Russia knocks Trump's criticism of Syrian government

04 September, 2018, 20:13 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • This image published in the Syrian media allegedly shows beams of light from an explosion at the Mezzeh military airport near the capital Damascus

Assad has vowed to defeat the opposition in its last refuge in the province if the rebels do not surrender to government rule.

The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed his comments, describing Idlib, where jihadist insurgent factions dominate, as a "nest of terrorism".

Iran echoed that theme.

He said numerous "terrorists" are in the country's last rebel stronghold, leading to a "general destabilisation of the situation".

Last week the United Nations envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said the Nusra Front and al Qaeda, both of which the global body designates as terrorists, had an estimated 10,000 fighters in Idlib.

The Syrian civil war has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and forced millions to seek refuge inside and outside Syria.

There are about 3 million people in Idlib and the United Nations has said it is anxious about the potential humanitarian toll that may come with a Syrian military campaign there.

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Turkey has expressed fears of a potential humanitarian crisis on its borders.

Zarif said the talks would be "a continuation of the three-way political round" that examines "the methods of how to confront extremist and terrorist groups, like Tahrir al-Sham". "We're going to be much more measured". When he was in Russian Federation in late August, Cavusoglu said "we have to differentiate terrorists from other people", but added that it was also important to eliminate Russia's concerns.

Fars quoted Zarif as saying in Damascus that "the remaining terrorists in the remaining parts of Idlib must be cleaned out and the region should be placed back under the control of the Syrian people".

Russian air raids ceased in and around Idlib on August 15, but pro-Syrian regime forces have maintained an aerial bombardment and shelling against opposition fighters there, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Let's go in. Let's kill the f*cking lot of them", Trump told Secretary of Defense James MattisJames Norman MattisState Department applauds Saudi-led coalition's admission of "mistakes" in deadly Yemen strike Saudi-led coalition says deadly strike on bus in Yemen was unjustified Pentagon canceling 0M in aid to Pakistan, citing record on militants: "report MORE, according to a soon-to-be-released book by journalist Bob Woodward.

Last week a source close to Damascus said the government was preparing a phased assault that would initially target the areas in the south and west of the rebel enclave.

Even a staggered offensive like that would involve fighting around Turkish observation posts, potentially triggering a new escalation in an already complex war.

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