Syrian War Report – February 27, 2018: Turkey Gains Control Of Border Strip Inside Afrin

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On February 26, The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army linked the TAF-held area in western Aleppo and southwestern Afrin after they had captured the village of Anqalah and nearby points from the Kurdish YPG.

On the same day, the TAF’s general staff said that 2,059 so-called ‘terrorists’ had been neutralized in Operation Olive Branch.

Meanwhile, reports appeared that the YPG is ready to hand over the city of Manbij to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) under a wide-ranging deal which would involve the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance in preventing further Turkish advances in Afrin. However, these reports are still unconfirmed.

The Tiger Forces, the Republican Guard and their allies opened a new front against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham in Eastern Ghouta, attacking their positions northeast of the Armoured Vehicles Base. The main clashes in the area are taking place the Harasta and Dawahirah fronts.

A daily humanitarian pause from 09:00 to 14:00 (local time) started on February 27 in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus. The pause, announced by the Russian Defense Ministry on February 26, is intended to allow civilians to leave the areas where a fighting is ongoing.

However, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other militant groups, who all use civilians as human shields, have already started taking measures to prevent this.

Earlier, the White Helmets, an infamous pro-opposition Syrian ‘civil defense agency’, claimed that government forces had carried out a toxic gas attack on February 25 in the town of Al-Shifoniya in the Eastern Ghouta region, near the country’s capital of Damascus. It’s interesting to note that the claim came just few hours after the Russian Defense Ministry had warned that Eastern Ghouta militants were “preparing a provocation that will involve the use of chemical weapons.”

More claims about alleged chemical attacks and mass civilian casualties are expected to come as militant groups loose ground in the region. The goal of these claims will be to halt the SAA offensive or even to trigger US strikes on Syrian government forces.

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  • gustavo

    SAA-Russia-Hezbolah-Iran and Russia aerospace force must act fast, bravely, without mercy, and with strong effort to eliminate all the terrorists in this area. None deal, none buses to move terrorists to other areas, none STOP at all up to the end, none pay attention to western cry, and get the white helmets hollywood clowns.

    • Joe Dirt

      SAA-Russia-Hezbolah-Iran and Russia are acting without mercy killing hundreds of civilians.

      • Hide Behind

        Joe Dirt is an odd name to choose.
        In the movie “Joe Dirt” Joe liked screwing who he thought was his sister.
        Is this a Freudian confession on your part?

        • Joe Dirt

          Hide Behind is an odd name to choose.

          a mysterious nocturnal creature.

          Is this a Freudian confession on your part?

          • Hide Behind

            Ah uup: Name given in respect by other men. Yup. A creature that remains that way, observes the ways of mankind, and by doing so survives their clutches.

          • Joe Dirt

            cute, you consider yourself a creature.

      • gustavo

        CNN, CBS, BBC, Fox News, Le Monde, …. I know where your information come from.

        • Joe Dirt

          Never trust American media. Never trust the Russian media

  • Joe

    Chemical weapons used. … where are the Tomahawks?? Quick quick.. waiting

  • Mustaffa Ashaa

    The BBC, together with Murdoch controlled media in the UK. The CBS, Fox in the USA are crying their eyes and grieving the fate of the terrorists in Eastern Ghota. If not, (as what they claim), not supporter of these savage animals, they are openly supporter of the Zionist state, therefore they apply, “The enemy of their enemy is their friend”. Al Jazeera of Qatar, Arabiyya of the Saudies and the Turkish TTR problems is bigger, they grieving the lost of their investments in terror and fearing the new version of the coming retributions. They are begging their Western masters for help in a form of cease fire. The SAA and its comrades-in-arm should shout no more truces, no more green busses and NO Prisoners !!! Show them the shortest way to their 72 virgins. Eliminate the Locust Plague as soon brutally as you can. They owe this to the thousands of innocents these bastard had butchered,

    • Barba_Papa

      I’d rather they didn’t because there are still hundreds of thousands of innocents being held hostage by these scum. As the national army the SAA has a duty to save as many of these people as they can. Brutal but mercifully short, yes, utter annihilation, no.

      In the end, like with East Aleppo there will be a new green bus exodus. Because saving civilians trumps murdering all terrorists.

    • Joe Dirt

      Russians fighting al qaeda nothing new.

    • Equal Treatment

      I think the Zionists said they were killing terrorists and sending them to join the 72 virgins when they bombed gaza-please to tell why what Assad is doing is different?

    • tony ebanks

      As brutal as brutally possible

    • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

      Breitbart carries water for MSM on Syria all the time also, need people to be warned about MSM posing as ‘alt media’. A lot of Jewish money set Breitbart up. they cultivated their ‘alt right image’ nicely

  • Smith Ricky

    Time to down a US f16

  • Hillary Trump 4 potus naaaaw

    turkey and the creep president will win this

  • alejoeisabel

    No one believes that as the SAA is at the threshold of victory against the head choppers the SAA finishes them off with Sarin gas. This is why the Mainstream Media lies to confuse and deceive.