Syrian War Report – March 21, 2017: Russia Set Military Base In YPG-Held Area Of Afrin?

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Voiceover by Harold Hoover

Russia is setting up a military base in the Afrin canton area controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in northwestern Syria. The agreement on establishing the base was concluded on Sunday, according to YPG spokesman Redur Xelil. The base will reportedly be located at the village of Qatmah. Russian military servicemen have already arrived in the area with armoured vehicles, trucks, and troop carriers. According to the YPG spokesman, Russian military advisors will allegedly train YPG fighters and increase cooperation with the YPG in combating terrorism.

The Russian Defense Ministry denied the creation of a military base and said that some units of the Reconciliation Centre had been deployed to the area to “observe” the ceasefire. In Any case, this will clearly contribute to further improvement of the relations between Kurdish military political entities and the Syrian government.

Government troops have reversed a significant part of the gains made Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly the official branch of al-Qaeda) in the Qabun industrial district in eastern Damascus and re-imposed the siege on the area of Qabun. Clashes are still ongoing in the area but it’s clear that the joint militant forces led by al-Qaeda have failed to achieve their military goals. The growth of al-Qaeda-led operations in the Damascus countryside could trigger a government advance aiming to clear the area from militants. In this case, Qabun is a legitimate target for government forces.

In the province of Aleppo, the Syrian army and its allies aim to cut off the road linking Deir Hafer with the ISIS-controlled airbase of Jirah and to encircle the city. Government forces liberated the village of Al-Qusayr and the nearby train station from ISIS and attacked terrorists in Jifr Mansur, Aqulah, and Adasarah.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), predominantly consisting of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), have taken control of Karamah, Tal Fatisah, Khardal, and the Balasim oil storage east of the ISIS-controlled city of Raqqah. The SDF advance was actively backed by the US military. At least one Apache attack helicopter was spotted supporting the SDF advance.

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  • Trustin Judeau

    Efrin is important.If it falls Aleppo is in grave danger .The rebels will have territory from Idlib to Jarablus.

    • DJ Double D

      Great News!

    • Solomon Krupacek

      therefore already 1 year ago was essenntial to take the adana heights. but the saa is sleeping organization.

      • Thegr8rambino

        they do not need to be hearing this

        • Solomon Krupacek

          they can still lose everything, bacouse no border is closed and are overflooded by jihadists. same situation in latakia, daraa, …

          • Thegr8rambino

            well why dont u go and help them instead of bitching about it?

          • Solomon Krupacek

            i am not citizen. tzhere are 10.7 million inhabitants under assad. if they do not wont fight, shall die. their problem, not my.

          • Thegr8rambino

            They do, and I’m sure much better warriors than you would ever be

          • Tom Tom

            why dont u go and help them?

          • Thegr8rambino

            because he was the one complaining not me

        • Solomon Krupacek

          then die

          • Thegr8rambino

            Nahh u go die for SAA do something useful with ur life ;)

          • Solomon Krupacek

            no! i am willin to die for my country. the syrians are not willing to fight and die for their country. they do not deserve help and lives of other nations.

      • Trustin Judeau

        SAA is not strong force

        • Solomon Krupacek

          they had 6 years…
          look the russians were also very weak in the beginning of wwii. but stalin changed. and i do not agree with situation, that sons of other nations die for syria so, that syrianas piss on their problems. under pressure grows the palms. syrians are somehow extremly weak.

          • Paulo Romero

            I guess what he means is that they just don’t have enough quality manpower to recruit from anymore. If the SAA continues it’s success it will be on the backs of Hezbollah , Iranian commandos and foreign Shia fighters. What the Russians need to do is build a Palestinian brigade. Palestnians are loyal to Syria because they provided refuge to them. They’re also good fighters as evident from the Aleppo offensive.

          • Solomon Krupacek

            they have 10,7 million inhabitantns. do not tell me, tey ave no chance recruit 50 – 100 000 rookies.

  • Thegr8rambino

    i wish SAA had terminators, they would win the war in a week lol

    • Lyubomir

      And I wish you had at least 2 brain cells :D :D

      • Thegr8rambino

        That’s more than u have lmao

  • Lyubomir

    It’s unbelievable how quick the situation turn around. If you’ve noticed the Palmira operation is on hold and the dislocation of the troops on that front to Damascus has already started, which comes to show that the break through it’s not really under control. For anyone with minimal knowledge about military will tell you that dislocating troops hundreds kilometers away in a situation of insecure road and transport system is challenging, time and resource consuming and is quite an undertaking. Therefore we can conclude that terrorist achieved their goal and managed to disrupt the operations of the SAA. It is vital advantage to chose where, when and how a battle is conducted. Sad but fact. i’m worried that East Qalamoon barbarians are going to lunch offensive in attempt to link with Ghutah

    • Thegr8rambino

      Maybe u should go over there and help them fight instead of complaining

      • Lyubomir

        You can only help on one that seeks help

        • Thegr8rambino

          Such a lame excuse

          • Tom Tom

            then you go.

          • Thegr8rambino

            im influencing events from afar

          • Solomon Krupacek

            do not attck here others, go and fight!

          • Thegr8rambino

            How am I attacking?

          • Solomon Krupacek

            verbal

          • Lyubomir

            Well your comment is infantile and stupid to start with. What do you mean, that ,I need to fly next Friday to Damascus, replicate myself or clone myself 100K times and finish the war. What do you mean? Or knock on SSA general Staff and be like”Ok I came to take command and help you”, I mean thats just BS. The first step of solving any problem is acknowledging you have one. And you are Imbicile with IQ of retarded fish-frog.

          • Thegr8rambino

            Yes that’s exactly what I mean, now get over there and fight, or shut up

      • Solomon Krupacek

        go you.

    • Solomon Krupacek

      to link with ghouta and link to other territory in east controlled by jihadists up to jordan and iraqi border.

      it was big mistake to ind such large amount os soldiers to aleppo. they are now sitting there and can not move.

  • Sadde

    This situation with attacks on multiple fronts has been ongoing since the beginning of Syrian war. Actually the situation is quite good for the Syrian government compare to some years ago or even during last Aleppo offensive. I mean ISIS is much weaker and there are far fewer fronts with other terrorist grupps (greens). Moreover the ability of Turkey to manipulate the situation has been reduced to the Idlib areas, which I believe to be behind this fury. As decades long conflicts are not uncommon in Middle East, this battle in SyrAq is going to continue for some years to come but I believe the Syrian government, the Iraqi government and Kurds are visibly the winers of this game.

  • gfsdyughjgd .

    Tiger forces,Hezbollah and Kurdish fighters are the best fighters in Syria.If their can coordinate their win this war in weeks.