US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to applaud Turkey’s efforts to “stop the carnage” against civilians in Idlib province, which he claimed Russia, Iran and Syria are responsible for?
Since mid-December, the Syrian Army has been clearing the province of terrorists, including ISIS and Tahrir al-Sham, formerly known as the Nusra Front. Idlib remains a major terrorist stronghold, being home to an estimated 10,000 jihadists from various extremely hostile Israeli and Western factions.
The Syrian president Assad previously underlined that the authorities would give civilians the opportunity to leave the province before the operation to liberate it begins, which, according to him, “would not take much time”.
Earlier this month, the Russian foreign minister, Lavrov indicated that Idlib needs to be completely liberated from terrorists and returned to being under the country’s control.
Russia and Turkey agreed in 2018 to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib along the contact line between the armed opposition and government forces.
Russia, Iran, and Turkey are guarantors of the ceasefire in Syria, which has been embroiled in a civil war for eight years.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2019.