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  • Originally posted by heiliger_geist View Post
    it looks like the sdf region is taking big steps towards an enforced isolation according to the latest news, i personally cant foresee a bright future..

    in addition to that, there are some reports of killed / assassinated vip´s including the death of the head of ypg military intelligence and one of the founder of sdf manbij council.
    Why, what's happening?

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    • the occurrence of side effects of a desperate act of establishing an oeuvre out of ashes.

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      • Originally posted by moosefoot View Post
        Presidents Erdogan and Putin are visiting Rouhani on site in Tehran on Friday...
        https://www.timesofisrael.com/putin-...tion-in-syria/

        I heard there's been limited airstrikes today, but I suspect the big fireworks will come after the weekend.

        Interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal:
        https://www.wsj.com/articles/russia-...els-1535799600
        The summit's over and it seems like a full-scale offensive has been put on hold for the time being, to let Erdogan sort some things out.

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        • Originally posted by moosefoot View Post

          The summit's over and it seems like a full-scale offensive has been put on hold for the time being, to let Erdogan sort some things out.
          We'll see; I'm not sure that the Russians are willing to pull the entire offensive, with most of Black Sea fleet already having been dispatched to the Syrian coast, just because Erdogan throws a fit.

          The Turks clearly do not have, and have never been in possession of, a 'plan B' in case the rebellion falls through. Having tied themselves to rebels so tightly, for so long, the AKP government simply cannot reverse course now, no matter how much geopolitical sense that might make. Despite all of the optimistic noises made by the various parties over the last few months, it was always a longshot that the Turks could be disentangled from their rebel clients.

          There's also the fact that the Turks have not been subtle about their desire to see the Afrin-Idlib area turned into a DNR-style Turkish protectorate. Given that ambition, I doubt that there was anything that the Russian-Syrian-Iranian axis could offer that would make Erdogan change his position on the area.

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          • Originally posted by moosefoot View Post

            The summit's over and it seems like a full-scale offensive has been put on hold for the time being, to let Erdogan sort some things out.
            Maybe not, looks like it may have started.


            Qalaat Al Mudiq
            ‏ @QalaatAlMudiq
            19m19 minutes ago

            Qalaat Al Mudiq Retweeted Qalaat Al Mudiq

            #Syria: one month after sending 1st convoy & one day after #Tehran summit, Regime sources announce start of (Greater) #Idlib Offensive. Heavy pre-emptive bombardment by #RuAF & #SyAF on N. #Hama & S.-SE. #Idlib CS.



            Yusha Yuseef
            ‏Verified account @MIG29_
            59m59 minutes ago

            #Exclusive | military source in Tiger forces to me : The Battle of Idlib begin

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            • Did the Turks remove their observation posts surrounding Idlib province?

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              • Several vehicles of the Syrian military security forces were stopped and surrounded in Qamishli, the Syrian security forces did not leave their vehicles, and shortly thereafter there is shooting.

                https://mobile.twitter.com/Bosni94/s...85208402345985

                7 asayish ypg kurds and 11-15 saa members killed.

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                • Contrary to my earlier post it looks as if the Idlib operation may well turn out to be an assault onto specific targets rather than a mass attack. This link is to a really good analysis of what was actually agreed in Tehran on Friday rather than what was in the headlines for public consumption. To set the scene here are a couple of the initial paragraphs of the long article. Well worth the read and if correct very positive for Syria's future.

                  While the Russian, Turkey and Iran are all close partners in 2018, their disagreements over the penultimate solution to the Syrian conflict have been highlighted by the media outlets of all three nations while perhaps oddly, their areas of agreement tend to be downplayed. The reason for this is simple: the areas where the three leaders disagree play well before each respective domestic electorate as well as to each state’s traditional allies within Syria and the wider Middle East.

                  However, when it comes to what will actually be done in Syria as a result of the increasingly frequent meetings between the Astana Group, the areas where all three countries agree is vastly more significant. This reality has been born out by the text of the final Tehran Declaration which as I predicted calls for the targeting of unanimously recognised terror groups (Daesh, al-Qaeda/al-Nusra/HTS), the prevention of further escalation against other armed groups, an orderly plan to protect civilians in Idlib as well as regional refuges and a broad understanding that there will be no grand all encompassing offensive in Idlib by the Syrian Arab Army and its traditional partners. Instead, all three states will cooperate to de-escalate the overall situation while neutralising groups that all three states agree are terror organisations.


                  https://www.eurasiafuture.com/2018/0...n-and-rouhani/

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                  • According to the Russian military, two US jets have bombed a town in the Syrian Deir Ez-Zor province with white phosphorus munitions, causing massive fires.

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                    • Originally posted by Ivan le Fou View Post
                      According to the Russian military, two US jets have bombed a town in the Syrian Deir Ez-Zor province with white phosphorus munitions, causing massive fires.
                      Kinda sounds like BS.

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                      • Looks like the Useful Idiots are joining Russia's preemptive CW conspiracy theorizing for PR insurance of another chemical attack:

                        https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-a8529681.html

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                        • Originally posted by nemipuka View Post
                          Looks like the Useful Idiots are joining Russia's preemptive CW conspiracy theorizing for PR insurance of another chemical attack:

                          https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-a8529681.html
                          You seem to talk like the communists of yesteryear - basically anyone NOT following or toeing the line is to be called out as useful Idiots etc rather than respecting the right to dissent (Indeed the necessity to consider it in any healthy democracy).The fact that systems, leadership in some western countries are so out of touch and have lied to their people recklessly enough that this cynicism has developed seems completely incomprehensible to you...

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                          • Originally posted by DasVivo View Post

                            You seem to talk like the communists of yesteryear - basically anyone NOT following or toeing the line is to be called out as useful Idiots etc rather than respecting the right to dissent (Indeed the necessity to consider it in any healthy democracy).The fact that systems, leadership in some western countries are so out of touch and have lied to their people recklessly enough that this cynicism has developed seems completely incomprehensible to you...
                            What could you possibly expect coming from a terrorist apologist...?

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                            • Originally posted by latehour

                              Or you're just salty because the truth is coming out

                              Ah, another truther.
                              So which one is it:
                              (1) Britain is murdering women and children with gas, just to make Proxy Pashar look bad...
                              (2) There was never any chemical attacks and the victims are faking their own deaths with the help of MI6, CIA and Al Qaeda...




                              Originally posted by DasVivo View Post

                              You seem to talk like the communists of yesteryear - basically anyone NOT following or toeing the line is to be called out as useful Idiots etc rather than respecting the right to dissent (Indeed the necessity to consider it in any healthy democracy).The fact that systems, leadership in some western countries are so out of touch and have lied to their people recklessly enough that this cynicism has developed seems completely incomprehensible to you...

                              Since when disrespect to propaganda conspiracy theories equals communism?

                              It's amazing how if you want to express negative opinion on Russia, first you have to be professional detective and forensic expert, but this don't apply if it's against the West.

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                              • Originally posted by nemipuka View Post
                                It's amazing how if you want to express negative opinion on Russia, first you have to be professional detective and forensic expert, but this don't apply if it's against the West.
                                man. russia is just a country, with just a people, with its and their advantages and disadvantages. but your negative opinion must be fair, not just a regular lie, taken from biased western massmedia. imho you often don't understand what are you talking about.

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