Syrian War Report – March 15, 2018: Militant Advance In Northern Hama Ends In Failure

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On March 14, ten so-called “moderate opposition” groups launched a large-scale attack on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northern Hama and captured the villages of al-Hamamiyat and Karnaz.

According to a released statement, the attack was dubbed “Wrath of Ghouta” and aimed at assisting militants suffering setbacks in battle against the SAA in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta. Later, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham also announced via its Iba’a news agency that its members had supported the groups involved in the advance.

However, by the evening, Wrath of Ghouta had turned to be a failure for the so-called moderate opposition. The SAA retook Karnaz and al-Hamamiyat, captured a battle tank and, according to pro-government sources, killed up to 50 militants.

Meanwhile, in Eastern Ghouta itself, the SAA, the Tiger Forces and other pro-government factions liberated a half of Jisreen, reached the vicinity of Hamouriyah and entered the industrial area south of Douma. On March 15, the SAA continued its advance aiming to liberate and secure Jisreen and to tighten the siege on Douma.

The Turkish Army and the Free Syrian Army captured the villages of Al-Nira and Kafr Shil from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin area. However, Turkish forces did not advance on the road linking the city of Afrin and the government-held part of Aleppo province.

The Turkish media has released a series of videos showing YPG members preventing civilians from leaving the city of Afrin. Ankara says that this is a clear evidence that the YPG uses locals as human shields. Pro-YPG sources deny these claims.

Separately, on March 14, the Turkish military struck a checkpoint of the government’s National Defense Forces (NDF) in Nubl-Zahraa. 8 NDF members were killed. The NDF responded by shelling Turkish positions with Grad rockets.

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  • MD Ranix

    zio satanic terrorists with deflated egos and pea sized brains just like their vile masters

    • Icarus Tanović

      Don’t forget Wahhabi moderate man eaters.

  • Smith Ricky

    Turkey = cancer

    • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

      israel too

      • velociraptor

        Iran, too.

        • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

          No

      • alejoeisabel

        Assad and the people of Syria already has prevailed.

        • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

          :)))))) :DDDD

    • Icarus Tanović

      Smith, don’t be fooled by this tricky politics. Roles are superb performed. Already Turkish forces are giving away to SAA all gains.
      Mind, why they should leave that corridor open, but to let SAA in.
      Mr. Erdogan isn’t fool.
      They are working cosely with Russia and Iran. Mind that, and don’t step on a fluorescent land mine again.

  • velociraptor
  • Rodney Loder

    Good analogy East Ghouta, Hama and Afrin.
    Rewind to August 21 2013 the then al-Nusal- Front murder by suffocation about 1000 in their view worthless individuals old men and women and very young children whose bodies were presented as evidence of a Chemical Attack by Assad’s government this led to the Mediterranean Stand off, September 2013, Obama backs down, Now tens of thousands of residents are streaming out of Ghouta all being questioned, not one al-Nurash come Tahrir al-Sham will live to see next month, least we forget.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    full of lies. Saa couldnt take back villages in hama. You are not showing turkish advance. Turks everyday capture 15 village. You sometimes show just 2 , sometimes 0. Turks killed saa several times in afrin and they couldnt response. Its propaganda too.
    Tell truth dont propaganda

    • Icarus Tanović

      Shut the fucck up English whorre, you’re just bagging.
      You’ve lost your small brains somewhere along the way from Northern Ireland to the some city that would soon be whipped out from the map, called London.