Attack on Idlib would sabotage ongoing political process - Turkey

15 September, 2018, 15:57 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Erdoğan says Idlib assault would be ‘a grave massacre

The province and its surrounding areas are the last major enclave held by rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the global community to prevent a Syrian government offensive in Syria's Idlib, as the United Nations says it fears the century's "worst humanitarian catastrophe" there.

Violence in northwest Syria has displaced more than 30,000 people this month alone, the United Nations said, warning that a looming assault could create the century's "worst humanitarian catastrophe".

However, according to Marine General Joseph Dunford, who is the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during his interview with the reporters he said that no decision up to now has been made by U.S in deploying any military force to respond to Syria future chemical attack.

Exhortations about terrorists and Russia's alleged desire to protect civilians have been repeated time and again before every major government offensive that claimed civilian lives, such as in Aleppo and the Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghouta, and flies in the face of Moscow's record of civilian casualties.

Turkey has renewed calls for worldwide backing for a ceasefire in Idlib, telling the United Nations security council that an all-out assault on Syria's rebel-held province would trigger a huge wave of refugees and could threaten Europe.

Assad's regime has been repeatedly accused of using chemical weapons during the conflict and a year ago US President Donald Trump unleashed Tomahawk missiles against the regime's Shayrat airbase following an attack that killed more than 80 people.


The presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation met in Tehran on Friday but failed to agree on a ceasefire in Idlib.

Tahrir al-Sham is the number one terrorist group of the Idlib operation on Turkey's border, according to Russian Federation and Syria.

Russian Federation and Iran, which support Assad's regime, and Turkey, which backs the moderate opposition, have been in close cooperation for the last 1.5 years that aim at finding a solution to the Syrian conflict.

Russia's Defense Ministry has said that a fake chemical attack on civilians has been filmed in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib. This includes hundreds of thousands who were displaced from other parts of Syria - many forcibly exiled after refusing to return to living under the Assad regime as it reclaimed the country from rebel groups.

The U.S. first struck Syria on April 7, 2017, striking the Shayrat Airbase in Syria with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from the Mediterranean Sea in response to the use of chemical weapons (sarin) at Khan Shaykhun just three days earlier.

Turkey, which already hosts about 3.5 million Syrian refugees, built a four-metre wall along the frontier with Idlib in late 2016 to prevent any attacks against Turkey and stop the flow of new arrivals. It said that followed a USA request to the chancellery. "The world will hold them responsible", she told the Security Council. Let us make no mistake: "such an operation would not achieve the stated goal", he told the Security Council.

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