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Syrian Army Wins Battle Against Erdogan Forces In Idlib, But War Is Far From Over

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Syrian Army Wins Battle Against Erdogan Forces In Idlib, But War Is Far From Over

The first days of March broke the dreams of the Turkish political and military leadership of a swift victory over the Syrian Armed Forces. Operation Spring Shield failed to achieve the goal officially declared by top Turkish officials – to push the Syrian Army back from territories liberated in Idlib since September 2018, when Moscow and Ankara reached so-called Sochi agreements. The deal was intended to separate terrorists from moderate rebels, create a 30km deep demilitarized zone and de-escalate the situation in Greater Idlib in general. These agreements have never been fully implemented because Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other al-Qaeda-linked groups did not withdraw from the demarked demilitarized zone and did not separate from these mysterious moderate rebels that reportedly existed somewhere in Idlib.

This led to the resumption of active anti-terrorist actions by the Syrian Army supported by Russia and Iran, the liberation of thousands of km2 from radicals, and the deployment of Syrian troops within striking distance of Idlib city. Ankara saw the existence of the militant-held enclave in Greater Idlib as an important tool of its policy towards Syria considered its possible destruction a vital threat to its own interests and responded with a large-scale military operation against the Damascus government.

Since its start, Turkish forces have victoriously captured Nayrab village and a few other nearby positions. At one point, they also entered the town of Saraqib on the M5 highway, but were then forced to retreat after they were counter-attacked by the Syrian Army. Later, units of the Russian Military Police deployed there.

The Nayrab success came amid major setbacks of the Turkish-led forces in southern Idlib. Syrian forces captured over a dozen settlements and repelled Turkish attempts to recapture the town of Kafr Nabul. The Turkish-led attack on positions of the Syrian Army in western Aleppo also ended with no results after the Syrian Army took back Sheikh Aqil and the nearby hilltop that it had lost to Turkish-led forces for a day.

Summing up, the Syrian Army defeated Turkish-led forces in an open battle, kept control over key positions along the M5 highway, and set conditions for further advances south of the M4 highway.

According to Syrian state media, in the period from December 15, 2019 to March 5, 2020 government forces liberated 215 settlements spread across 1,600km2. During the same period, 6,100 terrorists were eliminated, 2550 others were wounded, and 615 vehicles belonging to Turkish-backed militant groups were destroyed. The report also claimed that 100 ‘Turkish’ pieces of military equipment were eliminated. These numbers as well as those provided by the Turkish side about supposed Syrian Army casualties are highly overestimated. As of the evening of March 5, the Turkish Defense Ministry claimed that its forces had ‘neutralized’ 3,322 Syrian soldiers, shot down 3 warplanes, 8 helicopters, 3 UAVs, destroyed 155 battle tanks, 103 artillery pieces and rocket launchers, 8 air defense systems, 15 anti-tank weapons, 4 mortars, 157 various military vehicles and 10 weapon depots.

Turkey and Syria should make at least a bit softer claims if they want to make these claims look more reliable. Regardless of the provided numbers, the situation on the frontline speaks for itself. The March 5 visit of Turkish President Recep Erdogan to Moscow came amid another large-scale attack of Turkish-led forces on Saraqib. This attack, however, was repelled.

The Russian and Turkish presidents negotiated a new deal to de-escalate tensions in Idlib. It includes the following:

  • The cessation of all hostilities along the existing line of contact from midnight on March 6th;
  • Russia and Turkey will create a six-kilometer-deep security corridor both north and south of the M4 highway;
  • Russia and Turkey agreed to begin joint patrols on March 15th along the M-4 highway in Syria;
  • All previous agreements remain in effect. Terrorists are excluded from the ceasefire.

This agreement has several important implications:

  • Turkey in fact confirmed that it had lost its small war on Syria and officially accepted all the gains made by the Syrian Army since September 2018;
  • The Syrian Army kept control of the M5 highway and significantly improved its military position in the region;
  • The agreed buffer zone, along the M4 highway, is located inside the militant-held area. It can only be created and joint patrols launched if radical militants are removed from this sector. If militants are not removed, this will create conditions for another operation in the area, fully within the framework of the agreement signed by Turkey;
  • Both Turkey and Russia declared that they support a political solution to the conflict. However, a political solution is not possible as long as terrorist groups are present in the area. This creates conditions for further tensions and escalations.

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  • Al Balog

    Glory to Syria and Assad, Turkey became everyone’s b*tch 😎👍

    https://thumbs.gfycat.com/ActiveJampackedAnt-size_restricted.gif

    • gryzor84

      Sir you have good tastes, LOVED the reference, very fitting. Never let go of that move, and Sub-Zero for the win, always :D

  • Tim Williams

    ERDO finally admits casualties are much higher in his fiasco …

    https://twitter.com/SANAEnOfficial/status/1235948770258489348

    • Legis Legis Juscius

      good news, but now turks are playing very dangerous game with greece, it may be another conflict soon, Russia can surely hel their Orthodox brothers

      • Tim Williams

        Syrian officials flew to Greece today for the first meeting in a decade … to discuss how to repatriate Syrians back to Syria from Europe …

        • Simplekindof Man

          We really don’t mind the Syrians staying.
          You COULD take the pakis and afgans though…,😁

          • Tim Williams

            LOL .. no dice … Syrians are free to stay where they are at, or will be welcome to come home …. thousands of new housing units under construction right now … the choice is up to them …

          • Ronald

            So what is to be done with the Paki’s and Afghans

          • Mikael

            Go back home .

          • Saif Imam

            Afghans might have to stay, fresh fighting’s started.

      • Tim Williams

        Greece will kick their ass too … Turkey top military is leaderless … Turks phuck around much more and NATO will kick them out

    • Tim Williams
  • Tim Williams

    M 5 highway schedules to open fully again tentatively on Sunday … more debris to clean up

    https://twitter.com/AndrewBritani/status/1235972227021012992

    • anders hansen

      Modern highway , even the romans 3000 years ago would laugh

      • Mikael

        Anyway better than here in europe . As I can see from the picture there are no holes….

        • anders hansen

          Then i don’t know what country you live in, but my EU country don’t have holes in any road

      • Saif Imam

        You do know there’s a war going on for the past 11 years, unless you were sleeping.

  • Tim Williams

    Aleppo Airport resumes commercial service after TURKS admit they controlled all the manpad missiles and will remove them …

    https://twitter.com/ynms79797979/status/1235873333494927362

  • Tim Williams

    Poland and Slovakia representatives to arrive in Damascus next week to discuss reestablishing diplomatic relations and opening back up their embassies …

    • BMWA1

      Super and Czech situation I know is also friendly… little Syria is beating HATO.

      • Tim Williams

        slowly but surely it is …

      • Raptar Driver

        These two are in NATO, sounds more like joining them.

    • AM Hants

      Would keep them well away from it all. Wonder what they will wish to store for the US, as Benghazi, so comes to mind?

    • Geppetto Mazzoni

      I would be careful with those two US poodles. Especially Poland. May be a trojan horse.

  • Simplekindof Man

    The war SHOULD be far from over.
    Turkey has a habit of encroaching and graying areas where they please.
    Brake their nose Syria!

    • Tim Williams

      not after MOSCOW yesterday … TURKS got their heads handed to them ..

      • Simplekindof Man

        Every inch must be taken back rather soon otherwise… Cyprus.

        • Tim Williams

          must be done wisely my friend

  • Tim Williams

    BUS service between SARAQIB and DAMASCUS up and running …

    https://twitter.com/ynms79797979/status/1235991622728519680

    • GuyQ

      wonderful

  • Tim Williams
  • lilbenavidez

    Claiming victory while being clearly baby-sitted by Russia it was nothing like victory but saved by Russia literally and plus they never engaged the Turkish army militarily just drones. It was only the rebels that pushed them back in these 2 days.

    Cringeworthy title it reminds me about Hezbullah claiming victory today. CRINGE’

    • Tim Williams

      Who was on on his his hands and knees in MOSCOW yesterday you silly stooge ?

      Go jack off somewhere else

      • lilbenavidez

        Nobody was on their knees as you are making it out to be. Two grown people decided what is best for the ppl. There is nothing to troll in that

        • Tim Williams

          Shut the phuck up before Greece takes Hatay from you .. Turks have never offered anything to anyone on the planet except death and misery

          • lilbenavidez

            It’s your right to think whatever you want I leave that to you.. Btw are you greek?

          • Tim Williams

            USA citizen .. TURKS keep phucking around and you will be kicked out of NATO and International banking sanctions slapped on you crushing your pathetic economy …

          • lilbenavidez

            Your status in the US is just a peasant thank god. Your Gov’t supports us thats all that matters. The American elite stand with Turkey

          • Tim Williams

            not much longer

          • Shia man

            Support you how? Turkey paid big money for F-35 the US didn’t deliver it 😂 you asked for patriot they shafted you
            You begged for help they said hell no but if you want munition they will sell you
            All you do is their dirty work and the US cheerleads for you 😂

          • batavian

            Why would Erdoggy want Patriots when the whole world knows they don’t always work (according to Mike Pompeo) as witness what happened to the Saudi Aramco facilities at Abqaiq. Are Turks no smarter than Polacks who ordered billions of $s worth of this crap.

          • Shia man

            You can ask Erdogan that question he was the one begging for them.

          • Shia man

            And btw you keep begging to be in the European Union but they keep saying no 😂

          • Hyper19

            No one is begging stfu. Lebanon cannot even control its airspace, hilarious

          • Shia man

            Control its airspace why because Israel waits for civilian planes to take off and thus Israel Hides behind civilian planes get real only a coward would do that btw why you think they do that because SAA shot down F-16 with the S-200 system 😂

          • rightiswrong rightiswrong

            Neither can Austria.

            What’s your point.

          • batavian

            Looks like you struck a nerve there ‘Shia man’

          • batavian

            Except in Idlib. Not too many American elites to be found there.

          • Hyper19

            LOOL american calling other countries economy “pathetic”

          • Shia man

            Like a dog he went crawling to Putin he was trying his hardest for a meeting between him Putin Merkel Macron that didn’t fall through because Putin rejected it so erdo-dog invited Putin to turkey. Putin told him if you want ceasefire you come crawling to Moscow like a good puppy.

          • lilbenavidez

            Tell that yourself to sleep better at night. Russia step-up to Saved Assad thats what happened but not like your trying to put it.

            Tho I can tell you this with certainity that Assad is in TRUTH Putin’s DOG. Now thats a fact nobody can deny. Basically Putin is the defacto leader of Damascus can you deny this fact? So sshh! stay humble

          • Shia man

            How is assad Putin’s dog Assad and Putin are true allies
            Assad has real allies they actually come and helped him and his country when Erdogan was begging for help from his nato so called allies they rejected him and watched him get crushed by SAA Hezbollah Iran Russia

          • lilbenavidez

            true allies no no no. you got it wrong never has there been a servant-master than putin-assad. You don”t give your countries energy rights to an ally.

            Damascus gave all the energy rights to moscow.. isen’t this telling enough

          • Shia man

            No one doesn’t anything for free unless your a dog called Erdogan
            Plus he promised him an oil field not all the oil fields in Syria smart ass

          • lilbenavidez

            no. He sign off all energy rights to russia. you cant spin this

          • Shia man

            Ya okay boy believe what you want.

          • Tim Williams

            piss of you pimp … 12 different countries have the rights to drill in the Levant Basin .. none are from TURKLAND

          • batavian

            That is not Turkey’s business though, isn’t it?

          • batavian

            Assad has allies he can count on. Turkey, for its part thought it had the support of the USA, NATO and the EU but in the end all it got from them was lip service. It ended up being all alone. Turkey and Erdogan have no-one to blame but themselves, so please stop with the excuses.

          • Mustafa Mehmet

            Shia shit Israel watching you you can’t even deal with little Israel

          • Shia man

            YA and hezbollah is the only ARAB SHIA MUSLIMS that kicked Israel’s teeth in twice where you from wahabbi terrorist Zionist Muslim brotherhood pig?

          • Mustafa Mehmet

            In your dreams

          • Shia man

            The truth hurts huh!?! 🤣🤣🤣

        • rightiswrong rightiswrong

          LOL, LOL, Butthurt much?

          RATFFL.

    • rightiswrong rightiswrong

      You are just jealous that you don’t have any allies with the clout of Russia.

      We all see how far away the US has become when the Russkies get serious. lol

    • batavian

      You should just stop with the excuses. You lost…END OF

    • Arch Bungle

      What victory in modern times is won without allies?

  • Shia man

    This is for everyone that said turkey wasn’t hiding causalities
    SANA news
    Erdogan admits to heavy losses in the hundreds among his occupying forces in Syria
    Ankara, SANA- The President of the Turkish regime Recep Tayyip Erdogan admitted that his occupying forces suffered heavy losses during their support of the terrorist organizations in Syria.

    Turkish media sources said that Erdogan confessed in press statements on Friday during his return from Moscow that his forces have suffered heavy losses estimated to be in the hundreds during their support of the terrorist organizations as a result of the Syrian Arab Army’s operations against the terrorists.

    • Tim Williams

      300 – 500 dead …

      • Shia man

        Who knows he said hundreds.

        • Hyper19

          BS Nothing like that on the Turkish news or anywhere else, only sana reports it.

          • Shia man

            Why you crying Libyan is pounding your army even the pathetic Kurds are inflicting heavy losses to your army.

          • Hyper19

            Lol, there is not even a full scale Turkish invasion! just some drone attacks with some shitty poor armed rebels. The kurds ran to assad last time they got their ass kicked, something they would have never done.

          • Shia man

            Why didn’t you fly your F-16s over idlib? because turkey knew they would have been destroyed at the end of the day The Turkish army got pounded so hard they tapped out.

          • Hyper19

            After so many losses, SAA had to bring IRGC and Hezbollah to retake Seraqib.
            F-16’s shot three jets down and no one retailated, drones and artillery exchange is something else than an full scale invasion.

          • Shia man

            As long as you admit Turkish army got their ass whipped at the end of the day

          • Hyper19

            There was no full Turkish mobilization, it were the rebels that did the fighting.

          • Shia man

            Yes and if it was just the Turkish army your causalities won’t be in the hundreds it would be in the tens of thousands.

          • Hyper19

            LOL whatever makes you happy.

          • Saif Imam

            “Armed Rebels” You Say??🤣 🤣 🤣 Y https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c224c55eac62004bb50bb5e70749df1c7fa42794e58dcf0e61546c524f288e1d.png Like These guys 🤣 🤣 🤣

          • rightiswrong rightiswrong

            Now don’t be churlish, noHoper19.

            Both Israel and the US sent their condolences to Erdogan, for his lost martyrs.

          • Simplekindof Man

            With the safety of being behind their borders,and in their safe spaces.
            With rules like these I
            can beat buakaw….

          • rightiswrong rightiswrong

            Even the goats are fighting back.

            The Turkish Post reports sexual attacks against goats has been heavily reduced, since Turkish troops went abroad to fight for ISIS.

          • rightiswrong rightiswrong

            There is nothing on any Western, or Turkic channels, reporting that the Turds are fighting shoulder to shoulder with, ISIS!

            Not Another Terrorist Operation, the best terrorists ever, get the Turds to do their fighting. lol

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      Other way round

  • GuyQ

    I don’t care what anyone says. This is a true victory for Assad and his people.

    • Tim Williams

      PEOPLE OF SYRIA

  • Hyper19
    • GuyQ

      This is bullshit. UN called for a ceasefire and got one. Who cares what US thinks?

      Next is to drive US from the oilfields

      • Tim Williams

        Kurds will ask them to leave .. then order them to leave … then …

        • rightiswrong rightiswrong

          Watch, as the US defends the rocks, or flora, or some near extinct ant specific to the ME oil regions.

          The Kurds should make friends with Russia, that usually moves on the cowboys.

          • Tim Williams

            SR SAA officials held an 8 hour meeting with SR Kurd leadership yesterday … groundwork is being laid

          • rightiswrong rightiswrong

            It’s not hard to see that the big wheel has turned in geo-politics.

            Better to be behind that wheel, than in front of it. lol

          • Tim Williams

            always ..

        • Mikael

          It’ s the government of Siria that has to ask / order /…..not its citizens .

    • Paul

      Why of course, they fund extreme Islam to destroy Middle Eastern nations while ignorant fools such as yourself support them. Hyper, there is still time to educate yourself. Truth is better than arrogant pride.

    • Mikael

      AHAHAHAHAH …Turkey fucked nato !

  • Tim Williams
    • Mikael

      Constantinople is a Christianity’ s city .

      • Ronald

        You know a little history, anyway.

        • Mikael

          That’ s just History .
          Constantinople will be free from rats that occupy it now .

          • Ronald

            Personally I’d like to see Sofia as part of the Russian Church.
            The Greeks on the west side of the srtaights.

          • Mustafa Mehmet

            What a sweet dreams Mr Ronald… wake up wake up dreaming again

          • Mustafa Mehmet

            Fiddlers on the roof again playing same music

  • Assad must stay

    the war should not be over until idlib, al tanf, and the golan heights are SAA-secured

    • Tim Williams

      Golan Heights is a stretch at this point … Would Syria sign a peace pact with Israel in order to secure it back ?

      • Assad must stay

        maybe, question is what would israel want in return?

        • GuyQ

          Thank you will do

        • Tim Williams

          Oil and natural gas is a huge factor in this … Off the coast of both Lebanon and Syria lies the LEVANT BASIN in the Mediterranean Sea … it’s worth trillions of dollars … by many experts more oil and gas than the Saudis have …

          HERE :

          https://www.hartenergy.com/exclusives/levant-basin-holds-massive-energy-potential-19795

          Israel in now self sufficient in natural gas and oil … they are actually an exporter now …

          What would Israel likely want :

          Recognition they have the right to exist as a country.

          Golan Heights would have to be a heavy weapons free zone … nothing more than side arms by Syrian Police.

          Diplomatic relations between countries

          Lebanon would have to join Syria at the exact same time as this announcement.

          Hezbollah still retains the right to exist.

          • Ronald

            A working outline, good start, as you said, the off shore is large.

            Golan has big oil and gas, but it needs to be ‘fracked’ which would destroy Golan’s fresh water, more valuable than oil.

            Israel is tapping into Gaza’s oil and gas, so that would need to be given back to Gaza, the separate nation.

            Westbank, right of return, again separate nation with border on Jordan. etc.

            The ‘peace dividend’ if accomplished would be huge.

          • Bill Wilson

            The Golan Heights doesn’t have any oil or gas deposits worth pursuing. If there was, then there’d be oil and gas fields over in Southwest Syria.

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      Agreed

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      Agree but how?

  • Shia man

    Syrian army blocks US patrol in Hasaka provincehttps://t.co/Yxjzy9JhPO— Y.N.M.S (@ynms79797979) March 6, 2020

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      Stupid idiot if Yankee wants they can fuck Syria and russki and Iran left right and centre you can do Jack shit……

      • Shia man

        Why you lie? You know that’s not true
        If America is able to do what your saying they would have been done it Boy.

      • Saif Imam

        They Can’t man..they would’ve removed & murdered Assad like Saddam & Qaddafi. But they got stomped on the throat. Keep watching how it unfolds in Syria.

  • cechas vodobenikov

    http://www.sott.net/article/430281
    it matters little what the money worshipping amerikan barbarians want; they like Erdogan have become less and less relevant

  • Art Best

    Putin,

    You’re a crypto-Jewish scumbag. (Erdogan is a crypto-Jew as well. Books have been written about this.)

    Stop being stupid.

    The Muslim terrorists are morons who cannot even operate a T-90 tank. And you swallow the BS that the Jihadis are capable of generating sophisticated drone swarm attacks?

    These animals don’t have such capabilities.

    The drone attacks are TURKISH! The Israelis helped the Turks build them.

    Putin,

    You traitorous crypto-Zionist piece of shit,

    You are STILL enabling THE TURKS to maim and kill Russians and Syrians.

    The ONLY way to stop the genocidal Turks and the head-chopping children-torturing Muslims is TO KILL them, not arrange ceasefires which only give them time to regroup.

    • Saif Imam

      Man you jUst lost it.

  • Saif Imam

    Few more ceasefire breakings then the game will start.

  • Jonathan Cohen

    I support Turkey at this point, since it looks to me like they are more involved than Russia, relative to the abortion banning proxies of both sides. PEACE among abortion rights supporting Turkey, Russia, SDFkurds, Ukraine, Israel and Bahrain!
    HOORAY! Joint territorial takeover by abortion rights defending Turkey and Russia of the M4 at the expense of abortion banning Al-Qaeda, Syria and Iran! Hopefully abortions will be allowed in the Turkey/Russian corridor! and beyond! as well as Latakia base.