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

Nemowork

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Jan 2011
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Should point out that the SAA have slowed down their attacks around Kafr Nabudah and have gone over to trying to remove the pocket HTS caused in north hama. HTS were still ongoing up to a couple of days ago at least but since the isolated guard outposts have either pulled back or have been reinforced HTS casualties have been mounting.
theres reports of HTS trawling the refugee camps in Idlib for 'volunteers' so it probably isnt an easy fight for them.
 
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Nemowork

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Jan 2011
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Various stories are hitting the BBC over the last week about civilian casualties, which nobody seems to be responding to

stories about syrian refugees being sent from turkey back into Idlib where the rebel recruiting parties are waiting and sharing them out.

After a months silence the SAA are releasing stories again, mostly about NDF forces preparing around Zakah.

General impresion, the rebel offensive has been halted and secured, the SAA are now confident enough to go back on the offensive and have been using intense air bombing to prepare the way but they either need to rest their elite units or theyre confident enough in the NDFs quality that theyre pulling Tiger force and the 4th division back.
 
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sparky

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Jan 2017
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there has been a rather muted coverage of the Rukban refugee camp ,

the mainstream story is that the Russian are to blame

Syria's Rukban camp dwindles after five-month Russian siege - residents, aid workers - Reuters
in fact the last food convoy was done by the Russians


but the politics are somewhat confuse and being under US protection is no guarantee of a meal a day
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opin...-under-its-protection/?utm_term=.8af30c5ff9bf

net result , the refugees are returning to government controlled zone
 
Jan 2014
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Portugal
Portuguese source last week was talking about the importance of control the enter/exits in refugee camps concerning security and recruting, even in Kurdish controlled area.
They were also talking about police/gendarmerie possibly being deployed in such missions.
 
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Antalya
Portuguese source last week was talking about the importance of control the enter/exits in refugee camps concerning security and recruting, even in Kurdish controlled area.
They were also talking about police/gendarmerie possibly being deployed in such missions.
Will they be deployed to North? I think there is no refugee camp close to Turkish border. Turkey is currently planning an operation there.
 

sparky

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It seems to be a very bad deal for the Syrian government why should they let a couple of thousand fighters joint an active front ,
much better to leave them bottled up
 

Nemowork

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Jan 2011
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Combat operations have been underway for two days.

Tiger force have been leading with the manpower made up of squaylbiyah (and several other attempts at spelling) and Mhardeh NDF. Attacks have gone in on Arbaeen and Zakkah with Arbaeen being taken on the first day.

Following a night of intense clashes, the Syrian Army was able to push Jaysh Al-Izza outside of Zakah and force them to retreat to the nearby towns of Kafr Zita and Al-Latamnah.

As a result of this operation, the Syrian Army now possesses the high ground over the Jaysh Al-Izza strongholds of Kafr Zita and Al-Latamnah.
When it comes to street fighting the rebels seem to do okay and can infiltrate and push back the SAA, once the SAA have the high ground and can set up artillery they rarely seem to give that up. I'd say its going to be a bad day for JAI
 
Jul 2019
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New Jersey
I've been watching the fighting over the past several days on a live map. It seems as though the SAA has been making steady, yet painful progress. But correct me if I'm wrong: this fighting is going to be nothing compared to when the line moves closer and closer to Idlib, right?

And what's with that Turkish controlled FSA pocket in the north and Rojava to the east? Is there some sort of government plan to deal with them?
 

Nemowork

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Jan 2011
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The Turks and their proxies were supposed to clear the jihads out of the demilitarised zone. Since they failed the SAA have gone in to do it so they have limited goals, blitkrieging Idlib isnt an option.
This will however has a knock on political effect on Turkey and the rebel factions.
The big question comes when the jihadis are cleared out of forced back towards other rebel areas will the SAA withdraw, hold onto the contested territory and will the Turks and Americans accept it.
 

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