The Turkish-Syrian border (Photo by AP Photo / Germano Assad)

The United States believes that Russia and Turkey are “very close” to a more extensive conflict in Syria’s Idlib and hopes that they will be able to avoid it, Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman told reporters on Wednesday.

“We are seeing the Russians and the Turks have come very close to having more extensive conflict in the area. We are hopeful they will find a solution to avoid that”, Hoffman said at a press briefing.

He called on the international community to put extra pressure on the Syrian authorities to make them halt their offensive on Idlib. Hoffman refused to say whether the US is in contact with the parties concerned on the matter.

In December, Syrian government forces launched an offensive to recapture areas of Idlib province, the last remaining rebel stronghold in the country. Tensions in the region escalated further after Syrian forces shelled a Turkish observation point on 3 February, killing eight people and prompting a series of retaliatory strikes.

Speaking earlier on Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that Turkey could launch a military operation in Idlib at “any minute.”

According to the United Nations, almost 900,000 civilians have been forced to leave their homes due to the ongoing military escalation in Syria’s northwest since 1 December.

 

Source: Sputnik

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slavonac
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Unless jihadists forced the 900,000 to move, I see no evidence what so ever that the SAA has done it either. If they don’t like to live under the legitimate Government of Syria that is their choice, but before we start measuring sizes here lets say there must be a reason why they are afraid to stay. All those executions and other crimes they committed there during their short lived Ottoman empire 2.0 will not go un-answered and un-punished for.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

It must says…”USA-Israel-NATO plan Russia-Turkey war conflict.”

Mila3030
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The Astana and Sochi agreements were quite clear on what Erdogan was responsible for in Syria regarding his interference in Syrian affairs. The terrorists were supposed to separate themselves from the rebels and in the demilitarized zone leave and surrender their artillery by the end of October last year. This was not done, but the Turkish observation posts were put up anyway. These posts have no meaning without the other conditions being met. So Erdogan in reality has no claim to them. Also, the agreements themselves no longer have any meaning either. The Syrian Arab Army has been quite patient,… Read more »

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Huemaj Dakic

” We are hopeful they will find a solution to avoid that”

When they utter something like that, expect a false flag operation.

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Mila3030

Interesting.

Lee Vanderheiden
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Lee Vanderheiden

The Astana and Sochi agreements were quite clear on what Erdogan was responsible for in Syria regarding his interference in Syrian affairs. The terrorists were supposed to separate themselves from the rebels and in the demilitarized zone leave and surrender their artillery by the end of October last year. This was not done, but the Turkish observation posts were put up anyway. These posts have no meaning without the other conditions being met. So Erdogan in reality has no claim to them.

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Daeshbags-Sux

I think US are willing that Russia kicks some Turkish bütts or they’d put pressure on Turkey to stop the mess they’re doing rather than on Syrian gov’t. Turkey has became a serious millstone for NATO and needs a lesson.

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Fortune teller
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Fortune teller

Erdogan is an American assets. He want to drag Russia and Iran into big war with Turkey and close Russian access to Mediterranean and Syria. At the same time millions of refugees will overrun Europe. Winners: USA Losers: Turkey and EU as well Russia, Iran and China

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Think tank

Cui bono? Or “to whom is it a benefit?” the war between Turkey, Russia and Iran ?