[ Editor’s Note: We had been expecting a rest and resupply of equipment on both sides when the truce first came into effect. The jihadis have replaced their losses in the last round of fighting, but with green troops.
Turkey made up for that weakness by forming for brigades composed of a 1000 Turkish special ops soldiers and the jihadis best units as the new backbone for future fighting.
Whether it will be sparring on a limited basis remains to be seen. Turkey is about to be engulfed by the virus. Turkey is keeping business production going as he has no other choice than to go bankrupt. But if the virus knocks out a lot of the workforce the economy could tank anyway.
The US is covering up coronavirus in the military, as will others. It’s what they do. But that theoretically should dampen getting involved in hair brained military actions as a way to give troops and commanders something to do.
Notice how Erdogan’s attempt to flood the EU with refugees and citizens deserting their own countries to get on the dole in Europe. There is no longer any talk about Turkey joining the EU.
The US public is also distracted and isolated. We are seeing not a whimper connected with the pitiful pandemic preparation compared to the endless billions of debt the NeoCons don’e mind incurring on more wars of looting and pillaging, spreading their odd form of freedom and democracy that it not free and not very democratic.
I will never forget our airhead president’s remark when seeing Egypt’s General Sisi at the start of major conference, “There’s me favorite dictator!” You just can’t make this sh_t up… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … April 03, 2020 –
On April 3, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled militants’ positions in Greater Idlib in response to recent violations of the ceasefire agreement.
According to opposition sources, the shelling targeted positions in the vicinity of the towns of al-Bara, Fatterah and Kansafra in Mount al-Zawiyah in the southern countryside of Idlib.
Radical militants, mainly those operating in the framework of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Wa Harid al-Muminin operations room, carried out several attacks on SAA troops in Greater Idlib over the last few days. These attacks are a violation of the ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5.
These violations are apparently pushing pro-government forces to reinforce their positions in Greater Idlib. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), fresh reinforcements arrived in the region on April 3 morning.
“The reinforcements were deployed in several axes, including Kafr Nabl, Hizareen, al Fatterah and other axes in Mount al-Zawiyah in southern Idlib,” the monitoring group said in a report.
While the ceasefire in Greater Idlib is largely holding, Turkey is yet to fulfil its commitments under the March 5 agreement and reopen the M4 highway. This could lead to a new military confrontation in the region between the SAA and Turkish forces.
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