VT readers will fail to be in the slightest little bit surprised at this revelation as we have been reporting on how Turkey and the US have been the major components of the arms pipeline supporting ISIS since day one.
“Turkey has supplied the terrorist groups, specially Fatah al-Sham (the newly formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as al-Nusra Front) with a large amount of US and non-US made weapons,” Atwan wrote in the Tuesday editorial of Rai al-Youm.
He described the move as one of the main elements helping the terrorists groups to make the recent advances in Eastern Aleppo, and said other important factors include surprise attacks by a large number of militants (9,000 terrorists from all parts of Syria participated in the operations), suicide attacks, using tens of bomb-loaded vehicles, terrorists’ disappointment after the army’s siege that has left them no way but to fight to death and the propaganda launched against the Syrian army and its allies by certain Arab media, specially the al-Jazeera.
Reports said on Monday that 2,000 members of Jeish al-Fatah terrorist group have been killed and many more injured in clashes with the Syrian Army troops and its popular allies in the Southern and Southwestern parts of Aleppo city in the last ten days.
The Syrian government forces repelled several rounds of Jeish al-Fatah’s offensives to lift army’s siege on Aleppo in the last ten days, leaving at least 2,000 militants dead and many more wounded.
Several commanders within the ranks of the Syrian army and Hezbollah said the terrorists in Aleppo are both receiving logistical aid and intelligence support from the western states, specially the US warships deployed in the Mediterranean Sea.
The latest intelligence operations by the resistance forces showed that the warships of the western states, specially the US, deployed in the Mediterranean Sea send intelligence to Jeish al-Fatah militants in Syria.
“The western countries’ warships are providing the terrorists with information and intel about the resistance forces’ moves round the clock and they (the militants) continue their operations with the help of the very same information,” sources in resistance forces said on Monday.
Meantime, the latest news said that the terrorists’ trans-regional supporters have supplied them with hundreds of anti-armored TOW missiles through their allies in the region.
“The Jeish al-Fatah members seek to break the siege of their comrades in Aleppo while the Hezbollah resistance forces are showing strong resistance against them with the least possibilities,” a member of the resistance forces said.
Meantime, sources disclosed on Monday that Jeish al-Fatah’s non-stop attacks to break the government forces’ siege of Aleppo were mostly aimed at evacuating a number of Turkish and Western officers trapped in militant-held districts in Aleppo.
“Several military advisors and trainers, working for the terrorist groups were trapped in Eastern Aleppo and have been transferred to militant-held regions in Southern Aleppo via Jeish al-Fatah-established corridors in al-Ramousiyeh,” the sources said.
After seven phases of massive operations by over 9,000 terrorists on multiple fronts in Eastern, Southern and Southwestern Aleppo in the last five days, the US-backed Jeish al-Fatah coalition of 22 terrorist groups failed to break the siege except for one very narrow stretch of land in the Southwest that is under hell fire by the Russian air force and Syrian artillery units blocking the terrorists from opening a path to go through to escape the siege or bring in supplies and fresh forces. Jeish al-Fatah has lost over 800 militants only in the Eastern frontline, while the latest reports on Sunday afternoon said they have so far lost 1200 militants in the South. The militants managed to win control over three of the five Army Academies, but later came under the Russian warplanes’ non-stop airstrikes and an unending barrage of missile and rocket attacks by the Syrian artillery units.
Meantime, resistance forces said that at least 2,000 fresh popular forces have arrived in Aleppo to join the Syrian government forces’ war against Jeish al-Fatah terrorists in the Southern parts of the city.
“The newly-arrived resistance fighters are specialists in street war and know very well different tactics of battling against the well-equipped terrorists,” the sources said.
Syrian Army troops, Lebanese Hezbollah resistance forces, Iraqi resistance movements including al-Nujaba, Iranian military advisors (IRGC and Army), National Defense Forces and popular forces from Nubl and al-Zahra have taken part in joint operations in Aleppo.
His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.
His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.