US National Security Adviser John Bolton says his country has been in talks with Britain and France to orchestrate a military strike on Syria that will be "much stronger" than the joint operation the three allies carried out earlier this year.
"I can say we've been in consultation with the British and the French, who joined us in the second strike, and they also agree that another use of chemical weapons will result in a much stronger response".
"We've tried to convey the message in recent days that if there's a third use of chemical weapons, the response will be much stronger", Bolton said after a policy speech in Washington.
Idlib is estimated to be now home to about three million civilians, including one million children, many of whom have already fled fighting elsewhere in Syria, or have been evacuated there under resettlement deals, as well as tens of thousands of fighters. The report said any military action would have to be approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Although no decision has been made to strike Assad's forces, he noted that the president "expects us to have military options, and we have provided updates to him on the development of those military options". "That is particularly true for the use of banned chemical weapons which the Assad government has already used in the past", it said.
But Assad was not deterred from continuing to use chemical weapons that were supposed to have been removed from Syria in a 2013 deal brokered by President Obama to prevent further attacks.
Trump inherited the chaos in Syria.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan evaluated the latest developments in northwestern Idlib province and Turkey's position on the matter in an article he wrote for the USA daily The Wall Street Journal. He streamlined the US mission there, focusing primarily on the defeat of the Islamic State.More news: Ex-Trump campaign adviser sentenced to 14 days in prison
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Russian Federation and Iran, which support Assad's regime, and Turkey, which backs the moderate opposition, have been in close cooperation for the last 1.5 years that aim at finding a solution to the Syrian conflict. "That means we are not in a hurry". Stop Assad's assault on Idlib.
"The Russian jet fighters and the regime ground forces can not afford attacks while Turkish soldiers are there", Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wrote in a newspaper column at the weekend.
Turkey worries the violence could send hundreds of thousands of fleeing civilians to its border. "Don't let that happen!" United States officials said precision strikes hit a scientific research center near Damascus, a storage facility and command post also near the capital and a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs.
Crucially, this is the first such indication of the possibility that White House and defense officials are mulling over hitting "Russian or Iranian military forces" in what would be a monumental escalation that would take the world to the brink of World War 3.
Assad used chemical weapons again in the western Syrian town of Douma, nearly a year later. And Turkey, the USA and France have threatened to retaliate against Syria, though the countries didn't say exactly what could lead to a military response. The exercise involves U.S. troops flying into the Tanf garrison by assault helicopter and conducting a live-fire drill, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command. Washington's reticence let Russian President Vladimir Putin assert the Kremlin's influence over the conflict.
Russian Federation and the USA also accused each other's allies of preparing to mount chemical attacks.
SOHR said that Jeish al-Islam has started deploying militants in more than ten contact points with the Syrian Army in Tadif in Northeastern Aleppo after coordination with Ankara-backed Ahrar al-Sharqiyeh.
As if waiting for such an attack, the United States has been bolstering its presence in the region recently.
"Arguably removing US force presence [in northeast Syria] allows the Assad regime to retake that territory, and of course, who comes with them?"