Turkey renews call for ceasefire in Idlib

11 September, 2018, 09:27 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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In a front-page story Monday, "Assad is Planning Chlorine Attack, U.S. Says", the Wall Street Journal reported that, during a recent meeting, "President Trump threatened to conduct a massive attack against Mr. Assad if he carries out a massacre in Idlib".

The Trump Administration has calculated that Assad's defiance risks a domino effect around the globe.

Three million people are trapped in the Syrian province of Idlib.

Erdoğan said the US, which is focused on chemical attacks by the Assad regime, needed to "reject its arbitrary hierarchy of death". The Russian Defense Ministry spent the last several weeks pushing a story that the White Helmets are kidnapping children to use as victims in a staged chemical attack in Idlib, acting under the direction of British security experts. Turkey already hosts millions of refugees from Syria's civil war.

He said: "Our top line message is there needs to be ways of dealing with this problem that doesn't turn the next few months in Idlib into the worst humanitarian catastrophe, with the biggest loss of life of the 21st century". After each attack, President Donald Trump ordered strikes on Syrian military bases.

That happened to be an Obama Administration official expressing support for the jihadists, and when he was asked by his interviewer "Did the world fail Syria?" he answered "Sure". About 2,000 US troops are now operating in Syria, a lot of them in the eastern region of the country. USA officials said precision strikes hit a scientific research center near Damascus, a storage facility and command post also near the capital and a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs.

"It is a very major preoccupation for us", he said.

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"For Syrians who are on the receiving end, whether chemical weapons or conventional weapons, the end result is likely to be the same."
The third target was the Barzah Research Center, a military facility located near Damascus that conducted research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology.

"Syrians that I talk to are always wondering why it is only chemical weapons that seem to be the red line, and that death by conventional means seems to be OK as far as the global community is concerned", Ms Abouzeid said.

Citing unnamed officials, the newspaper reported "new U.S. intelligence" which showed Assad's order has "cleared the way" for the use of the gas.

Turkey regards the presence of its troops inside Idlib as a deterrent against a large-scale assault by forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies. "The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy", Trump tweeted earlier this week.

"On the other side, we have the Turks who fear an influx of hundreds of thousands of people into their country and the Turks also maintain a dozen observation posts inside Idlib as well", Ms Abouzeid said.

In the Commons, the United Kingdom foreign office minister Alistair Burt refused to give an undertaking that MPs will be given a vote if the United Kingdom sees a need to join the USA in mounting reprisal raids for what it adjudges to have been a chemical attack by the Syrian government.

The local council of Morek, a town that serves as a crossing between Hama and Idlib, sent an urgent appeal, asking Turkey for a quick solution.

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