Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russia seem to be planning a reckless attack against Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province.
“Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!” Trump warned.
Recently, the Syrian army was spotted in convoys headed for Idlib. Some have coined the operation as “the final battle” in this seven-year-old civil war.
Insurgents fighting against Assad only hold the northern province and surrounding area. Meanwhile, Assad has Russian and Iranian troops at his disposal.
Despite efforts to maintain good relations with Russia, President Trump is prepared to deal with Putin. Further, Trump will put the Russians in their place should they continue to attack Idlib. On a side note, once again Trump’s actions destroy the Russian narrative liberals keep peddling.
Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, made clear that Washington views an attack against Idlib as an escalation of the war in Syria. Further, he assured that any chemical attack will be met with military force.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley mirrored the President’s sentiments.
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) September 3, 2018
Ironically, it’s been 30 years since 30,000 people were hung for their opposition to Iran. Not much has really changed.
As Reuters elaborates:
Iran called for militants to be “cleaned out” of Idlib, as it prepared for talks with Syria and Russia about confronting the last major enclave held by rebels opposed to Assad.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Damascus to discuss plans for an upcoming summit between the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey, which Tehran will host on Sept. 7 to discuss Idlib, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.
Turkey, which has long supported anti-Assad rebels, has cooperated with Russia and Iran on talks over Syria in recent years and has troops in the Idlib region on an observation mission.
Just last week in Damascus, Iran’s Defense Minister signed an agreement for defense cooperation between Turkey and Iran with his Syrian counterpart.
Syria Better Pay Attention
Trump isn’t the only leader concerned about the possibility of chemical warfare.
According to The Hill:
France also said there could be “disastrous consequences” if Syrian forces and their allies launch an assault on the Idlib province in northwestern Syria, the last major enclave held by rebels fighting the Iran and Russia-backed Assad regime.
The United States already has a list compiled of facilities that could harbor Syrian chemical weapons. Obviously, those facilities would be the first targets of US air strikes. Mike Pompeo warned the people of Syrian “will suffer from this aggression.”
Trump’s Track Record
Based on Trump’s track record, Syria might want to rethink their strategy.
Thanks to President Trump, less that a thousand ISIS fighters are thought to be active. And Syria is one of the many countries benefitting from Trump’s terrorism stamp-out. However, if Syria continues to pursue our allies, they will finally learn the literal meaning of being Trumped.