I may have been a little over-critical of Russian efforts in Syria’s Idlib. There are reports of Russian aircraft in the skies again today and Syrian forces have retaken Saraqib and are moving forward again. They have also turned back the Turkish and terrorist hordes further west, below the M4, recovering much territory lost to the terrorists over the past couple of days. But where was Russia over those crucial days?
No matter, the situation has been restored, though many Syrian lives lost as a result. And Erdogan is scuttling off to Moscow – rather than Moscow coming to him – on Thursday, to arrange some sort of deal.
The Saker puts a better light on this, though if a deal is made to allow the terrorists to occupy a buffer zone near the Turkish border, the troubles will just start up again in a few months time. There should be no buffer zone.
“Quick update on the Turkey vs Syria, Russia and Iran” – The Saker
Also found on The Saker blog is this incisive recounting of the historical situation regarding Turkish and Syrian claims to the land south of the Taurus mountain range. A situation imposed on the region by interfering Western powers a little over a hundred years ago. Nothing changes, does it?
“The Gateway To Idlib Goes Via Cilicia” – by Ghassan Kadi for The Saker Blog
Russian Military Police are now stationed in Saraqib, ensuring peace and stability in that area and cementing it as government territory – off limits to Turkey from now on. Syria has regained full control of the M4/M5 junction and the entirety of the M5 highway.
So, Russia has come good – after a couple of worrying days. I didn’t really doubt that they would. They have put too much blood, sweat and tears into Syria to see that all destroyed. But I wish some explanation could be given by someone on what actually happened.