Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Top general says Trump has military options if Syria uses chemical weapons

Top general says Trump has military options if Syria uses chemical weapons

Across Turkey's southern border, Bashar Assad's criminal regime has for seven years targeted Syria's citizens with arbitrary arrests, systematic torture, summary executions, barrel bombs, and chemical and conventional weapons.

The United Nations also said it feared a full-scale offensive could cause a humanitarian catastrophe involving tens of thousands of civilians.

Back home, and having signed a joint communique that excluded his demands, Erdogan promised that Turkey would not "allow any faits accomplis under the pretext of fighting terrorism", without further elaboration or how his administration would stop Russian Federation and Iran in Syria.

The presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran met on Friday in Tehran, as part of the trilateral efforts on finding a solution to the Syrian civil war.

Meanwhile, the Turkish army continued to send reinforcements to Hatay and Kilis, its border province with Syria, the state agency wired.

The Kurdish-led administration control almost 30 per cent of Syria, mostly in the northeastern part of the country, including some of Syria's largest oil fields.

"We are very actively preparing for the possibility that civilians move in huge numbers in multiple directions", OCHA head Lowcock told a news briefing in Geneva.

Swanson said that since Friday's summit, mortar and rocket attacks had increased, especially in the northern Hama countryside and southern Idlib rural areas. "Some of the families are displaced, the rest are hiding in shelters".

The three countries past year set up the Astana process, a negotiating track to end Syria´s war that has largely eclipsed the UN-led peace process.

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Christy Delafield of Mercy Corps, one of the largest organizations delivering aid in Syria, said it has been hard for aid workers and communities to keep up with the displacement.

It is the last remaining rebel stronghold, and likely to be the scene of a major military offensive.

In the neighbouring province of Hama, Russian jets carried out more than ten strikes on rebel positions in the village of Al-Latamneh, he said.

Since the beginning of this month, at least 29 civilians have been killed and dozens injured in airstrikes and attacks by regime forces and Russian warplanes in Idlib and Hama, according to the White Helmets.

The council will meet at Russia´s request at 11:00 am (1500 GMT) to hear the briefing as Syrian forces, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, are preparing for an all-out military assault on the rebel-held province.

Tehran and Moscow have helped Assad turn the course of the war against an array of opponents ranging from Western-backed rebels to extremists.

What complicates the matter is that the Turkish military has 12 observation posts along the frontline in Idlib, deep in HTS territory.

Air and ground attacks on Syria's Idlib must stop and a ceasefire and stability must be established in the area immediately, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday.

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