Military Events in Syria and Iraq Thread #4

Discussion in 'World Events' started by Yazata, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. Schmelzer Valued Senior Member

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    It seems, the Deir Ezzor airport siege has been lifted too. It is not clear from which side, from the West or from the South, progress toward the airport has been made from both sides:

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    I doubt the progress in the South was really as big as presented here, because there has been information about the Syrian army reaching the entry of the Thayyem oil field already from the day before the siege has been broken. So I think they have been in that region already several days, but have not advanced further until ash Sholah was secured.

    Further shrinking is reported also from the remains of the Aqerbat pocket.

    The Kurds seem to have started their attack against Daesh in Deir Ezzor. Looks like they want to reach the oil fields before the Syrian army.
     
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  3. Schmelzer Valued Senior Member

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    The remains of the Deir Ezzor blockade have been removed. First, the whole road from Palmyra to Deir Ezzor is now under control of the Syrian army. Then, the Turdah mountain - the mountains which Daesh was able to take after a heavy attack of IS airforce, sorry, US airforce, and the control of which has endangered the whole pocket and allowed Daesh later to split the pocket into two parts - has been taken too.
     
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  5. CptBork Robbing the Shalebridge Cradle Valued Senior Member

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    Comrade, are you speaking about the same US air force that just recently had 300 ISIS fighters trapped in the Syrian desert, until your leaders back in Moscow insisted on allowing them to pass through to Iraq?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/15/world/middleeast/syria-isis-convoy-us.html
     
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  7. Yazata Valued Senior Member

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    While the Syrian army and its allies have been approaching Deir Ezzor from the west, the SDF has been approaching from the north. They are currently fighting ISIS in an outlying light industrial area on the east bank of the Euphrates opposite Deir Ezzor, and have reached the river just north of the city. The bulk of the city of Deir Ezzor is west of the river and the SDF has no plans to enter that area, leaving it to the Syrians.

    Apparently there have been some military confrontations between them and the Syrian army around the Euphrates river, which has long been the deconfliction line separating SAA/Russian on one side and Kurdish/Coalition areas of operation on the other. The SDF has told the Syrian army not to cross the river. Syrian and perhaps Russian aircraft have responded by launching small-scale air strikes on the Kurds east of the river and there's been some Syrian army shelling across the river. It isn't clear if this is the beginning of open Syrian army/Kurdish warfare or whether it was confusion in the fog of war where the Russians/Syrians thought they were attacking ISIS fighters.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-m...-backed-forces-in-eastern-syria-idUSKCN1BR09K

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  8. Schmelzer Valued Senior Member

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    Yes. about these, who tried to disrupt the peace negotiation process by stopping a transport from Lebanon, on the usual conditions of such peace negotiations, of some fighters as well as their families. To kill them, once their transport was part of a peace negotiation, would be a case of mass murder and a war crime. To block them is already something close to this. They were simply transported to the main Daesh-held areas. If they after this go to Iraq or not is their choice. Let's not forget that ISIS came to Syria from Iraq.

    Yazata, who are these SDF to tell the legal government of Syria not to cross a river? They should be happy that they are not (yet) the target of a full scale anti-terrorist operation. ISIS is, yet, a much higher priority.

    The news are as usual, the remains of the Aqerbat pocket are further shrinking, four or so villages being taken. The Syrian army has also taken the village Ayash North-West of Deir Ezzor (probably the last point in this direction with strong fortifications from the long fighting over the last years in this region), and some villages in the South-East along the Euphrat.
     
  9. Schmelzer Valued Senior Member

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    There have been already several days unconfirmed claims that the Syrian army has crossed the Euphrat river, but today it became official that the river has been crossed South-East of the Deir Ezzor airport. Here the progress around Deir Ezzor during the last week.

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    There is also information that the Syrian army is in the process of clearing the Saqr island, the biggest island on the Euphrat river immediately East of Deir Ezzor, and are entering the Tabiya oil field on the other side of the Euphrat river. The region around the airport seems sufficiently safe so that today the first transport airplane has landed in the airport.
     
  10. Schmelzer Valued Senior Member

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    The most interesting information today comes from the Russian MoD. It is about the reaction of the Americans. A short time after the Euphrat has been crossed there was a heavy increase of the water level and a doubling of the speed of the water. Given that there was no rain or so, the only explanation is that the Kurds - or, in other words, the US - have released a lot of water from the dams under their control to sabotage the crossing.

    Moreover, the most heavy counterattacks from Daesh comes from the direction where the SDF and the American special forces are located.

    The other big news is that former Al Qaida and friends have started a new offensive in the border region of Idlib and Hama. The first news are about heavy losses in material and fighters of joepistole's friends, at the main (most dangerous) attack direction they have reached no progress. But the front where they attack is quite wide, and there are also some points which they have taken.
     

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