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Syrian War Report – November 15, 2019: Syrian Army Kicks Off New Offensive In Southern Idlib

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Syrian War Report – November 15, 2019: Syrian Army Kicks Off New Offensive In Southern Idlib

On November 14, the Syrian Army backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces launched a limited offensive on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its Turkish-backed allies in southern Idlib. Government forces liberated the town of Luwaybidah and the nearby Khaznah hill after a series of clashes with militants. Then, army troops supported by artillery and air strikes advanced on the town of Misherfah.

Clashes are now ongoing in the area.

HTS and its allies have been violating Greater Idlib ceasefire on a daily basis for months. The new ground operation is aimed at deterring these attacks or even expanding a buffer zone in order to push militants’ back from the government-controlled area and further.

On November 13, Syrian and Russian warplanes reportedly carried out over 50 strikes on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical groups in southern and western Idlib. In particular, militant positions were hit in Shnan, al-Najeya, Furaykah, al-Mshairfeh, Kafr Nabl, Rakaya Sijneh, Fatterah, Sutuh al-Din, Tramla, Kafar Sijnah, Ma’aret Hurmah, Jbala, Hizareen and Karsaa.

Clashes between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Turkish-backed militants are ongoing in northern al-Hasakah. On November 13, the SDF advanced on positions of pro-Turkish forces in the villages of al-Qasimiyah and al-Rihaniyah. At least 6 Turkish-backed militants were reportedly killed in the SDF advance.

The Russian military has deployed Mi-8 and Mi-35 helicopters and Pantsir-S air-defense systems air defense systems at the al-Qamishly airbase in northeastern Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Zvezda TV reported on November 14. Mi-8 and Mi-35 helicopters are currently involved in the patrols along the Turkish border. The patrols are ongoing in the framework of the Turkish-Russian safe-zone agreement.

Earlier reports appeared, that Russia may have been planning to establish a constant military presence, or even a military base in al-Qamishly. The recent developments demonstrate that even if these particular reports were wrong, the Russians are already using the airport for military purposes.

On the same day, Russian troops took control of the abandoned US military facility in Sarrin in eastern Aleppo. At least 5 Russian armoured vehicles entered the facility and a Mi-35 helicopter was spotted flying in the area.

Following the US troop withdrawal from the north, the Russians took control of their garrisons. Most widely covered such cases happened in Manbij and Ain Issa.

The US military is expanding its presence in the towns of al-Qahtaniyah and Heemo near Qamishly. Recently a US military convoy of approximately 20 trucks loaded with military equipment and several armored vehicles entered northeastern Syria from Iraq. These forces will likely be deployed near Qamishly in order to secure the US control of the oil-rich area east of it.

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  • Karen Bartlett

    Go, SAA, go Russia! Bogoroditsa, zashchiti, amin.

    • Liberal guy

      Ciao fr the al qaida scums hahahaha ha.

  • John Wallace

    Time to get back to business with that distraction in the north sorting itself out. Al Masdar has an 8 min vid of Russians choppering into a recently vacated massive Am base which is very nicely set up. Brick buildings instead of tent , lovely accommodation quarters and loads of stuff left in a mess. Untidy lot when they leave in a hurry. Bet they are really pissed leaving that to the Russians/ SAA . They weren’t invited so why did they think they were going to stay for decades..

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    If the US didn’t want the Russians to have the base they’d have destroyed it, Trump continually says he admires Putin and wants a good relationship with him, maybe this is more of a gift to the Russians.
    I hope the Russian throw away all the beds, that’s if the US left any, who knows what some of the transgender soldiers got up to when the lights were turned out, turned the beds into double bunkers probably, and I wouldn’t want to be sleeping on one of those beds, YUK.

    • verner

      blablarantravehuffandpuff- you don’t make much tangible sense do you!

      • Willing Conscience (The Truths

        Go have a sex change operation you stupid Turkish paid for troll, go make some more ridiculous comments about just how good this Turkish occupation is for Syria.

  • Lucy Hunt

    Good news, Syria’s next objective is to take Its oil wells back from the illegal US war tyrants. Get rid of these yankees, they are nothing but war mongers whom are the worlds leading terrorists SCUM!

  • verner

    firts idlib and then northeast and bring the cattle back to the folds, i. e dem kurds in tandem with dem turks.

  • occupybacon

    If successful, Putin will brag with it, if not, Assad will take the blame