Syrian War Report – March 7, 2017: Further Escalation In Northern Syria

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Voiceover by Harold Hoover

On Monday, the Jaish al-Islam militant group, known to be supported by Saudi Arabia, launched missiles against government forces positions in the Damascus countryside. Jaish al-Islam allegedly captured some missiles in the Qalamoun area in 2013. The usage of these missiles is a clear indication that Jaish al-Islam, which keeps positions in the Eastern Ghouta region near the Syrian capital, is not going to follow a ceasefire agreement promoted by Damascus, Tehran, Ankara, and Moscow in the so-called “Astana format”.

At least four Turkish soldiers were wounded in clashes with US-backed Kurdish forces on Monday. According to the Manbij Military Council, clashes between the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Turkish army took place at the village of Olashli.

Meanwhile, Turkish-backed militants captured some five Syrian army soldiers in the countryside of al-Bab. The incident took place as result of tensions between government troops and pro-Turksih forces in Tadef and west of Manbij.

The Syrian army’s Tiger Forces, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, have continued operations in the Aleppo province, focusing on the water plant and the airport. The same move is aimed to isolate Deir Hafer.

In the western Aleppo countryside, fighting between the army and militants has been on-going in the area of Rashidin.

The Syrian army and the National Defense Forces have reportedly retaken the Jazal Oil Field from the ISIS terrorist group in the province of Homs. If confirmed, government troops will be in control of two important oilfields along the Homs-Palmyra highway.

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  • watcher12

    Where is the contract? Who does the US military have a contract with to be in Syria? Where is the autographed paperwork of such a contract made public? What about Britain, Holland, France, Belgium and German armed forces? Where are their contracts and with whom? Am I able to attack a neighborhood miles form my home Just because I feel like it? What is in-it-for-me to act without agreement of the people of a country to invade that country?

    Why is Russia talking with no-contract invaders such as Turkey and the US? At least bring these factors out in the open with PLAIN SPEECH not DIPLOMATIC DOUBLE TALK like – reveal the contract now – or get the F** off Syrian land!

    • Jens Holm

      You might change Your name to “The blind one”.

  • TS

    762mm MGR-1B (M50) Honest John Missile

    • Valery Grigoryev

      It’s an ancient weapon:)

      • TS

        You bet, but perhaps readily available from the Turkish stock piles and it was nuclear capable.. thus sending a strong message.. not that in the recent videos that the nose is straighter, probably of local manufacture and thus adding to the inaccuracy .. What is noted is the lack of response from the Russians and Syrians as to a S-300 or S-400 launch.. USA goating for data on the S-400 ..

        • Thegr8rambino

          maybe thats why they didnt fire? not trying to give them data on it

        • Valery Grigoryev

          Because cannons are not for sparrows:)