Trump warns Syria, Russia and Iran against Idlib 'tragedy'

06 September, 2018, 03:43 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif shake hands prior to surprise talks in Ankara likely to have focused on Syria where an offensive is expected against rebel-held Idlib province

They will also "address Russia's specious allegations of worldwide plans to stage a chemical weapons attack in Syria", the statement said.

The area, which has been controlled by rebels since 2015, has been targeted by government and Russian Federation air and artillery strikes for months, devastating infrastructure such as schools and hospitals.

According to Hüsnü Mahalli, a Syrian journalist living in Turkey and who has a variety of sources from the field, told Cumhuriyet newspaper the real problem regarding the Idlib crisis could be the foreign terrorist fighters among the native jihadists.

"We are working toward stopping this attack", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in Vienna Friday.

During their trip, the U.S. diplomats will reassure Israel of America's support and "underscore that the United States will respond to any chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Syrian regime".

The US Defense Department told Sputnik Thursday that it was aware of reports of a huge military exercise Russian Federation planned to stage in the Mediterranean Sea this week, and hoped Moscow would follow the rules of safe conduct.

"The U.S sees this as an escalation of an already unsafe conflict", Pompeo said on Twitter in a post that also lambasted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for defending Syria's assault plans.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has been warning for some time about the spillover effect of a possible military operation on Turkey, including terrorists who could cross into Turkey and another wave of migration on top of the existing 3 million Syrians in Turkey. "If the Russians and the Syrian government attack Idlib, the door to Hell will open in the region because of all the Syrian dissident terrorists gathered in Idlib and its suburbs", said one of Syrian. In addition, Russian experts are among the Syrians.

Turkey has named an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria a terror organization to include the group's rebranded name.


There were also reports that terrorist factions in Idlib were literally setting the stage for a false flag chemical "incident". Although Americans and the West have never been able to prove their claims that Damascus has used weapons of mass destruction, the United Nations refused to hold them accountable.

The Russian defense ministry said more than 25 warships and support vessels and around 30 planes, including fighter jets and strategic bombers, would take part in the Mediterranean drills which it said would last from September 1 to September 8.

That change came days after Abu Muhammad al-Julani, the HTS leader, denounced any talk of reconciliation with the Syrian government in a video message, according to the SITE group, which monitors jihadi websites.

Erdoğan said that strong relations between the two countries also need a stronger cooperation in the fields of education, development, culture and tourism.

The UN and aid workers are bracing for disaster, warning that up to 800,000 people are in danger of renewed displacement if a government offensive gets underway.

Unlike other areas that have been reclaimed by recent government offensives, Idlib is not totally besieged.

The campaign for Idlib is likely to be the last major theater of battle after seven years of brutal civil war.

They are to be deployed along with Russian police forces once the government begins occupying Idlib, he said.

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