International Military Review – Syria, Mar. 3, 2016

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a military operation to liberate at the strategic village of Kabani controled by Al-Nusra and its allies. Thus, the SAA’s 103rd Brigade attacked the southern flank of Kabani and the Syrian Marines continued an advance along the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4). If Kabani is captured, the SAA will be able to advance on the Jisr Al-Shughour’s southern countryside. This town is a mid-term goal of the ongoing advance.

The SAA stormed the ISIS positions at the village of Fah and forced the terrorist group to pull forces back from the village and nearby farms in the Aleppo province.

Heavy clashes between the Kurdish militias and ISIS have been observed in the area between the border town of Tal Abyadh and al-Kantari and near the Raqqa-Turkey highway.

Meanwhile, the Syrian troops reportedly deployed in Southeastern and Northeastern areas of Aleppo and Hama provinces respectively are preparing to launch a joint anti-terrorism operation to free more lands in the province of Raqqa.

On Mar.2, ceasefire agreements were signed with four commanders of moderate rebel units, which control Kafar, Shams and Gabagib in the Daraa province. Total number of signed agreements has reached 40, talks with 11 more are underway.

The Russian centre for reconciliation of opposing sides also delivered 6 tons of humanitarian aid to the settlements of Kineiba, Vali-Sheikhan and Hansjaus.

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  • Meanwhile, the Syrian troops reportedly deployed in Southeastern and Northeastern areas of Aleppo and Hama provinces respectively are preparing to launch a joint anti-terrorism operation to free more lands in the province of Raqqa.

    Well it doesn’t seem like the Turkish military have acted in good time on my TAKE RAQQA BATTLEPLAN first published in August 2015,
    http://supremealliedcondista.newsvine.com/_news/2015/08/13/33784359-take-raqqa-battleplan
    where I proposed a NATO-led, mostly Turkish ground force would make the sort of ground thrust from the south and west which Southfront are now predicting the Syrian Arab Army are preparing.

    Unfortunately, Turkey has right now a bad president, Erdogan, who seems more interested in closing down the Turkish free press than fighting ISIS. Attacks on the free press are violations of Turkey’s obligations to NATO and Erdogan should be held to account for such outrages against freedom and democracy.

    NATO should be helping the Turkish free press by providing them with alternative satellite TV broadcasting facilities to rally opposition to the Erdogan dictatorship. Additionally, NATO could consider jamming Erdogan’s propaganda broadcasts.

    If NATO could get Turkish opposition support for the Turkish military being tasked in some fashion, even if my battleplan is too late for them, to help with the fight against ISIS instead of pursuing Erdoagan’s vendetta with the Kurds, then I would welcome that.

    Otherwise, the road to Raqqa is open to the SAA and allied forces and NATO should facilitate this thrust, de-conflicting control of the airspace so that Russian air-force can provide all such close air support as is required for the SAA’s advance upon Raqqa.

    Sorry NATO didn’t get there sooner but hopefully we can still play a positive role in future, perhaps supporting ground advances by Kurdish and Syrian Democratic Forces against Raqqa from the north, as was also envisaged in my battleplan?

    Let’s roll.

  • Arç Law