…from al-Masdar News, via TASS
[ Editor’s Note: NATO has rained on Erdogan’s parade after putting out feelers that he might ask for NATO assistance to deal with the Idlib situation by claiming Turkish troops are dying in the observation post, due to Syrians preferring to kill Turks despite there being thousands of Jihadis around as dance partners.
Today we had the video of two manpads shot from a peaceful Turkish observation post trying to get an SU-24 that had been bombing jihadis during their morning offensive on Nayrab, east of Idlib city. The plane evaded and denied the Turks their expected treat of watching the plane come down and maybe even a Russian pilot to nab.
Erdo’s preempting NATO was a bad move. When is the last time Turkey did anything for NATO that did not serve its own interests, like wanting NATO to fight the Russians and SAA?
The Russians are much cooler. I watched a video this morning of them laying out a perfect pattern of anti-infantry bomblets from a guided artillery canister that had four 155mm Turkish howitzers stop firing immediately.
The gunners knew the Russians could have fired anti-armor munitions and taken all four of them out. But that’s not how Putin rolls, only using what force is necessary to deny your attacker what he wants, while giving him time to reconsider backing off with limited losses.
I will try to post more of the ANNA (Abkhazia network) combat footage, including some night combat drone footage taking out APC and jihadi night squads, followed by a tour of the battlefield to see the damage… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … February, 02-20-20 –
NATO has no plans to provide Ankara with military support if Turkey launches a military operation in northern Syria, a diplomatic source from a NATO country told TASS on Monday.
“NATO countries will not support the invocation of Article 5 over the death of Turkish troops in Idlib in early February,” the source pointed out.
According to him, NATO is not considering the possibility of providing Turkey with military assistance in the event of a military operation in the region.
The diplomat said that the death of Turkish troops in Idlib was a tragedy but it had taken place during a unilateral military operation on foreign soil, which goes beyond Article 5 of NATO’s founding treaty.
He added that the fact was clear to Turkey as well, which is why Ankara had not tried to initiate NATO consultations on the matter.
As for the possibility of a Turkish military operation aimed at halting the advance of Syrian government forces in Idlib and assisting illegal armed groups in retaining control of certain parts of the province, the source noted that as a NATO member, Turkey had the political support of other member states but there were no plans to provide Ankara with military assistance.
The diplomat emphasized that not all NATO members shared Turkey’s goals in Syria and Libya, and the issue of providing military support to Turkey had not been raised at a meeting of NATO defense ministers on February 12-13.
The situation in the Syrian province of Idlib escalated after the Russian and Turkish militaries had made another attempt to ensure a ceasefire. In response, terrorists increased attacks, killing both Russian and Turkish military experts.
The Syrian army took action against extremists, seizing the town of Saraqib on February 5. On February 7, Turkey’s Milliyet newspaper reported that three out of 12 Turkish observation points were located in areas controlled by Damascus.
On the morning of February 11, Syrian opposition forces supported by Turkey launched large-scale attacks on Syrian government troops, particularly on Saraqib and the Nayrab settlement. The fighting also involved supporters of the Jabhat al-Nusra terror group (outlawed in Russia). Syrian troops thwarted the attacks, while militants suffered substantial losses.