Thursday, 20 September, 2018

US Threatens Attack on Syria Will Be Stronger Than Ever

Turkish minister warns of mass migration from Idlib Attack on Idlib could lead to worst loss of life this century: UN official
Ray Hunter | 15 September, 2018, 15:56

The province and its surrounding areas are the last major enclave held by rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Air strikes and bombings will trigger a "massive wave of refugees and tremendous security risks for Turkey, the rest of Europe and beyond", he warned.

Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, warned of the "worst humanitarian catastrophe" of the century as more than 30,000 people have been internally displaced in the Syrian province of Idlib ahead of a planned offensive by the country's government.

Mr Black said Britain's MI6 intelligence service was planning a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people, which it would then blame on Mr Assad.

"It is possible to abstain from using military force", Alexander Lavrentiev told reporters after talks in Geneva with United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura.

Haley further blamed Russian Federation and the regime for allegedly carrying out more than 100 air strikes, some of which she said were "ruthless double tap" strikes targeting first responders.

She also said that "Russia has the power to stop the catastrophe looming in Idlib".

"When we speak to Syrians who have already been displaced three, five, even six times, they themselves say there is nowhere to go".

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Russian Federation and Iran rejected Turkey's call for a ceasefire at the summit in Tehran on Friday.

The UN chief spoke after Russian Federation and Iran clashed with Turkey at a summit last week on plans for military action to restore Syria's control over Idlib, where three million people live.

The U.S. first struck Syria on April 7, 2017, striking the Shayrat Airbase in Syria with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from the Mediterranean Sea in response to the use of chemical weapons (sarin) at Khan Shaykhun just three days earlier.

In the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, US-backed fighters fought to oust IS from the town of Hajin on the east bank of the Euphrates, the most significant remnant of the sprawling "caliphate" the jihadists once controlled spanning Syria and Iraq.

He also noted Turkey's role in protecting the Syrian people, as it hosts the largest number of refugees in the world at 3.5 million.

"The president expects us to have military options in the event that chemical weapons are used", Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said Saturday, "We have provided updates to him on the development of those military options".

Russia's foreign minister has submitted documentation based on "concrete facts" to the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons warning of a potential false-flag chemical weapons operation coming in Syria's Idlib province.

"More than two million of them came from other areas of Syria, some from Ghouta, some from Aleppo".

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