US warns of Idlib chemical attack as Syria summit opens in Tehran

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Turkey and UN press Russia to back off from assault on last large rebel enclave

The US has said there is significant evidence that chemical weapons are being prepared by Syrian government forces in Idlib, as Russia, Iran and Turkey meet in Tehran to decide the fate of the region.

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is pressing Russia to order the Syrian regime to back off from an assault on the final large opposition enclave, saying it could lead to a bloodbath or mass influx of refugees into Turkey and perhaps elsewhere in Europe.

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