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JUNE 2023

Syrian Battle Tanks Hit Militant Posts In Greater Idlib, Killed Turkish-Backed Commander

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Syrian Battle Tanks Hit Militant Posts In Greater Idlib, Killed Turkish-Backed Commander

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Late on July 31, a Turkish-backed field commander was killed in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

According to pro-government sources, the commander was killed when T-72s Sniper battle tanks of the SAA hit militants’ posts and fortifications near the town of Benin in the southern countryside of Idlib.

The Sniper is the SAA codename for Soviet-made T-72 battle tanks which were upgraded prior to the war with the Galileo Avionica TURMS-T day/night computerized fire control system made by Italy’s Galileo Avionica.

The slain field commander was identified as “Abu Shaim’a Ariha” of the Turkish-backed Suqour al-Sham Brigades. The group is a member of the al-Fateh al-Mubeen Operations Room, which is led by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

Syrian Battle Tanks Hit Militant Posts In Greater Idlib, Killed Turkish-Backed Commander

Abu Shaim’a Ariha, Click to see original-size image.

Abu Shaim’a is not the first commander to be killed in Greater Idlib this year. On June 10, Russian and Syrian strikes killed HTS’ military spokesman, Abu Khalid al-Shami, main media coordinator, Abu Musab al-Homsi, as well as Mu’ataz al-Nasir, commander of the group’s internal security forces. On June 21, a commander of the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation known as Muhammad Qadi was killed by SAA fire.

The SAA strikes were a response to recent violations of the ceasefire in Greater Idlib. According to the Russian Reconciliation Center, HTS and its allies carried out more than 30 attacks over the last 24 hours. The militants shared footage of some of their attacks.

The situation in Greater Idlib is slowly spinning out of control. The ceasefire agreement, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey last year, is barely holding on. The Russian Aerospace Forces stepped up their combat operations in the region in the last few weeks.


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HTS are an international terrorist faction – even US officials have publicly acknowledged this as a known fact (it doesn’t stop NATO supplying these terrorists via Turkish intelligence though).

Icarus Tanović

Aj iz jens, I ar wery smååért

Icarus Tanović

Have you borrowed your PhD from Kjeæårr and Kjæørr? Yu klæwer wery in diiid.


but assads ppl are holy men!

Icarus Tanović

Yu newer glů d reæsøn.


If this develops into a full-fledged confrontation, what will Turkey do, what Russia? There is a real chance Turkish drones will take out the SAA‘s heavier weaponry. To stand their ground, they will need some Russian support; how far will that go?

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Donald Moore

All the way babe! Russia knows that the Syria AF is not up to the Turkish level so they will do the bombing like the other times and Turkey will not sacrifice it’s AF to save their terrorist. Remember that Turkey uses their terrorist to fight their enemies and stayed out of the fighting only sending weapons and equipment!

Icarus Tanović

Pantsir is a helawa gun, punk!

Icarus Tanović

Watch out, you turkish drone, here comes fluck of chimney stalks! And seaghouls. Craws and flying turkey, don’t rule them out.


The Russians probably have several thousand T-72s sitting around, as they supposedly hit the “treaty limit” of 15000 pieces during the Soviet era.

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