Friday, August 17

Erdogan regime orders attacks on civilian evacuation corridor in Idlib: report

"While some pro-government sources have claimed that the Idlib advance will be launched soon, much still depends on results of the ongoing behind the scenes negotiations between Russia and Turkey on the issue. The situation is developing." - SouthFront, 8/16

In recent days I've been relying so much on FARS for Syrian War news that my previous post explains why. With the launch of the Syrian army's Idlib Offensive drawing near, yesterday FARS published a report that suggests Erdogan will be a sore loser if the Turkish army is shoved back over the line -- and if I read Colonel Lang correctly, they will be shoved. 

Turkey Using Civilians as Human Shields for Terrorists in Idlib
August 16, 2018 - 4:31

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Turkish army prevented the Syrian army's decision to open a safe corridor in Idlib province before a massive military operation by the latter, making civilians a human shield for the terrorists.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency reported on Thursday that the safe corridor, which was due to open in Abu Zohour region in Southeastern Idlib for the civilians' passage from the terrorist-occupied regions, remained closed after Turkey showed a green light to the militants to attack it.

It added that the Syrian army's decision was called off after the Turkish officers held a meeting with commanders of the terrorist groups in Hama and Idlib near the town of Murak in Northern Hama, forcing civilians to remain in their homes.

Based on the report, the Turkish army has also declared that it will block any military operations in the province and protect the regions occupied by al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board), the ISIL, Horas al-Din and other terrorist groups.

Meantime, a Syrian field source said that the decision was called off after intelligence showed Turkey's green light for the ISIL and al-Nusra's suicide attacks against the passageway, adding that Ankara is trying to prevent military operations in the region by using civilians as human shields to protect the terrorists.

The [Russian government]-run Sputnik news agency reported on Wednesday that the Russian and Syrian forces were making final coordination on a major offensive against terrorists in Idlib.

The Sputnik Arabic report quoted a military source as saying that the Russian and Syrian armies have been coordinating to launch the long-waited assault in Idlib, adding that a vast joint reconnaissance operation has been underway by Russian and Syrian experts in the last few days as the zero hour is arriving for the operation in Northwestern Syria.

Sputnik Arabic further noted that monitoring the movements and gatherings of terrorists in villages and towns in Southeastern Idlib has been among [tasks for] the joint reconnaissance operation conducted by Russian and Syrian forces.

Sputnik added that in the meantime the Syrian army artillery units heavily shelled the positions of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) in the region, destroying their bases and positions.


Over 650 Idlib militants surrendered to government forces: Homs Governor; SouthFront, 8/16 - "The provincial government also revealed that during the reconciliation process backed by the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties, about 80% of the armed groups in al-Rastan, Al-Dar al-Kabirah, Taldau, al-Ghantu, Tell-Bisa and Houla stayed, while 20% refused to surrender arms and were taken to Idlib."


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