Donald Trump warns Syria not to ‘recklessly attack’ Idlib province


A war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also attributed the blasts to Israeli strikes, and said the blasts led to deaths and injuries.

As Syria has a strong alliance with Iran and Russian Federation, its relations with Turkey had dramatically worsened during the Syrian war as Turkey has been a major backer of the rebels in their insurgency against the rule of Assad.

Syria has been preparing for a major assault on the province bordering Turkey, which is the last major enclave held by opposition fighters battling Assad and the Russian and Iranian forces that have played a critical role in backing him in the seven-year war.

Tuesday's strikes come after three weeks without Russian air raids in Idlib, though the Syrian military has kept up shelling and some aerial bombardment.

The rebel source and the Observatory both said the air strikes were in the countryside near Jisr al-Shughour on the western edge of the rebels' northwestern territory.

The Kremlin on September 3 confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin would travel to Tehran on September 7 for talks with the leaders of Iran and Turkey about the situation in Syria.

Speaking on France-Inter radio on Sunday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won the country's civil war but will not "win the peace" without a political solution aided by worldwide mediators, Sputnik reported.

Besides the military airport, the al-Mazzeh area is home to embassies, security buildings and the homes of some members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle, according to opposition activists. "Don't let that happen!" he added.

"We hope that the province of Idlib will be cleared of terrorism the same way as with previous operations of the Syrian military, with the lowest casualties, such as the suburbs of Damascus and the southern provinces", Zarif said.

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Antonio Guterres, U.N. secretary-general, urged Syria and its allies, which include Russia, Turkey and Iran, "to exercise restraint and to prioritize the protection of civilians".

"All eyes on the actions of Assad, Russia, and Iran in Idlib, #NoChemicalWeapons", Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, posted on Twitter.

But the situation in Idlib has escalated with the presence of ultra-radical groups such as the LLC, which also prevents other rebel factions from accepting a reconciliation deal with the Syrian government.

Further Iranian engagement in Syria meanwhile risks drawing Israel deeper into the conflict.

A Syrian government minister said the siege of Idlib would probably be resolved by force.

The country, which backs several opposition groups in Syria, has set up observation points around the rebel stronghold and has been seeking to stop a full-scale state offensive. "This is not the first time that the United States, Great Britain and France have cooked up a scheme for a chemical weapons incident".

But these "verbal warning shots" have little to do with today's reality in Syria, said Jonas Parello-Plesner, a researcher with the Hudson Institute in Washington who recently published a study on the USA approach to the region.

Hardline Islamist rebels control the majority of Idlib province, imposing a strict interpretation of Islamic law on local residents.