Attack on Idlib would sabotage ongoing political process - Turkey

Attack on Idlib could lead to worst loss of life this century: UN official

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A possible regime attack on Syria's northwestern province of Idlib will sabotage the ongoing political process and cause a serious crisis of confidence, the Turkish presidential spokesman said on September 11.

Meanwhile, Turkey, which already hosts three million Syrian refugees, is keen to prevent an assault that would see hundreds of thousands more mass along its border.

Air strikes and bombings would trigger a "massive wave of refugees and tremendous security risks for Turkey, the rest of Europe and beyond", he warned.

A second rebel commander said: "They are getting new shipments of munitions - they don't need more than munitions". The world will hold them responsible.

Turkish officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura began two days of talks in Geneva on Monday with senior officials from Russia, Iran and Turkey on forming a Constitutional Committee in Syria, but which were expected to be overshadowed by the Idlib crisis. Turkey has bolstered the Free Syrian Army there with troops and military observation posts that were part of an earlier cease-fire agreement put in place a year ago.

Turkey has backed an array of Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels during the war that spiraled out of an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011.

Russian Federation has only promised to provide air cover for Syrian government troops and the Iranian militias fighting there have no intention of getting involved in the bloody campaign, which leaves the Syrian regime's weakened troops to fight on their own, according to Col. Fateh Hassoun, a high-ranking officer in the Free Syrian Army rebel forces.

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For weeks, regime troops backed by Russian Federation and Iran have massed around Idlib's periphery, with deadly airstrikes, shelling, and barrel bombs falling with increased intensity in recent days. The Turkish army has also sent troops into Syrian rebel-held territory further east, in an area north of Aleppo city.

The SDF fighters were supported by coalition airstrikes and artillery fire.

Two rebel commanders said Turkey had ordered the bulk of this force to move toward the Idlib frontlines.

The US-led coalition, which earlier vowed to carry out an airstrike on Syria if chemical weapons are used in the province of Idlib, now says that a military operation will be a sufficient reason for a military action, Russia's United Nations envoy said on Tuesday.

"Let us be clear, it remains our firm stance that if President Bashar Assad chooses to again use chemical weapons, the United States and its allies will respond swiftly and appropriately", Sanders said.

"Predications" made by Western media and politicians of a disaster in Idlib are unacceptable, given all the efforts of Moscow and its partners, and earlier examples of reconciliation in Syria, a top Russian diplomat says.

Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists are paying $10,000 each to Turkish border guards to be able to leave Idlib for Turkish soil as the Syrian Army is standing order to launch a major operation in Northwestern Syria, a media outlet reported on Tuesday.

The jihadists have so far resisted calls by Ankara to dissolve themselves or take an offer that allows fighters to join FSA factions after breaking all ties to al Qaeda.

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