Syrian War Report – March 1, 2017: Tensions In Northern Syria

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The Syrian army and the National Defense Forces (NDF), backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, have been successfully advancing on the ISIS-held city of Palmyra in the province of Homs. The army and the NDF have reached the Palmyra Triangle and partly outflanked Palmyra from the southern and northern directions. If government troops are able to secure the Palmyra Triangle, they will de-facto control the western entrance to the city.

Meanwhile, clashes are ongoing at the Al-Mahr gas field where the army and the NDF are also advancing against ISIS.

On February 28, a coalition of pro-Turkish militant groups known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched attacks against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), predominantly Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), in the Syrian province of Aleppo. The FSA seized the village of Jubb al-Hamir from YPG force. FSA units also engaged Kurdish forces in Abu Hay but failed to capture this village.

While pro-Turksih forces were attacking the YPG, the Syrian army and Kurdish units regained more villages from ISIS terrorists west of Manbij. The YPG seized the villages of Jubb Abyah and Al Birah. The Syrian army liberated Halisiyah and Amudiyah.

Earlier this week, the Syrian army reached the areas controlled by the YPG in the province and opened a roude between the government-held city of Aleppo and the YPG-controlled town of Manbij. Now, the YPG-held areas in northwestern and northeastern Syria are de-facto linked up with the corridor through the government-held part of the Aleppo province. This will also allow increasing economic ties between the YPG and the Syrian government. The civilian movement through the corridor is free. However, military units of YPG forces are now not allowed to use the area.

After seizing Al-Bab, various Turkish sources, including Ilnur Cevik, adviser to Turkish President Recep Erdogan, announced that Ankara-led operation in Syria is now aiming YPG-held Manbij. Ankara describes the YPG as a branch of the PKK militant group operating in Turkey.Tthe Turkish ability to conduct a wide-scale operation against the YPG is under the question due to a low quality of troops of the FSA. But, the Turkish military has already started to deploy reinforcements to Syria.

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  • Ronald

    Syrian government and Syrian Kurds working together is very positive . Turkey needs to withdraw back to their side of the border .

    • Thegr8rambino

      i agree, but how can that be done?

      • Ronald

        North of Al Bab the Turkish army has a tank group with a repair shop . Time to test some Iranian “Lightining Bolts” , RQ170 drones . Take out 80 or 100 tanks , they should not tread on Syrian soil without paying the price .

        • 888mladen .

          Tochka U would be more than a mach Iskander M even better with cluster warhead.

        • Thegr8rambino

          Good idea but that would give turkey a reason to gin up conflict with iran

  • dez nuts

    Get the fuck out turkey, you were never invited or wanted

    • EL ZORRO

      The ambition of Turkey is to occupy Syria and annexed to Turkey, this people are extremely EVIL like their sponsors, the UNITED STATES/ISRAEL DEEP STATE, CONTROLLING THE WAR MONGERS NEOCONS in the STATE DEPARTMENT/MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX.

      • Jonathan Cohen

        Turkey honors abortion rights, though Erdogan doesn’t, nor does Assad. I still don’t know about the YPG, though I have tried twice to google YPG abortion or PKK abortion, I only seem to get Erdogan’s position, not YPGs or PKK, and until I do, I must consider Turkey to be the only pro-choice force in the conflict; though Russia and the USA are both pro-choice also and should form an alliance on that basis.

        • El Diablo

          you are ironic? or half europe bombard everyday the Ireland? XD

        • Spunkyhunk

          Yeah… and Israel should be bombed because it enforces stupid meaningless Iron Age traditions like the “Sabbath”…

          MORON!

          • Hisham Saber

            Or the insane and inane ramblings of deviant Rabbi’s that introduced the catastrophe, known as the superseding Devine law of Judaism; on the human race. The Talmud. An incendiary work that threatens to bring nothing but further suffering to mankind. It needs to go. There is no place for it in the 21st century and onwards.

            Ezekiel 36:31-32 New International Version (NIV)
            31- Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices. 32- I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign Lord. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, people of Israel!

        • Bill Rood

          Who the f*** would care about “abortion rights” one way or the other when adults and children are being killed by FUKZUSGCC backed terrorists?

          • Jonathan Cohen

            Abortion right are far more important than peace/war.

          • Jonathan Cohen

            There is nothing else worth fighting for, anywhere in the universe.

  • Alex

    Love the fact that the lady narrator is back :)

  • Valery Grigoryev

    Interesting: how would NATO member Turkey fight with the US-covered YPG:)))

  • El Diablo

    FSA is better armed and have a small front to fight compared to SDF. SDF is mainly fight ISIS and i think NATO don’t wil fight Turk air force. I think we will watch a siege of Manjbi.

  • Rodney Loder

    YPG represents the biggest threat to Utilitarian (useful rather than just beautiful) Syria ; Turkey is welcome to kick them out of Manbij.

    • Spunkyhunk

      Crawl back into your hole, you stupid monkey-faced ISIS-supporting Muslim convert… You’re an utter disgrace.

  • Spunkyhunk

    Too many jihadi supporters and Anglo-Zio-Nazi/CIA propagandists on this website’s comments section… Isn’t it possible to exclude them?

    • El Diablo

      This is nothing, on other sites (of different argoments) 2/3 of the comments are ever of haters :D