Mortar Shelling, Firefights Reported Between Turkey-led Forces And Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Syria’s Idlib (Videos)

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The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR; UK-based pro-militant media outlet) reported on October 8 that firefights erupted between Turkey-led forces and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) at the Turkish border with Syria’s Idlib province.

The firefights took place near the area of Kafrlusin. According other sources, the sides use firearms and mortars each against other.

Some shells allegedly hit refugee camps located near the border:

Unconfirmed reports are also circulating that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham may surrender its contact line with Kurdish militias in northern Aleppo to Turkey-led forces. However, this is still unconfirmed. The source of the rumors is pro-HTS media activists.

On October 7, Turkey continued deployment of large forces including Leopart 2 battle tanks, M-60T battle tanks, T-155 Fırtına self-propelled howitzers and other equipment.

Infographics by the Turkish state-run media outlet Anadolu Agency explains a “public version” of the upcoming Turkish military operation in Idlib:

Mortar Shelling, Firefights Reported Between Turkey-led Forces And Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Syria's Idlib (Videos)

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  • Ronald

    # 4 “Russia and Assad regime may launch a new wave of violence ” . is he suggesting Assad may want all of Syria back , including Idlib . Sounds like ” NATO speak” to me . Iran may have stopped the coup in Qatar , and Russia may have stopped the coup against Erdogan , but they are dreaming , if they think they have changed either .

    • Trustin Judeau

      I dont think anybody really believes Turkey have changed . They still support terror groups .

      • Attrition47

        Yes, I think you’re right, it’s the situation outside Turkey that is influencing events. Let’s hope that the Sultan has decided that co-operation with the Assad regime and the Russians is the best way to advance his interests, now that the US head-chopping, heart-eating rapers are on the brink of defeat.

        • Terence Silvestre Jr.

          I share your opinion but I love the content of the answer of the last question of the Turkish objectives in Idib my friend.
          I fear it is the only true Turkish target in Syria, as a direct russian and syrian retribution for Kurdish bad behavior against the Syrian Government and its allies in Deir Ezzor.

      • Terence Silvestre Jr.

        I share your opinion but I love the content of the answer of the last question of the Turkish objectives in Idib my friend.
        I fear it is the only true Turkish target in Syria, as a direct russian and syrian retribution for Kurdish bad behavior against the Syrian Government and its allies in Deir Ezzor.

  • mhtsaropinigitakis

    grab you pop corn guys!! lots of turkish junk tanks to be blown to hell again!

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      These are the same tanks NATO uses ,so assuming you are correct then NATO is a force with nothing but junk.

      • VGA

        Other NATO countries use way more modern versions of the Leopard 2. And the USA is in NATO, too …

        Anyway, leave NATO out of this.

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          Turkey has been a NATO member since the 1950’s so for a person to point out the deficiencies is normal. NATO countries most are not all that great as they cracked up to be. Many Nations still have older equipment just because you see some new equipment most of it is still being upgraded or mothballed.

      • mhtsaropinigitakis

        turkey has leopard 1 nato uses leopard 2 witch are far superior…also the other isrel made m60 are just a pile of junk.

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          The M60T(Patton) tanks used by Turkey are the most up to date and called the Turkish Sabra MK.II these are marine amphibious tanks , heavy tanks just suck at crossing rivers. Leopard 1 and it’s variants are still in service in many countries , the Hulls are still reused and the old turrets are used in Abrams upgrades. Most of the tanks are a work in progress Canada has some C2A7 and German Army has another version being tested , they both get them as loans at no charge. Truth is everything is never what is needed at the time of delivery just hard facts in the military, but small arms are the best at delivering.

  • Zainab Ali

    sfa and turks are eliminating hts, the russian led coalition is advancing steadily … why is the yankee led coalition inactive against terrorists … something evil is being brewed as usual -fakers

  • jhon malakiat

    yuhuuuu… this is great movie.. lol

  • χρηστος

    i think the strong ties that Turkey has with terrorists in Syria will have a huge effect now…..hts will give them the media show to boost the Sultans image inside Turkey but in the end they will hand over all the province to them….FSA will have all the province since HTS will give a hell of a battle fighting SAA forces at the south ….so Turkey wins, FSA wins….they both win a seat at the negotiations table after the war. the lesser of two evils i think thats what Russia and Syria think about Turkey-FSA

    • Terence Silvestre Jr.

      Even if your comment may be possible, I do not think so at all, my friend.
      After the Kurdish referendum in Iraq, everything changed.
      It is in the interest of Turkey to join forces with Syria, Iraq and Iran in the face of a very obvious hidden effort from Israel and the United States to help the Kurds to fulfill their dream of a state of their own for the benefit of their new sponsors in the region. Think about it, my friend.

      • χρηστος

        totally with you on that.couldnt agree more. but that doesnt change what i said. trading territory with friendly hts forces and handing them to FSA is on everyone’s benefit. SAA will withdraw significant forces from the area after the HTS is dealt with. Maybe Turkey will convince HTS to leave the area without fighting saa…that would be good. but in any case…..read the new article about the meeting of Turkish officers with HTS leaders?did anyone see this coming?they are supposed to be preparing for war and now theiy are talking about what?as i said in another comment obviously Turkey gave a media show ovin a couple of tanks around. Thats it. cant afford a ‘civil war’ between hts and turkey. FSA is considered moderate form the Russian side i think. they have sat in the negotiation table many times and established no conflict areas. HTS never agreed on anything like that. so they have to go….whereas fsa will remain a post war issue on the diplomatic agenda. Turkeys influence is thus guaranteed in the new SYria’s era.

        • Terence Silvestre Jr.

          Its very deep and objective your reasoning.
          But as far as the meeting between Turkish and HTS is concerned,
          I am afraid to tell you that it was a terrible failure.
          At that precise moment Turkey is carrying out a violent attack against the troops of the terrorists of HTS as it is reporting “Almasdar News” at that moment, my friend.
          That result was more than obvious since the HTS are at the service of their American sponsors, trying, a few days ago to kidnap Russian agents in their in his surprise offensive to distract Russia y SAA from their successes in Deir Ezzor.

          • χρηστος

            well lets see what happens then…..i dont trust Turkey at all. says different things all the time. The previous assault on Syria was just to seperate the 2 Kurdish regions from joining…..lets see now what will happen

  • Rob

    A good political and military intelligence, weapons and well trained army strength is needed for Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Yemen to stop division, further bloodshed and destruction of these countries.

  • MD Ranix

    this must be fake news – cos turks and hts are good buddies in terrorism

  • Xanatos

    The Turks promised to fight HTS. But before fighting, they send their generals to go talk to HTS.

    They are not going to fight HTS.

    • Terence Silvestre Jr.

      Nop my friend, they are going to fight treachous Kurds, I fear, and I hope and want so with all my heart.

      • PZIVJ

        I really doubt that is part of the agreement. Hasn’t Afrin area been quiet as of late?
        Besides this is not a US led SDF Kurdish area, many refugees are located there.

        • Terence Silvestre Jr.

          While there is a Kurd living somewhere, he will always be a valid target for the Turks. There was peace in the Kurdish areas only by the mediation of Russia in their good will. What surely changed after the Kurds betrayed and badly paid Russia, being used by the Americans against the Syrian Arab army and its allies in Deir Ezzor, greatly hindering Syrian success against ISIS, using americans and kurds those animals terrorists in their advantages.

          • PZIVJ

            Terence: “There was peace in the Kurdish areas only by the mediation of Russia in their good will.”
            There is no change as far as Afrin is concerned.
            Perhaps you read way to much Turkish propaganda?

          • Terence Silvestre Jr.

            Do not go ahead, my friend, let time give us reason or not.
            No matter what you and I read both, reality will always be the best book of all. Unless you decide to close your eyes to reality and comment only for comment without bringing anything judicious and uplifting for us, my dear friend

          • ZanDoLIT

            Who needs to read is you, buddy. Because the Russians have always mediated between the Turks and the Kurds and everyone knows that, in Afrin and everywhere,,,,,

          • PZIVJ

            My post was that both Russia and Syria still support Afrin province.
            It is others that speak Turkish trash against this Syrian territory.

  • Terence Silvestre Jr.

    I love the content of the answer of the last question of the Turkish objectives in Idib.