Turkish, Russian, Iranian presidents meet in Tehran

Turkish, Russian, Iranian presidents meet in Tehran

Turkish, Russian, Iranian presidents meet in Tehran

Jeffrey said the new U.S. approach is more suspicious of Russian Federation amid "growing skepticism" that Moscow is either willing or capable of assisting the USA with its goal of pushing "all Iranian-commanded forces from the entirety of Syria".

"We need to find a rational solution in Idlib that will address everyone's concerns".

Back in March, President Trump seemed to announce a new Syria policy without notifying anyone else in government.

Iran wants to keep its foothold in the Mediterranean nation neighbouring Israel and Lebanon.

Russian Federation first intervened in Syria in 2015, helping to turn the tide of the civil war in favor of President Bashar Assad's forces.

And Russia wants to maintain its regional presence to fill the vacuum left by America's long uncertainty about what it wants in the conflict. An estimated 10,000 Al-Qaeda-linked fighters are among those rebels, and Idlib is also home to about 3 million civilians - almost half of them displaced from other parts of Syria. That also includes an estimated 10,000 hardcore fighters, including al-Qaida-linked militants.

"The United States is closely monitoring the situation in Idlib province, Syria, where millions of innocent civilians are under threat of an imminent Assad regime attack, backed by Russian Federation and Iran", the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.

The streets of Tehran were quiet on Friday, the second day of the Iranian weekend.

For Turkey, the stakes couldn't be higher.


Jeffrey said an attack by Russian and Syrian forces, and the use of chemical weapons, would force huge refugee flows into southeastern Turkey or areas in Syria under Turkish control.

There are tens of thousands of rebels in Idlib Province, which borders Turkey. They said a military strike on Idlib would lead to a "humanitarian catastrophe".

The attacks have prompted terrified residents to flee before a fully-fledged assault is launched, the monitor said.

Turkey also doesn't want to see another YPG/PKK-controlled area rise along its border, as it already faces in northern Iraq.

According to an upcoming book by reporter Bob Woodward, Trump wanted to kill al-Assad after he launched the chemical weapons on civilians previous year. But all too often, establishment takedowns of Trump-from centrist conservatives and liberals who consider themselves "the grownups" in this improbable era-dwell on course-correcting one of the few things the Trump administration has done moderately right: not getting us further entangled in foreign civil wars, nation-building boondoggles, and other imperial adventures of the sort that Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama adored.

"The fires of war and bloodshed in Syria are reaching their end", Rouhani said, while adding that terrorism must "be uprooted in Syria, particularly in Idlib".

At the request of Damascus, Iran has been offering advisory military assistance to the Syrian army.

Just hours later, the UN Security Council will also meet at Washington's request, also to discuss Idlib.

Tehran and Moscow have helped Assad turn the course of the war against an array of opponents ranging from Western-backed rebels to Islamist militants, while Turkey is a leading opposition supporter and has troops in the country.

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