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Syrian War Report – September 30, 2019: Syrian Army Prepares To Resume Idlib Advance

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Syrian War Report – September 30, 2019: Syrian Army Prepares To Resume Idlib Advance

The Syrian Army and its allies are preparing to resume ground operations against radical militants in Greater Idlib, according to pro-government sources.

Over the past few days, helicopters of the Syrian Air Force have carried out multiple airstrikes on positons of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other al-Qaeda-linked groups in northern Lattakia and northwestern Hama. Especially intense airstrikes were reported near Kabani and across the al-Ghab Plains.

Meanwhile, Idlib militant groups are working to prevent evacuation of civilians from the area. They see the local population near the frontline as a useful tool of defending their military positions, often located near civilian infrastructure objects. Since the start of September, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham has repeatedly shelled the Abu al-Duhur humanitarian corridor opened by the Syrian Army.

Aleppo governor Hussain Diab even told reporters that radicals had executed at least 5 people that were trying to cross to the government-controlled territory.

Russian air defense and electronic warfare systems shot down and intercepted over 100 hostile unmanned aerial vehicles near Hmeimim airbase in the past two years, the Ministry of Defense of Russia announced on September 27. Militant groups operating in Greater Idlib launched most of these drones.

On September 26, unidentified aircraft carried out a new series of airstrikes on positions of Iranian-backed forces near the eastern Syrian city of al-Bukamal, on the border with Iraq. This was the third airstrike on the area in September. These attacks are often attributed to Israel. Nonetheless, these actions did not help Tel Aviv to put an end to Iranian military presence in the border area.

Additionally, the Iraqi government announced that the al-Bukamal crossing located on the Deir Ezzor-Baghdad highway will be soon reopened.

On Septmeber 27, ISIS cells ambushed a Syrian Army vehicle with an IED near the town of al-Sukhna in the province of Homs. At least two soldiers were killed in the attack. Earlier, a similar attack targeted a pick-up truck of pro-government militia Liwa al-Quds near Palmyra. After reopening of the al-Bukamal crossing, Damascus and Iranian-backed forces will likely focus on eliminating the remaining ISIS cells in the desert.

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  • You can call me Al

    Off track.

    19-56 CET – Large planes (bombers) moving Eastwards.
    20-09 CET – Still going.

    Can anyone track them somehow ?.

  • verner

    the entire border to turkey needs to be cleared of debris which s tantanount to the turks, the jurds and the unhinged states of A, in one clean swooooop – get rid of the unhinged idiots from washington and allow the turds to move back to the border between turkey, syria and iraq. nothing else to do except to get a clean shot at the jews on palestinian land and send them all the way to hell.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    Well they better hurry up and launch the offensive soon or they’ll be pipped at the post by the Turks.
    Erdogan has just announced he intends to launch his own campaign to take back Idlib from the terrorists, and he’s now in the process of mobilizing his 45,000 strong NFL/FSA/SLF [moderate opposition] to do it, so we may have a race on our hands soon. 45,000 MO V 45,000 terrorists.
    As it stands now 65% of Idlib is supposedly under HTS and Al Nusra control, which means Erdogan’s forces only control 35% of Idlib, but if the Turks launch a military offensive that would quickly change to the moderate opposition controlling 65% of Idlib with the terrorists left with only 35% of Idlib, and I’d bet it would only take a couple of weeks at the most for Erdogan to do it.
    And since the SAA can only attack the designated terrorists in the areas they actually occupy [they aren’t allowed to attack the so called moderate opposition], the SAA would be in the same boat they were before this new UN agreement was reached.
    But I think the UN will have something to say about it if he does, they seem pretty determined to make this new deal work, so I think Erdogan’s in for a big shock if he mobilizes his moderate opposition in Idlib, it could possibly give the UN enough reason to designate them as terrorist organizations if they did, or at the very least designate them as unsanctioned combatants, which would then allow Assad to legally attack them with the UN’s approval, LOL, I’d love to see Erdogan’s face if that ever happened, LOL.
    As a side note the Turks deadline for the US safe zone implementation agreement has just expired, and guess what, the US hasn’t done a thing to comply to Erdogan’s demands, it seems like nothing’s going Erdogan’s way lately.
    I’m just waiting for Erdogan to start frothing at the mouth again now, so get ready for some more threats to invade northern Syria, and more threats to the EU concerning the Syrian refugees. I’m sure he’ll already be sending even more men and equipment to the border right now, since his imposed deadline’s just expired with not even one US compromise in sight, so I’ll be watching Turkish and US news intently for the next few days, but I’m not expecting Erdogan to get any good news, just more bad news, LOL.

    • Selbstdenker

      Assad could attack them at any time, as fighting foreign forces on own soil is deemed to be rightful by UN charta.

      • Willing Conscience (The Truths

        I said the moderate opposition can’t be attacked, the terrorists can be attacked at any time, this is what I said, you may of misread or misunderstood,
        “And since the SAA can only attack the designated terrorists in the areas they actually occupy [they aren’t allowed to attack the so called moderate opposition],”

        • You can call me Al

          There are no longer any moderate terrorists.

          • Willing Conscience (The Truths

            I think you meant “moderate opposition”,
            You know it, I know it, and Assad knows it, and for that matter just about everyone else on the planet knows it too, but unfortunately we don’t have a say in what they’re officially called, because smarter [?] people than us get to decide what they are or what they aren’t.

  • iosongasingsing

    Syria must be of the Syrians and not Turks or Americans. East Euphrates must also be freed by the Kurdish militias allied with Israel. As long as there was ISIS allied with the US, nobody did anything and when the Russians arrived, the American criminals who could not stop them from fighting caliphate, placed the Kurds in his place. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c75b54b70b61d144545a9e439599db6e1ec60c6a7c7c95ae54b053a945d299da.jpg

    • You can call me Al

      I say that Syria must invite the PMU in to eliminate the SDF….. I do wonder how the US would act in that scenario, knowing that they are now part of the Iraqi military.

  • gustavo

    Resume operations do not mean “offensive.” So, it is just a wasting of time, men, and weapons. Without a real “full offensive” on Idlib, everything is just to secure of the Syria partition land.

  • smertzakrov

    this will be a slow process; the USA, Israel, turkey r aware that Russia, Iran, Syria r reluctant to murder civilians