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Trump calls for Russia to stop backing Syrian government’s “atrocities”

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Editing: Abd Allah Al Darwesh |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/02/17 07:42

Turkey - SMART

The United States President, Donald Trump called for Russia to stop supporting the “atrocities” of the Syrian government forces.

In a statement released by the White House on Sunday, Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said that Trump - in a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - "conveyed the United States's desire to see an end to Russia's support for the Assad government's atrocities and for a political resolution to the Syrian conflict."

The Syrian government forces and their allied militias, supported by Russia, are launching a ground attack on the southern and western Aleppo countryside, and the southern and eastern Idlib countryside. During this attack, the Syrian government forces gained control of dozens of villages and towns in the area, following intensified bombings with different kinds of weapons. The bombings killed and injured hundreds of civilians and forces hundreds of thousands to displace.

This attack is considered a continuation of the Syrian government forces and Russian military operation launched on Idlib in Apr. 25, 2019. During the military operation, the Syrian government forces gained total control of the northern Hama countryside and the Khan Shaykhun area. Military analysts and journalists said that by this military operation, the Syrian government aims to gain control of the Aleppo-Damascus international highway that connects Turkey to Jordan and the Arab Gulf States in order to reopen it later under Russian and Turkish sponsorship agreed upon by the two countries.