SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DECEMBER 11, 2019: TURKISH PROXIES SEEK TO CAPTURE CHUNKS OF M4 HIGHWAY

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On December 10, the military situation escalated in northern Lattakia and the surrounding area. According  to pro-government sources, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and allied militant groups conducted attacked and shelled several positions of the Syrian Army near the M4 highway and south of the town of Kbani.

In response, Syrian air forces and artillery units conducted strikes on militants’ positions near Jisr al-Shoughur, al-Janoudiya, and at a contact line near the M4 highway and Kbani. Pro-militant sources immediately described these strikes as an example of blatant aggression and ceasefire violations by the Assad regime.

Pro-Turkish sources reported that units affiliated with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces shelled positions of Turkish-backed militant groups near the city of Afrin.

In the province of Raqqa, Turkish-led forces once again seized the Shirlrak silos located on the M4 highway, east of Ayn Issa. Earlier this month, Turkish proxies withdrew from the area under the agreement between Aknara and Moscow. The control over Shirlrak allows pro-Turkish groups to rob civilians that use the highway. If they remain there, the Shirlrak silos will likely become a new point of tensions soon.

Meanwhile, Russian President’s Special Envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev said that Turkey and Russia had agreed to not expand the northeastern Syria safe zone. Therefore, attempts by Turkish-led forces to seize more areas along the M4 highway is an open violation of the ceasefire agreement.

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SDF Brings Back the US Oil Thieves Despite their Agreement with the Russians

 

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The Kurdish SDF separatist militias are trying to ‘Erdoganize’ their bets, jumping on four ropes at the same time: their submission to the USA and Israel, their shaky agreements with Russia and Syria, and their role in luring in NATO member state Turkey into Syria playing the useful fools in giving the Turkish madman Erdogan the pretext he uses to justify his illegal incursion into the northern territories of Syria. As in their role model Erdogan, in the end, they gain little tactically and lose greatly strategically.

After Moscow reached an agreement with Kurdish forces a few days ago to deploy its forces in three towns in northern Syria in order to avoid Ankara expanding its military operations, SDF announces the deployment of its militia alongside the US-led ‘Coalition’ forces at seven deployment points around the oil fields.

The following report by the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen news channel sheds more light on the latest developments northeast and northwest of Syria, in Idlib’s southern countryside, where the Syrian Arab Army is cleaning more areas from Erdogan terrorists of Nusra Front:

The video is also available on BitChute: https://www.bitchute.com/video/QLpiVchSVbqY/

Transcript of the English translation of the video report:

The deployment of Syrian forces on the Aleppo-Hasakah international road awaiting the Turkish-Russian meetings in Aleyh and the Shirikrak in the Raqqa and Hasakah countrysides, Turkish military operations towards Tal Tamr in al-Hasakah countryside, and Issa in Raqqa countryside may wait for a Russian pressure on Ankara to stop attacks before it rages again.

Improving the conditions of the meeting between the two parties has not succeeded in achieving an agreement, Ankara is waiting for the correction of the balance of power in its interest and in the interest of its armed factions.

The war on Tel Tamr and Isa is for balancing power in the north.

SDF pre-empted Ankara and agreed to the entry of Russian troops into Amuda, Tall Tamr, and Ain Issa to block the road to Ankara from expanding its operations east towards Hasaka from Tall Tamr, and west towards Tabqa and Raqqa from Ain Issa and control of the international road linking al-Hasakah and Aleppo known as M4, and get Russian protection in the face of continued Turkish attacks.

Moscow is rushing to reassure Ankara by removing SDF from the international highway, which will remain a card requiring Turkish intervention beyond the 30 kilometers agreed upon in Sochi. Moscow exploits differences in US attitudes toward the Kurds to woo them first and persuade them to re-understand with Damascus with Russian guarantee as the only and final solution to deny any Turkish justifications to occupy more territory in northern Syria.

Kurdish forces completed their deployment with ‘International Coalition’ in the vicinity of Hasaka, Qamishli, and Deir Ezzor to ‘secure Syrian oil fields’, after the withdrawal of its members from the headquarters of SDF and the Kurdish ‘self-autonomous ruling’ from Ain Issa and transferring them to Raqqa due to fears of an imminent Turkish attack.

Syria news northeast in Deir Ezzor Hasakah Raqqa

The scene is becoming increasingly complex in the east as SAA tanks seek to penetrate the remaining areas of Nusra Front in the southern and eastern countryside of Idlib and to pressure Turkey to withdraw its checkpoints in order to remove a card from Ankara’s hand that Moscow may bargain with in exchange for the Syrian east and SDF.

Dima Nassif from Damascus, for Al-Mayadeen

End of the English transcript

Arabic transcript of the report:

بعد توصل موسكو إلى اتفاق مع القوات الكردية قبل أيام على نشر قواتها في ثلاث بلدات في الشمال السوري من أجل تفادي توسيع أنقرة عملياتها العسكرية تعلن قسد نشر قوات بالاشتراك مع قوات من التحالف الدولي في سبع نقاط انتشار حول حقول النفط

انتشار القوات السورية على طريق حلب – الحسكة الدولي بانتظار اللقاءات التركية الروسية في عالية والشركراك في ريفي الرقة والحسكة، وقد تنتظر العمليات العسكرية التركية اتجاه تل تمر بريف الحسكة وعين عيسى بريف الرقة ضغطاً روسياً على أنقرة لإيقاف الهجمات قبل أن تحتدم من جديد

تحسين شروط اللقاء بين الطرفين لم يفلح في انجاز اتفاق، أنقرة تنتظر إعادة تصحيح ميزان القوى نسيباً لمصلحتها ومصلحة فصائلها المسلحة

الحرب على تل تمر وعين عيسى من أجل توازن القوى في الشمال

قسد استبقت أنقرة ووافقت على دخول القوات الروسية إلى عامودا وتل تمر وعين عيسى لقطع الطريق على أنقرة من توسيع عملياتها شرقاً باتجاه الحسكة من تل تمر وغرباً باتجاه الطبقة والرقة من عين عيسى والسيطرة على الطريق الدولي الواصل بين الحسكة وحلب المعروف بال ام 4 والحصول على حماية روسية بمواجهة الهجمات التركية المتواصلة

موسكو تسارع لطمأنة أنقرة بإبعاد قسد عن الطريق الدولي الذي سيظل ورقة تستدعي التدخل التركي فيما يتعد ال 30 كيلومتراً المتفق عليها في سوتشي. وتستغل موسكو التباينات في المواقف الأمريكية تجاه الكرد لاستمالتهم أولاً وإقناعهم بإعادة التفاهم مع دمشق بضمانة روسية كحل وحيد ونهائي لسد الذرائع التركية باحتلال مزيد من أراضي الشمال السوري

القوات الكردية استكملت انتشارها مع قوات من التحالف الدولي في محيط الحسكة والقامشلي ودير الزور لتأمين حقول النفط السوري بعد سحب عناصرها من مقار القيادة العامة لقسد والمجلس التنفيذي للإدارة الذاتية من عين عيسى ونقلها إلى الرقة بسبب مخاوف من هجوم تركي وشيك

المشهد يزداد تعقيداً شرقاً فيما تسعى الدبابات السورية لاختراق ما تبقى من مناطق النصرة في الريف الجنوبي والشرقي لادلب والضغط على تركيا لسحب نقاط مراقبتها من أجل نزع ورقة من يد أنقرة قد تساوم عليها موسكو مقابل الشرق السوري وقسد

ديمة ناصيف – دمشق – الميادين

End of Arabic Transcript.

The separatist Kurds playing on more than one rope is very dangerous, especially if the base is betraying the people who hosted them for over a century to Israelize their land, all the players the Kurds are playing with are much bigger than them and all of them feel betrayed by the Kurds, except the US and Israel who only see them as their free ride into the oil, water, and agricultural rich land of Syria.

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DECEMBER 4, 2019: GOVERNMENT FORCES REVERSED MILITANTS’ GAINS IN SOUTHERN IDLIB

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On December 3, pro-government forces liberated the villages of Rasm al-Ward, Istablat and Ajaz from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical groups in southeastern Idlib.

With this advance, the Syrian Army and its allies retook all the villages that captured by militants in the framework of their advance launched on November 30.

Now, according to pro-government sources, the Syrian Army is preparing for a further push into southern Idlib in order to neutralize the terrorist threat in the region.

Pro-militant sources claim that multiple Russian and Syrian airstrikes hit positions of “opposition forces” near Maarat al-Numan. This town remains the main militant stronghold in the area and is an apparent target of any possible Syrian Army operation in the region.

On December 1, the Syrian Air Defense Forces intercepted several unmanned aerial vehicles launched by militants over the Hama Airbase. According to pro-government activists, the mysterious UAVs approached the air base in what appears to be an attempt to bomb it.

Earlier in 2019, the Hama Air Base became a target of several UAV attacks. All the drones were launched from Greater Idlib. The new attack appears to be identical to the previous ones.

The Hama Air Base is one of three key air fields in central Syria. The airbase is hosting several squadrons of the Syrian Arab Air Force. Some Russian units are also deployed there.

Turkish-backed militants arrested a number of young local men and looted properties in multiple houses in the village of al-Qatouf village near Ras al-Ayn, Syria’s state media reported on December 3. The same report says that several militants died as a result of fighting erupted over the stolen properties.

Over the past years, several cases were repeatedly reported in the Turkish-controlled areas of Afrin and al-Bab. Turkish sources ignore these reports or call them fake news.

Sporadic clashes between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and Turkish proxies erupt on a regular basis north of Ayn Issa and southeast of Ras al-Ayn. Nonetheless, no major offensive actions have been undertaken by the sides.

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Syrian Military Bombs Oil Smuggling Infrastructure In Turkish-Occupied Areas, War Report

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On November 26, Kurdish rebels from the so-called Afrin Liberation Forces announced that their forces had eliminated 5 Turkish-backed militants and injured 6 others in an attack near Tuweys in northern Aleppo. The killed and injured militants were reportedly belonging to the al-Waqqas Brigade, which is involved in Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring as a part of the Syrian National Army.

On November 27, Kurdish rebels launched at least 6 rockets at the Turkish-occupied town of Azaz. The shelling reportedly hit a prison run by Turkish proxies injuring at least 3 people.

On November 27 and 28, clashes between the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces and Turkish-led forces were ongoing near the village of Abduki in northern Raqqa. According to pro-Kurdish sources, the Syrian National Army advanced on their positions backed up by the Turkish Army. However, the attack was repelled.

Additionally, 2 Turkish soldiers were killed in a mortar attack that targeted their position in the vicinity of the town of Akcakale on the Syrian border, according to the Turkish Defense Ministry.

19 people were killed and 45 others were injured in a car bomb explosion in the Turkish-occupied town of Tell Halaf on November 26. The explosion took place at the town’s main market, which was crowded by civilians and Turkish-backed militants. Turkish sources immediately accused Kurdish armed groups of being behind the attack.

On November 26, unidentified warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on oil tankers and facilities belonging to Turkish-backed militant groups north and northeast of Al-Bab, and near Jarabulus. On November 27, the Syrian army took responsibility for the attack and announced that it will take measures to put an end to oil smuggling from the eastern bank of the Euphrates to Turkey. Oil looted by US forces at the Syrian oil fields are being smuggled with help of the SDF/YPG leadership to Turkey through northern Aleppo and Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. It is unlikely that Damascus even with help from Iran and Russia will be able to kill this business in the near future. Nonetheless, efforts in this field could create some obstacles for the sides involved.

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حاكم قطر يُموّلُ دولة للأتراك في الشمال السوري!

 

نوفمبر 28, 2019

د. وفيق إبراهيم

زيارتان خاطفتان قام بهما الرئيس التركي رجب اردوغان للرئيس الاميركي ترامب في بيته الابيض الرئاسي واستتبعها بأخرى للأمير القطري تميم في الدوحة القطرية، نتيجتها كانت تلميحاً اردوغانياً بأن تميم أعجبته فكرة تمويل مشروع إعماري في «المنطقة الآمنة» التي يحتلها الجيش التركي في سورية لإسكان مليون ونصف مليون نازح سوري موجودين حالياً في تركيا.

هذه أولى المفاجآت، أما الثانية فإعلان أميركي عاجل بضرورة إنهاء الخلاف الخليجي الخليجي بين قطر من جهة والسعودية والإمارات المدعومتين من مصر من جهة ثانية.

هناك مباغتة ثالثة وهي إعلان اردوغان عن البدء ببناء قاعدة تركية ثانية لجيشه في قطر، داعياً دول الخليج إلى عدم الذعر من الفكرة واعداً انه سيطلق عليها اسم القائد خالد بن الوليد.

بالاستنتاج يتضح أن هناك اتفاقاً أميركياً تركياً لتفتيت الشمال والشرق السوريين، ببناء آلاف الوحدات السكنية في منطقة «الاحتلال العثماني الآمنة» كما يزعمون، مقابل إنشاء كانتون كردي فيه عشائر عربية يتمتع بحماية من 600 جندي أميركي موجودين في المنطقة.

وميزته الإضافية أنه بعيد عن «منطقة الأتراك» والنفوذ الروسي ومواقع انتشار الدولة السورية ويبتعد ايضاً بمسافات كبيرة عن قرى وبلدات الأكراد السوريين.

يتبين اذاً أن دولة عربية هي قطر تساعد الاتراك على سرقة أرض سورية لإيواء الاخوان المسلمين والنصرة عليها بتغطية أميركية وموافقة من «قوات سورية الديموقراطية». تصعد حيناً وتنخفض أحياناً حسب فرص الابتزاز في الصراع الاميركي من ناحية والروسي السوري من ناحية أخرى.

بالمقابل، تفرض واشنطن على السعودية والإمارات العودة الى العلاقات الطبيعية مع قطر والذريعة حاضرة دائماً، وهي رص الصف الخليجي في مواجهة إيران.

ولتبرير القاعدة التركية الثانية في الدوحة يمكن لأردوغان التذرّع بحمايتها من الإرهاب او من إيران ايضاً.

ماذا تعني هذه الاتفاقات باللغة العملية؟

أولاً إعادة رص المتحالفين مع النفوذ الأميركي في سلة إقليمية واحدة وهم تركيا، السعودية، الإمارات ومصر والأردن والبحرين.

ثانياً توجيه حركة هذا الحلف نحو تفتيت سورية واستعداء إيران والمضي في بناء حلف مع «إسرائيل».

ثالثاً يجري تقسيم النفط والغاز في مناطق شمال شرق سورية بين الأميركيين والأتراك على أن يجري إرضاء «قسد» من الحصة الأميركية.

رابعاً دعم السياسة التركية في العراق، خصوصاً لجهة دعمها للاخوان المسلمين فيه وبعض الاتجاهات العراقية الأخرى.

لكن ما دخل حيّز التنفيذ من هذه الخطة هو بناء القاعدة العسكرية للجيش التركي في قطر، وإقرار التمويل القطري لمشروع إسكان نازحين من الاخوان المسلمين في شمال سورية، وموافقة السعودية والإمارات على المشاركة في مباريات كأس العالم في قطر، وهذا وحده إنجاز كبير عند العربان.

إن ما تفعله قطر لحماية إمارة تميم يدخل من باب الانحطاط السياسي الكبير، فكيف تجيز دولة عربية لنفسها تمويل دولة تركية على أراضي دولة عربية أخرى؟ وكيف تقبل بقواعد تركية على أراضيها وهي التي تحتوي على قاعدة العديد الأميركية التي تعتبر اكبر قاعدة برية لأميركا خارج أراضيها؟

يبدو أن تميم يتحسّب لغضب أميركي مباغت قد يطيح به فاستجلب الأتراك لحمايته متناسياً أنهم احتلوا المنطقة العربية بقسميها الأفريقي والآسيوي نحو خمسة قرون فقط.

فمن يصدق أن إيران التي فتحت أجواءها ومياهها لتموين قطر بكل ما تحتاجه من موارد للصمود في وجه الحصار السعودي الإماراتي، قطر هذه تهرول الآن للحاق بحلف أميركي سعودي يستهدف إيران، أليس هذا من مؤشرات الانحطاط؟

وكيف تقبل ببناء آلاف المساكن لإرهابيين على اراضي سورية لها أصحابها النازحون ايضاً، وهي العالمة بأنها تخالف بذلك مبادئ الامم المتحدة حول سيادة الدول على أراضيها. وقرارات جامعة الدول العربية والعلاقات العربية العربية؟

توجد ايضاً اعتبارات اخرى وهي ان ما يحدث في ايران والعراق ولبنان هو آخر الإمكانات الاميركية في الاستثمار في التظاهرات المطلبية المحقة للشعوب، علماً أن هذه الانتفاضات الشعبية المحقة هي وليدة الحصار الأميركي الاقتصادي المفروض على هذه البلدان، ما أدى الى ازدياد مصاعبها. بالاضافة الى ان الاحتلال الأميركي للعراق، أتاح للفساد العراقي فرصاً فريدة للتجذر.

إن استمرار قطر في تأييد وتمويل اعمار منطقة الاحتلال التركي في سورية، يدخلها في صراعات إقليمية ودولية أكبر من مقاسها حتى لو كانت مدعومة من الأتراك والاخوان المسلمين، فهناك الدولة السورية التي يقف جيشها الآن قبالة منطقة الاحتلال التركي بالإضافة الى روسيا التي تشرف بأمنها وسياساتها على كامل منطقة شمالي سورية، بالإضافة الى أن الأكراد المتريثين حتى الآن في حركة قراءة دقيقة للصراع الأميركي الروسي، لن يتأخروا في الدخول صفاً واحداً إلى جانب الجيش السوري في وجه الطغاة العثمانيين.

المعتقد أن اردوغان لن يذهب بعيداً في استعداء الروس، على الرغم من مراوغاته المتشابكة مع محاولات للاستثمار في طرفي الصراع الروسي الاميركي. لأن مواصلته اللعب على الحبلين لن تنجح امام حلف اصبح على مشارف التشكل ويضم الجيش السوري والأكراد والروس مع حلفائهم بما يؤدي تلقائياً الى فتح حربين كلاسيكية تقليدية وأخرى شعبية لن تبقي على احد من المستعمرين في أراضي سورية قلب المشرق ومركز صموده التاريخي، أليس هذا بكافٍ ليرعوي تميم ومعه صبيان الخليج؟

 

Syrian War Report – November 25, 2019: Syrian Army Developing Advance In Southern Idlib

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Tensions are heating up around the militant-held parts of Idlib and Aleppo provinces.

On November 22, the Syrian Army conducted a wide-scale missile strike on militants’ positions in western Aleppo. According to pro-militant sources, at least 15 improvised rocket-assisted munitions were employed. 2 large weapon depots belonging to radicals were targeted. The strike came in response to the November 21 incident, when militant shelling killed or injured at least 37 people in the city of Aleppo.

On November 23, the army eliminated several militants with anti-tank guided missiles and artillery strikes around Rakaya Sijneh and the al-Nar hilltop. On the same day, a Russian airstrike destroyed a headquarters of Jayish al-Izaa, mostly known for its ties with al-Qaeda, near Kafr Nabl.

On November 24, the army resumed its ground operation against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical groups in southern Idlib. Backed up by air and artillery strikes, army troops liberated the town of Misherfah and secured several positions around it. Militants carried out two counter-attacks to recapture Misherfah, but they were repelled. According to pro-government sources, up to 9 militants were eliminated.

Earlier in November, government forces liberated Luwaybidah and the Khaznah Hill in the same area. It’s expected that the army and its allies will continue their counter-terrorism efforts and further steadily cleaning southern Idlib.

On November 23, a coalition of Turkish-backed militant groups, known as the Syrian National army, launched a wide-scale attack on positions of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian Army near Ayn Issa in northern Raqqa. By November 24, they had captured the villages of Saida, Mu’laq and al-Wasta, and reached the vicinity of Ayn Issa itself.

Then, united forces of the SDF and the Syrian Army pushed Turkish-backed militants back recapturing Saida, Mu’laq and al-Wasta, and once again securing the area. Despite this, artillery duels along the contact line north of Ayn Issa continued.

Over the past weeks, the Turkish Army established several fortified positions near the M4 highway in northern Raqqa and eastern al-Hasakah. Taking into account that Turkish proxies cannot carry out any large-scale offensive actions without Ankara’s approval, the Turkish leadership is likely aiming to use the instability in northeastern Syria to occupy more area. The M4 highway, which is the main transportation line in this part of the country, is an apparent target.

Central Command chief General Kenneth McKenzie revealed on November 23 that around 500 US troops remain deployed on the eastern bank of the Euphrates and in al-Hasakah. These troops will soon resume their anti-terrorist activities, General McKenzie added.

The US withdrawal from northern Syria allowed it to avoid the involvement in the ongoing  standoff over the so-called Kurdish question. Washington used the gained time to fortify its positions in oil-rich areas of eastern Syria.

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Syrian War Report – November 19, 2019: Kurdish Radicals Try To Burn Russian-Turkish Patrol

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Kurdish provocateurs have tried to burn a Typhoon MRAP vehicle of the Russian Military Police and a Kirpi MRAP vehicle of the Turkish Army in northern Syria. The incident happened during a joint Russian-Turkish patrol, which was conducted in the framework of the safe zone agreement reached between Ankara and Moscow.

Russian and Turkish forces once again showed an amazing restraint and avoided the use of force against the Kurdish radicals. Nonetheless, a Turkish vehicle rammed one of the cars involved in the provocations.

Such actions of Kurdish radicals affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces pose a serious threat to the shaky stability in the region. If their actions lead to casualties among Russian or Turkish personnel, they will easily find themselves in the situation when the Turkish Army will have to resume its military operation in the area and Moscow will not hurry up to rescue them once again.

The intensity and frequency of attacks on the Russian-Turkish patrols by pro-SDF rioters that are always timely supported by journalists are a strong signal that these developments are a part of well-organized pre-planned campaign to instigate tensions in the area.

Local experts say that by such actions the US-affiliated part of the Kurdish leadership is attempting to undermine the de-escalation and demonstrate to the so-called international community that the US troop withdrawal led to the destabilization of northern Syria.

At the same time, the SDF leadership announced that it rejects the deployment of the Syrian Army and the Russian Military Police in the town of Tell Tamir. Earlier reports appeared that the Russian Military Police will establish an observation point there. The Russian military convoy even deployed near the town. This move is aimed to de-escalating the situation north of the town, where clashes between Turkish-led forces and SDF units in some cases backed by the Syrian Army.

However, it seems that the SDF leaders have once again demonstrated that they are more interested in keeping their fleeting influence than in stability in the area.

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