DONALD TRUMP has warned Syria’s President Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to launch a “reckless attack” to the Idlib province, as the assault would result in hundreds of thousands of people killed.
The Syrian province of Idlib and surrounding areas are the last major enclave held by rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a close Iranian and Russian ally.
Assad is reportedly preparing a phased offensive to regain the province.
The US President wrote on Twitter: “President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province.
“The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy.
The message is being seen as a red line, with suggestions the President may retaliate to any attack on the province.
Trump’s tweet comes a few days after Russia declared part of the Mediterranean would be “dangerous” while they hold a massive naval exercise.
Russian sources have claimed the military drills are needed ahead of the final assault on Syria’s rebels in Idlib.