30000 displaced in Syria's Idlib as UN fears century's 'worst' crisis

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He added that Russian Federation and Iran were also responsible for stopping a humanitarian disaster in Idlib, and said the worldwide community had to "throw its weight behind a political solution".

Sources familiar with the issue, confirming the Bild report, said German and USA officials had discussed last month the possibility of German fighter jets helping with battle damage assessments or dropping bombs for the first time since the war in ex-Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

"The worldwide community has made it Turkey's responsibility to get rid of the extremists of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham without providing any help", Muhittin Ataman, director of foreign policy studies at Ankara-based think tank SETA, told a conference last week.

On Friday Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, held a summit with Russia's Vladmir Putin and Hassan Rouhani of Iran, the other key ally of the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, and urged them to accept a truce to avert a "bloodbath".

The Pentagon is reportedly drawing up military options which include the potential targeting of Russian or Iranian forces which are aiding the Assad regime.

"A regime assault [in Idlib] would also create serious humanitarian and security risks for Turkey, the rest of Europe and beyond", he added.

The strikes targeted infrastructure at three sites connected to Syria's chemical weapons programme near Damascus.

Erdogan said despite being the target of terror groups Daesh and the PKK, Turkey did not lose its resolve to help Syrians.

If chemical weapons are used, National Security Adviser John Bolton promised the US would deliver a counterattack that's even more severe than the two previous assaults authorized by Trump.

The UN has warned that Idlib could turn into the worst humanitarian disaster of the 21st century as hundreds of thousands of civilians surge to the now closed Turkish border to evade an assault led by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

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Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no decision has been made by the White House to use military force in response to a possible chemical attack, according to Reuters.

"We've tried to convey the message in recent days that if there's a third use of chemical weapons, the response will be much stronger", Bolton said in a speech on Monday in Washington.

"Conventional weapons are responsible for far more deaths", he said.

"Russia is reminding Turkey it needs to stay in Russia's good graces if Turkey wants to avoid a painful catastrophe in northwest Syria", said the researcher at the Center for New American Security.

But he stressed that "there are 100 civilians, a lot of them women and children, for every fighter in Idlib". Idlib is the last redoubt of terrorist groups including Jabhat al-Nusra and some offshoots of Al Qaeda.

In an article in today's Wall Street Journal, he calls on the global community to take action, and warns that "the entire world stands to pay the price" otherwise. "To ensure that we succeed, the rest of the world must set aside narrow self-interest and throw its weight behind a political solution", he said.

Idlib is the last rebel stronghold - if the regime wins here it will have effectively won the Syrian war and defeated the revolution.

For many days there has been a build-up of Syrian armour in southern Idlib.

On Friday ceasefire talks between Russia, Iran and Turkey failed to reach a consensus - shortly afterwards warplanes attacked the small town of Khan Sheikoun.

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