UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is asking Syria to delay its planned invasion of Idlib Province because of the dense population of civilians in the area. He warned heavy fighting with a large number of terrorists in the area could risk a humanitarian crisis.
In particular, Mistura warned that such fighting could lead to either Syria’s government or the Nusra Front using chemical weapons amid the chaos. It is unusual for an official to admit the possibility of a chemical attack that isn’t immediately blamed on the government.
His concern is not unfounded, as it comes amid a flurry of reports of rebels plotting to “stage” chlorine gas releases to simulate an attack. The US has threatened to attack Syria if a chemical weapon is used, and the US never seems to bother with figuring out who released the chemicals.
Mistura noted that of the rebels in Idlib, some 10,000 are considered UN-designated terrorists for ties to al-Qaeda. That’s a huge number, and Syrian officials have used wiping out such terrorist groups as a key priority in the upcoming offensive. Source: Antiwar.com
WHTT Editor CEC quotes Iranian poet Saadi: “If you have no sympathy for human pain, the name of human you cannot retain.”
Oil is at the root of continuous war in the Middle East, and Israel is our US President’s stealthy partner in it. The answer? Our cowardly Congress needs to stand up and take control of a war-happy White House! This can best be accomplished by withdrawing all aid for, and all US troops from, every warring faction, but it must start by ending the biggest boodle of all – that to Israel, which gets more than all the other war players combined! When we Americans stop paying for war we will get peace! – CEC