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Saturday, May 12

Of course you can't understand SouthFront's battle maps. You don't have a decoder ring.



Yes I can make it larger. There. That's a help, isn't it?  

  

You see that blotch that looks like a little explosion and a bent arrow near Suwaghiyah? That means something's happening there. That's all we need to know.

Oh all right; let's see exactly what the battle is about in glorious downtown Suwaghiyah -- if it has a downtown. For this I turn to the SouthFront report accompanying the above map:
On May 11, fighters of the Syrian National Defense Forces (NDF) in the besieged towns of al-Fu’ah and Kafriya in the eastern Idlib countryside repelled an attack by radical militants on their positions from the eastern direction, according to the Hezbollah media wing. Local sources said that the NDF had lost one of its fighters while repelling the attack.
No group has claimed responsibility for the failed attack yet. However, Syrian pro-government sources said that the attack had been carried out by fighters of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Jaysh al-Ahrar.
In response to the attack, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of airstrikes on positions of HTS and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the villages of al-Sawaghiya, Taftanaz and Ram Hamdan east of al-Fu’ah and Kafriya, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
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Ah! Sawaghiyah doesn't have a downtown because it's a village. That clears up everything. Not another word, Pundita, before SouthFront sends someone after you.  

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