy - Save the Children

It is a taboo issue, it is very hard to talk about. Given that this is a protracted conflict situation, we need to have mental health and psychological support integrated into any emergency response.

Marcia Brophy - Save the Children

These children, their bodies are in constant 'fight or flight' – and that accumulative level of toxic stress will undoubtedly have huge, long-term consequences. It could lead to lifelong medical issues as well. It is incredibly touching. But it is not really surprising, given that these children are living in a highly stressful environment. It is a way of coping and dealing with a really abnormal, stressful situation.

Evgeny Afineevsky

Without this brutality, you won't understand why these people are looking for shelter, why the take the boats and head for the seas.

Evgeny Afineevsky

I tried to show the human side of these people, and their dignity. Their dignity is the essential thing.

Christine Bragale

Our hearts are broken by this turn of events, which comes after five years of cooperation with the government of Turkey and other partners.

Fawaz Atmeh

We're on Turkey's doorstep, but forbidden from crossing - Turkey has put a wall up, and shoots at anyone who gets close.

Mohammed Musa

When there are clashes between the factions (insurgents), they can get fairly close. We're scared for the children and women - if a stray bullet hits one tent it will go through 10 of them, we're very vulnerable should the violence get closer.

Marcia Brophy - Save the Children

We are failing children inside Syria, some of whom are being left to cope with harrowing experiences, from witnessing their parents killed in front of them to the horrors of life under siege, without proper support.

Yvette Cooper

There is a big gap between what the government has said, and the evidence we heard from local councils and from organisations like UNICEF who are working with child refugees. This is too important to get wrong when children's lives and futures are at risk. That's why we are making these urgent interim recommendations now. Ministers have said that they need to end the Dubs scheme in order to prevent trafficking, but Save the Children and others have said this will make child trafficking, abuse and exploitation worse. Councils told us that with funding in place they could take many more.

Mark Rowley

The military progress squeezing the territory of Isis... I see that as good news but we mustn't assume that the terrorist threat is simply about Isis or simply about what's happening in Syria. Al-Qaida remain a threat and there are offshoots of both organisations. The military success is welcome but in and of itself it's not going to eradicate the terrorist problem.

Mark Rowley

It would be wrong to suggest it was of the same gravity as the threat from Daesh and Al-Qaida, but there are extreme right-wing groups who are trying to provoke violence in communities, trying to sow discord and divide communities and on occasion using violence.

Ben Wallace

It is not about spying and it is not about closing down debate and discussion on religion or politics. The Prevent duty brings countering violent radicalisation into the wider safeguarding fold. Isil use children to not only spread fear but to carry out murders. Da'esh see no difference between the UK and the middle east to unleash their terror. The horror of recent terrorist attacks in Europe and beyond is a shocking reminder of the threat we all face.

Alexandra Chen

This is likely to have a life-long and devastating impact on these children's mental and physical health, disrupting the development of the brain and other organs and increasing the risk of heart disease, substance abuse, depression and other mental health disorders into adulthood. However, the child mental health crisis is reaching a tipping point in Syria just as family support structures and official services are collapsing.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I will express to President Putin Israel's vigorous opposition to this possibility. I hope that we'll be able to reach certain understandings to lessen the possible friction between our forces and their forces, as we've successfully done so far.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I will express to President Putin Israel's vigorous opposition to this possibility.

Benjamin Netanyahu

I hope that we'll be able to reach certain understandings to lessen the possible friction between our forces and their forces, as we've successfully done so far.

Elvis Redzepagic

There will come a time where people will only know to say Allahu akbar.

Mildred Whalen

We will be working with his family in the hope that the court and the government will see that what he needs is counseling and support, not imprisonment.

Elvis Redzepagic

Since I got back from Turkey from trying to perform jihad and join Jabhat al-Nusra the CIA has been bothering me. It's annoying but I out smarted them.

George Gabriel

There can be no doubt that closing a safe and legal route results in further pressures on them [children] to enter trafficking and smuggling networks.

Yvette Cooper

The government has also said local councils can only take 350 children under the Dubs scheme. But councils told us that with funding in place they could take many more. That's why we want ministers to publish all the council offers of help they have had, and to find out how many more children they could take in the next financial year.

Yvette Cooper

Ministers have said that they need to end the Dubs scheme in order to prevent trafficking, but Save the Children and others have said this will make child trafficking, abuse and exploitation worse. That's why we have called on the government to consult the expert independent anti-slavery commissioner on his assessment of the risks of more trafficking if the scheme ends – after all, it is his job to prevent the kind of abuse and slavery we are all worried about.

Yvette Cooper

There is a big gap between what the government has said, and the evidence we heard from local councils and from organisations like Unicef who are working with child refugees. This is too important to get wrong when children's lives and futures are at risk.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

I had a feeling that the sides want to find a dialogue. That's what matters. So, as I told you at the beginning, don't be surprised, don't over-estimate, don't over-react if there are statements which will say 'never', this is part of the rhetoric, it's part of posturing, it's part of politics. I know what I heard and what I saw and that gives me some feeling that we are moving in the right direction.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

That is fantasy. If we don't have productive talks, (the) cease-fire won't last. We are really working hand-in-hand but there are two hands.

Elisabeth Kendall

The fact that [Al Masra] would put this so prominently on the front page – as lead article – indicates it has traction, that this is a way to win support. It plays entirely into their narrative that they were right about the West's war on Islam all along. It shows us how much al-Qaeda is trying to capitalize on some of the policies of the Trump administration. Trump has created an upsurge in militant jihadist attention on America – it was previously on America but also on many other targets like Shiites in Yemen, Iraq and even Syria – but this has really refocused attention on America itself.

John Dorrian

"It is a complicating factor when you don't have a partner government to work with,"

Mohammed Khodor

"Let us be frank that any force that will liberate Raqqa, other than the Free Syrian Army, is going to be a new occupation force with different flags and banners,"

Faysal Itani

Raqqa is more of an abstract goal: everyone wants it in principle, but no one is willing to commit the resources and bear the risks necessary. Witness the slow and ugly progress in Mosul as well. Raqqa would be tough.

Donald J. Trump

"We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet,"

Maamoun Abdulkarim

We had expected the worst. However, the damage, according to the available photos, appears limited.

Mahmoud Hassino

The main idea behind the competition was to launch a campaign to resettle LGBT Syrians from Turkey. The country is becoming more homophobic and it's more difficult for LGBT refugees.

Jihad Makdissi

I will let the host announce it. Yes, we do have an agenda... the three baskets and possibly a fourth one, and a time frame, yes, in March.

Nasr al-Hariri

It is the second time that we see this handover and this is obviously being used for political reasons.

Nasr al-Hariri

We are really waiting for the United States to build their positions on true information to have an active role in the region and to correct the grave mistakes of the Obama administration.

Nasr al-Hariri

The people in Syria paid a high price because of the catastrophic mistakes made by the Obama administration. Obama lied and he didn't keep any of the promises he made for the Syrian people. He drew red lines that he erased himself, he kept silent on crimes committed by Bashar al-Assad.

Nasr al-Hariri

We reiterated the devilish role that Iran is playing through hundreds of thousands of fighters on the Syrian soil.

Nasr al-Hariri

It's very difficult to reach any political solution if there is not a positive, active and serious role of the U.S.A.

Gennady Gatilov

The parties have agreed to ... discuss all issues in a parallel way, on several tracks.

Hans-Georg Maassen

We receive between two and four credible tips on planned terrorist activity in Germany each day. We have to recognize that we are living in a different situation now.

Carla del Ponte

What we have seen here in Syria, I never saw that in Rwanda, or in former Yugoslavia, in the Balkans. It is really a big tragedy. Unfortunately we have no tribunal.

Paulo Pinheiro

The scale of what happened in Aleppo is unprecedented in the Syrian conflict. Much of Aleppo, once Syria's biggest city and its commercial and culture center and a UNESCO World Heritage site, has been reduced to rubble. This represents - and we have said this in the past - a worrying pattern that has occurred in other areas of the country including Deraa and Moadamiya.

Paulo Pinheiro

We have established very clearly in the report that the Syrian air force is responsible for these attacks, we don't have any evidence linking Russia to those attacks with forbidden chemical weapons.

Paulo Pinheiro

For months, the Syrian and Russian air forces relentlessly bombarded eastern Aleppo city as part of a strategy to force surrender. The deliberate targeting of civilians has resulted in the immense loss of human life, including hundreds of children.

Rolando Gomez

The US been a very active and constructive partner in the Council for many years, spearheading a number of important initiatives, such as DPRK (North Korea), Iran, Syria, LGBT rights ... and many issues that are certainly on the agenda today.

Nikki Haley

Russia just doesn't want to criticise the Assad regime for using chemical weapons. That's the truth. So what message are we sending to the world? If you are alie with China and Russia they will cover the backs of their friends who use chemical weapons to kill their own people. Some say we should focus more on ISIS.. The US condemns any use of chemical weapons by ISIS or any other non-state actor.

Vladimir Putin

I think it's absolutely inappropriate now towards the Syrian government, using sanctions. Because it doesn't help, it wouldn't help the negotiation process but would only hinder it, and would undermine trust in the negotiation process. Russia won't support any new sanctions against Syria.

Matthew Rycroft

This is about taking a stand when children are poisoned, it's that simple.

Vladimir Putin

I think it is totally inappropriate. It would undermine trust in the negotiating process. Russia will not support any new sanctions against the Syrian leadership.

Donald J. Trump

As part of my pledge to restore safety for the American people, I have…directed the defense community to develop a plan to totally obliterate ISIS. Working with our allies, we will eradicate this evil from the face of the Earth.

Hal Brands

It's not really Trump's style to give deeply detailed policy proposals when he's speaking publicly.

Mark Cancian

It will intensify what we're already doing. The tough problem is going to be what happens when ISIS is defeated. My guess is we'll try to make some accommodation with the Russians. But I am not sure that there's really much to be had frankly. Both the Bush administration and the Obama administration tried to reach out to the Russians – and even Hillary Clinton had this 'reset' button and it failed.

Katie Kildow

We were thinking on Valentine's Day, people will go out and spend that money, why shouldn't we spend it on something that's not commercialism and something that can make a difference for her and her family.

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

I would just tell you that by, with and through our allies is the way this coalition is going against Daesh. We're going to continue to go after them until we destroy them and any kind of belief in the inevitability of their message. We owe some degree of confidentiality on exactly how we're going to do that and the sequencing of that fight so that we don't expose to the enemy what it is we have in mind in terms of the timing of the operations.

Khaled Khatib

After three days at airport, not allowed to travel to #oscars2017 - had US visa - but passport not accepted. Sad, but important work to do here.

Bashar al-Assad

It is not our purpose to share authority or to take authority but to shift authority from a dictator to the Syrian people, who have the right to choose the shape of the state.

Nasr al-Hariri

We have a lot of points that we share with this new administration of America. On the top of these priorities is fighting terrorism and reaching stability in Syria across or through a political transition and to face the state of Iran, which interferes not only in Syria but in Iraq and Yemen and in other countries.

Nasr El Hariri

We have a lot of points that we share with this new administration of America. On the top of these priorities is fighting terrorism.

Hawas Khalil

We want a neutral Syria which belongs to everyone and not only Arabs or Kurds or Assyrians, we want a country for all of us, we also hope that the Syria of the future is secular and that will be mentioned in the next constitution of Syria.

Vladimir Putin

Our task is only to stabilize the legitimate authorities and deliver a final blow against international terrorism.

Rabia Farjallah

My son is still the same person he was before. He wants to come back to Tunisia. He wants to earn money and support his family. He wants to live with me. My son broke down when he heard about the death of his father. He is still young. He was exploited. I want my son back.

Mohammed Iqbel

There are terrorists, there are innocent people, there are those who fought for the Syrian opposition. We need to classify them, lets not talk about terrorists, we don't support terrorists.

Ridha Raddaoui

How can we judge people based on files we don't have? On crimes we know nothing about ? We don't know what happened in Syria, we have no files.

Ridha Raddaoui

"We know that these people left in small groups of two or three people and they are returning the same way,"

Boutheina Chihi Ezzine

Even if we have begun to have some political stability, we remain a country that has lived through attacks, through political assassination.

Ridha Raddaoui

Tunisia is horrified by the idea that there are thousands of Tunisians who will return together to Tunisia. That's not happening. We know that these people left in small groups of two or three people and they are returning the same way.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

Let us now keep the interest of Syria and its own people in mind. Work together – I know it's not easy – but let's try to work together, to end this horrible conflict, and lay the foundation for a country at peace with itself, sovereign and unified.

Nasr El Hariri

As opposition, we're looking forward and waiting for a positive role for the US in the region. So we could get rid of ISIL and also, get rid of Iran and the other Shiite militias, so we can achieve the political transition in Syria.

Joseph F Dunford

So, when we go to the president with options, it will be in the context of the trans-regional threat. Our plan, to be successful, needs to, number one, cut the connective tissue between regional groups that now form a trans-regional threat.

Haider al-Abadi

We are determined to chase terrorism that tries to kill our sons and citizens wherever it is found, so we gave orders to the air force command to strike Islamic State positions in (Iraqi town) Hosaiba and Albu Kamal inside Syrian territory as they were responsible for recent bombings in Baghdad. The heroes of the sky executed the operation and responded to the terrorists with amazing success.

Nasr al-Hariri

The guarantor countries, specifically Russia, failed to control the regime and the militias that fight with the regime. They failed to control Iran.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

We face an uphill task. It will not be easy. There is a lot of tension and there is a lot suffering that everyone has been bearing, but we must apply ourselves to this task. We do know what will happen if we fail once again: More deaths, more suffering, more atrocities, more terrorism, more refugees.

Yahya al-Aridi

The world has to end this saga. The world has to end these brutalities.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

Am I expecting a breakthrough? No, I'm not expecting a breakthrough, but I'm expecting and determined for keeping a very proactive momentum.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

There are thousands and thousands of mothers, wives, daughters who are hoping that at least this aspect will be one of the benefits of any negotiation.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

So I am not expecting an immediate breakthrough from this round of negotiations, but the beginning of a series of rounds that should enable to go much more in depth on the substantive issues that are required for a political solution in Syria.

Anas al-Abdah

We are fully committed to the Geneva talks and prepared to discuss a political solution and transition. We cannot address the profound security threats..while Assad remains in power.

Sharif Shehadeh

The circumstances, the (battlefield) has changed, the political situation has changed, so they need to go with a mindset of participation, not exclusion.

António Guterres - United Nations

Peace is only possible when none of the parties to the conflict think they can win. I am not sure we are yet there in Syria. I am afraid some might still think, and I think it is a total illusion, that they might win that war, so I am not optimistic about the short-term solution for the Syria crisis.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

We are not having any excessive expectations, let's be frank. I think it will be worthwhile. We are going to give it a serious try.

Ali Kandulu

We are the Turkish. They are the Greek: different religion, different language, everything is different. Now I would like to ask you the question: Have you ever heard some problems after 1974 that the people killed each other? Like Syria or other countries? No! The biggest reason [for this peace] is that: [the presence of the] Turkish army.

Tony Blair

The fact is that this was always a very difficult situation where any government would have to balance proper concern for civil liberties with desire to protect our security, and we were likely to be attacked whatever course we took. The reason it did take a long time for their release was precisely the anxiety over their true affiliations. […] But those who demanded their release should not be allowed to get away with now telling us that it is a scandal that it happened.

Adam Coogle - Human Rights Watch

We hear reports that deportations are ongoing and they probably increased following the attack in Rukban camp in June, 2016.

Matteo Paoltroni

If you keep people in the shade (they) will have to do something to survive. If you are a government body and ... security is one of your biggest problems then you want to know where these people are.

Marine Le Pen

I explained clearly that…Bashar al-Assad was obviously today a much more reassuring solution for France than ISIL would be if it came to power in Syria, as it has partially taken power in Libya after the disappearance of (Muammar) Gaddafi.

Donald J. Trump

To the victor belong the spoils. So we should have kept the oil. But, OK, maybe you'll have another chance.

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We're going to make certain that we've got good situational awareness of what we face as we work together and fight alongside each other.

Marine Le Pen

I explained clearly that ... Bashar al-Assad was obviously today a much more reassuring solution for France than Islamic State would be if it came to power in Syria, as it has partially taken power in Libya after the disappearance of (Muammar) Gaddafi.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

If you want to defeat Daesh, we need, even if it looks complicated, even if it looks remote, a political, inclusive, credible solution in Syria and that is the challenge that we are going to face in the next few weeks.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

I can't tell you [if it will succeed], but we have to push with the momentum. Even a cease-fire cannot hold too long if there is no political [solution].

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

"I can't tell you (if it will succeed), but we have to push with the momentum. Even a ceasefire cannot hold too long if there is no political (solution),"

Anas al-Abdah

We cannot address the profound security threats ... while Assad remains in power.

Mohammed Javad Zarif

The use of chemical weapons can never be condoned ... Unfortunately the terrorist organisations Nusra and Daesh (Islamic State) still possess chemical weapons.

Ruben Wagensberg

People are frustrated. They don't know what to do in this situation. Especially with the shadow of far right populism all over Europe. That is why it's so important that we all go out in the street today to say that we are many, many people who want to shelter those who are waiting for us at the borders of Europe.

Khaled Khatib

It is so important that people see the film. It is important that people understand that Syria has people who want the same things they want: peace, jobs, family, and to live without the fear of bombs. This is what I hope the film does.

Sigmar Gabriel

This has been good background on Syria, on how we can resume the talks. That was the aim of today, the road ahead is still long, we all know that, especially those new to the talks, our new American colleague was engaged in the debate, so it bodes well for Geneva.

Sigmar Gabriel

Everyone was happy that Rex Tillerson was there and took an active part in the discussion. Of course everyone knows, and the United States expressed this through their foreign minister, that we need international cooperation to solve existing crises in the world.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

It is important and absolutely instrumental for us to have a close dialogue with the United States on the Syrian issue and on many other issues.

Sigmar Gabriel

On its own, the regime in Damascus won't conduct any serious negotiations.

Bashar al-Assad

Raqqa is a symbol. Everywhere is a priority depending on the development of the battle. You have ISIL close to Damascus, you have them everywhere. They are in Palmyra now and in the eastern part of Syria. For us it is all the same, Raqqa, Palmyra, Idlib – it's all the same. They did not want to achieve peace in Syria. It's against the terrorists that would infiltrate some of the immigrants to the West. And that happened. It happened in Europe, mainly in Germany.

Jeremie Smith

This is the only way to make sure criminals don't get away by fleeing the scene of the crime.

Andrew Clapham

The focus is on collecting evidence and building criminal cases before the trail goes cold. This is mass collection of information on all sides with a view to prosecution in the future by the ICC (International Criminal Court), national courts or in some completely new international tribunal that would be created.

Phillip Leeuw

I just decided that I really wanted to open a window on the suffering of these people that were trapped in there, without any means of defending or doing anything else but trying to go on a day by day basis.

Bashar al-Assad

"It's against the terrorists that would infiltrate some of the immigrants to the West. And that happened. It happened in Europe, mainly in Germany,"

Burhan Ozbilici

My hero for the past and for the future will be courageous, honest, independent journalists.

Justin Trudeau

We have welcomed refugees from Syria we have been very successful and we take our responsibility of security very seriously.

Dennis Ross

I think at a minimum that there would be an understanding that the Trump administration will insist with Putin that an Iranian-Hezbollah-Shiite militia presence can't go below a certain line within Syria.

Rami Anis

Sport gives everyone a chance, and what happened at the Rio Olympics showed people around the world who have trouble and fear in their lives that there is hope.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

After this operation to take al-Bab, the next targets in the east are Manbij and Raqqa.The ultimate goal is to establish a safe zone by cleansing a 4,000- to 5,000-square-km area of terrorists.

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

Our first challenge is to make I would say a very objective independent assessment of what has happened there and second is to attract the attention of the security teams and circles to say that when they negotiate peace when they negotiate all the different frameworks for the future that protection of heritage and illicit trafficking should be taken very very seriously.

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

We cannot divide heritage, it belongs to all of humanity and heritage belongs to all of the Syrian people, so it's a challenge, challenge indeed to on one side to protect it … but on the other side to stop illicit excavations and trafficking, important for the future. If we want to have reconciliation in peace we need to have heritage protected.

Bashar al-Assad

All these factors would lead to trust, where you can send your troops. That's what happened with the Russians; they didn't only send their troops. Safe zones for Syrians could only happen when you have stability and security. It's much more practical and less costly to have stability than to create safe zones. It's not a realistic idea at all.

Ali Shamkhami

Cooperation between Iran and Russia to fight against terrorism in Syria has wide and comprehensive dimensions.

Ali Shamkhani

Their (Russians') use of Iran's air space has continued because we have a fully strategic cooperation with Russia. In the recent cases, Russian fighter planes have only used Iran's airspace and have not had refueling operations.

Louay Hussein

The armed conflict for the state is over. There are no longer foreign states saying they support certain groups to topple the regime by force. We are going back towards a political struggle. We now have an international entity acting as a guarantor, Russia. When I fled my country, Russia was not present.

Bashar al-Assad

"We agree about this priority,". "That's our position in Syria, the priority is to fight terrorism.". "If you want to start genuinely, as United States ... it must be through the Syrian government,". "We are here, we are the Syrians, we own this country as Syrians, nobody else, nobody would understand it like us.". "We invited the Russians, and the Russians were genuine regarding this issue. If the Americans are genuine, of course they are welcome, like any other country that wants to defeat and to fight with the terrorists. Of course, with no hesitation we can say that,".

Bashar al-Assad

"All these factors would lead to trust, where you can send your troops. That's what happened with the Russians; they didn't only send their troops,"

Donald J. Trump

SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE! The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned. When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot, come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &.security – big trouble!

Donald J. Trump

The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned! When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot , come in & out, especially for reasons of safety & security - big trouble! Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban. They know if certain people are allowed in it's death & destruction! (sic). After being forced to apologise for its bad and inaccurate coverage of me after winning the election, the FAKE NEWS @nytimes is still lost! (sic).

Bashar al-Assad

We agree about this priority. That's our position in Syria, the priority is to fight terrorism. If you want to start genuinely, as United States ... it must be through the Syrian government. We are here, we are the Syrians, we own this country as Syrians, nobody else, nobody would understand it like us. We invited the Russians, and the Russians were genuine regarding this issue. If the Americans are genuine, of course they are welcome, like any other country that wants to defeat and to fight with the terrorists. Of course, with no hesitation we can say that.

Manaf Halbouni

The aim of this installation was to foster dialogue between people so that we can all discuss things together and try to solve problems together.

Theodore Kattouf

I doubt many of your viewers know that we have about 6,000 Syrian doctors practicing medicine in this country who were born in Syria, got their medical degrees in Syria and then came here on medical residencies, and often work in areas where there are very few doctors serving the communities.

Mevlut Cavusoglu

On the issue of fighting Daesh, we – that is Turkey and Saudi Arabia – will be cooperating with the United States. We believe that the fight from now on will be more effective and that we will be able to clear both Syria and Iraq of Daesh. We told the previous administration not to rely on or trust a terror organization to fight an organization like Daesh. We said it would be a mistake but we were not able to get them to listen. The operation in Raqqa should be conducted with the right (groups) not with terror organizations.

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

We have repeatedly raised serious concerns about the grave violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law in Syria, including in detention centers and government-run prisons. What is important is that there needs to be accountability for all the victims in this conflict.

Lynn Maalouf - Amnesty International

The "horrors depicted in this report reveal a hidden, monstrous campaign, authorised at the highest levels of the Syrian government, aimed at crushing any form of dissent within the Syrian population. We demand that the Syrian authorities immediately cease extrajudicial executions and torture and inhuman treatment at Saydnaya Prison and in all other government prisons across Syria. Russia and Iran, the government's closest allies, must press for an end to these murderous detention policies.

Lynn Maalouf - Amnesty International

The horrors depicted in this report reveal a hidden, monstrous campaign, authorized at the highest levels of the Syrian government, aimed at crushing any form of dissent within the Syrian population.

Bashar al-Assad

It's not dead, and it's natural in every cease-fire anywhere in the world, in every war, in any conflict, to have these breaches.

Ayatollah Khamenei

He says we should be grateful to Obama? We should be thankful because he brought war and bloodshed to Syria and Iraq and he supported the 2009 demonstrations here, that's what we should be thankful of. We are thankful to Trump for making our life easy as he showed the real face of America. During his election campaign and after that, he confirmed what we have been saying for more than 30 years about the political, economic, moral and social corruption in the U.S. ruling system.

Ayatollah Khamenei

Why should we be thankful to the previous U.S. administration? Because it imposed anti-Iranian sanctions? Because of the extremist Islamic State group? Setting the region on fire in Iraq and Syria?

Omar Alshogre

Then the sound would stop, and we would hear a big vehicle come and take them away. He dies a metre away. I don't see anything, but I see with my ears. This is someone who gave me his life. Death is the simplest thing. It was the most hoped for because it would have spared us a lot: hunger, thirst, fear, pain, cold, thinking.

Omar Alshogre

We can tell from the sound of the prisoner as he dies behind us. He dies a meter away. I don't see anything, but I see with my ears.

Chris George

It's just been amazing and it's a real boost for morale. These are people who were so infuriated by the executive order ... that they wanted to demonstrate their support for refugees. It's just terrific.

Amy Boratko

It allows us to physically get out there and show our support for more families being resettled here. Since the election, I've wanted to get more involved in activism, but specifically in New Haven. And I've long been an admirer of IRIS' work.

Richard Haass

Nothing is local anymore. You have a mess in Syria, and then suddenly you have a million refugees go into Germany, which totally now has overturned European politics. The nationalist movements, the populist movements, the Brexit vote [were] largely a reaction.

John Cornyn

Our country is no longer respected by many of our friends around the world because we have withdrawn from international leadership. We are no longer feared by our adversaries, who are all too quick to fill the leadership vacuum around the world … Russia being perhaps the most obvious example, not only in Crimea and Ukraine but obviously, in Syria and now in Libya. And it's dangerous, it's destabilising.

Riad Hijab

Selecting the Syrian opposition delegation is not de Mistura's business.

Sergey Lavrov

As I understand it, when the Americans are talking about safe zones, first of all they are interested in reducing the number of immigrants - especially through Syria - from going to the West.

Sergey Lavrov

"As I understand it, when the Americans are talking about safety zones, first of all they are interested to reducing the number of immigrants especially through Syria from going to the West,"

Jean-Marc Ayrault

We will discuss our disagreements, notably on Syria. We had hoped Iran would be less aggressive in the region.

Jessica Stern

Sudan, Iran and Yemen officially punish homosexuality with death, and Iraq, a country that has seen killing sprees of people perceived as gay or transgender, has never held a single perpetrator responsible. The governments of Libya, Syria and Somalia punish homosexuality with prison – even up to 10 years. Thanks to President Trump's executive order, LGBTQ people will remain in unsafe environments, they will languish in refugee camps, they will endure violence and some will die.

Donald J. Trump

They've been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.

Donald J. Trump

To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering. We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say.

Donald J. Trump

To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. This is not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe. I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help those who are suffering.

Susan E. Rice

This is stone cold crazy. After a week of crazy. Who needs military advice or intell to make policy on ISIL, Syria, Afghanistan, DPRK?

Donald J. Trump

I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. We don't want them here. We are going to help them. They've been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough, to get into the United States?

Donald J. Trump

This is the plan to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, in other words ISIS. I think it's going to be very successful. That's big stuff. This is the organization of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council, you know pretty much what it represents, it represents a lot, and also a lot of efficiency and I think a lot of additional safety. People have been talking about this for a long time, like many years.

Donald J. Trump

Totally prepared. It's working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over. It's working out very nicely – and we're going to have a very, very strict ban. We're going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years. This was a five-year ban I was talking about the campaign trail. We are putting it into effect. It's a two-year ban now. Full of loopholes. This is a five-year ban. People have been talking about doing this for a long time. Like, many years.

Ammar Sawan

My dream, even before the war in Syria, was to live in America. We are not terrorists and we don't support terrorism.

Mohammed Hassan al-Homsi

This decision proves the militant group's theory that the West, led by the United States, is an enemy of Muslims. It's an unfortunate decision.

Ismael Saidi

I think with jihad, the bar is very, very low. For me, from the moment you make a six-year-old girl wear a veil, we have a problem. From the moment I teach my son that eating pork sends him to hell that's a problem. I created the gulf, me. I created the 'them and us', I created it.

Jeff Davis - Navy

Our department right now is tasked with one thing in Syria, and that is to degrade and defeat ISIS.

Yezid Sayigh

At this stage this is very much in the realm of political manoeuvring. I don't think it is signalling imminent U.S. action.

Ismael Saidi

In fact, I wrote this play almost to say it's okay, that's enough now. I don't want my children to know it. I know what it is to be born to foreign parents, from another country, and to grow up, mess around, listen to bullshit imams, listen to bullshit speeches, find rotten books. I know all of that, I know it. That has to stop.

Yasser Alyousef

The previous (U.S.) administration has consistently dragged its feet on the subject.

Dmitry Peskov

No, our American partners did not consult with us. It's a sovereign decision. It is important that this [plan] does not exacerbate the situation with refugees, but probably all the consequences ought to be weighed up. Contacts at the level of the administrations are not taking place at the moment, there haven't been any yet, such contacts are yet to be established.

Federica Mogherini - European Union

I will not comment on things ... that are for the moment reports of the beginnings of a process of reflection. We will consider plans when they come. We need to turn this from a proxy war to a proxy peace and our role is to facilitate.

Huseyin Muftuoglu

We have seen the U.S. President's request for conducting a study. What's important is the results of this study and what kind of recommendation will come out. Setting up of safe zones is something Turkey has advocated from the start. The best example is in Jarablus.

Donald J. Trump

Now I'll absolutely do safe zones in Syria for the people. I think that Europe has made a tremendous mistake by allowing these millions of people to go into Germany and various other countries. And all you have to do is take a look. It's a disaster what's happening over there.

Dmitry Peskov

It is important that this (the plan) does not exacerbate the situation with refugees, but probably all the consequences ought to be weighed up.

Charles Lister

I think [Fatah al-Sham] found itself surrounded by potential threats and in an environment [in] which politics suddenly was trumping military activities. Ironically, we may now eventually see just that scenario play out in the future.

Seth Kaper-Dale

The president needs to know he's an absolute fool for fostering this kind of hostility in his first few days. This will inflame violence against Americans around the world.

Nihad Awad

Muslims, we believe, are the sole targets of these orders. These orders are a disturbing confirmation of Islamophobic and un-American policy proposals made during the presidential election campaign. Never before in our country's history have we purposely, as a matter of policy, imposed a ban on immigrants or refugees on the basis of religion.

Abu Ammar al-Omar

If the fighting continues and if one party continues to do an injustice to another, then we will not allow this to pass, regardless of the cost, even if we become victims of this.

Kirsten Di Martino - UNICEF

Others argue if you do [allow child marriage] some of the refugees might not claim they are married and just hide it and not come to the attention of the protection services. Therefore if they are in an abusive relationship or exploitative situation they may not be protected. It's not always a scenario of having a young girl married to a much older man, necessarily, because a lot of the refugees come from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and they are legally allowed to marry before the age of 18.

Carl Dolan - Transparency International

The EU has a slow-burning corruption crisis in its midst. While EU leaders have been preoccupied with other crises such as the influx of refugees from Syria, Brexit and terrorist atrocities, they have shown little appetite to address the corruption that is eroding confidence in political institutions and shackling sclerotic economies. The fact that the flagship European Commission report on corruption has been delayed by more than a year shows the complacency at the top. This complacency towards corruption is the perfect fuel for a fast-burning crisis.

Osama Abu Zaid

We are not opposed to Russia because it is Russia but we had a problem when its jets were participating with the regime in killing our people. If this role ends then we'll have no problem.

Mohammed Alloush

The Russians have moved from a stage of being a party in the fighting and are now exerting efforts to become a guarantor. They are finding a lot of obstacles from (Lebanon's Shi'ite) Hezbollah forces, Iran and the regime.

Osama Abu Zaid

The main obstacle for the success of this conference and these negotiations is the continuation of violations by the Assad regime and the threat of forced displacement in many areas (of Syria). we cannot talk about any progress before changes begin to happen on the ground.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

We wish for the success of today's meeting. But I don't know if we're going to reach a real agreement. We hope for negotiations to resume in Geneva. The U.S. is a powerful country. It's a superpower. And it carries responsibilities to the world. Even if it is defending the interests of its people, it cannot defend its people's interests without a multilateral approach.

Sean Spicer

We want to be sure our interests are protected. We're going into a country for a cause. He wants to be sure America is getting something out of it for the commitment and sacrifice it is making.

Issam al-Rais

The discussion is mainly about the cessation of hostilities. We are discussing the cessation mechanisms, how we implement real cessation, a real ceasefire on the ground.

Mustafa Maarati

We sat in the same room (during the opening session) as a courtesy to the host.

Mohammed Alloush

Those officers from the Free Syrian Army were state officers. Calling them terrorists reinforces the lack of trust between us and the ruling authority.

Osama Abo Zayd - Free Syrian Army

There is no consequence to statements. Our Syrian people in besieged areas do not have internet or social media to read the statements. They only know actions. We have a lot of reservations. ... Iran is still a party trying to effect forced demographic changes and sectarian changes, and it is principally responsible for the violations of the cease-fire.

Osama Abu Zaid

If the guarantors want the success of this meeting they have to do something more on the ground. There are pledges from the Russian side to reinforce the ceasefire in areas where there are continued violations, but we're waiting for more than just statements.

Eric Pahon

The Department of Defense (DoD) is not coordinating air strikes with the Russian military in Syria.

Yahya al-Aridi

We noticed a real understanding on the part of Russia, of the Russians. And we understand that they militarily have achieved what they wanted in Syria. Now they want to translate this military achievement into some sort of a political gain and this political gain cannot happen without this. The requirement for achieving this political gain is a ceasefire.

Anat Bar-Gera

I very much hope that this part of the world – the leaders, the privileged, the rich – will be able this year to include, take care, and solve the problems of the other part of the world. Of the refugees, of the people who come across the seas, and of the kids of Syria – all of those problems that haven't been solved yet, unfortunately.

Osama Abo Zayd - Free Syrian Army

The measure of Russia's success in its role as a guarantor is whether it is able to address the challenges of imposing the ceasefire on its allies, the regime and Iran.

Mark Toner

Th?e United States remains committed to a political resolution to the Syrian crisis, which can bring about a more representative, peaceful, and united Syria, free of terrorism and extremism,?

Sean Spicer

I think if there's a way that we can combat ISIS with any country, whether it's Russia or anyone else, and we have a shared national interest in that, sure, we'll take it. We're not going to get together with people under the guise of defeating ISIS if that's not truly their guise. I think he has ordered it. At that time, he will continue to have conversations about what he wants from them and the joint chiefs.

Mohammed Alloush

The presence of foreign militias invited by the regime, most notably the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Iraqi Hezbollah ... contributes to the continuation of bloodshed and obstructs any opportunity for a cease-fire.

Osama Abo Zayd - Free Syrian Army

There's no significance to negotiations if the people on whose behalf we are negotiating are being killed.

Bahram Ghassemi

Let's wait and see how the process can be continued based on conclusions that will be announced on Tuesday.

Tanya Chapuisat - UNICEF

Poverty, social exclusion, insecurity and language barriers are preventing Syrian children from getting an education, leaving an entire generation disadvantaged, impoverished and at risk of being pushed into early marriage and child labour.

Yahya al-Aridi

First is the consolidation of the accord signed by Turkey and Russia on the 30th of December, concerning the ceasefire, and making this ceasefire cover all of Syria and at the same time taking care of all the breaches by the regime and Iran, especially in Wadi Barada and Homs and in southern Damascus and other areas in Syria.

Yahya al-Aridi

If the other side doesn't care about stopping the bloodshed in Syria, and cares most about staying in power at the expense of Syrian blood ... in that case, nothing will work.

Mohammed Alloush

Russia wants to move from a direct party in the fighting to a guarantor and neutral one and this point is being obstructed by the Syrian regime that wants it to fail and Iran that is fighting this with its sectarian militias in Syria.

Anas Farfouti

If Turkey is now feeling the guilt over what it committed toward the Syrian people, we hope that it will give at this conference something positive, to speed up an end to the crisis.

Mohammed Alloush

It's a real test of the power of Russia and its influence over the regime and Iran as a guarantor of the deal, so if it fails in this role there will follow bigger failures.

Benjamin Netanyahu

This evening there will be a telephone conversation between President Trump and myself. There are many issues between us, including the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the situation in Syria and the Iranian threat.

Mattia Toaldo

If one looks at Syria, it's now Russia that is conducting the negotiations and the U.S. is invited. That's unlikely to change under Trump. My hunch here is to say yes, it may look as if Trump is going to 'make America great again,' but the way things look ... is that other guy has the upper hand.

Jeff Davis - Navy

The removal of this training camp disrupts training operations and discourages hard-line Islamist and Syrian opposition groups from joining or cooperating with Al-Qaida on the battlefield.

Ayham Kamel - Eurasia Group

Vladimir Putin 's rush to establish a new political framework through organizing Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital are primarily designed to cement the Kremlin's position as the architect of a political solution.

Saad al-Hariri

In the coming three years, Lebanon needs no less than eight to ten billion dollars worth of new investments.

Bashar al-Assad

We have no expectations from the Astana talks, but we have hopes that it becomes a forum for talks between all Syrian parties.

Joshua Landis

The rebels are unlikely to find unity in defeat where they have not found it in victory.

Joshua Landis

They have no choice. With Trump's win, any lingering hope to push the West into increasing its rebel support is lost.

Ash Carter

Early on, we were very limited by the meager intelligence we had on ISIL. That limited how many bombs we could drop, because we didn't have targets, it limited where we could conduct raids, where we could vector forces, where we could try to create opposition to ISIL.

Ash Carter

If we were to take over the war in Iraq and Syria entirely ourselves, first of all, in the near term it would be entirely by ourselves, because there is no one else volunteering to do that.

Ash Carter

Even if you kill a guy, you get his phone and you learn something about ISIL.

Karim Sadjadpour - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Iran increasingly treats Syria as one of its own provinces. They saved Assad from falling, and now seem to feel entitled to help themselves to the Syrian economy.

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

You give it full resourcing to get there as rapidly as possible, and I think it's getting there as rapidly as possible is probably where it would differ from the current administration, where it would be a more accelerated campaign from what the president-elect has already called for.

Ash Carter

Everything we have been able to identify that would accelerate the defeat of ISIL, we have done.

Haider al-Abadi

Terrorism uses the weapon of sectarianism in Iraq and Syria ... in order to drive people and communities apart and take control of them. (We must) not allow the conditions that existed before Daesh (Islamic State).

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran and Saudi Arabia were able to actually stop impeding the process of the presidential election in Lebanon. We have a success story.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

I do not see any reason why Iran and Saudi Arabia should have hostile policies towards each other. We can in fact work together to put an end to miserable conditions of the people in Syria and Yemen and Bahrain and elsewhere in the region.

Sergey Lavrov

It's one of key themes between Russia and the United States. I am convinced we will be able to restart a dialogue on strategic stability with Washington that was destroyed along with everything else by the Obama administration.

Sergey Lavrov

Trump has a particular set of views which differ a lot from his predecessor. By concentrating on a pragmatic search for mutual interests we can solve a lot of problems.

Sergey Lavrov

What we hear from Donald Trump [on Syria] and his team speaks to how they have a different approach [to Obama] and won't resort to double standards.

Sergey Lavrov

[That] means that we are dealing with people who won't get involved in moralising, but will try to understand their partner's interests.

Adel Al-Jubeir

I don't see a change in Turkey's position. The fact the Turks are talking to Russians is not a concern. Turkey has people on ground in Syria and has direct contact with the Syrian opposition on ground.

Vitaly Naumkin

I am sure that on Feb. 8 there will be talks in Geneva and the process focussed on a political resolution will continue.

Alexey Malashenko

One single Syria is not enough. That's why we need one more state for the Russian presence not only in Syria but generally in the Middle East. Libya is a convenient territory for it. It's complete chaos and you can always say that Russia helps to fight terrorism.

Osama Abo Zayd - Free Syrian Army

If Russia doesn't live up to its promises after phase one, Russia, Iran and the regime will be the main cause of fighting in Syria.

Donald J. Trump

@FoxNews 'Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not fully understand.' Oh really, couldn't do...much worse - just look at Syria (red line), Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes. Not good! Was this the leaker of Fake News?

Numan Kurtulmus

It appears the Reina attack is not just a terrorist organization's act, but there was also an intelligence organization involved. It was an extremely planned and organized act.

Alex Vatanka

What excites them is what Trump will do in a place like Syria, what Trump might be willing to do in the so-called campaign against terror in the Middle East.

Ibrahim Kalin

Now the representatives of the opposition and (Syrian) regime will come together and discuss. The general principles to which we subscribe are ending the fight, keeping Syria's territorial integrity and clearing Syria of terrorists.

Virginia Gamba

There are no ... identification of individuals being considered at this time.

Ali al-Omar

We had clearly rejected this truce because it is tied to an unspecific political solution that we were not part of drafting.

Francois Hollande

They have to be led under the auspices of the United Nations within the framework agreed in Geneva in 2012. The parameters have been set so what needs to be done is to invite the concerned parties, all the parties, except fundamentalist and extremist groups, and to act in the Geneva framework.

Marco Rubio

Let me describe the situation in Aleppo [Syria], and perhaps that will help you reach that conclusion. In Aleppo, Mr. Putin has directed his military to conduct a devastating campaign.

Hedi Aouidj

He trained Assad's innermost circle. He got a salary from the Damascus regime. He was clothed by the Damascus regime and he was lodged by the Damascus regime.

Bashar al-Assad

If they want to discuss this point they must discuss the constitution. But you have to liberate, and this is the price sometimes, In the end, the people are liberated from the terrorists.

Bashar al-Assad

I have not heard in the history of a good war, every war is bad. But the question is how can you liberate the civilians in those areas from the terrorists? Is it better to leave them under their supervision, under their oppression under their fate defined by those terrorists by beheading, by killing by everything, but not having a state?

Bashar al-Assad

Yeah, but my position is related to the constitution. And the constitution is very clear about the mechanism in which you can bring a president or get rid of a president. So if they want to discuss this point, they have to discuss the constitution, and the constitution is not owned by the government or the president or by the opposition; it should be owned by the Syrian people, so you need a referendum for every constitution.

Bashar al-Assad

The event's success will hinge on this point. My position [as president] is related to the [Syrian] constitution, which is very clear about the mechanism by which the president assumes or leaves power. So if they want to discuss this point, they must discuss the constitution, which is not the exclusive property of the government, the presidency or the opposition. If they're unhappy with the president, let's go to the ballot box.

Bashar al-Assad

The terrorists occupy the main water source for Damascus, denying more than 5 million civilians water for more than three weeks. The Syrian army's role is to liberate that area. But the question is related to when, and our priorities. This is a military matter linked to military planning and priorities.

Bashar al-Assad

We are ready to negotiate about everything. Yes but my position is linked to the constitution. If they want to discuss this point they must discuss the constitution. Who will be there from the other side? We do not yet know. Will it be a real Syrian opposition?

Ali Haidar

The Syrian state was clear in its policy when it said it will not forego any patch of Syria, and I think Idlib is one of the coming hot areas.

Valery Gerasimov

In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, (President) Vladimir Putin, the Russian Defence Ministry is beginning to reduce its armed forces deployment in Syria.

Valery Gerasimov

The successes of the Syrian armed forces in the liberation of Aleppo have created the necessary conditions for the peaceful settlement of the conflict. I'm confident that it will lay the basis for the political settlement of the conflict.

Valery Gerasimov

In accordance with the decision by the supreme commander-in-chief (President) Vladimir Putin, the Defense Ministry is starting to downsize the grouping of armed forces in Syria.

Talal Sillo

We try to take control of the dam with the least possible damage, so we are not depending heavily on airstrikes.

Talal Sillo

The direction of our forces is towards the area of the dam at present.

Heydon Prowse

I wonder how many people offended by the ISIS sketch have watched the whole show? Glad the nation discussing this.

John Kerry

We're encouraging a meeting in Astana. We hope that could produce a step forward, . The fighting is continuing, it's difficult and the Assad regime seems to be playing the same card that it was playing previously. Nobody can predict what choices this administration is going to make. I don't know. I don't think you do, The question a lot of people are asking is: Do they know? We're going to have to wait and see what choices they make.

Veysi Kaynak

Our security forces have identified the terrorist. His potential whereabouts are also established. Probably, he is an Uighur but I don't want to comment on his nationality for the moment.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

There should be sanctions because otherwise you cannot control this and you cannot go to the political talks, Astana or Geneva.

John Kerry

I don't think it's fair because I don't think it actually reflected the decisions that he made and it doesn't reflect the reality of what we were able to achieve.

Ali Haidar

So far Astana is an expression of positive intentions, and these intentions have not been translated into real actions.

Ali Haidar

The experience of Daraya accelerated the final conviction on the part of the militants that the state cannot be confronted forever.

John Kerry

All of a sudden Lavrov and I were thrown together by our presidents, in an effort to try and achieve that and guess what, we did achieve it, before Congress voted. The president never said, I won't drop a bomb.' What happened was people interpreted it. The perception was that he was trying to find a different road. And I will acknowledge to you, absolutely, I heard it all over the place. The perception hurt, yes.

Timmy Poncho

This is fantastic.......people bang on about politically incorrect humour ....this is brave & funny & about time we poked fun at these morons! Even Muslims will love this!

Peter Cook

My understanding is that last week there was a request when some Turkish forces came under fire for air support and there... were flights conducted by the coalition at that time.

Francois Hollande

We have a common enemy: it's terrorism, it's Daesh, it's fundamentalism. This enemy, we need to hunt it down in places where it exists – in Iraq, in Syria. But also we need to understand the links which exist between these terrorist groups and a certain number of individuals who are manipulated and who organise attacks in several countries.

Numan Kurtulmus

This attack is a message to Turkey against all decisive operations across the border.

Francois Hollande

But we have not finished with the scourge of terrorism. We will have to continue fighting it, abroad, that's the aim of our missions in Mali, Syria and Iraq.

Anthony Skinner - Verisk Maplecroft

Islamic State is sending a strong message to the Turkish government that it will pay in blood for the offensive in northern Syria.

Max Abrahms

There's no question that Islamic State is suffering in an irreversible way.

Michael Horowitz

It's a new phase. What we saw before was an undeclared war, and now we're entering an open war.

Christoph Rebmann

He is suspected of ... requesting 180,000 euros from a contact person in Syria on his cell phone from Saarbruecken in December, 2016 so that he could acquire vehicles to pack with explosives and drive them into a crowd. He said he wanted the money from ISIS to support his family back in Syria.

Ahmad Alkhalaf

I can only be hopeful he'll do the right thing. No matter what people say, I'm optimistic. There is nothing left in Syria for us. Our home is destroyed; the government is out to get us. I've got nowhere to go if the US doesn't want me. Emotionally, I'm drained. If we were all together, I think a lot of us would feel better. It's half the battle.

Ben Wallace

The ambition of IS or Daesh [Arabic acronym of Islamic State] is definitely mass-casualty attacks. They want to harm as many people as possible and terrorize as many people as possible. The big concern is if Mosul collapses and all the other bases of Isis collapse. We know there are a significant number of [Britons] fighting for IS in Syria. They will probably want to come home.

Francois Hollande

You've continued to live, to work, to go out, to move around, to cherish freedom. You can be proud of yourselves. But we're not done with the plight of terrorism. We have to keep on fighting it. This is the reason for our military operations abroad, in Mali, in Syria, in Iraq – Iraq where I'll be going the day after tomorrow (January 2) to salute our troops. Vive la République! Vive la France.

Vitaly Churkin

This is a very important initiative. And the resolution that we adopted today confirms the need to establish and to respect the ceasefire in Syria, as well as it confirms the need to hold a very important meeting in the capital of Kazakhstan.

Francois Hollande

We're not done with the plight of terrorism. We have to keep on fighting it. This is the reason for our military operations abroad, in Mali, in Syria, in Iraq – Iraq where I'll be going the day after tomorrow to salute our troops.

Hassan Izzo

We left our home with great suffering. The regime has no credibility at all.

Vitaly Churkin

As you know Staffan de Mistura had trouble reconvening the talks, so Russia and Turkey obviously decided to give the United Nations a hand in pushing things forward, and this is what we see happening.

Osama Abu Zaid

This ceasefire covers the whole of Syria. At the same time this deal covers all groups of fighters in Syria in the field. During the talks, the Russian government guaranteed to us that they will keep the Syrian regime forces and their allies under control.

Walid al-Moallem

At the same time, there is a real chance to reach a political settlement to end the bloodshed and establish the future of the country.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We, as Turkey, have been calling to Western nations for some time to not distinguish between terrorist organizations and to be principled and consistent in their stance. Some countries, namely the United States, have come up with some excuses on their own and overtly supported the organisations that massacre innocent people in our region. When we voice these, these gentlemen are bothered by it.

Eugene Rumer - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

In reality, my view is that the Russians aren't all that interested in defeating ISIL. It's not as much of a priority to them as it is to us and our European allies. You hear a lot of talk about a 'grand bargain' – a comprehensive deal. Now that they've achieved a breakthrough in Syria, they will offer something in exchange there. They will not give up Assad and they … will maintain a military and naval facility in Syria.

Robert English

When there's a change of leadership and other interests coincide, then things can actually improve pretty quickly. The battle for Aleppo is over. We're not going to get what we wanted [in Syria], which was Bashar al-Assad removed. But there is a deal out there for a managed transition where we work with Russia instead of against Russia. And maybe then we can tackle some of the other problems.

Walid al Muallem

Everything is open for discussion, with the exception of national sovereignty, and the people's right to choose its leadership. It is the duty of the factions (rebel groups) who have signed it to distance themselves from, and declare that they are not linked to, the Nusra Front or Daesh (Islamic State).

Mevlut Cavusoglu

Russia and Turkey are guarantors in the agreement being worked on in Ankara. There is nothing final on whether Iran will sign it as a guarantor... All foreign fighters need to leave Syria. Hezbollah needs to return to Lebanon.

Andrey Kortunov

There has been a move toward a compromise. A final deal will be hard, but stances have shifted. A couple of names in the leadership have been mentioned [as potential successors].

Hilal Kashan

This is a different political scene, and one would expect some outcomes to emerge.

Walid al-Moallem

Everything is negotiable except national sovereignty and the people's right to choose its leadership.

Saeed Sadek

He is now under the control of Moscow, Tehran and Ankara. All these countries will decide his future.

Munir al-Sayal

Discussions are going on with Turkish sponsorship but the Russian enemy is trying to exclude the Eastern Ghouta (suburb) of Damascus from any attempt towards a comprehensive ceasefire in Syria that would be accepted by the revolution's factions.

Tony Brenton

It's a very big prize for them if they can show they're out there in front changing the world. We've all grown used to the United States doing that and had rather forgotten that Russia used to play at the same level.

Sergei Shoigu

Today we will start payments to family members of the victims. We do not differentiate military people from civilians.

Mark Toner

We're mindful of course of some of the tensions that exist obviously between these Turkish supported forces and the YPG and other forces that we've been supporting in that area. That's the reason why we're working closely, having these discussions and trying to coordinate with them.

Tony Brenton

The real flesh in the game the Turks have, and the fear they have, is of an autonomous Kurdistan emerging inside Syria that would have direct implications for them.

Dennis Ross

I doubt this will end the war in Syria even after Aleppo. Assad's presence will remain a source of conflict with the opposition.

Hadiya Yousef

I expect ratification because we have discussed the content with all groups and political sides repeatedly, and the draft was worded with consensus. We will clarify through the contract ... the means for starting the formation of our institutions and administrative system, and we will start preparations for elections.

Haider al-Abadi

The Americans were very pessimistic, talking about very long timescales, but victories achieved by our brave fighters over ISIL have helped reduce this period in Syria and Iraq to two years. I believe that in Iraq it might take three months.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

They were accusing us of supporting Daesh (Islamic State). Now they give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It's very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos.

Talal Sillo

Currently there are no planes targeting us but in the future they might, and on this basis we are asking for them.

Igor Konashenkov

Using acoustic imaging, we have established a radius of about 500 meters in which the wreckage has been spread. The average depth of the fragments is about 30 metres, allowing us to use all the search-and-rescue equipment we have at our disposal.

Maxim Sokolov

A terrorist act is not being considered to be the most likely cause. We increasingly believe the reason for this disaster was either technical or pilot error.

Vadim Ananyev

"I have lost my friends and colleagues, all killed, all five soloists – I feel in complete disarray". "It is such a shame. I have known these people for 30 years. I know their wives and children. I feel terrible for the children and for all that I have lost".

Michael McFaul

Modernization is quite different from expansion. Modernization is allowed under the New START treaty; expansion is not. Putin is smartly playing down the tweet because he has several concessions that he wants to secure from President Trump -- lifting of sanctions, support for his war in Syria, recognition of Crimea as part of Russia -- and therefore does not want to rock the boat right now by reacting to this vague Trump statement.

Bassam Ghraoui

It is very minimal...It is a sad situation, a dramatic situation in Syria. I am European, I am proud of my roots, but for me all my efforts and concentration...will be on this (new) project.

Bassam Ghraoui

Yes, I am Hungarian and, give me time, I will speak Hungarian. For me, I am very well treated, and I am not a refugee - I am a citizen. Fine chocolate making is an art...and it is the technology. You need very good machines, but you really need people who know - qualified chocolatiers in love with the art of making chocolate. Believe me, it is a fine art.

Ahmad al-Dbis

It's done. The evacuation process has ended and the last bus has come out. Most are heading towards camps, or to their relatives, or shelter locations. The humanitarian situation in northern Syria is very difficult, because the area is already densely populated since it has people displaced from all over Syria.

Vladimir Putin

In the next stage, an agreement on a cease-fire on the entire territory of Syria should be reached and practical talks on a political settlement should start immediately after.

Sinan Ülgen

Since 2011, the high-pitched government rhetoric on Syria has shaped a Turkish constituency that is very sensitive to the tragedies unfolding in Syria. That constituency is becoming very uncertain and almost disillusioned.

Sergei Shoigu

In my view we are very close to achieving an agreement on a full ceasefire across the territory of Syria.

Alexander Ababkov

The court's decision is Karaulova is guilty, she is sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in a penal colony.

Farhan Haq - United Nations

The process for evacuation was traumatic, with crowding, and vulnerable people waiting for hours and exposed to sub-zero temperatures.

Munir al-Sayal

The numbers of civilians, their cars alongside and of course the weather all are making the evacuation slow.

John Kirby

We would obviously refute any notion that … the fact that we weren't at this one meeting is somehow a harbinger or a litmus test for U.S. influence and leadership there or anywhere else around the world. We are not excluded, we are not being sidelined.

Sergei Shoigu

The chain of 'colour revolutions' spreading across the Middle East and Africa has been broken.

John Kirby

The secretary doesn't see this as a snub at all. He sees it as another multilateral effort to try to get a lasting peace in Syria, and he welcomes any progress towards that.

Benjamin Netanyahu

We have already treated thousands of wounded from the tragedy in Syria. I want us to find ways of bringing women, children and also men, if they are non-combatants, from Aleppo for treatment in Israeli hospitals.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We share the same understanding with Mr. Putin that our expanding areas of cooperation with Russia, particularly on Syria, will not be hampered by this attack.

Maria V. Zakharova

We regard this as a terrorist act. Terrorism will not win and we will fight against it decisively. Don't forget Aleppo, don't forget Syria!

Adel Al-Jubeir

If we cannot find an effective way to pressure the Syrian regime then we will not reach a political solution and the killing, displacement, and injustice in Syria will go on. We will bear responsibility for this in front of God and the Syrian people.

Geert Cappelaere - UNICEF

This morning, all 47 children trapped in an orphanage in east Aleppo were evacuated to safety, with some in critical condition from injuries and dehydration. The evacuation of these orphans, along with thousands of other children from east Aleppo in the past days is a glimmer of hope amid a grim reality for the children of Syria.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey is under a combined attack by terrorist organizations, especially the divisive terrorist organization. We know that these attacks we have endured are not unrelated to happenings in Syria and Iraq, or even our economical fluctuations.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

The carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience. Aleppo is now a synonym for hell. As I told the Security Council ... we have collectively failed the people of Syria. Peace will only prevail when it is accompanied by compassion, justice and accountability for the abominable crimes we have seen.

Barack Obama

Unless we were all in and willing to take over Syria, we were going to have problems, and that everything else was tempting because we wanted to do something and it sounded like the right thing to do, but it was going to be impossible to do this on the cheap.

Barack Obama

With respect to Syria, what I have consistently done is taken the best course that I can to try to end the civil war while having also to take into account the long-term national security interests of the United States.

Barack Obama

For years, we've worked to stop the civil war in Syria and alleviate human suffering. It has been one of the hardest issues that I've faced as president. Responsibility for this brutality lies in one place alone, with the Assad regime and its allies, Russia and Iran, and this blood and these atrocities are on their hands.

Vladimir Putin

The next step is to reach an agreement on a total ceasefire across the whole of Syria. We are conducting very active negotiations with representatives of the armed opposition, brokered by Turkey.

Mevlut Cavusoglu

I spoke to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a short time ago. Our officials are talking to their Russian and Iranian counterparts as well as people on the ground to resolve this without further problems, but our wish is to secure a ceasefire in Syria.

Vladimir Putin

The next step (after Aleppo) will be to reach agreement on a complete ceasefire across all of Syria. We are actively negotiating with members of the armed opposition, with the mediation of Turkey.

Bashar al-Assad

I want to confirm that what is happening today is history that is being written by every Syrian civilian. Its writing did not start today. It started about six years ago when the crisis and the war on Syria began.

Vladimir Putin

The next step is to reach an agreement on a ceasefire across the whole of Syria. We're currently in very active discussions with representatives of the opposition and there is also Turkish mediation.

James Franey - Euronews

After one year of Syria peace talks backed by the US and Russia, the fall of Aleppo has shown the failure of that diplomatic effort. Time is running out for the Obama administration and its European allies to broker a solution. In just over four weeks there'll be a new president in the White House. And one who appears to be far friendlier toward Moscow than the current tenant.

Donald Tusk - European Council

Faced with the brutality of the Syrian regime and its supporters, notably Russia and Iran, we are not as effective as we would like to be but we are not indifferent to the suffering of the Syrian people. We will exert pressure on other global players who are present in Syria using all available diplomatic channels.

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

NATO allies strongly support all the efforts of the UN to make this happen, both the ceasefire, delivery of humanitarian aid and of course the evacuation of civilians. This will be the first step to a more lasting sustainable political solution to the conflict in Syria.

Hagi Hassan - Brita

The idea of international law has been killed in Aleppo. It has been killed in Syria… because of the desperate silence of the international community in the face of this crime.

Gulnur Aybet

The situation in Syria has morphed into one reality and then another since 2011 and all regional actors ... have muddled through, trying to adjust to new realities. In this respect, Turkey is no exception. Turkey's priorities with regards to the war in Syria now and for the foreseeable future are two pronged: national security and humanitarian relief.

Gulnur Aybet

Turkey's priorities with regards to the war in Syria now and for the foreseeable future are two pronged: national security and humanitarian relief.

Michael Fallon

We are dealing here with a global threat from Daesh, a threat that isn't just present in Iraq and Syria, but is present in western Europe, has hit Paris and Brussels, spread to the Far East and hit California. This is a global threat and I have no doubt that the next US administration will step up to its traditional role of global leadership.

Avigdor Lieberman

Working "to prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction from Syria to Hezbollah.

Emile Hokayem

Obama has pursued a policy of calculated dithering in Syria, just agonizing over the choices until they no longer existed.

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

The Secretary-General is conveying his grave concern to the relevant parties. He has instructed his Special Envoy for Syria to follow up urgently with the parties concerned.

Jan Egeland - United Nations

The Gov'ts of Syria & Russia are accountable for any and all atrocities that the victorious militias in Aleppo are now committing!

George Mitchell

We should work with them where we can, but it is clear that in the Syria discussions they've been dragging their feet, enabling [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] to regain control of Aleppo.

Ash Carter

These uniquely skilled operators will join the 300 US special operations forces already in Syria, to continue organizing, training, equipping, and otherwise enabling capable, motivated, local forces to take the fight to ISIL, and also bringing down to bear the full weight of US forces around the theater of operations like the funnel of a giant tornado.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

The first thing we must do in Aleppo and across all of Syria is stop the fighting, the bombardments and allow access for humanitarian aid.

Juan Manuel Santos

The Colombian peace agreement is a ray of hope in a world troubled by so many conflicts and so much intolerance. It proves that what, at first, seems impossible, through perseverance may become possible even in Syria or Yemen or South Sudan.

Ash Carter

These uniquely skilled operators will join the 300 US special operations forces already in Syria, to continue organising, training, equipping, and otherwise enabling capable, motivated, local forces to take the fight to Isil [Isis].

Jan Egeland - United Nations

The member states that are supposed to help us get access to civilians in the crossfire are poles apart in how they regard what is happening in Syria. Russia said they will definitely be discussing with us how to organize the evacuations, but they are not promising any pause (in fighting).

Alex Younger

We cannot be safe from the threats that emanate from (Syria) unless the civil war is brought to an end. And brought to an end in a way that recognizes the interests of more than a minority of its people and their international backers.

Matthew Rycroft

But what I hope that it will do is to demonstrate that there is a moral majority here, there are states who are not on the Security Council but have very strong views about peace and security, and who are distressed that through a series of vetoes the Security Council has failed to provide the unity necessary to change the situation in Syria.

Tawfik Chamaa

All the achievements of humanity to uphold these conventions and other principles to protect civilians, hospitals and medical staff have been violated every day in Syria for five years. I think what is happening now is shameful for the whole of humanity.

Bashar al-Assad

Aleppo will completely change the course of the battle in all of Syria. The battle of Aleppo will be a gain, but ... it doesn't mean the end of the war in Syria. It is a significant landmark towards the end of the battle, but the war in Syria will not end until terrorism is eliminated. Terrorists are there in other areas, so even if we finish in Aleppo, we will carry on with the war against them.

Bashar al-Assad

The decision to liberate all of Syria is taken and Aleppo is part of it.

Bashar al-Assad

It's true that Aleppo will be a win for us, but let's be realistic – it won't mean the end of the war in Syria. But it will be a huge step towards this end. Terrorists are present elsewhere. Even if we finish with Aleppo, we will continue our war against them.

Donald J. Trump

We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn't be involved with. Instead, our focus must be on defeating terrorism and destroying ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria], and we will.

Hisham al-Hashemi

The government agreed to Iran's request, thinking that it would take a long time for the Hashid to get to the road to Syria, and during that time the escape route would be open and the battle would still proceed as planned.

Samantha Power - United Nations

Diplomacy has not delivered for the people of Aleppo. It is not us that walked away from diplomacy. It is Syria and the Russian Federation.

Jens Spahn

Those who are not refugees, who are not fleeing from Iraq or Syria from war and persecution, must return to their homelands - and that needs to be done consistently.

Hisham al-Hashemi

The Iraqi army and popular forces must defeat it in Mosul, otherwise, they will be obliged to move to eastern Syria in order to fight the terrorist group.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

There is a logic of total war with incredible brutality of the Assad regime that aims at conquering useful Syria. It's a dramatic situation that will only get worse.

Paul Pillar

The fall of eastern Aleppo will confront the United States with the reality that supporting a moderate opposition with any hope of becoming the future government of Syria is no longer a hope.

Mevlut Cavusoglu

If there is no political solution in Syria, if there is no national unity, if its territorial integrity is not ensured, you may clear it of Daesh today, but tomorrow another organization will appear.

Gilles de Kerchove

The way the fight is developing in Aleppo will have an impact. The way we will try to address the grievances of the Sunni population both in Iraq and in Syria will have an impact.

Jan Egeland - United Nations

I mean, Europe panicked because we got 400,000 from Syria all over Europe. West Aleppo has that alone.

Vladimir Putin

I certainly hope we can join forces with the US in fighting the real not imaginary threats which is international terrorism. This is exactly the task that our military is trying to solve in Syria. The terrorists have suffered great losses. The army and the navy of Russia has proved convincingly that they can work effectively far from home.

Vladimir Putin

It's important to normalize and develop our bilateral ties on an equal and mutually beneficial basis. We share responsibility for ensuring global security and stability and strengthening the non-proliferation regime. We hope to join efforts with the United States in the fight against a real rather than dreamt-up threat – global terrorism. Our servicemen in Syria are fulfilling that task.

Farhan Mijel

My goods now come from Kalak. I didn't know the traders. They were recommended to me by Kurdish friends. Beforehand everything I sold came from Syria.

Dominik Stillhart - International Committee of the Red Cross

We are of course trying to get access to these screening facilities and screening centres. In Syria we also have access to a number of places of detention. But the situation is for the time being extremely confusing. It is not easy for our teams to have access to these centres. But that is another area of dialogue we have of course with the Syrian government and we are working on that access.

Charles Lister

Assad's survival does not promise stability in Syria. The hunger to remove Assad is as strong as ever. Islamists and jihadists are stronger, and that's where we are headed today.

Benjamin Netanyahu

We are well prepared on our northern frontier, we will not allow Islamic State, or any other faction, to establish a presence near our borders under the cover of the war in Syria.

Mohammad Hossein Baqeri

We need distant bases, and it may become possible one day to have bases on the shores of Yemen or Syria, or bases on islands or floating (bases). Is having distant bases less than nuclear technology? I say it is worth dozens of times more.

François Fillon

Syria is ravaged by Islamic State which comes and kills our children on the streets of our cities. It's ripped apart by internal fighting and is bruised by the bombing of its civilian population. If we don't create the conditions for a real international coalition, if we refuse to form an alliance with Russia, then Islamist totalitarianism will continue to cast its shadow and spread death.

Jean-Marc Ayrault

Today one million people are besieged. Not just in Aleppo, but in Homs, Ghouta and Idlib, and that's the reality of the situation in Syria. France is taking an initiative to confront this strategy of total war by the regime and its allies, who are taking advantage of the current uncertainty in the United States.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

We know that there cannot be any big steps towards the political settlement (in Syria - TASS) until the new US administration in Washington assumes responsibility.

Barack Obama

I am not optimistic about the short-term prospects in Syria. Assad has been emboldened. This is [a] man who has decided that destroying his country, turning it to rubble and seeing its population scattered or killed was worth it for him to cling to power.

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

The bombing that is conducted by the Russian and Syrian air forces is just adding to the human suffering in Syria.

Susan E. Rice

For years, the United States has worked with our international partners to support their relief efforts and provide humanitarian aid to the Syrian people suffering as a direct result of Assad's war against his own people, which Moscow has aided and abetted. The Syrian regime and its allies, Russia in particular, bear responsibly for the immediate and long-term consequences these actions have caused in Syria and beyond.

Barack Obama

I am not optimistic about the short-term prospects in Syria. Once Russia and Iran made a decision to back Assad in a brutal air campaign and essentially a pacification of Aleppo, regardless of the potential for civilian casualties, children being killed or wounded, schools or hospitals being destroyed, then it was very hard to see a way in which even a trained and committed moderate opposition could hold its ground for long periods of time.

Donald J. Trump

After seven years the Arab-Israeli peace process is at a standstill, al Qaeda terrorism has been replaced by ISIS terrorism. The situation in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen are in shambles. Iranian regional bullying is shamelessly escalating.

James Woolsey

The next thing we need to do is work together closely with the 30 or 40 countries in which ISIS is operating and not only take out ISIS' caliphate in Iraq and Syria but start wearing down around the world. We have to get on top of that, we have to find the terrorists before they commit terrorist attacks, and stop them and that is not easy.

Mohamed Gnaidy

It has been the same situation as in Iraq and Syria. They (Islamic State) are using tunnels and using civilians as human shields. They are professional fighters. Their objective is to kill as many of us as possible.

Geoff D. Porter

Sirte was supposed to be a fallback from Iraq and Syria. That's now gone. Strategically, the Islamic State could point to Sirte and tell its followers that it really was global and growing. It can't do that anymore.

Omar Abdallah

In Europe, if a migrant from Syria or Iraq blows himself up in a terrorist attack there is a backlash against all migrants. Here, with the Kurds and Arab Daesh sympathisers, it's the same.

Michael Flynn

I think what you have is frustration that eventually turns to anger after he leaves. He was frustrated over DIA; he was frustrated over administration policy toward Syria; and he's frustrated and angry over his removal from the Department of Defense.

Barack Obama

I don't expect that the president-elect will follow exactly our blueprint or our approach, but my hope is that he does not simply take a realpolitik approach and suggest that, you know, if we just cut some deals with Russia, even if it hurts people or even if it violates international norms, or even if it leaves smaller countries vulnerable or creates long-term problems in regions like Syria, that we just do whatever is convenient at the time.

Tarik Jasarevic - World Health Organization

It is shocking that healthcare facilities continue to be attacked in Syria. Only this year there were 126 attacks on health facilities and health workers recorded by the World Health Organisation and its partners.

Joe Stork

This is another piece of evidence of the horrific mass murder by ISIS (Islamic State of Syria and Iraq) of former law enforcement officers in and around Mosul. ISIS should be held accountable for these crimes against humanity.

Barack Obama

I've sought a constructive relationship with Russia but have also been realistic in realising that there are some significant differences between how Russia rules the world and how we view the world ... In issues like Ukraine, Syria, we've had very significant differences.

Bettina Luescher - World Food Programme

Food production in Syria has hit a record low due to fighting and insecurity, but also bad weather conditions.

Avi Dichter

They view Hezbollah positively as the errand lackey of Iran in Syria and Lebanon, (and) they are backing the Shi'ite militia activity in Iraq and Syria. Russia does not view Iran and its proxies according to the level of threat they pose or broadcast towards Israel.

Sinan Ülgen

We'll witness a period of honeymoon, post the end of the Obama period, where the relationship had become quite acrimonious. Going forward, however, we are likely to see points of divergence. Trump policies would certainly empower both the regime in Syria, the regime-friendly forces, and also Russia. That is against what Turkey has tried to do since 2011 in terms of regime change and backing the opposition.

Elise Baker

Over and over again, hospitals and emergency rooms are placed in the crosshairs of a conflict that seem