Tue Sep 4th, 2018 at 07:29:16 AM EST
Troubling ... Donald is no Sitting Bull!
Making America Great Again - or the downfall of the empire: fiddling while Rome burns.
The greater Middle East sitting on a powder keg.
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Russia and Syria vow to 'wipe out terrorists' in Idlib | Al Jazeera |
The Syrian government and its major ally Russia have signalled that an all-out offensive to retake the last rebel-held province in Syria is only a matter of time, raising fears of a major humanitarian crisis.
Speaking at a press conference in Moscow with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem following a closed-door meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the majority of Syria had been "freed of terrorists", save for Idlib, a northeastern province bordering Turkey.
"What we need to do now is to wipe out those terrorist groups which persist, particularly within the de-escalation area of Idlib," he said.
"It is unacceptable that those terrorists particularly al-Nusra Front are using the de-escalation area of Idlib to attack the Syrian army and to also attack through drones the Russian military bases in the area," he added referring to Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which is dominated by a rebel faction previously known as al-Nusra Front before renouncing its ties to al-Qaeda.
○ Russia softens up west for bloodbath it is planning in Syria's Idlib province | The Guardian |
○ Syria's Idlib: UN warns of chemical weapons, jihadis and humanitarian catastrophe | DW |
○ Syrian rebels blow up two bridges to hamper expected govt offensive in Idlib | Dawn Pakistan |