Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) acknowledged its defeat in the last battle in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib in a new video release.

The video, titled Wa Tuhadithu Akhbaraha [Telling Its Stories], documents the battle from HTS’ point of view. The video was released by the group’s media agency, Amjad, on August 3.

In the documentary, HTS explains how its terrorists attempted to stop the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attack on Greater Idlib in 2019 using an array of tactics.

The group built its entire strategy around a single principle, “the best defense is a good offense.” Under this strategy the group’s terrorists launched a series of counter-attacks and raids at the beginning of the battle.

While this tactic granted HTS some limited, temporary success in the battlefield, it failed to stop the SAA. In the first phase of the battle, the army managed to secure vast areas in northern Hama and southern Idlib, including the town of Khan Shaykhun.

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release

As the army began advancing on the Damascus-Aleppo highway, the M5, in early 2020, HTS started to rely on more radical tactics.

The group launched large-scale attacks on other fronts, mainly Aleppo, to distract the army. The group also carried out more suicide attacks with booby-trapped vehicles and well-trained fighters who were left behind as sleeper cells.

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release

Despite these efforts, HTS failed and sustained heavy losses. The army managed to reopen and secure the M5 highway by March of 2020.

HTS’ commander tried to justify their defeat with the heavy fire power of the SAA and the support of its allies, Russia and Iran. The group ignored the vast support it received from Turkey, which inflicted heavy losses on the Syrian Army.

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release

The documentary featured Abu Mohamad al-Julani, the leader of HTS, who acknowledged that the group was defeated and attempted to reflect this as an “achievement.”

“The battle has not ended yet, yes, we lost a round in the last eleven months, but the battle is not over and we should stay determined,” al-Julani said, adding “Even if we were left with a single inch of this land.”

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Acknowledged Defeat In Greater Idlib Battle In New Video Release

In the documentary the group also acknowledged the loss of some its top military commanders, like Abu Ubaidah Kansafra, Saif al-Rahman al-Uzbaki, al-Mu’tasim bi’llah al-Madani, Mansour al-Daghistani, Abu Suleiman al-Hamwi and Abu Jihad al-Shafei al-Ansari.

The documentary was released by HTS following reports of an upcoming attack by the SAA on Greater Idlib. The army is already amassing troops around the region.

By releasing this documentary, HTS is not only trying to justify its defeat but also to amass public support for a new battle with the SAA. The full elimination of the terrorist group is among the top goals of the army and its allies.


Iraq’s Hezb Allah: Instead of Leaving, The US is Plotting a Civil War in Iraq

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Kataib Hezbollah Iraq Hezb Allah Brigades

Iraq Hezb Allah Brigades (Kata’ib Hezb Allah) revealed that they have ‘information about dubious US movements to achieve suspicious goals, with the participation of an Iraqi security apparatus’.

The Brigades added that the plot includes ‘airdrops on military, security and PMU positions with ground support and air support’ which will lead to ‘dangerous repercussions, and will cause a humanitarian and societal disaster that is difficult to control’.

The Iraqi Parliament voted to expel the US troops from the country after their role changed from assisting the Iraqi forces in fighting ISIS to bombing and killing Iraqi commanders who were leading the fight against ISIS, the US officials didn’t accept the booting from Iraq orders and vowed to stay there at all costs.

Staying in a hostile environment requires exceptional measures, the Pentagon tried to revive ISIS in Iraq (and in Syria) to justify extending their existence, it didn’t succeed, they tried to prevent forming an Iraqi government and its stooges are playing on time to keep the country in its fail state status, time is running out, it threatened to impose sanctions on the country but that would let Iraq slip completely from its grip into the Iranian grip, so they threatened to impose sanctions on Iraqi officials. That last threat turned out to harm its own assets more than harming those who want to see their country liberated.

While the world is uniting to combat the Coronavirus and its catastrophic impact on the economies of every country, the US officials instead of concentrating their efforts in combating this pandemic and seeking assistance from the rest of the world, bringing back their troops from overseas where they’re not welcomed, are instead plotting to ignite a civil war in Iraq, something they’ve been working on for decades.

Iran - Iraq - Syria Railway

The US is using alleged attacks on its military bases in Iraq as an excuse to target the forces that fought ISIS, especially those positioned at the borders with Syria. The US opposed the reopening of Baghdad – Damascus highway through Iraqi Qaim and Syrian Bu Kamal cities, it’s the road that ISIS put its main focus on blocking and the US continues its efforts to keep it threatened if it cannot secure its closure.
Iran to Reach the Mediterranean through Iraq and Syria Railway

Similarly, to how the Turkish madman Erdogan was blocking the M4 and M5 arteries in Syria to strangle the Syrian economy. The M4 is the Syrian part of the Bagdhad – Damascus highway that connects the Baghdad with the Mediterranean through Saraqib.

Iraq’s Hezb Allah Brigades vowed to ‘respond with all force on all the US’s military, security, and economic facilities, with no exceptions’ if the US carries out this plot, they further promised to ‘turn the sites that will be targeted by the US into their graves and a shame that will follow them forever, the US and its accomplices.’

The US doesn’t need Iraq’s oil or any investment there, it’s a massive loss in the long run and they know that very well. All the US’s involvement in the region is to secure the safety of Israel within the maximum territories it can steal. If someone knows any other reason kindly enlighten us in the comments.

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A volley of rockets struck the Camp Taji military base in Iraq on the evening of March 11, killing three US-led coalition service members, two of them Americans and one British, and injuring 12 others. The targeted military base is a large facility located in a rural region approximately 27km north of Baghdad.

After the shelling, Iraqi security forces found the improvised rocket launcher used in the attack in the nearby area of Rashidiya. It was forty 107mm barrels installed on the back of a Kia Bongo truck. Three rockets were still remaining inside the barrel.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack. However, over the past months US-linked targets have witnessed a number of similar rocket attacks. Most of them led to no casualties. In general, US sources blame Kataib Hezbollah and other Iran-linked groups for these incidents.

The situation became especially tense after the US strike on a convoy of Iraqi and Iranian officers moving near Baghdad International Airport on January 3. The prominent Iranian general, commander of the Qods Force, Qassem Soleimani, was assassinated in this strike. The attack caused a large-scale crisis in the region, and prompted an Iranian retaliatiory missile strike on US military bases in Iraq. Washington swallowed a public attack on its forces by a state claiming that there were no casualties. In the following weeks, these ‘no casualties’ steadily turned into at least 110. All of them, according to the official version, received traumatic brain injury.

Additionally, the Iraqi Parliament accepted a bill demanding US troop withdrawal from the country, which Washington ignored, even threatening Baghdad with devastating sanctions, should Iraq continue to act like it is a sovereign, rather than occupied, country.

Following the attack on Camp Taji, ‘unknown aircraft’, most likely belonging to the US-led coalition, struck positions belonging to Iranian-backed groups near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The surroundings of the Syrian town of al-Bukamal, located on the highway linking Deir Ezzor and Baghdad, became the main target of the attack. Pro-Iranian sources claimed that the strikes caused material damage only.

Meanwhile, US forces in northeastern Syria strengthened their military positions by deploying additional howitzers. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces declared in an official statement that the military buildup was needed to provide US bases with additional protection. Another troop withdrawal announced by the administration of President Donald Trump is apparently successfully ongoing.

Syria’s northwest is also a source of tensions. On March 11, intense fighting erupted among Turkish-backed armed groups in the town of Azaz. As always, the incident was caused by internal contradictions between Turkish proxies who are involved in a wide range of various criminal activities and regularly clash for spheres of influence.

In the region of Greater Idlib, Turkish-backed groups, including those linked with al-Qaeda, are preparing to sabotage another ceasefire deal. They reinforced their positions north of the M4 highway and east of Jisr al-Shughur and declared that they are not planning to withdraw from any areas south of the highway. These statements go contrary to Turkish claims that preparations for the creation of a security zone in the area and the start of joint Turkish-Russian patrols are successfully in progress. Despite these, Ankara continues blaming the Syrian government for supposed violations of the Moscow deal and threatening it with military action should the ceasefire be violated. It seems that Turkey once again seeks to sweep agreements regarding the withdrawal and neutralization of radicals under the carpet, thus pushing the region into a new round of military escalation.

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One Russian Airbase Could Take Down Turkey’s Entire Fighter Fleet?

March 11, 2020

One Russian Airbase Could Take Down Turkey’s Entire Fighter Fleet? New Assessment Shows a Favourable Military Balance in Syria Underlying Moscow’s Success

by Aspelta for The Saker Blog

While much uncertainty remains surrounding what exactly was agreed to in Moscow regarding the ceasefire agreement in Syria’s Idlib province, or how long Turkey intends to adhere to the new ceasefire agreement, it is clear that despite its bellicosity towards Damascus, Ankara has been extremely cautious about provoking Russia or undermining the strong relationship built over the past three years. Positive relations with Russia have remained particularly critical to Turkish interests since 2016 for a number of reasons. Increasingly alienated from the Western Bloc and its Gulf Arab allies, which are strongly suspected of having at least tacitly supported an attempted military coup that year, Turkey needed to quickly diversify its sources of economic and military security. Moving quickly to make amends for the downing of a Russian Su-24 strike fighter a year prior in November 2015, Turkey arrested the F-16 pilots responsible for the attack. Ankara subsequently saw its relations with Moscow quickly improve to the benefit of both sates – from the S-400 deal to growing exchange of tourists.

Russia for its part has a big stick to complement the carrot of positive defence and economic ties, and is capable of reigning in Turkish ambitions over Syria to a large extent accordingly. Alongside sanctionscutting the flow of tourists and other economic measures, Russia has heavily fortified its position in Syria since November 2015 to deter attacks by Turkey and other potentially hostile parties. It has capitalised on this asset in a number of ways, more conspicuously by deploying Su-35 fighters to intercept Turkish incursions into Syrian airspace and more recently by deploying its Military Police to guard the strategically critical M4 and M5 highways and the city of Sarakeb. These targets were directly in the path of advancing Turkish backed Islamist militias in the first week of March, and with these militants relying heavily on Turkish air and artillery support to advance and take ground from the Syrian Arab Army, deployment of Russian personnel in tandem with the opening of negotiations drew a line under how much Moscow was willing to tolerate the jihadist push into Syrian territory.

What it is important to keep in mind is not only that Turkey needs Russia far more than vice versa – but also that, in regards to Syria, the balance of power between the two parties remains extremely one-sided. While NATO’s willingness to overtly support Turkey should it provoke an armed conflict with Russian forces remains highly questionable, an assessment of the military capabilities of both parties shows a tremendous Russian advantage in the field in the event of an armed conflict – with the far smaller size of Russian units in Syria compensated for by overwhelming technological supremacy. Underlining this often-missed point, I would strongly recommend the following video which assesses the outcome of a potential air war between Russian units at Khmeimim Airbase and the entire Turkish Air Force. This includes assets deployed to the airbase from December 2015 in response to the Turkish attack on the Russian strike fighter, such as Su-35 air superiority fighters and S-400 and S-300V4 surface to air missile systems.

A further lesson one can take from this assessment is why Turkey appears so eager to upgrade its air fleet in short order – either with the F-35 or with some combination of Russian Su-57Su-35 and MiG-35 jets, having shown interest in all three. Negotiations to acquire the Su-35 in particular, the oldest of the three designs which has been in service since 2014, was reported in October 2019 to have reached its final stages. Given the precedent set by Russia’s Su-35 deal with Egypt, which was signed in 2018 but not announced until March the following year, it remains possible that a deal has already been made for transfer of the fighters to the Turkish Air Force to complement its S-400s.

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Cease Fire Rejected. Turkey Doesn’t Consider Al Qaeda as a Terrorist Group. Erdogan Sends More Troops into Idlib

By Arabi Souri

Global Research, March 09, 2020

Syria News 8 March 2020

The latest agreement of ceasefire between the Russian President and the Turkish madman Erdogan explicitly excludes combating terrorists. Erdogan doesn’t consider al-Qaeda as a terrorist group, he invested heavily in this organization especially in Syria and lately in Libya.

A Turkish column of troops entered the Syrian Idlib province on the second day of the ceasefire through Kfar Lucin, some sources reported another Turkish forces column crossed the borders into Idlib, while the Turkish-sponsored Nusra Front (al-Qaeda Levant) declared their rejection of the ceasefire and the agreement.

Erdogan instead of separating the radical head-choppers of al-Qaeda from the moderate head-choppers of al-Qaeda as per his own commitment he obliged himself to in September 2018, he beefed up those terrorists in numbers and gears, both types of them, supplied them with advanced weapons, and when they were defeated despite this support he merged the Turkish Army soldiers within the ranks of these terrorists hoping the Turkish soldiers would serve as human shields to save the terrorists, and that is exactly what resulted in the killing of dozens (29, 38, 62, or most likely 109 depending on the source) of them by the Syrian Arab Army who were bombing the gathering of al-Qaeda terrorists on 27th of February, last month.

The killing of their soldiers, the al-Qaeda human shields, was used by the Turks as a justification to attack the Syrian Arab Army units and their allies in Syria to allow al-Qaeda terrorists regain the territories they lost, momentarily, using the Russian strange stand down which left the SAA without the agreed air cover, yet Erdogan instead of only licking the bone offered by President Putin, he actually ate the bone and wanted more which resulted in increased escalation with the SAA and the IRGC issued their chilling warning to the TSK (inseparable Turkish Army and al-Qaeda).War or Peace: Turkish backed Terrorists, Erdogan’s Decision on Idlib

Twenty violations of the ceasefire regime were recorded by the Russian Reconciliation Center in Hmeimim, 19 by the Turks; the Nusra Front rejection of the ceasefire agreement and increase of the Turkish human shields soldiers into Idlib, all are signals of a coming showdown unless someone cuts the tree under the Turkish madman and allow him the free fall he needs and hopefully a bang to his head would wake him up or allow someone smarter to take over in Turkey and save what could be saved in that country before it’s too late and hundreds more of their troops get sardined and sent back in boxes, or whatever is left of them. The SAA is more than determined to clean the country to the last inch from the terrorists and their supporters.

On the other side and where Erdogan forces lost the battles, the Aleppo – Damascus M5 Artery returned to life and hundreds of vehicles took the chance to travel using the once backbone of the Syrian economy and social life, it saves them 3 hours of driving when they had to take side roads to avoid the targeting by the Turkish-sponsored terrorists of al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

The 6 kilometers both sides of the Aleppo – Latakia M4 artery is in the works as per Russian sources, after a week they are supposed to start patrolling this highway jointly with Turkish patrols to ensure the implementation of the second article of the latest ceasefire agreement. This is a more serious test for the Turkish ability to meet their commitments, the terrorists are cornered near Zawya Mountain not far from the M4, and under the threat of their shelling using the advanced weapons they received from NATO member state Turkey.

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Russian Military Police in Syria – Archive

Will Erdogan get a new chance after this when, not if, the truce is seriously breached? Nobody knows what he offered President Putin in their 3 hours closed meeting before joined by the delegations of both countries in their last summit, and nobody will be able to understand what is there left to offer by the Turkish madman.

We reported earlier from our sources within the Turkish top brass about a brewing military coup, Erdogan is aware of this as well, he’s racing time to achieve anything to regain some popularity among the Turks, nobody envies him on any front.


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A brief overview of the recent developments in northwestern Syria:

دروس من معركة إدلب.. كيف تم إيقاف جموح إردوغان؟

 التطورات الأخيرة في إدلب السورية تزيح غبار التصعيد الحاد الذي شهده الأسبوع الأخير من شباط/فبراير، وتعيد لغة العقل إلى العمل من خلال محطتين بارزتين: مذكرة تفاهم روسية-تركية جديدة، وموقف رسمي سوري يرسم خطوط سوريا المستقبلية على لسان الأسد. فكيف أفضت المواجهة السورية-الروسية مع تركيا، إلى وقف جموح إردوغان في إدلب؟

بوتين وإردوغان في قمة حول ادلب في العاصمة الروسية موسكو – آذار/مارس (ا ف ب)

لم تكن الأسابيع الماضية سهلة بالنسبة إلى اللاعبين المعنيين بالوضع القائم في إدلب السورية. احتدم الصراع بصورة دراماتيكية، من دون أن يكون ذلك مفاجئاً لأحد من المتابعين لمواقف تلك الدول، وغاياتها، وإدارتها لسياستها طوال الأزمة السورية منذ بدايتها.

حاول الرئيس التركي رجب طيب إردوغان فرض أمرٍ واقع في إدلب، مستفيداً من دعمٍ أميركي لفظي. دعم بقي دون مستوى توقعات الرئيس التركي وفي مرحلة فقدت فيها الولايات المتحدة أوراقها القوية للتأثير في مسار الأزمة السورية على المستوى الميداني، وفي ما يتعلق بمستقبل سوريا بصورةٍ عامة في مدى أبعد.

 محاولة إردوغان باءت بالفشل لأسبابٍ عديدة، أولها صمود الجيش السوري وحلفائه في الميدان، وتكبيدهم القوات التركية خسائر بشرية قاسية، وثانيها رسائل عسكرية حمّالة للمعاني تضع في وعي إردوغان احتمالات الخسارات الميدانية المقبلة في حال تابع مغامرته هناك، وليس آخرها انعكاسات معركة إدلب على العلاقات الروسية-التركية، وحقيقة موقف إردوغان الضعيف في مثل تلك المواجهة مع روسيا.

المحاولة التركية الفاشلة استتر وراءها هدفان لإردوغان. تمثل الهدف الأول بمحاولة فرض بقاء قواته في سوريا ضمن عمقٍ بحجم محافظة إدلب، كمقدمة تأسيسية لموقف تركي قوي في شرق الفرات. فيما تمثل الهدف الثاني باستخدام هذه المكتسبات، فيما لو تحققت، لتحسين شروط معركته بوجه الروس في ليبيا.

في مقابل محاولة إردوغان تلك وأهدافها السورية والليبية، فرضت القوات السورية مع حلفائها تنفيذا قسرياً لاتفاقات سوتشي التي لم يلتزم بها إردوغان. بعد ذلك، كان لا بد من سلّم يتيح للرئيس التركي النزول عن شجرة المغامرة الخاسرة، فكان لقاؤه مع الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين الذي أخّره الروس بضعة أيامٍ، نضجت خلالها قناعة الرئيس التركي بالتراجع خطوة إلى الخلف.

ما من شك بأن حضور تركيا في سوريا لايزال قوياً ومؤثراً، ومن المنطقي جداً أيضاً إدراج نقاط عديدة تعلي من أهمية تركيا في أعين الروس، خصوصاً إذا استرجعنا موقف تركيا في المنافسة الجيوسياسية بين الأميركيين والروس على اجتذاب القوى الإقليمية الكبرى في “سياسة أحلاف محدّثة” تلوح ملامحها منذ سنوات من خلال الشبك الجديد بين القوى الناشئة من جهة، والتجميع الأميركي المتكرر لأطر الحلفاء في أكثر من منطقة حول العالم.

 في السنوات القليلة الماضية وجدت تركيا نفسها وحيدةً عند كل مواجهة يكون فيها الروس طرفاً مواجهاً. أيضاً وجدت أنقرة أن أولى الأيادي الممتدة لانتشالها من إخفاقاتها المتكررة هي الأيدي الروسية أو الإيرانية. هكذا حصل عند تعرض إردوغان لمحاولة الانقلاب الفاشلة في صيف 2015، وهكذا يحدث اليوم.

وعقب توتر العلاقات الروسية-التركية على خلفية إسقاط المقاتلة الروسية فوق الشمال السوري قبل سنوات، لوحت تركيا بقدرتها على إقفال مضيقي البوسفور والدردنيل في وجه السفن الروسية المتجهة نحو البحر الأبيض المتوسط. يومها أرسلت روسيا حاملة طائرات ومجموعة من القطع البحرية العسكرية واختبرت في بحر الواقع جدّية أنقرة التي تراجعت ورضخت للتفوق الروسي الذي لم يستند إلى قدرة عسكرية إمبراطورية أكبر حجماً من القياس التركي فحسب، بل إلى حق المرور السلمي الآمن وفق القانون الدولي بما يتصل بالممرات البحرية.

إذن، لا إمكانيات فاعلة لتركيا بوجه روسيا في حالات الاحتكاك المباشر. في حالات التنافس الحاد تؤكد التجربة كل مرة أن أنقرة تحتاج إلى جيرانها من أجل استعادة دورٍ أوسع من مساحتها، وعلى رأس جيرانها إيران وروسيا الحاميتان الأساسيتان لوحدة سوريا واستقلالها، والمراهنتان على مرحلة بناء جديدة في سوريا، واللتان لن تتهاونا في مواجه أي محاولة للمساس بها.

مذكرة التفاهم الجديدة الموقعة بين بوتين وإردوغان عقب أحداث إدلب الأخيرة تضمنت وقفاً لإطلاق النار، وإنشاء ممر آمن بطول 12 كيلومتراً. والمعنى السياسي لطول هذا الممر في ظل وقف إطلاق النار يقول إنه لا ولن يكون هناك مشروعاً سياسياً لتركيا في إدلب، إنما ضماناً لأمن تركيا فقط.

النتائج الحقيقية لتصعيد إدلب الأخير والاتفاق الروسي-التركي الجديد ظهرا جلياً في مقابلة الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد مع قناة “روسيا24″، والتي تضمنت تحديداً منطقياً للموقف من المساعي التركية في الشمال السوري، ويمكن القول إن مقاربة الأسد كانت إيجابية حين أكد أن قواته “لم تقم بأي عمل عدائي ضد تركيا”، وأنه “حتى تعود العلاقات بين البلدين” على إردوغان “التخلي عن دعم الإرهاب”.

في هذا الموقف شروط طبيعية جداً ويد ممدودة لأنقرة. موقف يطرح تساؤلين ملحّين أمام إردوغان وجميع الأتراك: الأول يقول إنه إذا كانت سوريا تحارب الجماعات الإرهابية في إدلب، ما الذي يضر أنقرة في ذلك؟ أما السؤال الآخر، فهو الذي طرحه الأسد نفسه، “ما القضية التي تستحق أن يموت من أجلها الجنود الأتراك في سوريا؟”.

 من خلال مواقف الرئيس السوري، يتضح أن سوريا تسير نحو مستقبلها من خلال انتخابات تشريعية في غضون أشهر، على الرغم من وضعه الكرة في ملعب الأميركيين الذي يحاولون من بعيد عرقلة هذه الانطلاقة عبر ترهيب الشركات الأجنبية المتحفزة بقوة للمشاركة بإعادة إعمار سوريا من جهة، ومحاولة تأخير هذا المشروع الضخم، كما من خلال “سرقة” النفط السوري. بالإضافة إلى ترهيب الدول الأوروبية والعربية من استعادة علاقاتها بدمشق، وهو أمرٌ لا بد سيحدث بحكم قوانين السياسة ومنطق الصراع.

أما السؤال عن موقف أنقرة من الخطوة التالية بعد الأحداث الأخيرة، فقد أجاب عليه المنسق الروسي للمفاوضات بين الأطراف السورية في موسكو وجنيف فيتالي نعومكن، حين رجّح أن تسحب تركيا قواتها من إدلب، وتقبل ببسط الجيش السوري سيطرته، وتأكيده أن الجيش السوري حقق أهدافه في إدلب بإنهاء سيطرة المسلحين على طريقي M4 وM5.

تستخدم رؤية دمشق الجديدة لمستقبل سوريا دروس الحرب كقوة دافعة نحو المرحلة الجديدة. بوتين والأسد تحدّثا الجمعة 6 آذار/مارس هاتفياً عن أن تنفيذ الاتفاقيات سيحقق الاستقرار في إدلب. وهذا يبدو قراراً أكثر مما هو توقعات أو أمنيات.

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محمد صادق الحسينيّ

لم يكد يمرّ إلا القليل من الوقت، على توقيع البروتوكول، الروسي التركي الملحق باتفاق سوتشي، حتى سارع وزير الخارجيه الأميركي للاعتراف بهزيمة مؤامرته، هو وبقية جوقة المحافظين الإنجيليين الجدد التي تحتلّ البيت الأبيض وربيبهم نتن ياهو الى جانبهم، وذلك عندما صرّح صباح يوم الخميس 5/3/2020، للصحافيين “بأنّ طلب انسحاب القوات السورية الى خطوط وقف إطلاق النار لسنة 2018 كان طلباً أميركياً”.

وهذا يعني أنّ مطالبة أردوغان الجيش السوريّ بالانسحاب الى ما بعد نقاط المراقبة التركية، في ريفي حلب وإدلب، كان طلباً أميركياً “إسرائيلياً” بلسان تركي أردوغاني.

ولكن فشل هجوم أردوغان، البري والجوي، الواسع النطاق، والذي شاركت فيه فرقة كاملةً، من القوات الخاصة التركية، تساندها ثلاث كتائب مدفعية ميدان ذاتية الحركة، من عيار 155 ملم، إضافة الى كتيبة دفاع جوي تركية، مزوّدة بصواريخ أرض جو محمولة، تمّ نشرها في محيط القواعد العسكرية التركية في محافظتي إدلب وحلب، إلى جانب ثلاثة آلاف دبابة ومدرعة قتالية، كانت تنتشر في نقاط عدة من محافظتي حلب إدلب، وفي وضع انفتاح قتاليّ (الانفتاح القتالي يعني في العسكرية وجود القوات خارج قواعدها أو ثكناتها وفي نقاط الانطلاق لتنفيذ الهجوم على مواقع العدو)، استعداداً لتنفيذ المؤامرة التي تمّ الاتفاق عليها بين أردوغان ونتن ياهو (والدليل على مشاركة نتن ياهو بشكل مباشر في إعداد المؤامرة والتخطيط لتنفيذها هي تصريحاته يوم الانتخابات الإسرائيلية بأنّ نجاحه سيؤدّي الى خروج إيران من سورية). وبومبيو، نقول إنه وبعد فشل الهجوم وصمود القوات المشتركة في مواقعها ونجاحها في الحفاظ على كلّ مكتسباتها، رغم هذا الحشد الهائل قد قلب السحر على الساحر وجعل أردوغان يذهب صاغراً إلى موسكو بحثاً عن طوق نجاة.

ولا بدّ، عند الحديث عن فشل الهجوم التركي، أن يُصار إلى تسليط ما يكفي من الضوء على عملية الانسحاب التكتيكي للقوات المشتركة من سراقب والعملية العسكرية الليلية الخاطفة لاستعادتها، والتي نفذها لواء الرضوان للقوات الخاصه التابعة لحزب الله. إذ إنّ هذه العملية، التي كان من بين أهدافها، علاوة على استعادة المدينة، تنفيذ عملية هجومية واسعة النطاق والسيطرة على رقعة الهجوم والتثبّت وبناء خطوط دفاعية ليلاً والدخول في عملية الدفاع عنها صباحاً، وبدون غطاء جويّ. أيّ بالاعتماد على كفاءة القوات المقاتلة وعلى الصواريخ المضادة للدروع والصواريخ القصيرة والمتوسطة المدى، التي ستكون مهمتها ضرب نقاط تحشّد العدو ورؤوس جسوره قبل أن يبدأ هجومه المضاد.

لذا فإنّ معركة استعادة سراقب توازي، في قيمتها الاستراتيجية، معركة بنت جبيل او مجزرة الميركافا في وادي الحجير، خلال الحرب “الإسرائيلية” على لبنان عام 2006، ذلك لأنها أسفرت عن تثبيت انتصارات القوات المشتركة ورسمت خريطة الهزيمة الأميركية الإسرائيلية التركية في محافظات حلب وإدلب. وهي بالتالي شكلت الأساس الذي بُنيَ عليه الاتفاق الذي عُقد بين الرئيس بوتين وأردوغان، في موسكو، والذي قيّمه خبراء عسكريون أميركيون، لا زالوا في الخدمة، أيّ من جنرالات البنتاغون الحاليين، على النحو التالي:


ـ إنّ الاتفاق قد كرَّس الانتصارات العسكرية، التي حققتها القوات المشتركة بعد 2018، أيّ بعد سوتشي.


ـ إنّ توقيع اتفاق موسكو، بين الرئيس بوتين وأردوغان، قد أنهى محاولات بومبيو لإقامة حلف تركيّ أميركيّ لإسقاط الرئيس بشار الأسد، خاصة منذ إعلان مستشار الأمن القومي الأميركي السابق، جون بولتون، لهذا الهدف في شهر أيلول 2018، وتزايد الضغوط العسكرية والديبلوماسية، التي تمارس بضغط من الخارجية الأميركية، والتي كانت تهدف الى إسقاط الرئيس السوري وإخراج القوات الإيرانية من سورية. وهذا دليل جديد على التنسيق الوثيق بين الإدارة الأميركية ونتن ياهو في ما يتعلّق بتواجد المستشارين العسكريين الإيرانيين في سورية.

إذن… فإنّ القوات المشتركة، وعبر سلسلة انتصاراتها التي توّجتها بعملية استعادة السيطرة على مدينة سراقب، قد وضعت حداً، أولاً وقبل كلّ شيء، لأحلام أردوغان العثمانية، وأوهام بومبيو وممثله للأزمة السورية، جيمس جيفري، وممثلة واشنطن في الأمم المتحدة كيللي كرافت، الذين كان قد حملهم وزير دفاع أردوغان الى إدلب للاحتفال معه “بالنصر”، عندما ينجح هجوم الجيش التركي، في السيطرة على كامل محافظة إدلب وريفي حلب الغربي والجنوبي الغربي، مما يعني السيطرة على الطرق الاستراتيجيّة، المسماة M 5 و M4، وبالتالي حسم معركة الشمال السوري بأكمله، من كسب غرباً حتى القامشلي شرقاً لصالح الحلف الصهيوأميركي التركي “الإسرائيلي”. وهو الأمر الذي حصل عكسه تماماً، إذ كرّس الاتفاق ليس فقط السيطرة الحكومية على كلّ المناطق التي حرّرتها القوات المشتركة، منذ عام 2018 وحتى الآن، بل وكذلك كلّ ما يسيطر عليه أتباع أردوغان من المسلحين الإرهابيين، جنوب الطريق السريع حلب – اللاذقية. وذلك لأنّ إقامة المنطقة الآمنة، شمال وجنوب هذا الطريق، بعمق ستة كيلومترات من كلّ جهة، يعني فعلياً سقوط كلّ مواقع المسلحين الإرهابيين الواقعة جنوب هذا الخط بسبب قطع خطوط إمدادهم من تركيا.

ومن بين الأحلام المريضة، التي أسقطتها موازين قوى الميدان السوري العسكرية الجديدة، أحلام ممثلة واشنطن في الأمم المتحدة والمطلّقة من زوجين سابقاً والمتزوّجة من الملياردير جو كرافت عام 2016، والذي يعتبر ثالث أكبر منتج للفحم الحجري في الولايات المتحدة، ويملك ثروة تبلغ أربعة مليارات دولار، يستثمرها في شركات عدة في قطاع الطاقة. ايّ انها كانت تصبو الى الاحتفال بسيطرة أردوغان على محافظة إدلب لفتح المجال أمام زوجها الثالث للسيطرة على قطاع الطاقة في إدلب وغيرها.

كذلك الأمر تبخرت أحلام جيمس جفري، المعروف بارتباطاته بالمجمع الصناعي العسكري، والذي كان يحلم بنجاح هجوم الجيش التركي في أرياف حلب وإدلب ما يمهّد الطريق الى تزويد تركيا ببطاريات صواريخ باتريوت. وهو المعروف، في دوائر الإدارة الأميركية، بمطالباته المستمرة بتزويد تركيا بهذه المنظومات، الأمر الذي أحبطه جنرالات البنتاغون بشكل مستمرّ، وخاصة بعد أن طلب أردوغان من الإدارة الأميركية إرسال بطاريات باتريوت لـ “الدفاع عن تركيا”، منتصف الشهر الماضي وفي ذروة استعداداته لتنفيذ مؤامرته مع نتن ياهو وبومبيو في الشمال السوري.

وبكلام أوضح فإنّ جنرالات البنتاغون، الذين يعتبرون “حليفهم” الكردي أكثر كفاءة وأقلّ تكلفة من ثاني أكبر جيش في حلف الناتو، ايّ الجيش التركي، نقول إنّ هؤلاء الجنرالات قد دفنوا أحلام جيمس جيفري، في إطلاق حملة تسويق جديدة لمنظومات الباتريوت. فهم، ايّ الجنرالات، أعلم من غيرهم بعدم فعاليتها، تلك الفعالية التي تهمّهم أكثر من مسألة تسويقها.

وفي ضوء كلّ المعطيات المذكورة أعلاه يتبيّن انّ فرقة الرضوان، وغيرها من التشكيلات العسكرية لحلف المقاومة، ومن ضمنها آلاف المقاتلين اليمنيين، الذين أعربوا عن رغبتهم بالالتحاق بالمقاومة، على الجبهة الشمالية، قد أصبحت جاهزة لتنفيذ المرحلة الأخيرة من الهجوم الاستراتيجي، الذي سينتهي بتحرير القدس وفلسطين كاملة وإنهاء وجود الكيان المحتلّ بشكل كامل. فكلّ ما هو مطلوب لذلك أصبح جاهزاً، من انتشار للقوات الى اكتمال التدريب على تنفيذ الهجوم وانتهاء برفع العلم الفلسطيني على أسوار القدس.

هذا التحرير الذي سيطلق عودة الشعب الفلسطيني، كاملاً الى كامل فلسطين، وهو الأمر الذي يجري وضع اللمسات الأخيرة، على خطط تنفيذه من قبل مجموع محور المقاومة. ايّ انّ محور المقاومة قد انتقل من مرحلة التخطيط لتحرير فلسطين إلى مرحلة ما بعد التحرير والعودة.

أتى أمر الله، فلا تستعجلوه.

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تهدئة في إدلب: لا تنازل عمّا تَحقّق بالنار


الجمعة 6 آذار 2020

بالنار قبل التفاهمات، ثبّت الجيش السوري وحلفاؤه سيطرتهم على طول الطريق الدولي حلب – دمشق وأمّنوه شرقاً وغرباً. كما تمكّنوا من إبعاد خطر المسلحين عن مدينة حلب بالكامل، ولاحقوهم إلى أقصى ريفها.

أما التفاهم، فيُنتظر أن يتمّ بموجبه فتح الطريق الدولي حلب – اللاذقية أمام المدنيين بعد أسبوع. وعلى رغم بدء سريان وقف إطلاق النار، إلا أن المنطقة تبقى مرشّحة لجولة جديدة من الاشتباكات، حيث لا اتفاقات نهائية، ولا حلول جذرية، في حين يبقى ثابتاً عدم انسحاب الجيش من أيّ نقطة وصلها، على عكس ما كانت تطالب به تركيا.

على رغم انعقاد قمة موسكو، التي جمعت الرئيسين الروسي فلاديمير بوتين والتركي رجب طيب إردوغان، أمس، إلا أن العمليات العسكرية لم تتوقف في منطقة إدلب، خصوصاً من جهة المجموعات المسلحة والقوات التركية. وفي حين كان يتشاور الرئيسان حول مصير المنطقة التي تزايد فيها التصعيد العسكري في الأشهر الأخيرة إلى مستويات قياسية، هاجمت الفصائل المسلحة مدعومة بغطاء ناري تركي كثيف محيط مدينة سراقب في ريف إدلب الجنوبي الشرقي، من دون أن تتمكّن من تحقيق أيّ نتائج. إذ استطاع الجيش السوري صدّ الهجمات، كما قصف مرابض المدفعية التركية، ما أدى إلى مقتل جنديين تركيين وإصابة 3 آخرين. كذلك، شنّ هجمات مدفعية وصاروخية وجوية ضدّ العديد من أهداف المسلحين في ريف إدلب الجنوبي. ونشرت وكالة «سانا» الرسمية مشاهد جوية تظهر قيام الجيش باستهداف دقيق لمواقع المسلحين في إدلب، في وقت بدا فيه لافتاً انخفاض وتيرة التحركات التركية العسكرية، جواً وبرّاً، باستثناء الدعم المدفعي والصاروخي للمسلحين.

وعلى رغم محاولات المسلحين العديدة تحقيق مكاسب ميدانية في الوقت الضائع قبيل بدء سريان وقف إطلاق النار منتصف ليل الخميس – الجمعة، إلا أن الخريطة الميدانية بقيت على حالها، وعلى أساسها ثُبّت وقف إطلاق النار، وما حوله من تفاهمات بين موسكو وأنقرة. وكما كان متوقعاً، توصّل الطرفان إلى قرار بالتهدئة الميدانية، وتفاهم يخصّ فتح الطريق الدولي حلب – اللاذقية (M4) (راجع الأخبار في 2 آذار 2020).

تؤكد مصادر عدة متابعة أن «هذا التفاهم مرحلي، وليس اتفاقاً نهائياً»

وتبنّى الرئيسان الروسي والتركي وثيقة مشتركة تشمل عدة نقاط، أُطلقت عليها تسمية «البرتوكول الإضافي للمذكرة حول إرساء الاستقرار في منطقة إدلب لخفض التصعيد والمؤرخة بيوم 17 أيلول 2018». وجاء فيها أن «لا حلّ عسكرياً للنزاع السوري، الذي يمكن تسويته فقط نتيجة لعملية سياسية يقودها وينفذها السوريون بأنفسهم بدعم الأمم المتحدة، وفق القرار 2254 الصادر عن مجلس الأمن الدولي». ولعلّ أهمّ نقاط الوثيقة التي ستُترجم مباشرة هي وقف إطلاق النار على طول خطوط التماس القائمة اليوم، بالإضافة إلى «إنشاء ممرّ آمن عرضه 6 كيلومترات شمالاً، و6 كيلومترات جنوباً، من الطريق (M4)»، على أن «يتمّ تنسيق المعايير الدقيقة لعمل الممرّ الآمن عبر قنوات الاتصال بين وزارتًي الدفاع للاتحاد الروسي والجمهورية التركية في غضون 7 أيام»، علماً أن فتح «حلب – اللاذقية» كان مطلباً اساسياً لدمشق وموسكو وطهران، وهو مكرّس في «اتفاقات سوتشي» التي كانت تتهرّب أنقرة من تنفيذها. كما اتّفق الطرفان على تسيير دوريات مشتركة بدءاً من 15 آذار/ مارس الجاري على الطريق نفسه، على الجزء الممتدّ بين ترنبة (غربي سراقب) وعين الحور (شمال شرقي اللاذقية)، بمسافة تصل إلى 70 كم. والأهمّ من ذلك هو تثبيت خطوط التماس الحالية، مع ما يعنيه الأمر من فتح الطريق الدولي حلب – دمشق (M5) كاملاً، وإبقائه تحت سيطرة الجيش السوري.

لكن في المقابل، ثَبّت التفاهم الجديد وجود القوات التركية على طول خطوط التماس، جنباً إلى جنب مع مسلّحي الفصائل، ابتداءً من دارة عزة شمالاً، وصولاً إلى تقتناز ومحيطها جنوباً شرقيّ مدينة إدلب. وهذا ما قد يفتح مجالاً لجولات جديدة من الاشتباك بين الجيشين السوري والتركي في المنطقة، على غرار ما حصل في الأيام الماضية. إذ تؤكد مصادر عدة متابعة أن «هذا التفاهم مرحلي، وليس اتفاقاً نهائياً، وبالتالي فإن عودة العمليات العسكرية محتومة مستقبلاً، ما يعني مواجهة جديدة مع الجيش التركي».

وبانتهاء هذه المرحلة من العمليات العسكرية، عبر بدء سريان وقف إطلاق النار، يكون الجيش السوري وحلفاؤه قد سيطروا منذ بداية عملياتهم في أرياف حلب (الجنوبي – الجنوبي الغربي – الشمالي الغربي) وريفَي إدلب (الشرقي – الجنوبي) في أوائل العام الحالي، على ما يقارب 215 قرية وبلدة وناحية. كما يكونون قد تمكّنوا من تأمين طريق دمشق – حلب الدولي، بعد أن حرّروا مسافة ما يقارب 100 كم من هذا الطريق. ووفق خريطة السيطرة هذه، باتت المساحة التي استعادها الجيش السوري تُقدّر بحوالي 1900 كم مربّع.

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Five days later, the IRGC offered a smaller Iranian banana to Erdogan to come down the tree and showed a stick in case he goes higher up, he rejected that as well and tried to go further up.

Yesterday, the Russian Tsar Putin brought Erdogan to the Kremlin, held him behind closed doors one on one for 3 hours, and extended with Erdogan’s entourage for another 3 hours, he offered him a carrot, Erdogan took the carrot and was very thankful to the Tsar.

Prior to yesterday’s summit between the established Tsar Putin and the wannabe Sultan the Turkish madman Erdogan, the latter was issuing threats the combined forces of NATO couldn’t achieve when they were at the height of their power and at the weakest time of the Syrian Arab Republic. The Ottoman wanted the Syrian Arab Army to withdraw from the Syrian province of Idlib, handover cities and towns freed during the past month from al-Qaeda terrorists back to those sub-humans, accept free movement of the Turkish Janissary and lift the siege off their posts they established within the Syrian province, and to stay away from the Damascus – Aleppo, and Aleppo – Latakia highways, yes, utterly insane but what to expect from someone like Erdogan?

After fierce battles throughout the month the Syrian Arab Army and their allies fought against thousands of anti-Islamic al-Qaeda terrorists and thousands of the Turkish Janissary forces (TSK or Turkish Army), the SAA managed to clean more than one thousand square kilometers and hundreds of towns, villages, and strategic hills. The military operation launched by the Syrian Arab Army and their allies was meant to implement the Sochi agreement by force after Turkey failed to implement its part of the agreement for more than 16 months, these include mainly:

  • Securing the north-south Aleppo – Damascus highway aka M5.
  • Securing the east-west highway known as the M4, especially the Aleppo – Latakia part of it which runs through Idlib province.
  • Cleaning Saraqib from terror, the city sits on the M4 – M5 intersection.
  • Disarming al-Qaeda terrorist groups like the Nusra Front aka Jabhat al-Nusra aka Al-Qaeda Levant or HTS.

All of the above-mentioned points were about to be achieved before Erdogan sent thousands of the Turkish Army troops to act as human shields to protect al-Qaeda terrorists from the advancing Syrian Arab Army, and that’s exactly what they did and that’s why they lost significantly when the SAA was shelling the gatherings of al-Qaeda terrorists resulting in the killing of dozens of the Turkish Army soldiers who were sharing the posts with the very terrorist group that is listed as such by the UNSC, Russia, Syria, the USA, and even by Turkey itself!

Simultaneously, the Turkish madman Erdogan unleashed a new wave of refugees towards Europe in large numbers, except this time it was obvious for the Europeans that these refugees are coming from almost everywhere else except Idlib, most from Central Asian countries all the way to Afghanistan, and some from the African east coast.

The outcome of yesterday’s summit as stated by the Russian President and the Turkish madman and detailed, to some extent, by their foreign ministers, confirm the above-mentioned points:

  • No mention of the M5, meaning the SAA which cleaned the vital artery from terrorists will keep it.
  • No mention of returning Saraqib to al-Qaeda, as per Erdogan’s demands.
  • No mention of reversing the SAA last month gains, instead, a ceasefire will be established at the current position of the SAA.
  • The M4 highway will be reopened and Russian and Turkish joint military police units will patrol it. There will be a 6 kilometers perimeter secured on both sides of the road.

The agreement also reiterated an article from the previous Sochi agreement that is combatting terror will continue, especially the groups designated as such by the USNC resolutions. Erdogan, instead of implementing this part of the Sochi agreement, augmented these terrorist groups, namely Nusra Front, with radical terrorists loyal to him brought from other places, launched a recruiting campaign within Turkey for Arabic speaking fanatics, supplied them with new advanced weapons including MANPADs to shoot down SAA helicopters and airplanes, anti-armored missiles, increased the intelligence sharing, and worse than all of that he sent the Turkish soldiers to sacrifice their lives in order to protect these terrorists.

Yesterday’s ‘agreement’ explicitly states that combatting these terrorist groups will continue. I’d personally say this will continue to be carried out mainly by the Russian air forces, and by the SAA in case they try to advance towards the SAA posts or the cleaned town and villages.

The agreement does not refer to the new refugee crisis launched by Erdogan towards Europe, the ceasefire, if implemented and respected by Erdogan forces (TSK and Nusra Front) in Idlib, will drop any need for refugees coming from Afghanistan to cross into Europe, Erdogan’s refugees and humanitarian abuse couldn’t be more exposed and the citizens of Europe should decide through their ‘democratically elected’ governments whether they want to fall preys for Erdogan’s blackmailing in this regard.

History, especially modern history, more precisely the events of this last decade, teaches us valuable lessons if we want to learn from it: Never trust a flip-flop, never trust a Turk with dreams to revive the buried most hated most criminal Ottoman empire, never to trust a Muslim Brotherhood, never trust a US stooge, never to trust a liar, never to trust someone who uses the suffering of innocent people, in their hundreds of thousands to his personal goals, and all these evil features are embodied in a single individual, who happens to rule a regional power for the past 17 years.From the post 6 hours summit at the Kremlin Erdogan was totally lost he shook hands with his own foreign minister who was with him all the time

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March 6, 2020

In an article published by RT, Scott Ritter, a former US Marine Corps intelligence officer, stressed that his week’s meeting between Presidents Putin and Erdogan in Moscow was cast as preventing a war between Russia and Turkey in Syria.

Ritter, who served in the Soviet Union as an inspector implementing the INF Treaty, considered that the meeting between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, accompanied by their respective senior national security advisers, in Moscow on March 5 aimed at negotiating the terms of a ceasefire that would bring an end to heavy fighting in Syria’s Idlib province that threatened to draw their two nations into direct military conflict.

“After more than six hours of meeting, a new agreement, packaged as an ‘additional protocol’ to the ‘Memorandum on Stabilization of the Situation in the De-escalation Area as of September 17, 2018’ (better known as the ‘Sochi Agreement’), was agreed to by both parties.”

“Over the course of a week, from February 27 through March 5, Syria’s Idlib province transitioned from being ground zero for a war between the Syrian army and allied forces, and heavily armed groups opposed to the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad, into a geopolitical powder keg that threatened to pull the Turkish and Russian militaries into direct conflict with one another. On March 1, Turkey, following up on threats previously made by President Erdogan to drive the Syrian Army and its allies back to the line of demarcation set forth in the original Sochi Agreement, unleashed a major offensive, dubbed “Operation Spring Shield” and involving thousands of Turkish troops fighting alongside anti-Assad formations.”

According to Ritter, this operation soon fizzled; not only was the Turkish advance halted in its tracks, but the Syrian Army, supported by Hezbollah and pro-Iranian forces, was able to recapture much of the territory lost in the earlier fighting.

“Faced with the choice of either escalating further and directly confronting Russian forces, or facing defeat on the battlefield, Erdogan instead flew to Moscow.”

“The new additional protocol, which entered into effect at midnight Moscow time on Friday, March 6, represents a strategic defeat for Erdogan and the Turkish military which, as NATO’s second-largest standing armed force, equipped and trained to the highest Western standards, should have been more than a match for a rag-tag Syrian Army, worn down after nine years of non-stop combat.”

“One of the major reasons behind the Turkish failure was the fact that Russia controlled the air space over Idlib, denying the Turks the use of aircraft, helicopters and (except for a single 48-hour period) drones, while apparently using their own aircraft, together with the Syrian Air Force, to pummel both the Turkish military and their allied anti-Assad forces (though neither side has officially confirmed the Russians bombing the Turks – that would be a disaster for the talks).”

“In the end, the anti-Assad militants were compelled to take shelter within so-called ‘Observation posts’– heavily fortified Turkish garrisons established under the Sochi Agreement, intermingling with Turkish forces to protect themselves from further attack. Operation Spring Shield turned out to be a resounding defeat for the Turks and their allies.”

“The agreement also focuses on another critical, yet unfulfilled, aspect of the original Sochi agreement – the guarantee of safe passage along the strategic M4 and M5 highway corridors connecting the city of Aleppo with Latakia (M4) and Damascus (M5). The inability and/or unwillingness on the part of the Turks to follow through with this provision was the major impetus behind the current Syrian offensive in Idlib. Indeed, the Syrian Army was able to gain full control of the M5 highway and was in the process of doing the same for the M4 highway when the Moscow agreement brought an end to the fighting.”

“Under the terms of the additional protocol, the new zones of de-escalation will be defined by the frontlines as they currently exist, securing the hard-won advances made by the Syrian Army and embarrassing Erdogan, who had promised to drive the Syrians back to the positions as they existed at the time of the original Sochi Agreement. Moreover, the M4 highway will now be buffered by a 12-kilometer security zone (Six kilometers on each side), and will be jointly patrolled by Turkey and Russia, guaranteeing secure passage for commercial vehicle traffic. These patrols will begin on March 15, which means the Turks have ten days to oversee the evacuation of anti-Assad militants from this corridor–in effect, pushing them back north of the M4 highway, which was the goal of the Syrian offensive to begin with.”

“While couched as a ceasefire agreement, the additional protocol produced by the Moscow summit between Putin and Erdogan on Thursday is a thinly disguised instrument of surrender, the writer concluded, “The Syrian government got everything it was looking for by launching its offensive, and the Turks and their anti-Assad allies were left licking their wounds in a much-reduced Idlib pocket.”

Source: RT

سورية تنتصر سياسياً بعد الانتصار العسكريّ

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سينفق المحللون والإعلاميون الأتراك والمؤيدون لتركيا، ومثلهم المعادون لسورية ولمحور المقاومة، جهداً ووقتاً لتظهير نتائج القمة التي جمعت الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين بالرئيس التركي رجب أردوغان، كانتصار تركي روسي على حساب سورية، لأن أحداً لن يستطيع القول إن روسيا خسرت. فالأفضل أن يلجأ المشككون والمعادون إلى تصوير القمة كتقاسم مصالح روسيّ تركي على حساب سورية، لكنه سيكون من الصعب أن يمتلك أحد من هؤلاء جواباً على أسئلة من نوع، أين أصبح تهديد أردوغان بعملية عسكرية اختار لها اسم درع الربيع وحدّد لها موعداً وهدفاً هو إعادة الجيش السوري إلى النقاط التي كان فيها قبل بدء عملياته العسكرية؟ وأين أصبح الحديث عن إخراج الجيش السوري إلى ما وراء نقاط المراقبة؟ وماذا عن الطريق الدولية التي تربط حلب بدمشق، التي باتت بيد الجيش السوري بعد معارك ضارية كانت أهمها معركة سراقب؟ وأين مصير الأحياء الشمالية والغربية لحلب التي صارت بيد الجيش السوري؟

القراءة البسيطة لنتائج القمة، تقول إن ما تناوله الاتفاق يطال ما لم يُنجزه الجيش السوري من تطبيق تفاهم سوتشي بالقوة، فالاتفاق تجاهل كلياً ما أنجزه الجيش السوري، مكرساً أن هذا الجزء من مناطق خفض التصعيد ليس على طاولة التفاوض، وأن المطروح هو الاختيار بين ان يواصل الجيش السوري مع حلفائه مدعوماً بالنار الروسية ما تبقى من تطهير لمناطق يسيطر عليها الإرهاب بحماية وشراكة الجيش التركي، خصوصاً في مناطق تأمين الطريق الدولي بين حلب واللاذقية، أو أن يقوم الرئيس التركي لحفظ ماء وجهه بتجديد تعهّده بالتعاون لتنفيذ هذه المهمة التي تلكأ بتنفيذها، عبر ضمان فتح الطريق من جهة، ومواجهة الجماعات الإرهابية من جهة أخرى. وهنا يمكن بدء النقاش فقط، فما مضى قد مضى وما كُتب قد كُتب، وما قبل سراقب غير ما بعدها.

النقاش المجدي فقط هو حول ما إذا كان أردوغان سيلتزم هذه المرّة بموجباته أم سيعود للمراوغة والتلكؤ، والرهان على المتغيرات والخداع، وتاريخ أردوغان حافل بمثل هذه الرهانات الخاطئة، ولا يوجد عاقل يستطيع أن يقول إن الوفاء بالتعهدات من خصال أردوغان، فكيف إذا كان مرغماً، لكن ما يجب وضعه في الحساب كمتغير جديد على أردوغان وفريقه قراءته جيداً، هو أنها المرة الأولى التي يأتي فيها التفاهم الروسي التركي ليكرس نتائج نصر عسكري سوري بالمباشر الميدانيّ وليس بالحصيلة الإجمالية السياسية للتفاهمات، ويقلص مسافة الجغرافيا والزمن وفقاً لنتائج هذا النصر، فما تمّ حسمه حسم وانتهى، وما بقي فهو مفتوح لخياري العودة للحسم أو فتح المجال لفرصة، ويعلم اردوغان هذه المرة أن الموازين التي ستحكم المعارك المقبلة ستكون أشد اختلالاً لصالح الجيش السوري والحلفاء، وستكون روسيا أشد انخراطاً بصورة علنية فيها، وربما لا تكون فرصة بعدها، وإن كانت فستكون لمساحة أضيق في الجغرافيا والزمن، بما يتناسب مع خطة القضم والهضم التي يعتمدها الجيش السوري منذ بدء معركة حلب الأولى قبل ثلاثة أعوام، وتدحرجت بعدها الانتصارات.

السياق الوحيد الذي تفتحه تفاهمات موسكو واضح، وهو استعادة الدولة السورية لكامل جغرافيتها، وصون وحدتها وسيادتها، وفتح الباب لتراجع تركي تحت سقف الإقرار بهذه المعادلة، لأنها الإطار الذي لا تراجع عنه لبناء استقرار قابل للحياة من جهة، ولضمان تبديد الهواجس التركية تجاه الملف الكردي من جهة أخرى، ويبقى اتفاق أضنة مطروحاً على الطاولة.

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Turkish Drones Falling In Idlib. ‘Moderate Rebels’ Gas Themselves By Mistake

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Early on March 5, the Israeli Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes on targets in the Syrian provinces of Homs and Quneitra. According to the Syrian military, the attack was conducted from Lebanese airspace at 00:30 local time. Israeli warplanes used two civilian flights of Qatar Airways as a cover for their strikes. The Syrian side claimed that it had intercepted all the hostile missiles. However, ground explosions were reported in Quneitra. Therefore, at least some of them in fact did hit their targets.

The previous Israeli strikes on Syria took place on March 2 and February 23. On March 2, an Israeli attack helicopter destroyed a vehicle in the province of Quneitra after Israeli troops in the Golan Heights had reportedly come under sniper fire. On February 23 Israeli warplanes targeted positions of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group in Damascus.

‘Entirely by chance’ the increase of Israeli military actions in Syria came amid the escalation of the Syrian-Turkish conflict in Idlib.

On March 4, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the Turkistan Islamic Party and other al-Qaeda-linked groups supported by the Turkish Army made another attempt to recapture the town of Saraqib, located on the M4-M5 highways crossroad, from the Syrian Army. Despite the intense artillery and air support from Turkey, al-Qaeda members failed to achieve their goal.

Supporters of the 25th Special Forces Division and Hezbollah deployed there claim that Turkish-led forces suffered notable losses in the clashes but provide no particular numbers. Video evidence from the ground confirms that pro-government forces recaptured a T-90 battle tank that they had lost earlier in the same area.

Syrian troops also entered the village of Afis north of Saraqib but failed to fully secure it. The village remains contested. If Turkish-led forces keep control over it, they will be able to carry out attacks on vehicles moving via the M5 highway from Saraqib to Aleppo.

Earlier on the same day, 2 Turkish soldiers were killed and 6 others were injured in Syrian Army artillery fire in eastern Idlib. In response, the Turkish military tried to shoot down a Syrian Su-22 warplane bombing al-Qaeda positions west of Saraqib. Turkish supporters claim that an anti-air missile was launched by an F-16 fighter jet. However, most likely this was a MANPAD launched from one of Turkey’s so-called ‘observation posts’ in the area. During the past weeks, Turkish soldiers were repeatedly spotted launching MANPADs at Syrian and Russian aircraft. The Russian Defense Ministry officially says that Turkish observation posts have merged with terrorist bases and have been used to carry out attacks on government-controlled areas. Nonetheless, Turkish soldiers surrounded by the Syrian Army continue enjoying safety and receiving supplies. This is another demonstration of the fact that modern conflicts often take strange forms.

Setbacks in southern and eastern Idlib forced Turkey and its proxies to shift the focus of their military efforts. Late on March 4, Turkish-backed al-Qaeda forces attacked positions of the Syrian Army in western Aleppo. By the morning of March 5, they had captured the village of al-Sheikh ‘Aqil and al-Rraqim Hilltop. The control over these positions will allow them to shell the western suburb of Aleppo city more effectively.

Since the start of Turkish military actions in Idlib in February, the Syrian military had shot down 13 Turkish military UAVs, pro-government sources claim. According to them, this number includes 7 Bayraktar TB2 and TAI Anka combat drones. It should be noted that only a part of these claims has been confirmed  by visual evidence.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants tried to stage a chemical provocation in eastern Idlib, but poisoned themselves, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on March 4. According to the report, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham members were planning to stage the incident on March 2nd during the Syrian Army advance in the western part of Saraqib by blowing up canisters with a chemical substance, but a canister leak caused casualties among the militants themselves.

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Hezbollah in Saraqeb attacking at night to free the western part of the city with special equipment.

The Turkish-Syrian battle is the battle of the Kurds in Ayn al-Arab, Kobane.

By Elijah J. Magnier:  @ejmalrai

Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan had decided to attack Russia, Iran and Syria when he sent his army to Idlib and bombed Russian and Iranian allies on the Idlib front. The Turkish president is feeling strong and believes he is holding many good cards to play against his Russian counterpart President Vladimir Putin. He trusts he is in a position to bomb Iran’s allies, despite the fact that they hold armed drones, precision missiles and experienced Special Forces that can hit Turkey very hard in the case of war. 

The conflict Erdogan envisions between Russia, Iran and Syria on one side and Turkey on the other would suit the US and Israel. They would be happy to see Presidents Putin and Erdogan sinking into the Syrian quagmire and Hezbollah losing more men in the Levant. Negotiations, intense battles and attempts to reshuffle the military situation are taking place behind the scenes. President Erdogan is trying to improve his military position on the ground before his meeting with President Putin in Moscow tomorrow Thursday- but to no avail. Stormy negotiations can be expected.

President Erdogan is not in a position to bang his fist on the table. At the time Russia is receiving Erdogan a tweet by the Russian Foreign Ministry reminds him how Russia defeated the Ottoman Empire and forced it to sign the Treaty of San Stefano in March 1878 in Constantinople. It has accused Erdogan of altering Syrian demography after occupying the Afrin province and Tal Abyad, forcing the departure of over 350,000 Kurds and the relocation of Turkmen militants and their families instead.

The battle of Idlib follows many secret talks before the struggle and reflects serious disagreements between Turkey on one side and Russia, Iran and Syria on the other. Erdogan was ready to negotiate and clear the roads linking Damascus and Aleppo (M5) and Aleppo and Latakia (M4) but in exchange, he asked for concessions in north-east Syria that were rejected. Turkey tried to stop the Syrian army and its allies and wanted to reach the gates of Aleppo. The current battle for Idlib, the “mother of all battles”, follows many secret talks which are the necessary context for understanding the current Turkish war on Syria and Syria’s response. For the first time, Syria has dared to hit the Turkish army directly- this has never happened before in the modern history of Syria.

Turkey is more isolated than it has ever been. It has lost its privileged position within the US by buying the S-400 and hosting the Turkstream pipeline selling Russian gas to Europe. It has lost European respect by organising the transfer of over 110,000 Syrian and other nationalities’ refugees to the borders, allowing them to reach the borders with Greece and refusing to close the Turkish borders to prevent the crossing. This Turkish blackmail is not winning friends on the European continent, especially since Erdogan is at the same time asking for more money to compensate the refugees’ presence in his country. 

Arab countries are standing with Syria against Turkey. Libya’s eastern-based government linked to General Khalifa Haftar inaugurated the opening of its embassy in Damascus. Saudi Arabian, Egypt, and the Emirates are showing solidarity with President Assad against the Turkish-Qatari-Muslim Brotherhood alliance. A strong message was delivered during the battle of Idlib where for the first time the Syrian and Turkish armies face each other on the battlefield. 

Erdogan is also losing support from Putin by bombing the Syrian army, trained by Russia, and damaging Syrian military effectiveness honed with Russian help. When Moscow closed an eye to Turkey’s desire to avenge the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers and officers in south Idlib, Erdogan responded with a disproportionate bombing which angered Russia and the allies that suffered the most. In response, Iran threatened to hit back against more than a thousand Turkish troops within the 14 Turkish observation points located within liberated Syrian territory and guarded by Hezbollah and Iranian IRGC forces. 

Putin is not completely losing his relationship with Erdogan, nor is it Russia’s intention to declare war on Turkey. In recent days, during a private meeting between Iranian and Turkish officials in Ankara, Iranian officers explained that “Iran and Russia believe that any war with Turkey will serve the US and Israel who would happily watch and contribute to fuelling the animosity between both sides.” US special representative for Syria James Jeffery said his country is ready to provide ammunition to Turkey in its Idlib battle. However, US defence secretary Mark Esper ruled out US intervention in favour of Turkey in Idlib.

In Idlib, Turkey seems to have lost hope in the capacities of tens of thousands of jihadists to hold the ground notwithstanding years of fortifications, tunnel digging and building stronghold positions in the cities along the Damascus-Aleppo (known as the M5) and Aleppo-Latakia (M4) roads. These jihadists are made up of a mixture of foreign fighters from dozens of different countries but mainly from the Tajik, Uighur, Turkmen and Arab jihadists fighting under Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (former ISIS, former al-Qaeda in Syria, former al-Nusra) fighting under different banners: from al-Qaeda (Hurras al-Din), Jund al-Aqsa to Ahrar al-Sham and many other names.

Hezbollah stopped an attack aiming to take back el-Eiss and from it to reach the gates of south Aleppo last Friday. The Turkish army bombed Hezbollah and Zul-fiqar brigade (Iranian IRGC, Fatimiyoun and Zeinabiyoun) at Talhiya to allow jihadists supported by Turkey to push into a corridor from Binnish and Taftanaz towards Talhiyah and from it to Rasm al-Is, Rasm al-Saharij, El-Eis strategic hill until al-Hader. Notwithstanding the Turkish intensive bombing to clear the road for jihadists and the killing of nine Hezbollah and over 66 wounded, the jihadists did not manage to get through. Hezbollah and their allies from the Zulfiqar brigades held their ground and stopped the advance.

Russia grounded its Air Force for 48 hours after the killing of 36 Turkish soldiers and officers (officially Turkey has declared 41 killed so far). The lack of air coverage surprised the allies of Russia who have anti-air missiles but were not expecting the Russians to abdicate their agreed role. Turkey managed to stop the Syrian army and its allies’ advance for 48 hours. However, all areas lost to the Turks were recovered within 48 hours. The battle of Saraqeb was the harshest. Hezbollah and the Zulfiqar brigade never withdrew from the east side of the city, while jihadists controlled the west side.

 Following the Turkish “disproportionate bombing”, as described by the Russian generals in Syria, Moscow ordered its Air Force commanders to escort a dozen Syrian anti-air batteries to the front line to protect Syrian troops from any Turkish bombing. Syria brought the Tor-M1 and its Pantsir system and took measures to reduce the casualties caused by the Turkish drones. 

Syria and its allies carried out (exceptional) night attacks liberating the strategic city of Saraqeb and held their positions in it. Hezbollah and Iran tripled the number of forces along the 70 km (M5 and M4) front against Turkey and its jihadists. Russia made 27 air attacks against Saraqeb and resumed air bombing in support of its allies.

Russia declared it could no longer “guarantee the safety of the Turkish aviation in Syria after Damascus shuts Idlib airspace”. The Syrian air defence systems downed around 7 Turkish drones. The Syrian army is showing dauntless courage by standing and bombing the Turkish military and fighting it face to face. Syrian artillery pounded Turkish positions and killed close to a dozen Turkish soldiers on the battlefield. President Bashar al-Assad’s decision to stand up to Turkey is something not even his father Hafez dared to do.

This is a response to Turkey’s killing and wounding of a large number of Syrian soldiers. Syria has been at war for nine years and has withstood significant losses. On the other hand, Turkey has one of the most prominent NATO armies with the most advanced means. A small and reduced Syrian army has now managed to kill Turkish soldiers on the battlefield, to destroy Turkish tanks and down their drones.

Turkey halted its direct bombing against Hezbollah and the Zulfiqar brigade. Iran and Hezbollah threatened to hit Turkey if the bombing continued. Close to 2000 Turkish officers and soldiers are now positioned, under Hezbollah and Iran’s ‘protection’, in 14 observation posts inside Syrian controlled areas, where they receive supplies locally. A meeting between the Iranians and the Turkish army and an exchange of messages took place between Hezbollah and Ankara, explaining that any clash between the two will bring the Levant and Turkey into a comprehensive confrontation that no one could win. The battle in Syria should not be against Turkey, and Erdogan needs to understand that the presence of his troops on Syrian territory is not acceptable.

Moscow moved its military police and special forces into Saraqeb to draw a line on any possible Turkish intention to attack the city again. The Turkish army attacks have yielded nothing, and the Syrian army and its allies are gaining momentum and have the upper hand. What is pushing Erdogan to fight with his own army alongside the jihadists for the control of two roads which it had previously agreed to de-escalate and declare a demilitarised zone in 2018?

According to decision-makers in Syria, President Erdogan asked his Russian counterpart to allow his forces to occupy an area 50 km deep in north-east Syria. At the start, Russia did not react to the Turkish advance to replace the US forces who decided to limit its presence in Syria to stealing Syrian oil, i.e. around the oil wells in north-east Syria. When the US redeployed, Russia asked Turkey to halt its operations in al-Hasaka and Raqqa provinces. Erdogan then lowered his request, asked for a 30 km deep buffer zone.

Russia has good ties with the Kurds and wants to see Syria united and all foreign forces leaving Syria. Erdogan said he was ready to clear the M5 and M4 in exchange for the control of Ayn al-Arab (Kobane). Putin refused and agreed with Iran and Damascus to remove jihadists along the M5 and M4 by military force. Erdogan felt he was cut out of the deal because his jihadists did not hold their ground, and proved to be an incapable military force against Syria and its allies. This is why the Turkish army was pushed into the battle, supported by drones, F-16s, precision missiles and artillery. Today it is fighting on behalf of the jihadists that, according to Sochi agreement, should have been eliminated by Turkey more than a year ago.

Turkey wants to bring back the deployment of forces on the ground to where they were before the Idlib battle and is calling for the respect of the Astana agreement but from a weaker position. In fact, it is too late for that; deals have a short life in Syria! Ankara will have to accept the status quo and prepare to lose Idlib without further concessions in the Kurdish area. This does not mean Erdogan will accept and surrender without a fight all the Syrian territories he has occupied without a fight. The Putin-Erdogan meeting will probably not end all differences, and much may have to be postponed until the forthcoming Putin-Erdogan-Rohani meeting this month in Tehran. 

Erdogan seems to have forgotten the help Putin and Rohani gave him during the 2016 failed coup-d’état. He is showing recklessness and wrongly believes his potential partners are weak. The Turkish president is prioritising his territory-expansion ambition over his commercial and partnership relationship with Russia and Iran. The Turkish army is grinding its teeth over Idlib. The Ottoman Sultan never defeated the Russian Czar in the past and he certainly won’t succeed now in Syria…

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Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Ansarullah is the front line, not China-Russia

March 02, 2020

Paul Schmutz Schaller for The Saker Blog

During the last days, we saw dramatic changes in the Syrian situation. For the fourth time in the last years, Turkey invaded Syria. But the actual invasion is quite different since it is directly targeted against the Syrian army. This was confirmed, on March 1, by the Turkish defense minister and, on March 2, by Erdogan.

The Turkish aggression is carried out by thousands of troops, by thousands of military vehicles, and by air forces, including a significant number of armed drones. Concerning the concrete situation on the ground, there are different narratives. Apparently, on February 27, over thirty of invading Turkish military personnel were killed by a strike coming from Syria, Russia, or both; these Turkish military personnel were mixed with terrorist forces and therefore difficult to discern. Subsequently, there was obviously some confusion among the Syrian side and its allies, which allowed the Turkish army to make some important casualties.

In the last weeks, the Syrian Army had made big progresses against he terrorists around Idleb. The latter were on the brink of complete collapse. Turkey did not want to accept their defeat and this was the reason for the Turkish aggression. It is certainly true that Turkey was an ally of the terrorist forces in Syria during the whole war. But this time, the Turkish army fights directly together with the terrorists against the Syrian army. This has created a new situation, even if it is not yet a full-scale war; for example, some of the so-called Turkish „observation posts“ are surrounded by the Syrian army, but were not attacked.

The Syrian army is quickly adapting to the new situation. In particular, on March 2, the crucial city Saraqeb (on the junction of the two highways M4 and M5) could be recaptured from the Turkish and terrorist forces. The Syrians have declared a no-fly-zone over the region (Russian planes being the unique exception) and they are bringing more air defense systems to the front, in order to confront the Turkish air attacks. It also seems that the Syrian army has decided to postpone the liberation of the M4 between Saraqeb and Lattakia in order to concentrate on the more essential M5 between Damascus and Aleppo.

Hezbollah has lost some fighters by the Turkish aggression. On March 1, a massive funeral with thousands of people was hold in Beirut. On February 29, for the first time, the Iranian Advisory Center in Syria published a statement, warning the Turkish side of „the great risks of continuing the aggression against Syria“. We can conclude that these close allies of the Syrian army also adjust their position, closely monitoring the new developments.

Since Russia decided in 2015, on the request of the Syrian government, to actively support the Syrian army, it was always clear that the aim was the fight against terrorism. There is no doubt that Russia will continue with these politics. On the other hand, with respect to the Turkish invasion, it is not to expect that Russia will militarily intervene directly. Of course, Russia will defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, but merely on the political and diplomatic level. However, there will be some major grey zone since the fight against terrorism cannot simply be distinguished from the fight against the Turkish invaders.

Very probably, the planned meeting (March 5) between Putin and Erdogan in Moscow will not resolve the problem of the Turkish invasion. One may expect that Putin will put some red lines in order to avoid a full-scale war between Syria and Turkey. Moreover, he will insist that the Syrian side is the just side. But Russia cannot handle the Turkish aggression. This is a problem between Turkey on the one hand and Syria, together with her regional allies, on the other hand. China will have a similar position. There will be diplomatic, economical, and some political support for Syria from China, but not much more, at least not openly.

I think that it is completely wrong to criticize Russia or China for these positions. They are not the masters of an alternative world. They cannot dictate a political agenda. They have neither the strength nor the intention of doing so. No country should expect that its problems will be solved by China and/or Russia. It is also wrong to see Putin as the one big infallible chess player who holds the reins. As leader of his country he has his point of view just as the leaders of the other players have their point of view. Nobody is in the possession of the absolute truth. However, the history of Russia and China shows that these countries are loyal to her allies and do not exchange them like clothes. As permanent members of the Security Council they will defend the interests of Syria. But they will continue to have as good as possible relations with USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.

China and Russia are strong and influential countries, but the creation of a post-Western world needs quite a few other countries. Militarily speaking, the current front line between the Western empires and the new world is in the Middle East (West Asia). On the one hand, we have the aggressive countries USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey. The other side is represented by Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and Ansarullah (Yemen). One may add some forces in Iraq. At present, these are the regions were the sharpest fights took place. The impulses and the directives for these forces do not come from Russia nor from China. They come from the Middle East herself.

Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and Ansarullah all have their proper strength, experience, autonomy, and leadership. Each one has achieved great successes against mighty enemies. Of course, they collaborate and there is much mutual support. The victories of each are also the victories of all. With the Turkish invasion in Syria, they are confronted with a new task. But Turkey is not as strong as it seems. Politically, the country is divided and Erdogan has not at all the support of the whole people for his invasion. His supporters are merely ultra-nationalists and fascists. Moreover, his aggressive politics in the region (Syria, Iraq, Libya, Cyprus, Greece) has not produced many friends. His politics seem to be utterly adventurous. And militarily speaking, Syria, Hezbollah, and Iran are experimented opponents. I am very confident that Erdogan will suffer a shameful defeat. The Syrian nation and people have already showed that they are able of immense sacrifices, that they are heroic fighters and great patriots.

The reactions on Soleimani’s assassination have changed the Middle East. Erdogan will not be able to stop this movement. His government has chosen the wrong side. The „new“ Middle East is modifying the relations with all other countries. The world should get used to a new Middle East: more autonomous, more self-confident, stronger. Which is very valuable for the whole planet.

مصير أردوغان في سراقب

ناصر قنديل

يعرف الرئيس التركي رجب أردوغان أنه لو بقي صامتاً أمام تقدم الجيش السوري في حملته التي حررت الطريق الدولي بين حلب ودمشق، واتجه في حملة ثانية لتحرير طريق اللاذقية حلب، لكان المقرّر للعمليات العسكرية فتح باب مصير مدينة إدلب عبر تطويقها، ومنح النظام التركي دوراً في سحب السلاح الثقيل منها والتمهيد لحل سياسي يقضي بتسيير دوريات روسية تركية فيها، لأنه يعرف بالحرف والنقطة والفاصلة ما تمّ الاتفاق عليه في اللقاءات التي جمعته بالرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين، وبالتفاهمات التي أنجزها عسكريّوه مع العسكريين الروس. كما يعرف بالنقطة والفاصلة والحرف أن العملية العسكرية جاءت بعدما تلكأ أو أعلن عجزه عن تنفيذ ما تعهّد به بالنسبة للطريقين الدوليين ومصير الجماعات الإرهابيّة الممسكة بهما.

تحرّك أردوغان عسكرياً، لأنه وقع ضحيّة الفخ الذي ورّطه به الأميركيون عندما أبلغوه أنهم يهمون بالانسحاب من المنطقة انطلاقاً من أفغانستان، وأنهم يعتمدون عليه لملء الفراغ في سورية بعد انسحابهم منها، وأن عليه الإمساك جيداً بالمناطق الشمالية الغربية ليتسنى له الدخول إلى المناطق الشمالية الشرقية حيث تتمركز القوات الأميركية، فانقلب على التفاهمات بعدما أدرك أن الانتصارات العسكرية للجيش السوري المدعوم بالنيران الروسية وبالمشاركة الفعالة من قوى المقاومة قد نتج عنها انهيار شامل في وضع الجماعات الإرهابية، وبات تدحرجُ الانتصارات يهدد بسقوط الإمارة التي بناها للجماعات التابعة لتنظيم القاعدة تحت رعايته، فبدأ بزج قواته لمنحها المعنويات اللازمة للصمود، وعندما اكتشف عدم كفاية ذلك قرّر دخول المعركة إلى جانبها أو بالنيابة عنها، إذا اقتضى الأمر.

كان واضحاً لأردوغان أن روسيا ليست على الحياد، وأنها تقف مع الجيش السوري في مواجهة الجماعات الإرهابية، وتتفهم رفض سورية للوجود التركي على أراضيها ووصفه بالاحتلال، كما كان واضحاً له أن الدعم الأميركي والأطلسي لن يتخطى حدود التشجيع السياسي، لكنه كان يظن أن وقف تقدّم الجيش السوري في ظل هاتين المعادلتين ممكن، وأن تحقيق نصر معنوي وجغرافي يقطع طريق مواصلة النصر متاح، وأن فرض هذا الأمر في الواقع الميداني، يقع في منطقة رمادية يمكن ألا تضعه في مواجهة شاملة مع روسيا، وألا تختبر سلبية الأطلسي بصورة فاضحة، بل ربما تستنهض الأطلسي من جهة، وتفتح الباب لرهانات جديدة، ولمساعٍ سياسية روسية تنطلق من الوقائع التي فرضتها المعارك.

المعركة التي كان يحتاجها أردوغان محدودة في المكان والزمان، مطلوب أن تكون ذات قيمة استراتيجية، وأن تُحسم خلال أيام، ولذلك كانت سراقب. فسراقب نقطة تقاطع الطريقين الدوليين بين حلب وحماة وحلب واللاذقية، وسراقب أبرز مدن محافظة إدلب، وتتخطّى أهميتها الاستراتيجية إدلب نفسها بكثير، والرهان على طائرات الدرون المسيّرة من الجيل الخامس في التمهيد للهجوم، وبالقصف المدفعي الكثيف وإعطاء الأمر لوحدات الكوماندوس تساندها نخبة جماعات جبهة النصرة والشيشان والتركستان والإيغور للتقدّم بسرعة ووحشية وعنف وضراوة، وهذا ما تمّ على مدى ثلاثة أيام متتالية، سقط خلالها عشرات الشهداء للجيش السوري وحزب الله والحلفاء، وتحقق للقوات التركية وحلفائها من الجماعات الإرهابية المتنوّعة خرقاً مهماً في جبهات سراقب. وحملت صور الفيديو المسجّلة عمليات فاضحة لنوعية المهاجمين وارتكاباتهم، فظهرت شعارات داعش واضحة لعناصر يتنقلون بمدرعات الجيش التركيّ، وظهر الجنود الأتراك وهم يحزّون رؤوس الشهداء، ويقطعون أوصالهم.

خلال أربع وعشرين ساعة كانت المعركة الفاصلة، وقال فيها الجيش السوري وحزب الله وقوى المقاومة كلمتهم الفاصلة، ومعهم النار الروسية، خلافاً لما يتمّ ترويجه عن تخلٍّ روسي في المعركة، وحسمت المعركة بين منتصف ليل أول أمس وفجر أمس، وعادت كامل المدينة إلى عهدة الجيش السوري، وسقط حلم أردوغان، فعاد للحديث عن وقف للنار؛ بينما الجيش السوري يمشّط سراقب، ويواصل تقدّمه على جبهات جبل الزاوية ضمن خطة عملياته لفتح طريق اللاذقية حلب، وربما ينجح بإحداث إنجاز كبير قبل أن يحين موعد قمة أردوغان مع الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين، الذي سيفاوض من موقع القوة بعد فشل الخطة التي توهّم أردوغان أنها ستدخله على حصان أبيض للقاء بوتين، والأهم هو ما قالته المعركة من نتائج حول توازن القوة بين الجيش السوري من جهة، وثاني جيوش الناتو من جهة مقابلة، في صورة تشبه معارك جنوب لبنان خلال عدوان تموز 2006، وتستعيد اسم ستالينغراد في الحرب العالمية الثانية.

ظهر الجيش السوريّ ومعه قوى المقاومة كجيش لا يُقهر مرة أخرى، وظهر أردوغان كأحمق لا يتقن فنون الحرب والسياسة مرة أخرى أيضاً.

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 حسين الأمين 

الإثنين 2 آذار 2020

شيّع حزب الله وجمهور المقاومة في ضاحية بيروت الجنوبية الشهداء الذين سقطوا في المعارك الأخيرة قرب سراقب (أ ف ب )

تعقّد المشهد الميداني في الشمال الغربي من سوريا، إلى حد غير مسبوق. معارك جوية وبرية يخوضها الجيش السوري بوجه الفصائل المسلّحة والجيش التركي، وسط استنكاف روسي عن مواجهة «الصلف» التركي المتزايد. حلفاء دمشق يعلنون أنهم إلى جانبها في معركتها ضد الإرهاب، لكنهم لا يسعون إلى اشتباك مع أنقرة. وإلى أن يحين موعد اللقاء المرتقب بين إردوغان وبوتين بعد ثلاثة أيام، تسعى كل الأطراف الى تحسين شروط التفاوض ميدانيّاًحتى فجر يوم الأربعاء الفائت، كانت التطوّرات الميدانيّة في أرياف إدلب وحماة وحلب، تسير ضمن سيناريوات متوقّعة.. لكن سيطرة المسلحين على مدينة سراقب الاستراتيجية، جنوبي شرقي مدينة إدلب على الطريق الدولي بين حماة وحلب، في ساعات الصباح الأولى من ذلك اليوم، قلب المشهد الميداني. بعدما استعادت الفصائل بلدة النيرب غربي سراقب، عقب هجمات متكررة، «صارت سراقب بلا هوامش دفاعية، تمنح الجيش قدرة على العمل فيها لصدّ الهجمات الواسعة والعنيفة»، بحسب ما يشير مصدر ميداني سوري، ما سهّل سقوطها. بعد ذلك، جاء استهداف الجنود الأتراك عبر غارة جوية في بلدة بليون في ريف إدلب الجنوبي، ليل الخميس ــــ الجمعة، ما أدّى الى مقتل أكثر من ثلاثين جندياً تركياً، بينما كان الجيش السوري يتقدم نحو سهل الغاب، والطريق الدولي حلب ــــ اللاذقية (M4).

بعد ساعات قليلة من الحدث، بدأت القوات التركية حملة قصف مدفعي وصاروخي، وعبر الطائرات المسيّرة. وفي إطار «الرد» التركي على المقتلة التي ألمّت بجنوده، استهدف من مرابضه في بلدة تفتناز شرقي إدلب، منطقة طلحية شمالي سراقب. وفي الأثناء، حاولت الفصائل المسلحة، وخصوصاً «الحزب التركستاني»، اقتحامها، إلا أن هجماتهم المتكررة فشلت، ما دفع الجيش التركي الى شن حملة قصف واسعة ومكثفة، أدّت الى استشهاد 9 مقاتلين من حزب الله اللبناني، وعشرات من القوات العاملة تحت القيادة الإيرانية في سوريا، بالإضافة الى عدد من جنود الجيش السوري وضباطه. وطوال ذلك اليوم، بدت القوات الروسية بعيدة عن كل ما يجري، فلا طائرات تشن الغارات، ولا قصف صاروخي مكثف، ولا حتى منعٌ للمسيّرات التركية من التحليق. تُرك الجيش السوري وحلفاؤه، للطائرات المسيّرة والقصف المكثف، على مدى ليالٍ عدة. بدا الموقف كأن موسكو سحبت يدها من المعركة، وأرادت للجيش السوري وحلفائه أن يكملوها.

ظهرت تلك الليلة (الجمعة ــــ السبت)، كأنها الليلة التي ستشتعل فيها المعركة بين القوى الحليفة لدمشق في محور المقاومة، والجيش التركي، وخصوصاً مع استنكاف الجانب الروسي عن التحرك لوقف التصعيد التركي أو مواجهته، إلا أن ذلك لم يحدث. بعد الاستهداف مباشرة، سعت هذه القوى إلى إرسال وسطاء الى تركيا، لطلب خفض التصعيد، دونما جدوى. في الليلة التالية (السبت ــــ الأحد)، أصدر «المركز الاستشاري الإيراني» (ناطق باسم تجمّع القوى الحليفة لدمشق في محور المقاومة)، بياناً أعلن فيه، للمرة الأولى، أنه شارك في العمليات العسكرية لفتح الطريق الدولي حلب ــــ حماة (M5)، بالإضافة الى دعم الجيش السوري لحماية الطريق ومنع سقوطه. كذلك، أُعلن في البيان عن إرسال وسطاء الى الجيش التركي، إلا أن الأخير «لم يأخذ هذا الطلب بعين الاعتبار». لكن ذلك لم يدفع هذه القوى الى التحرك ضد الجيش التركي بشكل مباشر، إذ اكتفت بقصف الجيش السوري للمرابض التركية داخل الأراضي السورية، معلنةً أن قواتها «هي لمواجهة الإرهابيين»، وأنها «ليس لديها أي هدف أو قرار لمواجهة الجيش التركي، وأن القيادة مصرّة على الحل السياسي بين سوريا وتركيا».

دمشق وحلفاؤها مصمّمون على استعادة سراقب وفتح طريق (M4)

ورغم ما حمله البيان من «صراحة» لناحية رؤية هذه القوى للمعركة مع تركيا، إلا أنه حمل تهديدات مبطّنة تتعلق بالنقاط التركية المحاصرة خلف خطوط انتشار الجيش السوري، والقوى الحليفة منذ أكثر من شهر. إذ قال البيان إن «المواقع التركية داخل مناطق قواتنا، إلا أن عناصر اللجان وفصائل المقاومة لم تتعرّض لهذه القوات التركية احتراماً لقرار القيادة، ولا يزال هذا القرار ساري المفعول حتى الساعة». ورغم فشل الوساطات لوقف القصف التركي، إلا أن مصدراً سياسياً مطّلعاً على الاتصالات الأخيرة، أكد لـ«الأخبار» أن «التواصل الإيراني ــــ التركي قائم حتى هذه اللحظة، ويحاول الطرفان تجنّب الاشتباك المباشر»، مضيفاً إن حلفاء دمشق، «يرفضون، حتى الساعة، خوض معركة لا يريدونها ضدّ تركيا، وهم قد تفاهموا على ذلك مع دمشق مسبقاً». وفي المقابل، يؤكد مصدر مطّلع أيضاً، أن «الإيراني لا يريد مواجهة مع التركي، لكنه يعتبر ما يحدث تعنّتاً تركياً غير مبرّر، ويشبه المشهد التركي اليوم، المشهد العراقي في الحرب العراقية ــــ الإيرانية، لناحية توريط الأميركيين للرئيس العراقي صدام حسين بحرب ضد إيران، لم تكن إيران تريدها، لكنها تصدّت لها».

يوم أمس، ارتفعت حدة الاشتباكات الى مستويات غير مسبوقة في الشمال الغربي. فدارت معركة جوية في سماء منطقة إدلب. تمكن خلالها الجيش السوري من إسقاط 6 طائرات مسيّرة تركية. وعقب إسقاط الطائرة المسيّرة الأولى، أقدمت طائرات حربية تركية كانت تحلّق فوق الشريط الحدودي بين البلدين، على استهداف قاذفتين سوريتين من طراز «Su-24»، وأسقطتهما. أما على الأرض، فحتى ليل أمس، كان الجيش السوري وحلفاؤه يسيطرون على الضفة الشرقية للطريق الدولي في مدينة سراقب، بينما يسيطر المسلحون والقوات التركية على الضفة المقابلة. كذلك، أوقف الجيش السوري تقدم المسلحين في ريف حماة الشمالي وريف إدلب الجنوبي، ومنعهم من السيطرة على بلدة كفرنبل غربي خان شيخون.

احتدام المعارك، وتعقّد المشهد الميداني، يصبّان في مجمله في خانة واحدة: «استباق لقاء الرئيسين الروسي فلاديمير بوتين والتركي رجب طيب إردوغان المرتقب في موسكو، يومي 5 و6 مارس/ آذار»، بحسب مصدر سياسي مطّلع على كواليس المفاوضات الروسية ــــ التركية. ويؤكد المصدر أن «للجانب التركي مطالب عديدة، مقابل التراجع عن سراقب وفتح الطريقين الدوليين M4 وM5»، وهناك «معلومات عن مطالبة تركية بالسيطرة على عين العرب على الحدود السورية ــــ التركية الشمالية، مقابل تقديم تنازلات في إدلب». كما يجري الحديث عن اتفاق روسي ــــ تركي مرتقب، «لم تجهز مسوّدته الأخيرة بعد»، بحسب المصدر. إلا أن «الجانب التركي عرض فيه فتح الطريقين الدوليين أمام المدنيين من كل المناطق، سواء ضمن سيطرة الحكومة أو المسلحين، مع إبقاء سراقب تحت سيطرة المسلحين، وتسيير دوريات تركية ــــ روسية مشتركة على طول الطريق من خان شيخون حتى سراقب، ومن الأخيرة حتى جسر الشغور»، بحسب معلومات المصدر.

ولا تنفي مصادر مقربة من دمشق هذه المعلومات، إلا أنها تؤكد أنها «لا تعدو كونها رفعاً للسقف بناءً على أوهام سرعان ما ستزول»، حيث «لن يسمح الجيش السوري، بالتعاون مع حلفائه، بالإبقاء على سراقب تحت سيطرة المسلحين». وتضيف هذه المصادر إن «المهادنة الروسية لأنقرة، في الأيام الأخيرة، دفعت الجيش التركي والفصائل المدعومة منه، الى التقدم اكثر وتوسيع سيطرتهم في جنوبي إدلب، ما منحهم أوراقاً تفاوضية أقوى». كذلك تشير المصادر الى أنه «سابقاً كان إردوغان يضغط للقاء بوتين، أما اليوم فتطلب موسكو التهدئة واللقاء في أسرع وقت مع إردوغان للتوصل الى اتفاق (…) هذا خطأ ارتكبه الروس، ويحاولون إصلاحه عبر إعادة تزخيم العمليات العسكرية لاستعادة السيطرة على سراقب، وقرى سهل الغاب».

الجيش يحاصر مسلّحين في الصنمين جنوباً

بدأ الجيش السوري، مدعوماً بقوات من «الدفاع الوطني» من أهالي محافظة درعا، أمس، عملية أمنية ــــ عسكرية في بلدة الصنمين شمالي مدينة درعا، بهدف القضاء على أهمّ تشكيل مسلّح رافضٍ للتسويات، يتزعّمه وليد زهرة، المعروف بـ«أبو خالد»، القائد السابق لحركة «أحرار الشام» في منطقة حوران. وتَخلّلت العمليةَ اشتباكاتٌ بالأسلحة الخفيفة والمتوسطة، أدّت إلى مقتل 5 مسلحين، واعتقال 6 آخرين، وانتشار الجيش في معظم أحياء المدينة التي أُغلقت مدارسها ومحالّها التجارية بفعل المعارك. وكان عدد من المسلحين قد تحصّنوا داخل الأبنية السكنية في منطقة العملية، ما دفع الجيش إلى تطويقها بهدف منع تسلّلهم أو هروبهم إلى مناطق مجاورة. وبالتزامن مع العملية العسكرية في الصنمين، شهدت عدة مناطق في درعا أحداثاً أمنية متفرقة، وتحرّكات للمسلحين بالقرب من نقاط تمركز الجيش، وخصوصاً في بلدة المزيريب شمالي غربي درعا، بغية التأثير على سير العملية الأمنية في الصنمين. كما شهدت المنطقة الغربية من محافظة درعا استنفاراً أمنياً، بعد قيام مسلحين باحتجاز عدد من مجنّدي الجيش وأسلحتهم، وقطع طرقات ومداخل رئيسية. أما في المنطقة الشرقية، فقد احتجز مسلحون في بلدة الكرك الشرقي عنصرين من الأجهزة الأمنية، وقطعوا الطرق الرئيسية أيضاً. وتأتي عمليات الجيش هذه بعد انتهاء المهل الزمنية المحدّدة لرافضي التسويات، والذين كثّفوا هجماتهم على مقارّه أخيراً، ونفّذوا عمليات خطف لضباط وأمنيّين، وعمليات اغتيال لكلّ من يتعامل مع الجيش من أهالي درعا والصنمين تحديداً. وتؤكد مصادر أمنية سورية أن «قوات الجيش والأمن تسيطر على الوضع، وقد تستغرق العملية أياماً عدة، إلا أنها ليست عملية عسكرية واسعة، بل عملية أمنية تنظيفية».

Syrian Forces Retook Saraqib After Mighty Turkish Army Fled From Town: Reports

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Early on March 2, units of the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly the Tiger Forces) returned control of the town of Saraqib in eastern Idlib after the Turkish Army and its al-Qaeda allies had fled from the area, according to pro-government sources.

Saraqib was the biggest and the most important gain of the Turkish-led advance in Greater Idlib. If Turkish forces are not able to keep control over it, the declaration of the Turkish leadership about a devastating blow to the ‘Assad regime’ and a swift advance towards southwestern Aleppo and northern Hama are just empty words.

Meanwhile, Turkish state media accidentially released a video showing the real face of Turkish-backed “democratic fighters” – the great guys with ISIS insignias.

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اثناء ارسال مرتزقه إلي إدلب سوريا
قناه الاناضول بغباءه
تصور من داخل المدرعات التركيه
مجموعه من داعش مع الجيش التركي 😂
😂 قولنالكم انه هو رئيس تنظيم داعش

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Syrian Army, Hezbollah score new advance in Saraqib after resuming operation

By News Desk -2020-03-01

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside Hezbollah, scored a new advance in the city of Saraqib on Sunday, following the resumption of their counter-offensive in this area.

Led by elements of the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture several areas inside of Saraqib, including a number of neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city.

According to a military source in the area, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah are now steadily advancing in the city-center, as they look to capture the remaining neighborhoods under the control of the militant forces.

The Syrian Arab Army recently got a major boost at the Saraqib front when reinforcements from Hezbollah in Aleppo and the 25th Division in southern Idlib redeployed to this front.

The counter-offensive was briefly forestalled over the weekend, when the Turkish Armed Forces carried out several attacks across the Aleppo and Idlib governorates.

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IRGC Advisory Center in Syria Issues Chilling Threat to the Turkish Army

March 1, 2020 Arabi Souri

The IRGC Advisory Center in Syria, the advisory office assisting the Syrian Arab Army in combating terrorists, issued a chilling warning to the Turkish Army in the wake of the unprovoked attacks against the SAA in Idlib.

After assuring the Russian President Putin that he will calm down and accepted a ceasefire, Erodgan launched a series of cheap shot strikes with the help of Israeli modified drones against the posts of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies which resulted in the martyrdom of a number of SAA and Hezb Allah soldiers, they were already engaged with al-Qaeda terrorists.

‘Your sons have been in the crosshairs of our forces for a month and we could have taken revenge.’ One of the lines in the statement issued by the IRGC center addressing the Turkish people.

The Center stated in the statement: ‘The force that opened the M5 (artery) was administered by the (Iranian) Revolutionary Guards and Hezb Allah and with the participation of factions of the resistance.’

The statement added: ‘The terrorists attacked Syrian Army outposts under the protection and support of the Turkish army, so we participated in preventing the fall of the M5 again.’

The statement went on:
The Iranian Advisory Center explained that since the beginning of the presence of Iranian forces that the Turkish positions in Syria were within our forces areas under the Astana agreement, stressing that the SAA allied factions did not target these Turkish forces in respect of the decision of the leadership.

According to the center, the decision not to target Turkish troops is still in force until now.

The Turkish madman Erdogan sent hundreds of Turkish Army soldiers with their vehicles and full gear to stand as human shields in front of the advancing Syrian Arab Army and allied forces to protect those terrorists, confirming what President Assad said: “I assure you, those terrorists are closer to his heart than the Turkish Army.”

Erdogan Killed 2 More Turkish Army Soldiers to Defend al-Qaeda in Idlib

More from the statement issued by the Iranian Advisory Center in Syria:

‘Four days ago, elements of the Tajiks, the Turkic Party, and al-Nusra carried out a large-scale attack on Syrian Army points,’ the center continued, adding that Iranian forces supported the Syrian Army so that the liberated areas did not fall again.

In the context, the Iranian Center in Syria stressed that despite the defensive position of our forces, the Turkish army has increased from the air and with fire support targeting us, explaining that ‘we have sent mediators to the Turkish army to stop the attack and this approach.’

The mediators also told the Turkish army that the terrorists attacked our posts with your support, according to the center, which also informed the Turkish army that the advisors are present with the Syrian Army for this mission.

It explained that the Turkish army did not take our request into account and continued the shelling, martyred a number of mujahideen, stressing that the Syrian Army artillery responded to the sources of fire and we did not respond directly.

According to the center, the Turkish army was informed that our leadership is determined to reach a political solution between Syria and Turkey, continuing to say that ‘we have informed our forces since the morning not to target Turkish forces inside Idlib in order to save the lives of those soldiers.’

The Iranian Center and the Mujahedeen of the Resistance Front called on The Turkish forces to act rationally, reminding the Turkish people that their sons have been in the crosshairs of our forces for a month and we could have retaliated.

‘We could have retaliated, but we did not do so in accordance with the orders of our leadership,’ the IRGC advisory center statement said.

The statement called on the Turkish people to put a leash on the madman Erdogan, actually the statement was more diplomatically worded:

The center also called on the Turkish people to put pressure on their leadership to correct their decisions and to preserve the blood of Turkish soldiers, and for everyone to reason and be aware of the great dangers of continued aggression against Syria.

Turkish madman Erdogan was invited by the Iranian President Rouhani for a tripartite summit that would include Erdogan’s dreams squasher the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in order to resolve the ‘differences in opinion’ between the parties. Mr. Rouhani is a highly educated person coming from one of the ancient established civilizations, we need an interpreter street-level to spoonfeed Erdogan the meaning of these words.

Erdogan, however and from what it seems, being uneducated except with the teachings of the anti-Islamic Wahhabi religion and the British-created Muslim Brotherhood radical doctrine, rejected the Iranian banana to come down the high tree he climbed, Erdogan repeated the 2011 conditions to reach a ‘political solution in Syria’, we know this means he insists on including head-chopping terrorist members of his Muslim Brotherhood clan in a coming Syrian government and to alter the secular Syrian institution to allow the teachings of sectarian-based head-chopping education in it.

God Bless the and Heroes, they are on the ground fighting , & in the northwest,;
Turkey, , & in the northeast & east;
USA & Israel in the south,-owned bank agents in the west;
With no proper air cover!

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Erdogan has already rejected the Russian banana to come down the tree by targeting the SAA posts killing Russian personnel embedded with them knowing very well they are helping the SAA against the NATO-sponsored terrorists. The author is not sure that Iran can produce a bigger banana to Erdogan NOT on the account of the Syrian people, any further.

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Yellow Iranian missile

Just in case Erdogan hesitates, the Centre stressed that despite the difficult circumstances, it continues to stand with Syria, the people, the state, and the Syrian Army.

If someone knows someone who can explain to Erdogan that the circumstances of 2011 are totally different now and not in his favor, at all, please do so. Save the Turkish soldiers’ blood, there are thousands of them who would perish to serve Erdogan’s outdated dream.

Unprovoked Airstrike by Erdogan’s Army Kills SAA and Hezb Allah Soldiers

February 29, 2020 Arabi Souri

Turkish Army is the closest ally to the Israeli IDF terrorist organization

An airstrike accompanied by artillery shelling was carried out by the Turkish Army wing loyal to Erdogan against an advanced Syrian Arab Army post in Zarbeh town on the Aleppo Maarat Noman (M5) highway yesterday night.

The attack is unprovoked, the SAA post is only engaged in providing back up to the outpost defense lines against Nusra Front terrorists. Nusra Front is registered as a terrorist organization by the United Nations, normal countries in the world, even by NATO including Turkey itself (!).

This comes immediately after the Turkish Army wing loyal to Erdogan, the anti-Islamic Muslim Brotherhood hypocrite and back-stabber, agreed with the Russian Army and Erdogan himself agreed to Russian President Putin to de-escalate the tensions and focus on fighting terror, making this another cheap crime by this criminal regime.

Erdogan and his propagandists put the number of Syrian soldiers and those of the allied forces killed by this strike in the hundreds, but if someone trusts Trump’s previous ‘all well, nobody was harmed, Iran stood down’, will believe Erdogan. Sources from the frontline said that 6 were killed between the SAA and Hezb Allah in this attack.

Over 9 years the regime of ‘s madman & its army did not fire a single bullet at terrorists, they even provided a mansion for head to enjoy his retirement. Now is actively attacking the and its allies inside .

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Terrorist groups of Nusra Front (HTS aka al-Qaeda Levant) and its affiliates regrouped immediately and started an organized attack against the SAA post. Obviously, the Turkish Army is giving direct aid to al-Qaeda terrorists, similarly to when Obama’s air force bombed Thardeh Mountain in September 2016 in Deir Ezzor killing 84 SAA soldiers and allowed the ISIS terrorist group besieging the city to temporarily take over the mountain base. The base was set to protect 120,000 civilians in Deir Ezzor.

Erdogan claims this latest cheap crime as retaliation to the SAA killing dozens of the Turkish Army, later he stated that if they don’t stand by al-Qaeda in Idlib thousands of those terrorists will go back to Turkey. Erdogan went all the way to send Turkish Army soldiers as human shields in front of the advancing Syrian Arab Army forces who are combatting al-Qaeda. The SAA are going around the Turkish forces encircling them and continuing their fight against terrorists making encircling until now 10 of the newly established 40 Turkish Army posts.

Bragging about killing members of the Hezb Allah group who are fighting side by side with the Syrian Arab Army by Erdogan and his regime is disgusting on all levels, it’s the same Erdogan who keeps shouting in public he’s against Israel and criticizes its oppression against the Palestinian people, yet nobody served Israel at all levels publicly and under the table than Erdogan and his Muslim Brotherhood organization.

NATO is called by Alt-Media as North Atlantic Terrorist Organization is showing its true colors reflected by the regime of Erdogan and its 2nd and 3rd largest armies, those are the Turkish Army and al-Qaeda.

Turkish drone strikes kill over two dozen Syrian soldiers in Idlib: Monitor

Sunday, 01 March 2020 2:51 AM  [ Last Update: Thursday, 01 March 2012 2:57 AM ]

A picture taken during a guided tour organised by the Syrian army shows government orces in the area of al-Lirmoun, north of Aleppo, on February 17, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

Turkish drone strikes have reportedly killed 26 Syrian soldiers in northwestern Syria, in an apparent response to the deaths of 33 Turkish soldiers who were killed on Thursday during a Syrian army offensive against terrorists in Idlib.

“Twenty-six members of the Syrian army were killed when Turkish drones targeted positions of the Syrian government forces in the Idlib and Aleppo countryside,” the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Saturday.

The apparent retaliation came after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Syrian forces on Thursday. A 34th soldier later died from his injuries.

Earlier on Saturday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had threatened reprisals for the killing of dozens of Turkish troops in Syria on Thursday.

With diplomacy sponsored by Ankara and Moscow to ease tensions in tatters, Turkey has come closer than ever to confrontation with Russia on the battlefield in Syria.

Ankara urges Moscow to step aside

The Turkish president says he has asked President Vladimir Putin for Russia to stand aside in Syria and let Turkey fight Syrian forces alone.

Speaking in Istanbul, Erdogan said he had told Putin in a phone call to stand aside and let Turkey “do what is necessary” with the Syrian government. He said Turkey did not intend to leave Syria right now.Russia cites Syria agreement but Erdogan sounds belligerentRussia says it has agreed with Turkey to ease tensions in Syria

Meanwhile, the Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air power, have kept up air strikes in Idlib, attacking the strategic city of Saraqeb which sits on an important road connecting Damascus and Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory war monitor reported.

The Syrian army’s air strikes are part of a major offensive to cleanse the province, part of the last remaining territory held by Turkey-backed terrorists.

Macron calls for ceasefire, urges Turkey to stop flow of migrants

French President Emmanuel Macron urged his Russian and Turkish counterparts on Saturday to halt hostilities in Syria and agree to a lasting ceasefire, his office said.

Macron told the Russian and Turkish leaders in separate phone calls that he was “deeply concerned about the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe” caused by the Syrian offensive in the province of Idlib.

“The President of the Republic stressed that an immediate cease to hostilities was needed and called on Russia and Turkey to establish a durable and verifiable ceasefire as they committed to France and Germany at the four-way summit in Istanbul in the autumn 2018,” his office said in a statement.

Macron also expressed solidarity with Turkey over the recent deaths of its soldiers in Syria, and urged Turkey to cooperate with the European Union on migrant flows.

The remarks came after Erdogan threatened to let thousands of refugees cross into Europe.

Around 13,000 migrants have gathered along the Turkish-Greek border, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said as several thousand migrants were in skirmishes with Greek police firing tear gas across the frontier.

“What did we do yesterday? We opened the doors,” Erdogan said in Istanbul.

“We will not close those doors…. Why? Because the European Union should keep its promises.”

He was referring to a 2016 deal with the European Union to stop refugee flows in exchange for billions of euros in aid. Turkey already hosts 3.6 million Syrian refugees.

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