Attack on Syria's Idlib to sabotage ongoing political process: Turkey


According to USA officials who have cited intelligence reports, Syrian President Bashar al Assad has approved the use of chlorine gas in the upcoming military operations in Idlib, The Wall Street Journal reported September 9.

"Idlib is the last exit before the toll", Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, warning an assault for the neighboring province would have disastrous consequences.

"I can say we've been in consultation with the British and the French, who joined us in the second strike, and they also agree that another use of chemical weapons will result in a much stronger response", Mr Bolton said.

That's right, unnamed USA officials are now claiming to be in possession of intelligence which they say shows Assad has already given the order in an absolutely unprecedented level of "pre-crime" telegraphing of events on the battlefield.

The United Nations and human-rights groups have pleaded against any military offensive in fear of unprecedented bloodshed.

About 3 million people live in the opposition-held area, which comprises most of Idlib province and adjacent small parts of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo provinces.

"We urge Russian Federation to consider its options carefully". There is consensus within the Administration that, even in a conflict that has killed some 400,000 people, any Syrian use of forbidden chemical weapons must be punished.

Witnesses said hundreds of families had begun fleeing from villages and towns in southern Idlib that have been the target of heavy strikes closer to camps near the Turkish border. However, she noted that officials are also trying to "keep the door open" to a diplomatic solution to the violence in Idlib.

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A convoy of aid vehicles drives in Syria's Idlib province as they head to the government-controlled towns of Fuaa and Kafraya to deliver aid on 11 January. If the global community, including Europe and the USA, fail to take action now, not only innocent Syrians but the entire world stands to pay the price.

The Trump administration has warned Assad that the US would take military action - it didn't say what kind - if he again kills his own people with chemical weapons.

The new strategy reflects a push to ramp up pressure on the Syrian regime and its Russian and Iranian backers, as Assad appears poised to complete a remarkable rebound in the country's seven-year civil war.

"The Astana process is ongoing, and with the help of the process we will have tangible results", he said, referring to the trilateral process with Iran and Turkey. "That means we are not in a hurry".

According to US officials, the Russians have twice threatened to conduct military operations in the area over the last 10 days, prompting the USA military to warn against any such move and deploy Marine reinforcements to the area.

President Trump has threatened to launch a massive attack against Assad if he carries out a massacre in Idlib, the WSJ reports.

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