Man in Idlib fearing chemical attack makes gas mask from party cups

Intense air raids reported on edge of Syria's rebel-held Idlib

Ceasefire talks fail as airstrikes target last rebel-held region in Syria

"As a result of the Syrian civil war, which the United Nations Human Rights Council calls "the worst man-made disaster since World War II", millions of innocent people have become refugees or have been internally displaced", he said.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin this week called for the "total annihilation of terrorists in Syria", while Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke of "cleansing the Idlib region of terrorists".

Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no decision has been made by the White House to use military force in response to a possible chemical attack, according to Reuters. As you know, us [militants] from Ghouta are good are digging and since you've built a 960-kilometer border barrier...

Speaking at the Security Council, Mrs Haly said the USA considered an assault on Idlib to be "a risky escalation of the conflict in Syria".

Haley blamed Russian Federation and the regime for allegedly carrying out more than 100 airstrikes, some of which she said were "ruthless double tap" strikes targeting first responders.

On Friday at a summit in Tehran, the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey could not agree on staving off military action in the province.

The renewed strikes came a day after the leaders of rebel backer Turkey and regime allies Russian Federation and Iran failed at the summit in Tehran to agree on how to stave off a threatened offensive on the northwestern province of Idlib.

Wary of the recent summit, the militant is seemingly warning Erdogan against pulling out of Idlib and withdrawing support to the various Islamist militant groups in the Idlib Governorate.

A convoy of aid vehicles drives in Syria's Idlib province as they head to the government-controlled towns of Fuaa and Kafraya to deliver aid on 11 January.

His remarks came as Syrian troops, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, massed around the northwestern province ahead of an expected onslaught against the largest rebel-held zone left in the country.

The Assad regime has twice been targeted by United States air and missile strikes after previous alleged chemical attacks, and United States officials have in recent days said additional action would follow if Assad were to use the banned weapons in rebel-held Idlib.

"They also include people from other parts of Syria who were transferred to Idlib, people from Homs, Aleppo, who were transferred to this province, bussed there, in evacuation deals", she said.

Jeffrey, the new Syria envoy, and Joel Rayburn, the State Department's deputy assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs, likely worked hard in recent weeks to convince the president that maintaining a longer-term US presence in Syria is crucial to keeping Russian and Iranian influence in the region at bay, Dalton said.

The West has warned Assad that his regime would face serious consequences if he used chemical weapons in Idlib.

The state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV said Saturday that Syrian government was retaliating against rebel shelling on a government-held south of Idlib.

There was no immediate word about the clashes from the government. But in recent days, the Damascus government announced it is holding local administration elections, including in Kurdish-ruled areas, undermining the negotiations and talk of Kurdish self-rule.

The Kurdish-led administration control almost 30 per cent of Syria, mostly in the north-eastern part of the country, including some of Syria's largest oilfields.

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