Syrian War Report – October 25, 2018: Militants Push Idlib Demilitarization Agreement To Collapse

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The Turkish government is continuing attempts to convince the international audience that the situation in the Idlib demilitarized zone is under control and that militant groups are fulfilling the terms of the agreement.

Initially on October 8, Turkish state media claimed that all militant groups had withdrawn their heavy weapons and fulfilled obligations within the framework of the deal. Nonetheless, by October 15, after multiple violations of the ceasefire regime, it had appeared that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical militant groups had kept their weapons and members in the area. In order to propel the peaceful effort foward. Ankara and Moscow expanded the timeframe for the full implementation of the agreement further.

On October 24, Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar came with a new statement claiming that a large number of heavy weapons and radical militants were cleared from the 15-20 km demilitarized zone. “Turkey will never allow a terror corridor to be established in its south,” he said adding that he will discuss deconfliction agreement issues with his Russian counterpart on October 27.

The only problem is that on the same day militants carried out a large rocket and mortar attack on the districts of al-Shahba, al-Zahra, Halab al-Jadidah and Adhamiyah in Aleppo city. At least ten civilians were injured in the attack carried out from the northwestern countryside of the city, which is a part of the demilitarized zone.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) responded to the attack by targeting militant positions in Kafr Hamrah, Dahrat Abd Rabh, al-Salat, al-Zahra and al-Leramoun with artillery strikes.

Meanwhile in the Euphrates Valley, ISIS units attacked positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) around the villages of al-Susah and Hajin. According to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, 14 SDF members were killed, 4 others injured and 3 captured in the attacks. The same report added that ISIS captured a bulldozer.

According to pro-SDF sources, the SDF repelled all attacks killing 51 ISIS members. While there are no doubts as to the SDF advantage in firepower and manpower over ISIS, it still remains unclear how the group backed up by US-led coalition airpower has not been able to eliminate the Hajin pocket so far if reports about the hundreds of killed ISIS members claimed by it are true.

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  • alex spov

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  • Surprise, surprise. The same outcome in Idlib as in Aleppo two years ago.
    As I said before, Putin-Lavrov are culprits behind fail of every deal they
    made with ISIS-FUKUS-ISRAEL coalition. They must know that every new
    “deal” with “partners” will fail with 100% probability. That any deal
    with “partners” will result in unavoidable slaughter of countless
    civilians and many SAA servicemen.
    Why they keep doing them again and again and again ?
    A, they are utterly naive and stupid (not likely)
    B, they don’t want quick and decisive victory in Syria (likely)
    C, they want keep US “partners” happy with not showing Russian military
    force muscles too much, maybe spare couple lives of Russian soldiers and
    sacrificing many many many lives of Syria civilians and soldiers
    instead (very likely).

    And this is something that South Front
    never catch. For SF everything made by Russia is SAINT and everything
    made by FUKUS-ISRAEL is DEVIL.

    But it is not the case. We are in
    grey zone and war crimes are caused by both sides, primarily by the
    FUKUS coalition but Russia is to be blamed as well. Nobody is SAINT in
    the Syria war. Everybody pushes own dirty agenda there.

    • PJ London

      Look up ‘maintaining the moral high ground.”

    • Hisham Saber

      you are so annoying. wish you would go away.

  • Thunder

    oh well..then kill them all,they serve a great global evil they must be removed from the equation these…occultist slave armies