[ Editor’s Note: We are trying to do more sitreps, but the world is moving so fast and mornings are so busy, we don’t always have the time. Plus we have been saving doing these for when map work is needed to give you a peek behind the curtain as to what we actually do to get a start on the day, pouring geography into our coffee.
The names of a lot of these towns and villages being captured are different in the printed text than what shows up on the Google maps, and across news platforms; sometime three, and even four different spellings are not rare. So we salute Google Maps for coming to the rescue, where we can zoom in and find them.
This Turkish two-gun 105mm battery firing from just over the border was an interesting story. It was not even a full battery of four guns, manned with only a crew of six; no security, ammo being shuttled in a bit at a time, and tents to sleep in. We wonder what bad thing they had done to be bait for a Russian reprisal bombing attack.
If the Turks had been really serious, they would have used their 155s, their mobile ones… much more devastating, longer range, which can hit moving targets with satellite guidance and flyable shells. Terrifying only begins to describe being under such shelling.
But the Russians and Syrians were doing a rope-a-dope number here, letting Turkey fire away at Azaz with these expendable gun crews and kill some unfortunate unarmed civilians there in time for Russia to use them at the UNSC meeting, which it has called for on Tuesday. I am sure they will have all the media they need to prove their case, but if not, we will send some of ours along.
At the end of the day, the West can continue to carry out and support illegal acts under international law up to the point where they become viewed as a national security threat of their own. Then, the international bodies would look like chumps for doing nothing to condemn these actions.
As I had expected, Assad used the “local ceasefire” term today, showing his realistic grasp that those who want to end hostilities and not be a threat to the republic will have it, which will release troops to keep pounding on those who don’t.
The Syrians are pushing hard on Raqqa, wanting to get there before the US and Saudis, and make it an occupied territory; stage two of the Balkanization program. The Kurds will not back down; and with Syria and the Russians supplying them, they will have what they need to keep fighting.
Syrian local defense forces are being quickly moved into cleared areas so the regular army troops can keep clearing new territory, where it is getting easier to do, as the jihadis read the writing on the wall and boogey out. A lot of the Western-trained people went over to Al-Nusra and the other Al-Qaeda offshoots, and are doing their best to wear the “opposition” robe to come under a ceasefire, but the Syrians and Russians are way ahead of them on knowing who is who.
As for the media, particularly The Guardian, they all have been a disgrace, hyping up the cut off people of Aleppo like it was something new, when it has been under siege and stripped bare for several years now.
The Syrian army has been breaking sieges of communities in the tens of thousands, and corporate media does not play up their “liberation”. They don’t even cover these with more than one line. Never have so many owed so little to so few, as the world does to corporate media… Jim W. Dean ]
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