SAA opens humanitarian corridor for civilians leaving Hama pocket
[ Editor’s Note: Today sees the expected de-mining and consolidation work going on. Civilians have to be moved to where basic services can be supplied, and then there will be the hunting down of the last jihadi holdouts.
More complicated will be what to do with the Turkish “monitoring station” in Morek. It is obvious now that these were not real monitoring stations, but Turkish logistics and secure communication centers for supporting the jihadis’ stranglehold on Idlib province, giving Erdogan a big card to hold in any future Syrian political settlement.
While Erdo saw this as a fine thing to do in Syria, he viewed it as terrorism when the Kurds want to do it in Turkey. Russia and Iran have quietly gone along with the ruse, as Idlib was the dumping ground for all the jihadi and family resettlement to get them out of more important areas of Syria.
As cover, Turkey repeatedly stated along with Iran and Russia that Syrian territorial sovereignty was recognized. That was a black lie and always had been with the Turks involved, starting when the Turks looted Aleppo’s industry, literally tearing it out of its factories and hauling it across the border.
That was followed with its financial support for ISIS, via its buying stolen Syrian oil at discounted prices to line the pockets of Erdogan’s political party, using thousands of tanker trucks to move it across the desert. US pilots told us the columns were often 20 miles long, but they were ordered never to attack them.
The ISIS attack on Iraq and subsequent devastation of that country followed. We had a major NATO country, Turkey, involved in supporting major terrorist operations, and not the only one by any means. There is an old term to describe such people, “Merchants of Death”.
So far there has been no real international call to discuss the proper punishment for all those behind the fake war on terror, which the record shows was a war of terror. If the world does nothing, then no mercy will be shown to future victims who felt that it could never happen to them.
The SAA must clear out the pocket quickly so the combat units can be redeployed north to where the Idlib perimeter will be shorter. This will create greater SAA troop concentration for the continued offense north … Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … August 22, 2019 –
On August 22, the Syrian Arab Amy (SAA) opened a humanitarian corridor for civilians leaving the northern Hama pocket. According to the announcement, the humanitarian corridor was established in the area of Soran in northern Hama.
On August 21, the SAA and its allies liberated the key town of Khan Shaykhun and besieged remaining members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other militant groups in the areas of Kafr Zita, Lataminah and Morek.
The fall of Khan Shaykhun became a major blow to Idlib militants that apparently believed that the so-called Idlib de-escalation zone was intended to allow them attacking SAA positions and prevent any possible SAA operations in the area. Ankara likely had a similar view.
However, the reality on the ground appeared to be a bit different.