Attack on Syria’s Idlib would be a massacre: Hurriyet

Vastavam web: An attack on Syria’s Idlib, a rebel-held enclave, would be a massacre and the upcoming summit in Tehran, which will be attended by Iran, Russia and Turkey, would yield positive results, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying by Hurriyet Daily. Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, resumed air strikes on Tuesday against insurgents in Idlib. This followed weeks of aerial bombardment and shelling by pro-Syrian government forces in an apparent prelude to a full-scale offensive against the rebels’ last major enclave.

Turkey, which has backed some rebels against Assad, is hoping for a positive outcome from the summit in Tehran which will be held later in the week. Speaking to reporters on the plane back from an official visit to Kyrgyzstan, Erdogan said the road map for the northern Syrian city of Manbij agreed between Ankara and Washington in June is not going forward on the same path, according to Hurriyet. Under the road map for Manbij agreed by the two NATO allies, Turkish and U.S. forces are now carrying out joint patrols there to clear the area of YPG militants. In a meeting on Tuesday, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and the U.S. special representative for Syria, James Jeffrey, discussed the developments in Syria.