Trump says he did not discuss assassinating Syria's Assad

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which relies on sources in Syria for its reports said at least nine civilians were killed in renewed Russian air raids in Idlib province

The UN's Syria peace envoy, Staffan de Mistura, called on Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to urgently speak on the phone even before they are set to meet with their Iranian counterpart in Tehran on Friday.

"That can not be a slaughter", Mr Trump said about Idlib.

The White House on Tuesday threatened military intervention if the Syrian government used chemical weapons.

US President Donald Trump warned that "the world is watching" as Syrian troops mass on the edges of the province that borders Turkey, raising fears of a humanitarian disaster.

Pompeo and Cavusoglu "agreed that any Assad regime military offensive in Idlib would be an unacceptable, reckless escalation of the conflict in Syria", said U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

On Tuesday, the Kremlin said the Syrian Army is getting ready to solve the problem of "terrorism" in Idlib, apparently referring to a looming regime offensive. They include cells aligned under the banner of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), led by al-Qaeda's former Syrian branch, and the newly formed National Front for Liberation - a Turkish-backed alliance bringing together Ahrar al-Sham, Noureddine al-Zinki and other rebel factions.

"Let us be clear, it remains our firm stance that if President Bashar al-Assad chooses to again use chemical weapons, the United States and its allies will respond swiftly and appropriately", the statement read.

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Eight people were reported killed Tuesday in airstrikes on Idlib.

The Pentagon has seen "zero" evidence to suggest that opposition groups in Syria's Idlib province could use chemical weapons, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday, despite Russian claims to the contrary.

The Syrian military has been sending reinforcements to the area for more than a month, and Russian Federation has ramped up its rhetoric.

The President also denied ever ordering or considering ordering the assassination of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad when he was pressed Wednesday about the allegation, which is included in a new book by veteran journalist Bob Woodward.

Çavuşoğlu suggested that a joint work could be carried out for the elimination of what he called radical groups. If it's a slaughter, the world is going to get very, very angry.

"Let's f-king kill him! Let's go in. Let's kill the f***ing lot of them", Woodward quotes Trump as saying.

France joined the United States and the UK as partners in the April strikes, launching more than 100 missiles at Syrian government targets.

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