Russia Launches Airstrikes in Syria's Rebel-Held Idlib

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The summit between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may determine whether diplomacy halts any military action. The Syrian military shelled Idlib, the last stronghold of active rebellion against al-Assad, on Wednesday as a war monitor said insurgents blew up a bridge in anticipation of a government offensive.

All three nations agree that the threat of radical Islamists in Syria must be eliminated, but differ as to how this should be achieved.

As sides close in on the remaining jihadist forces operating in Syria, Jeffrey said it was time for a "major diplomatic initiative" to end the seven-year conflict.

Northwestern Idlib province and surrounding areas are home to about 3 million people - almost half of them civilians displaced from other parts of Syria.

Turkey is anxious that an attack on Idlib will trigger a mass exodus of refugees fleeing towards the Turkish border. Let's go in. Let's kill the f-king lot of them", Trump said, according to the tell-all, "Fear: "Trump in the White House", a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post.

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About 3 million people are in the province. "Turkey can not take in more", said President Erdogan.

Turkish newspaper Sabah Gazetesi leaked highlights of the Turkish proposal on Idlib, indicating that Erdogan will propose a plan that would see Turkish forces on the ground who are already manning checkpoints around Idlib oversee the dissolution of 12 armed groups, including the former al Qaeda-affiliated group HTS.

Erdogan added it is "vital" to protect civilians in the region, separate terrorist elements and ensure current status of Idlib.

Jeffrey, who just returned from a trip to the Middle East and Turkey, called the situation in Idlib "very dangerous" and warned Syria and Russian Federation against an assault. Presidents Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani are now in Tehran ahead of the talks.

A spokesman for the National Front for Liberation, a Turkish-based rebel alliance, said the group's fighters were prepared for battle but are looking to Turkey for efforts to prevent the attack and "protect Idlib".

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He called on all militants in Syria to disarm and seek a peaceful end to the conflict.

The Syrian military has been sending reinforcements to the area for more than a month, and Russian Federation has ramped up its rhetoric. He suggested that regular drone attacks on the Russian military site should be stopped by pushing those launching them out of range.

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Putin's remarks on the situation in Syria tilted towards humanitarian aspects and the necessity to reconstruct the country.

The occupying Tel Aviv regime, whose identity is formed with occupation, aggression and instability, can not claim to fight terrorism, Rouhani said, adding that the immediate exit of the regime from Syria is a common demand of all the Syrian people. Turkey has accepted 3.5 million refugees from Syria since the start of the war in 2011.

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