Turkey calls for ceasefire in Syria's Idlib, Russia opposes
07 September, 2018, 17:46 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
"There is lots of evidence that chemical weapons are being prepared".
The Syrian military has been urging the rebels in Idlib to surrender.
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Part of the motivation for this change is uncertainty about whether Russian Federation is willing or able to help get Iran - which along with Russian Federation is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's closest ally - out of the country.
But Russia's President Vladimir Putin said Moscow opposed a truce, and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani said Syria must regain control over all its territory.
Washington warned Tuesday that if Damascus were to use chemical weapons, it would respond.
The attacks were carried out after the US government urged the Syrian government, which is assisted by Russian Federation and Iran in its civil war, not to attack the rebel stronghold where approximately 3 million people live. United Nations officials warned this week of a humanitarian catastrophe if a military offensive in Idlib moves forward. President Trump has previously labelled Assad an "animal" for using the banned weapons, and called Iran and Russian Federation "responsible for backing" him.
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Hossein Jaberi Ansari, a senior aide to Iran's foreign minister, told state TV on Thursday the final statement for the summit had already been "finalized" by senior representatives of the three countries.
A handout picture taken and released on September 7, 2018, in Tehran by the Turkish presidential press service shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. It has also created zones of control in northern Syria and has several hundred troops deployed at 12 observation posts in Idlib. Crucially, the plan would also guarantee the security of the Russian air base of Hmeimeem. Hence, five months after he said he wanted America "to get out" of Syria, Trump has now agreed to a major escalation of US action there.
The outcome of the meeting will be closely watched by the U.S. Jeffrey said there will be a "major diplomatic initiative" to stabilize conditions in Syria in the coming weeks, but he would not describe the military mission, other than to say that they must ensure an "enduring defeat" of ISIS.
The attacks have prompted terrified residents to flee before a fully-fledged assault is launched, the monitor said.
"I think in general the Turkish president is right".
Northwestern Idlib province and surrounding areas are home to about 3 million people - almost half of them civilians displaced from other parts of Syria.
They destroyed one Ahrar al-Sham post, killing one of its fighters and wounding 14 others in the area of Hobait, it said.
Those areas were handed over to regime forces in surrender deals, with many opposition fighters and civilians bussed to Idlib. The campaign for Idlib is likely to be the last major theater of battle after seven years of brutal civil war.
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Idlib is held by a complex array of rebels and jihadists, many of whom have been blacklisted as "terrorists" by world powers. The prospect of an offensive in Idlib has alarmed humanitarian agencies. "Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed".
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