‘Zero’ evidence Syria rebels will use chemical weapons

‘Zero’ evidence Syria rebels will use chemical weapons

Idlib's fate now appears likely to rest on a summit on Friday in Tehran between the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran - a meeting that Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said would make the situation "clearer".

"The United States will continue to work tirelessly with its Allies to find a lasting diplomatic solution to resolve the hostilities in Syria under the auspices of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254", the White House said.

The first excerpts from Woodward's book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", were published on Tuesday, and painted a portrait of a White House rife with infighting and undergoing a "nervous breakdown".

And the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said that she had never heard Mr Trump talking about assassinating the Syrian president.

In recent weeks, government forces have been amassing on Idlib's western edge, with airstrikes sweeping the region leaving dozens dead.

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter this week to warn the regime and its allies not to "recklessly attack" the north.

As United States Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey, also a former American ambassador to Ankara, concluded his trip to Turkey, the US embassy on Tuesday reiterated its concern for a Syrian regime military offensive in Syria's Idlib.

A major assault would be devastating for the almost three million people living in the northwestern province, many of them rebels and civilians who were moved out of other areas as they came back under regime control. It estimates some 10,000 jihadists are in the area.

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She warned on Tuesday against the use of any chemical weapons in Idlib, after the White House pledged to "respond swiftly and appropriately" to any such attack.

"We know that the Syrian armed forces are getting ready to solve this problem", Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

The Syrian military has been sending reinforcements to the area for more than a month, and Russian Federation has ramped up its rhetoric.

All the attacks were carried out "exclusively on the objects of terrorist groups identified and confirmed through several channels and far from populated areas", he said.

According to an upcoming book by reporter Bob Woodward, Trump wanted to kill al-Assad after he launched the chemical weapons on civilians previous year.

"Let's fucking kill him!" "If it is a slaughter the world is going to get very, very angry and the United States is going to get very angry too".

"Not at all. The book is fiction", Trump told reporters when asked about the claim, saying the assassination of Assad was "never even discussed". "We're going to be much more measured".