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    KiloGolf

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #16

    Post  KiloGolf on Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:07 pm

    PapaDragon wrote:'
    Drone attacks, armoured vehicles, political noise in media and all that crap are just usual distraction to take away steam from SAA offensive

    It can all be sorted out later, what matters now is that offensive keeps going and that massive amounts of territory are retaken

    Everything else is white noise just like those Israeli airstkes during previous offensives, ignore the background noise and focus on achieving objectives

    These random irelevant details pale in comparison to retaking entire province

    Losing Abu Duhur air base means Idlib will fall one day very soon (before 2020).

    Saraqib and Jisr Sukoor are the keys to ending the insurgency in the north. The revolution brand will end once those two towns fall, followed by Idlib city itself (which is mostly empty or inhabited by foreign settlers).
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #16

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:39 pm

    A better overall map than the last I posted plus some comment from MoA.



    Moon of Alabama
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    New on MoA:
    Syria - Erdogan (Again) Switches Sides - Delivers New Supplies For Terrorist Attacks
    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/01/syria-erdogan-again-switches-sides-delivers-new-supplies-for-terrorist-attacks.html


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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #16

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:42 pm

    Also, on claimed Turkish activity.


    Ömer Özkizilcik
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    3h3 hours ago

    #Turkish army started to deploy to #Anadan and #Hraytan in western #Aleppo.

    #Assad forces started artillery fire on #Turkish units. Reports claim one #Turkish soldier lightly wounded


    Following previous comments above


    Gerards
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    Jan 11

    Faylaq al Sham operates Panthera F9's made by UAE based company Minerva Special Purpose Vehicles during counter attack against Syrian regime advances in South east Idlib. Likely Turkish supplied. This is the first time they were used during a rebel attack in Syria.



    Meanwhile in the East


    Ben Watson
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    FWIW, State's David Satterfield says 2,000 US troops and 10 diplomats are in NE Syria holding down some of Washington's most successful post-ISIS stabilization operations. (map via @Liveuamap)
    https://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/us-policy-in-syria-post-isis-011118
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #16

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:56 pm


    Ivan Sidorenko
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    #Syria #Idlib #Idleb #Edlib #Edleb 1-11-2018 FULL TRANSLATION of ANNA NEWS Reporter Oleg Report about #AbuDuhur : #SAA stopped at Tel Salma & Al Kibli. Militants control Tel Salma Ash-Shimali & Abu Duhur airbase & Town - Militants are Using MLRS to target #SAA positions.





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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #16

    Post  AbdulhamidtheSecond on Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:13 pm

    Many people may think here that there are some issues regarding trust between Turkey & Russia. Which is, somewhat correct. But as a follower of Turkish political environment, I can surely say that Russian/Turkish cooperation against American imperialism is seen crucial in Turkish politics. However, there are problems in this cooperation.

    Surely, it could be claimed that since Turkey is a NATO country, it would follow and support US policies over possible Russo-Persian expansion in Middle East. However, this is highly unlikely after 15 July Coup attempt which was orchestrated by an US supported faction. So, Russo-Persian clique in Middle East is a key for Turkey to balance possible American aggression in the region.

    But, surely, there are concerns for Turkey in Syria. One of which is refugee crisis. Turkey is the most suffering country from Syrian refugee flux. And the latest offensive seems to trigger thousands and probably even millions of refugees to move Turkey. Turkey is a host for 3+ millions of refugees and this is very problematic. And Idlib offensive can not be initiated without a proper preparation for a buffer zone. However, before Sochi negotiations, Russia wanted to gain a little more for regime side and let this operation start. That is why Turkey clearly supported whoever opposing regime in that region. There are vehicles supported even Turkish army does not have any.

    So, being apart from personal opinions, I can say that this cooperation is not superficial and important for both countries. But such movements may damage both countries.

    I think Syrian problem will be solved by an agreed common ground between Russia/Iran and Turkey hence keeping US out of the equation. Anybody here thinking US is negotiateable for a stable and peaceful Syria is clearly in a deception.

    By the way, Turkish army movement was as planned back in Astana. A buffer zone stretching from northern Latakia frontline to Western Aleppo countryside, excluding Idlib city center.

    However, this buffer zone was not established by Turkish army yet and even regime wanted to declare this movement as an occupation. And then started an offensive through Idlib. This can easily drive civilians in the region to a chaotic replacement from their current settlements. This is not desirable.
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #16

    Post  calm on Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:51 pm

    Current Situation after huge advances by the Syrian Arab Army. The newly created pocket is very likely empty but the Syrian Arab Army didn't enter every village yet.



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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #16

    Post  KiloGolf on Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:48 pm

    calm wrote:Current Situation after huge advances by the Syrian Arab Army. The newly created pocket is very likely empty but the Syrian Arab Army didn't enter every village yet.




    I can see how SAA has improved since those silly spearhead advances like in Zakia crossroads back in June 2016. We see much more complex advances from multiple fronts and axes. FSA is getting encircled by pincer movements and assaults from locations they never expect.

    Brilliant stuff.
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #16

    Post  Big_Gazza on Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:53 am

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #16

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