US joins UN for a ceasefire demand in Eastern Ghouta Feb 09, 2018 0 159 12345 AgenciesWashingtonThe United States demanded Thursday that the Syrian regime and Russian forces put an end to their latest round of air strikes and alleged chemical attacks against besieged civilians.In a statement from the State Department, Washington threw its weight behind a UN call for a ceasefire in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta and demanded that Moscow rein in its ally."These attacks must end now,"spokeswoman Heather Nauert said."The United States is extremely concerned about escalating violence in Idlib, the Damascus suburbs of Eastern Ghouta and other areas of Syria threatened by ongoing regime and Russian airstrikes."We are yet again appalled by the recent reports of the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons and the escalation of bombings that has resulted in dozens of civilian deaths in the last 48 hours.""The United States supports the United Nations calling for a month-long cessation of violence to allow the delivery of humanitarian supplies and the urgent medical evacuation of over 700 civilians in Eastern Ghouta,"Nauert said."Russia must use its influence with Damascus to ensure the Syrian regime immediately allows the UN to provide vital assistance to this extremely vulnerable population."Meanwhile Pentagon said that, United States is not looking for a conflict with Syrian government forces but has a right to self-defense, the Pentagon said on Thursday."Our forces have the inherent right of self defense. We are not looking for a conflict with the regime," Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told a news briefing. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Turkey planning to host Syria summit with Russia and Iran Feb 09, 2018 0 1523 US-led coalition claims to kill 100 pro-govt forces in Syria Feb 09, 2018 0 215 Willing to discuss other issues if nuclear deal successful, says Iran Feb 09, 2018 0 150 Iran rebuffs 'false'Bahrain bombing accusation Tehran: Iran rejected an accusation by Bahrain that it was involved in an oil pipeline bombing in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, accusing its rival of making"false claims". Bahrain said Wednesday that it had arrested four men .. Death toll 200 in Syria raids on rebel area Jisreen: Four days of ferocious Syrian government raids on the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta have killed more than 200 civilians, a war monitor said on Thursday. Syrian government troops have since Monday waged .. US goal in Syria to capture economic assets: Russia MOSCOW: Russia's defence ministry said on Thursday the ultimate goal of the United States in Syria is not to fight Islamic State but to seize economic assets, according to the Interfax news agency. It also said Syrian .. Turkey dismisses French criticism of Syria operation as 'baseless' Ankara: Turkey on Thursday dismissed France's claims over civilian losses in Ankara's ongoing Syria operation, labelling them"unfortunate"and"baseless"accusations."It is being seen with regret that .. Humanitarian ceasefire in Syria 'unrealistic': Russia AFP United Nations Russia on Thursday dismissed as"unrealistic"a UN appeal for a month-long humanitarian ceasefire in Syria, where four days of government raids have killed scores of civilians. "That is not ..