Russia requests UN SC session on results of Russia-Turkey-Iran summit

Blanche Robertson
September 11, 2018

Yeni Safak daily claimed that the Turkish army has kept more than 50,000 FSA terrorists on alert in Afrin, Azaz, Jarabulus, al-Bab and al-Rai regions to further sent them to battle against the Syrian government forces' operation in Idlib province.

Trump "has been clear on the consequences for the use of chemical weapons", Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Saturday.

Turkey and other countries have warned of a "bloodbath" if a major Russian-backed aerial bombing campaign is launched in the heavily populated northwestern province that borders Turkey.

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.

But there are deep fears that an attempt to reclaim Idlib could touch off major bloodshed and a humanitarian crisis among the area's 3 million civilians, half of them displaced from elsewhere in Syria.

"The new policy is we're no longer pulling out by the end of the year".

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The Trump Administration has already twice responded to Assad's chemical attacks with military force.

People walk among damaged buildings in the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus, Syria, on April 16, 2018. About 2,000 USA troops are now operating in Syria, majority in the eastern region of the country.

Turkey has continued to provide humanitarian relief to opposition areas in Idlib and Latakia - situated in Syria's north - and operates a number of military observation posts in the province.

The recapture of the province is seen by Russian Federation and Iran as a vital objective in stamping out the rebellion against the Syrian leader. But the Pentagon pushed for a more measured response, USA officials said, and the idea was eventually rejected as too risky. "The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy", Trump tweeted earlier this week.

This way, Turkey's President Erdogan can safely keep his 50,000 troops in Idlib if he wishes; America's President Trump can claim victory in Syria and finally fulfill his long-promised intention to end the USA occupation of (most of the jihadist-controlled) parts of Syria (which they've occupied), and maybe WW III can be avoided, or, at least, postponed, maybe even so that people living today won't be dying-off from WW III and its after-effects. "Don't let that happen!" "There are a number of different ways we could respond if Assad were to take that reckless, risky step". Washington's reticence let Russian President Vladimir Putin assert the Kremlin's influence over the conflict. In a paper published on Friday, O'Hanlon and his colleagues at Brookings argued for a "10-degree shift" in USA policy on Syria that includes maintaining the current military presence in the northeast and east, and working with Assad's allies, such as Russian Federation, to persuade him to eventually step down. "To ensure that we succeed, the rest of the world must set aside narrow self-interest and throw its weight behind a political solution", he concluded.

"Regime helicopters dropped more than 60 barrel bombs on the village of al-Habeet, killing at least one young girl" and wounding six other people, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

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