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Jim W. Dean - Assad has shown throughout the war to be careful about exposing his army to a bad defeat because maintaining good morale is critical to the survival of the country.
I happened to catch this article on NEO today by surprise, a bit concerned at first because it was from years ago.
Jim W. Dean - As Southfront notes below, Erdogan's plan seems to be to try control as much of Idlib as possible before the the meeting with Erdogan next week.
Erdogan is walking a tightrope trying to run a Turkey with its economy in the toilet while involving the country in multiple foreign wars.
Jim W. Dean - I just saw a video with some "light" air ordinance dropped on a four gun rapid firing Turkish howitzer battery in a perfect pattern, to suggest they stop firing, and they did, immediately.
Jim W. Dean - The US backed jihadis have broken so many ceasefires it would take a Phd. dissertation effort just to compile them all.
Jim W. Dean - Turkey continues to attack SDF and SAA lines in N Syria to test their response, and so far the Russians have been quiet about these probes, and not used their air power to discourage Turkish advances.
Jim W. Dean - As VT has been saying, at the end of the day it is the major criminal orgs against us all, and sadly our government institutions seem to be their favorite tools.
Jim W. Dean - Having refugees return to places with no infrastructure or jobs is a dead-on-arrival program, which is exactly what the US coalition wants, so they will then be "anti-Assad". Welcome to the fake US spreading of freedom and democracy.
Jim W. Dean - The Kurds are only 30% of the population in Northern Syria, and their playing local henchmen for the US over the other 70% of the population is a crime, which the MSM has not covered.
Jim W. Dean - These combined Syrian units are attacking west to push the Turkish militias away from their M-4 highway blocking position, as the road needs to be cleared.
... from Press TV, Tehran - First published ... August 26, 2019 - The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin is equally concerned about attacks by...
The shots at dusk show you how close the lines are at times, with the Syrian and Russian air forces bombing ahead of moving columns, and a lot of 20mm guns engaging enemy positions plotted on the SAA combat maps.
Jim W. Dean - This current flanking move to the east and west of Khan Shaykhun is designed to pressure the jihadis to pull out of Southern Idlib, while they can still retreat in good order.
We saw clues to this move with the high number of bombing sorties flown by the SAA and Russia against troop and supply concentrations in Idlib.