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US says all options on the table to support Turkey in Syria’s Idlib 

March 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm

US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey visits the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey’s Hatay province on 3 March 2020 [Cem Genco/Anadolu Agency]

The United States is discussing with its NATO allies the potential military support that could be provided to Turkey in Syria, US envoy for Syria said.

“We are looking at what NATO can do, all options on the table,” James Jeffrey said in a statement after arriving in Brussels for talks with NATO allies yesterday.

However, the US official ruled out the deployment of American ground troops to help Turkey in Idlib, explaining that Washington was studying what it could do from the air.

Jeffrey said the ceasefire in Syria with Russian guarantees was temporary in the past and this should not be the case in Idlib.

“I do not think that Russia and the Syrian government are interested in a permanent ceasefire in Idlib and they seek to achieve a complete victory,” he said, adding that if they violate the pact, America and its European allies will respond quickly with measures and possibly sanctions.

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