The Last Major Battle in the Syrian Civil War?
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 896 , Segment 1
Episode: Syrian Civil War, Fighting College Poverty, Cookbook for Leftovers
- Sep 10, 2018 9:00 pm
- 20:05 mins
Guest: John Macfarlane, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Utah Valley University What could be the last major battle of Syria’s long-running civil war will begin soon. Syrian government forces are poised for a massive assault that UN officials fear may include chemical weapons, on Idlib province. It’s in the north of Syria and is the last stronghold of rebel fighters opposing the Assad regime. Some 3 million civilians also live there, about half of them refugees from other regions of Syria retaken by government forces. Russia and Iran are backing the government’s preparations to attack Idlib. Turkey tried desperately over the weekend to negotiate a truce. Those talks failed. Now a top UN official warns the coming onslaught could become the worst humanitarian catastrophe and biggest loss of life in the 21st Century.