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Turkish Forces Are On ‘Tactical Retreat’. Syrian Army Recaptures More Territory In Eastern And Southern Idlib

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Turkish Forces Are On 'Tactical Retreat'. Syrian Army Recaptures More Territory In Eastern And Southern Idlib

Erdogan’s forces continue their bloody battle for peace and prosperity for al-Qaeda groups in the Syrian region of Greater Idlib.

On March 3, Turkey shot down an L-39 warplane of the Syrian Air Force in eastern Idlib. The warplane, which was carrying out strikes on al-Qaeda militants, crashed near the town of Maarat al-Numan. One of the ejected pilots landed in the militant-held area and was killed. On the same day, Turkish media released videos showing drone strikes on the Syrian Army convoy supposedly moving near Maarat al-Numan and the destruction of an alleged Pantsir air defense system of the Syrian Air Defense Forces near Saraqib.

Additionally, a large Turkish military column consisting of M113 and ACV-15 armoured vehicles, Leopard 2A4 battle tanks and ALTIGNAN air defense systems entered Batbu village in the northern part of Idlib. Pro-Turkish sources also claimed that the Turkish military will soon deploy Hisar air defense systems to the region in order to put an end to the constant aggression of the Syrian and Russian air power against peaceful al-Qaeda members and their Turkish supporters. Thus far, al-Qaeda members and the Turkish Army are on a ‘tactical retreat’.

In eastern Idlib, Erdogan’s forces lost the villages of Jawbas, Tarnaba, Dadikh and Kafr Battikh west of Saraqib. Units of the Syrian Army also advanced on the town of Afirs aiming to fully secure the M4-M5 crossroad area. In southern Idlib, the Syrians cleared the villages Kafr Mus, Kawkabah, Amqiyah and Fulayfil of Turkish-led forces. On top of this, the Syrian military shot down 3 Turkish combat UAVs. One of them, the Bayraktar TB2 crashed near Saraqib. According to pro-government sources over 150 militants were killed or injured in recent clashes with the Syrian Army. Taking into account the scale of the ground clashes, this number is likely overestimated.

However, such claims are a weak shadow of the statements of the Turkish Defense Ministry which is ‘neutralizing’ thousands of Syrian soldiers and hundreds of pieces of military equipment in its statements on a regular basis.

On the morning of March 3, the Turkish military claimed that that during the past 24 hours Turkish-led forces had destroyed a warplane, a UAV, 6 battle tanks, 5 howitzers and artillery pieces, 2 air defense systems, 3 armored combat vehicles, 5 armed pickups, 6 military vehicles and an ammunition depot belonging to Syrian forces. The defense ministry also claimed that 327 Syrian soldiers were “neutralized” during the same period.

On the evening of the same day, when Erdogan’s forces withdrew from another batch of positions, a Turkish soldier was killed and 9 others were injured, so the defense ministry made another Twitter offensive to compensate the setbacks. It said that 299 Syrian soldiers were ‘neutralized’, and 9 battle tanks, 8 artillery pieces and rocket systems and 2 military vehicles were recently destroyed. Thus, the Turkish-claimed number of “neutralized” Syrian soldiers since the start of Operation Piece Spring just reached 3,183.  It doesn’t matter if the Turkish military announces that its forces have destroyed a Syrian carrier strike group ‘Al-Assad’ near Tartus or shot down a dozen Russian-supplied Su-50 fighter jets or even neutralized a detachment of Iranian Rembos, the result will be same –the invincible Turkish forces make no gains on the ground.

Meanwhile, Moscow once again announced that Russia is not planning to cease anti-terrorist efforts in the Idlib region and called Turkish claims about ‘millions’ of refugees fleeing the Syrian anti-terrorist operation in Idlib fake.

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  • AlexanderAmproz

    https://www.voltairenet.org/article209397.html

    Western propaganda against Turkey

    by Thierry Meyssan

    While pretending to protect Turkey, Western propaganda hides its calls for help. The problem is by no means the clashes with the Russian army at Idleb, nor the fate of the families of jihadists, it is much more serious. The world is a cruel place. It is not by blinding ourselves that we will be able to come to the aid of threatened populations.

    VOLTAIRE NETWORK | DAMASCUS (SYRIA) | 4 MARCH 2020

    عربي DEUTSCH ESPAÑOL FRANÇAIS ITALIANO ROMÂNĂ TÜRKÇE РУССКИЙ

    “Le Monde” : SYRIA : DANGEROUS ESCALATION AROUND IDLIB

    – “At least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed on Thursday, February 27th in Idlib, northwestern Syria, by Bashar al-Assad’s forces, backed by Russian aircraft.

    – Ankara in retaliation has bombed Syrian positions and is threatening the Europeans to allow an influx of refugees to the west.

    – Nearly 900,000 people, 80 per cent of them women and children, have fled the fighting in the Idlib region since December 2019”.

    According to the Western press, the tone is rising between Turkish and Russian forces, raising fears of a “dangerous escalation in Idlib”. The way in which it treats this subject is in total contradiction with what the actors are saying. This contradiction is an opportunity for us to explain our method of analysis. To make ourselves understood, we will take the example of the “French daily newspaper of reference” (sic), Le Monde.

    The Franco-German point of view

    In its edition dated March 29, 2020, Le Monde highlights three points:

    – “the soldiers of Bashar al-Assad” supported by the Russian air force have killed 33 Turkish soldiers;

    – “in reprisal”, Ankara bombed the Syrian positions and threatens the Europeans;

    – 900,000 people have fled the fighting in the last three months.

    In its editorial, the daily highlights a platform of 14 European foreign ministers, including the French and German, calling on “the Syrian government and its allies, Russia and Iran, to end their offensive and return to the terms of the 2018 ceasefire agreement reached in Sochi”.

    A disinformation operation

    A number of preliminary remarks are in order:

    – The Syrian soldiers are not those of Bashar al-Assad, but of the Syrian Arab Republic. President al-Assad is certainly their commander-in-chief, not in his own name but as the democratically elected president by an overwhelming majority of his fellow citizens. It would not occur to any journalist to speak of the French Army as the ’Army of Emmanuel Macron’.

    – The 33 Turkish soldiers who were killed are not the cause of the crisis. It began on February 1st with the assassination in a Turkish ambush of four Russian FSB officers in Aleppo; an event that the French daily never reported on, but which made headlines in the Russian press. Since then, Turkey has multiplied its provocations towards Russia.

    – The figure of 900,000 people fleeing the fighting is purely fanciful. Since the beginning of the war against Syria (mid-2012, after the destabilisation of the “Arab Spring”), the Western press has been putting forward frightening figures that are denied by the facts. During the Ghouta crisis, for example, it asserted with aplomb that the number of people imprisoned in the enclave was 10 times greater than the number of people who came out when the jihadists surrendered. In reality, it is not possible in a country at war to compile statistics. They can only be established once peace has returned. No one today is able to quantify the population in the governorate of Idleb.

    As if this propaganda were not enough, the editorial highlights a free forum of European ministers [1]. The first remark is that there were only 14 signatories and not 27. 13 have refused to join. Moreover, most of the signatories, unhappy that their hands were forced, refrained from having it translated into their language and published at home.

    These ministers call on Syria, Russia and Iran to stop their offensive. In the first place, Iran is not participating in this fighting, yet these ministers attribute a responsibility to it and address it. Secondly, these ministers call on Syria not to free its territory from the foreign jihadists whom they, as Europeans, were supporting militarily until recently under the name of “moderate Islamists”. Finally, these ministers refer to the Sochi ceasefire which has never been applied by Turkey. Indeed, it provided for it to separate the “Syrian opposition” from the jihadists so that the former could be protected and the latter fought. But here, as elsewhere, there does not seem to be any “Syrian opposition”, only jihadists.

    The rest of the editorial is a position paper that provides a better understanding of the simplistic thinking of the newspaper. It talks about “the determination of Western democracies, [their] values and [their] ability to translate their ambitions into military action”; the United States which “has washed its hands of the Syrian problem”; and the paralysis of the Security Council where “Russia, often with the support of China,” “systematically” vetoes. In other words: we Europeans are Saints, the United States is Pontius Pilate, Russia and China are Evil.

    In passing, Le Monde accuses Turkey of threatening “to no longer hold back the refugees from Syria, of whom it already shelters 3.5 million”, which is false. Turkey has threatened to no longer hold back its refugees, including not only Syrians, but also the 800,000 people who have fled the Western destruction of Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Finally, the editorial ends with an apology for the French position which “is finally beginning to put words to the behaviour of Russian forces (…) guilty of repeated war crimes, also covering up the lies of the Syrian army”. People who have endured jihadists, ’moderate’ anthropophagiacs (sic) and other head cutters for the past eight years will appreciate this.

    The methodology

    Journalism is not about saying what you see (from this point of view, almost everything that Le Monde reports here is accurate, except the numbers and responsibilities), but about making it understandable to the public. Which is the exact opposite of what the editorial staff of the “French daily of reference” (re-sic) does. For decades, this newspaper – the image of the ruling class it serves – has deliberately concealed essential information from its readers and biased others.

    It is impossible to understand anything without first studying, and studying again, the regional context of events and the history of each actor. As in all sciences, one must constantly question what one believes one has understood and go back to correct one’s mistakes. Finally, it goes without saying that during this work one must disregard one’s sympathies for one or other of the protagonists.

    What Le Monde hides from its readers

    Let us look back over two decades of incompetence or bad faith: since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States has been waging what President Bush called an “endless war”, not against enemies, but against a method of combat, terrorism. In Afghanistan (2001), Iraq (2003), Libya (2011), Syria (2012) and Yemen (2015), they had excellent reasons to send money, weapons, mercenaries, and sometimes soldiers to overthrow forces they described as illegitimate. However, it is clear to everyone that far from disappearing, terrorism is on the rise, and wherever they have overthrown an adversary, the situation has only gotten worse.

    The Pentagon’s 2001 Middle East Remodeling Map, which was not published until 2006 by Colonel Peters

    Since the publication of the Pentagon’s map of the “reshaping of the Middle East”, all states in the region (except Israel and Jordan, which are not involved) know that their best ally wants to dissect them alive. NATO member Turkey is no exception.

    Since its creation, Turkey has had a powerful and efficient administration inherited from the Ottoman Empire. Its population came from the Mongol hordes that invaded the region, and its founder, Mustafa Kemal, was a victorious warlord, so that the army still has greater prestige and power than civilians. This is why the totality of Turkey’s foreign policy reversals since it became aware of the US plans is aimed at protecting the country from the voracity of its best ally [2].

    The Turkish General Staff is today persuaded – rightly or wrongly, that is not the question – that after having destroyed Syria, the Pentagon is going to attack its homeland, Turkey. In the midst of urgency, panic and despair, it has devised a response consisting in threatening all its NATO allies with imminent catastrophe if they let Turkey be destroyed and offering them another battlefield, as far away as possible, in Libya [3].

    Turkey does not know who it is. It contests its borders (Atatürk’s national oath) and its history (it denies having practiced the genocide of non-Muslims), but it does not want to die. In panic, it cries, shouts, screams like a cornered child.

    The deliberate attacks against Russia (assassination of FSB officers on February 1st , meeting with the head of the Tatar militia, meeting with anti-Russian banditry supporters in Ukraine, clashes with the Russian army in Idleb, shooting at Russian reconnaissance planes, drone attack on the Hmeimim base, arrest of journalists of the Russian press agency in Turkey) are not directed against Moscow [4]. They are means of threatening the United States with the worst cataclysm imaginable: a Third World War, if they do not back down.

    Threats to launch columns of refugees on the roads of the European Union are not intended to destabilize the EU. They are calls for help: if Turkey is destroyed, these flows of migrants will be inevitable, so act before it is too late!

    If President Erdoğan wanted to go to war with Russia, he would not have taken the initiative to call President Putin on February 4, 12, 21 and 28 and would not have gone out of his way to meet him.

    President Erdoğan at Dolmabahçe Palace, February 29, 2020.

    The same President Erdoğan, who is not a military man, but a simple civilian from an Islamist militia, did not say anything other than our analysis on 29 February 2020 to the deputies he had gathered at the Palace of Dolmabahçe (the former residence of the Sultan): ’The real target of the scenario we are facing is not Syria, but Turkey. Those who get what they want in Syria will immediately turn their eyes to Turkey. It is worse than reckless to think that those who have effectively divided Syria into three parts will respect Turkey’s territorial integrity. »

    Obviously, it is not Le Monde, which has never ceased to support the colonial ambitions of a certain French elite and to promote a revolution in Syria, that will translate this direct questioning of US strategy.

    The choices of the West

    With all due respect to the editorial staff of Le Monde, the question is not at all the “escalation around Idlib”, which can stop instantly, but whether the NATO member states will let Turkey be destroyed or not.

    It is time to stop whining about the unfortunate families of jihadists and take responsibility before a new country is crushed.

    Thierry Meyssan.

    https://www.voltairenet.org/article209397.html

    • palegreendot

      Wellllllll…that was interesting. Meyssan is usually spot-on, but he somehow completely skated around the role that Turkey has played in the destruction of Syria. Erdogan is not a victim. He is a PERP.

      “Those who get what they want in Syria will immediately turn their eyes to Turkey.” So says the faggot who funneled tens of thousands of foreign jihadis into Syria, armed al-Nusra and ISIS, and is currently supporting his vermin in an attempt to prevent Syria from liberating Idlib. I have ZERO sympathy for him or Turkey.

    • Karen Bartlett

      Thank you!

    • Drew

      This is the worst piece Thierry ever wrote. Full of illogical ‘conclusions’, like; “The deliberate attacks against Russia (assassination of FSB officers on February 1st , meeting with the head of the Tatar militia, meeting with anti-Russian banditry supporters in Ukraine, clashes with the Russian army in Idleb, shooting at Russian reconnaissance planes, drone attack on the Hmeimim base, arrest of journalists of the Russian press agency in Turkey) are not directed against Moscow [4]. They are means of threatening the United States”..This is beyond madness!

      • AlexanderAmproz

        His article conclusion is Turkey risk to follow the Syria dismemberment
        and destruction for the US/Isreal/NATO colonial convenience ….

        Personally I will favour Eurasia with the New Silk Road for Backbone…
        Turkey is an essential vertebra for it
        Europe-Russia-Turkey-Middle East-Iran-Pakistan-India- China
        have to be together for common interest and Development

        US/UK GO HOME

        • don

          Competing economic blocs of capitalist environment destruction and animal mass torture and murder? Like Tupac said “still I see no changes’.

    • Pork

      Illogical. Here is proof.

      Why not Erdogon then turn to Russia, Iran, etc? Simple enough.

      If Turkey is dismantled, lmao, which will never happen, so be it.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        He will do,
        if he want to save his skin,
        otherwise Turkey will go to the US/Israel/NATO Dogs

        Empire are Darwinians, come and go it’s looks the US time is ripe to implose…
        Do they will start WW3 to avoid it , that’s the Question ?

        Israel is the 51 US State ready to blast the World !

  • shylockracy

    The Turk-led terrorists with drones only managed to recapture Saraqib for 2 days before they were shown their place, it cost many SAA lives but showed the terrorists that their place is in Turkey, not in Syria. Now that Turks/NATO gave ISIS/al-Qaeda chemical weapons, there’s no reason for any Syrian ally to limit Syria’s goal of liberating every inch of Idlib.

  • Hasbara Hunter

    The SAA, Russians, Hezbollah & Iran should use momentum & invade Turkey…ZIONATO is not coming to help Erdocunt anyway….

    • You can call me Al

      Strangely enough, I also am thinking along the lines. Doing that they would also get support from Israel scum + Egypt amongst many others and be welcomed back into the ME community -> which in the end could also bring Iran / Iraq to join the peace table.

  • Saif Imam

    Lets see what Putin says to Erdogan.

  • Karen Bartlett

    God continue to help the SAA and allies, in Christ’s name, amen!

  • ΕΝΑΣ ΑΠΛΟΣ ΠΟΛΙΤΗΣ

    The Great Sultan and Chief Commander of the Glorius Ottoman Army gave a new and final ultimatum to Putin and Assad: if the Syrian Army does not retreat back to December lines until the end of February 2022 then he will order the Army to capture Damascus. In the mean time Erdogan the Magnificent ordered his army to retreat temporarily back to Syrian-Turkish border in order to relax awaiting his great victory of 2022.

    • cechas vodobenikov

      Erdogan is sending refugees to Greece; his attempt to gain allies in NATO AND EU—-GREECE, AUSTRIA, SERBIA and Hungary r closing their borders …as Kurz observed, turkey sends no refugees to Bulgaria

      • You can call me Al

        Turkey has failed,next week it’s military in Syria will be annihilated.

  • igybundy

    Why did it take this most powerful army in the world take over 3 months to eject a small ISIS contingent and then had to bribe them to leave??

    • don

      Who the USA or Turkey? Both countries openly support Al Qaeda while claiming to be against ISIS. Of course ISIS got their weapons from AL Qaeda who in turn got their weapons from Turkey, USA, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar, UAE.

  • Rodney Loder

    Brother Erdogan has shown the rebels his firm support which is the most important thing at this stage as the focus shifts out of Syria to the broader ME perspective, US Sec. of Def. Mark Esper categorically ruled out US air support for Turkey, complaining about lack of European help for Turkey and Turkey is no longer interested in EU compensation for Syrian Refugees, plus the Syrian armed opposition know Brother Erdogan did his best on their behalf.

    All’s well that ends we!!.

    • You can call me Al

      I have decided you are a cunt, fuck off as you are now “blocked”.

      • Rodney Loder

        You can call me Al possibility changes as enactments come about, Assad won , Syria won so why support the Kurds that lost, a stupid thing to do, Russia loves israel 100 times more than Syria, same with China, at the moment Russia and China are boxed in by Trump, not exploiting this opportunity considering Libya is a stupid mistake.

        Assad can’t offer opposition to KSA, but Turkey and Qatar can but they need the Syrian rebels on the right side, Syrian borders are not threatened only temporarily compromised besides I contribute 15 USD every month.

  • Icarus Tanović

    They are tactically running away.

  • Karen Bartlett

    Check this out, guys:Syrian Army recaptures T-90 tank that was seized by jihadists in Idlib: video https://aml.ink/1jOEK via @thearabsource

    • Vitex

      Musical tanks :) For sale, slightly-used tank, three owners since new

  • cechas vodobenikov

    apparently there was a brawl in the turk parliament—even turks r losing confidence in the Erdogan govt

  • You can call me Al

    I am getting to the stage where I now despise the Turkish scum more than ever. I do not understand this endeavour as they have pissed Russia off, their cynical call to refugees to go to Europe has pissed all of us Europeans off (+ governments) and the US continue with the contemp to all of us. The only winners here, as usual, are the Yids.

    • Karen Bartlett

      Can’t remember where I read it now (will try to find it) but I think Turkey is worried that after the US gets done “dividing and conquering” Syria, then Turkey is next on the Balkanization of the ME project.

  • Art Best

    Can you believe this crypto-Zionist by the name of Vladimir Putin?

    How can you NOT be an enemy of the Turks and instead building nuclear reactors for them?

    Putin is a (Jewish) TRAITOR who even his Russian army hates:

    http://johnhelmer.net/putin-corrects-mistakes-by-biting-his-tongue-on-telephone-with-assad-and-netanyahu/

    https://lorddreadnought.livejournal.com/5716.html

    http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2018/02/trump-putin-kosher-nostra.html?m=1

  • Ron

    Any idea how many times Erdogan will be bitch slapped when he meets with Putin today?