The Syrian army has continued its advance yesterday all along the eastern Idlib front south of the M4. Their intention is to obviously close off that whole region to terrorists and make the Turkish positions untenable there by controlling that major roadway.
In this regard they are totally ignoring the presence of Turkish forces in the area, which must be of some embarrassment to Turkish president Erdogan – having vociferously threatened to drive the Syrians back to where they started. He, of course, has no hope of doing that. In fact Turkish casualties are mounting in the process and have now reached at least 30 dead. The Turks are apparently building a third line of ‘observation points’, though I fail to understand why. The first two lines have more or less already been neutralised and remain within Syrian government controlled areas – observing what? How successful the Syrian army is?
Meanwhile the terrorists continue to use Turkish weapons and armour – equally ineffectively and with massive losses in manpower. Why do they continue? Well, put simply, they have nowhere else to go – except maybe Libya, as mercenaries – or Europe, as refugees.