Syria's Assad approves gas attack in Idlib despite warning, report says

Intense air raids reported on edge of Syria's rebel-held Idlib

Several Middle East TV channels and a USA news channel have been sent to Jisr al-Shughur in Syria's Idlib Governorate to produce the footage needed for the provocation, a statement by the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation said. Russia's military intervention three years ago turned the tide in Assad's favor at a time when he held less than a quarter of his country's territory. Until last week, he had indicated a desire to pull out of the country once the Islamic State militant group is defeated-against the wishes of his defense secretary and many of his advisors.

The talks in Geneva under United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura come amid concerns that he and other United Nations officials have expressed about a looming battle for northern Idlib province - the last remaining rebel stronghold in Syria after 7 1/2 years of war that is now home to some 3 million civilians. He streamlined the US mission there, focusing primarily on the defeat of the Islamic State. About 2,000 USA troops are now operating in Syria, a lot of them in the eastern region of the country. "Film crews from several Middle East TV channels and also a regional branch of a leading U.S. news TV channel arrived in Jisr ash-Shugur this morning for filming", the center said.

Russian Federation and Iran, which support Assad's regime, and Turkey, which backs the moderate opposition, have been in close cooperation for the last 1.5 years that aim at finding a solution to the Syrian conflict. "That means we are not in a hurry".

Trump himself warned early last week that an attack by Assad on Idlib would make the U.S.

On Friday Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, held a summit with Russia's Vladmir Putin and Hassan Rouhani of Iran, the other key ally of the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, and urged them to accept a truce to avert a "bloodbath". Trump called any gas attack a potential "grave humanitarian mistake". Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed.

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The U.S. floundering in Syria began when President Barack Obama warned that Assad would be crossing a red line if he used chemical weapons against his own people. "Don't let that happen!" "There are a number of different ways we could respond if Assad were to take that reckless, unsafe step".

"For Syrians who are on the receiving end, whether chemical weapons or conventional weapons, the end result is likely to be the same."
And Turkey, the US and France have threatened to retaliate against Syria, though the countries didn't say exactly what could lead to a military response. USA warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the base. Washington's reticence let Russian President Vladimir Putin assert the Kremlin's influence over the conflict.

The Trump Administration has already twice responded to Assad's chemical attacks with military force.

"The Turkish border is sealed, the Turks have kept that border quite tightly shut for the past few years, so al-Assad's opponents don't have anywhere to run to", she said.

Jeffrey, the new Syria envoy, and Joel Rayburn, the State Department's deputy assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs, likely worked hard in recent weeks to convince the president that maintaining a longer-term US presence in Syria is crucial to keeping Russian and Iranian influence in the region at bay, Dalton said. It is also alarmed by efforts by US -backed Kurdish YPG forces - regarded by Ankara as an affiliate of PKK separatists it has been battling for decades - to recapture northern areas held by Turkish forces.

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