Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Here's What the New US Strategy in Syria Means For Russia

Here's What the New US Strategy in Syria Means For Russia

Both Turkey and the United Nations have warned of a massacre and humanitarian catastrophe involving tens of thousands of civilians in the event of a full-scale offensive.

"This would unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood-soaked Syrian conflict".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his call for Iran and Russian Federation to stop a looming "humanitarian disaster" in Syria's Idlib province.

"There is no doubt that an all-out military operation would result in a major humanitarian catastrophe", Turkish Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioglu told the council meeting. Erdogan urged the worldwide community to take action or face "security risks for Turkey, the rest of Europe and beyond".

High-level diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey are meeting the United Nations envoy for Syria about creating a committee to revise the war-battered country's constitution.

"The consequences of inaction are huge".

Beyond the risky prospect that the strikes could escalate the conflict (particularly given the Russian and Iranian presence in the country), they would also make it more hard for the United States and Russia to cooperate on a shared plan in Syria. "We will see them finding a secure place on the border and create their own living areas if the operation starts".

For weeks, regime troops backed by Russian Federation and Iran have massed around Idlib's periphery, with deadly air strikes, shelling, and barrel bombs falling with increased intensity in recent days.

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"Russia, Iran and Assad are demolishing Idlib and asking us to call it peace", she said.

The regime has twice been targeted by United States air and missile strikes after previous alleged chemical attacks.

Idlib province and adjacent rural areas form the largest piece of territory still held by Syria's beleaguered opposition fighters, worn down by a succession of regime victories in recent months.

"We're deeply concerned about this recent escalation of violence, which has resulted in the displacement of over 30,000 in the area".

Abu al-Baraa al-Hamawi, a rebel leader in northern Hama, said about 95 percent of people had left a number of villages in northern and western Hama province and in southern Idlib province in the last three days due to intensive air strikes.

"I am not going to tell the world ahead of time what we are going to do, it is just not my style", U.S. Defence Secretary Mattis told reporters in Washington on Tuesday.

Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, Mark Lowcock, chief of the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said more than 30,000 people were already displaced by Russian and Syrian airstrikes and another 800,000 could soon follow, The Independent reported.

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