Turkey steps up arms supplies to rebels in Idlib

Evarado Alatorre
Setiembre 14, 2018

Turkey's Foreign Minister said early Friday that Washington should reconsider its alliances in Syria as the Assad regime prepares to launch a bloody offensive on northwestern Idlib province.

Funk (2nd L) at an American outpost in Syria's Manjib where U.S. forces are backing the YPG terrorist organisation, on February 7, 2018.

"The alliance has grown deeper since senior leaders of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF], spearheaded by the YPG, held formal talks with the Syrian regime to carve out a place for themselves in the new Syria", Cavusoglu added. "It's time for Washington to assess who its real allies in the region are".

Russia-backed forces of the Syrian regime have massed around the Idlib province in recent weeks, sparking fears of an imminent air and ground attack to retake the last major opposition bastion.

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The US says it is backing the YPG in Syria as part of its battle against Daesh. The PKK has waged a terror campaign in Turkey for more than 30 years in which some 40,000 people have been killed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday, officials said, amid rising global concern over a looming Syrian government assault on a rebel-held province bordering Turkey. President Tayyip Erdogan has warned of a humanitarian disaster and security risks for Turkey.

Erdogan met with the leaders of Iran and Russian Federation last week in Tehran to discuss Syria, but failed to win a ceasefire pledge.

United Nations agencies and relief organisations have warned repeatedly that such an assault could spark one of the worst humanitarian disasters of Syria's seven-year war.

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