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Wednesday, August 10

Syrian Army driving Saudi officials nuts (UPDATED)

UPDATE
This could explain why the Saudis are going nuts. From SouthFront's August 10 report,  
SITUATION IN NORTHERN LATAKIA AND ITS IMPLICATIONS [FOR] BATTLE FOR ALEPPO
... Furthermore, there are reports that some Saudi military advisers are encircled in eastern Aleppo. This is one of the arguments for desperate attacks by jihadists to lift the siege. Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and allies spent a major part of its arms and equipment to capture the Ramouseh Artillery Base and a part of the 1070 Apartment Project. However, they were not able to develop the success. The Syrian government forces’ superiority in artillery and air power player a crucial role in this.
The initial militant striking force in southwestern Aleppo was estimated as about 5000 fighters. Now, they have only a half of this number. The jihadists need to regroup forces, but this leads to withrawal from other sectors of the frontline as northern Latakia. Considering Jabhat Fateh al-Sham has some 20,000 fighters, the group is not able to operate successfully in various hot points at the frontline. 
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Syrian Commander: S. Arabia Sends 10,000 Mercenaries, Tens of Tanks to Aleppo
August 10, 2016 - 1:47
FARS

TEHRAN (FNA)- A commander of the Syrian army in Aleppo said that the Saudi officials who have been driven nuts by advances of the government and popular forces in the province have sent 10,000 of their mercenaries and tens of tanks to assist the terrorists with keeping their ground.

"The Syrian army's victories in Aleppo have made al-Saud to frantically send 10,000 mercenaries along with over 95 tanks to Aleppo province to break the siege and rescue their besieged officers from the Eastern parts of Aleppo," Mohannad Haaj, a member of the Syrian parliament and commander of al-Mahavir Battalion of the Syrian army, told FNA on Wednesday.  


[Pundita note: there's no way to get the mercenaries and tanks into E. Aleppo that I'm aware of; the road into the seige area is under fire control by Syrian and Russian forces.]

He, meantime, said that the Syrian army, supported by the Russian fighter jets and other allies, could [have killed?] kill over 2,000 Saudi mercenaries and destroyed more than 70 tanks of the terrorists in different parts of the province in the past few days.

Latest reports said on Tuesday that the Syrian and Russian warplanes pounded the terrorist groups' gatherings and concentration centers in the Western neighborhoods of Aleppo, killing 20 and wounding several more.

20 militants were killed and several others were injured in Syrian and Russian airstrikes on their positions in Qabat al-Assad area in the Northern side of Rashedeen 4.

Also a notorious field commander of Ahrar al-Sham was killed in heavy fighting with the resistance forces in the Southern districts of Aleppo.

Abu Hassan al-Shami was killed in resistance fighters' attacks in the Southern battlefields of Aleppo city.

In the meantime, 48 terrorists, originally from Idlib province, were killed in the Syrian missile, artillery and air attacks in Southern Aleppo.

Also, fierce clashes are underway between terrorist groups and Kurdish fighters in Sheikh Maqsoud district in Northern part of Aleppo city.


[END REPORT]

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