Syrian Civil War: military operations (the show must go on)

sparky

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Jan 2017
3,183
Sydney
I've been following this particular piece of real estate and the Kurds were on and off to extract some supplies from the US military
the local Arab tribes are largely useless for hard fighting and resented the Kurds foreigners lording it over them
their shaky allegiance to the SDF probably related to the amount of backsheesh the local Sheiks received
which didn't include incurring any large casualties against their old Daesh friends .

the rate of bombing and offensive operation was somewhat patchy ,
like quiet for weeks with a rate of air operation in the half a dozen desultory drops
followed by some more serious pounding , then a lull
shock and awe it wasn't .....not by a long shot !
 
May 2015
987
The Netherlands
While Erdogan keeps threating with a military intervention in Northeastern Syria to oust the YPG/SDF, Idlib has completely descended into chaos due to infighting. HTS/Al Qaeda and their jihadists allies have already annihilated the Zenki group and are succesfully fighting Turkey's proxies. Turkey has been forced to send in FSA reinforcement from Afrin, but HTS/Al Qaeda appears to be taking over all of Idlib at this point. So much for the buffer zone Turkey promised to keep against HTS/Al Qaeda.
 

sparky

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
3,183
Sydney
things are heating up nicely

- dar el zur remain of Daesh controlled territory are crumbling ,
I don't know if it was Trump prodding which did it or if it's a coincidence but after his tweeting
a serie of attack , use of artillery and the SDF showing some aggression Daesh is loosing fast ,
foreign fighters have been captured two American among them , the rest of the remain is retreating to their last bastions in some disorder

- in Idlib there is a ferocious inter militia going on between ex Daesh and Turkish supported groups ,

- the SDF is anouncing that there is still some points to be discussed for an agreement with Damascus to be signed
 
Mar 2016
659
Antalya
No agreement will be recognized by Turkey, so long as the said agreement implies pre-1998 status-quo. Turkey will use her rights (legal) to fight PKK in Syria (YPG), as per Adana Accord. All I see on Internet is wishful thinking that Turkey will suddenly tolerate PKK, just because they signed some agreement with Syria's regime, which by the way, is direct violation of Adana Accord.

Three-letter-trick (SDF/YPG/PKK/XYZ) can only fool people without clue what's going on in Syria. Sprinkling some local Arabs to terrorist militia known as YPG, and calling it SDF isn't going to work. Either Assad is going to dismantle them, oust them, or we will do it.

Have a nice monday.
 

sparky

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
3,183
Sydney
In Syria the militias change names more often than they change shirts ,
there is only the US and Western medias to take it seriously

a point of some interest is the absurd situation in An Tanf in the South where the US is supervising a large number of Sunni refugees with a goodly number of ex Daesh sheltering among them
Jordan doesn't want them there and has closed the border to passage even of food ,
only water and emergency medical treatment
Nobody knows what will happen there
 
Jan 2017
3,183
Sydney
the last territorial enclave of Daesh is under successful assault ,
precise artillery fire and some agressive drive from the SDF is what made it possible
it has lost two third of its extend ,
the last stand should come withing days or even hours
 

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