Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Syrian government has repeatedly vowed to retake “every inch” of Syrian land that is currently under the control of the opposition and Kurdish-led forces.

However, despite these proclamations by the government, the Syrian Armed Forces have been unable to launch any significant ground offensives against groups like Jaysh Al-Izza (FSA faction), Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (jihadist faction), and the Turkestan Islamic Party (jihadist faction).

One of the key players in preventing this Syrian Army’s offensive in both Idlib and Hama has been the Turkish Armed Forces.

Observation Posts

Using their “observation posts”, Turkey has strategically placed its troops near the Syrian Arab Army’s front-lines, which has ultimately forced the latter to halt any potential ground operation inside the demilitarized zone.

The presence of the Turkish Armed Forces near towns like Tal Al-‘Eis (southern Aleppo) and Morek (northern Hama) has left the Syrian military with limited options in northwest Syria.

As repeatedly seen over the last few months, the Syrian Arab Army has relied on shelling and missile strikes to target groups like Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-Izza in the demilitarized zone between the Hama and Idlib governorates.

Even with their thousands of soldiers in northwest Syria, the Syrian Arab Army has been ordered to halt any operation that would threaten the safety of the Turkish Armed Forces near the demilitarized zones.

Russian-Turkish Alliance

The force behind this decision to keep the Syrian Arab Army idle in northwestern Syria has been the Russian Armed Forces.

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The Russian military has relied on dialogue with their Turkish partners in order to patrol the demilitarized zone and halt hostilities between the government and opposition forces.

Without Russia’s approval, the Syrian military would not launch an operation of this magnitude, especially with a potential conflict with the Turkish Armed Forces hanging in the balance.

Russia has a strong desire to keep Turkey happy because they have proven to be a thorn in the side of the U.S. Coalition, who currently backs the Kurdish groups that Ankara has labeled ‘terrorists’.

Turkey’s Conflict in Northern Syria

Turkey wants to expel the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the Aleppo, Al-Raqqa, and Al-Hasakah governorates, despite the fact these groups are NATO-backed.

The Russian Federation sees this brewing conflict as a way to force Washington to either withdraw from Syria or worse, clash with their NATO ally.

The U.S. and Turkey would not likely engage in combat with one another; however, Turkey’s refusal to accept a U.S.-administrated buffer zone in northern Syria could further strain their fragile relationship.

Idlib Offensive

The Syrian Arab Army has mobilized its forces in northwestern Syria and they are ready to launch a new offensive; however, the current conflict in the eastern Euphrates will likely have an integral effect on the decision to begin a military operation.

It is very likely that Russia will prevent the Syrian military operation until the Turkish Armed Forces begin their push to expel the SDF and YPG from the eastern Euphrates region, and there is no guarantee that Turkey will actually launch an offensive.

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If the Turkish military and their rebel allies do attack the SDF-held areas, it could pave the way for the Syrian Armed Forces to push into the demilitarized zone and begin retaking the territories they lost during the opposition’s 2014 southern Idlib offensive.

 

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They are not the “opposition”! They are terrorists from all over the world! The Syrian opposition is in the Syrian parliament. HTS, FSA and their Al Qaida friends, etc., are not the opposition. They are T E R O R R I S T S, 95% of them foreigners.

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Houthis rebels come close to the saudi town of Al Khaoubah

Houthis rebels launch a huge offensive against the Saudi coalition in the Jizan province of southern Saudi Arabia, take 100 % control of Al Qamburah mountain and Al Siyabah village near the Saudi town of Al Khaoubah, many saudis soldiers killed laying on ground near the village of Al Siyabah. 25/03/2019

VIDEO 1 (very impressive) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC6pmu-YqPM

VIDEO 2 (very impressive) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR1-SYPH4K0