391 civilians killed in Syria in August: NGO

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif shake hands prior to surprise talks in Ankara likely to have focused on Syria where an offensive is expected against rebel-held Idlib province

391 civilians killed in Syria in August: NGO

The US Defense Department told Sputnik Thursday that it was aware of reports of a huge military exercise Russian Federation planned to stage in the Mediterranean Sea this week, and hoped Moscow would follow the rules of safe conduct.

Russian officials have said they have evidence that terrorists in Idlib are now preparing to conduct a false-flag chemical weapons attack in order to spark a military intervention by the United States and its allies. But Hayat Tahrir al-Sham spokesperson Emad Eddin Mujahid, denied any intention to dissolve Tahrir al-Sham.

United States officials claim they are anxious that an impending assault by Syria forces on the terrorists in Idlib could involve the use of chemical weapons, an issue that Damascus has dismissed as false lies by Washington. Lavrov also warned the western powers against military action in Syria.

Northern Syria has become a haven for large numbers of displaced people who have sought refuge from fighting elsewhere in the country, or who do not want to live under Assad. "But we have to distinguish the civilians from the terrorist groups". He announced his readiness to go to Idlib to help provide safe passage out for civilians.

The UN envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told reporters in Geneva that "no one doubts that Al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda are terrorists.and terrorists identified by the UN need to be defeated".

United Nations envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura told reporters that talks between major powers this month on setting up a committee to lead constitutional reform in Syria will be a "moment of truth" for a credible political process.

The crisis has strained ties and sent the already-fragile lira into freefall against the dollar, with US President Donald Trump doubling tariffs on aluminium and steel from Turkey.

On June 23, 2014 all of Syria's chemical weapons had been destroyed.

"That's why eight Kalibr-equipped ships have been deployed to the Mediterranean simultaneously".

The latest exchange of warnings between Washington and Moscow comes as war monitors say thousands of Syrian government troops and allied fighters have been amassing in areas surrounding Idlib in preparation for an assault.

An estimated 70,000 rebel fighters, with roughly 10,000 of them UN-designated terrorists, are setting up defensive positions and ambush points around Idlib, ready to fight over the last of their territory inside Syria.

After seven years of war in Syria, so many men have been killed or left the country that women are now a dominant presence in many parts of Syrian society. So, they resort to the repetitive scenario of a false flag chemical attack, trying to delay the launch of this major operation by the Syrian Arab Army and the Russians. "In particular, most of the US missiles were destroyed in the previous attacks".

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