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Whether you like it or not, we are going to defend the oppressed peoples of Yemen, Palestine and Syria.feedback
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Sep 22 2017
“We have a lot of issues with Iran. They're a yard long. The nuclear issue is 1 foot of that yard. We have 2 feet of other issues that we must deal with. And it has to do with Iran's destabilizing activities. But since the nuclear deal has been concluded what we have witnessed is Iran has stepped up its destabilizing activities in Yemen, it stepped up its destabilizing activities in Syria, and exports arms to Hezbollah and other terrorist groups, and it continues to conduct a very active ballistic missile program. None of that I believe is consistent with that preamble commitment.” said Rex W. Tillerson speaking about Syria conflict. It’s one of the 820 quotes about Syria conflict you can find on this page. 454 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Donald J. Trump, Ryan Dillon and Sean Spicer. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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Majd Eddin Ghazal

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

Sergei Rudskoi

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

Ryan Dillon

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

Michael Fallon

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

Emmanuel Macron

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

Kamal Wazne

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

Emmanuel Macron

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

Emmanuel Macron

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

Sergei Rudskoi

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

Michael Fallon

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

Johnny Stringer

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

Boris Johnson

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

Michael Fallon

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

Ange Postecoglou

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Ange Postecoglou

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

Boris Johnson

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

Rami Abdel Rahman - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

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

David Satterfield

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

David Satterfield

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

Heather Nauert

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

Angelina Jolie - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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

Peter Kosminsky

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

Peter Kosminsky

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

Peter Kosminsky

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

Peter Kosminsky

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

Bill Roggio

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

Maria V. Zakharova

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

Heather Nauert

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

Alexander Lapin

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

Rex W. Tillerson

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

Margot Wallstrom

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

Binali Yildirim

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

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

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

Leon Wieseltier - The Brookings Institution

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

Elliott Abrams - Council on Foreign Relations

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

Orrin Hatch

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

Menachem Z. Rosensaft

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

Marc Lynch

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

Ahmed Abu Khawla

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

Paul Funk

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

Andrew Tabler

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

Alexander Lapin

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

Danny Davis

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

Daniel Byman - The Brookings Institution

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

Brett McGurk

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

Susan E. Rice

The allegation is that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes. That's absolutely false.feedback

Alexander Sazanov

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

Donald J. Trump

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

Abu Saad

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

Rex W. Tillerson

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

Nicholas J. Rasmussen

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

Abu Saad

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

Sergey Lavrov

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

Eli Ben-Meir

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

Eli Ben-Meir

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

Eli Ben-Meir

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

Priyanka Chopra

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

Priyanka Chopra

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

Priyanka Chopra

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

Ayman Safadi

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

Abu Khawlah

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

Bruce Bechtol

Everything that I've seen suggests that the majority of this stuff goes on ships. Ships are easier to hide. You wouldn't think so. But aircraft have to file flight plans. Cargo and transport aircraft have to fly through air space… It's much easier just to reflag a ship under some nondescript nation that nobody would think was carrying arms and send it to Syria.feedback

Ryan Dillon

We saw some ISIS fighters break out in fisticuffs, which we assess to be their frustration at being stuck in the middle of nowhere.feedback

David Ignatius

Out of the spotlight, the secretary of state seems to be crafting a broad strategy aimed at stabilizing the situations in North Korea, Syria and Ukraine.feedback

Amos Yadlin

The factory that was targeted in Masyaf produces the chemical weapons and barrel bombs that have killed thousands of Syrian civilians.feedback

Theresa May

The message is clear: do not travel, do not engage in dangerous activities, do not put yourself or those you care about at risk.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I would prefer not going the route of military. We have very little to do with Syria other than killing Isis. I will be a mediator here in the White House.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

The United States is sending a strong message with this action that we will hold the entire Assad regime accountable for these blatant human rights violations in order to deter the spread of these types of barbaric chemical weapons.feedback

Jason Brownlee

If members of Congress were forced to take an affirmative stance in favor of intervention, for many of them that would be a tough vote to cast, given what the country has been through in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you actually started debating the perpetual state of conflict post-9/11, you would immediately run into the question of what the boundaries should be. The hawks don't want to put any constraints down on paper, and why ask permission when nobody's going to stop you?feedback

Tommy Mørk

They were wearing uniforms that said u.s. marines.feedback

Paulo Pinheiro

We gathered extensive evidence including 43 interviews with victims, eyewitnesses, first responders, medical staff and persons who visited the site as well as photos of remnants and satellite imagery. On the basis of this information we concluded that the chemical attack was carried out by a Syrian SU-22 aircraft which dropped three conventional bombs and a sarin bomb in Khan Sheikhoun.feedback

Ryan Dillon

If we do identify and find ISIS fighters who have weapons – and like I said, we can discriminate between civilians and ISIS fighters – we will strike when we can. If we are able to do so, we will.feedback

Ali Haddad

My heart still loves Syria and will always want the team to do well. Then my head tells me what this regime has done to its people, and I realize the game is just another step toward Assad turning a page on the destruction of his country.feedback

Ahmed Mohamed

No one expected us to achieve like this. Not even me, but here we are, just a match away from the big one.feedback

Majd Sarsar

This wasn't about politics for me. It was just about sport. But tonight, I feel together with my countrymen. I do. And we needed that.feedback

Mohammed Ibrahim Samra

Despite all this and despite the shelling and injured, things are running in the city. The institutions are running, the bakeries. Water is also pumped twice a week to our residents, aid is distributed daily.feedback

Steve Townsend

The Syrian regime is letting women and children suffer in the desert. This situation is completely on them.feedback

Anto Kuswanto

If we use our normal logic, it doesn't make sense. We educated him to be a good guy. He had never even been in an airplane.feedback

Restituto Padilla

There have been a number of foreign fighters who made their way here under the guise of humanitarian workers. Some come through the back door. It's a very porous border.feedback

Ryan Dillon

It was moving this morning and then they had stopped. ... I don't know if they stopped for a break or were trying to figure out what to do.feedback

Steve Townsend

I would imagine life getting kind of hard on those buses after two and a half days or more, largely cooped up in those buses driving around in the desert.feedback

Steve Townsend

So we decided to go look for these buses and we found them. And so we watched, and when ISIS came out to link up with them, we started striking ISIS. And again, we haven't struck the convoy, but we have struck every ISIS fighter and/or vehicle that has tried to approach that convoy, and will continue to do that.feedback

Ryan Dillon

We have continued to conduct strikes. We will continue to do that. If they want to continue to spend resources and put themselves out there, we will continue to strike them.feedback

Rami Abdul Rahman - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Russia opposed the deal and stated that it would target any convoy leaving Raqqa. Therefore, the international coalition and S.D.F. have been fighting ISIS for over three months now, which resulted in the killing of hundreds of S.D.F. fighters, more than 800 civilians and the destruction of the city due to constant airstrikes. Since Russia obstructed that deal, the U.S. is now obstructing the Hezbollah-ISIS deal.feedback

Ryan Dillon

They're on the move. They're trying a different route; we're watching all the way through. If ISIS wants to continue to send known ISIS fighters and vehicles toward this convoy, we will continue to fight them.feedback

Asim Bashir

The Met's Art and Antiques Unit have had no referrals to support the claim that the London art market is experiencing an upsurge in artifacts emanating from conflict zones in Syria and Iraq.feedback

David Ignatius

Even after the Islamic State is routed, U.S. troops can play a key mediating role.feedback

Hassan Nasrallah - Hezbollah

We transported those defeated militants from one front we fight in to another front we also fight in. Those who have been transferred are not large in numbers; 310 defeated, broken fighters will not change anything in the equation of the battle in Deir al-Zour province, which is said to have tens of thousands of fighters.feedback

Rita Katz

Some users on a pro-ISIS chat group called reports of the event 'Fake news,' asking, Since when is news from Hezbollah authentic? One user wrote, No need to respond to these ridiculous claims, it is known to everyone that Islamic State fighters ride on VBIED'S, not green buses.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

We fight the terrorists in Iraq. We do not send them to Syria – we kill them in Iraq.feedback

Dana White

We are reviewing Iraq and Syria and the same guiding principles will govern how we roll out those numbers as well.feedback

Brett McGurk

Irreconcilable #ISIS terrorists should be killed on the battlefield, not bused across #Syria to the Iraqi border without #Iraq's consent, . Our @coalition will help ensure that these terrorists can never enter #Iraq or escape from what remains of their dwindling 'caliphate.feedback

Lina Attalah

Egypt was never a country that used to block websites. It was never like China or Syria.feedback

Ryan Dillon

ISIS is a global threat, and to relocate terrorists from one place to another for someone else to deal with is not acceptable to the coalition. Our goal is to prevent this convoy from moving to ISIS-held territory to reinforce ISIS elements there.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

We consider it an insult to the Iraqi people. Moving this number of terrorists for such a long distance through Syria is unacceptable. We are fighting terrorism in Iraq and we are killing them in Iraq. We don't send them to Syria.feedback

Amir Nizar Zuabi

I don't have solutions. And I'm not vain enough – or stupid enough – to think this is going to change anything on the ground in Syria. Every village has its own recipe.feedback

Haidar al-Abadi

There should be full cooperation on the elimination of terrorism, not the evacuation of them from one place to the other.feedback

Ryan Dillon

The coalition, we are not party to this agreement between Lebanon, Hezbollah and ISIS. Their claim of fighting terrorism rings hollow when they allow known terrorists to transit territory under their control. ISIS is a global threat, and relocating terrorists from one place to another is not a lasting solution.feedback

Ryan Dillon

We will take action where necessary; those would be absolutely lucrative targets. We are monitoring them in real time.feedback

Ryan Dillon

Our forces did receive fire and return fire and then moved to a secure location. The coalition has told Turkey to tell the rebels it backs there that firing on US-led coalition forces is not acceptable.feedback

Daniel M. Renaud

Effectively [sic] immediately and until additional guidance is received, you may not take final action on any petition or application where the applicant is a citizen or national of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, and Libya.feedback

Ibrahim Ali

A lot of people are doing it to get to Europe, the US and Canada. While I plan to stay in Lebanon, I know hundreds who been baptised just to help their applications. They would do anything to have security for their family.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

This is something Israel cannot accept. This is something the U.N. should not accept. The victory over ISIS is welcome. Iran's entry is unwelcome, endangering us, and in my opinion, endangering the region and the world.feedback

Avidgor Lieberman

We are determined to prevent any threat to the security of the citizens of Israel.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

I understand the security concerns of Israel, and I repeat that the idea or the intention or the will to destroy the State of Israel is something totally unacceptable from my perspective.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

I will do everything in my capacity to make sure that UNIFIL fully meets its mandate. I dream that I will have the chance to see in the Holy Land two states able to live together in mutual recognition, but also in peace and security.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

I believe that the horror of the Holocaust should be such that anti-Semitism should now be dead forever.feedback

Nikki Haley

Gen Beary says there are no Hezbollah weapons. That's an embarrassing lack of understanding on what's going on around him.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

I dream that I will have the chance to see in the Holy Land two states able to live together in mutual recognition, but also in peace and security. To express that the right of existence of the state of Israel doesn't exist or the wish to destroy the state of Israel is an unacceptable form of modern anti-Semitism.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

I will do everything in my capacity to make sure that UNIFIL fully meets its mandate. To express that the right of existence of the state of Israel doesn't exist or the wish to destroy the state of Israel is an unacceptable form of modern anti-Semitism.feedback

Abbas Ibrahim

We believe, almost certainly, that these are the remains of the soldiers.feedback

Abbas Ibrahim

I know this is a difficult moment ... Liberating the land often calls for offering our souls to this country.feedback

Abbas Ibrahim

Those who surrendered from Daesh led us to the soldiers. The rest will be sent into Syria. We do not bargain. We are in the position of the victor and are imposing conditions.feedback

Michel Sleiman

Military victory must be supplemented by chasing down those who executed the soldiers and prosecuting them before international and Arabic tribunals.feedback

Abbas Ibrahim

The return of Daesh militants in air-conditioned cars to their countries is permissible because Lebanon adheres to the philosophy of a state that does not exact revenge.feedback

Abbas Radhi

There are also booby-trapped cars, mortars. But they've been defeated, God willing.feedback

Jaafar al-Husseini - Hezbollah

Today, we have one project in the region. The threat in Syria, the threat to Hezbollah and the threat in Iraq have convinced us that we need to coordinate and work together more.feedback

Ali Alahmadi

We sent them to Oman with a verbal message to their bosses: Stop meddling in Yemen.feedback

Ali Kareem Mohammed

Everyone knew they were Hezbollah. If anyone came with a suicide car, they would hit it.feedback

Hussein Allawi

This one is from Syria, that one is from Syria – we have a lot from Syria.feedback

Ali Kareem Mohammed

On the front lines, there were lots of nationalities. Hezbollah was there, Afghans, Pakistanis, Iraqis – everyone was there, with Iranian participation to lead the battle.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Iran is already well on its way to controlling Iraq, Yemen and to a large extent is already in practice in control of Lebanon. We cannot forget for a single minute that Iran threatens every day to annihilate Israel. Israel opposes Iran's continued entrenchment in Syria. We will be sure to defend ourselves with all means against this and any threat. Bringing Shi'ites into the Sunni sphere will surely have many serious implications both in regard to refugees and to new terrorist acts.feedback

Ibrahim al-Jaafari

Seventy percent of the city has been liberated.... God willing, the remaining part will be liberated soon.feedback

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

But the condition is an official Lebanese request, and public coordination, not under the table.feedback

Roozbeh Kaboly

When people think of Syria, they think of men with beards and guns in their hands. But that's not the Syria I saw as a reporter working there. I saw people who were trying to live their lives. I was looking to do a piece on the artists, athletes or people who were doing something different. I knew I would be killed because I'm not killing anybody. If you want me to go to fight the real enemy, O.K., I go. But to fight my own people, I don't want to be involved in this, even if they will kill me.feedback

Yiannis Mouzalas

They continue to arrive, albeit in much smaller numbers, on the islands, across the Evros river, across our land border with Turkey, wherever they can. To say the crisis is over depends on the war [in Syria], on Turkey, on Europe. In Greece, we remain very concerned.feedback

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

The first condition of any deal reached with Daesh will be revealing the fate of the Lebanese soldiers and returning them to their families.feedback

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

So far, more than 270 square km have been fully captured on Syrian land (by Hezbollah and the Syrian army). Around 40 square km remain under Daesh control.feedback

Steve Townsend

The Russians have been nothing but professional, cordial and disciplined.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We do not do that (communication) with the (Syrian) regime. It is with the Russians, is who we're dealing with. We continue those procedures right on down the Euphrates River Valley.feedback

Jeffrey Harrigian

The reality is we've worked through some very hard problems and, in general, we have found a way to maintain the deconfliction line (that separates U.S. and Russian areas of operation) and found a way to continue our mission. We have to negotiate, and sometimes the phone calls are tense. Because for us, this is about protecting ourselves, our coalition partners and destroying the enemy.feedback

Chris Woods

When the conflict in Syria started, independent media broke down and Syrians themselves have taken to YouTube to post news of the conflict. What's disappearing in front of our eyes is the history of this terrible war. Out of nowhere we received emails in quick succession that said that individual archived videos had been deemed to breach terms and conditions. We were issued a formal warning and told if we had two more strikes our channel would be taken down.feedback

Chris Woods

From a warning to a channel being shut down happens in a short journey.feedback

Asli Aydintasbas

There's no great wall between Kurds in Syria and Kurds in Turkey. They are part of the same problem for Turkey and need to be dealt with accordingly.feedback

Aaron Stein

This was [the case with] Libya, Iraq, Iraq again, Syria … this complicates U.S. planning and drives down trust between CENTCOM and the Turkish government.feedback

Daniel Koehler

If the kids have any feelings about injustice, the recruiter will talk day in and day out about the injustice being done to women and children in Iraq and Syria.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I will discuss with (Putin) Iran's accelerated effort to entrench militarily in Syria. This creates a problem not just for Israel, but for all the of countries of the Middle East and the whole world.feedback

Yoav Gallant

We will find the common diplomatic and political interest with the United States, and later on with Russia, in order to combine our efforts and effect Iran's return to its place. We should also prepare the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) so it ... has relevant plans (for Syria), should that be required.feedback

Alexander Petrovich Shein

We take the Israeli interests in Syria into account. Were it up to Russia, the foreign forces would not stay.feedback

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon - NATO

Syria's chemical weapons program was basically built up by Iran and Russia. But the North Koreans have been desperate for currency and have been happy to sell technology to anyone. It has always been a real concern that they would sell their chemical and nuclear expertise. Let's hope it doesn't speak to a wider involvement in the (chemical weapons) sphere, especially by the jihadis.feedback

Sergei Rudskoi

The main aim is to destroy the last stronghold of the terrorists in the Deir al-Zor region.feedback

Keith Hiatt - Benetech

The I.I.I.M. will need to draw on social media and open source information when it's building cases that it will pass to prosecutorial teams. Things just got a lot harder now the videos that were on YouTube are no longer around.feedback

Keith Hiatt - Benetech

There are probably 200 or so civil-society organizations working on Syria alone. Some have risked their lives, others have given their lives to document the atrocities and document human rights violations.feedback

Sergei Rudskoi

In the last month a dramatic shift has taken place in Syria. With the support of the Russian air force, Syrian forces have notched up a series of significant successes and won a major defeat over a big group of Islamic State fighters in the central part of Syria.feedback

Ryan Dillon

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

Bashar al-Assad

In Syria we have paid high price for the failed talks…but in any case, the price of resistance is lower than the price of surrender.feedback

Ben Wallace

[Daesh is] collapsing in Syria and people are either unable to get out there to fight for ISIS (Daesh) and so they look to do something at home. I think those two things mean that the threat is to some extent increasing.feedback

Hall Peter Kosminsky

I do feel that dramatists' job is to hold a mirror up to society and - given the fact that thousands of Brits decided to go over there and now that some of that issue is spilling back onto our streets in London and Manchester and other European cities and capitals – I just think this is an issue we need to address. Will this increase Islamophobia?' is obviously something I've had in the front of my mind for the whole process, because that's the last thing I want to do.feedback

Fadwa Suleiman

Even if they erase everything, we should not let them erase our dream. If there is only one Syrian left, I am sure he will build the Syria that we love. Syria is not a country, a geography. It's an idea.feedback

Fadwa Suleiman

I am a human being, living out of all prejudice and going to the unknown. I belong to humanity. My first and my second husbands are Sunni. I do not belong to any religion. These classifications are out of date.feedback

Fadwa Suleiman

There are, of course, supporters of the regime from the Alawite sect, like there are from any other sect. But since the regime is Alawite, all its wrongdoings are being blamed on the whole community. I just wanted to go just to say we Syrians are one people. I wanted to contradict the narrative of the regime and show people that there is no sectarianism in Syria. I wanted it to stop its lie that those who protest are armed groups, foreign agents or radical Islamists.feedback

Fadwa Suleiman

When the revolution broke out, I realized that I was a Syrian, and that my role was to guide people so as not to let them be dragged to death.feedback

Fadwa Suleiman

The regime portrays Homs as a hub for extreme Islam, but I walk in Sunni neighborhoods distributing fliers, and go like this, without a veil, into the homes of religious families and discuss politics and organizing the next protest. If the Syrian people choose democratically that they want to be ruled by Islamists, then this is their choice. I am not scared of Islamists ruling the country, because if you are in the Syrian street, you will realize that Islam here has never been strict or extremist.feedback

Peter Harling - The International Crisis Group

She has tried to contain the damage among Alawites who have been hijacked by the regime.feedback

Rolf Holmboe

There is little doubt that the Russians would like a political solution to the war. The war is costly for them, and the longer it lasts, the less it will appear to be a success for Putin.feedback

Tim Ramadan

As well as the airstrikes and lack of food, those of us left here endure the severe mental strain of hiding our true personalities from Isis and the religious police. Islamic State closed the doors of Raqqa, its de facto capital in Syria, to civilians and blocked their escape from the city more than a year ago. Then some of their fighters began taking money from civilians in return for allowing them to leave – up to $800 per person. Many residents do not have that kind of money, having lost their savings because of the war, and so found themselves stuck and in need of a means of survival.feedback

Carla del Ponte

Yes, I am convinced that is the case. That is why the situation is so frustrating. The preparatory work has been done. Despite that, there is no prosecutor and no court.feedback

Mike Pence

Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. North Korea would do well not to test his resolve – or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region. We're going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience. But we're going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea. Our hope is that we can resolve this issue peaceably.feedback

Ali al-Juma

It is now living in a minefield on the edge of another minefield.feedback

Nour Awwad

Most people are thinking about the future, and they're afraid of it. But even if they're afraid, where can they go?feedback

Brett McGurk

Idlib Province is the largest Al Qaeda safe haven since 9/11. Idlib now is a huge problem.feedback

Muhammad Jaffa

We are just going from one tragedy to a bigger tragedy. They are sending everyone here and we don't know what will happen to them in the end.feedback

Firas al-Rahim

We, the civilians, are stuck between an organization with an extreme ideology and an international community willing to fight it at all costs.feedback

Tulsi Gabbard

When the opportunity arose to meet with him, I did so because I felt that it's important that if we profess to truly care about the Syrian people, about their suffering, then we've got to be able to meet with anyone that we need to if there is a possibility that we can achieve peace. Whatever you think about President Assad, the fact is that he is the president of Syria. In order for any peace agreement, in order for any possibility of a viable peace agreement to occur there has to be a conversation with him.feedback

Peter Jennings

Trump is drawing a decisive red line for himself, we all think back to Obama's red line in Syria, which ultimately became an embarrassment for him.feedback

Leon Aron

What ties hacking and election meddling to Syria and Ukraine? A nostalgia for Soviet-era power.feedback

Oliver Glasgow

There is no doubt that had he succeeded in his attempt to enter Syria he would have joined IS and that he would have fought for them. He eventually admitted that this had been his plan and he admitted that he wanted to fight in what he believes is a holy war against the western oppressors. He is described by his mother as "meek, mild and easily influenced", but following his conversion he grew increasingly distant from his immediate family. He started to watch IS videos and listening to lectures about jihad.feedback

Carla del Ponte

First, I want to thank the UN Secretary-General, who has a thought for me…. It means that in spite of everything it is a very important issue, in the sense that we are in the seventh year of gathering evidence of crimes committed in Syria and the Security Council hasn't made a decision.feedback

Naftali Bennett

Islamic State needs to be stopped, but Tehran is a far more menacing strategic threat.feedback

Del Ponte

I've written my letter of resignation already and will post it in the coming days.feedback

Del Ponte

We have had absolutely no success. For five years we've been running up against walls. Believe me, the terrible crimes committed in Syria I neither saw in Rwanda nor ex-Yugoslavia. We thought the international community had learned from Rwanda. But no, it learned nothing.feedback

Del Ponte

In Syria, everyone is bad. The Assad government is committing terrible crimes against humanity and using chemical weapons. And the opposition, that is made up only of extremists and terrorists anymore.feedback

Carla del Ponte

I have no power as long as the Security Council does nothing. We are powerless, there is no justice for Syria. 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.feedback

Faisal Mekdad

We believe that in the north of Syria we have Syrian citizens who will not endanger the situation in the country or move ahead to any manifestation of dividing Syria. Those who will move in those directions know what price they have to pay.feedback

Carla del Ponte

I was expecting to persuade the Security Council to do something for justice. Nothing happened for seven years. Now I resigned.feedback

Brett McGurk

If there's somebody that fought in Syria and happened to have gotten out and in a routine border stop or routine search, routine traffic stop, they can actually be identified.feedback

Brett McGurk

Not too long ago, what they [Isil] would do is plan a terrorist attack in Raqqa, they would train a unit – kind of a terrorist combat unit – they would then infiltrate out… and go conduct an attack such as in Paris or in the Brussels airport. That's what they used to do, and they were developing that capacity. They cannot do that anymore.feedback

Faisal Mekdad

[The elections] will be a joke. Syria will never ever allow any part of its territory to be separated.feedback

Botan English

Civilians were being moved out of the town and this father, with his son and daughter, stepped on a landmine. His leg was hanging off and his kids, who must have been about three and five, were badly injured. Joe was the only person on the scene with medical training and he tied up the man's leg and treated the kids' wounds before an ambulance arrived to take them to hospital. I'm sure they wouldn't have made it if it hadn't been for Joe. I'm just happy that the restrictions placed on me have been dropped and that I can finally move on with my life.feedback

Yousef al-Otaiba

What we want in Libya is a stable, secular government. It's the same thing we want in Syria; it's the same thing we want in Yemen. Secular.feedback

Maha Yahya

It is consolidating its role as a major power broker, both regionally and locally. This is Hezbollah saying, I am a regional player now and I need to be taken into account.feedback

Nadim Houry

Everyone is moving all these civilians to Idlib through these deals, so what happens when the battle for Idlib happens? Idlib is not a safe place right now.feedback

Jon Plater

You could tell straight away it was him. I phoned the YPG a few times to see what was going on, and I spoke to Ryan's commander who said that he was surrounded and that he shot himself. They helped him to get to Syria. He would never have been able to get there on his own. From what I gather, it had been planned for quite a long time.feedback

David Horsley

He was not prepared to let that happen and used his own weapon to avoid capture. That can only be viewed as a brave action.feedback

Artur Marobyan

I told him it was dangerous and he wouldn't be paid the money for doing nothing, but couldn't convince him.feedback

Amal Clooney - Doughty Street Chambers

My own family is from Lebanon and they also ran away from a war, and were lucky enough to be accepted by a European country in 1982 while the violence there was really bad. I hope that, as you say, you will be able to go back to a safe and free Syria.feedback

Mike Pence

The "lifting of sanctions will require Russia to reverse the actions that caused sanctions to be imposed in the first place. Russia's destabilising activities in Ukraine, their support for rogue regimes like Iran and Syria and North Korea ... their posture has to change.feedback