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    Post  calm on Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:25 pm

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    Government frontline collapses in southern Aleppo after blitz offensive by rebels

    About one hour ago, rebel groups loyal to the Jaish al-Fateh coalition seized both Khan Touman storage areas along with the adjacent village of Khirbat Mirata. Moreover, the village of Al-Qarassi has been captured by rebel forces moments ago. These sites are located in the rural countryside of Aleppo, southwest of the provincial capital. The offensive began at noon today as an overwhelming number of Islamist fighters – backed by a handful of armored vehicles – attacked eastwards of Khan Touman town towards an area mostly defended by Iranian pro-government paramilitary fighters who were unable to offer much resistance and subsequently retreated from their positions. Meanwhile, a major rebel assault is underway towards the villages of Qal’ajiyah and al-Humayra (south of Khan Touman) as we speak. The latest reports suggest these villages are still controlled by government troops, but they could easily fall later today as the situation has turned critical. The insurgent offensive is led by Failaq al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham, the Turkistan Islamic Party, Jabhat al-Nusra and Jund al-Aqsa; the latter two Islamist groups are affiliated with al-Qaeda. With the government frontline collapsing in southern Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies must regroup quickly if they are to avoid further losses, while also rethinking previous military plans. Furthermore, reinforcements are required. Both Russian and Syrian airstrikes have been conducted during the afternoon; however, they have been unable to stop the rapid rebel advances.

    https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/government-frontline-collapses-southern-aleppo-blitz-offensive-rebels/ | Al-Masdar News
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    Post  Dima on Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:41 pm

    Clueless murican, honestly, these guys are a burden for mother earth.

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    Post  Dima on Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:56 pm

    Southern Aleppo has been a difficult front and the area around Khan Touman might need heavy softening to progress. Hope the SAA allies have a safe retreat.


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    Post  calm on Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:11 pm

    Allegedly captured Iranians...

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    Post  Dima on Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:16 pm

    Its better to flatten the area, even those captured would feel relief with instant death than facing the torture and humiliation in the hands of FSA terrorists and their allies.

    Btw, have not seen any TOS-1A in Aleppo other than in Latakia offensive, TOS-1A in good numbers would be a good asset to cleanse the area of terrorists.




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    There is also need to built large number of temporary shelters so that Govt can accomodate civilians fleeing from the conflict zone. Fight for Idlib and Aleppo are not far away and there is a need to bring out as many civilians as possible who are trapped inside the territories held by FSA terrorists and allies.
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    Post  JohninMK on Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:42 pm

    Presume they fly in over Turkey or Israel, depending where they are in the Med.

    A US strike group has launched combat sorties in support of the operation against Daesh from an aircraft carrier in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, the US European Command (EUCOM) said in a press release on Friday. "The Carrier Strike Group transited the Suez Canal, June 2nd and flew multiple combat sorties today in an effort to degrade ISIL [Islamic State] resources and leadership," the European Command stated.

    The jets departed from the USS Harry S Truman. The US aircraft carrier targeted areas in the Middle East from the Mediterranean first time since the Iraq War in 2003.

    The US-led coalition of over 60 nations has been conducting airstrikes in Syria and Iraq against Daesh since summer 2014. The terrorist group is outlawed in many countries around the world, including the United States and Russia.


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    Post  Dima on Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:04 pm

    Excellent words from Dr.Jaafari, Syrian Ambassador to the UN, who spoke live at UN a little while ago and strongly responded to the earlier two "regime" remarks by the two clowns from France and Britain (It was regarding permission for airdrops in Syria). Dr.Jaafri objected to the inappropriate usage of words and said there is a Govt in Syria and if they want cooperation they need to talk to the Syrian Govt or else they can go and talk to the regime.

    It was in response to both of those pigs who earlier referred Syrian Govt as regime. I personally would have preferred the Syrian Ambassador using the same coin and refer them as French & British regimes.



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    Post  Dima on Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:15 pm

    JohninMK wrote:Presume they fly in over Turkey or Israel, depending where they are in the Med.
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    A US strike group has launched combat sorties in support of the operation against Daesh from an aircraft carrier in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, the US European Command (EUCOM) said in a press release on Friday. "The Carrier Strike Group transited the Suez Canal, June 2nd and flew multiple combat sorties today in an effort to degrade ISIL [Islamic State] resources and leadership," the European Command stated.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/world/20160603/1040747297/us-navy-daesh-target-mediterranean.html#ixzz4AXUXrX3J
    I think this deployment also has the hidden agenda of threatening the Syrian Govt not to threaten the poodles who are asking for permission in the UN for airdropping of food for starving people inside besieged cities in Syria. Read that as arms drop for the FSA terrorists and allies.

    Hope if any airspace violation happen, the French and British aircrafts are shot down and Russia provide full support to the Syrian military & Govt.
    I'm yet to see any surge in Russian aircraft deployment for the new operations.
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    Post  max steel on Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:41 pm

    U.S. A-10s, Tankers Fly Syria Missions 24/7 from Incirlik

    In a hangar off the flightline at Incirlik Air Base in southeastern Turkey, Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel -- accompanied by 447th Air Expeditionary Group Commander Air Force Col. Sean McCarthy -- greeted representatives from a Marine Corps EA-6 Prowler Squadron, an Air Force KC-135 tanker crew and several aircraft maintainers.

    The U.S. Central Command commander's visit to Incirlik May 23 was the final stop in a trip this week that took him to five countries in Centcom's area of responsibility.

    Speaking to reporters traveling with Votel, McCarthy said he commands 550 military personnel involved with his 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft and 12 KC-135 Stratotankers -- 350 to 375 of them associated with A-10 maintenance or operations.

    "We handle roughly 33 percent of the air refueling for Operation Inherent Resolve, and on the close-air support side, the A-10 side, we handle about around one-fifth of coalition close-air support," McCarthy said, "and when you're talking U.S.-only it's just under 30 percent."

    The colonel said right now most A-10 missions are over Syria and include air support for the Syrian Democratic Forces in the northeastern part of the country.

    Operations Tempo

    The tempo of operations over Syria is 24/7, McCarthy said. "And that's not just the A-10s. That's the coalition," he added.

    The A-10s, commonly known as "Warthogs," arrived Oct. 18, 2015, just after the Turkish government opened Incirlik up to strike assets, McCarthy said. The A-10 crews at that time were from Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia, and they redeployed in late April. Now crews from the Boise, Idaho, Air National Guard fly and maintain the A-10s.

    "We have lots of spare aircraft [and] we're priority one with spare parts, so we generally have all the capability to fix our aircraft on hand. In fact," McCarthy said, referring to an A-10 in the hangar behind him, "this is a jet that's just about ready to go into phase inspection in the next hangar."

    The colonel said a phase inspection is done on an A-10 every 5 days or so, but "with Moody, in six months they did 2.5 years' worth of phase inspections ... These guys, when you have nothing to do but focus on your job, you're just cranking out the missions."

    Deliberate versus Dynamic Targeting

    Coalition partners are at Incirlik too, the colonel said, "but I would say we have just as much of an international presence here at Incirlik as we do U.S. [forces]."

    The A-10 missions are usually autonomous, McCarthy said. "Integration isn't required at the dynamic level -- so a troops-in-contact [report] pops up or a target pops up at short notice, and we respond. It generally doesn't involve an integrated effort with the coalition. It's just usually a two-ship of A-10s that show up overhead and we conduct our mission," he added.

    "Where we do integrate as a coalition is on deliberate targeting, deliberate strikes," McCarthy explained.

    To coordinate a deliberate strike, the Combined Air Operations Center works with a regional Combined Joint Task Force target engagement authority to vet a target, determining which weapons are needed to strike the target, which assets have the right capabilities, and which assets are available, he added.

    "Deliberate targeting is only about 10 percent of our missions versus dynamic. You never know when the dynamic need is going to arise, that's why you need aircraft airborne pretty much all the time in the strategic locations," McCarthy said.

    Avoiding Collateral Damage


    Earlier in the week in Baghdad, Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Bill Mullen, the target engagement authority for Central Iraq, discussed the strike-vetting process.

    "The No. 1 thing when it comes to strikes is making sure we do as little damage as possible, especially killing civilians. We try very hard to keep that from happening," he said.

    For McCarthy, the decision to employ the A-10 itself speaks to the collateral damage and civilian casualty issues.

    "Gone are the days when they had to download bombs, upload torpedoes, and where they could only carry one thing. On the A-10 we carry just about everything that we're slated to do [on a mission] on one aircraft," he said.

    A fully loaded A-10 can carry 2,000-pound and 500-pound joint direct attack munitions, or JDAMs, bombs; laser-guided JDAMs; the AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground tactical missile; and, McCarthy said, "don't ever forget the [30-millimeter GAU-8/A Avenger] gun with 1,150 rounds -- what that aircraft was built around."

    Target, Weapon Selection


    The colonel said the gun -- a hydraulically driven seven-barrel Gatling-type auto-cannon -- is the only thing on the A-10 that's not guided by a Global Positioning System signal or a laser beam.

    "But you don't need it to, because it's so deadly accurate," he added.

    Pilots tend to use the gun when collateral damage is a concern, he said.

    Pilots might use a 2,000-pound bomb if they wanted to go after a large building, for example, but to avoid collateral damage they might instead use a smaller bomb or delay the fuzing, allowing the bomb to penetrate the target a little before exploding to contain the blast, the colonel said.

    If the mission involves a checkpoint being run by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the A-10s "want to go after the guys running the checkpoint, but we don't want to target the vehicles they're inspecting because there's no way to know whether they're civilian noncombatants or not, we don't take the chance [of using a bomb]," McCarthy said.

    "That's a type of target we'll go after with the gun," he added. "It's a low-collateral-damage weapon, pinpoint accurate, and we employ high-explosive incendiary rounds so nothing's walking away from that if they get hit."

    Using Their Expertise

    The mission at Incirlik, McCarthy added, is like an Olympics for A-10 pilots. "This is where we get to use our craft," he said.

    McCarthy added, "All those months and years of hard training are paying off, and that's why you're not seeing anyone getting shot down, it's why we're not getting surface-to-air fire hits and why our maintainers are able to generate 100 percent of the air tasking order missions."
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    Post  calm on Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:31 pm

    Terrorists, allegedly targeting civilians in Aleppo.

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    Post  JohninMK on Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:27 am

    This was posted in the Iraq thread, not sure why.

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    calm wrote:Terrorists, allegedly targeting civilians in Aleppo.

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    corrected: Terrorists, allegedly deliberately targeting civilians in Aleppo.
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    Post  higurashihougi on Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:45 pm

    https://www.rt.com/news/345394-raqqa-syria-kurds-army/

    Russian-backed Syrian troops have reportedly advanced into Raqqa province after defeating Islamic State militants in a fierce battle on Friday. The offensive coincides with Kurdish and rebel forces pressing terrorists in Syria and Iraq’s move on Fallujah.

    Troops loyal to President Bashar Assad have been rapidly advancing on Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, claiming a victory over IS fighters at the Zakiyah Crossroad, the strategic area at the border between Hama and Raqqa provinces, Al-Masdar News reported from the ground.

    Syrian forces reportedly managed to recapture over 35km (21.7 miles) of land en route to Raqqa within two days.

    Following the military breakthrough, the Syrian Army and pro-government armed groups reportedly liberated the village of Abu Al-Allaj.

    Elsewhere, the Kurdish-led YPG militia along with the Democratic Forces of Syria (SDF), backed by US airstrikes, have recaptured the “Manbij pocket” – a strip of land considered to be the main IS supply route on the Syrian-Turkish border. The SDF managed to liberate two villages on Friday, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights claimed, which would bring the number of villages under its control to 28.
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    Post  zg18 on Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:44 pm

    "Falcons of the desert" fighting ISIS in Tabqa

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    Post  franco on Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:57 pm

    The Desert Hawks, whom are reported to number between 4-5000 in total.

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    Post  Regular on Sat Jun 04, 2016 2:13 pm

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    calm wrote:Terrorists, allegedly targeting civilians in Aleppo.

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    corrected: Terrorists, allegedly deliberately targeting civilians in Aleppo.
    As much I hate those terrorists, but those guys (except guy from window) don't look like civvies to me. Especially first guy who gets shot - he has walkie talkie. And yeah they are all military age males just stroling around, other guys have some kind cable too, I wouldn't think twice and shoot them myself. Btw if they were deff civilians those fuckers should maybe start fighting for their fucking country?
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    Post  zg18 on Sat Jun 04, 2016 5:15 pm

    Syrian/Russian BM-21 battery supporting thrust into Raqqa

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    Post  GunshipDemocracy on Sat Jun 04, 2016 6:21 pm

    Syrian Army liberates first village in west Raqqa, 35 km to Tabaqa


    The Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division liberated their first village in the west Raqqa countryside on Friday night after a violent battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) near the Zakiyah Crossroad. According to an Al-Masdar field correspondent in the area, the SAA’s 4th Mechanized Division liberated the village of Abu Al-Allaj after advancing eastward from the Zakiyah Crossroad on Friday evening. As a result of this successful military operation, the Syrian Armed Forces are now within 35 km of the Tabaqa Military Airport in the Al-Raqqa Governorate’s western countryside. The Tabaqa Military Airport was captured by the Islamic State forces during their large-scale Al-Raqqa offensive in early August of 2014. Since the capture of the Tabaqa Military Airport, the Islamic State forces have attempted to expand their presence in east Aleppo and east Hama; however, the Syrian Army’s recent offensive has changed field situation. Backing the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division in west Raqqa are several pro-government paramilitary units, including the Desert Hawks, National Defense Forces (NDF), Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), Syrian Marines, and Galilee Forces (Palestinian paramilitary).

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    Post  d_taddei2 on Sat Jun 04, 2016 7:28 pm

    firstly i would agree with those who mentioned the use of TOS-1A in southern Aleppo as this front is becoming increasing dangerous, artillery, airstrikes, and TOS-1A are the only thing thats going to win the day on this front armour is suicide when the rebels have deployed loads of TOW and the SAA etc dont have enough troops to make a real difference here. Which goes on to my next point there was a mention of someone saying that the SAA should deploy tiger forces to Al Bab, although this would be nice seeing as Manjbi is under pressure from the Kurds, ISIS may focus forces on this area leaving Al Bab short on troops, but on the other hand ISIS hasn't attempted to advance in this area and rather starting another aggressive front, it wwould be better for SAA to keep tiger forces where they are considering the rebels advances in southern Aleppo as they might be needed to halt rebel progress.

    It really has been a tough time for the SAA etc, due to the increase in aggressive fronts. The SAA were all set for two major assaults, Aleppo and advance to Deir ez zoir. But with battles raging around northern Palmyra, Northern Hama, southern Hama, northern Latakia, has caused set backs. And then on top of this major bomb blasts in Tartus and Latakia. It really has been tough but this is also a sign that the rebels are starting to get desperate. I just hope the Southern Aleppo front can hold, as well as Deir ez Zoir. The rebels know that if ISIS is eradicated from Raqqa and Deir ez Zoir, then this frees up a front as well as troops for the SAA which can then be re-rooted towards Aleppo.

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