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JULY 2020

Syrian Army Builds Up For New Limited Operation In Idlib Zone (Map)


The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies are reportedly building up their forces for a new limited operation against radical militant grouprs in the so-called Idlib de-escalation zone.

According to pro-miltiant sources, government troops have recently deployed around a dozen of new pieces of military equipment along the frontline in northwestern Hama and southern Idlib. They link this with an expected new round of agression by the “bloody Assad regime”.

At the same time, even if such an operation takes place, it will be a limited effort to supress key positions of radicals (first of all Hayat Tahrir al-Sham) that they use to shell civilian areas around the de-escalation zone.

Syrian Army Builds Up For New Limited Operation In Idlib Zone (Map)

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Late on July 15, a convoy of Turkish military vehicles was seen moving inside the northern Syrian border close to Azaz. According to recent reports, reinforcements have been sent to the Syrian border area by the Turkish military.

The area of Azaz is located close to the town of Tell Rifaat, which is controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) with a minor assistance from the SAA and the Russians. Turkey sees the YPG as a major threat to its homeland security because of the YPG’s links with another Kurdish militant organization, the Kudistan Workers’ Party (PKK). In this light, Ankara has repeatedly threatened to launch a new military operation to wipe out the YPG and the PKK from the entire northern part of Syria. Tell Rifaat was named as one of the targets for such an operation.




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  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    I hope it’s not as limited as the article suggests, unlimited is what I want to hear the SAA and Russia saying and doing.

  • gustavo

    Limited operation means limited success, and limited everything else. This limitation comes from Russia-Turkey agreement.

    • Attrition47

      Step by step, conserving forces and concentrating on detaching US proxies like Turkey and the UAE makes sense.

      • Icarus Tanović

        Well said, step by step.

        • Attrition47


  • Feudalism Victory

    They should target Turkish soldiers. The Turkish political situation might not like dead soldiers fighting arabs well away from the Kurdish zones.

  • Leon

    “New limited operation in Idlib” Of course, limited because Erdogan and Putin don’t allow more than limited.
    Since october 2018, after Sotchi agreement, not a single square centimeter has been retaken by Syria. Putin is much more interested by selling weapons to Turkey. The Kurds are selling syrian’s petrol to Israel.

    Putin-Trump-Erdogan-Netanyahu, they all agree to split Syria.