Kremlin Dismisses Trump's Warning Against Syrian Offensive in Idlib

Explosions at a Syrian military airport close to Damascus

"Don't let that happen!"

The air raids "came a day after rebel units in Idlib hit regime positions in neighboring Latakia province, which killed three pro-regime fighters", Abdel Rahman told AFP.

A war monitor says Russian Federation resumed air strikes on the opposition and rebel-held Syrian province on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, for the past two months, the Idlib de-escalation zone has been the target of particularly fierce airstrikes by Russian Federation and Assad regime forces.

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.

Last week, Iran's defense minister travelled to Damascus and signed an agreement on military cooperation between the two countries.

Located near the Turkish border, Idlib has been designated as a de-escalation zone where acts of aggression are expressly forbidden as part of the ongoing Astana process.

Most of Idlib and the adjacent area of Hama remain under the control of several different armed groups - some which are backed by Turkey, others by independent Islamist groups.

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Tehran and Moscow have provided steady political, financial and military backing to Assad throughout the war, which has left over 350,000 people dead since it broke out in 2011.

ICG said Russian Federation, whose air support would be crucial for the offensive to succeed, should understand that a bloodbath in Idlib would jeopardize its own political goals.

"Russia seeks to ensure not just the regime's military victory in Syria but its full political restoration through global re-legitimation at war's end". Moscow has already submitted evidence to the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) showing that terrorists in Idlib are preparing to set up another chemical attack false flag to frame Damascus. "It must be clear". The French Foreign Ministry is "ready to act" if Assad uses lethal chemical weapons, it said in a statement on Monday.

But analysts still say the United States appears resigned to the likelihood of a final military victory by Syrian government forces.

TRT World's Kevin McAleese has more from Washington DC.

Trump has sought better relations with Russian Federation since taking office in 2017 but the United States has been unable to rein in Moscow's military and diplomatic support for Assad.

Trump said in April that "it's time" to bring American troops home from Syria - once the militants of the Daesh group had been definitively defeated.

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