Who freed Sarakib

Who freed Sarakib

Media reported that the Russian aerospace forces helped the Syrians recapture the strategically important city of Sarakib, abandoned by government forces at the end of last week. The operation to liberate Sarakib was carried out by units of the Tigers, Shiites of Hezbollah and reserve units of the National Guard.


Who freed Sarakib


By inertia, “Tigers” are called the 25th Special Forces Division - an elite tactical formation of the Syrian Arab armed forces (SAVS, SAA), specializing in offensive operations. Previously, this formation called itself "Tiger Forces", it also included brigades - "Forces of the Cheetah" and "Cheetahs".

High-profile names were confirmed by successful offensive operations, for which the Tigers were even called invincible. Last year, they (in fact, police militias) tried to merge into the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and were given the status of a special division. In fact, the forces of the Tigers (4000 fighters) are pulling on a good team. The inflated status of the division was a recognition of the military merits of the militias.

However, the Tigers refused the offer to enter the CAA. They didn’t want to lose their organizational and financial independence, because the militia’s salary was twice as high as in the army (the formation of Syria’s investor, Rami Makluf, the cousin of President Assad, is financing the formation). The Tigers called by the division are still fighting well. The liberation of Sarakib is another confirmation of this.

The National Guard, which took part in the operation to liberate the city, also stands apart from the Syrian armed forces. These are elite troops designed to protect the Syrian government and maintain security in central Damascus.

During the war, they grew to the scale of a full-fledged division, supplemented by two tank and mechanized brigades, regiments of special purpose and special forces. They are used in critical sections of the front, which was the retreat from Sarakib, which again cut the strategic route Damascus - Hama - Aleppo. According to experts, the reserves of the National Guard played a decisive role in the liberation of the city.

Shock Force Bashar al-Assad


Nevertheless, the Syrian Arab army remains the main strike force of Bashar al-Assad. She was pretty battered by the war. It is enough to say that in the units there was practically no light armored vehicles of the pre-war state. The personnel suffered serious losses. It is formed by appeal. Therefore, in the units a certain combination of soldiers with combat experience and recruits is formed.

Not always this union contributes to luck. Sarakib, for example, was left due to a frivolous attitude to the combat mission. According to observers, the units did not begin to gain a foothold on the first line of the line — to dig trenches and carry out other protective measures. Therefore, they were easily swept away by the fire of Turkish artillery and shock drones.

Also, air defense systems and tanks, left without proper shelter and protection, were lost stupidly.

The media write that Russian military advisers managed to restore relative order in the Syrian forces. The consequence of their work was also the liberation of Sarakib.

Today, in the arsenal of the SAA are several hundred tanks (mainly Soviet-built), barreled and rocket artillery, and heavy flamethrower systems. About 100 thousand troops were initially combined into five army corps, two separate tank and mechanized divisions.

The army is supported by more than two dozen attack helicopters and about 80 aircraft. Before the offensive on Idlib, this force significantly exceeded the terrorist groups established in the province. That was until the Turkish military intervened.

They used electronic warfare in Idlib, shock and reconnaissance drones with target designations for long-range artillery. The Syrian army faced such an enemy for the first time. Hence its obvious failures. It is necessary to adapt to the new conditions of the war. The return of Sarakib, the Syrian army showed that it is able to cope with this task.


For your home and shelter


The National Defense Forces will help the army. They appeared when Bashar al-Assad failed to mobilize. It was at the height of the war against terrorists of the Islamic State banned in Russia. As military correspondents wrote then, in the suburbs of Damascus, government forces fought against Islamist militants, and in the coffee houses of the capital there were men of mobilization age, not at all disposed to respond to the president’s call to defend Syria.

Then Bashar al-Assad initiated the creation of volunteer militias on a national, religious and territorial basis. Here he found support, since it was primarily about protecting the homes and settlements of the militias.

With the emergence of the Bedouin tribes from the war, the liberation of the territories inhabited by the Druze, Armenians, Palestinians, Christians, Alawites, the national defense forces grew to 110 thousand soldiers and strengthened the military situation of the Syrian government.

Now volunteer formations are used as a reserve in critical areas, although the main mission of these forces is territorial defense. In the battles for Sarakib, for example, local militias took part in clearing the liberated settlements from the remnants of terrorist groups.

The above examples show that the Syrian government forces today have the ability to destroy the last hotbeds of terrorism on their territory. Only now the second largest NATO army - the Turkish one, which rose up to defend Islamic militants, cannot be defeated without help.
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  1. tihonmarine 5 March 2020 10: 46 New
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    Only now the second largest NATO army - the Turkish one, which defended the Islamic militants, cannot be defeated without help.
    Although the Turks did not fight, but their armaments and supplies were much higher than the Syrian army, and the numerical superiority was on the side of the Turks. Without the help of Syria alone will not stand. Sultan Edik chose the moment when you can strike at the vile. May Allah help the Syrian army.
    1. bessmertniy 5 March 2020 10: 54 New
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      YES, the forces of the Turks are fresh, uncooked, and the country is still not ruined. what
      1. tihonmarine 5 March 2020 11: 02 New
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        Quote: bessmertniy
        and the country is still not ruined.

        And there is plenty of money.
        1. Bolbot 6 March 2020 09: 00 New
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          Nobody seems to set tasks to defeat the Turkish army. It makes no sense. No one will benefit from a full-scale war. To make Edik unprofitable to wage war is the task that must be solved.
    2. _Sergei_ 5 March 2020 10: 58 New
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      May Allah help the Syrian army.

      And the Russian Aerospace Forces.
      1. Tiksi-3 5 March 2020 11: 08 New
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        And the Russian Aerospace Forces.

        by the way today is the meeting of Edik and Vladimir, and ours meanwhile - The long-range anti-submarine Tu-142 aircraft from the Northern Fleet naval aviation flew to Crimea to participate in exercises with aircraft of the Black Sea Fleet. This was announced on Wednesday, March 4, in the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.In the sky above the peninsula, training on refueling from the IL-78 air tanker has already taken place. The exercises also involved three Su-30SM multipurpose fighters and two Su-24M bombers. is that a hint? surpassed from the SF to the Crimea and immediately exercises? and all this managed to meet
      2. bandabas 5 March 2020 14: 03 New
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        Do we need this “war game”? These ..... will solve everything among themselves. I mean, those in power.
        1. Torak 5 March 2020 14: 39 New
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          In fact, we are defending our homeland here. The purpose of the ongoing war in Syria is to create a terrorist state on its territory in 2 million bayonets and move through Turkey to the south of Russia, which would have flared up even before the start of this campaign. many years ago, if I’m not mistaken, Al Jazeera. The trick is that such an invasion of the locust type of an irregular army, and in fact countless small gangs, it would be practically impossible to stop a regular army, especially since the invasion would start simultaneously from the West and from the inside in the form of a Maidan-uprising. now the reptile is still in its infancy.
          1. bandabas 6 March 2020 22: 08 New
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            Dear Torak. Why are you sitting on the "couch", and, are not in Syria?
    3. 210ox 5 March 2020 11: 07 New
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      Why did you get the idea that the “Turks didn’t fight"? They fought, and how! By the dastardly, from the corner. Regarding Syria .. This conflict could not be resolved quickly and it will drag on for many years. Yes, and we will have to keep the contingent there .And the security zone around Hmeimim needs to be expanded.
      1. VO3A 6 March 2020 00: 08 New
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        .And the security zone around Hmeimim needs to be expanded.

        We lag behind in the development of modern methods and means of conducting modern warfare (combined arms combat) by about 20 years ... All of Syria should be covered with an information and combat cap, with real-time control of the entire territory and airspace and the possibility of destroying all targets (including ground-based) in real time by ground-based means and UAV on-duty drums (in case of emergency) and manned aircraft in the second place ... But we do not have organizational structures and information support for this ... Although everything can be done now .. ready for this already now, even taking into account the incomprehensible absence of shock UAVs, but the latter is not critical ... We have been treading water for 20 years and the indicator of this is the state of the Constellation-M systems and the like ... This program has failed, moreover, turned away from her ... And the President’s decision for 20 years has not been implemented even at the theoretical level ...
    4. codetalker 5 March 2020 12: 11 New
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      Thoughts did not fight?) And where are the losses of the Turkish army? It must be understood that the "moderate" militias are units of the Turkish army, which are given a slightly different organizational character. And while Syria is coping ...
  2. Ros 56 5 March 2020 10: 49 New
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    We can only wish them good luck in the fight against the Barmel men and God bless them in battle.
  3. businessv 5 March 2020 10: 56 New
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    Syrian government forces today have the ability to destroy the last hotbeds of terrorism on their territory.
    God help them (Allah) in this righteous deed! If only the "good" neighbors, but their overseas friends did not interfere!
  4. Slavutich 5 March 2020 11: 01 New
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    Sarakib, for example, was left due to a frivolous attitude to the combat mission

    Yes: discipline and discipline again.
    But good luck to guys and victory!
    1. 210ox 5 March 2020 11: 48 New
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      I fear that these "not persistent" will spread to the other side. It is hardly possible to retain the country with the forces of two divisions.
  5. V.I.P. 5 March 2020 11: 02 New
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    The Turks write that they were the first in the world to use a swarm of drones. And this attack is quite successful. A drone, missiles to it and laser-guided bombs are all of Turkish development and production .... I think if there is a drone and ammunition from the USA, Israel or China, the effect will be even greater. Based on these results, the tactics of the use of air defense should be reviewed. A flock of drones will overload any air defense. And to bring down high-precision small ammunition for our systems is problematic. Another question arises: MO buys the Pine system without radar. How will she intercept missiles and bombs ?? They are not going to upgrade Tunguska, but the TORs will not be able to repel a massive raid of barrage of shocking ammunition and shock drones, they will not have enough missiles. The carapace is the same. It’s interesting that guns can shoot him down, at least something less than the KR and a helicopter? ..... In my opinion, the future lies with ammunition. And it’s a pity that we don’t have a Lancet in service, but only, as usual, exhibition items ..
    1. Tzar 5 March 2020 11: 21 New
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      Quote: V.I.P.
      I think if there is a drone and ammunition from the USA, Israel or China, the effect will be even greater. Based on these results, the tactics of the use of air defense should be reviewed. A flock of drones will overload any air defense.

      And what can be reviewed here? To invent air defense with inexhaustible ammunition - a laser gun from star wars?
      In the event of a hi-tech flock of drones flying, a hotel in the form of the Vanguard is sent home to the high-tech dronovod, that's all tactics against overload.
    2. bk316 5 March 2020 12: 05 New
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      The Turks write that they were the first in the world to use a swarm of drones.

      Turks and you do not know how a swarm strike differs from a raid of a large number of UAVs.
      While the swarm did not succeed in making either the United States or the Jews or us, the Turks are even further from this.
      When there is a swarm, the existing air defense will be helpless. To understand this, just see a swarm of wasps (God forbid).
      1. Mister who 6 March 2020 21: 06 New
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        There is dichlorvos on this swarm of wasps)) one emitter and remember the name of these wasps or an EMP projectile)) There is no swarm yet, but there is already a fly swatter
        1. Mister who 6 March 2020 21: 19 New
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          For good UAVs, they are good only for reconnaissance and guidance, and a one-way ticket to him, a one-time toy, it’s good if in tandem with a high-altitude UAV (scorer) outside the air defense zone, immediately to suppress places of fire on the swarm, although reconnaissance can also be carried out from satellites )))
    3. shinobi 5 March 2020 12: 22 New
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      There is a solution that has long been worked out, suppressing locations and production. Since World War II, nothing has changed in this regard. Drones are good where the enemy has nothing or very little. And the Syrian air defense is a proud name and only. They covered the sky over the capital is already an achievement.
      1. bk316 5 March 2020 16: 35 New
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        There is a solution that has long been worked out, suppression of locations and production.

        Yes, but this is not done by air defense forces. laughing
        1. shinobi 5 March 2020 20: 36 New
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          hi It is truth too yes But this is to the general strategy of wars
    4. Mister who 6 March 2020 21: 02 New
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      There is a system that acts on fuses of small shells by wave radiation, there is a blast, everything has been invented for a long time, it’s kind of tested already in Donbas. In general, on such small warfare, the novelties of the defense industry are also being worked out.
  6. cniza 5 March 2020 11: 13 New
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    Only now the second largest NATO army - the Turkish one, which defended the Islamic militants, cannot be defeated without help.


    A lot will be decided today, will have to fight or agree ...
  7. Papapg 5 March 2020 11: 24 New
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    I have a Turkish-made Hatsan-125 air rifle, before that I used the Izhevsk factory. If you compare them, then this is a Mercedes and a Muscovite, I'm talking about the quality of the product. The situation is apparently the same in the military sphere, but I think that people near technology play a major role.
    1. ultra 5 March 2020 11: 48 New
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      So the price there is three times less if you had something from Izhevsk “baikals”.
  8. Paul Siebert 5 March 2020 11: 42 New
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    As military correspondents wrote then, in the suburbs of Damascus, government forces fought against Islamist militants, and in the coffee houses of the capital there were men of mobilization age, not at all disposed to respond to the president’s call to defend Syria.

    I never cease to be amazed at the Arab mentality.
    These guys are from another planet.
    It is impossible to imagine Moscow patties or cheburek in December 1941, filled with peasants.
    Some kind of panopticon.
    Against the background of such "patriotism", it is impossible to overestimate our contribution to the survival of official Damascus. Yes, the Iranians also helped.
    But without the Russian "air umbrella" Bashar would have long been torn to pieces by a jubilant crowd of monkeys under the banner of the Prophet.
    Like Gaddafi.
    I would be sorry - it really hurts his wife is beautiful ... love
    1. Durman_54 5 March 2020 11: 55 New
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      Quote: Paul Siebert

      It is impossible to imagine Moscow patties or cheburek in December 1941, filled with peasants.

      But now it’s quite possible. And I understand them very well, as I understand the Syrian guys in those years. It naturally looked like a war for the yacht of the local Abramovich.
      This is now, after almost 10 years, it is clearly visible what happens when the “oppositionists” win. And if they were not done by terrorists ... Assad would have flown away, and for a long time.
    2. 72jora72 5 March 2020 12: 39 New
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      It is impossible to imagine Moscow patties or cheburek in December 1941, filled with peasants.
      You will probably be shocked, but in the spring and summer of 14 in Donetsk there was exactly the same picture, someone went to the militia and someone sat in taverns and night clubs ....
    3. Ka-52 6 March 2020 05: 09 New
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      It is impossible to imagine Moscow patties or cheburek in December 1941, filled with peasants. Some kind of panopticon.

      nothing surprising. In Ukraine, the same thing. At what on both sides.
  9. knn54 5 March 2020 11: 47 New
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    We will know the name of another Patriot-Rami Macluff.
    And yet, the draft army is UNALTERNATIVE. Which does not exclude, of course, contract soldiers, but within reasonable limits.
  10. Xenofont 5 March 2020 12: 04 New
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    It is interesting how the Syrians form military units, since their stability depends on the presence in a certain proportion of fired and experienced soldiers. All these races of the army with the abandonment of equipment indicate the use in the units of the 1st line of the majority of the unfired and unprepared, in principle, to plug a hole only if anyone.
  11. MAGRIB 5 March 2020 12: 53 New
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    Somehow they do not look like liberators. There are no dust particles on camouflage.
  12. Vlad5307 5 March 2020 12: 54 New
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    Quote: tihonmarine
    Quote: bessmertniy
    and the country is still not ruined.

    And there is plenty of money.

    Well, not really in abundance - there are enough problems in the economy, yes, and if you wish, they can be easily organized - there would be political will.
  13. Sarkazm 5 March 2020 20: 22 New
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    However, the Tigers refused the offer to enter the CAA. They didn’t want to lose their organizational and financial independence, because the militia’s salary was twice as high as in the army (the formation of Syria’s investor, Rami Makluf, a cousin of President Assad, finances the formation).
    I appreciate a good sense of humor good Just correct the surname MaХloofah (مخلوف), not MaClouf.

    Um, and only finances, oh? ... This is the private army of the local oligarch with all of this, the only task is to protect the "family" of the clan. Our dad Rami did a good job of driving state-owned companies under Hafiz Assad, obviously this husband didn’t live on wages, his uncle Rami was the commander of the Russian Guard, sorry for the National Guard and the peace of the then tsar Hafiz Assad.
    If, at least, something is left of it, it’s not included in the CAA, apparently for another reason, the population in the army, and it is, as it were, unreliable in relation to the Asad clan, is striving to blame everything on the other side ...

    The fact that the Tigers went along with the Shiite pro-Iranian formations is nothing new, and indeed Makhlouf is still a nail in our opera, since the pro-Iranian comrade. Considering that flyers in Syria are like white dice and many of their “friends,” it’s not for nothing that the Turks bombed there and, as it were, without our knowledge, but on the orders of their oligarch, whoever pays the money orders the music. Yes, and a little lower I will write that not only the Syrians fly for their oligarchs, and indeed the Syrians in general ...

    Now just think about the text of the article and the meaning.
    So, the private army of the local “family” was going into battle near Sarakib, or as they say the local oligarch, whose family made a fortune (in other words, looted) due to the long stay of the deceased uncle’s power, so as not to lose everything forced to support his cousin Assad’s pants the proshiite formations went to the youngest and went into battle, speaking directly and simply - foreign mercenaries recruited by the Iranians. On the opposite side, part of the moderate opposition prepared by Turkey from local citizens, as well as Islamic radical groups and also from local citizens, and plus the Turkish army supported (understandably in their interests), but local citizens in battles with foreign mercenaries and the private army of the dictator’s family, sorry for the local oligarch, and yes, we also supported pure air altruism from the air of these very foreign mercenaries and the private army of the local oligarch. Um, I'm starting to believe Erdogan that the Syrian people called them ... I'm serious.

    The question is, where is the same Syrian army, and where is the same Syrian people? ... Um, are we really fighting with him in a place with the "legitimate" or, to be precise, "in law" Syrian government? ...

    I repeat, as ISIS defeated, we have nothing to do there, sorry the GDP, as usual, did not fulfill its word and did not withdraw our units - there is no glory to fight on the side of the dictator, his family of oligarchs and foreign mercenaries.
    And this is exactly what it looks like, and indeed it is what is happening right now - our oligarchs, including those in power, have provided fraternal assistance in the field of units of the armed forces of the country controlled by them to their twin Syrian oligarchs, and of course it is not so simple. Reminds rent oligarchs Moscow riot police, practiced like that. It’s a pity that the guys lied to them like that.

    Minus what can you do, used to hi
    1. Ka-52 6 March 2020 05: 17 New
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      The question is, where is the same Syrian army, and where is the same Syrian people? ... Um, are we really fighting with him in a place with the "legitimate" or, to be precise, "in law" Syrian government? ...

      dada, "the tyrant Assad, destroying his people" .... heard these liberal fables already. Thinner must work, finer.
      Minus what can you do, used to

      Well, this is not Rain’s website.
  14. Sarkazm 6 March 2020 14: 26 New
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    Quote: Ka-52
    The question is, where is the same Syrian army, and where is the same Syrian people? ... Um, are we really fighting with him in a place with the "legitimate" or, to be precise, "in law" Syrian government? ...

    dada, "the tyrant Assad, destroying his people" .... heard these liberal fables already. Thinner must work, finer.
    Minus what can you do, used to

    Well, this is not Rain’s website.

    Than hear a hundred times, it’s better to see once — it just so happened that I saw it and I know what happened there in the “good old days”. What do you draw your conclusions from, “good people told”?

    As you understand it, you’re afraid of analogies with our present time you’re remembering the trash like TC “Rain” ... still the Voice of America would be remembered laughing
  15. Victor March 47 9 March 2020 13: 30 New
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    Quote: bandabas
    Dear Torak. Why are you sitting on the "couch", and, are not in Syria?

    And why are you not in the gangs of Ishilov’s?
  16. Nikolai 9 March 2020 22: 06 New
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    Assad said that he would free Idlib and do it. Turkish Army UAVs - the best school for our aircraft - continue to study. It is gratifying that very quickly most of the Turkish shock UAVs were destroyed in a matter of days, like most of the armored vehicles.
  17. steelmaker 11 March 2020 14: 31 New
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    It was impossible for Putin to conclude a truce with Erdogan. The Syrians led a successful offensive. Another week of fighting and Idlib, if not released, then would have been taxed specifically. And now, in order to expel the Turks, a big war is needed. In the Donbass it was the same. The militias were already ready to take Mariupol, but Putin climbed in with his Minsk agreements. Now it is LONG.