Syrian War Report – Nov. 30, 2018: 15,000 Al-Qaeda-Linked Terrorists Remain In Idlib Province

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There are about 15,000 Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) terrorists in the province of Idlib and Russia is ready to provide the Syrian government with help to eliminate them, Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian presidential envoy for Syria, announced during a press conference on the sidelines of the Astana talks on November 29.

Meanwhile, reports are appearing that radical militants have been amassing forces and deploying missiles as part of the preparation for a confrontation with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the demilitarized zone.

On November 29, there was another notable armed confrontation between the SAA and the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) in northern Hama. NFL units attacked SAA positions near Karnaz but were forced to withdraw under intense artillery fire. The area near the Christian town of Mahardah is also point of constant clashes between the SAA and various militant groups.

The entire concept of the Idlib demilitarized zone has appeared to be flawed. On the one hand, Ankara is preventing the SAA from launching an advance on Idlib to deliver a devastating blow to the terrorists. On the other hand, Turkey and its proxies have done nothing to eliminate al-Qaeda and its allies within the deconfliction area.

From its turn, Syria, Iran and Russia have kept a wait-and-see stance and attempted to propel a settlement of the Idlib issue through the existing military diplomatic channels. The problem of this approach that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and similar groups have used the gained time to regroup and resupply their forces. Now, the terrorists are more capable of countering a possible SAA advance than a few months ago.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue their low-intensity advance on ISIS positions in the Hajin pocket. No progress on the ground has been achieved recently, but the US-led coalition bombed an ISIS prison, where SDF members captured by ISIS were held.

The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq released a video to confirm the incident. A notable number of SDF members was captured by the terrorist group during its large counter-attack against the SDF in early November.

Meanwhile, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister as well as Defense Minister, Foreign Minister and Health Minister of the “only democracy” in the Middle East, declared that “the best answer to anti-Semitism is the State of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces”. These remarks were made in response to a CNN poll, which showed that more than 28% of Europeans believe that anti-Jewish sentiments in their countries are mostly fueled by the actions of the Israeli leadership itself.

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  • MADE MAKER

    15,000 TERRORIST , THAT NEED TO BE ELIMINATED

  • paul ( original )

    To my understanding every ‘cease fire’ agreement going way back to the very early agreements have always been just a ploy for the militants to re-group and reinforce. I fully expect that the Idlib agreement will be no different. My exasperation comes from the fact that these agreements continue to be made. Nothing seems to be learned. Equally expecting the Turks to co-operate is also to continue to back a losing proposition.

  • Gregory Casey

    15,000 Terrorists ? Far more than that ……. there are probably closer to 70,000 radical Islamist Terrorists within the Idlib Zone of which (probably) 15,000 – 20,000 are highly dangerous. These people are accompanied by their captive women and children ……… probably another 100,000 or so. These Terrorists are holding the resident population of Idlib and surrounds of approximately 1.5 Million under hostage and must be eliminated. From Reports published by Sputnik earlier today, they have taken delivery of a cargo of lethal chemical weapons in the past 48 hours that they intend to unleash on the Christian population of a two towns within Idlib and Homs and any Chemical Weapons attacks need to be stopped, DEAD, in their tracks. Apparently, these Chemical substances arrived courtesy of a European Country accompanied by Arabic-speaking ‘specialists’ ……… probably France. These murdering Arabic-speaking military advisers need to be tracked down and taken into custody, if at all possible and relieved of their chemical cargo …….. to be destroyed once exhibited to the world together with some French Special Forces Personnel!!

  • This is only a test

    fling them back to israel, rotting bodies, chem and junk Toyota’s

  • Pave Way IV

    “…The entire concept of the Idlib demilitarized zone has appeared to be flawed. On the one hand, Ankara is preventing the SAA from launching an advance on Idlib to deliver a devastating blow to the terrorists. On the other hand, Turkey and its proxies have done nothing to eliminate al-Qaeda and its allies within the deconfliction area…”

    Flawed? Sounds like the FUKUS/Turkey concept is working out just great for them. De facto annexation of Syrian territory, plus isolation and containment of 15,000 of its used head-choppers safely outside Turkish (therefore, the EU’s) borders.

    Syria, itself, didn’t get a vote, so it’s not their concept. Russia held her nose and accepted the stinky concept (up until now) so they could de-head-chopper the rest of Syria. That part is pretty much over, so you know what comes next.

  • This is only a test

    Syria shot down israeli jet and missiles.
    Israel is too cowardice to ask for their bodies.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    Give a mad man enough rope and he’ll eventually hang himself. Putin just handed Erdogan the rope, lets see how long it takes for Erdogan to find the right tree to attach the rope too, somewhere in Ar raqqah I suspect.
    Putin’s already made the demise of HTS inevitable with his brilliant deal with Erdogan.

  • jj

    “From its turn, Syria, Iran and Russia have kept a wait-and-see stance and attempted to propel a settlement of the Idlib issue through the existing military diplomatic channels…Now, the terrorists are more capable of countering a possible SAA advance than a few months ago.”

    Just how much longer are they going to “wait-and-see”? Is there a time limit on the deal? If they keep waiting and waiting, I guess the deal is going to end when the terrorists feel they’ve built up enough and then launch a major attack.

  • Barry Warmkessel

    Israel (composed mostly of Khazarians from southern Russia) is by far the most anti-Semitic country in the world.

  • The Interrogator

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