Terrorist Forces Collapse in Western Aleppo

“Syrian government troops take control of 28 settlements west and north of Aleppo – agency” – TASS

This is a pretty good summary of recent events in the north west of Syria, where the legitimate Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad now holds 50% of the long terrorist held Idlib province.  And the government troops  are still advancing to recover the remaining 50% – in spite of the Turkish threat to prevent them from doing so.

This liberation of 28 settlements is just in the last 24 hours.

Backing up this report, here is how Southfront reported yesterday’s events.

“TURKISH-BACKED MILITANTS SUFFER CATASTROPHIC LOSSES IN WESTERN ALEPPO (PHOTOS, VIDEO)” – Southfront
I just want to make it clear (in case there is doubt) the images in that story are of the well prepared but defeated Turkey-backed terrorist forces.

Also: “SYRIAN ARMY SWEEPS THROUGH NORTHERN, NORTHWESTERN ALEPPO AS MILITANT POSITIONS COLLAPSE” – Southfront

And: “NORTHERN, NORTHWESTERN ALEPPO COMPLETELY SECURED BY SYRIAN ARMY” – Southfront
That pocket I mentioned yesterday has now all but been eliminated.

And now, before the victorious Syrian forces move to close the deal and recover the remaining parts of Idlib, they are opening humanitarian corridors – not for the first time by any means – for any remaining civilians who wish to leave the war zone to the safety of government territory, to do so.

“SYRIAN ARMY TO OPEN NEW HUMANITARIAN CORRIDORS IN IDLIB, ALEPPO” – Southfront

“You Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two, Boys. You Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two.”

Terrorists, it seems, just love being herded into pockets of resistance, surrounded and annihilated.  Well, I suppose it is what they live for – the ridiculous notion of martyrdom.

Forming pockets is a tried and true means of disposing of enemies. Nobody gets in. Nobody gets out.  The result is inevitable.  

I haven’t heard any talk of prisoners being taken by the advancing Syrian army and friends.  Nor should they be.  If these fools they are fighting – be they Syrian or foreigner – want to die for something, who should prevent them from doing that?  There is in any case no place for captive terrorists now. The scourge of terrorism in Syria must end.  No more place for ceasefires until the job is done, completed and finished.

“GOVERNMENT TROOPS ARE CUTTING MILITANTS’ RESISTANCE IN WESTERN ALEPPO INTO POCKETS (MAP)” – Southfront

I see from the map that there are another two Turkish military posts about to be surrounded and negated.  There are only between 4-5 of the original 12 ‘observation’ posts still operating inside terrorist held territory and I think around 10 more were constructed in the past few weeks – at least half of which are now inside Syrian government held territory.  The Turkish troops inside the remaining ones must be longing for the day that the Syrian army arrives to liberate them.  

I suppose Mr Erdogan will want his troops back one day.  He should be made to pay handsomely for their safe return after it is all over.  Perhaps the monetary value of all the Syrian oil he stole while he was able to buy it from ISIS some years ago would be a start.

But I am getting ahead of things.  There is still a war to win for the Syrians, and I don’t want to make light of that.  Many more brave Syrian soldiers will die before that day.  But at least in this part of Syria I think the time will not be long in coming. 

The Situation in Syria’s Idlib Province – 15 Feb, 2020

Not a day goes by in recent weeks when the Syrian Arab Army and its allies do not make serious advances into the Idlib and western Aleppo regions, driving out the Turkish backed – and recently re-armed (according to the Southfront reports I list below) – al-Qaeda linked terrorist forces occupying the area.

Turkey, it seems, is seeking to gain a numerical superiority in newly established military outposts in the region.  At least two new ones were set up in the last 24 hours.  Syria, meanwhile, follows a policy of tactical movement, so far totally ignoring but surrounding those Turkish military posts in newly liberated government held territory.  The Turkish position appears to be similarly mentally conceived as that held by Hitler in his final days. 

Nothing is going to stop the tide of war overtaking any imperialist attempts to stop it now. Syria will be victorious.  Syria will be liberated from terrorism in spite of any imperialist dreams.

I list below several Southfront reports that I woke up to this morning, all covering events in the last 24 hours.  I am pleased to see that the Mansoura pocket just outside Aleppo has finally been closed off.  I am also pleased to see the Syrian forces are now strong enough to be advancing on several fronts towards the terrorist stronghold of the city of Idlib and also the town of al Atarib which was yesterday newly infested by Turkish military. Will we see fireworks or will the SAA simply bypass the town to avoid open conflict with turkey?  A new front has also been opened up to the north, apparently with the probable assistance of SDF (PKK) forces in the area.  Finally, Syria has a new Russian weapon, the TOS-1A thermobaric rocket launcher – which should be able to obliterate any defences that terrorists are using – and not in a nice way.

https://southfront.org/syrian-army-liberates-new-town-in-western-aleppo-resumes-advance-in-idlib/
https://southfront.org/syrian-army-deploys-tos-1a-thermobaric-rocket-launcher-in-aleppo/
https://southfront.org/syrian-army-secures-several-urban-areas-in-aleppo-city-outskirt/
https://southfront.org/turkey-armed-syrian-militants-with-u-s-made-anti-aircraft-weapons-russian-military-source/
https://southfront.org/russian-warplanes-chase-militants-to-turkish-occupied-afrin/
https://southfront.org/hts-turkish-backed-factions-retreat-from-three-towns-in-western-aleppo/

Syrian Idlib Conflict – 14 Feb, 2020

“SYRIAN ARMY’S GAINS IN SOUTHWESTERN ALEPPO OPEN ROAD ON ATARIB (MAP UPDATE)” – Southfront

So, it looks like my prediction of two days ago that the SAA will soon take control of tghge road thatg Turkey is using to insert its military into Syria thus cutting off the only available escape route out of Syria for those forces will be fulfilled – and I fully expect that to happen in the next few days.  That road is, I believe, the M45 – the only main road between the north-western Syrian border and the city of Idlib.

Large advances have been made today that eliminate pockets in the Syrian front line and open the road to the town of Atarib from where it is a hop and a jump from that vital road.  Nothing can stop them now – certainly not the Turkish military, who have been put into a very precarious position.

Erdogan’s pronouncements of what his army will do are not worth the time he took to say them.  The Syrian army is now a hardened and formidable force.

The image below is from https://syria.liveuamap.com  

Comparing those two maps it is easy to see that the situation is so fluid that it is impossible for map-makers to keep up with latest events. It is very likely that the Syrians are now much further advanced than is suggested in those images.

What is clear is that the Syrian government now has complete control of the M5 motorway between the capital Damascus and Aleppo – something they have not enjoyed for something like 5 years.

There is some talk of another ceasefire in 10 days time – not sure if that is official – a move that would in any case last less than a day and designed purely for the benefit of the terrorists. There won’t be much fight left in them by then anyway.