Syrian Army Tightens Siege On Abu al-Duhur Airbase, Militants In Northeastern Hama

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Syrian Army Tightens Siege On Abu al-Duhur Airbase, Militants In Northeastern Hama

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On January 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, captured the village of Qaital west of Umm Salasil in southwestern Aleppo, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

Currently, only one village – Umm Tinah – separates the SAA in the southwestern Aleppo countryside from the Tiger Forces’ positions around the Abu Duhur airbase in the eastern Idlib countryside. Once Umm Tinah is captured by the SAA, members of ISIS and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) remaining in the northeastern Hama countryside will be besieged by the SAA and its allies from all directions.

Meanwhile, the pro-government blog al-Masdar News reported that the 128th Brigade of the Republican Guard has been redeployed from the Qalamun Mountains to the southeastern Idlib countryside in order to reinforce the Tiger Forces there.

The Republican Guard’s 128th Brigade will likely take part in the final assault on the Abu Duhur airbase that should begin once the SAA reaches the airbase from the eastern and northern directions.

From its side, HTS and its allies have not conducted any notable defensive operations against the SAA recently. This  could mean that the armed groups are again preparing for another large counter-attack against the SAA and its allies in southern Idlib or Aleppo.

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  • Attrition47

    Schadenfreude alert, schadenfreude alert!

  • telemetrie

    Well it seems like silence before the storm

  • Weldon Cheek

    Wouldnt it of been better to of closed the gap at Hulwaya and Huath with that highway right there, i thought saa had Tal Daman already? Or is it the scale of these maps doesnt show proper distances etc? Anyone put me straight on my armchair military strategy??

    • heydad

      Might be on to something. There is a purpose to the corridor we see being formed. Supposed they leave this open to allow terrorist to flee and separate. Either way they are panicking. Divide and conquer. Go tigers!

    • Astar Roth

      That’s strategy means “We’re not serious!” While if they close wahabies anywhere it is the same. They can use that highway for nothing. Which means ‘We are very serious.’

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      They do and what get’s mistaken all the time is the whole unit gets moved which isn’t entirely true, as smaller units are sent and redeployed to confuse and conceal actual troop movements. This type of strategy is common and the control of the Highway at Tal Daman is what is being maintained , as they secured further north to make the encirclement of Abu Duhur airbase. When you create an encirclement you start in a semi circle pattern this way you pressure them to retreat to the rear with little damage to the area as possible.When creating a boiling cauldron you need to be able to let the excess steam off while cooking everything to a nice boil. Simple and easy tactics grouping eventually all your enemies in one place for a showdown.

    • Sealed Cauldron is the important factor. This mirrors the collapse of terrorist control of East Aleppo.

    • You can call me Al

      Yes, but once they can get that airport, after a few days of refurbishment, job done – they took that option over the logical option, so let us hope they were right.

      • AM Hants

        FR had an article stating that they have got the airport. BREAKING!!! Syrian Army captures pivotal Abu Duhur airbase in Idlib… http://www.fort-russ.com/2018/01/breaking-syrian-army-captures-pivotal.html

        Is that the wrong airport? They also have another article, with regards Porkie going to Davos and will have an audience with Trump. I wonder who will be attending the Pinchuk breakfast and what they will be discussing?

        • You can call me Al

          No – same airport; that is what I don’t understand at the moment, but I would assume there was a tactical retreat by the goodies. “AM” – I honestly don’t know, one minute they are winning, the next they are taking causalities, one day they have taken the airport, the next, they are bombing it to hell……

          OH, OH, OH – just seen you link, that is today, excellent news; the first para was yesterdays.

          ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. Right, there is only one thing for it – crack the bottle open.

          Sweet !!

          https://southfront.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/1-151.jpg?x76537

          • AM Hants

            Why do witches and cauldrons come to mind?

            Be patient and remember it is not all over till the fat lady sings. Just look how far they have come in just over 2 years? Then remember, when they clean out one area, move onto the next, another cell of irritants turn up, no doubt via a different form of medi-vac with a US engine. Like doing the hoovering, and you dog has just come in from a wet garden.

            I’m Melting! – The Wizard of Oz (7/8) Movie CLIP (1939) HD… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aopdD9Cu-So

  • Solomon Krupacek

    Tightens, tightens, … Had to close one week ago, you Shithole Arab Army!!!

    • BMWA1

      Have you learned this bad word from DJT, arch-genius of all times and peoples?

      • Solomon Krupacek

        my own creature

        • BMWA1

          Zdraijzalai

        • Astar Roth

          You mean your own creation, you stupid moron?

          • Solomon Krupacek

            cocjie, my word has also the same acceptation as creation. learn better english!

        • Weldon Cheek

          Nobody thinks your clever and nobody thinks your funny,if for once your comment could be in anyway constructive,even if it was leaning towards supporting the wahabi terrorists or israeli/U.S. terror armys,then maybe some of us would be civil and even get into a conversation with you but you just insist on making yourself appear to be a complete bellend so i for one instantly feel like slagging you off! Its getting boring now when for a while you were amusing!

  • Marcos Edder

    God bless SAA!

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