International Military Review – Syria, Jan. 21, 2016: Turkey Prepares Invasion

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On Jan. 20, Russian warplanes have carried out 16 sorties and destroyed 57 terrorist targets in Syria with airstrikes only taking place in Latakia and Deir ez-Zor provinces due to bad weather.
The Russian Air Force destroyed a field camp held by ISIS in Deir ez-Zor including the terrorists’ multiple rocket launchers, artillery and fuel storage located there. Also, the terrorists’ rocket artillery positions and a fuel depot in the vicinity of the village of Bgelia were targeted.

A ISIS field training camp including the militants’ command post and barracks in the vicinity of the village of Mreya in Deir ez Zor province was also destroyed. Separately, the Russian jets hit the terrorists near Jabal al-Akrad as they fled Latakia being attacked by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

There are growing indications that Turkey is preparing a ground invasion in Syria. The Turks are determined to make the so-called “buffer zone” stretching along the Syrian side of the Turkey-Syria border. It’s clear that Erdogan needs this zone to defend supply lines of the Ankara-backed terrorist groups and the oil smuggling business. It would also prevent the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from expanding their reach westward.

In what could be a sign of this intent, Turkish minesweeping vehicles have started clearing mines along a section of the border near the Syrian town of Jarabulus controlled by ISIS. Turkey has also ramped up its artillery strikes along its border with Syria. The public reason is to help its militant allies against ISIS. Indeed, it’s another move heading to the buffer zone in Northern Syria. What prevent Turkey from a full-scale invasion, it’s a possible military answer of the Russian grouping located in Syria amid refuse of the US to support this risky choice.

However, Turkey may decide to move forward with its operation anyway. The SAA supported by the Russian Airspace Forces is continuing to gain the ground in Latakia and Aleppo. The very same time, the Kurdish YPG is advancing westward toward the ISIS-controlled town of Manbij. Each of these developments decreases expected outcomes of the regional anti-Assad alliance – Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar – in the Syrian conflict.

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  • There are growing indications that Turkey is preparing a ground invasion in Syria.

    In what could be a sign of this intent, Turkish minesweeping vehicles have started clearing mines along a section of the border near the Syrian town of Jarabulus controlled by ISIS. Turkey has also ramped up its artillery strikes along its border with Syria. The public reason is to help its militant allies against ISIS.

    OK

    Indeed, it’s another move heading to the buffer zone in Northern Syria.

    Well we’ve no use for Erdogan’s lame buffer border zone plan. Instead, we need a Turkish ground force to take Raqqa.

    What prevent Turkey from a full-scale invasion, it’s a possible military answer of the Russian grouping located in Syria amid refuse of the US to support this risky choice.

    However, Turkey may decide to move forward with its operation anyway.

    TAKE RAQQA BATTLEPLAN by Supreme Allied Condista

    http://supremealliedcondista.newsvine.com/_news/2015/08/13/33784359-take-raqqa-battleplan

    This is my political and military plan to put the squeeze on the so-called “Islamic State” / ISIS / ISIL / Daesh operational capital at Raqqa, Syria.

    1) The Turkish army invades Syria with an armoured column west and south of the Euphrates and attacks Raqqa from the south, also blocking the east and west routes to Raqqa.

    I published that battleplan back in August 13, 2015, 6 months ago.

    I was hoping for a rapid reaction, led by NATO, to take Raqqa, which could and should have been liberated by now.

    So the fact that we are only at “suspicions of preparations of an incursion” is disappointingly slow progress, I must say.

    Nevertheless if the Turks are finally up for sending their army in to Syria and are ready to accept NATO assistance with overall command and control, defence of airspace over their ground forces, advance their army towards objectives NATO wants taken – with a view in particular to take Raqqa, targeting all ISIS forces on the way, but not picking any fights with NATO allies – Kurds and Syrian Democratic Forces – rather coordinating with them where necessary – then it is good news, at last and then NATO ought to take this Turkish invasion under our wing and make it a success.

    In which case there would need to be some high level diplomacy between NATO and Russia to ensure our forces do not conflict with each other in a confused war-zone.

    If it is not that. If instead it is some Turkish raid to go after Kurds, well that will not be welcome at all and NATO should oppose such an anti-Kurd raid.

    I’m in the dark as to what’s actually going on behind Turkish lines as much as the Russians are. So this is more me saying what I hope will happen, not that I know what will happen.

    Supreme Allied Condista
    http://supremealliedcondista.newsvine.com/