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In Surprise Attack, Turkish-Backed Militants Capture al-Sheikh ‘Aqil In Northern Aleppo (Photos)

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On March 4, Turkish-backed militants, mainly from the National Front for Liberation (NFL), launched a surprise attack in northern Aleppo.

A few hours into the attack, the militants captured the town of al-Sheikh ‘Aqil and nearby hilltops from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies. The town overlooks large parts of the northern and northwestern Aleppo countryside.

The militants’ attack was reportedly backed by the Turkish Armed Forces, which provided the militants with armament as well as direct fire support.

In Surprise Attack, Turkish-Backed Militants Capture al-Sheikh 'Aqil In Northern Aleppo (Photos)

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According to pro-government sources, the SAA is now pounding the militants in al-Sheikh ‘Aqil and the nearby town of Darat Izza, where Turkish forces are allegedly stationed.

In Surprise Attack, Turkish-Backed Militants Capture al-Sheikh 'Aqil In Northern Aleppo (Photos)

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In Surprise Attack, Turkish-Backed Militants Capture al-Sheikh 'Aqil In Northern Aleppo (Photos)

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In Surprise Attack, Turkish-Backed Militants Capture al-Sheikh 'Aqil In Northern Aleppo (Photos)

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Earlier today, Turkish-backed militants’ launched a similar attack on Saraqib city in southern Idlib. However, the attack was quickly repelled.

The SAA will likely launch a counter-attack to recapture al-Sheikh ‘Aqil with a few days, if not hours. The army and its allies, including Hezbollah, maintain large forces in northern Aleppo, especially in the towns of Nubl and al-Zahra east of al-Sheikh ‘Aqil.

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  • First thought is its a diversionary attaq meant to draw off Tigre forces to be ambushed by Sky Turkler UAVs during movement phase to the north.

    • yep

      Aren’t they are protected from UAV’s in the region?!

      • It’s been a pretty quiet section of the front, relatively, in the extreme northwest of Aleppo. If I was thinking like a Turkler, I would assume most Pantsirs would be inhabiting the parts of liberated Idlibistan from Saraqib and points south and southwest, and try to catch the Syrian fire brigade as it moved up M5 in response. Pantsir can fire on the move, but it’s effectiveness will be diminished somewhat at the time, and will be more vulnerable…

        Of course that doesnt rule out being covered by fighters. But Turkler will try and probe for an opening.

        Or it could just be an attempt to draw El Tigre away from the real target.

        Or both, whatever opportunities that Turkler sees at the time. But it smells like some kind of lure or diversion.

        • FlorianGeyer

          Al Masdar posted a Turk claim that ‘another’ Pantsir had been hit by a drone.
          The only problem is that the short video clearly shows it in a dry sand desert and Idlib is NOT a desert.

          Libya 2.0 :)

    • FlorianGeyer

      Good point.

  • cactus

    lol cunts believe everything and they started sharing it hahaha….btw battles still ongoing in shikh aqik reports of terrorists capturing it are false !
    https://twitter.com/AndrewBritani/status/1235241131279101952?s=20

    • yep

      So why do we have that crap article above if it is “false”?

      • cactus

        cuz everyone believes the rats sources when they start spaming…sources on the ground claim the battlle is still ongoing

        • yep

          SWEET…. thanks !
          Incredible how many trolls and how strong propaganda Turds have

          It stinks on NATO help !!

          • Concrete Mike

            NATO has been helping all.along, the israeli troll brigade supports the turks as well.

            There all in it together. Fascists stick together!

          • Mack Dane

            How do any of your conspiracy theories change the fact that the SAA should stick to throwing shoes (the only weapons that Arabs know how to handle)?

          • Hyper19

            Fucking clown calling people fascists from the other side of the world, without anyknowledge whats going on.

          • Concrete Mike

            Poor bugger dont like.being called out!!!

            Thats what you get for supporting jabhat al nusrah.
            You can say any excuse.you want, your collaborating with jabhat al.nusrah and that is inexcusable and takes precedence over everything else.

            Another one that supports al nusrah is fascist israel, so yes you fascists are working together!

  • Joe Doe

    SAA learn very little over the 8 years war.Still very poor in military strategy, creating initiatives, courage to fight. SAA strongest units are the Tiger force and Hezbollah.The rest is garbage, including SAA commands. That’s why SAA getting bit up by militants and Turkey.

    • yep

      Agree but not completely.
      I wouldn’t call everybody else “garbage” but they have serious problems.
      Sometime they lose gained territory (gained by Tigers) very quickly , which is unacceptable.

  • nyomarek

    Falafel means literally Devour in our language, like the new UFC marketing ploy. ISIS roaches found a new Fast Food delivered right to them consisting of of Syrian Rifle Bullets, Syrian Cannon Shells and Syrian Napalm Rockets. I consider this as the New Healthy Food Plan for all ISIS roaches in Syria. May they eat their share multiple times!!

  • cactus

    as always hyper12 and his little buddies always spaming fake carp…latest video of pantsir destruction are bs !!!

    https://twitter.com/As_SourceBrkNew/status/1234982126673526784?s=20

    • yep

      I new it and everybody normal new that already !
      But to have it confirmed is nice…

    • Hyper19
    • yep

      ALL TURD VIDEOS are COMPUTER GENERATED and video edited !
      It is real life situation videos post editing with added special effects on top…
      They can destroy hundreds of tanks no problem !
      Have Turd video as proof!

      • Hyper19

        LOL there were 2 drones, whether the shot came from an f16 or drone, the truck is completely liquidated.

        • Tudor Miron

          Rat, if you’re are dumb as a rock that’s ok. But don’t expect others to be on your imbecile level – that’s actually impossible for human beings. That’s rats prerogative.

    • Turkler technology must be light-years ahead of us humans, with these missiles that completely vaporize a 20 ton peice of equipment.

      • Wayne Nicholson

        ….. and these missiles are launched from drones with a weapons payload of only 200 kg.

    • Neurasth

      you can see sand tracks behind the vehicle lol, such an obvious fake

      • Hyper19

        Because its on sand and it has weels. what kind of stupid comment is this

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      Keep crying kid. Live in ur dreams.

  • cactus

    guys check this out another fake drone strike debunked : notice the soldier on the left side is moving in key frames, like an edited video where the others are walking fine and smooth.

    https://twitter.com/AndrewBritani/status/1235247493136429056?s=20

    • Lone Ranger

      I told you.
      Mossad CGI…

    • Hyper19

      Dumbass its debunked by elint

      • cactus

        are you retarded …do you know how twitter works ?…ANDREW (pro assad) having an argument with elint showing him the fake sh*t …watch the vid look at the soldier in the left he is moving in key frames like a fu*cing video game bug while the others move normally…

        • Hyper19

          Read what the pro(ELINT)said ffs

    • Hyper19

      Assadist idiots with no video, let alone cgi knowledge calling everything fake lmao
      https://twitter.com/ELINTNews/status/1235248307317944325

    • Bill Wilson

      The man on the left is using crutches since he only has one leg.

  • shylockracy

    Goes to show that Syria’s fight against terrorism needs broad and unrestricted commitments from Syria’s allies. Meeting with terrorists to give them concessions only enboldens them. The SAA obviously can’t handle this alone, th frontline is too long, as other parts of Syria are also occupied by terrorists like 95% of Syria east of the Euphrates and they’re spread to thin. With luck Syria will get the support it deserves.

    • cactus

      apparently saa had a meeting with kurdish leaders today near raqqa…honestly even tho kurds are snakes they need to aid the saa against the turks it’s time to unite as syrian against the invasion differences can be resoled later ….turkey is the enemy of everybody except israel and qatar …egypt and lybia also need to send some sort of help

      • shylockracy

        It’s really a royal mess. Kurds need to kick out the US Zioterrorists from Eastern Syria first, but maybe working with the Afrin Kurds Erdogan kicked out when he invaded all of northern Aleppo province can work out here.

      • Squeeth

        I fear that the Kurds will leave it too late to strike a deal that they can live with.

  • Tim Williams

    THIS SHOULD BE TAKEN DOWN … the attack failed

    https://twitter.com/ynms79797979/status/1235246778133417986

  • cactus
    • FlorianGeyer

      And not one of the Turkish cretins stood up and dropped the bastard.

    • “grease up!”

  • Tim Williams

    area of battle today … SAA within a few kilometers of SARMIN

    https://twitter.com/ynms79797979/status/1235252730287005697/photo/1

    • cactus

      imagine tomorrow during the meeting …turkish secret service rat approaches erdogan and whispers in his ears : saramin has fallen …erdogan will either have a brainstroke in front of putin or try to attack him …putin should judo slam his ass and send him back to ankhara

    • Mack Dane

      SAA is a running joke among the world’s professional militaries. Going into battle, I’d take 50 women Kurdish fighters over 100 SAA clowns anytime.

      • Paul

        How would you even possibly know that. Are you 12?

      • cactus

        pussy kurds never had a real battle …the coalition bombed the sh*t out of isis cities destroying them completly and isis retreated and decided to fight the saa fiercly in the desert meanwhile mainstream media brainwashed you that kurdish women were in the battlefornt capturing land…also there was no real fight between turkey and pussy kurds they retreated as always and went under saa and russia protection after the us sold them out in the north …kurds are the weakest in the entire syrian war, without the us they won’t hold a day against the 25th divison

        • shylockracy

          You forget many ISIS became SDF, US/Kurd fights against ISIS used more SDF uniforms for ISIS-turned-SDF terrorists than shells and bullets.

  • yep

    Oleg Blokhin (military commissar): What are the Turks doing in Syria and our Serakib

    There is automatic translation (terrible quality) so I would ask any Russians to give us short content or the most important details of what he is talking about.
    My Russian is not so good unfortunately to do it properly.

    https://youtu.be/AdIY3zGZYCY

    • Hyper19

      Serakib is part of russia now?

      • yep

        One thing is sure
        it will never be part of Turkey

        • Hyper19

          No one wants it, its worthless

          • geopolitica

            Nice ! Get the fuck out of syria ;)

          • Hyper19

            We will, and 4M syrians in turkey will be kicked out too :D

          • Concrete Mike

            Hah you change your tune quick.

            It went from no one can beat TSK to no wants saraqib, its worthless.

            It wasent so worthless saturday when you were jizzing with joy, you affiliated with jaish al.jizza by any chance?

            I will join in and sau emphatically, get the fuck out of Syria now.
            K thx bye!

  • Squeeth

    Let them counter-attack, the Allies are ready for them. How many times have we seen these small victories turn into Kesselschlachten?

    • Concrete Mike

      Exactly, ive lost count lets put it thaylt way;)

  • Lone Ranger

    Turkroaches will cry and rage ;)

  • Lone Ranger

    Hasbarats will cry and rage ;)

  • Tim Williams

    RATS continue their madness only to be blown to pieces …

    https://twitter.com/ynms79797979/status/1235255001993408515

    • shylockracy

      Terrorists trying to dillute the figihting power of the SAA. Hopefully the Turkoroaches and ISIS/al-Qaeda end up fried with thermobaric shells.

    • cactus

      hundreads of deads just so that their lord and savior erdogan can threaten putin with aleppo…

    • Lone Ranger

      May they rest in pieces…
      I think at ahis point Turkey knows the war is lost for them and they are deliberately getting rid of their trolls in the meatgrinder.

  • Lone Ranger

    Glory to the SAA.

  • Tim Williams

    It appears SARMIN will be attacked from 3 separate directions … SAA moving forces in to place for it to happen …

    • cactus

      afes done ?

      • Tim Williams

        yes

    • Mack Dane

      After 9 years of pathetic ineptitude, it’s time to face the cold, hard facts: the SAA should stick to throwing shoes (the only weapons they know how to effectively handle).

      • geopolitica

        For this they have just idlib left hum interesting

      • Mike

        mac crap.

        • Mack Dane

          You sound angry. Is it because you only have 1 pair of shoes, and you can’t afford to throw it at anyone?

      • Gary Sellars

        Tell that to the Turkish fags and their HTS butt-boys who were just kicked out of Saraquib….

        Stupid moron…

  • Simplekindof Man

    There is a unidentified flying right to idlib right now and another more towards alepo
    As we speak

  • yep

    Shots of the launch of the 9K79 Tochka missile system
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1235260391292313603

  • Tim Williams

    PUTIN meets with the Russian security council to discuss IDLIB …

    https://twitter.com/ynms79797979/status/1235253898702729220

    Something tells me it did not end up in a street brawl like TURKEY did earlier when ERDO called anyone questioning what he was doing as traitors and treasonists …

    https://www.syrianews.cc/free-wrestling-in-turkish-parliament-over-erdogans-idlib-intervention/

  • yep

    Good news

    Syria & China sign economic and technical cooperation agreement
    https://www.fort-russ.com/2020/03/syria-china-sign-economic-and-technical-cooperation-agreement/

    • Hyper19

      Corona export?

      • You can call me Al

        Shit beer, get some strong Asian liquor in (did you see what I did there ?.).

        • Hyper19

          assadist dont drink beer remember

          • You can call me Al

            No – you said Corona that is a beer and then I responded with an almost hilarious come back (yeah it was shit, but who cares).

      • yep

        you wish you were China but you are just monkey nation

        • Hyper19

          LOOL no one wants be china, theyre the most disgusting creatures in the world.

          • Horace Lacondeta

            But this is where you come from, as Davtoglu said when he was in Uyguristan “the land of the forefathers”

          • Hyper19

            I don’t come from china, you read my haplogroups?

          • Horace Lacondeta

            It says you are a converted Armenian or Greek with 10 to 25% of asian genes lol

          • Hyper19

            lol better check your own genes, high chance you might be albanian, slav, or an turk.

    • You can call me Al

      China should get its arse in gear and give China some troops, just a few like 200,000.

      • Tim Williams

        don’t need their diseases … problem with chinaman … once he comes in … they wont leave

  • Tim Williams
    • yep

      Yessssssssss !
      KILLL those Turds !
      KILL THEM ALL !!

    • You can call me Al

      That sounds as if it is the Turkish total in this war, we need at least 100 times that number.

      • Tim Williams

        Turks had lost 250 + as of yesterday … they are getting slaughtered today … everywhere

        • You can call me Al

          Thanks, good news.

    • Hyper19

      LOL, sure in bashars dreams

    • CHAOS

      As the Turks have shown, at least we need proof.

  • Wegan

    Even if it is true, what’s the point of attacking there? Even the terrorists don’t have enough resources to keep it. They will lose it the same day with heavy losses.

    • cactus

      they do it so that erdogan can threaten putin tomorrow that he can still capture aleppo

  • Tim Williams

    The lack of logic and reasoning is staggering ….

    https://twitter.com/Partisangirl/status/1235171662120677378

  • cactus

    i mean i understand china is busy with corona virus biowar…but they should intervern in syria the ughurs in syria are a big threat to china and central asia national security as much as they’re a threat to russia …they should at least send some advisors or maybe some ammunition or fuel to the saa at least but i think they should be heavy involved in syria with a russian-chinese-iranian alliance against terrorists with multiple sorties a day to whipe out the entire idlib scum in a month

    • Tim Williams

      don’t need them

  • cactus

    i swear if tomorrow putin gives anything to erdogan i will lose all my respect for the russian federation and it’s commitment to protect their allies ..erdocunt should not get anything but a free terrorist idlib with saa on the borders !!!!!

    • good american

      It looks like there is severe pressure building up in Turkey over this fiasco. Who knows what the Russians will do but a little patience combined with these Turkish losses may work wonders. No need to have your side incur losses when your enemy can destroy himself. If Erdogan goes, will his successor have the same delusions as he?

      • cactus

        did you see the massive fight in turkish parliment today they’re throwing punches against each other over the war with syria …and massive raids on people who oppose the invasion…turks seem to be slaves to erdogan i don’t think the population will do much…the population is devided between turkish nazis, ottoman lovers and muslim brotherhood …voices of opposition are very low they’ve all been put in jail…attaturk would be ashamed of the rats in power

      • Tim Williams

        I don’t think a new TURKEY leader will be this crazy .. I expect a 180 degree pivot away from the madness

        • good american

          Maybe Gulan will be feted in the streets on a horse of victory. Everybody must be waiting their turn….

  • Hyper19
    • Legis Legis Juscius

      oh hi, saracasm is not for you i see:)
      now u need Israels help?:D

      • Hyper19

        Hopefully it is, for the pantsir operators in Damascus :D

  • Tim Williams

    in an interview today … after IDLIB ….

    https://twitter.com/Navsteva/status/1235261541399826433

  • Tim Williams

    ERDO will never accept this …. he does not understand he has no cards left to play except the jokers …

    https://twitter.com/ejmalrai/status/1235236894155386881

    • cactus

      the dumb fuck always surrouded by yes man just like the vid of erdogan advisor saying that turkey had 16 wars with russia and that they’re capable of wining…i bet he hears sh*t like that all day and thinks he’s the man, after all the L’s he’s been taking worldwide …putin shouldn’t give him anything after what he did to russia going to ukraine claiming crimea is ukranian and asking nato to go to war with russia …i don’t even know why putin accepted to meet him he shouldn’t ..

  • nixsagend

    Tomorrow in the Putin / ErdoWAHN conversation, the cards will be shuffled again.

    • Tim Williams

      don’t think so … more of a point blank … this is your option … take it or leave it

  • Hyper19
    • Legis Legis Juscius

      probably…somwhere….

  • Hyper19
    • Legis Legis Juscius

      Nobody can save you now:)

    • Al Balog
      • Hyper19

        Ho very funny

    • <>

      Hey man, seems in the end that Bibi didn’t get his majority afterall so it gives us some hope! We will know for sure in the next coming days, but if it’s true then it means Gantz has the majority and he can pass a law to get rid of Bibi. It’s very interesting here, so if Gantz can become the PM then you can be sure Israel’s policy will change 180 degrees and the SAA will have to deal with the IDF aswell, not just by airstrikes. Keep up the good work, hopefully we can crush Iran in Syria together.

      • good american

        What has Assad done to you?

        • <>

          Support IRGC and Hezbollahs. Gantz will not accept it, that I can tell you for sure.

          • good american

            You will war with someone who hasn’t attacked you?

      • Hyper19

        Great news! Hopefully Gantz will win, then we can crush both the SAA and hezbollies in an simultaneous attack.

  • Tim Williams
    • Legis Legis Juscius

      BOOM

      • cactus

        GONE !

    • Hyper19

      The drone probably got tired from continuously roasting saa

    • Simplekindof Man

      I give 2000 euro for that rotax engine.

      • Tim Williams

        ERDO’S garage sale … this Saturday … be there or be square

        • Al Balog

          Wonder if Erdogan’s got some old video game consoles at his garage sale. I could use another Dreamcast, mine’s been starting to go to shit after 22 years 😁.

  • cactus

    BOOM GONE ! ….honestly bring thoses f-16’s queens out …they will make huge publicity for lockheed martin when they start crashing under syrian air defences

    https://twitter.com/AndrewBritani/status/1235270712593649666?s=20

  • Shia man

    Looks like a Turkish UAV was shot down

  • Legis Legis Juscius

    one way ticket drones:)

  • Shia man

    Syrian Opposition Forces have recaptured Qabtan Al-Jabal
    I don’t know the truthfulness behind this report but they are committing huge numbers Of troops to that area

  • cactus

    free wrestling in turkish parliment 😂

  • Turkish terrorists do not realize that attacking Syria, beyond all legality, will deepen the Turkish crisis. Believing that they will stay with Syrian territory is stupid. Russia can stop them militarily, unfortunately it has had a passive attitude, but at some point it will act decisively and the Turks will be defeated and without any alternative.

    • Shia man

      Do you really believe Russia will commit I highly doubt it this war will be a prolonged one maybe another 9 years or so

    • Alberto Garza

      russians are not passive they are being extremelly careful because they are in a very bad neighborhood they got hostiles all over saudi arabia israel and countless u.s. bases and planes the only secure way to supply russian bases is from the black sea that turkey controls and remember that the u.s. can shut iraqui airspace leaving them isolated.

  • Al Balog

    SAA loses one, SAA gets one back 😎👍. Whack-a-mole time against Erdogan’s green rats.

    https://twitter.com/Syria_Protector/status/1235223195558580224

  • Al Balog

    The music I listen to while I watch the decline of the US, Turkey, and Israel. Good times. The West has become nothing more than a joke. Would love to hear Erdogan sing like this, lol 😆.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWNm2VM6YDM

  • Tim Williams

    pushing closer to SARMIN … 2 more communities liberated on the way there

    https://twitter.com/ynms79797979/status/1235280135110234113

    • Al Balog

      Sarmin, the big one… 😎👍

  • François

    Watch that:
    How Erdog war is setting fire to Turkish parliament…MDR

  • Tim Williams
  • Tim Williams

    SARMIN now within range and is taking a heavy pounding … will go on all night long … sleep tight RATS …

    https://twitter.com/AndrewBritani/status/1235280516955492362

  • François

    Hello

    Look how Erdog war in Syria is setting fire to Turkish parliament…MDR

  • Paciullo #Gilet vert sarde

    Animals!

  • Fuckturkius Sraloukranius

    Syrians have 100 % right to neutralize all turkish OP in the rear.