Fate of Assad up to Russia: Tillerson

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The US Secretary of State has reportedly told the United Nations Secretary General that he thinks the fate of Syria and its leader is now up to Russia.

Rex Tillerson held a private meeting with Antonio Guterres at the State Department when he said the US was limiting its mission to defeating terror group Isis, according to Foreign Policy.

Citing three diplomatic sources with knowledge of the exchange, Mr Tillerson said that though the US is committed to the 2012 Geneva Process that stated it, Russia, and other western countries would put a transition government in place, the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would be in Russia's purview.

The US has "limited tactical goals–deterring future chemical weapons attacks and protecting U.S. backed-forces fighting the Islamic State in Syria–not weakening the Assad government or strengthening the opposition’s negotiating leverage".
US Secretary of State says 'Syria's fate is in Russian hands now' | The Independent
 

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Can anyone remember why the US jumped into this one in the first place? Was it chasing ISIS? They seem to be more of a player in Iraq.
 
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US has no legal justification for intervening in Syria. Period.
 

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Does Russia?
Yes, LEGALLY, yes.

Because they and their military have been summoned and welcomed there by the legitimate government of the Syrian Arab Republic




and so do, at least, those Syrians who support their government

;)

US is there only with and on behalf of illegal armed groups, at least some of which can be considered terrorists, and others (the Kurdish YPG, in the SDF) actually ARE considered so, by Turkey (however little their opinion matters to me) and other NATO members, not sure if including the US itself.

A legally precarious position, wouldn't you agree?