Turkey Resumes Financial Support To Free Syrian Army And Ahrar al-Sham In Northern Syria – Report

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Turkey Resumes Financial Support To Free Syrian Army And Ahrar al-Sham In Northern Syria - Report

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On February 16, three unnamed sources revealed to the Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Enab Baladi that Turkey had resumed its financial support to groups of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the  Ahrar al-Sham Movement in northern Syria. The Turkish aid will replace the US support program that was halted on December 18, 2017.

Enab Baladi said that the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), will not receive the Turkish assistance. However, the support program includes several key allies of HTS, including Jaysh al-Nasir, Jaysh al-Izza. Furthermore, Ahrar al-Sham is also desginated a terrorist organization by many US allies including the UAE.

According to Enab Baladi, Turkey wants the FSA groups to divide its military activates between the Afrin area and Idlib governorate in exchange for the support that it will provide. However, a source told Enab Baladi that Turkey didn’t set such condition, but only encouraged the FSA to engage in the ongoing battle in Afrin.

Over the last four years, FSA groups in northern Syria have used all the support they have received from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the US to attack the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). They have even shared a big part of this support with HTS.

Syrian experts expect that this time most of the Turkish support will also find its way to HTS and will be mainly used to launch yet another attack against the SAA in southern Idlib or northern Hama.

According to reprots, a majort part of the Turkish support will go to the so-called “Rad al-Ghuzat” operations room, which was formed by several FSA groups and the Ahrar al-Sham Movement on February 3. These groups clearly said in the their first official statement that their only goal is to “conduct defensive and offensive operations” against the SAA.

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  • gustavo

    Who is supporting also terrorists ?

  • François

    Yeah so one day Turkey will openly be Russia ennemy. Erdogan will then have hot time

    • FlorianGeyer

      This does help prevent the US from re-employing these gangs.
      There will possibly be an auction now :)

      • François

        Undoubtly. And a day all those fuc.ers will be fuc.ed…That means seriously humiliated:)
        In the case of Erdogan, he sould take care and remember the US once intended kick him out, what if Russia get same idea?

        • FlorianGeyer

          Erdogan is indeed walking a tightrope and he is unlikely to die of old age.

          • François

            I think for the good of mankind let’s have a synthetic vision: war against terrorism best, cheapest and simplest action should be to kill Erdogan

          • FlorianGeyer

            That would also create an ideal situation for the US to place a Turkish puppet in power though. Its all a bloody mess .

          • François

            Yes, that’s the risk

  • FlorianGeyer

    This was only to be expected of course. The past weeks have forced all the players behind the terrorists into the open.

  • Lupus

    Ok lets fund and arm PKK inside Turkey, invade Turkey to fight terrorists like FSA there and put up army observation posts around Istanbul and Ankara.

    • PZIVJ

      You beat me to it. :)
      The Turks are such hypocrites !

      • Lupus

        😎✌

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      • You can call me Al

        Rather stupid hypocrites as well.

        But and a big but, what the US has somehow manufactured now, is another major fighting front for the SAA which they can ill afford. If Turkey or their proxies kill or injure one Syrian fighter (SAA), all hell will break loose.

        For me, this is not good, not good at all.

      • velociraptor

        But you welcomed them yesterday!!!

        So, you ar provocateur here.

        • PZIVJ

          I stated the Kurds are about to lose the N Afrin border.
          Can you read a map?

  • Ronald

    Proof positive that Turkey and the US are still working hand and hand .

    • You can call me Al

      Spot on in my view.

    • velociraptor

      I told you this earlier.

  • Joe

    Really so many groups and imagine Assad lost … it would be worse than Libya.
    Assad is the only saviour left…and hope for Syria.

    • Man Dagang

      Now the worst already been done by killing hundred thousands civilians by Assad

      • Joe

        Don’t want to argue with an blind anti Assad guy . No point . Yet majority of Syrians of all religions flock to his areas seeking his protection to save Syria from your organ eating Jihadists who just love to get Assad to reward them with 72 virgins

        You guys will fight each other like Libya with tiny Israel as your Lord

      • velociraptor

        Bullshit

      • Ariel Cohen

        You really are a sucker for what the MSM has fed you aren’t you? It is a testament to your utter stupidity that you have swallowed the propaganda they have been feeding you . .hook, line, sinker and fishing rod . .

  • Joe Doe

    Looks like Putin fool himself again at the expense of Syria. Americans and Turkey are friends again and continue thee agenda and Putin put his tail between legs and siting quiet. Some time maybe bark once or twice. Assad need to arm his army and look for better protector and partner. As Putin making blunder after blunder.

    • jerry hamilton

      Putin knows exactly what he is doing.
      He is letting the various players show to the world what they really are.
      I don’t actually know what Russia is capable of.

      • Ma_Laoshi

        Yeah? And? What will that reveal about the USA that we haven’t known since the Vietnam war at the latest? The more American bestiality will be exposed to the world, the more their orcs will be feared; Americans can live with that. You want to send the Yanks packing, you have to show you do NOT fear them, like the Vietnamese did.

        • jerry hamilton

          AND
          It’s not to do with seeing what they do.
          Since America became a country in 1776 they have been at war 222 out of their 239 years. The thing they are best at is killing people.
          Most Americans don’t know that.
          There are also hundreds of millions of people around the globe that are discovering for the first time who the baddies really are.
          The media have been lying to them since well before WW1.
          The BBC tells you the Israeli’s are being stabbed by Palestinian terrorists.
          Now more than any time before, people are waking up to the truth.
          If you’r that impatient… Here’s your rifle. You go sort them out.

          • Ma_Laoshi

            Oh please, like one could spend one day in the US and not notice you live in a thoroughly militarized society. Americans don’t make a fuss about this because they see it as only proper that they rule over the lesser races of the world–a whole theology has been constructed to explain how God’s promises to the Hebrews have been transferred, or at least extended, to themselves.

            Liberal Americans want to take on Russia, conservative Americans want to mix it up with Iran first; there are no other flavors that count. Several countries have committed nasty genocides of course; the USA was founded on genocide. As Americans pithily say, “it’s what we do.”

        • You can call me Al

          You are diverting the conversation in hand.

      • You can call me Al

        For once in this whole conflict, unless I see anything soon, I am also thinking the worse in that Syria + Russia have been outplayed on this one and as usual, the Turks have lived up to their lying, cheating, double crossing selves…..at the mo, this whole situation was in-needed and stupid to get involved in.

        God, for once I hope I am wrong.

        • jerry hamilton

          Me too.

      • velociraptor

        Yes, heknows. He knows, that he is coward and he fears.

        • jerry hamilton

          Buii$hit

        • John Whitehot

          surely he won’t be using a range of nicknames to post like your kind do.

          • velociraptor

            Thats right. But he uses lot of white horses to hide his stolen billions. Everybody has his own dark side. :)

  • Ma_Laoshi

    Seems those sly Turks are doing well for themselves playing both sides (not that I see much actual Turkish interest in neo-Ottoman jihad). All these moderates should have been dead by this point, that’d have de-escalated the situation much better.

  • Xanatos

    Turkey has officially double crossed Putin.

    Again.

    Turkey announced full normalization of ties with the US . In return the U.S. will force Kurds to abandon afrin and manbij. The us says they will stay in manbij alongside Turkish forces.

    With Saudi money, and Turkish army in idlib, the militants will start a new offensive. Russian attempts to court turkey are wasted.

    • velociraptor

      Russians deserve their fate. This is a nation, which is not able to learn. Second class humans.

  • Amine Mansouri