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Syrian Army Deployed Dozens Of Tanks, IFVs & Rocket Launchers On Greater Idlib Frontlines (Photos)

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Syrian Army Deployed Dozens Of Tanks, IFVs & Rocket Launchers On Greater Idlib Frontlines (Photos)

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On October 15, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) deployed large reinforcements around the northwestern region of Greater Idlib where many terrorist groups are present and active.

The newly-deployed reinforcements included dozens of battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and multiple rocket launchers.

The deployment came following reports of a near large-scale ground operation by the SAA and its allies against al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies in Greater Idlib.

SAA units around Greater Idlib, namely the elite 25th Special Mission Forces Division, increased their training courses in the last few weeks. Some of the units even trained on air landing operations with helicopters from the Syrian Arab Air Force.

Turkey, who maintains a large force in Greater Idlib, is reportedly preparing to repel any attack by the SAA and its allies on the region. The Turkish military established two new positions in the southern part of the Syrian region in less than a week.

The ceasefire agreement in Greater Idlib, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey on 5 March 2020, is barely holding up due to the repeated violation by HTS and its allies.

While Turkey continues to ignore the chaos in Greater Idlib, its military and intelligence are reportedly preparing to embark on a new operation against US-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria. The SAA will not likely set aside, it may strike back in Greater Idlib.

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Cromwell

Well i hope the Russian air force are going all in if there is a battle in Idlib,this needs finishing once and for all.

Chris Gr

Those groups in Idlib are the same groups that exist in Afghanistan.

SouthbySouthwest

The actual Syrian nationals who are insurrectionist militants primarily originate from Syrian branch of Muslim Brotherhood who then morphed into range of Islamist factions. Whilst the militants are all Islamist and salafist, the actual Syrian citizens in these ranks are more aligned with Turkish and Qatari Muslim Brotherhood. The raft of foreign recruits are a different story – motley array of Libyan, Saudi. Turkmen, Pakistani. Moroccan, Chechen Islamist jihadists recruited, transited, trained and handled by various Gulf and NATO intelligence agencies.

Chris Gr

Turkish, Libyan, Egyptian, Sudanese, Afghan, Pakistani, Qatari MB have good relations with Iran though.

Cromwell

Maybe but not individual nutcases from those Countries.

Chris Gr

The only country that Iran doesn’t support its MB is Syria.

Jon

Bayraktar TB2

SouthbySouthwest

So YOU are a supporter of international armed Islamist terrorist factions?
HTS are al-Nusra who are Al-Quieda. Everyone know this, Brett McGurk the former US representative on Syria publicly stated this to be the case. HTS are currently militarily protected by NATO member Turkey.
So YOU support international armed Islamist terror factions too?

Last edited 1 month ago by SouthbySouthwest
block

Good for the SAA. Eliminate the zionist/turk pigcrap from your country.

block

swiss/zionist pigs are located throughout Europe, especially the Balkans including Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia etc. These foreign pigs have one task = murder the most patriotic people.

Cromwell

Well we just had a MP murdered in my Country,looks like it was one of those Jihadi pigs responsible,in our case its called blowback.

Chris Gr

Inside job.

Jon

My point is that traditional military vehicles have become extremely vulnerable. All physical assets are impossible to protect against the relatively inexpensive drones. There is a reason why the Idlib status quo has been stable so long. Neither Erdogan nor Putin want to pay the price of renewed full hostilities. Assad on the other hand can’t tolerate the Turks owning everything north of M-4, M-5. Russian AirPower is unparalleled in the skies over Idlib but as Issis in the central desert has proven, and as the USA has seen in virtually every theater of its 20 year campaign, AirPower alone can’t dislodge dug in ground forces. A major offensive by Syria is a lose lose lose proposition. Putin gains nothing if Assad succeeds and loses nothing if Assad loses. Hence Russia’s investment will be limited to air support and lip service. The Turks pay dearly either way, whether they hold their ground (probably) or whether they lose. But it will be a victory for Erdogan if they hold the ground. Assad will pay and enormous price in blood and treasure and success is hard to imagine. The SAA is simply no match for the Turk. The best outcome is an enduring stalemate along the present line of control. Putin and Erdogan know it. Assad can’t stand the fact but can’t really do anything about it.

Lazy Gamer

Jon, Putin has an interest keeping Hmeimim base safe. Moreover, air power with artillery was effective against the Armenians. It wasnt effective at Afghanistan because Americans dont want to risk their grunts going into villages and mountains and therefore are stuck within bases.
This time though, what is being faced is a conventional with irregulars mixed in. Air power can be effective against that especially if the same is complemented by battle hardened troops willing to go in and comb the area. What it boils down to, is whether or not the SAA has an answer to Turkish recon/bombing drones. Pantsirs seem easy targets from the very thing it was supposed to defend. Now, the drones have been upgraded to stay out longer, reach farther, and shoot at greater stand off distances. The SAA will have to come up with an effective solution against these upgraded drones and artillery, preferably at its control point or position.

Jon

LG: Putin gets to keep his bases whether or not Assad succeeds in kicking Turks out of north. The forces in Idlib represent very little threat to the Russian bases or the Russia forces stationed there.

Chris Gr

Yes that’s right. Turks will kill SAA and SDF, Russians will kill FSA and HTS. The outsiders are the real winners not Syrians.

SouthbySouthwest

Mine enemies enemy – the SAA could be waiting for a major TAF action against SDF and to strike then, forcing TAF to have to split their resources over two fronts of action.

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ATTILA

NO problem bring it on we can liberate Syria in 1-week no more… Syrian people waiting for Turkish army

block

Stupid fkn slobttila. You will die in a pile of donkey crap you filthy, bloated imbecile.

john wallace

been lots of talk for many months. Time to get it on

Cromwell

They always make the mistake of advertising what they plan,when they should get their forces in position as quiet as possible then unleash hell at 3am.if you look back to WW2 the greatest invasion in history D-Day,that began with thousands of airborne forces taking vital positions inland from 12am,the main forces started landind on beaches in Normandy at about 06 30hours,to a large extent the Germans were taken by surprise,thats the way it should be done.

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