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Ibrahim Barakeh
Thank God for being released. I was wrong. I will try to return to al-Ghouta to join my wife and son.feedback
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NEW Jun 25 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Syria conflict. 440 people are quoted and you can read 788 citations of them about Syria conflict. Boris Johnson, Rex W. Tillerson, Sean Spicer and Vladimir Putin, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Boris Johnson said: “We are pushing back Daesh [so-called Islamic State] militarily, but the threat we face is evolving rather than disappearing as they lose ground in Iraq and Syria. The fight is moving from the battlefield to the internet.”.
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Andrew Tabler

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

Andrew Tabler

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

James O'Brien - Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

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

Bill McInturff

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

Emmanuel Macron

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

David P. Gelios - FBI

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

James Dobbins

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

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

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

James Dobbins

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

Daniel Serwer

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

Derek Chollet

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

Vali Nasr

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Rex W. Tillerson

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

Jeff Davis - Navy

I can tell you it was an Iranian-made drone. Public statements aside, we have not seen the Russians do any actions that cause us concern. We continue to operate, making some adjustments for prudent measures.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

To be clear, we prefer to keep this channel of communication open. We want to de-escalate, not escalate. We remain available on our end. I'll leave it to the Russians to state their level of participation.feedback

Sadiq Khan

All of London and all of the country is grieving today with Mohammad's family. The dignity with which Omar and Hashem, his two brothers, have conducted themselves makes us all in awe of them.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Democracy isn't built from the outside without the people. France didn't take part in the Iraq war and that was right. And France was wrong to take part in the war in Libya in the way it did. What was the result of those interventions? Failed states where terrorist groups prospered. I don't want that in Syria. Three: I have red lines on chemical weapons and humanitarian corridors. I said it very clearly to Vladimir Putin. I will be uncompromising on that. So the use of chemical weapons will be met with a response, and even if France acts alone.feedback

Sean Spicer

The escalation of hostilities among all of the factions that are operating there doesn't help anybody. And so making sure that people understand while we want to de-escalate the situation there, that we have to understand that we will always preserve the right of self-defense.feedback

Daniel Serwer

If the Russians and Iranians keep the Syrians and other allies away from the Americans, the US won't hit them. [This is] the US making it very clear that these things are being done only to protect American assets…and American-backed troops are considered an asset in this case. I have no doubt we'll lean over backwards to prevent war with Russia. I think they'll probably do the same.feedback

Ahmad al-Masalmeh

The situation is back as it was in Daraa city and fighting is on-going. The regime made the truce and then violated it.feedback

Tarik Jasarevic - World Health Organization

We are very worried, because obviously if there is already one case of polio of a kid that is paralyzed it's already an outbreak. We know for example that for one kid that is paralyzed there are almost 200 asymptomatic so it means that virus circulating, so it is very serious.feedback

Frants Klintsevich

It is Russia that is being provoked most of all. It seems that the United States under Donald Trump is the source of danger for the Middle East and the whole world on a qualitatively new level.feedback

Tom Udall

I would have never imagined that vote supporting U.S. troops in Syria in 2017 and engagements with the Assad regime.feedback

Ben Cardin

It's difficult for us to carry out our responsibility unless we know what the commander in chief needs.feedback

Ramazan Sharif

We are not the initiator of any conflict and war but we do not tolerate creation of insecurity in our country.feedback

Joe Dunford

I'm confident that we are still communicating between the coalition operations centre and the Russian operations centre. I think the worst thing any of us could do would be to address this with hyperbole. I'm also confident that our forces have the capability to take care of themselves.feedback

Joe Dunford

We will work diplomatically and militarily in the coming hours to re-establish deconfliction.feedback

Charles Lister

There isn't an over-arching U.S. strategy driving this. This is just the result of tactical decisions by a commander on the ground whose only focus is a specific theatre in Syria. He is acting to protect his assets ... This is purely a series of tactical decisions that are creating a series of very serious strategic consequences.feedback

Jennifer Cafarella

The absence of a civilian-led U.S. strategy in Syria and the narrow U.S. military focus on ISIS will continue to provide an open invite for the pro-Assad regime coalition to extend and escalate.feedback

Sean Spicer

It's important and crucial that we keep lines of communication open to deconflict potential issues.feedback

Joe Dunford

The worst thing any of us could do right now is address this with hyperbole. We'll see if that's true here in the coming hours.feedback

Joe Dunford

The only actions that we have taken against pro-regime forces in Syria – and there have been two specific incidents – have been in self-defense. And we've communicated that clearly.feedback

Joe Dunford

The Russian Federation has indicated that their purpose in Syria, like ours, is to defeat ISIS. And we'll see if that's true here in the coming hours because all of our operations in and around Raqqa and southern Syria are designed specifically to get after ISIS ... and we'll work to restore that deconfliction chain in the next few hours. I'm confident that we are still communicating between our operations center and the Russian Federation operations center. And I'm also confident that our forces have the capability to take care of themselves.feedback

Genevieve Casagrande

We will collect airstrikes that have 20 to 30 different reports of what the airstrike was, what it hit, photos of the plane, accounts about the high-pitched sound of the plane or how many were flying in the group, etc. It doesn't mean it didn't happen.feedback

Genevieve Casagrande

Russia likes to portray itself as this marvelous counterterrorism actor that is in parallel and in lockstep with the U.S. against ISIS.feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran's missile capability protects its citizens in lawful self-defense and advances common global fight to eradicate ISIS and extremist terror.feedback

Ryan Dillon

We are going to make sure that we have the right aircraft in the right places.feedback

Yezid Sayigh

The (Syrian) regime is always testing and pushing the boundaries. I don't think the Americans are testing the red lines. They are saying 'we have a red line here and if you are going to test it we will respond, but it doesn't mean we are now shifting strategy' because they also want to reassure the Russians.feedback

Amir Ali Hajizadeh

I hope that the clear message of this attack will be understood by the terrorists as well as their regional and international supporters.feedback

Talal Silo

If the regime continues attacking our positions in Raqqa province, we will be forced to retaliate.feedback

Viktor Ozerov

A threat for those jets may appear only if they take action that pose a threat to Russian aircraft.feedback

Richard Coe

Each person is expected to do that on their own, and then, in the process, funnel up the pros and cons to decision makers.feedback

Boris Johnson

We are pushing back Daesh [so-called Islamic State] militarily, but the threat we face is evolving rather than disappearing as they lose ground in Iraq and Syria. The fight is moving from the battlefield to the internet.feedback

Joseph Scrocca

The Iraq Security Force operation at the Al-Waleed crossing further demonstrates their resolve to defeat [Daesh] throughout all of Iraq. This operation has no bearing on Coalition partner training operations at ... Tanf.feedback

Ramazan Sharif

The Saudis and Americans are especially receivers of this message. Obviously and clearly, some reactionary countries of the region, especially Saudi Arabia, had announced that they are trying to bring insecurity into Iran.feedback

Sergei Ryabkov

This strike has to be seen as a continuation of America's line to disregard the norms of international law. What is this if not an act of aggression? It is, if you like, help to those terrorists that the US is fighting against, declaring they are carrying out an anti-terrorism policy.feedback

Mohsen Rezaee

This is the beginning of taking revenge from Daesh [Isis]. A bigger slap in the face is yet to come. The supporters of terrorists should take heed of Iran's message of strength.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

If the defenders of the holy shrine were not there, the enemy would have brought the battle to our streets by now. Don't take all the huff and puff of the new comer in the US seriously. The US has always wanted to overthrow the Islamic establishment of Iran. And they have always failed.feedback

Mirna Suleiman

I've tried to apply for a visa for my nan in Syria - appealed and appealed and got no response. I'm happy - but not happy that it had to reach this. It shouldn't reach a point where people are dying (before) we can allow families to be reunited with one another.feedback

Hisham al-Hashimi

The Russians are trying to improve their record fighting Daesh [Isis] as it was the Americans who have killed the top commanders of the group so far, like Abu Omar al-Shishani, Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani and Abu Ali al-Anbari. If [Russia's] announcements prove wrong, their credibility will be hurt.feedback

Ali Akbar Velayati

The U.S. Senate's move is unquestionably in breach of both the spirit and the letter of the nuclear deal. The Iranian committee tasked with monitoring the accord will certainly examine the congressional move and come up with a decent response. America is trying to cover up the repeated defeats it has suffered from Iran in Iraq and Syria.feedback

Charles Lister

Russia has a long track record of issuing fake claims and deliberate misinformation during its campaign in Syria.feedback

Ryan Dillon

There have been several past claims of this kind that have been proven false, and we have seen no definitive proof that this report is true either.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

I don't have a 100-percent confirmation of the information. Past examples of similar actions to strike the leadership of terrorist groups were presented with much enthusiasm and pomp, but the experience shows that those structures later regained their capability.feedback

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

In areas controlled by extremist factions, we are gravely concerned with the mounting number of civilians who perish during air strikes. We note in particular that the intensification of air strikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes.feedback

Mohammed Alhajali

He was trying to reach his family in Syria but he could not get connected to them due to the situation in Syria. He had not seen his family for four years.feedback

Faysal Itani

We don't have a choice but to oppose Iran and try to accommodate Russia. It's the only conceivable way of bringing an end to the war on terms the United States can accept, i.e., without turning over the entire country to Iran. If we are indeed able to divide Russia from Iran, we stand a much better chance of forcing an outcome in Syria that serves our interests.feedback

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

Whether it be the unrestrained use of airstrikes against residential neighborhoods, attacks against doctors and hospitals, or the use of suicide bombers that deliberately target civilians, fighting remains brutal in purpose and reprehensible in method.feedback

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

In those areas more urgently in need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations has only been permitted one humanitarian delivery in 2017. Time and time again, warring parties and influential states have failed to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the respites from hostilities.feedback

Samaa Sarya

We have them surrounded on three sides and many can't escape anymore. Some manage to escape on wooden boats along the river at night.feedback

Mostafa Sirikanu

Today our movements were delayed by snipers. Daesh are just beyond that point. You never know they could have put a bomb in that teapot or that television.feedback

Marjorie Bahhaj

This is horrible after all he has been through and a place of safety leads to his death. From a government that starts war with its citizens to our government that neglects building regulations..... when will all leaders care for their citizens? It feels we as British let him down he was supposed to be safe with us.feedback

Del Pilar Bauza Moreno - International Committee of the Red Cross

Cholera has found the perfect ground - deteriorated living conditions, poor hygiene behavior, unsafe drinking water in most of the cities, collapsed sewage systems, and uncollected garbage everywhere.feedback

Robert Mardini

This is all the more alarming as new offensives (against Islamic State militants) get under way in cities like Raqqa in Syria or intensify in Mosul, Iraq.feedback

Robert Mardini

We see also that many other conflicts are taking place in urban areas in other places such as Somalia and Afghanistan and other countries.feedback

Robert Mardini

The impacts of warfare are quickly multiplied with exponential consequences. If a power line is hit, (there is) no water, no electricity, no waste water treatment. There are contamination outbreaks and massive challenges to run hospitals.feedback

Ryan Dillon

We have that garrison in al-Tanf that is a temporary base and location for us to train our partner forces to fight to defeat ISIS, but that is the only base in southern Syria or location where we have coalition forces.feedback

Bob Corker

With overwhelming Senate passage of the Russia sanctions amendment, the U.S. sends a strong signal to President Putin while ensuring the Trump administration has the flexibility it needs. The Russian government continues to violate the sovereignty of Ukraine, aggravate the crisis in Syria, and destabilize democracies around the world. This amendment makes clear that we will not continue to tolerate such actions, and I am glad we are one step closer to passage of our legislation to hold Iran accountable.feedback

Mark Weekes

The case against the defendant is that in early January 2016 he travelled out to Turkey from the UK, and it's quite plain from the facts his ultimate destination from where he was turned back was Syria, with the intention of fighting for Islamic State.feedback

Noura Khalaf

They took us to an underground market for selling women, where they displayed us for Islamic State members and each one picks the girl he likes.feedback

Stephen Goose

No matter how white phosphorus is used, it poses a high risk of horrific and long-lasting harm in crowded cities like Raqqa and Mosul and any other areas with concentrations of civilians. U.S.-led forces should take all feasible precautions to minimize civilian harm when using white phosphorus in Iraq and Syria.feedback

Mustafa Sejari

God forbid if this crisis is not contained I predict ... the situation in Syria will become tragic because the factions that are supported by (different) countries will be forced to take hostile positions towards each other. We urge our brothers in Saudi Arabia and Qatar not to burden the Syrian people more than they can bear.feedback

Lindsey Graham

If you don't think containing Iran and keeping them from toppling Yemen, Iraq, Syria, [and] Lebanon is not in our national interest, you're making a huge mistake.feedback

Theresa May

Nowhere is our cooperation closer than in the area of defence and security, with British and French fighter pilots flying alongside one another and in each other's planes over Syria and Iraq to strike Daesh [Isil] at its heart, or our troops deployed together in Estonia to provide reassurance to our eastern allies in the face of Russian aggression.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We have a large placemat of difficult issues with the Russians ... our relationship's at an all-time low, and it's been deteriorating further. Our objective is to stabilize that. We are working in a couple of areas in particular to see if we can establish that there's a basis for re-establishing some type of working relationship with the Russian government that is in our interest. There are efforts underway in Syria specifically.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We're engaged on the effort… We will brief you soon. I do not see any indication that Mr. Putin would want a positive relationship with us. That is not to say we can't get there as we look for common ground. But at this point, he has chosen to be competitive, a strategic competitor with us and we will have to deal with that as we see it.feedback

Sally Lane

It was the news we've been waiting for for three years – ever since he went out there – and now we just want to get him home.feedback

Puk Leenders

Parents have to make an impossible decision. Either they stay in Raqqa, subjecting their children to increased violence and airstrikes, or they take them over the frontline, knowing they will need to cross minefields and may be caught in the crossfire. People are punished if they try to flee, and generally manage to leave only by paying huge bribes.feedback

Zachary Abuza

It was not the spread of ISIS in Iraq and Syria that fuelled ISIS cells in the Philippines, but the collapse of the peace process.feedback

François Molins

He evoked a solitary radicalization processes through Internet, and a written allegiance and filmed one at his home, excluding all contacts with anyone.feedback

Oliver Rosenbauer - World Health Organization

Are we concerned that we're in fact going to be seeding further future polio vaccine-derived outbreaks? ... Absolutely, that is a concern. And that is why this vaccine must be used judiciously and to try to ensure the highest level of coverage. This is kind of what has become known as the OPV, the oral polio vaccine paradox. Such vaccine-derived strains tend to be less dangerous than wild polio virus strains, they tend to cause fewer cases, and they tend not to travel so easily geographically. That's all kind of the silver lining and should play in our favor operationally.feedback

Praful Patel

These under 17 boys will be the backbone of the Indian team. We saw them beat Syria. We beat an Italian team [but there was so much] negativity. It was about applauding the young children and making India proud. Instead, we go into negativity.feedback

Fahad Khan

Khuram, I know he was inspired by one of the sheikhs who was giving lectures on YouTube, and he belonged to one specific sector of Islam which had very rigid and strict views. Videos about fighting non-Muslims for no reasons, innocent non-Muslims. He wanted to go to Syria, yes. I heard from [an] uncle that he wanted to go to Syria to fight, but because of the family pressure, or it might be the intervention by the authorities who seized his passport or whatever, he couldn't go there.feedback

Geert Cappelaere - UNICEF

An estimated 40,000 children remain trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in Raqqa. Many are caught in the crossfire.feedback

Tony Blair

We have tried intervention and putting down troops – in Iraq. We've tried intervention without putting in troops – in Libya. And we've tried no intervention at all but demanding regime change – in Syria. It's not clear to me that, even if our policy did not work, subsequent policies have worked better.feedback

Colonel Ryan Dillon - US Army

Unfortunately, there have been (these) incidents that have taken our focus away from fighting ISIS.feedback

Colonel Ryan Dillon - US Army

This clearly showed a threat even if it were a warning shot; it was something that showed a hostile intent, a hostile action and posed a threat to our forces because this drone still had munitions that were still on it.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Once again, unscrupulous criminals have claimed the lives of many innocent people. Where terror knows no borders, compassion and humanity should also know no bounds.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The new U.S. president seems determined to add to the dangers by recklessly escalating the confrontation with North Korea, unilaterally launching missile strikes on Syria, opposing President Obama's nuclear arms deal with Iran, and backing a new nuclear arms race. We will not be afraid to speak our mind. Pandering to an erratic Trump administration will not deliver stability. Britain deserves better than simply outsourcing our country's security and prosperity to the whims of the Trump White House.feedback

Charlie Winter

Iranian officials will be called upon to step up intervention in Iraq (and) Syria big time.feedback

Fahad Khan

Police already know these things and he had already been given a warning.feedback

Fahad Khan

My whole family's life has dramatically and significantly changed. Everywhere we will go, regardless of whether we are the victims or not, we have to answer the question.feedback

Fahad Khan

I've heard from my family members that he wanted to leave her [his wife] as he had plans to go to Syria. I've heard that his family have stopped him and his passport might [have been] taken by his mother, father or police.feedback

Omar Saif Ghobash

We have all kinds of recordings taking place where they (Qatar) are coordinating with al Qaeda in Syria.feedback

Sarah Margon - Human Rights Watch

It is hard to understand how the Pentagon can determine with such confidence who was and who wasn't killed in the attack when those conducting the investigation did not actually speak with anyone present at the time of the attack – or even anyone who might have been there right after.feedback

Paul Bontrager - Army

A concern from this strike is that all the best information did not make it to the target engagement authority at the time he had to make the decision about the strike. We considered media reports that indicated a large number of civilians were killed, but our investigation did not uncover evidence to support those claims. We are not aware of large numbers of civilians being treated in hospitals after the strike. We struck our intended target and eliminated several al Qaeda terrorists.feedback

David Metreau

The police didn't seem interested in him at the beginning. I thought he was dead.feedback

Karim Sadjadpour - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

It's in U.S. interests to try and compel Tehran and Riyadh to address their differences and cooperate against ISIS. Acrimony and distrust between Iran and Saudi Arabia only causes more civilian casualties in Syria and Yemen, more refugees pouring into Europe, and more Sunni and Shia radicalism. In lieu of a grand strategy, our Iran policy must be sophisticated and nimble enough to cooperate when possible, counter when necessary, and contain intelligently, until the Islamic republic's internal contradictions force a course correction.feedback

Sarah Margon - Human Rights Watch

We found no evidence to support the allegations that the mosque was a meeting place for members of Al Qaeda in Syria or other armed groups.feedback

Danny Danon - United Nations

It comes as no surprise that he chose to spread lies about Israel before he even mentioned the massacres in Syria. The Commissioner has forgotten that it is his job to care for human rights throughout the world, not to incite against Israel.feedback

Anna Levy

It was just scary because you didn't know what was happening. People were just running.feedback

Dean Blair

Not the holiday experience wanted. Trapped in Notre Dame Cathedral after police shoot a man. We are with our 2 terrified children.feedback

David Stoklo

This happens nearly every week now. I just hope it has nothing to do with the election.feedback

Steve Townsend

We all saw the heinous attack in Manchester, England. ISIS threatens all of our nations, not just Iraq and Syria, but in our own homelands as well. This cannot stand. The international coalition and our partner forces are steadily dismantling the physical caliphate of ISIS. Once ISIS is defeated in both Mosul and Raqqa, there will still be a lot of hard fighting ahead, but this coalition is strong and committed to the complete annihilation of ISIS in both Iraq and Syria.feedback

Eric Pahon

Now that [Syrian and allied forces have] backed off, we're not going after them.feedback

Talal Sillo

Morale is high and military readiness to implement the military plan is complete and in coordination with the US-led coalition to fight terrorism.feedback

Damien Pickart

We've seen no impact to our operations and all flights continue as planned. The United States and the [anti-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, US-led] coalition are grateful to the Qataris for their long-standing support of our presence and their enduring commitment to regional security. I have been talking predominantly about the Muslim brotherhood and Hamas, the Palestinian movement based in Gaza. So I think the Saudis and the UAEs are worried that Qatar was providing a platform for these groups.feedback

Steve Townsend

The fight for Raqqa will be long and difficult. It's hard to convince new recruits that ISIS is a winning cause when they just lost their twin capitals in both Iraq and Syria. Once ISIS is defeated in both Mosul and Raqqa, there will still be a lot of hard fighting ahead. But this Coalition is strong and committed to the complete annihilation of ISIS in both Iraq and Syria.feedback

Chrystia Freeland

The dictatorship in North Korea, crimes against humanity in Syria, the monstrous extremists of Daesh [Islamic State group], and Russian military adventurism and expansionism also all pose clear strategic threats to the liberal democratic world, including Canada. If middle powers do not implicate themselves in the furtherance of peace and stability around the world, that will be left to the great powers to settle among themselves. This would not be in Canada's interest.feedback

Lorenzo Vidino

Two years ago, these three knuckleheads would have headed to Syria. Now they can't do that, so they do something else.feedback

Fadhil Dawood

They take money and they do whatever they want.feedback

Donald J. Trump

People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN! Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible–at least very, 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.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

What the west did in Iraq and Afghanistan was appalling… we are living with the consequences of the war on terror of 2001. If we continue to try to create legal obstacles and make value judgements about people without considering the overall policy we are following, we will return to legislation such as this again and again, year after year. I feel that we should think about this rather more carefully and avoid the knee-jerk reaction of saying, These are bad fighters and those are good fighters, so we will ban these and allow those in.feedback

Mohammed Shamsuddin

The Sharia is coming to the UK – this black flag you see here one day is gonna be on 10 Downing Street. Our message is deadly, we are calling for world domination, and for Sharia for the UK.feedback

Julie Bishop

The global terrorist threat is ever evolving, we've seen brutal attacks in a number of European cities, we've thwarted attacks here in Australia, and so we want to discuss with you, the links back into the Middle East, the role we're playing with you in Iraq and Syria and also Afghanistan. We are united in our resolve to defeat Isis, the Islamic State terrorist organisation and its ilk.feedback

Richard Barrett

I’ve worked on counter-terrorism since before 9/11. We have to do more than escalating the same old policies. Addressing the nation outside No 10 Downing Street on Sunday morning, the prime minister spoke forcefully about the need for change, both in society’s tolerance of extremism and in the government’s counter-terrorism strategy.feedback

Theresa May

We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning. We must not forget about the safe spaces that continue to exist in the real world. Yes, that means taking military action to destroy Isis in Iraq and Syria. [T]here is - to be frank - far too much tolerance of extremism in our country. So we need to become far more robust in identifying it and stamping it out across the public sector and across society. That will require some difficult, and often embarrassing, conversations.feedback

Theresa May

In light of what we are learning about the changing threat, we need to review Britain's counter-terrorism strategy to make sure the police and security services have all the powers they need. And if we need to increase the length of custodial sentences for terrorism-related offenses, even apparently less serious offenses, that is what we will do. Yes, that means taking military action to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. But it also means taking action here at home.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We are absolutely convinced that it was a provocation. Assad didn't use the weapons. It was done by people who wanted to blame him for that. Thank God, they were smart enough not to do that after we released information about it. Modern control equipment would have shown that chemical weapons had been on that particular plane or site in the base. No one wanted to. There was a lot of talk, but zero action. Has Assad made mistakes? Yes, quite a few. And what about people confronting him? Are they angels? Who are they who kill people there, execute children? Are they people who we should support?feedback

Cameron Colquhoun

Most of the blood spilled in Europe in the more spectacular attacks, using guns and bombs, really all began at the time when Katibat al-Battar went back to Libya. That is where the threat trajectory to Europe began – when these men returned to Libya and had breathing space. While they were targeted by drones, the opposition they faced there was not as intense as in Syria.feedback

Joshua Geltzer

My best sense of it is that it hasn't been necessarily a migration from Syria to Libya but has been rather a maturation of ISIS-Libya actually having an 'ex ops' program. Those of us following ISIS closely wondered, as we tracked the threat posed by ISIS-Libya, is it part of a deliberate global plan, so that even if they are squeezed in Syria, they can run their ex ops out of somewhere else? But it's not clear whether Libya is an alternative to Syria or, more likely, a redundancy.feedback

Peter Neumann

Anis Amri, the Berlin guy, received his instructions from Libya, not Syria. Clearly there are several centers of gravity.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We are absolutely convinced that it was a provocation. Assad didn't use the weapons. It was done by people who wanted to blame him for that. Thank God, they were smart enough not to do that after we released information about it. Has Assad make mistakes? Yes, quite a few. And what about people confronting him? Are they angels? Who are they who kill people there, execute children? Are they people who we should support? Primarily, we are defending not Assad but the Syrian statehood. We don't want to see the situation there become like it is in Libya, Somalia or Afghanistan.feedback

Carlos Curbelo

Something's not right when Potus is putting our country on a list with bad hombres Bashar al-Assad of Syria and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua.feedback

John Kasich

I'm convinced we can correct them and improve the agreement, however, by showing leadership and constructively engaging with like-minded nations, not by joining the ranks of holdouts like Syria and Nicaragua.feedback

Ahmed al-Ahmed

The number released alive since then can be counted on fingers. Most of those who smelled or witnessed anything to do with the crematorium are likely to have been the ones in solitary confinement waiting to be executed. They are likely long dead, and the truth will have died with them.feedback

Omar al-Shogre

There was a big fire that day, but it did not smell like any regular fire. The prison guards told us that there had been an electrical fault, but there was no electricity in most parts of the jail and that made us suspicious. There were a lot of dead bodies each week, too many to dispose of normally. Which is why I think they were sending them to a crematorium.feedback

Francois Hollande

You can't put together victims and the people who are killing them. Assad is at the origin of the problem, he cannot be part of the solution.feedback

Abu Khaled

Before taking me and the other detainees to Saydnaya, a police officer asked for our help in arranging the dead bodies in plastic bags. We arrived at Tishreen (military hospital near Damascus) as 17 in total seeking treatment that day, only two of us came out alive. We all got this stomach infection, but because most of the others had injuries due to torture they did not survive.feedback

Barack Obama

When a dictator slaughters tens of thousands of his own people, that is not just a matter of one nation's internal affairs.feedback

Heather Coleman - Oxfam Intermón

This will have very serious consequences for millions around the world, whose lives are on the line because of climate change. Pulling out of the Paris agreement [would be] a huge embarrassment that puts the US in the same camp as Nicaragua and Syria – the only two states who are not party to the agreement.feedback

Alden Meyer - Union of Concerned Scientists

I don't think any other countries will follow the U.S. out of Paris, so if he does leave, Trump will be in splendid isolation with the leaders of Syria and Nicaragua.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We support political contacts, contacts between defence ministries, we work together on sorting difficult situation, including in Syria.feedback

Vladimir Putin

According to our information, there is no proof of the use of chemical weapons by (Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad. We are convinced he did not do so.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We are grateful to you for your ideas and the joint work between OPEC and the countries which are not part of the cartel. We support political contacts, contacts between defense ministries. We work together on sorting out difficult situations, including in Syria.feedback

Eduardo Ano - Army

They wanted to show the world that there is an ISIS [Islamic State/IS] branch here which can inflict the kind of violence that has been seen in Syria and Iraq.feedback

Mohammed bin Salman

The relations between Saudi Arabia and Russia are going through one of their best moments ever. We have a lot of common grounds. As far as our disagreements are concerned, we have a clear mechanism of how to overcome them. We are moving forward quickly and in a positive way. The most important thing is that we are succeeding in building a solid foundation to stabilise oil markets and energy prices.feedback

Ryan Dillon

The coalition has observed pro-regime forces patrolling in the vicinity of the established de-confliction zone around the Tanf training site in Syria ... Pro-regime patrols and the continued armed and hostile presence of forces inside the ... zone is unacceptable and threatening to coalition forces.feedback

Maria Fantappie - The International Crisis Group

The Iranians have been prioritizing something that the U.S. has overlooked: control over strategic roads, rather than control of the Sunni communities. They have been trying to bisect Iraq and prevent a unified Sunni block from emerging.feedback

Ahmed al-Asadi

This will be the first step to the liberation of the entire border.feedback

Ernesto Abella

It started flying the flag of the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria in several areas, thereby openly attempting to remove from the allegiance to the Philippine government this part of Mindanao. This constitutes the crime of rebellion.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We were very shocked, because ... we know how this can hurt the people of your country, but more generally for Europe. Because they attack our young, and very young people. I said at the G-7 table that I don't regard it as a collective victory that on Syria ... not one of us was capable of being around the table. You have Russia, Iran and Turkey. That is a defeat. So we must talk to Russia to change the framework for getting out of the military crisis in Syria and to build a much more collective and integrated inclusive political solution.feedback

Vladimir Putin

These sanctions do not contribute at all to settling the crisis in Ukraine.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The use of chemical weapons by anyone will be the object of reprisals and immediate retaliation on the part of France. When press organs sow defamatory untruths, they are no longer journalists. They are organs of influence. Russia Today and Sputnik have been organs of influence during this campaign, which on many occasions produced untruths about me and my campaign and so I determined that they had no place, I confirm it, in my headquarters. As for me, I will be constantly vigilant on these issues, which are in keeping with our values.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Only the abolition of all restrictions, a free market and free competition unburdened by political considerations can help develop the world economy.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Our strategy right now is to accelerate the campaign against ISIS. It is a threat to all civilized nations. And the bottom line is we are going to move in an accelerated and reinforced manner, throw them on their back foot. Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home to North Africa, to Europe, to America, to Asia, to Africa. We're not going to allow them to do so. We're going to stop them there and take apart the caliphate.feedback

Michael Fallon

Look at the man's actions, not just his words…this is a man who has opposed every piece of anti-terrorist legislation, who does not support, noticeably this morning, does not support our military action in Iraq and Syria where the RAF are trying to keep us safe, dealing with terrorists who are planning attacks against western Europe and indeed against this country and has always questioned the nuclear deterrent and indeed our Nato deployments. We would certainly be less safe if Jeremy Corbyn was Prime Minister. Jeremy Corbyn is soft on terrorism.feedback

Gareth Stansfield

Traditionally an al-Qaida-associated group would have nothing to do or little in common with Isis. In Syria they've fought pretty ferociously between themselves. They have some quite serious theological and ideological differences. But in recent years, boundaries have become more fluid, especially as situations in Libya and Syria have become far more complex and convoluted. Isis and al-Qaida are enemies and competitors but as pressure is brought to bear on both of them they have more in common than separates them.feedback

Jim Treacy

If there is an investigation on anybody, would other folks around that person be of interest to the FBI as far as being interviewed? The answer to that is a big yes. Really, being spoken to, does not confer a target status on the individual.feedback

Gary Cohn

We're not going to comment on Jared. We're just not going to comment. There's a section in the official communique talking about Russia. The president since he left Washington has been dealing with foreign leaders, has been dealing with jobs, has been dealing with economic growth, has been dealing with diplomacy, has been dealing with unfair trade, has been dealing with Paris, has been dealing with China. His agenda has been overflowing. He has been fully consumed with what's going on here.feedback

Harriet Williamson

The words written on the bomb are an unpleasant example of everything that's wrong with our current approach to foreign policy and our penchant for funding chaotic conflicts that further destabilise countries and create the conditions ideal for extremism to flourish. It is the very embodiment of 'an eye for an eye', which we all know leaves the whole world blind.feedback

Harriet Williamson

After the appalling tragedy in my hometown of Manchester on Monday night, the photograph sickens me. It utterly disrespects the people of my wonderful city by slapping our name on a missile, an instrument for causing death and destruction, mere days after a terrible loss of life occurred where we live. The people of Manchester have pulled together in a time of crisis, showing incredible strength in supporting one another, regardless of religion, ethnicity or background. Manchester is grieving. We want healing, not more violence and horror.feedback

Michael Flynn

We have back-channel communications with any number of individual countries. What that allows you to do is communicate in a discreet manner.feedback

Jose Calida

What's happening in Mindanao is no longer a rebellion of Filipino citizens. It has transmogrified into invasion by foreign terrorists, who heeded the call of the ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] to go to the Philippines if they find difficulty in going to Iraq and Syria. People they consider as infidels, whether Christians or Muslims, are also targets. What it worrisome is that the ISIS has radicalized a number of Filipino Muslim youth.feedback

Theresa May

It is vital we do more to cooperate with our partners in the region to step up returns and prosecutions of foreign fighters. This means improving intelligence-sharing, evidence gathering and bolstering countries' police and legal processes. As the military situation on the ground changes more of these fighters may try to return to their original country, and pose a threat there. We need to securely share data on our foreign fighters, such as names and nationalities, so they can be spotted by different countries as they cross borders, and decisions made on whether they should be arrested.feedback

Mounir Hakimi

I never expected that I would be treating patients who have the same injuries that I saw in Syria. When you saw the videos of when the bomb happened in Manchester, and saw the social media, and saw the horror of people's faces, the thing that clicked for me was the experience I had in Aleppo, where there was an airstrike and I saw the same look on their faces. It all came flooding back.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

We are still assessing the results of those strikes. We take all allegations of civilian casualties seriously.feedback

Chris Woods

We are seeing high civilian casualties where six months ago we would not. This is the clearest evidence yet that protections for civilians on the battlefield appear to have been scaled back.feedback

Sidney Jones

Setbacks in Syria and Iraq have heightened the importance of other theaters for ISIS, and in Southeast Asia, the focus is the Philippines. ISIS supporters around the region have been urged to join the jihad in the Philippines if they can't get to Syria, and to wage war at home if they can't travel at all.feedback

Zachary Abuza

Southeast Asia was never a priority for ISIS, and it is hard for me to make the case that fighting for survival in Iraq and Syria, or at least trying not to lose any more territory, that they will stay focused on Southeast Asia.feedback

David Ignatius

Policymakers should avoid a continuation of the sectarian catastrophe that has befallen Iraq and Syria.feedback

Salman Abedi

He did what he did in revenge, and in love for Islam. I think he saw children – Muslim children – dying everywhere, and wanted revenge. He saw the explosives America drops on children in Syria, and he wanted revenge. Whether he got that is between him and God.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

We will use everything within our power to put additional sanctions on Iran, Syria, and North Korea to protect American lives. I can assure you that's a big focus of mine and I discuss it with the president.feedback

Jomana Abedi

I think he saw children - Muslim children - dying everywhere, and wanted revenge. He saw the explosives America drops on children in Syria, and he wanted revenge. Whether he got that is between him and God.feedback

Setyo Wasisto

The police officers were on duty to guard a group of people who were holding a parade. The parade hadn't passed yet when the blast happened.feedback

Amber Rudd

Yes, quite frankly, the British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources and I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again. There is an industry out there that doesn't like Prevent, but I can tell you that 150 people for instance were stopped, because of Prevent activity, from travelling to Syria last year, 50 of whom were children.feedback

Mounir Hakimi

I never expected that I would be treating patients who have the same injuries that I saw in Syria. I never thought I would experience a terror attack so close to my house. I never thought it would be close to my family and my kids. It does make me anxious about my wife and kids. The people carrying out these attacks do not represent my Muslim community, my family or me.feedback

Mounir Hakimi

The other difference is that the staff to not have the same level of equipment and they do not have the same skills because it's in a war zone.feedback

Thierry Fremaux

We are a festival of peace and sharing. The people who were at the concert last night were doing nothing different from what we're doing here: being together, enjoying freedom, loving and sharing passions. In honor of and with a thought for the victims… and all of our British friends, and to think once again (of those) in France, in Belgium, in Germany, in the United States or in England and everywhere else – in Pakistan and Syria – to all who are victims of this absurdity, this warfare, we observe a minute of silence.feedback

Dan Coats

We anticipate that ISIS will be in transition over the coming year, shifting toward more traditional terrorist operations rather than conventional military engagement in Iraq and Syria. ISIS will continue to lead, enable and inspire terrorist attacks, both unilaterally and with the assistance of its formal branches and networks.feedback

Jeffrey Harrigian

It was a poker game. I put down a card; they put down a card. And I'm sitting at the head of the table deciding every day when I was going to put the next captain to go a little bit deeper in.feedback

Nikki Haley

So our goal is how do we get these people back home to a safe place?feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Who can say the region will experience total stability without Iran? Who fought against the terrorists? It was Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Syria. But who funded the terrorists?feedback

Hassan Rouhani

The Americans do not know our region, that's what the catch is. Unfortunately, Americans have always made mistakes in our region. When they attacked Afghanistan (and) Iraq, when they made sanctions against Iran. In Syria, they made mistakes, and also in Yemen. Who can claim that stability of the region can be restored without Iran? I hope that the day will come that Saudi Arabia will adopt this path. They should have polling stations in place for the people and let the rulers not be on a hereditary basis. They should be picked by the people.feedback

Jean-Marc Rickli

I would not be surprised to see an increase in hostilities in Syria and Yemen. Also, the IRGC might want to foster pro-Shi'a groups in Bahrain and some parts of Kuwait to regain power after the elections.feedback

Alexander Orlov

I think he's not very ideological compared with his predecessors. With him we have more chances of moving forward than before. We now must go forward in (peace talks in) Geneva where France can play a greater role. With him we're dealing with a real head of state -- brilliant, competent, intelligent.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Americans resorted to many different methods against Iran but failed in all ... We are waiting for the new U.S. administration to find stability and continuity in its policies. The problem is that the Americans do not know our region and those who advise U.S. officials are misleading them. Who fought against the terrorists? It was Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Russia. But who funded the terrorists? Those who fund terrorists cannot claim they are fighting against them.feedback

Nikki Haley

We're the No. 1 donor here through this crisis. That's not going to stop. We're not going to stop funding this. The fact that I'm here shows we want to see what else needs to be done. This is all in the name of our Syrian brothers and sisters.feedback

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