Syrian War Report – April 5, 2017: Situation Escalates In Western Syria

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In the province of Raqqah, an intense fighting is ongoing in the village of Safsafah northeast of the town of Tabqah, controlled by ISIS. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are struggling to secure this site in order to fully encircle Tabqah. In turn, ISIS terrorists have launched a series of attacks in order to prevent this. According to pro-SDF sources, over 20 ISIS members have been killed in the recent clashes in the area.

It’s clear that despite ISIS counter-attacks the SDF, backed up by the US-led coalition’s warplanes, helicopters, artillery and military advisors, have enough military capabilities to lay a siege on Tabqa and to retake this town from ISIS. When the town of Tabqa and the nearby dam are secured, US-led forces will likely advance against ISIS terrorists along the Euphrates outflanking the ISIS stronghold of Raqqah from the southern direction.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allied militant groups resized the town of Maardes from government forces in the northern countryside of Hama.

ilitants launched an attack in the area on April 4, using vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) to break government forces defenses in Maardes and fully captured the town by nightfall. The militants’ success became possible because the Syrian army and other pro-government units had lost momentum while they were preparing an advance on the nearby militant-held town of Souran. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s leadership used the delay to launch a large counter-attack.

On April 5, clashes continued in the area. Government troops backed up by artillery units and warplanes are making efforts to counter-attack against terrorists.

The Syrian army and the National Defense Forces allegedly captured the Al-Muzabad mount northeast of Palmyra. If confirmed, this would be the second mount located deep in the ISIS-controlled desert captured by government forces during the last 7 days.

On April 4, the so-called White Helmets reported that the Syrian Air Force’s warplane allegedly used the chemical agent sarin against civilians in the village of Khan Shaykhun in the province of Idlib. According to pro-militant outlets, the attack took place during a series of airstrikes in the area.

The Syrian Defense Ministry denied the usage of the chemical agent in the area. Later, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that the Syrian Air Force’s airstrike destroyed a warehouse, where ammunition dump containing chemical weapons was being produced by militants. The warehouse was reportedly used to produce and store shells containing toxic gas.

Some pro-government sources also raised the issue that the attack was made by militants themselves amid a series of military loses of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies in northern Hama.

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  • Behold a Pale Horse

    20 dead here, 15 dead there. This isn’t a war. Just a series of small fist fights. Spitfires in WW2 killed more people on staffing runs. What are the Russian Air Force actually bombing?

    • Gabriel Hollows

      Random cars and bushes, I guess. Seems like the SAA has met their match in Hama, the Tiger forces are being outclassed by Al-Qaeda while the Russian airforce is more concerned with wasting more bombs so the oligarchs who control the Russian arms-industry can continue to profit.

      Hundreds of airstrikes per week and then can hardly kill 20 people. This can’t be an accident.

      • Trustin Judeau

        You know that 75 – 80 percent of the rebel gains are reversed in Hama . The rebels hold Maardes,Souran and few hills . This is definitely not outclassing . And TF have suffered defeat if you dont know . It happened in 2015 . They are not perfect force

        • Gabriel Hollows

          Which used to be over 90% but now they’re pushing back.

          It’s a back and forth. I don’t doubt the SAA will wear them out *eventually* but it’s been way more costly than it should have been. Keep in mind we don’t have statistics on casualties yet, but considering what I’ve said before they’re likely quite high.

        • Gabriel Hollows

          You do realize the Tiger forces were not able to make significant gains (barely stopped the terrorist advance) even with air support. It wasn’t until the 5th legion and massive reinforcemente from all over Syria that they were able to overwhelm Al-Qaeda. At least this is the impression I got.

          Were it not for Syrian air dominance and vast numbers (in that specific front) the Tiger forces would’ve been decimated or forced to retreat. It would’ve been Raqqa 2.0.

        • Attrition47

          The suggestion that all this is a diversion so that the US has time to dig in around Raqqa the east is quite plausible. Could that be why there are more US head-chopping, heart-eating raper apologists posting on Southfront?

          • Trustin Judeau

            Raqqa is lost . SAA should go to Deir Ez Zor . SDF will battle for Raqqa until the end of the year so SAA have time . The problem is with the events in Idlib what will be the consequences . I only words are applied SAA will go for.

      • PZIVJ1943

        In Tabqa area they are referring to coalition airstrikes, not Russian.
        Only 20 dead ISUS here, but they are doing much better in Mosul. MANY MANY civilians deaths reported there. And France says nothing about it.

        • Gabriel Hollows

          When I said ‘hardly 20 dead’ I wasn’t referring to what happened today, but in general. Ever since Putin first withdrew the airforce all of their bombing runs have been suspiciously inneffective, despite them being reinforced again.

          • John Whitehot

            show us some BDA reports then, either I’ll keep judging the effectiveness of Russian air strikes from high to very high, given the overall results on the ground.

      • John Whitehot

        you managed to concentrate the highest amount of bullshit ever in six lines, in fact a record amount. Congratulations.

        • Gabriel Hollows

          Not an argument, but cry more.

          • Tudor Miron

            You guys can’t even comprehend what the situation on the ground (SAA) really is. There are numerous reports from Russian advising there that arab army is… 1st. They’re simply short on manforce. Can you imagine that after many years of war they didn’t do total military mobilisation of male population (fighting edge)? We just can’t understand it here – don’t know about others but Russia would surely mobilise all its force if it were in Syria situation of 2015. Days of Syrian state surely looked numbered. It’s actually very easy to see that SAA can’t sustain heavy combat on many fronts at once. When they concentrated on Aleppo they lost Palmira. They liberate (this time with more help from Russians in terms of planning/managing entire operation) – they have trouble in Homs etc. It’s well visible that terrorist efforts are coordinated – Syria and Iraq and they try to stretch SAA as much as they can. BTW – attack looks coordinated all over the world – doesn’t it? Blust in St.Petersburg, Large scale offensives of Al Queda here and there, Chemical attack allegations – NWO is pushing hard on all fronts not just Southfront ;)

          • John Whitehot

            where are the reports? and what does “arab army is… 1st” even mean?

          • Tudor Miron

            Non that I know of in English, all in Russian and something can be found on youtube. 1st. meant that I wanted to list many problems reported about SAA by respectable Russian military experts that are in contact with people on the ground. But while writing I decided to not tell any more than I told.

          • John Whitehot

            i can manage some russian, especially with some translating help.

          • Tudor Miron

            I can always try and help with translation as far as my English allow. I can give link to a video with interview with very respected mil expert – in Russian. There he describes the main problems with Syrian army. Simply put it is good at staying at checkpoints (crossroads etc.) and collecting small payment from everyone passing :) Remember – state was failing and country was all devided in small areas under control of small and larger armed groups. Learning bad habbits is fast unlearning takes much longer.

          • John Whitehot

            : ) so u gonna give this link or what.

          • John Whitehot

            you must have missed the definition of the verb “to cry”. You should run the word through the google english-yiddish translator.

          • Tudor Miron

            What are you talking about? yiddish???

          • John Whitehot

            i was replying to another poster

          • Tudor Miron

            Cool

    • NeoLeo

      They are concerned not to hit civilians, because western media hysterically scream everytime they actually kill a few terrorists… when the US warplanes slaughter 100s of civilians, no one gives a fck.

    • PJ London

      I know how difficult it is to get staff. Popped down to the job centre on a Monday morning. The good old weekly staffing run, gad I miss the days. Had an Austin-Healy myself, the spitfire was too small.
      Difficult to hit people when they ran across the road so fast. Old Age pensioners and toddlers were the easiest to hit. Never actually killed them, but really bruised a couple of them.

  • John Whitehot

    The US ambassador at the UN Nikki Haley just stated that if the Security Council cannot take action to prevent Assad to use chemicals, then some countries might take action on their own…

    • PZIVJ1943

      But they never found Sudam’s WMD after destroying Iraq.
      Also Hitler said Germany was attacked by some Poles, so attacking Poland was just an act of self defense. Right or wrong?!

      • Wahid Algiers

        Right. Poland attacked german civilians with the beginning of 1920. After they were slaughtered within 8 weeks in september/october 1939 they cried for help through UK.

        • PZIVJ1943

          German plan CASE WHITE, invasion of Poland.

    • Clyde Weathers

      Haley has Deep State – Pax Judaica’s ‘star of david’ twisting in her ass – she is no longer capable of independent thought, like so many others – sad.

      • John Whitehot

        xD. The rightful successor to Samantha Powers.

      • Attrition47

        Oh for fuck’s sake; are there any grown-ups here?

        • U3O8

          For fuck’s sake; nope.

        • More

          Attrition47
          Get used to it.
          Many people have had enough of the Neoconservatives.

  • Blaubeere

    Completely off-topic, however, does anybody know what happened to militarymaps.info ?

  • DJ Double D

    Russia needs to make it clear in Security Council that all countries not invited by Syrian Government to fight Terrorist must leave Syrian soil. If they wish to supply them with manpower and weapons, please do, but out of Syria.

    • Solomon Krupacek

      this step will never do

    • Corey O’Donnell

      lmao

  • spirittoo

    The cabal is using the same false flag attack it used back in 2013 in Syria when the US gave their hired terrorists thugs chemical weapons, and tried to blame it on Assad … didn’t work then … won’t work now.

    • U3O8

      ^^^THIS^^^

    • Solomon Krupacek

      will work. the facts are not importatnt. america want war. they began war with vietnam wizh tonkin lie, with iraq nuclear weapons lie, syrie will begin with chemical attack lie. uSSa is continuousing in nazi germany style a la danzig affere.

      • spirittoo

        They tried the same thing a few years ago and it didn’t work. Assad is still president as he should be.

      • NeoLeo

        Long history of false flag attacks indeed, all started with the USS Maine back in 1898. (used as a pretext for the spanish–american war)

      • U3O8

        Not necessarily & they do not have enough broad support. In fact less support than they had earlier. End game near & many more awake than you would have anyone beLIEve.

        But the that’s how ‘VD’ (Viral Disinformation) works…

        Always appeals to Ignorant Hive Mind mentality. Those days are done & fineto.

    • Thegr8rambino

      lets hope not bro!!

  • Rob

    This is the war of Gog and Magog or Yajuj and Majuj. This war will inhalate entire world. This war is difficult to end, it will spread to other parts of this world. That is why now end of this world is near. This war will end when Essa (Jesus) come back to this world and fight with these terrorists Ashkenazi Khazari Jews.

    • U3O8

      So glad you cleared that up & presented so much immutable & irrefutable evidence to substantiate your claims. Keep up the fantastic presentation of prima facie evidence & exemplary assessment regarding Judahism – Zionism & Likud party, NOT….

      Conscious ignorance, structural violence & poverty are the biggest killers after democide….
      Your comment & assessment prove it.

      • Guest

        On April 9, 1948 for no good
        strategic reason Mr. Begin’s Irgun Gang teamed up with Shamir’s Stern Gang and
        massacred over 250 men, women, and children in Deir Yassin, a peaceful village
        outside of Jerusalem. Most of the men were absent, because they were working in
        Jerusalem. The people were quickly subdued, those who resisted were killed on
        the spot, and the rest were lined up against a wall in the town square and
        shot. Many of the women were raped before most of them, too, were killed.

        Later apologists tell us that it
        was their own fault for not leaving when they were warned. Surely, such
        apologists must be a bit insane to think that a few minutes’ warning relieves
        terrorists and murderers of all moral responsibility for the massacres! Mr.
        Begin, a future Prime Minister of Israel, writes on page 163, 164 of his book, The
        Revolt, Story of the Irgun:

        “One of our tenders carrying a loud
        speaker was stationed at the entrance to the village and it exhorted in Arabic
        all women, children and aged to leave their houses and to take shelter on the
        slope of the hill. By giving this humane warning our fighters threw away the
        elements of complete surprise, and thus increased their own risk in the ensuing
        battle. A substantial number of the inhabitants obeyed the warning and they
        were unhurt. A few did not leave their stone houses—perhaps because of the
        confusion. The fire of the enemy was murderous—to which the number of our
        casualties [four Irgun fighters were killed—ed.] bears eloquent testimony. Our
        men were compelled to fight for every house; to overcome the enemy they used
        large numbers of hand grenades. And the civilians who had disregarded our
        warnings, suffered inevitable casualties.”

        This “warning” given to the
        civilians is contradicted by Alfred Lilienthal, who wrote on page 154 of The
        Zionist Connection II,

        “No warning had been given to the
        villagers, as was later claimed (Begin has stated that all victims of Irgun
        attacks had been warned beforehand), because the armored truck with its
        loudspeaker had tumbled into a ditch and been tossed on its side far short of
        the first houses of the village. Advised by a night watchman of the
        approaching Jewish raiders, some inhabitants, with only a robe thrown around
        them, managed to flee to the west.”

        “Jon Kimche, the Zionist writer,
        calling the incident ‘the darkest stain on the Jewish record throughout the
        fighting,’ stated, ‘The terrorist justified the massacre of Deir Yassin because
        it led to the panic flight of the remaining Arabs in the Jewish state area.’
        Jewish writer Don Peretz described the result of Deir Yassin as a ‘mass fear
        psychosis which grasped the whole Arab community.’ Arthur Koestler wrote, this
        ‘bloodbath . . . was the psychologically decisive factor in the spectacular
        exodus of Arab refugees’.” (p. 156)

        Menachem Begin also claimed that the
        town was of strategic military value. He bases this on a letter from Mr.
        Shaltiel, the Haganah Regional Commander, who had written to Mr. Begin:

        “I learn that you plan an attack on
        Dir Yassin. I wish to point out that the capture of Dir Yassin and holding it
        is one stage in our general plan. I have no objection to your carrying out the
        operation provided you are able to hold the village. If you are unable to do so
        I warn you against blowing up the village which will result in its inhabitants
        abandoning it and its ruins and deserted houses being occupied by foreign forces.
        This situation will increase our difficulties in the general struggle. A second
        conquest of the place will involve us in heavy sacrifices. Furthermore, if
        foreign forces enter the place this will upset the plan for establishing an
        airfield.”

        So the strategic value of Dir Yassin
        (or Deir Yassin) was that the Haganah was planning to turn it into an airfield!
        Certainly that would justify the destruction of the village. And if the people
        object and fight back, this would certainly justify their massacre. After all,
        who are they to object to a Jewish airfield? Don’t Jews have rights?

    • Attrition47

      There’s nothing Jewish about zionism.

      • Gabriel Hollows

        You’re think we’re stupid don’t you kike? Zionism is little more than the Talmud applied to politics.

        The holocaust didn’t happen but it should have and it will.

        • StaggerLee360

          The Nuremberg Trials did happen. Shame you weren’t dancing at the end of the rope.

          • U3O8

            Another Troll drive by to ignore.

      • Rodney Loder

        The jews have used up their last chances , rabbi are nothing but villains and imposters, usurpers of the title of High Priest but not the capacity.

      • Kell
        • U3O8

          Brother Nathanael is spot on.

          • StaggerLee360

            Committed to a mental institution on three separate occasions. Smeared his feces over several Boston churches. Your kind of guy.

          • U3O8

            Present your proof since your smearing Troll ?

      • U3O8

        Bingo & spot on.

    • Rodney Loder

      I am Isa Son of Maryam Jesus Christ check out my answers n Quora, I’m very successful 37 followers over 160, 000 views, I’ll do my speel in Syria if Assad will give me SAA protection.

  • Attrition47

    http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2017/04/its-wmd-all-over-again-why-dont-you-see-it-.html

    From one of the most fascist rags in Britain; no chance of the paragons of liberal virtue like the Grauniad and the BBC allowing it.

    • John Mason

      Thanks for the link, very good.

    • John Whitehot

      the amount and intensity of troll attacks on the page is clearly showing the writer hit some unspeakable truth. Thanks.

  • Rodney Loder

    I think 9/11 is critically important to repudiate the Assad is guilty conspiracy, of course why would we use sarin when the psychological war is the major agenda as it always has been from the beginning, but just watching Christopher Bollyn’s new video “European Rise” probably that is the title if I remember correctly, he makes the point about false flags very convincingly, another thing he mentiones is Airliners that fly themselves, (Malaysian Airlines) and the pilot is unable to alter the programme guiding the Aircraft, that ties up with Brendon Lee O’Connell’s accusations about the israeli Technion Institute and the Operation Talpiot.
    All these behavioral issues are considered by me in depth on Quora (Terry Loder on Quora) if any one is interested in the science of behaviour.

  • Tom Tom

    U.S. false flag attack to provide cover for starting WW3 in Syria.

  • StaggerLee360

    Bunch of a$$hole Nazis here. You are America’s enemy. We’ll destroy the Fourth Reich just like we did the Third.

  • StaggerLee360

    People think the Jews are so smart. Wrong. It’s just that the Jew-haters are so friggin’ stupid. Wouldn’t surprise me if you’re all from Pakistan. Just hilarious, really.