Trump warns Syria, Russia and Iran against Idlib 'tragedy'

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United States of America will put missile and bomb strikes on Syria, even if Washington fails to prove the intention of the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad to put chemical attack of the rebel Syrian province of Idlib.

The US, France and Britain, which together launched limited attacks on Syrian installations in mid-April in retaliation for an alleged Syrian chemical attack, say their red line against illegal weapon use remains in force.

The looming battle for Idlib in northwestern Syria may be the last in the bloody seven years of conflict, which have backed hundreds of thousands of civilians into this deadly corner of the country with nowhere to run. It has been argued that Turkey may be involved in convincing Tahrir al-Sham (called also Jabhat al-Nusra) to merge with other armed groups.

A pregnant woman and her daughter were killed Saturday by regime artillery fire on Syria's Idlib province, a monitor said, as Damascus prepares an assault on the country's last major rebel bastion. Meanwhile, truckloads of United Nations humanitarian aid entered through the Cilvegözü Border Gate on Friday in Reyhanlı town of the Hatay province in southern Turkey to be distributed to the needy in Idlib.

Turkey has been keeping a wary eye on the possibility of the Idlib offensive, as it seeks to bring peace to Syria along with Russian Federation and Assad's other main ally Iran.

The US Defense Department told Sputnik Thursday that it was aware of reports of a huge military exercise Russian Federation planned to stage in the Mediterranean Sea this week, and hoped Moscow would follow the rules of safe conduct.

He added: "The 3 million Syrians, who have already been forced out of their homes and are now in #Idlib, will suffer from this aggression".

Thousands of government troops and allied fighters have been amassing in areas surrounding Idlib.

"We see different gatherings in a variety of places - in Ankara, in Tehran, in Geneva, in other places - talking about redesigning Syria after the battle in Idlib", Liberman said.

Following Russian warnings over possible chemical weapons attacks to be carried out by groups who will blame Russia - although that possibility decreased - the Idlib tension is nevertheless escalating. The province contains an array of militant groups, including the ultra-radical Levant Liberation Committee (LLC), which is also known as the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front. "Sergey Lavrov is defending Syrian and Russian assault on Idlib", he wrote. "This would not be meant to substantially alter the Idlib battle, but rather to uphold the global convention against the use of chemical arms". On Friday, however, Turkey officially declared the group a terrorist movement, a designation also used for the group by the United States and European Union.

The top Syrian diplomat said, however, that Syria was determined to retake Idlib whatever its costs.

The UN and aid workers are bracing for disaster, warning that up to 800,000 people are in danger of renewed displacement if a government offensive gets underway.

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