United States military drawing up options should Syria use chemical weapons

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Syrian government forces resumed shelling of rebels there.

Mostafa said he had lost two brothers during the war, one killed by Isil and the other by the regime.

"I fear we are about to face the most catastrophic crisis in our war", he said.

A Syrian man walks past a stall in the rebel-held northern Syrian city of Idlib's central Clock Square on September 6, 2018.

But regime backers Russian Federation and Iran have sworn to wipe out "terrorists" and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has declared his determination to retake control of the entire country.

Though Jeffrey claimed that "Assad must go" was no longer USA policy, he stated that "Assad has no future" while claiming that it was not the U.S.' "job to get rid of him".

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, left, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leave a news conference after meeting in Tehran on Friday. The Russian president holds the key to the forthcoming operation - the most significant in a series of Russian and Iranian-led victories across the country.

Trump will chair a UN Security Council meeting on Iran during an annual gathering of world leaders in NY later this month.

Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said the leaders would focus on the situation in Idlib, and the expected chemical provocation in the area.

Rebels have been preparing for the attack, but the odds aren't in their favour.

US President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the Iran nuclear deal in May, and re-imposed the first batch of anti-Iran sanctions later in August.

Western countries have promised they will strike Assad's forces if chemical weapons are used.

However, Russia and Iran said jihadist groups in Idlib must be wiped out.

The intense air raids came a day after Iran and Russian Federation backed a military campaign in the rebel-held area despite Turkey's pleas for a ceasefire.

At United Nations headquarters in NY, the Security Council met to discuss Idlib Friday at the request of the United States.

Instead, the United States military once again warned against a government offensive on the province, which is largely controlled by extremists, including the Al Qaeda affiliate known as Tahrir al-Sham (former Al Nusra Front), which it claimed would lead to a "humanitarian disaster".

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani argued that "fighting terrorism in Idlib was an unavoidable part of the mission to restore peace and stability to Syria". Crucially, the plan would also guarantee the security of the Russian air base of Hmeimeem. As a state legislator, Black plays no role in setting US foreign policy. "Either we are trying to find a political way to end this war and move to a postwar political scenario, or we will see this war reach new levels of horrors", the Associated Press quoted him as saying. "Russian jet fighters and the regime ground forces can not afford attacks while Turkish soldiers are there", Kalin said. "Any attack launched or to be launched on Idlib will result in a disaster, massacre and a very big humanitarian tragedy", Erdogan added.

While it's hard to be sure of the depth of Trump's engagement on Syria policy considering his quick reversals in recent months, he was part of an effort by US officials this week to warn the Syrian regime and its allies not to use chemical weapons or target civilians as they prepare for an assault on Idlib province, the last rebel stronghold.