Aligning the front in the Sarmin area, the SAA reduced the threat of Turkish flanking attacks


Last night, the Syrian government army took control of another 12–13 km of the most important M5 highway from Serakib to Aleppo. If by the middle of yesterday the uncontrolled section of the M5 roadbed in this area was about 25 km, now (easily calculated) it has been halved.


At the same time, Syrian troops came close to an important transport hub west of Ras al-Kirmid, where not only two roads and a railroad converge, but also an oil pipeline. Over the past few years, this critical hub has been under the control of militants.

Meanwhile, the advanced part of the Turkish military convoy entered the Syrian settlement of Al-Atarich that night, from which the Syrian government army was less than 5 km beyond the M30 road.

In addition, it is worth noting that the SAA aligned the front line in the Sarmin area. This city is located between Serakib and the administrative center of Idlib province. At the moment, the advanced units of the SAA are located about 2 km from Sarmin, having carried out advancement on a wide front, reducing the threat of flank attacks by Turkish troops in this direction.



Recall that earlier the Turkish side expressed a desire to conduct regular negotiations with representatives of the Russian Federation on the situation in Syrian Idlib. Ankara continues to declare "humanitarian problems" in connection with "violation by the Assad regime of ceasefire agreements." For some reason, at the time of the violation of the ceasefire by the militants in Ankara, humanitarian problems were not remembered.
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  1. Victor_B 10 February 2020 08: 06 New
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    In general, they offended the Sultan.
    Highly!
    1. Same lech 10 February 2020 08: 13 New
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      In general, they offended the Sultan.

      It's a shame ... smile in his field they beat him with his own methods ... I think rightly.
      Each attack of Allahakbarites should result in the loss of territory from where they attack.
    2. novel66 10 February 2020 08: 14 New
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      yes he went .. desert !! still the Syrians did not ask him what to do on their land !!
    3. zloybond 10 February 2020 09: 15 New
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      I do not believe in grievances. Rather, it's just to the public, for the same barmaley. In fact, apparently the agreement works to drive all of them gradually into a meat grinder. The armies give time for regrouping, rest, and again in battle. All the same, the army is also tired already. For a look, squeaks, visas. So it’s easier to grind them in battle than to keep the captured rabble in the courts and prisons at the expense of the exhausted country. For the sake of sight, the Turks are baying and pushing back, as if promising some "their" support. Tactically, a circus is easy to arrange. Not without overlays. Everyone’s nerves pass periodically. And not everyone is aware of real goals. And strategically, countries doing business in the region have different goals. They do not need uncontrollable rabble anywhere. It is only necessary to compete with it correctly, so that it can be rosy and without oblique insults of the "allies", but you will have to put your own order in order - that’s hammering them. But with a mattress it’s just not clear how they will diverge. Those clung to someone else's teeth. Until Bosko chop off to let go. Well this is my opinion of course).
      1. Polite Moose 10 February 2020 12: 13 New
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        Quote: zloybond
        I do not believe in grievances. Rather, it's just to the public, for the same barmaley.

        I fully share your opinion. hi It is possible that both of us are mistaken, but if we assume that Erdogan is still not clinical and d and e, and is unlikely to suffer from a complete lack of pragmatism, it remains only to find a logical explanation for his actions. And, in my opinion, the explanation is this: in addition to a proctological disease in the form of Kurds, he still has a large number of refugees on his e-uh neck, among whom are at least several thousand who, besides shooting, cutting their heads wrong and burn armored vehicles, they don’t know anything else, but they know how to do all of the above very well, because they were trained and had solid practice. The sleeping 5th column, which, if there is a customer and a center of influence, will not go to rallies with placards, but may well allow the regular army to sleep too. Therefore, they will not let stupidly plant themselves. And deporting them peacefully may not work, and if it does, then there is no guarantee that they will not join the Kurds for money or offense. In the current situation at the front, driving them to Idlib for an obvious slaughter is also not an option. They seem to be not all without exception clawing cabbage soup. So they create for them the appearance of support for the Turkish army. Such as "Abroad will help us ..." and "I will give you parabellum ..."
        The main thing is to leave to fight. And most importantly - not to return.
        It's my opinion. Time will tell.
        1. zloybond 10 February 2020 16: 46 New
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          The main thing is to leave to fight. And most importantly - not to return. - that's for sure.
      2. Maz
        Maz 10 February 2020 12: 29 New
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        Little hen, first idlib, then Americans
      3. protoss 10 February 2020 13: 07 New
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        what kind of meat grinder are we talking about? the greens simply leave the settlements along with the entire population without a fight. saa enters the empty towns and victoriously fotkaet.
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          1. protoss 10 February 2020 16: 00 New
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            there are no fights as such, so all the stories about a hacked defense are just PR. fabs there fell daily for several years, and this had little effect on changing the boundaries of this zone. and then suddenly a "swift offensive" and "about the cauldrons", in which then no one is.
            it seems to me that this is an agreement, only if we don’t pay for the Turkish route transfer service (I don’t know what), then Erdogan intends to return everything back, for this he caught up with technicians and people.
            1. zloybond 10 February 2020 16: 45 New
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              HZ who to believe, brother was restored for a year after hospitals. Total turned around. So everyone has a different war. Someone a clerk at the headquarters, someone in a scuba gear on a donkey on the dunes)
              1. protoss 10 February 2020 16: 52 New
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                specifically, it is now visible to the naked eye that the track was commissioned almost without a fight.
    4. Gene84 10 February 2020 09: 48 New
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      Quote: Victor_B
      In general, they offended the Sultan.
      Highly!

      And rightly so. There’s nothing to go where you weren’t invited.
  2. Mountain shooter 10 February 2020 08: 18 New
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    Anxious state ... Erdogan is inclined to commit “hysterical” actions if they step on his feet. True, no one asked him to put their feet on someone else's territory ...
    1. bessmertniy 10 February 2020 08: 55 New
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      It will behave imprudently - it may remain without gaps. what
    2. Sergey Olegovich 10 February 2020 09: 18 New
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      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      Erdogan is inclined to commit "hysterical" actions

      Especially now, when his "idea of ​​restoring former greatness" collapses before our eyes.
    3. knn54 10 February 2020 09: 48 New
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      But a moment may come and someone (whether Erdogan, whether the Yankees or together) will remember that Assad and Russia "offend" a NATO member.
  3. Prisoner 10 February 2020 08: 28 New
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    “We smile and wave, smile and wave” is a good principle in negotiations with the Turks. "Yes, yes, of course," but act in your own interests.
  4. PalBor 10 February 2020 08: 34 New
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    Sultan throws technology to Idlib. They, together with the militants, are trying to build a defense.



    But there are other players acting there: Iranians and Hezbollah in Idlib


    And our
    1. PalBor 10 February 2020 08: 36 New
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      And also ours work there


      1. kolyhalovs 10 February 2020 09: 22 New
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        I read the rules here. They say the link must be specified.
        More photos and plus big video at
        https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/5629468.html
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        3. PalBor 10 February 2020 10: 02 New
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          Probably. I do not really know how. You can find the photo link. And, by the way, not only Kassad has these pictures. Do not find fault with trifles. Also Reedus and a bunch of other sources.
          1. kolyhalovs 10 February 2020 10: 08 New
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            I am what. The main thing is that topwar moderators do not quibble. There is fiercely written for large posts duplicating articles of other resources.
            1. PalBor 10 February 2020 10: 18 New
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              I get it. But I’m not copying an article, but pictures from different sites. Just to illustrate my post.
    2. Yeraz 10 February 2020 13: 43 New
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      Quote: PalBor
      But there are other players acting there: Iranians and Hezbollah in Idlib

      I know everything, how many Turkish convoys and equipment have entered. But what is the number of troops involved from Assad?
      1. PalBor 10 February 2020 16: 38 New
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        I do not know for sure. It is known that under Sarakib units of the 25th Special Forces Division, the 4th Tank and 5th Corps are involved. And in the Aleppo area, Hezbollah and NDF.
        It's dangerous again. Allegedly, the Syrians fired at a Turkish base in Taftanaz and five soldiers were killed. It looks like a provocation from the side of the militants.
        1. Yeraz 10 February 2020 16: 51 New
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          Thank you. But what is their strength ?? How many soldiers are in these corps ?? Usually there are about 15 thousand in a corps. And how many vehicles are there in a tank corps?
          1. PalBor 10 February 2020 17: 05 New
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            This is what you asked request I have no exact data. Somewhere (I don’t remember) it was found that up to 400 units of armored vehicles, and not carts in mind. Something even “Herald of Damascus” does not give exact numbers. Ask Donavi, he clearly knows.
  5. Fantazer911 10 February 2020 09: 13 New
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    An interesting situation is developing, the Turks obviously want to squeeze out part of the territory, but when all the barmaley are squeezed out of Syria and come close to the positions of the Turks and Americans, how will they motivate their presence in Syria ?, obviously a war with the Turks and statics, they are the United States spit on everyone and the Turks looking at the States also behave this way
  6. rocket757 10 February 2020 09: 21 New
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    Perseverance and work lead to victory! And the help of a faithful, strong ally inspires fighters.
  7. V1er 10 February 2020 09: 28 New
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    Quote: Fantazer911
    will come close to the positions of the Turks and the Americans, how will they then motivate their presence in Syria?

    They have an old tale that Assad must leave and his power is not legitimate. And also, that there is an opposition and of course they are on its side. The whole country should go under the control of the opposition (count under the control of the United States). And the Turks will say that while at least one Kurd is alive, they will not leave Syria.
  8. Rostislav 10 February 2020 09: 36 New
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    Good luck to the Syrians!
    Militarily, they cannot yet resist the Turks. All hope for Russia that will keep the sultan.
  9. Livonetc 10 February 2020 09: 55 New
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    Now it is the Turks' turn to express concern.
    And the Russians will certainly support them in terms of correcting the humanitarian situation.
    For example, the provision of humanitarian assistance in areas exempted by SAA.
    1. protoss 10 February 2020 16: 02 New
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      in the areas exempted by saa, there is no population, everyone has left.
  10. rotmistr60 10 February 2020 10: 00 New
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    at the time of violation of the ceasefire by the militants in Ankara, they did not recall humanitarian problems.
    Its ... does not smell. The Turks are also worried about humanitarian problems as well as the Americans - in no way and by no means. According to the actions of the Syrian army, it is felt that our military advisers do not eat their bread for nothing. Success and minimal losses to everyone who really fights with bandits.
  11. Ros 56 10 February 2020 10: 48 New
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    It’s time to go home to the Turks, not to hell on shy territory. And the soldiers will be alive and the whole equipment, not broken.
    And let him set out the dreams of the Ottoman Empire on paper in writing as a script and make a film. Not those times now and his forces are not the same.
  12. Demagogue 10 February 2020 13: 09 New
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    The counterattack goes at full speed. Trying to recapture Seracib. The SAA defends itself near Serakib and breaks north, under Kafr Halab it is now a hot case. From there, a couple of kilometers to Kafr Nuran.
  13. Romario_Argo 10 February 2020 13: 38 New
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    It doesn’t fit in my head, and no matter how I can understand why (?) The Syrian army stubbornly and categorically throughout the war - they do not use bulletproof vests or helmets
    losing 60% of trained and experienced soldiers from banal fragments at the end, and ricochets
    1. protoss 10 February 2020 16: 03 New
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      Did you decide on the photos of the soldiers of the Syrian army? it’s just the actors who are taken for photo shoots, it’s not they who are fighting on earth.
  14. Paul Siebert 10 February 2020 14: 28 New
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    I am amused by homegrown "experts" who, on various talk shows with a clever face, tell us that the times of fronts and tank wedges have come to an end.
    What will not be a continuous front line now. And the war will be won by quick targeted strikes by special forces.
    Look at the map of Idlib. Solid front line. Strikes of tank wedges. Front line alignment before a decisive assault.
    These gentlemen remind the "experts" before the First World War, who stated that: "the modern war will not last long - too fast-fire weapons and mobile cavalry will not allow the war to last more than two to three weeks."
    And what really happened? .. wink
  15. rruvim 10 February 2020 15: 30 New
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    As I understand it, judging by the site https://syria.liveuamap.com/, the Turkish army, together with the Turkoman and the SSA, is launching a counterattack. Artillery training is going around the front. If GDP does not intervene, in a week or two the Syrian army will be “thrown back” to its original positions outside the administrative border of Idlib province.
    1. Red
      Red 10 February 2020 15: 39 New
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      Good afternoon, colleague! There again they shot a Turk. Rather, there will be an answer, as the last time Turkey will strike back, put 50-100 Assad soldiers and all. Assad’s troops, I think tomorrow will take the M5
      1. Altai72 10 February 2020 15: 43 New
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        The Turks have already sent specialists there. Kneading starts not frail.
        1. rruvim 10 February 2020 15: 59 New
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          Janissaries? "MAK" -ovtsy are not particularly distinguished anywhere. Even in Northern Cyprus. "Mountain" truth drove the Kurds in eastern Turkey, but this is for "domestic" Turkish consumption. In general, the "commandos" of Turkey were not particularly "lit up" anywhere with achievements, I mean.
      2. rruvim 10 February 2020 15: 51 New
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        Syrians will not be able to resist the regular Turkish army. Even if our VKS try to make a no-fly zone. You can take full M5, but keep ... sad In any case, we need new "agreements" with the Turks ... Or make a political decision, send troops, as in 1979. Syria is not Afghanistan, it is much more important and, in fact, simpler. But this is a war with the Turks. But sooner or later should this happen?
        1. protoss 10 February 2020 16: 14 New
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          and for the sake of what we must fight with the Turks, no benefits are visible, but dofig problems.
          Does Assad somehow work out such a popatos?
          1. rruvim 10 February 2020 17: 55 New
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            The question is not whether they should or should not. The question is: "but will not have to?" Even assuming that Assad and Co. decided to take Serakib, regardless of the Russian-Turkish agreement on de-escalation zones, why did the Russian Aerospace Forces “cut through” the defense of Turkoman and SSA, spending expensive ammunition, aviation fuel, engine resources and pilots' nerves on it? Now that the goals are achieved and the Turkish army enters the battle, not some barmalei, but a regular army built on NATO standards. What does our command have to do? Watch until the Turkish brigades “roll out” the last capable Syrian divisions? Or intervene? So the war begins ...
  16. Virtuoso 10 February 2020 16: 27 New
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    The Syrians have been directly surprising me recently, such bold operations ..
    Allah help you!