Idlib assault would lead to risks for Europe - Erdogan

Idlib assault would lead to risks for Europe - Erdogan

Idlib assault would lead to risks for Europe - Erdogan

Ground troops from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led force, began moving against Isil remnants in the province of Deir Ezzor, the coalition said.

Idlib province and adjacent rural areas form the largest piece of territory still held by Syria's beleaguered opposition fighters, worn down by a succession of regime victories in recent months.

In a Wall Street Journal article, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the worldwide community to take action, and warned that "the entire world stands to pay the price" otherwise.

In another show of force, the Pentagon launched a surprise exercise in southern Syria on Friday after Russian Federation threatened military action in an area of Syria where USA troops are located.

"For Syrians who are on the receiving end, whether chemical weapons or conventional weapons, the end result is likely to be the same."

The Observatory described the attacks on the rebel-held areas as the "most intense" since August and said they killed four in Abdeen, west of Khan Sheikhoun town, including two children and a woman.

Syria has been ravaged since 2011 by a complex civil war, implicating many foreign powers, that has claimed more than 350,000 lives to date. The Americans, Russians, Iranians, Turks, Israelis and more have all been involved in Syria's conflict to varying degrees, turning it into a proxy battleground for various global interests. The United Nations has warned of a humanitarian catastrophe if the attacks continue.

United Nations officials warned more than 30,000 people have already been forced to flee the region.

Russian Federation and the USA also accused each other's allies of preparing to mount chemical attacks. Trump ordered an attack April 2017 against the Shayrat air base after a warplane at the base dropped bombs on another town allegedly containing the nerve agent sarin. The U.S. still has 2,200 troops in northeast Syria.

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But Assad was not deterred from continuing to use chemical weapons that were supposed to have been removed from Syria in a 2013 deal brokered by President Obama to prevent further attacks.

Assad used chemical weapons again in the western Syrian town of Douma, nearly a year later.

Can the more than denounce Assad? At least two hospitals and two clinics have been put out of service by strikes.

Britain, France and the USA have warned Syria it will suffer a "much stronger response" if it uses chemical weapons again.

"I am happy with the reports about an indefinite stay", O'Hanlon said, but added: "We also need a more realistic political strategy, explicitly and publicly, that ties everything together and lays out a vision and recognizes the reality of Assad's continued rule, at least in some of the country, at least for a while". The Administration has been deliberately vague on the topic.

On Friday Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, held a summit with Russia's Vladmir Putin and Hassan Rouhani of Iran, the other key ally of the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, and urged them to accept a truce to avert a "bloodbath".

During the debate this year over how to respond to the second attack, Mr. Trump's national-security team weighed the idea of hitting Russian or Iranian targets in Syria, people familiar with the discussions said.

"On the other side, we have the Turks who fear an influx of hundreds of thousands of people into their country and the Turks also maintain a dozen observation posts inside Idlib as well", Ms Abouzeid said. "Don't let that happen!"

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 21 pro-regime fighters had been killed in an Isil ambush on Monday in southern Syria.

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