Russian and Syrian jets pound Idlib province in Syria after summit

Russian and Syrian jets pound Idlib province in Syria after summit

Russian and Syrian jets pound Idlib province in Syria after summit

Syrian government and Russian warplanes began strikes in Idlib this week. Turkey has accepted 3.5 million refugees from Syria since the start of the war in 2011.

"We will neither watch from the sidelines nor participate in such a game", Erdoğan said in a message on Twitter.

The attacks came one day after Russia, Iran and Turkey held a summit in Tehran to discuss the fate of Idlib, a rebel-held city where thousands of rebels and their families have been evacuated from different parts of Syria.

The presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation on Friday failed to agree on a ceasefire that would forestall an offensive.

The new USA special envoy for Syria said recently that the U.S. would stay in Syria until the complete eradication of the Islamic State group and will be watching Idlib closely over the next week ahead of UN-led talks on Syria in Geneva on September 14.

America's top general on Saturday said he was involved in "routine dialogue" with the White House about military options should Syria ignore USA warnings against using chemical weapons in an expected assault on the enclave of Idlib.

On Saturday, the Russian military said it had obtained "irrefutable" data that terrorist groups, including Jabhat Al-Nusra, and the infamous White Helmets, had already met in Idlib province and plotted the final scenarios for a false-flag chemical attacks in the cities of Jisr ash-Shugur, Serakab, Taftanaz and Sarmin. It has also created zones of control in northern Syria and has several hundred troops deployed at 12 observation posts in Idlib.

Up to 30,000 rebel and jihadist fighters are believed to be in Idlib.

On Friday, rebel shelling killed 10 people, including five children in the Christian-majority town of Maharda in western Hama province, SOHR reported. "We need a quick solution or our town will burn!" the official pleaded in an audio recording shared on social media platforms.

"The legitimate Syrian government has a right and must eventually take under control of its entire national territory", Putin declared.

A journalist and resident of the area, Arin Sheikmos, said the government security troops went on an arrest campaign in Kurdish-controlled areas, detaining people it accuses of skipping compulsory military service.

There was no immediate word about the clashes from the government.

In July, Boltonhad foreshadowed the shift of the administration's Syria policy when he stated during an interview on ABC's Next Week with George Stephanopoulos that the USA troops would remain in Syria indefinitely "as long as the Iranian menace continues throughout the Middle East". But in recent days, the Damascus government announced that it will be holding local administration elections, including in Kurdish-ruled areas, undermining the negotiations with the Kurds and their proposal for self-rule.

About half of them fled fighting or were transferred there by the government under surrender deals from other parts of Syria as Assad has steadily taken back territory from rebels.

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