Over the past 18 months, backed by the manpower and firepower of Russian Federation and Iran, the regime has had a string of battlefield successes, seizing the northern city of Aleppo, Deir ez Zour in the east, the Eastern Ghouta region east of Damascus, and most recently, Deraa and Quneitra provinces in the south. Rouhani also spoke of "cleansing the Idlib region of terrorists", while also noting the need of protecting civilians.
"Around four weeks ago, we knew that British intelligence was working toward a chemical attack in order to blame the Syrian government, to hold Syria responsible", Black said on Al Mayadeen, an Arab news channel based in Beirut.
The stance of Turkey, which mans 12 observation posts on the edges of the Idlib enclave, is critical to determining its fate, analysts say.
Eyewitnesses inside Idlib province have told ABC News that hundreds of people are already on the move as Russian air strikes have begun hitting rebel positions in recent days. "We can turn it off and start a new process in Syria if the global community gets serious about the Syrian war and shows that they do care about the Syrian people". "Any attack on Idlib would result in a catastrophe".
Progressive anti-war activists and commentators warned throughout the Obama years and during Trump's presidency that the US strategy in Syria was a slippery slope that would inevitably lead to ever-increasing engagement in a complex conflict and fuel perpetual war. "It is necessary for the fight to continue until all terrorist groups in Syria especially in Idlib are eradicated", he said. They might come to Turkey or go back to their own countries.
The spokesman for the Turkish president has criticized world players for their lack of action to stop a looming offensive against the last remaining rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria.
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Erdogan continued by saying that a rational solution in Idlib that will address everyone's concerns needs to found. The attacks prompted terrified residents to flee before a fully-fledged assault gets under way, said the monitor.
For Russia, Iran, and the Syrian government, retaking Idlib is crucial to completing what they seek: a military victory in Syria's civil war, which has killed more than 400,000 people and displaced millions.
Syrian helicopters dropped barrel bombs, containers filled with explosive material, on civilian homes on the outskirts of the city of Khan Sheikhoun, two residents of the area in southern Idlib said. 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". Renewed chaos in Idlib could potentially jeopardise such gains, and draw its proxies into the crosshairs of the Russian air force, which played decisive roles in the battles for east Aleppo and eastern Ghouta, both of which have been returned to regime control.
Pompeo's fingerprints are also on the new official policy, as the Post's main source for details on the policy changes were James Jeffrey, a retired USA diplomat who was named Pompeo's "representative for Syria engagement" last month.
The Syrian government has denied ever using chemical weapons.
Nine people are said to have been killed in Mhradah. Occasional clashes erupt there over turf control and authority, reflecting deepening political tension between the uneasy partners. This prompted the clashes, which lasted no more than 20 minutes, Sheikmos said.
The Damascus regime has vowed to reintegrate the Kurdish-held areas, by force if necessary.