Turkey openly fighting Russia and Iran in Syrian Hama advance


Ankara Sends Hundreds of Terrorists, Advanced Military Equipment to Hama to Back Up Tahrir Al-Sham

…from FARS News, Tehran

[ Editor’s Note: Russia and Iran are going to eventually be asked why they looked the other way on Turkey’s playing the role of a divisive spoiler in Idlib, with its long support of proxy terror groups there.

Russia seems to be making the current advance on Hama specifically due to the increased number of attacks on its Hmeimim main airbase, when the drones and rockets used against it keep flowing through Turkish checkpoints.

It is now pushing the jihadis back out of range, something that was needed months ago, but someone allowed themselves to be compromised. The good news is that the Russian and Syrian air forces are destroying the southern area jihadis, piecemeal.

From the Southfront video I saw this morning of jihadi PoWs, half of them were kids, and/or mid-teens, throwaways. Southfront has photos of veteran Russian PMC specialists backing up the SAA on the ground; and through them, always knowing what is going on.

I predicted last year, when the Syrian coalition was clearing the central north area to open up a road to Aleppo, that Damascus had to keep the fight going while it was winning. It was a multi-flank attack that retook the territory with modest losses for what was gained.

But I had been expecting that afterwards, the SAA would begin an attack up from Hama in the South to push the jihadis further north and concentrate them into a tighter area, which would be easier to deal with from the air and shorten the SAA defensive lines.

Here we are a year later, where the Idlib jihadis have had a long time to rest and dig in, get new equipment and replace their losses from last year. It is always easier and saves your soldiers’ lives to keep pushing back an enemy in retreat when you have air power that can get them on the roads, even at night.

Russia reduced its presence, refocusing on the diplomatic approach. Trump feinted with this pullout bait and then reneged, so Damascus is caught twisting in the wind. The US and Kurds have replaced ISIS in many places as occupiers; and the Constitutional process seems to be frozen.

Russia and Iran have had an enemy in their camp, with Erdogan’s claims to support Syrian territorial integrity being a sick joke. His actions have mirrored the US’ actions. He will leave Syria when it suits him, and not before. And he will use proxy forces to keep his home team casualties low.

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– First published … May 12, 2019

TEHRAN (FNA) – Turkey has dispatched hundreds of its allied militants and state-of-the-art military equipment to Northwestern Hama from Aleppo’s Afrin in a bid to support Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) against the Syrian Army’s rapid advances in Northern Syria, media sources said.

“Around 1,000 Ankara-backed Ahrar al-Sham terrorists have been sent to Sahl al-Ghab and Jabal Shahshabou in Northwestern Hama from Afrin region in Aleppo to back up Tahrir al-Sham terrorists,” the Arabic-language Al-Watan newspaper quoted local sources in Northern Syria as saying on Sunday.

The sources pointed to Ankara’s efforts to block Syrian Army’s advances in Northwestern Hama, and said that tens of trucks loaded with Ahrar al-Sham militants have arrived in towns and villages of Sahl al-Ghab and Jabal Shahshabou region for battle with the Syrian Army.

Al-Watan also quoted sources close to the National Liberation Front (NFL) militant group as saying that the Turkish Army via Idlib border crossing has equipped Tahrir al-Sham with modern TOW missiles and other military equipment, including state-of-the-art sniper weapons and night-vision cameras with high precision.

In a relevant development on Saturday, ringleader of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at Abu Mohammed Al-Jolani admitted that his terrorist group has lost its bases in Hama after people refrained from cooperating with them as civilians and tribal leaders in Idlib are trying to hand over their regions to the Syrian Army.

Al-Jolani held a meeting with 50 representatives of different terrorist groups and some media activists in Idlib on Friday, pro-militant sources said, adding that during the meeting al-Jolani admitted to Syrian Army’s control over two key towns of Kafar Naboudeh and Qala al-Maziq and said that the two towns fell due to weak backup and resistance of the residents of the towns against a reinforcement of militants’ positions there.

Meantime, the sources underlined that the tribal leaders of the cities of Khan Sheikhoun, Ma’arat al-Numan and several other towns are trying to hand over these regions to the Syrian Army concurrent with the Syrian Army’s advances in Northern Syria.

In a relevant development in late April, Al-Jolani threatened other terrorist groups to avoid handing over Syria’s occupied territories to the Damascus Army.

Al-Jolani held a meeting with eight senior commanders of other terrorist groups, including Islamic Turkistani Party, Harasuddin and Jeish al-Izza, in Atmaeh town near the border with Turkey, the Arabic-language service of the Russian Sputnik News Agency quoted local sources in Idlib province as saying.

Tahrir al-Sham’s ringleader who attended the meeting under tight security measures strongly warned commanders of other terrorist groups that they would be regarded as traitors if they hand over any region under any agreement to the Syrian Army, warning of Tahrir al-Sham’s revenge and lethal blow.

Meantime, al-Jolani also asked other terrorist commanders to put their militants on a state of full alert and keep their bomb-laden suicide vehicles prepared for operation.

Al-Jolani, who was attending his first meeting after two months, was accompanied by three Turkish-speaking militants in the meeting with other notorious terrorist commanders.


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  1. Sounds like the rag-heads are trading in their muskets and camels for AKs and tanks and finding out that the dudes in the palaces are not their friends.

  2. The US has supported terrorist proxies, so has Israel and Turkey, and so have the Gulf States. A very large amount of all the organized terrorism is state sponsored by US coalition entities. When no countries will speak out about this, or mass media, or major religions, etc…they in a way are aiding and abetting by looking the other way.

  3. Putin pulled the rug from under the Syrians planning a similar offensive last September. Look what it led to–the situation we have now, only the Jihadists are better fortified and better supplied by the Turks. At the time, Putin was ready to politically carve out this section of Syria giving it some measure of autonomy from Damascus all in the interest “peace” and harmony. The same was to happen in east with the Kurds. Putin would look brilliant, a real peacemaker. Events though prove how misguided he was and how treacherous the Turks could be. Everything has fallen apart. The Syrians are back to square one and to their credit the Russians have dropped their fantasy and reversed course and are decidedly making a difference this time around. I have no doubt now, barring a major US intervention, victory in Idlib is Syria’s and is coming soon.


    Realistically, Turkey gets kudos from the Jolani types/tykes if seen to support them even on a minuscule yet convincing scale to avoid a probable backlash of later terrorist activity in Turkey. Russia and Syria know Erdogan’s mind and – nod and a wink, will take out all Jihadists in due course. As you say yourself Jim – the personnel are cheaply bought teens from a wide area moved not so much by any idealistic fallacy but the scourge of empty pockets. In saying this I do not for one moment condone this leading of lambs to the slaughter of these mainly immature wolves in lambs’ clothing. Anyone backing the Jihadis should consider themselves ghouls who, without the balls to face a real fight themselves, are only too happy to take their ‘cut’ of American taxpayers money and offer it up like incense to Jupiter Bellicosus to have gormless rookies without even a rudimentary grasp of action lay down their lives instead. A few squads of Russian special forces to get the coordinates right on the ground and the air force should wrap it up in the space of a few weeks. When this mop-up operation hits high gear the Jihadi defenses will inevitably crumble to an inexorable finale. As for dead militants in beards and khaki pants, death riven faces askance. Maybe they would have this fact be known, they never had a chance.

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