"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)

Lübnan Marunîleri / Yasin Atlıoğlu

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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Syrian Army Liberated Resafah And Advances Further To Encircle Saraqib- South Front

The defense of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and other favourites of foreign supportes ‘the Syrian democracy’ are collapsing in the province of Idlib.


Following large gains on February 4, the Syrian Army continued advancing on February 5. Government forces liberated the town of Resafah and several nearby villages. Thus, they isolated the militant stronghold of Sraqib from the eastern direction.

The advance came amid an intense bombing campaign by the Syrian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces. Turkish observation posts created in the area apparently do not help to contain the Syrian Army offensive.

If the situation develops in this direction, Saraqib may be fully encircled by the end of the day.

Erdogan Urges Syria to Back off Turkish Observation Posts- Naharnet

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Syria on Wednesday to withdraw its troops from its military observation posts in northwestern Idlib province where clashes have intensified in recent days. 
"At the moment, two of our 12 observation posts are behind the regime's lines. We hope the regime will withdraw from our observation posts before the end of the month of February," he told a meeting of his ruling party in Ankara.  
"If the regime does not pull back, Turkey will be obliged to take matters into its own hands."
Eight Turkish troops and civilians were killed on Monday by regime fire in Idlib -- the last opposition bastion in the conflict-torn country. 
Turkey killed at least 13 Syrian government troops in response, according to monitors, in the deadliest clashes since Ankara sent troops to Syria in 2016.
Erdogan has criticised Russia, a key backer of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, for failing to enforce peace agreements in the region and called for Moscow to "better understand our sensitivities in Syria".
"From now we will not turn a blind eye to any step that constitutes the violation of the agreements," he added. 
Erdogan said this week's clashes amounted to a "new era" in Syria, and that any further attacks would be "responded to in kind".
"The air and ground elements of the Turkish armed forces will freely move in the Idlib region and if needed will launch an operation," he said. 

Erdoğan: Rejim Şubat ayında çekilmezse gereğini yapacağız- Şarkul Avsat

Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan Suriye'deki son gelişmeleri değerlendirdi. Erdoğan "Sayın Putin’e, rejim gözlem noktaları gerisine çekilmeli dedim. 12 gözlem noktamızın ikisi rejim hattının gerisinde. Şubat ayı içerisinde rejimin gözlem noktalarımızın gerisine çekilme işleminin bitirilmesini umut ediyoruz. Askerimiz gerekirse serbestçe hareket edip operasyon yapacak" dedi.

Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, partisinin grup toplantısında konuştu. "Askerlerimize yapılan saldırı Türkiye açısından Suriye'de yeni bir dönemin ilanıdır" diyen Erdoğan, "Türk askerinin kanının aktığı yerde hiçbir şeyin aynı şekilde devam etmesine izin veremeyiz" dedi.

Government Forces Liberated 110km2 In Southeastern Idlib Since February 4 Morning-

The Syrian Army and its allies have liberated 110km2 from radical militants in the Syrian province of Idlib since February 4 morning. The former militant strong points of Sheikh Edris, Balisah, Tal Mardkih, Kafr Amim are within the liberated area.


With this advance, government troops secured the entire southeastern countryside of the militant stronghold of Saraqib, which Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and other radical groups use as a key hub on the crossroad of the M4 and M5 highways.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Syrian Army Gives Idlib Militants Last Chance to Lay Down Arms - Syrian TV Citing Military Source- Sputnik News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier expressed readiness to retaliate after its servicemen were killed in the province of Idlib in an attack by Syrian government forces.
The General Staff of the Syrian army said it gives one last chance to the militants operating in the province of Idlib to lay down their arms, Ikhbariya news agency reported on Tuesday citing a military source, adding that the Syrian Army was ready to repel any Turkish aggression in the province.
"Our armed forces are trying to give the last chance to the militants and save the lives of the besieged civilians. The army units operating in the region have been ordered to allow those who decide not to rely on the support of the Turkish forces, to surrender their weapons", the source said.
The source added that the Syrian Army was continuing its military operation against the militants, who have been fighting civilians and using them as "shields" in Saraqib and Tell Touqan in Idlib.
On 3 February, the Turkish Defence Ministry said that six Turkish servicemen had been killed in an attack by the Syrian Army in Idlib.
The Turkish military presence in Syria has never been sanctioned either by Damascus nor the UN Security Council. Turkey says its forces are deployed in the region in order to prevent conflicts in Idlib.
Fighting has escalated in Syria's Idlib recently, as the Syrian government has been struggling to recapture control over the area, which remains a major terrorist stronghold in the country.

Syrian Army advances to outskirts of Saraqib: video- Al-Masdar News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 P.M.) -Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces advanced with armoured vehicles, tanks and heavy artillery deeper into the Idlib countryside, closing in on the town of Saraqib on Monday.

Footage shows heavy artillery being fired, explosions in the distance and helicopters in the sky.

Pompeo'dan İdlib Mesajı: ‘NATO Müttefikimiz Türkiye’nin Yanındayız’- VOA Türkçe

ABD Dışişleri Bakanı Mike Pompeo, İdlib’de Türk askerlerini hedef alan Suriye rejim güçlerini gerilimi ağır şekilde tırmandırmakla suçladı ve ’’NATO müttefikimiz Türkiye’nin yanındayız’’ mesajını verdi.

Pompeo yaptığı yazılı açıklamada, ‘’Esat rejimi, Rusya, İran ve Hizbullah tarafından Idlib halkına yönelik devam eden, yersiz ve acımasız saldırıları ABD olarak bir kez daha kınıyoruz’’ dedi. Pompeo, ‘’Esat rejimi güçlerince 3 Şubat’ta Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri'ne ait gözlem noktalarına yönelik havan topu saldırısının gerilimi ağır şekilde tırmandırdırdığını ve siviller, insani yardım çalışanları ve altyapı tesislerine karşı sürdürülen zalimce saldırıları takiben düzenlendiğini’’ belirtti.

Erdoğan, Putin ile İdlib’i görüştü- Sputnik News

Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Rusya Devlet Başkanı Vladimir Putin ile bir telefon görüşmesi gerçekleştirdi. İki liderin görüşmesinde İdlib konusunun gündeme geldiği belirtildi.

Türkiye Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Rusya Devlet Başkanı Vladimir Putin ile telefonda görüştü. İletişim Başkanlığı'ndan konuyla ilgili yapılan açıklamada:
''Cumhurbaşkanımız Sayın Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Rusya Devlet Başkanı Sayın Vladimir Putin ile bir telefon görüşmesi gerçekleştirmiştir.
Sayın Cumhurbaşkanımız görüşmede, İdlib’de çatışmaların önlenmesi maksadıyla bölgeye sevk edilen Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri unsurlarına Esed rejimi tarafından düzenlenen saldırının, Suriye’de barış için yürütülen ortak çabalara darbe vurduğunu ifade etmiş, Türkiye’nin benzer saldırılara karşı meşru müdafaa hakkını en sert şekilde kullanmaya devam edeceğini belirtmiştir.
Görüşmede, Suriye ve Libya’daki diğer gelişmeler ile ikili ilişkiler de ele alınmıştır'' ifadeleri kullanıldı.

UN Chief Urges End to Fighting between Turkey and Syrian Regime in Idlib- Asharq Al-Awsat

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Tuesday for an end to fighting between Turkey and Syria in Syria's opposition-held province of Idlib on Tuesday.

Guterres told reporters it was an "extremely worrying" escalation in the conflict that the Turkish army and the Syrian regime were now "bombing each other" in the restive northwest region.

"My strong appeal is for a cessation of hostilities," he said.

"We don't believe there is a military solution for the conflict in Syria. We have said time and time again that the solution is political," Guterres added.

Weapons, ammunition left by terrorists found in Yalda town, Damascus Countryside- SANA

Damascus Countryside, SANA- While completing the process of securing the areas which had been liberated from terrorism by the Syrian Arab Army, the authorities on Wednesday found weapons and ammunition, some of them are U.S.-made, as they were left by terrorists in the town of Yalda in Damascus Countryside.
SANA’s reporter said that the competent authorities in cooperation with the locals have found weapons and ammunition in Yalda town in Damascus Countryside, including U.S.-made missiles, as they were hidden in one of the farms and they were wrapped in tin in order not to be discovered by the radars.
The reporter that the seized weapons included U.S.-made TOW missiles and one of their launch-pads, boxes of 14.5mm bullets, and a number of automatic rifles, in addition to 82mm mortar shells, RPG shells PKC machineguns and anti-armor base.
Since declaring Damascus and its countryside free of terrorism in May 2018, huge amounts of weapons and ammunition left by terrorists in several areas in Damascus Countryside, including U.S-made, Western-made and Israeli-made weapons and ammunition.

Army liberates al-Nairab village north of Aleppo-Lattakia International Highway, Idleb countryside- SANA

Idleb, SANA- During their operations against terrorist organizations in the direction of Saraqeb City in Idleb Syrian Arab Army units have liberated al-Nairab village, north of Aleppo-Lattakia International Highway after fierce battles with terrorists’ gatherings in them.

SANA’s reporter said that after liberating the villages of Joubas, San and Trinbeh on Monday, army units intensified their operations in the direction of Saraqeb in Idleb southeastern countryside and liberated the village of al-Nairab to the north of Aleppo-Lattakia International Highway after destroying terrorists’ fortifications and a number of their positions and after forcing them to flee away, in addition to cutting their supply routes between Saraqeb and Ariha.

The reporter added that army units today have engaged in fierce clashes with terrorist groups in the surroundings of Kaddour and Rwaiha west of Saraqeb amid a state of collapse among the ranks of terrorists after destroying their frontlines and fortifications.

Over the past few days, army units have advanced in the direction of Saraqeb and they have liberated the villages of Joubas, San, Inqrati, Kafr Batikh and Kafr Dadikh in Idleb southeastern countryside after fierce battles with terrorist organizations as the army units have expanded their military operations in the direction of Saraqeb City.

Regime forces advance further into Saraqeb and Ariha, nearly 60 areas captured in Idlib so far- SOHR

SOHR sources report that intensive aerial bombardment continued on various areas in Idlib province. Russian and regime jets have carried out dozens of airstrikes since after midnight, targeting places in Binnish, Taftanaz, Sarmin and near Idlib city, Qominas, Afis, Taftanaz, Saraqeb and villages east of Saraqeb, and other places in Al-Zarbeh and the frontlines in southern and south-western rural Aleppo.

Syrian Observatory sources added that regime forces made new advances, capturing Mardikh, Tal Mardikh, Kaddor and Ruwayha, located within the areas of Ma’rat al-Numan-Ariha-Saraqeb, after the withdrawal of opposition fighters from it. Regime forces seek to encircle Saraqeb and besiege it from several directions, as happend in Ma’rat Al-Nu’man, and seeking to approach Ariha and Idlib city as well.

The number of areas that have been captured by regime forces, since Friday evening 24th of this month, rose to 59, (Telmans, Ma’ar Shmasha, Dier Sharqi, Dier Gharbi, Ma’arshamarin, Ma’rata, Al-Ghadfa, Marshourin, Al-Za’alana, Al-Dana, Tal Al-Sheikh, Sawami’e, Khirbet Mzayan, Masaran, Bsida and Taqana, Babolin, Kafr Bassin, Ma’arhatat, Hamidia, Dar es Salaam, Salhiya, Kafruma, Ma’rat al-Numan, Wadi Al-Dayif, Hantotin, al-Jarada, Ruwayha, Qahiriya, Ain Halban, Tal al-Dibis, Khan al-Sobul and Ma’ardabsi, Tal Mardikh, Jobas, Hertamia, Qamhana, Abu-Jreif, Tal Khatra, Tal Mastif, Al Kana’yes, Karsian, Hish, Kafrmazda, Jabala, Mouqa, Amoudia, Armanya, Kafrbatikh, Dadikh, Luf, Anqrati, Jobas, Sinan, Zakar, Tarnaba, Al Nayrab, Mardikh, Tal Mardikh, Kaddor and Ruwayha.)

Regime security services arrest pro-regime militia commander with 20 of his members in al-Tal city in rural Damascus- SOHR

Rif-Dimashq Governorate – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Reliable source informed SOHR that Political Security and Military Security joint patrols carried out a raid in the city of al-Tal in rural Damascus, during which pro-regime militia commander was arrested with 20 of his members.

According to Observatory sources, the leader was arrested for carrying out continuous looting in the city illegal taxation on merchants in the city and deploying checkpoints on side roads and robbing citizens on an almost daily basis. “Shield of Qalamoun” militia, which was completely disbanded by Russian orders about a year ago, included fighters of those who made reconciliation with regime from various areas of al-Qalamoun in rural Damascus.

İdlib'de Türkiye ve Rusya arasındaki temaslar sonrası gerginlik azalıyor, bundan sonra ne olacak?- BBC Türkçe

Pazarı Pazartesiye bağlayan gece İdlib'de yaşanan gerginlik, Türkiye ve Suriye orduları arasında son dönemde yaşanan en ciddi sıcak çatışmaya neden oldu. Suriye ordusunun Türk askeri konvoyuna saldırısında yedi asker ve biri sivil Türk vatandaşı hayatını kaybetti. Milli Savunma Bakanı Hulusi Akar, Türk ordusunun 54 farklı Suriye askeri hedefini vurduğunu, 76 Suriye askerinin "etkisiz hale getirildiğini" açıkladı.
Pazartesi günü Türkiye ve Rusya Dışişleri Bakanları Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu ve Sergey Lavrov'un telefon görüşmesinin ardından gerilimin azaldığı gözleniyor. Ancak tarafların pozisyonlarından geri adım atmama kararlılığında olmaları riskin devam ettiğini gösteriyor.
Son 36 saatte yaşanan gerginlik sürecinde şu unsurlar ön plana çıkıyor:
Suriye ordusu, 2019 yılının Mayıs ayında başlattığı ve aşamalı olarak genişlettiği operasyonları stratejik hedeflerine ulaşana kadar devam ettireceğini gösterdi. Rusya'nın bu konuda tam desteğini alan Suriye yönetimi, Rusya Devlet Başkanı Vladimir Putin'in 7 Ocak'taki Şam ziyareti ardından operasyonlara daha da hız verdi.
Beşar Esad yönetiminin ilk hedefi, Eylül 2018'de Türkiye ile Rusya'nın uzlaştığı İdlib mutabakatında yer alan M4 ve M5 karayollarını "kendi kontrolünde" trafiğe açmak ve başkent Şam'ı Lazkiye ve Halep'e bağlayan ana ulaşım hattını ele geçirmek.

Çavuşoğlu: İdlib'de Rusya'ya önemli görevler düşüyor- Sputnik News

Yeniden Asya Girişimi toplantısında konuşan Dışişleri Bakanı Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, İdlib'de TSK ile Suriye Ordusu (SAA) arasında yaşanan çatışmayla ilgili olarak Rusya Dışişleri Bakanı Sergey Lavrov ile görüştüklerini söyledi. Çavuşoğlu, "İdlib'de Rusya'ya önemli görevler düşüyor" dedi.

Military Situation In Western Aleppo On February 4, 2020- South Front


This map provides a general look at the military situation in western Aleppo following recent advances by the Syrian Army against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical groups.

Syrian Army captures several areas in Idlib despite increased Turkish military presence- Al-Masdar News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a big advance in Idlib on Tuesday when their forces began a new push at the Abu Jarif axis in the eastern part of the governorate.

According to a field report from eastern Idlib, the Syrian Arab Army captured a half dozen villages and towns on Tuesday following a fierce battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS).

The Syrian Army reportedly captured the towns and villages of Kuweres, Bleisa, Tal Aghar, Al-Musheirifah, Jdeideh, and Tal Khatrah during their advance at the Abu Jarif axis in eastern Idlib.

Monday, February 03, 2020

New map of Idlib battle after Syrian Army reaches strategic highway- Al-Masdar News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) made an important advance in the northeastern part of the Idlib Governorate on Monday, as their troops managed to reach an imperative highway.


Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division (formerly Tiger Forces), the Syrian Arab Army kicked off the day by capturing two towns located southwest of Saraqib.
Not long after capturing these two towns, the Syrian Arab Army pressed further northwest towards the strategic Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4).
The Syrian Army would once again seize two towns, but this time they were able to establish their first presence along the Idlib part of the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (map below).

Army liberates Joubas, San, and Tarnaba in Idleb countryside, pursues terrorists in direction of Saraqeb- SANA

Idleb, SANA_ Syrian Arab Army Units on Monday resumed their concentrated military operations against terrorist organizations in Idleb southeastern countryside and advanced into the direction of Saraqeb after liberating the villages of Joubas, San, and Tarnaba towns and destroying the last terrorist gatherings there.
SANA reporter said that Syrian Arab Army units engaged in violent clashes with terrorists on Monday afternoon and routed them out in areas in the direction of Saraqeb, liberating the village of Tarnaba in the process, and the army is still engaged in violent clashes with terrorists in al-Nairab village north of the Aleppo-Lattakia highway between Saraqeb and Ariha.
The reporter added that units of the army killed members of a terrorist group, affiliated to the so-called “Jaish al-Fatah” in the surroundings of San town. The number of the killed terrorists reached 7 ones, some of them of foreign nationalities.
He said that with the liberation of Tarnaba and crossing the Aleppo-Lattakia highway, the army has cut off terrorists’ supply lines between the cities of Saraqeb and Ariha.
Earlier in the day, the reporter said army units had advanced in the direction of Saraqeb, liberating Joubas and San west of the city.

İdlib neden önemli, Suriye ordusunun operasyonlarında son durum ne?- BBC Türkçe

Suriye'nin kuzeybatısında, Türkiye sınırında yer alan İdlib eyaleti, hükümete karşı mücadele yürüten silahlı grupların elinde kalan son büyük yer.
Bu nedenle, Suriye'deki iç savaşın üç önemli aktörü hükümet, Rusya ve Türkiye açısından İdlib'deki gelişmeler büyük önem taşıyor.
Burası, ılımlı olarak nitelendirilen muhalif gruplar ve bazı cihatçı örgütlerin kontrolü altında bulunuyor. Bu gruplardan bazıları Türkiye'nin desteğini alıyor.
İdlib'in geri alınması halinde, Suriye Devlet Başkanı Beşar Esad ve onu destekleyen Rusya, savaşın istedikleri gibi sonuçlanmasını büyük oranda sağlamış olacaklar.
Esad, Ekim ayında bölgeye yaptığı ziyaret sırasında, İdlib'i Suriye'nin genelindeki "kaos ve terörü sonlandırmanın anahtarı" olarak nitelendirmiş ve "İdlib'deki cihatçıların yenilgiye uğratılmasıyla birlikte savaş da sona erecektir" demişti.