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JULY 2020

Idlib Militants Use Battle Tanks To Kill Each Others Under Turkish Nose

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ISIS announced a new series of attacks against the Syrian Army in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert. According to the terrorist group’s news agency Amaq, ISIS cells ambushed an army unit near the town of al-Sukhna killing 2 soldiers, injuring a third one and capturing a vehicle. This attack became the second successful ISIS raid in the desert area in less than a week. The previous one took place south of al-Mayadin and resulted in the killing of 8 Syrian troops.

On June 25 and June 26, the Syrian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted intense airstrikes on the detected ISIS hideouts south of the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway. According to pro-government sources, at least one weapon depot and 2 vehicles were eliminated. The precise number of ISIS casualties remains unclear.

The pro-Turkish coalition of militant groups, the National Front for Liberation, repelled an imaginary attack of Russian special forces in southern Idlib. According to militants, they killed 2 Russian personnel and 2 Syrian soldiers in intense fighting in the village of Benin on June 25. The only problem with this version is that neither the Syrian Army nor Russian forces conducted offensive operations in the area, according to local sources.

Clashes between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and militants from the Fa Ithbatu coalition continue in the countryside of Idlib. The sides briefly reached a tactical ceasefire on June 25 and even removed checkpoints between Idlib city mostly controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the town of Jisr al-Shughur, which is the Fa Ithbatu rear base.

Nonetheless, as of June 26 the fighting once again resumed after Hayat Tahrir al-Sham attacked positions of Horas al-Din and Ansar al-Din near the villages of Yacubiyeh and al-Janoudiyah. Intense fighting was also ongoing near Arab Said. Local sources claim that both sides are now using battle tanks.

According to supporters of Fa Ithbatu, the al-Qaeda-linked coalition captured 2 battle tanks belonging to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and damaged another one. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham says it’s ready to accept a ceasefire only if Horas al-Din, Ansar al-Din and other members of Fa Ithbatu remove checkpoints that they have established near Idlib city over the past few days.

Control over the movement of goods and people in the Idlib countryside is one of the pillars of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham influence and allows it to collect various fees and fines there. So, the group sees any presence of other forces on key roads in Greater idlib as a threat to its interests. Currently, the main opposition to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is located in Jisr al-Shughur.

The main point of contradiction between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other al-Qaeda-linked groups is that Fa Ithbatu wants itsown share of the revenue, which can be collected by exploiting the militant-held part of Greater Idlib. This sets the conditions for further confrontation until a new balance of power within the militant-held area is found.

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  • Liberal guy

    The best news

  • Assad must stay

    Hahahahahhahahahahahaahahhahaahahha too funny

  • Hanny Benny

    Welcome to turkish calipHell !!! :) :) ;)

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    The battle lines are drawn, it’s HTS and the majority ethnic Arab Salvation Government versus the Turkish backed majority [sort of] ethnic Turkmen Interim Government, and HTS is winning the war.
    Assad’s probably laughing his guts out now and so am I, this wasn’t supposed to happen according to resolution 2254, the Turks were supposed to be the ones controlling the opposition political government, not HTS.
    Oh well that just means resolution 2254 will just have to stay on hold for now, Turkey Iran and Russia haven’t been able to fulfil its criteria so no political changes can be made until they are, and while HTS controls more than 70% of Idlib politically, the Turks, Russians and Iranians have no political justification for trying to progress the resolution any further.
    In fact Assad can use it as a justification to demand even more amendments to the resolution, he can point out to the UN that in actual reality the Turks have less political influence in the Turkish occupied territories than the terrorist organizations do, and according to the resolution the Turkish backed opposition groups are the only ones that have any right to form an opposition government.
    Assad knocked back the Russian/Iranian/Turkish proposed resolution 2254 for nearly 5 years because it gave the Turkish backed opposition too much power, but when the UN offered to make some amendments to Russia’s, Irans, and Turkey’s resolution, by minimising Turkish influence on Syria’s political process, he accepted the new amended version of resolution 2254 the very same day the UN offered it.
    When the Turkish backed Syrian Interim Government is in full political control of Idlib resolution 2254 will be implemented, but if HTS is in control there can’t be a political settlement, just a military settlement, and HTS now controls 70% of Idlib making a political solution is impossible.
    So isn’t it lucky Assad doesn’t want a political settlement, and lucky/smart he accepted the new UN amended version of the old Turkish/Iranian/Russian resolution, that took some political control away from Turkey, he’s more or less pushed the pause button on resolution 2254 and maybe even rewound the tape a little, he should be very pleased with himself, he outsmarted the Turks, Russians, Iranians, and the UN all at the same time.

  • Icarus Tanović

    Stupid punks. Wahhabi pseudoIslam headchoppers started to destroy each others.

  • cechas vodobenikov

    the amerikan/turkey fundamentalist head choppers cannot afford to pay their proxies—now they kill each others—where do they procure tanks? camels covered with cardboard are not tanks….maybe they are donated by the amerikans

  • The Farney Fontenoy

    So long as they don’t cause him trouble with Putin, Erdogan doesn’t care.