US accuses Moscow of 'defending' Syria's Idlib offensive

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

He said the love and respect of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is part of every Muslim's faith and no one can be allowed to disrespect it.

Government forces have been massing around Idlib for days and looked poised to launch what could be the last major battle of the civil war that has torn Syria apart since 2011.

"The women-led organizations offer a vision of a more equitable and democratic society in Syria and offer a powerful counter-argument to the conservative vision offered by HTS and other Islamist groups", states a recent report, "Idlib Lives - The Untold Story of Heroes".

The three leaders previously met in the Russian resort city of Sochi and the Turkish capital Ankara.

As such, the Jewish state undoubtedly will be watching carefully as the battle for Idlib kicks off, as chaos in Syria perpetually has been used as a smokescreen by the Islamic Republic to advance its goal of establishing a permanent presence in the country. The currency lost more than 40 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar amid macroeconomic concerns and the diplomatic showdown between the USA and Turkey over the detention of an American pastor.

Developments in Idlib are accelerating and Damascus and its allies are ready to attack the terrorists.

"Avoiding the potential use of chemical weapons is indeed crucial", de Mistura told reporters in Geneva.

Iranian FM Zarif will hold official talks with FM Qureshi, the FO said in a statement.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Thursday that Israel will continue to act in Syria as it deems necessary for its national defense, without consideration for the worldwide agreements that would formally end the brutal eight-year civil war in the country. "Russian forces act as a guarantor of stability in the region and are not letting a large-scale regional war break out", said Naji Gabid, a spokesman for the Syrian parliament, in his interview with Izvestiya.

The SOHR said the air strikes were in the countryside near Jisr Al Shughour on the western edge of the rebels' northwestern territory.

Erdogan and his counterparts Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Russia's Vladimir Putin are due to meet in Iran for a summit on Syria on 7 September, Turkish reports have said.

Most of Idlib province and adjacent strips of Hama province remain in the hands of an assortment of armed groups, some Turkey-backed and others independent Islamist groups. "Don't let that happen!"

The United Nations and aid groups have warned that a full assault on Idlib could spark a humanitarian catastrophe on a scale not yet seen in Syria's seven-year-old conflict.

Following Russian warnings over possible chemical weapons attacks to be carried out by groups who will blame Russia - although that possibility decreased - the Idlib tension is nevertheless escalating.

"This willingness [by Erdogan] reflects not only nationalist bravado but also an assumption about the rapid advent of a more multipolar world", Nick Danforth, a senior policy analyst for the Bipartisan Policy Center's national security programme, wrote in The New York Times last week.

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