The first signs of the predicted mass movement of Syrian civilians seeking to escape an imminent joint Russian-Syrian air assault emerged on Monday when the United Nations said 30,000 of the 3.5 million people in the opposition-run enclave of Idlib had already been internally displaced.
Turkey regards the presence of its troops inside Idlib as a deterrent against a large-scale assault by forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies.
Idlib and its surrounding area are home to some 3 million people, including more than a million civilians displaced from other parts of Syria.
The United States has about 2,000 troops in other areas of Syria but little leverage in Idlib, which had been declared a "de-escalation" zone under an agreement reached a year ago between Russia, Turkey and Iran.
That happened to be an Obama Administration official expressing support for the jihadists, and when he was asked by his interviewer "Did the world fail Syria?" he answered "Sure".
People walk among damaged buildings in the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus, Syria, on April 16, 2018. It's a magazine that's handed out free to school students in the U.S.to teach them the "history" behind these current events, though it conflicts with the actual history behind them: but, of course, those children won't know that history, because it's not being taught to them. The U.S. military said the main targets of the strikes were two storage facilities, one that produced sarin, and another was part of a command post, which were located west of the city of Homs.
Answering questions from reporters in capital Ankara during Afghanistan's National Day reception, Akar said Turkey "wants the absolute cease-fire to be maintained" which was planned within the scope of Astana peace process brokered by Turkey, Russia and Iran.
Moscow, however, is charging that a false-flag operation to unleash chlorine on civilians in Idlib is being prepared to trigger and justify USA intervention. "Don't let that happen!"
"For Syrians who are on the receiving end, whether chemical weapons or conventional weapons, the end result is likely to be the same."
The 2,200 USA troops in Syria will remain until we see "the exit of all Iranian military and proxy forces and the establishment of a stable, non-threatening government acceptable to all Syrians".
The British Embassy also called Black's charges "nonsense" and accused him of relaying propaganda from "Russia and the Assad regime".
Jeffrey, the new Syria envoy, and Joel Rayburn, the State Department's deputy assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs, likely worked hard in recent weeks to convince the president that maintaining a longer-term USA presence in Syria is crucial to keeping Russian and Iranian influence in the region at bay, Dalton said. "We have political tools at our disposal, we have economic tools at our disposal".
Kurdish security forces, known as Asayish, said in a statement that a government patrol entered the areas controlled by the Kurdish militia in Qamishli and began arresting civilians, then shot at a Kurdish checkpoint sparking the gun battle.