Like you could set your watch to that! It was exactly what I'd expected. Just needed to see the reporting on it to know if my suspicions were well founded. And, of course, they were
Rehashing: I wrote a series of posts beginning back about two weeks ago on the plan, or what looks to me to be a plan of the Astana 3, to return Idlib back to the central Syrian government.
As smoothly as possible in order to avoid intervention on the part of the “alliance” and their PKK proxies.
- August 9: How Russia, Turkey, and Iran are Going to Avoid a Battle for Idlib
- August 10: Turkey and Russia Coordinate for the Move on Idlib- Moving Terrorists Eastward?
- August 15 :Firas Tlass: SAA Will Invade Idleb with Russian and Turkish Help
- Finally August 16: The Sticky Situation of the Idlib Offensive
Can’t have a smooth transition back to Damascus now can we?
No sireee- Not when you have the nation wreckers hell bound to remake the region in a more suitable configuration- Cue the chemical weapons warning. Timely and entirely predictable
Complete with a threat to intervene "strongly" should chemical weapons be used.
August 22/2018 rfi
"The United States, France and Britain on Tuesday threatened to "respond appropriately" if Syria's armed forces use chemical weapons in their offensive in Idlib province. In a joint statement they said they were "gravely concerned" over the humanitarian consequences of the operation by President Bashar al-Assad's troops.
"We also underline our concern at the potential for further - and illegal - use of chemical weapons," the statement said. "We remain resolved to act if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons again."
"Our position on the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons is unchanged," said the statement. "As we have demonstrated, we will respond appropriately to any further use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, which has had such devastating humanitarian consequences for the Syrian population."
Speaking in Jerusalem on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, warned that the US will respond "very strongly" if Assad's forces use chemical weapons in Idlib.
He also denied that Washington's sanctions are aiming to bring about regime change in Iran.
Assad's forces hold the south-eastern tip of Idlib and hopes to retake control of the whole province, which is the largest rebel-held area of Syria.The UN Security Council is to discuss the situation in Syria next week."
Do take particular note of the imagery used by the media outlet
From earlier today: