Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Syrian government forces attack rebel-held city

Syrian government forces attack rebel-held city

In April 2017, the United States military attacked a Syrian government airfield near Homs with 59 Tomahawk missiles in response to a chemical weapons attack.

Idlib's population has swelled as the regime chalked up a series of victories in other parts of the country, reaching evacuation deals that saw tens of thousands of people bussed to the northwestern province.

A general view taken with a drone shows part of the rebel-held Idlib city, Syria, June 8, 2017.

"Assad's brutal regime - backed by Russian Federation and Iran - can not continue to attack and terrorize Syria's citizens".

Russian Federation has said the Syrian army is preparing to solve the problem of "terrorism" in the rebel stronghold and reiterated Friday that its position had not changed.

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, often backed by Russian warplanes, have steadily gained on the rebels. Millions of lives are at risk.

A summit between the presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran may determine whether diplomacy halts any military action in Syria's last rebel and opposition-held province.

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Iranian television reported that the three leaders would each have "bilateral meetings" on the sidelines of the main summit. His comments evoked past U.S. warnings about Syrian military activities and the regime's use of chemical weapons, which has previously triggered United States military strikes against Syrian targets. The three leaders whose nations are all under US sanctions have an interest in working together, but Idlib is complicated and they have little common ground.

Global calls for restraint grew Wednesday for Syria and its allies, Russian Federation and Iran, to avoid a bloodbath and humanitarian disaster in Syria's Idlib province.

"Any offensive is to us objectionable as a reckless escalation", he said, adding that "there is lots of evidence that chemical weapons are being prepared". He told Iranian state-run TV on Thursday night that, "the final statement was finalized through negotiations in Tehran and if approved by the three presidents it will be rolled out as the final statement".

Erdogan continued by saying that a rational solution in Idlib that will address everyone's concerns needs to found. It has also created zones of control in northern Syria and has several hundred troops deployed at 12 observation posts in Idlib.

Trump shifted his public tone on Syria within a matter of weeks, as the USA and its allies launched missile strikes against Syria in April over a chemical attack against civilians in the city of Duoma. 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.

Idlib is one of the so-called "de-escalation" zones set up as a result of talks by Russia, Turkey and Iran a year ago as Damascus regained control of more of the country. The Turks are trying to find a way out.

Russia, which has been building up forces in the region, said it's only targeting al-Qaeda fighters, and accused the USA of preparing to fake a chemical attack to justify new intervention. There are an estimated 30,000 rebel fighters still in the area, including some 10,000 al-Qaeda-linked militants.

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