US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Tuesday over the phone with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, about the situation in Idlib, Syria.

The statement on the call, attributable to State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert, takes a stronger position against than the one taken by US President Donald Trump the day prior.

“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,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!”

Now, it appears that the State Department is expanding the White House’s red line. While Trump cautioned against a “reckless attack,” the State Department, in conjunction with the Turkish Foreign Ministry, is calling “any Assad military offensive” in Idlib “unacceptable.”

Pompeo and Cavusoglu “agreed that any Assad regime military offensive in Idlib would be an unacceptable, reckless escalation of the conflict in Syria,” the statement reads.

As the Syrian government, backed by Russian air power, has liberated major cities and districts from the jihadists since the start of the war more than seven years ago, they have allowed the militants to evacuate into Idlib. Now, there are fears the province could be the site of a chemical attack, with the UN special representative for Syria warning that militants there are capable of producing weaponized chlorine and Russia saying it has evidence of plans for chemical provocations by jihadists.

On Friday, the United Nations Security Council will convene to discuss the situation in Idlib, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told reporters on Tuesday.

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Source: Sputnik

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Peter Wallace
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I am so pleased that the US and Turkey who were voted in too govern Syria by the people of Syria are taking a stand on protecting the innocents .. or am I missing something here.. ???

PranSa
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Nope, you didn’t miss anything.
You are bang on the point, and right on the track 😬

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hurry up Daeshbag, come up with some of your theories concocted in a zionist latrine to justify the US for defending its terrorists while deniying the ghetto state of Israel has anything to do with it, and please dont forget to blame Iran… hilarious

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He needs to get the talking points approved first – Iran made ISIS, Russia can’t be trusted, Erdogan will be arrested soon, etc. Anyway, the Zionist entity isn’t being challenged too much here, so maybe it’s low priority.

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Haha I was thinking the same thing. He seems to think being massively down-voted is a sign of him being right.

Piro
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The Sultan kneeled down.

Sanctions worked well.

PranSa
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Laughter is, undoubtedly, the best medicine.
With Trump and pompous Pompeo around, one doesn’t need to beg for laughter doses.

Who the h**l are the US and Turkey to decide whether or not Syria and Russia should reclaim Idlib from the holed up terrorists.

Trump is a nutcase.
Erdogan is a nut case.
Pompeo is nuttier than the two.
So, we have a basketful of nutcases trying to direct domestic affairs in a foreign land.

Note to everyone- If you are sad, read comments from Trump, Erdogan, and Pomoeo.
By the way, don’t forget our incorrigible duo Bolton and Mattis.

n.md.148
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illegal occupiers and zio lapdog govts stay out of syria forever

Daeshbags-Sux
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It’d be especially intolerable for Turkey and Qatar with the gigantic amount of money they spent in this botched operation… At US level, far less… Now when it comes to potential civilian losses, c’mon, Turkey or USA are poorly placed to lecture anyone: both know by experience that once you go over the million deaths, it just becomes statistics… Those speaking about civilian casualties are always cynical and doing it for propaganda : what matters is the money, c’mon! For the intolerable, well, Russia will veto UNSC if the resolution doesn’t serves her own interests and if the Yanks wanted… Read more »