Pompeo says 'world is watching' the situation in Idlib

06 September, 2018, 03:40 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Pompeo says 'world is watching' the situation in Idlib

The first time occurred on March 19, 2013, when the Damascus government was charged with using chemical weapons in the village of Khan al-Asal in northern Syria by U.S. and its Western allies. But the strongest alliance of fighters is led by an al-Qaida-linked group that controls most of the area that is also home to some 3 million people.

Lavrov said Russian Federation has evidence that such an attack is being prepared and has already transferred this proof to both the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations.

A decision to take action has not been made, but one administration official with direct knowledge of the current situation told CNN the military "could respond very quickly" if Syria launched a chemical weapons attack, and the initial targeting data assembled would give the Pentagon a head start if the President decides to take action. However, the official announcement by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on the extensive cooperation of the Damascus government with the organization has not prevented continued western allegations. The Russians and Assad agreed not to permit this.

"A military solution there would be a disaster", Cavusoglu said at a news conference, standing beside Russia's foreign minister, Sergey V Lavrov.

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The looming assault on Idlib province is the one the government in Damascus hopes will deliver the final military blow against the rebel fighters and their civilian supporters who rose up more than seven years ago demanding regime change.

Second is the position of de Mistura about chemical weapons.

As such, the Jewish state undoubtedly will be watching carefully as the battle for Idlib kicks off, as chaos in Syria perpetually has been used as a smokescreen by the Islamic Republic to advance its goal of establishing a permanent presence in the country.

Unlike other areas that have been reclaimed by recent government offensives, Idlib is not totally besieged. "Terrorists oppose such separation", Sputnik quoted the Russian top diplomat as saying.

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The White Helmets allegedly employed eight vans to transport a shipment of barrels of chlorine from Idlib's Atma factory, which is near the Turkish border and specializes in recycling chlorine, all under heavy protection of al-Nusra terrorists.

The government has been accused of attacking civilians with chemicals in previous operations, including in Douma near Damascus and in Khan Sheikhun, in Idlib.

It is clear that United States and its western allies are overwhelmed by the vast efforts of the Syrian resistance.

Last week, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. The U.S. has deployed its navy in the Mediterranean to attack Syria with Tomahawk missiles while Russian Federation has also deployed its warships in front of the U.S. warships. Israel rarely acknowledges such strikes, but has recently targeted suspected Iranian posts inside Syria.

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Russian Federation will begin a major naval exercise in the Mediterranean on Saturday, the Ministry of Defense announced, a move the Kremlin said was justified by a failure to deal with militants in Syria's Idlib province.



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