Daily Sabah: US operation in Idlib discussed at security meeting in Ankara11 August 2017 | 06:21 | FOCUS News Agency
The one-and-a-half-hour meeting on Wednesday was held at the office of the Çankaya Prime Ministry and was attended by Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın and the head of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Hakan Fidan.
According to an article in Habertürk daily, the possibility of U.S. intervention militarily in the fight against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Idlib and the potential outcomes of such intervention were discussed in the meeting.
Last week, the U.S. warned that a takeover of the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham would have grave consequences and make it difficult to dissuade Russia from renewing bombardments of the area that recently stopped.
In an online letter, the top U.S. State Department official in charge of Syria policy, Michael Ratney, said the recent offensive by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham had cemented its grip on the province and put "the future of northern Syria in grave danger." Recently, it was reported that many U.S. navy seals were stationed in the village of Arsal in Lebanon near the Syrian border.
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