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A critical summit between the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey to find common ground on Syria's rebel-held province of Idlib descended into televised drama today, as Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan aired their differences before the cameras.

"The solution is not to bomb or attack all over Idlib, without any distinction", said Cavusoglu.

While Iran advocated a strong-arm approach, Turkey objected to such an idea as it feared that a large-scale military operation could provoke a mass exodus of refugees to the neighboring Turkish regions.

Putin accused the fighters of using civilians for cover. The Russian diplomat added that "the meeting had nothing to do with practical activities aimed at resolving the Syria issue".

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"The consequences of a major offensive operation in Idlib will nearly certainly be the suffering of a large number of innocent civilians", Dunford told journalists. Russia's military intervention three years ago turned the tide in President Bashar al-Assad's favor at a time when he held less than a quarter of his country's territory.

A journalist and resident of the area, Arin Sheikmos, said the government security troops went on an arrest campaign in Kurdish-controlled areas, detaining people it accuses of skipping compulsory military service. Idlib and its surroundings are now the only significant area where armed opposition to Damascus remains. "And more still, there are no representatives of Jabhat al-Nusra or ISIS or the Syrian army".

As for Trump's take on the reversal, Jeffrey said, "I am confident the president is on board with this". It would be good.

In the final statement, the three agreed on the need to eliminate Islamic State, the Nusra Front, and other groups linked to al Qaeda and designated as terrorists. A video posted by the White Helmets from the town shows their rescuers pulling a woman who was still alive from under the rubble of a caked building, as other team members warn of government helicopters hovering above them.

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While Putin called for the "total annihilation of terrorists in Syria", he left open the possibility of a cease-fire.

Washington has threatened military action in case of a chemical weapons attack but its mixed messaging on retaining a USA presence in Syria and a cut in aid has diminished its already limited influence over the seven-year conflict. Russian Federation expects the United States to facilitate the separation of opposition members from terrorists in the Idlib province but it has not happened yet.

Even as the leaders assembled in Tehran, Syrian fighter jets pounded militant targets in the province, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group. Chariman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Joseph Dunford warned against a large scale Assad-forces attack in Idlib as that might lead to a humaniterian disaster. Turkey had helped raise and train groups within the organisation to fight Assad, but earlier this year co-opted them to oust Kurdish forces from Afrin, just south of its border. "Turkey has filled its capacity to host refugees". "We are very concerned with the attempts by the United States to empower and support those terrorist organizations".

The United States came in for criticism from all sides, however, higlighting to complex nature of a conflict involving a myriad of factions.

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