"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


Monday, January 08, 2018

Idleb: Warplanes Force Thousands to Flee as Syrian Army Nears Abu al-Dahour- The Syrian Observer

Assad's forces are staging a major offensive in southern Idelb to secure a land route linking the capital with Aleppo, Alsouria Net reports

Regime forces backed by Russian support continued to advance in the southern countryside of Idleb, edging closer to the Abu al-Dahour military air base as artillery fire and airstrikes from warplanes and helicopters displaced tens of thousands of civilians.

Since Dec. 25, heavy battles have continued between regime forces on the one side and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and rebel groups on the other, as the Assad regime stages a major assault to take control of the province’s southeastern countryside and secure an adjacent strategic route linking the city of Aleppo, the second biggest city in Syria, to the capital Damascus.

Regime forces have been able to encircle the town of Sunjar, one of the biggest towns of the southeast, which is now under siege and within gun range.

The regime is creeping toward the Abu al-Dahour air base and is now 8 km from the city and 10 km from its airport.

HTS took control of the Abu al-Dahour military air base in September 2015 after besieging it for about two years.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the regime has taken control of 60 villages and towns in the southeastern Idleb countryside since Dec. 25.

HTS held an emergency meeting of its military council with its commander Abou Mohamad al-Jolani, according to the group’s official account on Telegram on Sunday.