U.S. Warns Russia, Syria Against Escalating 'Already Dangerous Conflict'

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Muallem said there was clear evidence that the U.S. was continuing to support terrorist groups like Daesh and Nusra Front, adding that the United States would certainly use a chemical weapons incident as a pretext to attack Syria.

The area, which has been controlled by rebels since 2015, has been targeted by government and Russian Federation air and artillery strikes for months, devastating infrastructure such as schools and hospitals. Meanwhile, truckloads of United Nations humanitarian aid entered through the Cilvegözü Border Gate on Friday in Reyhanlı town of the Hatay province in southern Turkey to be distributed to the needy in Idlib.

"At our meeting with Nasr Al-Hariri, president of Syrian Negotiations Commission, we exchanged views on recent developments in Syria, including Idlib and also the period ahead concerning the political process", Cavusoglu wrote on his Facebook page.

Washington sees a potential attack on Idlib as an escalation of an already unsafe conflict, USA secretary says.

We have been aware of that since the very beginning.

Syrian government forces are now massing around the northwestern province of Idlib, which is held by a complex array of rebels and violent extremist fighters, many of whom have been blacklisted as "terrorists" by world powers.

"Sergey Lavrov is defending Syrian and Russian assault on #Idlib", Pompeo tweeted. The Russians and Assad agreed not to permit this.

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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian forces have deployed at least 2,000 armored vehicles along the front lines surrounding Idlib and Hama.An offensive is likely to first strike southwest Idlib and al-Ghab plains, which overlook the coastal area where Russian Federation has its military and naval bases. In addition, Russian experts are among the Syrians. HTS is now the most powerful armed faction in Idlib.

While the government has yet to declare a start date for an offensive, the Syrian army has deployed thousands of ground forces and dozens of armoured units along the southern borders of Idlib. The province contains an array of militant groups, including the ultra-radical Levant Liberation Committee (LLC), which is also known as the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front. For those fighters, the battle for Idlib will likely be the last showdown with the regime and they are expected to put up a hard fight.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Damascus to discuss plans for an upcoming summit between the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey, which Tehran will host on September 7 to discuss Idlib, Iran's Fars news agency reported.

Erdoğan said that strong relations between the two countries also need a stronger cooperation in the fields of education, development, culture and tourism.

Abdel Bari Atwan, the famous analyst of the Arab world, wrote "the USA government knows well that the Syrian army's recapture of Idlib is close and therefore strongly opposes it".

He said that even if Assad's forces retake Idlib, that won't solve the problems that unleashed the war seven years ago.

The terrorists have said that there will be no dialogue with the Russians and the Syrian government to give up Idlib and its suburbs.

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