Syrian President May Have Approved Gas Attack In Idlib

Syrian President May Have Approved Gas Attack In Idlib

Syrian President May Have Approved Gas Attack In Idlib

Recep Tayyip Erdogan evaluated the latest developments in northwestern Idlib province and Turkey's position on the matter in an article he wrote for the USA daily The Wall Street Journal.

Regime and Russian air raids pounded Syria's last major rebel bastion of Idlib today after an overnight lull, killing at least one child, a monitor said.

The United Nations said a full-scale offensive would cause a humanitarian catastrophe.

Erdogan on Friday said Turkey couldn't cope with more Syrian refugees, referring to more than 3.5 million people scattered across the country.

Erdogan added that the USA, which is focused on chemical attacks by the Assad regime, needed to "reject its arbitrary hierarchy of death". Assad ignored the warning, and Obama didn't react militarily.

Trump inherited the chaos in Syria. Until last week, he had indicated a desire to pull out of the country once the Islamic State militant group is defeated-against the wishes of his defense secretary and many of his advisors.

On April 13, US bomber jets, warships, and an attack submarine launched strikes along with French and British fighter jets in a more sweeping attack.

The U.N. has warned that an assault on Idlib could trigger a humanitarian crisis. He streamlined the USA mission there, focusing primarily on the defeat of the Islamic State.

Russian Federation and Iran, which support Assad's regime, and Turkey, which backs the moderate opposition, have been in close cooperation for the last 1.5 years that aim at finding a solution to the Syrian conflict. "Film crews from several Middle East TV channels and also a regional branch of a leading United States news TV channel arrived in Jisr ash-Shugur this morning for filming", the center said.

He added: "I am confident the president is on board with this".

President Trump has threatened to launch a massive attack against Assad if he carries out a massacre in Idlib, the WSJ reports.

Regime leader Bashar al Assad has now set his sights on Idlib, and his forces have stepped up bombardment of the densely populated province since the beginning of the month.

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.

Turkey worries the violence could send hundreds of thousands of fleeing civilians to its border. "Don't let that happen!"

Now, the use of chemical weapons is a "red line" that, if crossed, will trigger US and European military response. "There are a number of different ways we could respond if Assad were to take that reckless, risky step".

She called specifically on Moscow to stop Assad's assault on Idlib, which she called "a reckless escalation even if chemical weapons were not used".

The Trump administration has warned Assad that the USA would take military action - it didn't say what kind - if he again kills his own people with chemical weapons. The U.S. still has 2,200 troops in northeast Syria.

Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution, believes the president's abrupt shift in strategy is the result of increasing Russian and Iranian influence in Syria.

The British Embassy also called Black's charges "nonsense" and accused him of relaying propaganda from "Russia and the Assad regime".

The report said Assad has approved the use of chlorine gas. That preserves some leverage for the the face of Russian Federation and Iran's presence in Syria.

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