More Positive Than Negative News from Syria
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
The ebb and flow of fighting in Syria includes gains and losses for government troops.
Since the battle to liberate Idlib province from US/Turkish supported terrorists began in December, there’s been much more of the former than the latter — numerous towns and villages liberated, including this week.
Southfront reports that most of southern Idlib was liberated. Government forces continue advancing in central Idlib with little resistance.
They experienced a setback when US/Turkish supported jihadists reentered the strategic town of Saraqib.
Turkish media claim the town was captured. Russian sources said otherwise. Heavy fighting around the town continues.
AMN News reported that Syrian forces launched a counterattack against US/Turkish supported jihadists in Saraqib’s eastern sector, reentering the city, securing neighborhoods, aiming to retake areas lost to al-Nusra fighters.
On Wednesday, they retook Nayrab from government forces. They’re pushing back, securing Saraqeb and surrounding areas, along with recapturing Nayrab key objectives.
On Thursday, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that “Syrian army units liberated the villages of al-Howash, al-Howeijeh, Tanjara, al-Ankawei, al-Omqiyeh, ShirMaghar and al-Arima after carrying out intensified operations against the terrorist organizations in al-Ghab plain area and eliminating the last terrorist gatherings in it.”
Turkish-made weapons were discovered in liberated areas, including “Turkish-made guns, 14.5mm and 23mm machine guns, PKC machine guns, automatic rifles, a drone, tank shells, 100mm artillery and Fozlika shells, 120mm, 80mm and 60mm mortar shells and more than 180,000 bullets, 12.7mm and 14.5mm ammunition, anti-armor rockets and cars,” according to SANA.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov and Putin has no plans to attend Erdogan’s four-power summit on Syria he called for March 5 to include Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron.
Russia and Turkey are world’s apart on Syria. Putin supports the country’s liberating struggle, what Erdogan opposes, backing jihadists Syrian and Russian forces are combatting.
Relations with both countries are strained, communications between them on Syria continuing.
According to Reuters, Erdogan regime’s war minister Hulusi Akar asked Moscow for permission to use armed and reconnaissance drones in Syrian airspace controlled by Russia’s military.
His request came a day after Syrian air defense forces downed an armed Turkish drone on the outskirts of Idlib.
Putin and Russia’s Defense Minister Shoigu are unlikely to go along with the idea of hostile Turkish drones or other aircraft able to attack Syrian forces and civilians.
While Trump regime officials support Turkey’s Syria agenda, they haven’t agreed to provide direct military help that would put US forces in harm’s way against Russian and Syrian operations.
Despite losses to jihadists this week, gains by Syrian forces way outnumber them in the battle to liberate Idlib and surrounding areas from the scourge they represent.
A Final Comment
On Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blamed the Erdogan regime for breaching the September 2018 Russian/Turkish agreement on Idlib by supporting jihadists in the province instead of opposing them.
Representatives of both countries continue trying to find common ground on the situation in Idlib and surrounding areas.
It’s been unattainable so far because of Erdogan’s revanchist aims while pretending concern for Syrian civilians he’s been dismissive of throughout nearly nine years of US aggression he supports.
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