Russia Confirms Air Strikes on Syria's Idlib

Russia Confirms Air Strikes on Syria's Idlib

Tehran and Moscow have helped Assad turn the course of the war against an array of opponents ranging from Western-backed rebels to Islamist militants, while Turkey is a leading opposition supporter and has troops in the country.

At the request of Damascus, Iran has been offering advisory military assistance to the Syrian army.

Iranian television reported the three leaders would each have "bilateral meetings" on the sidelines of the main summit. President Bashar Assad's "brutal regime - backed by Russian Federation and Iran - can not continue to attack and terrorize Syria's citizens". 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.

"This means we are not in a hurry to pull out", said Ambassador Jim Jeffrey, the newly appointed U.S. special representative, noting that creating conditions in Syria where ISIS or another terrorist group can't return may take a while.

The Treasury Department said it was targeting four individuals and five entities for facilitating weapons and fuel transfers to the Assad government, some of whom the US accuses of being linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Earlier this week U.S. Ambassador Haley warned the Syrian regime, which has been accused repeatedly of using chemical weapons against its own people during the civil war, specifically against doing so again in Idlib. Previously, Trump "resisted significant involvement" in the Syrian civil war "even as both Iran and Russian Federation increased their influence", notes the Post.

The entire council is scheduled to meet Friday to discuss the crisis, while at the same time, the presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran are planning to hold a summit in Tehran.

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.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani addresses a meeting focusing on Syria with his Russian and Turkish counterparts Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran on September 7, 2018.

Turkish proposals also included creating a safe corridor for fighters who hand their weapons over to the Turks to move to a buffer zone controlled by the Syrian opposition.

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

"We will find out to some degree tomorrow if the Russians are willing to come to a compromise with the Turks", Jeffrey said.

"I think in general the Turkish president is right".

The attacks have prompted terrified residents to flee before a fully-fledged assault is launched, the monitor said.

The area in northwest Syria is home to some 3 million people - the majority of whom were displaced from other regions - as well as an array of Sunni rebels dominated by Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda.

Meeting Wednesday with the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, President Donald Trump called the situation in Idlib "very sad".

They destroyed one Ahrar al-Sham post, killing one of its fighters and wounding 14 others in the area of Hobait, it said.

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