Syria’s Looming Idlib Offensive Is Stalled by Turkey

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 14, 2018

During a meeting with foreign ambassadors in Ankara on Wednesday, Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar warned that any military operation in Idlib would drag a region rife with problems to disaster.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday, officials said, amid rising global concern over a looming Syrian government assault on a rebel-held province bordering Turkey. Syria's northwest is home to another 3 million people, many of whom have fled there from other cities.

The UN has warned that such an offensive would lead to the "worst humanitarian catastrophe in the 21st century".

He added that Ankara is still trying with Russian Federation and Iran to prevent a humanitarian tragedy in the case of a threatened Syrian regime offensive.

Turkey however backs opposition fighters seeking the ouster of the Syrian leader, and has said a large-scale offensive against the rebels could trigger a mass exodus towards its border.

Turkey's Foreign Minister said early Friday that Washington should reconsider its alliances in Syria as the Assad regime prepares to launch a bloody offensive on northwestern Idlib province.

However last week Erdogan and Putin failed to agree on a ceasefire at a three-way summit in Tehran which also involved Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

"We can not bring peace that way".

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