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Syrian War Report – May 6, 2019: Turkey-led Forces Suffer Casualties In Failed Attack On YPG Positions

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Syrian War Report – May 6, 2019: Turkey-led Forces Suffer Casualties In Failed Attack On YPG Positions

The Idlib de-escalation zone and the northern part of Aleppo province are now two main sources of instability in Syria.

On May 4, the pro-Turkish National Syrian Army (NSA), backed by Turkish special forces, launched a surprise attack on positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Aleppo. The NSA briefly captured the town of Ma’arnaz, but then were forced to retreat under pressure from the YPG.

Later on the same day, the so-called Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF) released a statement claiming that at least 40 NSA members were killed and 30 others were injured in clashes for Ma’arnaz. These claims are not based on any visual evidence.

Pro-Turkish sources claimed that multiple mines and IEDs set up in Ma’arnaz were among the key reasons of the NSA withdrawal. Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV also reported citing own source that at some moment the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) intervened in the situation to allow a surrounded Turkish special unit to withdraw from the area as a “gesture of goodwill”.

The ALF is a brand used by the YPG in order to hide its military activities against Turkey and its forces. The YPG is a core of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are a de-facto proxy of another NATO member state, the US.

In a separate development, the SAA reportedly shelled a Turkish observation post near Shir Mughar in northwestern Hama. According to reports, the Turkish position accidentally came under fire because of its close proximity to positions of terrorists. Over the past few days, Syrian and Russian forces have delivered over two hundreds of strikes on terrorists positions in the provinces of Hama and Idlib. The strikes came in response to an increased shelling of government-held areas by militants hiding in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Following the Shir Mughar incident, Turkish helicopters entered Syria and landed near the observation post. Opposition sources said that the helicopters evacuated several injured Turkish service members.

In the late hours of May 4, the Turkish Defense Ministry said that 2 of its soldiers were injured in a mortar attack near the town of Shir Mughar. The official statement didn’t identify the side responsible for the shelling.

The Russian Defense Ministry came with a warning that militants led by members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham are massing in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone. Militants are building up their forces near Latamina and Kafr Zita. According to the Russian side, this strike group may soon launch a large-scale attack on the government-held part of Hama.

These developments came amid circulating speculations that the SAA is preparing for a military action in the Idlib de-escalation zone. However, this scenario remains unlikely if no significant incidents involving large-scale civilian or personnel casualties happen soon.

The SDF and its political leadership are working to strengthen their grip on northeastern Syria. On May 2, the US-backed group held the “Syrian clans conference” in Ein Essa. It was attended by senior officials of the SDF and other local figures affiliated with the US-led coalition.

During the event, the SDF Commander-in-Chief, Ferhat Abdi Sahin, revealed that the group is involved in “indirect talks” with Turkey in order to settle the existing differences.

The Damascus government described the event as “a meeting of treason, treachery, and subjugation.”

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  • Xoli Xoli

    Useless desert rats pay the terrorists price.

  • Xoli Xoli

    Erdogan and islam allah is hiding in underground bunkers.

    • Saddam Hussein

      President Assad is Muslim too and worships allah. Much like most Syrians.

      • Xoli Xoli

        Thank you I hope their turn serving Jesus is God according to John chapter 1verse 1 and 14.

      • Iranian Falcon

        Assad is atheist you fool

  • jorge

    The medicine for the Kurds will be the same, reconciliation or/and an every day bigger SAA.

    • Saddam Hussein

      Barrel bombs will work well with the (((kurdish)))terrorists, just like all terrorists that oppose President Assad.

      • jorge

        Barrel bombs (used by SAA) are an yankee mith or an yankee fake news.

        • Jens Holm

          Next tiem You visit remember umbrella and sunglasses.

      • Barba_Papa

        Barrel bombs were a crude weapon that achieved little, other then make for great propaganda for the Headchoppers. They were a weapon of desperation because the SAA was fighting a losing war with overstretched resources and a million fronts to cover. Now that they don’t it’s insanely stupid to use them again.

        • jorge

          OK, you can be right, but where, when and in who they used it? Full report or you keeping the mith.

          • Barba_Papa

            There has been footage of barrel bombs being used. So it happened. That we know of. What we lack of is context and what we have in abundance is propaganda.

  • Rob

    Turkey must join hands with Syrian forces for own respect and achieve goals easily. The fall of Palestine to Britain and American is a big shame for all Muslim leaders.

    • Jens Holm

      errh what. James Watt =?

  • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

    Turkey must stop supporting terrorism in Syria and worldwide as they do.
    And the International community must grow some balls and start sanctioning the Erdogan regime !

    • jorge

      Everybody with balls is sanctioning the yankee regime, that is the only REAL REGIME on hearth.

    • Iranian Falcon

      Indeed fascist racist turks must be stopped.

  • Iranian Falcon

    Yeaaa kick some Turkish Racist Terrorists Ass haha you’ve messed with wring guys petty they have no one and are alone against nato second devil army