Syrian Military Kicks Off Final Preparations Ahead Of Ground Operation In Idlib De-Escalation Zone (Videos)

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On September 8, warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) began conducting airstrikes on positions of militants in northern Hama and southern Idlib in what appears to be final preparations of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to launch a ground attack in the region.

A source in the SAA told the Syrian news outlet Muraselon that the long-awaited military operation of the SAA against the remaining militants in northwestern Syria has begun. According to the source, the SAA will advance simultaneously from several directions once the ground attack is launched.

Nine civilians were killed a day earlier, when the militants shelled the Christian town of Mahardah in the northern Hama countryside. Back then, Syrian pro-government activists expected that the SAA and its allies will lunch their long-awaited operation as a response.

According to local observers, the main targets of the upcoming attack of SAA are the Ghab Plains in northwestern Hama, the Turkman mount in northern Lattakia and possibly the key city of Jisr al-Shughur in northwestern Idlib. Thousands of radical fighters are believed to be hiding in these areas.

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  • Trustin Judeau

    The ground offensive should start in the beginning of the next week.Firstly there is bombardment and shelling of the jihadist fortifications and sites.It is like East Ghouta and Daraa.There was few days of shelling before SAA launched the ground offensive.

    • mhtsaropinigitakis

      what about the turks?? do you think they will engage vs Assad?? what will Russia do then?

      • S Melanson

        The Turks will stay out of this.

        • mhtsaropinigitakis

          thats what not Erdogan said.

          • S Melanson

            You are a rare breed… actually take Erdogan on his word.

    • You can call me Al

      The beginning of next week is in 6 hours.

    • gustavo

      Shelling started two days ago. It is likely that ground offensive starts right now, earlier, the better. Air support must not stop never (even western countries starts to cry and shout). In any war, civil causalities (mainly because of their carelessness) are unavoidable. In fact, I just wonder if USA-UK considered civilians causalities when they bombed DRESDEN in Germany during WWII.

      • I don’t recall any UNSC hearings and resolutions and concerned crocodile tears from those weepy The West “our values” types for the civilians of Mosul and Raqqa either. But for Idlib we even have those Brits pulling the poor-babies one….

      • Gio Con

        and I don’t recall anyone, especially Trump, concerned about human casualties in Yemen. When “our friends” are doing the slaughtering, it’s OK.

    • And when they’ve taken back 80 – 90% of Idlib – they will launch a chemical weapons attack with “weaponised chlorine!”

      What is “weaponised chlorine” anyway?
      Bleach in a bomb?

    • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

      yes softening them up :)))

  • AM Hants

    Meanwhile the White Helmets are desperate for attention. Which nations sponsor them?

    Chemical Weapons Provocation in Syria to Start September 8 – Russian MoD…

    “The scenarios for the filming of staged ‘incidents’ with the alleged use of poisonous substances by Syrian government troops against civilians in the settlements of Jisr Al-Shugur, Serakab, Taftanaz, and Sarmin were finally agreed upon during the meeting. The full readiness of all participants involved in carrying out staged provocations should be ensured by the evening of September 8. The signal for the beginning of the practical phase of the terrorists’ provocation in the province of Idlib will be a special team from some ‘foreign friends of the Syrian revolution’,” Konashenkov said.

    https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201809081067858045-weapons-provocation-syria/

  • Ricky Miller

    For me the primary goal list should include clearing areas just West of Aleppo city. Some insulation for the city from ongoing mortar and shelling attacks. The grand old city, a jewel of the civilized world has just plainly been through enough. Enough.

  • frankly

    Is the F.uk.us and fiend’s regime ready to protect their proxy forces al Qaeda, ISIS and sordid others? How many kids will the White Helmets brutally kill to make this propaganda video?

    I found it odd that all these rather major policy changes, by the US, were announced by spokespeople, instead of the Commander- in-Chief. They essential declared war on Russia, Iran and Syria.

    Certainly not the actions of a Constitutional Democracy, why even have a congress if you can start WWIII with a CIA press release to the MSM. Or was it a leak or a hack?

    If the US was ever interested in protecting children Madeleine Albright set us straight, as it was certainly worth it to her, when 500,000 kids died in Iraq, on another ill-fated humanitarian mission.

    If nothing else it is crystal clear which side the US is on. Is this not the definition of Treason?

    • russ

      Did you see the movie War Inc.?

      • frankly

        Have for a long time not liked watching movies. It seems like a vulnerable headspace for me. I like a lot of it but what else do they sneak in at the same time, I know kinda paranoid. So nope.

        • russ

          Its about Corporations replacing the governments as military corporate armies in this movie we are seeing this today, war for business or war as business

          • frankly

            A buddy of mine always says that is the definition of fascism. When gov and bus work together to control. We got lot’s of that.

  • gustavo

    We all hope that the white helmets be captured in this offensive.

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      better to be buried where they are fund. Too much paper work other wise and waste of time and money.

  • Gregory Casey

    The Liberation of Idlib kicked off tonight, Saturday / Sunday 8th / 9th September with Syrian & Russian Air-Forces conducting massive targeted Air-Strikes

    As the US prepares its last ditch effort to derail the final destruction of Al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria, in their hopes to stop the liberation of Idlib, the Atlantic Council – the media wing of NATO – has instructed YouTube to shut-down the news channels of Syrian agencies.

    From Fort Russ just now:

    Midnight, GMT+3, September 9th – The liberation of Idlib from US backed terrorists, has now begun. With weeks of preparation, on the tactical, strategic, infowar, and diplomatic fronts, the Russian and Syrian air forces launched their first sorties tonight, with bombers and assault planes attacking terrorist held positions between Hama and Idlib. So far there have been over 70 airstrikes recorded above several jihadist sites in northwest Syria in just the last several hours alone.

    Previously the Syrian government confirmed that Russian and Syrian air forces successfully launched over 100 airstrikes in the last since yesterday, softening up peripheral targets and making impossible the possibility of any break-through or counter-attack, or other maneuver on the part of the terrorists.

    It is expected, barring a major U.S counter-attack to protect their own assets, that the Syrian and Russian forces will heavily bombardment specific targets throughout the night, and into the early morning ours of September 9th.

    SAA and allied forces have been making simultaneous preparations for the ground assault which will likely commence tomorrow. Syrian and Iranian intelligence operatives inside of Idlib had been successful, over the last few weeks, in documenting and noting the location of targets where terrorists had made their HQ. One such was a former hospital, fortunately that this premises was being used as a base of operations by terrorist groups was recorded on video, and presented to the international community via information war channels.

    • PZIVJ

      The prep work may go on for a few days or more.
      It’s always good to keep the Jihadist rats guessing. :)

  • Andrei

    Are you scared? no GodGod will h e l.p. you r a at terrorist I hope a ll terrorist al-Qaida will die

  • Andrei

    And RAT S IF ISIS

  • tali0605

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    • Sadde

      Can I choose from other cities?

      • Sinbad2

        You do realize that this is a common Hasbara, tactic.
        The whole idea is to destroy the conversation.
        The greatest threat to the state is ordinary people comparing notes.
        Until the Internet they completely controlled the narrative.

        The Internet was created as a tool of war, truly ironic.

        • Empire’s Frontiers

          It can be seen happening here, consensus forming.

          It could be misguided consensus brought about by the hands of skilled writers, but the phenomenon you describe is clearly taking place… as we speak.

  • Icarus Tanović

    Thanka goes to dear God!

  • Sinbad2

    It seems the US is prepared to attack, as soon as the assault begins.
    This is who blinks first time coming up.
    Or a very nasty battle between the US and Russia.

  • Oscar Silva Martinez

    It’s coming mother fuckers!