Syria Summit In Tehran To Decide Idlib Military Offensive

Syria Summit In Tehran To Decide Idlib Military Offensive

While such an objective smacks of regime change, Jeffrey told the Post that USA policy is not that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "must go".

Mr Putin said Damascus "has a right and must eventually take under control all of its national territory", while Mr Rouhani warned against a "scorched earth" policy but said "fighting terrorism in Idlib is an unavoidable".

NEW DELHI-The top US military commander said Saturday he is engaged in "routine dialogue" with the White House about options should the Syrian government use chemical weapons in an expected assault on the northern rebel stronghold in the province of Idlib.

The United Nations envoy to Syria optimistically interpreted the "signals" from Tehran as indicating Russia, Turkey, and Iran are still looking for a way to avoid bloodshed in Idlib.

On Friday, the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey met in Tehran to discuss the situation and planned an offensive in Idlib by the Assad regime.

Early Friday, a series of airstrikes hit villages in southwest Idlib, targeting insurgent posts and killing five people, including a civilian, said Rami Abdurrahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "If they do so, the regime can not take the area at an acceptable cost, and Idlib becomes a de-facto Turkish zone".

None of Turkey's options look good, adds Aydıntaşbaş, as it faces both a humanitarian "catastrophe" and a result that could "forever alter the dynamics of the Syrian war - in favor of the regime".


"I fear we are about to face the most catastrophic crisis in our war", he said. "It is necessary for the fight to continue until all terrorist groups in Syria especially in Idlib are eradicated", he said. And in a sign of the administration's shrinking commitment to Syria, it has pulled more than $200 million in stabilization funding for liberated areas, telling other nations they should step up to pay.

Rebel media published a video footage showing the latest airstrikes conducted on the northern countryside of Hama and southern Idlib.

There is "lots of evidence" that chemical weapons are being prepared by Syrian government forces in Idlib in northwest Syria, the new United States adviser for Syria said on Thursday, as he warned of the risks of an offensive on the country's last big rebel enclave.

But as Syrian government and Russian warplanes mounted air strikes in Idlib on Friday morning in a possible prelude to a full-scale offensive, Putin and Rouhani pushed back against Erdogan's call for a truce. Turkey's relations with the opposition made it a key partner with Russian Federation and Iran in their efforts to end the Syrian civil war under the so-called "Astana Process". 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.

"We are not happy at all that the fate of Idlib is being decided in Tehran", said Awwad, who sported a black beard and wore a white shirt. The Asayish said seven of its members and 11 government personnel were killed.

Kurdish forces control most of Qamishli, but regime fighters and allied militiamen hold part of the city and its airport.

A journalist and local resident, Arin Sheikmos, told Associated Press the government security troops carried out an arrest campaign in Kurdish-controlled areas, detaining people it accused of dodging military conscription. This prompted the clashes, which lasted no more than 20 minutes, Sheikmos said.

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