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Syrian Civil War News and Discussions

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Syria: Opposition denies launching poison gas attack on Aleppo

 

 

https://www.aljazeer...5104423008.html

 

 

 

(Al Jazeera) A leader in the National Liberation Front (NLF), an umbrella organisation of Turkey-backed rebels that includes the Free Syrian Army, has dismissed accusations they used poisonous gas to attack government-held Aleppo city.

 

The head of the NLF's legislative office, Omar Huthayfa, told Al Jazeera the coalition does not possess poisonous gas and said the government is attempting to frame them.

 

"I believe that this is an act carried out by the government. We've seen it in Ghouta and in Khan Sheikhoun in the past and the international community remained silent," Huthayfa told Al Jazeera.

 

“This is why the government has the audacity to continue accusing the opposition of carrying out such attacks when it knows that the opposition doesn't possess even light weaponry for self-defence."

 

His remarks came shortly after Russia - a key Damascus ally - and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government accused opposition fighters of launching chlorine gas attacks on Saturday night.

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A woman breathes through an oxygen mask after what Syrian state media said was a suspected gas attack in Aleppo

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Warplanes target rebels in Aleppo hours after suspected gas attack 

 

https://www.thenatio...attack-1.795734

 

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(The National) Warplanes struck rebel positions in Aleppo’s countryside on Sunday, hours after the Syrian government accused rebels of launching a poison gas attack, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

 

The air raids are the first since Russia and Turkey agreed in September to create a demilitarised zone in adjacent Idlib to prevent a full-scale government offensive on Syria's last rebel-held province.

 

There were no immediate reports of casualties.


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US, Turkey Agree to Step Up Cooperation on Syrian Operations

 

 

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump agreed Friday to "more effective coordination" between their countries' operations in Syria, according to Turkish presidential sources, after Ankara threatened to launch a new offensive in the war-torn nation.

 
The two leaders spoke by telephone and "agreed to ensure more effective cooperation on the subject of Syria", according to the source.
 
The conversation came after Erdogan on Wednesday warned Turkey was planning to launch a new operation within the "next few days" against the US-backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in northern Syria.

 

https://www.devdisco...tions---sources

 

Curiously, US-backed Kurdish led forces have just recently driven ISIS out of their last urban stronghold in Syria. The YPG has been indispensable for the US for one mission: destroying the Islamic State. But as James Jeffrey (the US Special Representative for Syrian Engagement) hinted earlier this week, "Washington's support for the Kurdish warriors is tactical and temporary". 

 

The US is now shifting its focus in the region, and this is where Turkey comes in. Turkey has an imperative to secure its border, the US has an imperative to contain Iran. This is where the two meet. As Turkey grows stronger and asserts itself, it inevitably irritates the United States. But both have an interest, at least for the near to medium-term future, in preserving their relationship. It's just that Turkey is gaining ever more influence over the relationship.







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