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WAR Ongoing Military Conflict In Syria
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  1. #3921
    ELINT News Retweeted

    Leith Aboufadel
    Breaking: Militants fire several grad rockets at Russia’s Hmeimim Airport near the coastal city of Jableh. #Latakia #Syria
    6:13 PM · Aug 13, 2019

  2. #3922
    ELINT News Retweeted

    Yusha Yuseef
    Breaking ,SAA Tiger forces Start Storming #KhanSheikhoun in South #idlib
    4:07 PM · Aug 18, 2019·

  3. #3923
    EndGameWW3 Retweeted

    BREAKING: large number of regime forces surrounded by Syrian Rebels North of #KhanShaykhoun
    5:16 PM · Aug 19, 2019·

  4. #3924
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    USA, planning on a Move
    Question. Did someone just hit a Turkish convoy in Syria?
    Less typing, more prepping.

  5. #3925
    A good question, too, bob. Dunno. Last I heard that registered was that they rescinded our right to overfly their airspace.
    Thoughts are things. Thus I'm careful of the thoughts I think, & the company I keep.

  6. #3926

    Looks like it

    Quote Originally Posted by bobfall2005 View Post
    Question. Did someone just hit a Turkish convoy in Syria?
    BBC · 6 hours ago
    Syrian civil war: 'Three killed' in attack on Turkish convoy

  7. #3927
    By Tom O'Connor On 8/19/19 at 7:10 PM EDT

    Members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces attend the funeral of an Arab fighter who was killed the previous week in the eastern Deir Ezzor province, in northeastern Syrian Kurdish-majority city of Al-Qamishli, April 10. Having largely defeated ISIS, the group is now pr
    Turkey has defied warnings from Russia, Iran and their local allies in Syria by seeking a deal with the United States and continuing to support insurgents as they clashed with government forces in the restive northwestern province of Idlib.

    A demilitarized zone deal struck nearly a year ago by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to stave off a Syrian military advance against Idlib, a jihadi-dominated area also populated by up to two million civilians and scores of various rebel groups. But violence has flared here in recent weeks, further inflating the death toll of an eight-year civil war. As the fighting worsened, a Turkish convoy defied Syrian warnings and crossed the border before being hit by an airstrike that "caused three civilians to lose their lives and left 12 civilians wounded," according to the Turkish Defense Ministry.

    "We strongly condemn this attack which contradicts the existing agreements, cooperation and dialogue with the Russian Federation. Without prejudice to our rights to self-defence, we expect the necessary measures to be taken to prevent recurrence of such incidents," the ministry said in a statement, arguing that Moscow had been informed prior to the convoy's departure.

    The Syrian Foreign Ministry, however, claimed in an earlier statement Monday that the convoy was "loaded with ammunition and weapons" intended "to help the defeated terrorists of the Nusra Front," an al-Qaeda affiliate now known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, in the recently government-reclaimed city of Khan Sheikhoun. The ministry said it "holds the Turkish regime fully responsible for the repercussions of this flagrant violation of the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic"—which Russia has supported politically since the conflict began in 2011 and through direct military intervention since 2015.

    A convoy of Turkish military vehicles is pictured near the town of Maar Hitat as smoke billows in the background during reported air strikes by pro-Syrian government forces in northern Syria's Idlib province, August 19. A Turkish military convoy crossed into northwest Syria today, heading towards a key town recently entered by Syrian military forces amid battles with jihadis and rebels, but was stopped after being hit by an airstrike.
    Turkey played an early role in the unrest that threatened Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backing a largely Arab Sunni Muslim rebellion against the leader who stood accused of war crimes by the U.S. and a number of its regional allies. Iran, a close ally of Assad, began to mobilize regional, largely Shiite Muslim paramilitaries tasked with bolstering the embattled Syrian military.

    The dynamics of the conflict were greatly shifted with Russia's entrance, compelling Turkey to join in trilateral talks with the two Assad allies as an increasingly Islamist opposition lost territory and international support from the U.S. and its regional allies. Around this same period, the Pentagon officially allied with a mostly Kurdish group known as the Syrian Democratic Forces. This organization is opposed by Turkey due to their close ties to the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

    With the Islamist State militant group (ISIS) largely defeated thanks to rival Syrian pro-government and U.S.-led coalition campaigns, the competing geopolitical interests of Syria's international actors have especially come to dominate the war in Syria. Ankara has often found itself in the middle of Washington and Moscow's competing visions for the country, while at the same time trying to advance its own interests.

    Erdogan's deal with Putin last year managed to temporarily halt a planned Syrian attack on Idlib, an operation that President Donald Trump threatened to halt by force, but continued militant activity within demilitarized areas and Syrian and Russian airstrikes on the province have slowly eroded hopes for a more permanent peace there. Some anti-government groups have also attempted to attack the Russia-administered Hamaymim airbase in Latakia from Idlib and Putin said Monday that he and his administration "support Syrian army efforts to carry out local operations to neutralize these terrorist threats."

    "I would like to remind you that no one ever talked about terrorists having an opportunity to concentrate in the Idlib zone and to feel comfortable operating there," Putin said after receiving French President Emmanuel Macron in Moscow. "On the contrary, it was stressed that the fight against terrorists would continue."

    Elsewhere in northern Syria, Turkey was also struggling to assert itself in the face of another major power, the United States. Rebels once supported by the CIA and now sponsored by Turkey have occasionally clashed with the Pentagon-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which were expelled early last year from the northern Aleppo district of Afrin and have faced attacks in the northeast as well, where U.S. troops operated.

    Trump announced his plans to withdraw from the country in December, but ongoing fears about a clash between Turkey and Kurdish forces have left Washington and Ankara struggling to come up with a deal. Earlier this month, shortly after U.S.-Turkey ties took a major blow due to the latter's decision to go through with a purchase of Russia's S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, Defense Secretary Mark Esper traveled to Ankara in an attempt to establish a plan for so-called "safe zones" in northern Syria.

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    As Erdogan threatened to launch an invasion into Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the talks "led to important progress" in implementing a project he considered "a big step towards achieving peace & security." The plan, however, has been met with skepticism by Russia and have been rejected outright by Syria, which considers U.S. and Turkish presence illegitimate, and by Iran, whose Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi called the move "provocative" and an "interference in Syria's internal affairs" on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, Syrian Democratic Forces command Mazloum Kobane emphasized in an interview Thursday with the Syria-based Kurdish Hawar News Agency that no final agreement has been reached and "negotiations will continue" as the U.S. mediates between his group and the Turkish government. He also said that talks were ongoing with the Syrian government.

  8. #3928
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Airstrikes targeted a Turkish army convoy inside a rebel-held part of northwestern Syria on Monday, killing three civilians and wounding 12 others, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.

    Syria said the Turkish convoy was carrying ammunition to rebels who have lost ground this month amid a government offensive to retake their last stronghold in the country.

    The incident ratcheted up tensions in the region, currently ground zero in the long-running Syrian civil war that has put Turkish, Russian, U.S. and Iranian interests at stake.

    The Turkish Defense Ministry said the convoy was attacked while heading to one of Turkey's observation posts in rebel-controlled Idlib province, but did not say whether any Turkish people were killed.

    Syria's Foreign Ministry said the convoy of armored vehicles was delivering weapons to Khan Sheikhoun, a major rebel-held town that lies on the front line of fighting along the southern edge of the Idlib enclave. The town is a stronghold of al-Qaida-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the most powerful militant group in the area.

    It was not immediately clear whether the airstrikes were carried out by Syrian or Russian warplanes. The convoy consisted of several armored vehicles and flatbed trucks carrying tanks.

    The Turkish move into Idlib appears to be a message by Ankara that it won't allow Syrian forces to capture Khan Sheikhoun, which would cut the highway linking Idlib to northern parts of Hama province, home to one of Turkey's observation posts.

    Syrian government forces reached the town's outskirts earlier Monday.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, and Idlib-based opposition activist Mazen al-Shami reported that Syrian troops reached the M5 highway north of Khan Sheikhoun. That would make it more difficult for rebels and civilians to move between Idlib and rebel-held areas in northern parts of Hama province.

    Just before midnight, the Observatory and other activists reported that Syrian troops entered Khan Sheikhoun from the northern part after the insurgents retreated amid intense clashes and heavy airstrikes. The town, one of the largest in Idlib province, has been emptied of residents who fled the violence.

    The town came under a suspected chemical attack on April 4, 2017 that killed 89 people and triggered the first direct American assault on the Syrian government.

    The United Nations called for de-escalation and a return to the cease fire negotiated in September, sponsored by Russia, which backs the Syrian government, and Turkey which backs the rebels, who have controlled the region since 2012.

    Under that deal, the M5 highway was supposed to be open by the end of 2018 but that never happened. Now, Syrian troops appear to be trying to open it by force.

    The Turkish Defense Ministry's brief statement did not provide details but "strongly condemned" the airstrikes, adding that they were "against existing agreements as well as our cooperation and dialogue" with Russia.

    The strikes hit near the highway where the convoy was traveling, Syrian activists said.

    Turkey's private DHA news agency said Syrian government planes targeted the route of a Turkish military convoy carrying reinforcement vehicles and personnel. It said the convoy was heading toward two Turkish observation posts when it came under Syrian aircraft fire.

    The report said the convoy could not proceed because the route between Maaret al-Numan and Khan Sheikhoun was targeted. The agency did not report any casualties.

    The Britain-based Observatory said airstrikes believed to be from Russian planes struck near the highway and forced the nearly 25-vehicle Turkish convoy to stop.

    Al-Shami also said that warplanes struck areas near where the Turkish convoy was moving. The Sham Network, an activist collective, posted photos of the Turkish convoy. A mushroom cloud of smoke, apparently from the airstrike, could be seen in the distance.

    Among those killed was Mohammed Hussein al-Qassem, a commander with the Failaq al-Sham rebel group that is supported by Turkey, opposition activists said.

    Hours after the airstrike, the Turkish convoy was just north of the village of Heesh in Idlib, said Yazan Mohammed, a media activist in Idlib province.

    The Observatory's chief, Rami Abdurrahman, said Turkish aircraft were over the area where the convoy had stopped, adding that another convoy was also heading to the area from northern Idlib province.

    The Syrian Foreign Ministry called the convoy's incursion a "flagrant Turkish intervention," saying that "this hostile behavior of the Turkish regime" wouldn't affect Syria's push into Khan Sheikhoun.

    Syrian troops have been on the offensive in Idlib and its surroundings since April 30. The region is home to 3 million people, many of them displaced by other battles around the war-torn country. The latest round of fighting in the past month has displaced some 450,000 people.

  9. #3929
    Ship called F UNIAO is leaving Beirut. This is usually not a good sign.

  10. #3930
    Syrian forces fire on Turkish observation post, officials say - Syria -

    Syrian forces fire on Turkish observation post
    10:10 AM · Aug 22, 2019·


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