Turkey's Erdogan gets no love from Russian Federation on Idlib

09 September, 2018, 08:05 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Russian Sukhoi Su-35 bomber lands at the Russian Hmeimim military base in Latakia province western Syria

As Syrian and Russian warplanes bombed Idlib, one of the last strongholds of the opposition, footage shared on social media showed some Syrians scaling the border wall and entering Turkey.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani insisted during the meeting that there can be no compromise.

Haley added this message on Twitter.

They said Syrian helicopters dropped barrel bombs on civilian homes.

During a meeting of the UN Security Council in NY, the United Kingdom named individual Syrian regime commanders around Idlib and warned them they could face future war crimes charges if they went ahead with the attack.

Three civilians were killed in the village of Abdeen in southern Idlib, a civil defence source said. Russian jets also struck in the east of the province.

The U.N. and Western countries have blamed Assad's forces for chemical weapons attacks in the civil war, something denied by Russian Federation and Syria.

More than 3 million people live in the area, almost half of them already displaced from fighting elsewhere in Syria.

They destroyed one Ahrar al-Sham post, killing four of its fighters and wounding 14 others in the area of Hobait, it said. The Assad regime "must pause" its offensive.

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More than half of the civilians have already been displaced. What you people call humanitarian corridors we call corridors of death and torture. As war has ravaged northern Syria, Turkey has taking an ever more visible stake, carving out a zone of influence that it uses as a buffer both against multiple sides in the conflict - but especially the Kurds.

Rouhani said the United States should end its presence in Syria, while Erdogan said Turkey was "extremely annoyed" by Washington's support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, whom Ankara considers as terrorists linked to Kurdish separatists in Turkey.

Separately, clashes broke out in eastern Syria in Qamishli, a town close to the border with Turkey, between government and Kurdish security members.

That victory mean Kurds were pushed back from the frontier with Syria, from west of the Euphrates river, giving Turkey more leverage to shape its interests. "President Vladimir Putin does not want to lose time letting terrorist elements in Idlib embed with the civilian population, spread violence elsewhere, and use civilians as human shelters against possible attacks, while also not caring much about the possible collateral damage".

It described the attacks as the "most intense" since August. He further elaborated that Assad did not "meet the requirements of not just us, but the global community" for a leader of a new, post-conflict Syrian government, as those requirements included not "threatening his neighbors" - an apparent reference to Israel, which has long sought Assad's overthrow - and not providing "a platform for Iran".

Russian Federation has demanded that Erdoğan force the withdrawal of jihadist forces from Idlib, a role Ankara said it could not play.

"That [Idlib attack] would lead to a humanitarian wave adding to existing refugees, but because of the nature with Idlib, some of these refugees would be people associated with jihadist groups", said political analyst Sinan Ulgen, head of the Istanbul-based Edam research institution.

In its follow-up to the summit, the Qatari newspaper Al-Raya also printed several prominent headlines, including "the conclusion of the Tehran tripartite summit with an agreement to address the situation in Idlib".



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