Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation discuss Syria at trilateral summit in Tehran

07 September, 2018, 22:57 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • White House pledges to 'respond swiftly' if Assad uses chemical weapons again

"Turkey has limited options but to concede to Russian Federation on Idlib given the diplomatic row with Washington and the recent United States decision to solidify Kurdish control of northern Syria", said Joe Macaron, a fellow at the Washington-based Arab Center. He also noted that the Syrian army was absent from the talks. "Any fight against terrorists requires methods based on time and patience", he added, saying "we don't want Idlib to turn into a bloodbath". Russian Federation also wants to maintain its regional presence to fill the vacuum left by America's long uncertainty about what it wants in the conflict.

Turkey can not leave Idlib to the mercy of Bashar al-Assad regime, he said.

A Syrian woman sits on a straw mat next to children outside a tent at a camp for displaced civilians fleeing from advancing government forces near the village of Sarman in the rebel-held northwestern Idlib province, September 1, 2018. "The fires of war and bloodshed in Syria are reaching their end", Mr. Rouhani said, while adding that terrorism must "be uprooted in Syria, particularly in Idlib". Ankara also has hundreds of troops manning 12 observation posts in Idlib.

But Russian officials have rejected the U.S. claims, maintaining that the Syrian government no longer has any chemical weapons. "We have irrefutable evidence that militants are preparing such operations, such provocations".

Later Friday, the U.N. Security Council was also due to meet, at Washington's request, to discuss Idlib.

The United Nations Security Council met to discuss Idlib on Friday at the request of the United States, and U.N. Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura said there were "all the ingredients for a flawless storm".

"The Tehran summit can produce peace and reconciliation in Syria or it can deepen the mess created by endless bouts of violence mainly instigated by the Assad regime", Ilnur Cevik, a senior adviser to Erdogan, wrote in the Daily Sabah newspaper. "I think the last chapter of the Idlib story has not been written".

There was no immediate reaction from fighters in Idlib.

The three leaders are expected to determine the future of Idlib amid growing fears of a humanitarian disaster.

"Idlib is about a lot of global power play and everyone is looking after their interests", al-Mustafa said.


Early on Friday, a series of airstrikes struck villages in southwest Idlib, targeting insurgent posts and killing a fighter, said Rami Abdurrahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

All these agreements were later violated, however, as Syrian troops backed by Russian Federation and Iran moved to retake those areas after strafing them with artillery and air strikes - a pattern which could be repeated in Idlib.

Russian warplanes then carried out a second wave of strikes on the same target, preventing rescue workers from extracting victims from the rubble, he said. Eight aid agencies warned Friday that in the coming offensive "it will be the most vulnerable who will pay the heaviest price, with women, children, and the elderly in Idlib unlikely to be able to move to safety".

The Turkish leader put forth his views, stating that the continuation of attacks on Idlib might lead to a collapse of the ongoing political process in Syria.

What will happen to USA troops in Syria?

"We urge Russian Federation to consider its options carefully".

Assad's government has been massing thousands of troops in preparation for an assault.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was ridiculed by the "fake news" Trump thanks North Korea's Kim for promise to denuclearize during his tenure No NFL players visibly kneel during season opener MORE has approved a new strategy for Syria that will indefinitely leave about 2,000 US troops there indefinitely, according to The Washington Post.

The U.S. has found itself largely on the sidelines of the possible offensive as Iran, Russia and Turkey - all nations that Washington has imposed sanctions upon - discuss Idlib's future.

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