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Russian Warplanes Pounding Turkish Proxies In Greater Idlib

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On December 24 and 25, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of airstrikes on positions of Turkish-backed militant groups in northern Lattakia.

A large part of the airstrikes targeted the outskirts of the town of Kabani. Photos shared by opposition activists show smoke rising from several hills in the town’s vicinity, where a complex network of tunnels, trenches and fortifications were built over the last two years. Kabani is a well-known stronghold of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups – Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, the Turkistan Islamic Army and Ajnad al-Kavkaz.

The new wave of Russian airstrikes on Kabani coincided with intense shelling by the Syrian Army on the southern Idlib countryside. Syrian troops also targeted a vehicle of militants in western Idlib with an anti-tank guided missile.

This is not the first round of air and artillery strikes on positions of militants in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone. Last week, Syrian forces and Russian warplanes delivered over 100 strikes on different targets.

Pro-militant sources link these developments with the recent deployment of the Syrian Army reinforcements in the al-Ghab Plains claiming that this is a part of the preparations for an offensive operation there.

Meanwhile, reports appeared that following the successful cases in Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkey is considering to use its Syrian proxies in northern Iraq. Members of Turkish-backed militant groups proved themselves as useful cannon fodder taking the main casualties as Turkish special forces, artillery and air power deal with their opponents. This time, Turkish proxies will get a chance to sacrifice their lives in the battle against the PKK.

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Merry Christmas you bastards. https://media0.giphy.com/media/g0QET2Iejaa4EQ0eBV/giphy.gif

Arman Melkonyan

Nothing but lies.

The Russians have been “pounding” the Muslim terrorists for half a century but the Turkish Jihadis are still fornicating with their terrorist Muslim wives and producing Muslim terrorist children who amuse themselves torturing Christians to death.

Hint: Putin is a Jew. http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2018/02/trump-putin-kosher-nostra.html?m=1

Jim Allen

Pitiful liar troll.

cechas vodobenikov

I more CIA paycheck for peasant gypsy

thomas malthaus

Some interesting, subtle distinctions seem to be determined in Moscow and perhaps Ankara.

Moscow has no interest in invading Turkey: They have an advantageous trade position as well as Russian emigres who’ve assisted the Turkish economy largely through real estate purchases. Turkey’s NATO membership might be a sticky issue but on to Syria.

A widespread, effective bombing campaign on Turkey’s Syria proxies along with unreported deaths of Turkish troops means Erdogan doesn’t apologize to Turks, Russians, nor Syrians, as a restricted media blackout exists throughout Turkey.

Erdogan knows all too well that Russia President Vladimir Putin is a man of absolute trust.

Putin Apologist

Excellent report from RT on the delivery of the “first” mass-production Su-57 to the Russian Air Force. Merry Christmas NATO.

Is it just me or is she beautiful? No, no, not the plane I’m talking about that RT correspondent. That red hair… wow.


Assad must stay

great job RuAF!


Complete waste of money, fuel and munitions, but good for Russian pilots to get more training I suppose. Until Russia decides it’s ready to stand up to Turkey, this war will never end and Syria will never be united.


Consistent Russian aerial bombing of Turkish sponsored proxy-militants, contained but entrenched in northwest Syrian province of Idlib, is actually a reasonably strong signal toward Turkey!

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