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Syrian army on brink of total victory in central Syria

Syrian army on brink of total victory in central Syria

Unreported by the Western media, the situation in the Syrian war continues to shift decisively in the Syrian government’s favour, and continues moreover to do so at a blistering rate.

Following the Syrian army’s recent capture of the strategically important town of Rusafa in northern Syria, the Syrian army has launched a major offensive further south against ISIS fighters occupying the key As-Safira district in Aleppo province around the town of Khanasir.  ISIS fighters occupying this district – the last area of Aleppo province still held by ISIS – have been resisting fiercely, but Al-Masdar reports that they are now totally encircled by the Syrian army.

The Syrian army offensive in As-Safira district is led by the Desert Hawks Brigade, a unit which originally began as a volunteer militia unit formed by Syrian army veterans to support the Syrian government in the war, but which has acquired a formidable reputation as a fighting unit, and which is now fully integrated in the Syrian army.  It seems that the Brigade has been thoroughly retrained and re equipped by the Russians over the last few months, and that along with other advanced equipment it now possesses a number of advanced T90 tanks, which have proved highly resistance to the US made TOW anti tank missiles possessed by ISIS fighters in large quantities.

The destruction of the ISIS force in As-Safira will have three important consequences for the Syrian army:

(1) Already according to Al-Masdar the Tiger Forces – a different elite unit of the Syrian army which spearheaded the offensive on Rusafa – has fully cleared the Ethriyah-Rusafa highway in a separate movement from the north.  This move has not only trapped the ISIS fighters holding out in the As-Safira district, but it has opened a direct and much faster line of communications between the Syrian army’s forward positions in Rusafa and its main bases in western Syria.  This is how Al-Masdar explains it

….this most recent accomplishment by the SAA has a second strategic benefit in the form of a new, and more direct, line of communication that has now been opened to pro-government forces stationed in the area of Rusafa (south of Tabaqah); the original supply line to this area was exceptionally longer, running from Ethriyah, to Aleppo, to Deir Hafer, to Maskanah, and then finally to Rusafa. The new line of supply runs directly to Rusafa via Ethriyah, shaving many precious hours off the original logistical haul. The capture of this stretch of critical highway will increase the sustainability of any future operations that the SAA may undertake to strike at Deir Ezzor from the northern direction.

(2) It enhances the security of the city of Aleppo.  ISIS fighters based in the As-Safira district have regularly acted to cut the main road links from southern Syria to Aleppo, with the Syrian army repeatedly forced to deploy large numbers of troops to repel these attacks and to keep the roads open.  Capture of the As-Safira district will finally end this threat, further securing the Syrian government’s hold on Aleppo.

(3) Capture of the As-Safira district will end the existence of a dangerous ISIS/Jihadi controlled salient, enabling the Syrian army not only bringing more territory under the Syrian government’s control and enabling the Syrian army to advance further eastward, but almost making it possible for the Syrian army to shorten significantly the length of its front lines.

In the meantime, as the Syrian army continues to strengthen its position in northern and central Syria, reports have been circulating that the US is now considering withdrawing from the base it has illegally established in the south of Syria on the Iraqi border in Al-Tanf.

These reports have not been officially confirmed.  However a US decision to withdraw from Al-Tanf makes sense given that the value of this base has been completely negated by the Syrian army’s advance to the Iraqi border.

If these reports are true then the US withdrawal from Al-Tanf will also inevitably result in a large block of territory in southern Syria along the Iraqi and Jordanian border falling under the Syrian government’s control.  Here is how the Moon of Alabama – which discusses the reports of the US withdrawal from Al-Tanf extensively – explains it all

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About 150 or so U.S. trained Arab fighters will be flown from al-Tanf to north-east Syria where they will join the (hated) Kurdish forces. They may later try to reach the ISIS besieged Deir Ezzor from the north or get pushed into some suicide mission against another ISIS position. The Syrian army will approach and liberate Deir Ezzor most likely from the south and east. It is unlikely that it will let U.S. proxy forces take part in that. The U.S. contingent will move west out of al-Tanf and back into Jordan. The Syrian and Iraqi forces will take over the Al Waleed border crossing at al-Tanf and the regular commercial traffic on the Damascus-Baghdad road will resume.

The various propagandists who argued for a big U.S. mission to occupy the whole Iraqi-Syrian border and all of east Syria have lost. The “Shia crescent” between Iran and Lebanon they claimed to prevent with such a move was never a physical road connection and certainly nothing the U.S could fight by any physical means. Their pushing for a U.S. occupation of east Syria and incitement of a larger conflict has for now failed.

To which I would only add that if the US pulls out of Al-Tanf and the belt of territory in southern Syria that it and its ‘Free Syrian army’ proxies have occupied, then the areas still under Jihadi control in southern Syria including in the Damascus countryside will be reduced to a few isolated pockets.  Even though some of these are supposed to be covered by one of the ‘de-confliction areas’, realistically they would no longer be viable or sustainable, and their collapse would only be a matter of time.

Most probably – in the way that is now traditional in the Syrian war – their surrender to the Syrian authorities would be rapidly negotiated, with the remaining Jihadi fighters still present in these pockets driven by secure convoy to what will soon be the last remaining non ISIS controlled Jihadi refuge in Syria, which is Syria’s Idlib province.

Several commentators noted President Assad’s visibly high spirits during his recent visit to Russia’s Khmeimim air base in Syria’s Latakia province.  With the war going decisively and rapidly in his favour, he has every reason to be happy.

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christianblood
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christianblood

(..Syrian army on brink of total victory in central Syria..)

Shshshshsh! Don’t tell this to the U$ and its ‘coalition’ of chaos!

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

No wonder the US/Israhell/NATO gang wants to destroy the SAA and its allies….their dreams and plans are crashing down around them!

BRAVO SAA!!! الله يحميك وحلفاؤك!

André De Koning
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André De Koning

This is very good news and possibly leading to the end of this hell sponsored by the satanic forces.
Mad Dog Mattis might stick to his word (different from Trump’s and hysterical Nikki Haley’s): one mouthing to the media and pleasing the masses and some sensible restraint from the military, possibly as a double act to mislead the mobs and stick to a promise to do better than just continue wars in the ME.

Shahna
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If Mattis doesn’t do as he’s told – he’ll be fired.

JNDillard
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JNDillard

Trump already has a record of deferring to military judgment on most military matters, such as choosing the least damaging/threatening attack on the Syrian air base in response to the false flag sarin claim that has been thoroughly debunked by Seymour Hersch. Trump respects both Mattis and McMaster, who are proving to have cooler heads than Trump and some of his neoconservative advisers.

Shahna
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“such as choosing the least damaging/threatening attack on the Syrian air base in response to the false flag sarin claim” —————— Launching 59 Tomahawk missiles and KILLING Syrians (incl. civilians) BEFORE running an investigation to check facts AND bombing the airfield he claimed the attack was launched from, so that evidence for or against is destroyed is what you call …. “choosing the least damaging/threatening attack?” Tell me something…. are all Americunts as exceptional as you and Mr Trump – or are you two just especially moronic? Also: it was my understanding that Mr Trump respected Mr Flynn – his… Read more »

JNDillard
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JNDillard

Dear Shahna, The energy you put into hurling insults would be better spent in getting your facts right: http://www.alternet.org/seymour-hersh-casts-doubt-syrian-gas-attack

Shahna
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LOL —- okay…. which fact did I get wrong? :-))
Mr Trump did not respect Mr Flynn when he hired him?

I’m unimpressed by the generals claim of “choosing the least damaging/threatening attack?” There should have been- no attack.

Quite simply – if the United States can’t stop the lunatic at the top of food chain from dropping bombs on whomever he wants wherever he wants and whenever he wants just because he wants – then they are a rogue dictatorship and not a democratic republic.

People, civilians, DIED in that “fireworks display.”
That is not acceptable.

JNDillard
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JNDillard

“That is not acceptable.” Totally agree. Based on what I read, the military gave Trump about four options: do nothing, do a symbolic action, do a major bombing of Syrian defenses or confront Russia and start WWIII. Trump chose the second, “symbolic” action, which we agree was more than “symbolic” in that it killed people, including civilians and was an act of war against a country that has not attacked the US. I have also read that the military was embarrassed over condoning this attack because there was no intelligence to support its legitimacy and that is now public knowledge.… Read more »

richardstevenhack
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richardstevenhack

According to an article by Sharmine Narwani , the road between Tehran and Damascus through Iraq was in fact a real road, part of the fabled Silk Road. Her sources say that the US did indeed attempt to cut this passage between Iran and Damascus precisely because Iran will now be able to use it to move supplies to Hizballah in Lebanon and of course into Syria as well.

With the cooperation between Iraq and Iran and Syria and Hizballah, this is a major defeat for the US and Israel.

ColinNZ
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ColinNZ

My concern is that the US may now focus on a large ‘SDF’ advance on Deir Ezzor from it’s north/north-east near At Tibni. The distance to Deir Ezzor from At Tibni is just 30kms or so, considerably nearer than the approximately 100kms away where the nearest advancing SAA forces are located, and there are substantial SDF forces in the At Tibni area. Whilst the SAA & allies may seek to reject the SDF advancing on Deir Ezzor from here, it is not at all certain that they would be close enough to stop them, especially if US special forces were… Read more »

JNDillard
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JNDillard

Dear ColinNZ, while this is indeed a possibility, from what I understand it appears unlikely. I give an attack on Dier Ezzor by SDF about a 10% probability because the farther south the Kurds go the farther they go into Sunni lands that have no Kurdish ties and the farther they get from Afrin, which is currently under attack from Turkey, and in which they have a huge national investment. The Kurds have already made noises that they will leave the siege of Raqqah if the US doesn’t do something to protect Afrin from the Turks. The Kurds are only… Read more »

Bob Schmitz
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Bob Schmitz

The only possible guarantor of an autonomous Kurdish province can be Russia. The US is not in a position to guarantee Kurdish independence/ automomy due to their NATO Incirlik interests (and their abysmal reputation of unreliability!)

Bob Schmitz
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Bob Schmitz

What is really lacking in this article is a good strategic map.

Bob Schmitz
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Bob Schmitz

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JNDillard
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JNDillard

Bob, that is indeed a good strategic map, and shows clearly the most important recent SAA gain, which is the creation of the large cauldron SE of Aleppo. Notice that with the possible exception of escape into Turkey, the Idlib area is also one gigantic cauldron. So when the SAA ships terrorists out of other areas into Idlib, it is essentially shifting them into another cauldron, although one so big that they haven’t figured out yet that’s what it is. After the fall of Dier Ezzor, I suspect they will find out.

Shahna
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“With the war going decisively and rapidly in his favour, he has every reason to be happy.”
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I guess that’s why he’s running all these sarin attacks in Syrian – he just can’t stand to win.
Very obliging of him I mus’ say – motivating the Jerks-across-the-sea to stay and keep using his citizens for target practise. Otherwise, who knows, they might lose hope and GO HOME!

JNDillard
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JNDillard

Shahna, Please state your sources and evidence for Syrian sarin attacks. I haven’t seen it and the purported evidence I have seen has all been debunked. But you may know something I don’t.

Shahna
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Sarcasm.

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TellTheTruth-2

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Patsy Lowe
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Patsy Lowe

This news is going to upset the bleeding Israeli’s because they want 1/2 of Syria, according to the ODED YINON PLAN.

pogohere
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AM: where are the g-damn maps?

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