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  • Ironduke
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    The situation in Afrin today. The city is nearly surrounded, but it looks like for the time being the Turks/TFSA are leaving a corridor open through which the Kurds/YPG can flee.

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  • Ironduke
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    Militant groups, among them JTS, have recently taken Karnaz, al-Hamamiyat, and al-Mughayyir, in an effort to relieve SAA pressure on the East Ghouta pockets that are left.

    https://syria.liveuamap.com/en/2018/...uses-on-karnaz

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  • Ironduke
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    Russian military threatens action against the US in Syria

    The Russian military has threatened action against the U.S. if it strikes Syria's capital city of Damascus, according to multiple news reports.

    The threat, by Chief of Russia's General Staff Valery Gerasimov, was widely reported by Russia media sites such as state news agency RIA and Tass. It said Gerasimov said Russia had "reliable information" about militants preparing to falsify a government chemical attack against civilians.

    He continued by saying the U.S. would then use this attack to accuse Syrian government troops of using chemical weapons. He added that the U.S. would then plan to launch a missile strike on government districts in Damascus.

    "In several districts of Eastern Ghouta, a crowd was assembled with women, children and old people, brought from other regions, who were to represent the victims of the chemical incident, " Gerasimov said, according to RIA.

    Gerasimov said Russia would respond to a U.S. strike on Syria if the lives of Russian servicemen were threatened, targeting any missiles and launchers involved.

    "In case there is a threat to the lives of our military, the Russian Armed Force will take retaliatory measures both over the missiles and carriers that will use them," he said.

    The U.S. Department of Defense urged Russia to "stop creating distractions" and "enabling the Assad regime's brutality" in a statement sent to CNBC responding to the allegations.
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/13/russ...-in-syria.html

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  • Dazed
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    Originally posted by Ironduke View Post
    East Ghouta pocket now split into three:

    After nearly 7 years of Civil War Assad can almost lay claim to 10km east of Damascus.

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  • Ironduke
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    East Ghouta pocket now split into three:

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  • Ironduke
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    The East Ghouta pocket has been significantly reduced in the last 10 days, and the Syrians will obviously be turning their attention to other pockets in close proximity once Operation "Damascus Steel" is concluded.

    With Assad's offensive forces heavily concentrated in the Damascus area, the next offensives will likely be, in the following order:

    1) the Southern Damascus (Qadam) pocket (where Tahrir al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam are currently fighting ISIS and both are besieged by SAA forces). Assad issued an ultimatum yesterday giving the opposing forces there 48 hours to surrender the pocket with a "promise" of transportation to Idlib province.
    2) the Dumayr pocket 25 miles to the northwest of Damascus, which has already been isolated from the Eastern Qalamoun Pocket
    3) the Eastern Qalamoun Pocket which contains the cities of Ruhaybah and Jayrud

    The next major offensive will likely be the North Homs pocket.

    So far, the Turks on the one hand and the Syrians and their allies have been dancing around the edges and avoiding direct confrontation. It seems inevitable that this will no longer continue to be the case as events play out. I think there will be another tipping point in this war before the year is out.

    Last edited by Ironduke; 11 Mar 18,, 15:32.

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  • Ironduke
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    East Ghouta pocket, 2/27/18:



    East Ghouta pocket, 3/10/18:

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  • Ironduke
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    Turkish/TFSA forces have advanced rapidly through northeast Afrin province and are now overlooking Afrin City.

    Meanwhile a Turkish armored column and logistical support, including Leopard 2s, has advanced through Euphrates Shield territory toward Afrin.

    Last edited by Ironduke; 10 Mar 18,, 14:56.

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  • Ironduke
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    More new developments:
    • Jandaris and the Maydankay Dam have fallen to the Turks/TFSA
    • The Turks/TFSA have cut off the main road leading to Afrin City from Zahraa/Nubl
    • The East Ghouta Pocket has effectively been cut in two by SAA forces

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  • Ironduke
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    New developments:
    • TFSA soldiers capture Maydanki Dam in Afrin province
    • The Battle of Jandaris has begun
    • TFSA forces have captured a number of villages northeast of Afrin city, south of Sharan
    • SAA forces continue to advance in Ghouta. The pocket may be split in two in the coming days.

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  • Ironduke
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    In the last 24 hours:
    • Russian Air Force An-26 crashed, 32 dead, near Khmeimim Air Base in Latakia
    • 1200 fighters of Jaysh al-Thuwar, Jabhat al-Akrad and Liwa al-Shamal al-Democrati left the frontlines with ISIS towards Afrin to fight against the Turkish Army and Turkish-backed rebels (per syriacivilwarmap.com), and at least 1700 total overall
    • Reports of a chlorine gas attack in Hamoryah, in the East Ghouta rebel pocket
    • Turks are planning an assault on Jandaris "soon" - Erdogan
    Last edited by Ironduke; 07 Mar 18,, 02:24.

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  • Ironduke
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    Pentagon: Operations against ISIS in Eastern Syria 'Paused'

    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says offensive operations against Islamic State fighters in eastern Syria have been paused because U.S.-backed Kurdish soldiers have shifted to a separate fight against Turkish forces.

    A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Rob Manning, called it an "operational pause." He said that although ground operations have been temporarily suspended in the Euphrates River Valley near the Iraqi border, U.S. airstrikes against IS holdouts in that area are continuing. This includes areas around the city of Abu Kamal.

    Against U.S. wishes, Kurdish members of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces who had been fighting to eliminate remaining pockets of IS in the Euphrates River Valley have moved to the Afrin enclave in northwest Syria. Turkish forces have been attacking in Afrin for the past six weeks, seeking to drive out Kurdish forces.
    https://www.military.com/daily-news/...ia-paused.html

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  • Ironduke
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    And a portrait of Putin aside that of Assad on the SAA checkpoint for the Ghouta evacuation route.

    One thing I always found curious about these sorts of countries, but they've got Putin plastered up there too.

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  • Ironduke
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    Raju, one of the larger towns in Afrin, in the eastern/northeastern part of Afrin Province fell to the Turks/TFSA in the last few hours.

    Meanwhile, Turkish/TFSA forces have been tightening the noose around Jandaris in southeastern Afrin Province. The main road leading there from Afrin City is all but cut off.



    Meanwhile, intense fighting between rival Salafist rebel groups Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham (the latter being al-Qaeda/al-Nusra) in Idlib is grinding on toward its second week. Seems so far the initiative is with Ahrar al-Sham. I suppose the Syrian government stance on this is to just let them fight it out among themselves and allow them to maximally weaken each other while the SAA, Iranians, and Russians focus on Ghouta.

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  • Double Edge
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    Originally posted by Firestorm View Post
    Turkey Is Turning Into the Next Pakistan



    I see nothing wrong in this. Erdogan can join the US Allies Hall of Fame alongside Pinochet, Yahya Khan and others.
    When i saw the title i thought of S2

    Remember this : )
    Last edited by Double Edge; 03 Mar 18,, 15:11.

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