A boy tries on an improvised gas mask in Idlib, Syria September 3, 2018. Picture taken September 3, 2018. (REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi)
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France's top military official said on Thursday his forces were prepared to carry out strikes on Syrian targets if chemical weapons were used in an expected government offensive to retake the northern province of Idlib.While the United States and its allies have warned of a blood bath, they have made clear they would only intervene should they deem that chemical weapons have been used.A French military source said the indications were that Russia and its allies wanted to wrap up the Idlib offensive by the end of the year.
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