The Syrian Arab Army is inching towards Saraqib, another city on the Aleppo – Damascus M5 artery after cleaning the strategic city and NATO terrorists’ bastion of Maarat Numan.
While the terrorists commanded by NATO ‘strategists’ resorted to a technique of opening a number of fronts including bombing residential neighborhoods in Aleppo to scatter the SAA’s focus and strength, they were not expecting that the Syrian Arab Army had similar plans and opened stronger and heavier fronts for them forcing them to retreat and regroup while they were losing their reinforced fortifications.
The work of years of fortification and barricading by the terrorists fell in front of the advancing of the masters of the battlefields the SAA units in a matter of days and is now a few kilometers from Saraqib.
This report by the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen news channel is from Khan Touman, the latest town the SAA cleaned from NATO forces and NATO terrorists:
Transcript of the English translation of the video report:
Six days were enough to bring back Khan Touman in the southern Aleppo countryside to the Syrian Arab Army, Tilal Maher, Ma’rata, ‘Mahrouqat’ and Jerf Al-Sakhr, in addition to the Khan Touman warehouses, formed fire control of the town and brought it down.
SAA Soldier: In the past two days, we have advanced on the axis of the Khan Touman warehouses and Khan Touman Mechanics site, we were able to establish a strong and large military base, while destroying the most important and dangerous fortifications of the militants.
The Syrian Arab Army advance in the Rashidin 5th District and the Association of Journalists tightened the noose on Jabhat al-Nusra militants in the Rashidin 4th and led to the siege of the Turkish point in the south.
Syrian progress from the west and east of Aleppo-Damascus international highways simultaneously confused the militants’ calculations in the area and exhausted their defenses, which collapsed in the face of the weight of concentrated army strikes and attacks.
SAA Soldier: The strategy of this region for the mechanics site, the bulgur plant and the hill of Ma’rata tends to support the work of the army, which is advancing by Rashidin, this area is overlooking Khan Touman and we have been able to control it with fire control which is assisting the army to enter it from the side of Ma’rat al-Numan to open the Aleppo International Road.
The strategy of engaging by fire governs the reality of Aleppo fronts, the countryside and the city, the circumvention and incursions carried out by the Syrian Army forces contributed to a breach on the southern front and gave a strong impetus to the liberation of the entire southern and western countryside of Aleppo, thus reopening and securing the road From Aleppo to Ma’rat al-Numan in Idlib countryside and from there to Hama, Homs, and Damascus.
End of the transcript.
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Khan Touman was where 13 Iranian advisors were slaughtered, 2 Syrian soldiers kidnapped, then martyred, in May 2015, by Jabhat al Nusra & the White Helmets.
In attendance for the carnage was the divining rod AFP photographer & apparently some separatist Kurds: http://syrianews.cc/afp-getty-images-photographers-syria/
The gains by the SAA may be short-lived. Confidential sources indicate that Russia, which never really wanted the SAA to advance until absolutely forced to do so, has secretly agreed to allow Turkish troops to occupy the northern third of Idlib Province, including the City of Idlib. Erdoğan is planning not only to occupy the northern third of Idlib Province, but also to invade Kobanê, according to Damascus-aligned Kurdish sources within the PYD. (There is no evidence that the SAA maintains robust defences in or near Kobanê.)
In any event, a direct Turkish military occupation of at least part of Idlib Province, à la Afrin and Jarabulus, seems to be forthcoming. Damascus will be forced into yet another ceasefire, Assad will meekly submit to Russian-imposed Turkish arbitration, and the SAA will be forced to refrain from directly confronting conventional NATO troops on its soil. At the same time, the U.S. and Israel will use the unrest following the “Deal of the Century” to invade southwestern Syria and southern Lebanon, while encouraging Daesh to reemerge near the Syrian-Iraqi border, in order to further seal off the oil.
Incidentally, loose-tongued Iranian officials, acting without the backing of Moscow, may have indirectly encouraged Erdoğan’s ambitions by (prematurely) claiming that the SAA would liberate the eastern oilfields near the Euphrates following the liberation of Idlib. President Assad has also made claims (bluffs?) that the oilfields would be liberated from the U.S.-backed SDF and Daesh, without actually having the military means or adequate Russian-Iranian backing to do so. Personally, I wish officials, regardless of which side they are on, would bluff less and act more.
Partly you’re right, except: Never trust anybody who keeps stabbing you in the back like the Kurds in this case.
Erdogan is in his final political dais, he has enough troubles from his own party let alone the rest of Turkey.
SAA fought alone for 5 years before the Russians came in when the US led coalition out of the UNSC was formed and started actions, that gave Russia a boost it never dreamed of, on the contrary, not coming to Syria meant they’ll be fighting the same terrorists on Moscow and St. Petersburg roads, Russian top advisors including Putin himself said so.
Those same advisors know that Russia can never trust Turkey, so why sell away their only reliable ally in the world to the Turks just to reverse everything they’ve done over the past 4.5 years?
Trump and Netanyahu are super desperate and can do anything, including an incursion in the southwest, but just like the Pentagon strategists you forgot there’s a proven formidable party on the other side who has nothing to lose while all the others didn’t taste barrages of missiles inside their lands.
Demographs don’t serve any of the US plans.
Iran will be enjoying fingering the US and its allies in Iraq and Yemen, that’s enough to keep them uncomfortable and avoid a war, and enough for Syria to relief from the western borders.
Unless you’re not following how the SAA moves, they goes in first when they decide and everybody else try to catch up.