par far wrote:Have no idea what Russia, the SAA and Allies are doing but they need to go for Deir ez-Zor, I have no idea why they are not hurrying up and going for Deir ez-Zor directly, the US has set up a base to get the oil fields in Deir ez-Zor.
You have no idea? How about protecting their flanks and rear before they embark on the trip to the toughest nut, apart perhaps from Aleppo, that they have to crack? The SDF are now pretty bogged down in Raqqa and aren't heading down the river any time soon so they have the time to plan and do the job properly with hopefully the minimum risk to their own troops.
Anyone can rush headlong unprepared into a probable disaster (given the way that ISIS seems to be able to defend) is that what you are saying they should do?
Well, the main thing is they should be trying to close the Hama pocket since once that is closed and they capture Sukan then they secure their rears and flanks well enough, this little adventure against the FSA...eh isn't all that important in the grand scheme of things. It can wait, Granted the SAA has been having a hard time with Hama area against ISIS right now. I understand what they launched the operation it was to force the FSA into useless they do not care about.
Has they are worried (Rightfully so in a way) if they start that major major offensive, the FSA will start shit up to force the SAA to deal with it.
so the SAA general command was like "Well let's just make sure they cannot bother us when we go for Deir" it's not a bad tactical call honestly but it's not a great one either there was little the FSA could do to harm the SAA advance and they would have been an annoyance at best.
It's not a call I would have made personally but Army command made it so that's their call.
Rushing forward yes will only secure your defeat and cost you dearly and right now the SAA cannot afford any major setbacks.
Keep in mind Isis is attacking right now on the Pal front and attacking SAA troops at Safyan and a couple of other areas, they are trying to disrupt any possible advance. A wise tactic on their part