Russian Federation says Syria has right to chase militants out of Idlib

Hugh Fox
September 6, 2018

Russian Federation is also calling on the global community to realize its responsibility to prevent regular provocations with chemical weapons in Syria, Lavrov said. Russian Federation has said a military operation there is necessary to weed out "terrorists" it blames for attacking its bases on the coast.

Turkey, too, is expressing grave concern about an attack, anxious it will bear the brunt of the humanitarian and security fallout.

Zarif met Assad, Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, who asked for Iran to continue its support, according to Iran's Fars News.

The United States has warned Damascus and Moscow that it views any military assault on Syria's last rebel-held province in coming days as an escalation of the seven-year Syrian civil war.

"The 3 million Syrians, who have already been forced out of their homes and are now in #Idlib, will suffer from this aggression".

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"The U.S sees this as an escalation of an already risky conflict", Pompeo said on Twitter in a post that also lambasted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for defending Syria's assault plans.

Washington is hopeful that it will be able to obtain permission from the United Nations Security Council in the future to permit a possible military action against Assad.

"Sergey Lavrov is defending Syrian and Russian assault on Idlib". In addition, Russian experts are among the Syrians.

Lavrov got backing from an unexpected source on August 31 for the government's avowed plans to "liquidate" the extremist Al-Qaeda group, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, previously known as Al-Nusra Front, which includes many recruits from foreign countries. "This would not be meant to substantially alter the Idlib battle, but rather to uphold the worldwide convention against the use of chemical arms". It comes with an appendix noting that the group's former name was the Nusra Front. He went on: "The White Helmets are still in Idlib, and if the chemical weapons scenario is repeated again, it is likely that the pretext for air and missile attacks on Syria would be similar to what was claimed last April in the eastern Ghuota".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Damascus to discuss plans for an upcoming summit between the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey, which Tehran will host on September 7 to discuss Idlib, Iran's Fars news agency reported.

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Abdel Bari Atwan, the famous analyst of the Arab world, wrote "the United States government knows well that the Syrian army's recapture of Idlib is close and therefore strongly opposes it".

Some of these fighters, like Muhammed Darwish, say they are deliberating a withdrawal to the Turkish-controlled zones of Syria, around the towns of Afrin and Jarablus, to protect their families from the atrocities they have witnessed committed by government forces.

He said that even if Assad's forces retake Idlib, that won't solve the problems that unleashed the war seven years ago.

They are to be deployed along with Russian police forces once the government begins occupying Idlib, he said.

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