Trump warns Syria not to 'recklessly attack' Idlib province

Trump warns Syria not to 'recklessly attack' Idlib province

Trump warns Syria not to 'recklessly attack' Idlib province

Last week, Iran's defense minister traveled to Damascus and signed an agreement for defense cooperation between the two countries with his Syrian counterpart.

Since early 2017, Iran, fellow regime ally Russian Federation and rebel backer Turkey have sponsored the negotiations track based in the Kazakh capital to tamp down hostilities in Syria.

Four Syrians, one Iranian national and three other non-Syrian fighters were killed in the strike, according to the report.

But although Mr Assad has all but defeated militant groups that rose up against him, the presence of Iranian forces who helped him to victory are bringing an entirely different set of challenges. It provided no further details.

Speaking to the Izvestiya newspaper, Yury Ushakov pointed to the agenda of the Tehran summit, due to be held on Friday, September 7, and said the trilateral meeting will cover a wide range of issues related to the settlement of the Syrian crisis and aggravating points, including preparations for provocative moves through using chemical weapons in a residential area of Idlib Province.

Asked about Mr Trump's tweet, Mr Peskov said such warnings do not take into account "the risky and negative potential" of the rebel-held enclave and show that the White House does not have a "comprehensive approach" to solving the Syria crisis.

The province bordering Turkey is home to almost three million people, up to half of whom are rebels and civilians transferred en masse after pro-government forces retook formerly rebel-held areas.

His comments came with Syrian forces poised to launch an attack on the northwestern province of Idlib, the last major region in Syria still controlled by rebels and jihadists.

Tens of thousands of people fled to Idlib after surrendering in government offensives elsewhere, choosing to relocate to an opposition-held area rather than risk reprisals or forced conscription at the hands of the government.

A series of recent strikes in Syria that have killed Iranians has been attributed to Israel.

In their meeting on Monday, Mr Assad and Mr Zarif also discussed what they called "western pressure" on their two countries, in apparent reference to the USA sanctions on Iran and calls for limiting Iran's role in Syria.

A source has told Reuters that Assad is preparing a phased offensive to regain Idlib. They claim such threats were part of the West's attempt to undermine Syria's drive to restore control over all its territories.

The top USA military officer warned on Tuesday that a major Syrian military assault on the rebel-held enclave of Idlib would lead to a "humanitarian catastrophe" and instead recommended more narrowly tailored operations against militants there.

In brief statements to the press, he said that Syria carries out a total cleansing of terrorists and those that remain, particularly those of the former Al Nusra Front, should be expelled from Idleb.

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