While the Turks and terrorists gloat over the retaking of Saraqib and the important M4/M5 highway junction there, over the past week Syrian forces have recovered a much larger area of their lands to the south in the mountainous salient and the plain of al-Ghab to the west of it that has been a thorn in the Syrian military’s side for the past couple of years at least and are poised to strike further north to liberate much of the M4 highway. They are also massing elite troops, many of whom are supposedly dead according to Turkish propaganda, to retake Saraqib, perhaps even as I am writing this.
The events of the past week are quite well summarised in this Southfront video report.
“SYRIAN-TURKISH CONFLICT IN GREATER IDLIB: RESULTS OF FEBRUARY 24-28, 2020” – Southfront
See also: “SYRIAN FORCES CLEARED AL-GHAB PLAIN OF TURKISH-BACKED MILITANTS (MAP UPDATE)” – Southfront
While there is some danger that this conflict will escalate to a war between Russia and Turkey – and most of that talk is coming from the Turkish side, who have been ‘squealing like stuck pigs’ over losing a few of their own troops – the US and NATO have not, to my knowledge, made any statements indicating any kind of military support for their Turkish ally. The UN of course has pointlessly called for a nationwide ceasefire and a stepping back from escalation.
How do you cease firing when under constant attack from forces that have no right whatsoever to be attacking you on your own land. Syria can not and should not cease fighting for the liberation of its sovereign territory. “There is no military solution” says the UN. Well, as I see it, in reality, given the intransigence of both the terrorists and the invading nations, there is nothing other than a military solution. And it will not end until a complete victory by Syria is achieved. Until then, there is nothing to talk about. Ceasefire = Defeat.
Anyway, since when did supporting terrorist organisations become a legitimate policy for any national government? Don’t answer that, everyone knows, or should know, that this has been US government policy for at least the past two decades. Whether officially or not, NATO countries also clandestinely do it. And now Turkey very openly does it. It seems to have been a mostly Western thing but now the disease is apparently spreading. But so far only among those nations in any way affiliated militarily with the US.