Iran summit seeks to avert a bloodbath in northwestern Syria

When the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran meet in Tehran on Friday, Sept. 7, all eyes will be on their diplomacy averting a bloodbath in Syria’s Idlib. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP, File)
Updated 06 September 2018
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Iran summit seeks to avert a bloodbath in northwestern Syria

  • The three countries are all currently under US sanctions
  • They have little common ground on Syria, but all are at loggerheads with Trump

BEIRUT: When the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran meet Friday in Tehran, all eyes will be on their diplomacy reaching a last-minute deal to avert a bloodbath in Idlib, Syria’s crowded northwestern province and last opposition stronghold.
The three leaders, whose nations are all under US sanctions, have an interest in working together to contain a potentially catastrophic offensive by President Bashar Assad’s forces to recapture the province, but Idlib is complicated and they have little common ground when it comes to Syria.
The province and surrounding area is home to about 3 million people — nearly half of them civilians displaced from other parts of Syria — but also an estimated 10,000 hard-core fighters, including Al-Qaeda-linked militants.


Iran asks UN to condemn Israeli threats

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Iran asks UN to condemn Israeli threats

LONDON: Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has asked in letters to its secretary-general and Security Council for condemnation of Israeli threats against Tehran and to bring Israel’s nuclear program under its supervision.
Iranian state television said Gholamali Khoshrou has asked the United Nation to force Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and bring its nuclear program under supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a UN atomic watchdog.