Syria’s Assad agrees to a gas attack in Idlib despite warnings, according to the report
President Bashar al-Assad has approved a gas attack in Idlib province, the country’s last bastion of rebels, a report said on Sunday.
Assad’s approval reports come about a week after President Trump warned the powerful man and his allies not to ‘attack’ the province recklessly. Trump described any gas attack as a ‘serious human error’.
The Wall Street Journal, quoting US officials, was the first to report on Assad. UN officials believe an attack on Idlib would lead to a wave of displacement that could lead to the displacement of an estimated 800,000 people and discourage refugees from returning home. The United States and France have warned that Idlib’s attack will lead to a humanitarian crisis and warned that a chemical attack in Idlib would lead to Western revenge.
Wall Street Journal reported that international pressure did little to stimulate Assad, who benefits from the support of Russia and Iran. The report said Assad approved the use of chlorine gas.
President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2018
As far as Russia and Iran are concerned, both allies of the Syrian government, who regain Idlib, are crucial to accomplishing what they see as a military victory in the Syrian civil war after Syrian forces regained almost all other major cities and largely defeated the revolt against Assad.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged his counterparts to accept a cease-fire and avoid a ‘bloodbath’ in Idlib. But Russian President Vladimir Putin called for ‘the complete annihilation of terrorists in Syria,’ while Iranian President Hassan Rowhani spoke of ‘purging Idlib of the terrorists.’
On Sunday, government forces shelled the village of Hobbit in Idlib province, killing a baby girl and injuring many other civilians, according to the search group of the Syrian Civil Defense.
A senior management official told the newspaper: ‘did not transfer that the United States will use the army in response to an attack.’ We have political tools at our disposal, and we have economic tools at our disposal. There are a number of different ways we can respond if Assad takes this reckless and dangerous step. ‘