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Syria, March 23: Syrian troops gather in Idlib in response to Turkish activity

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The situation in most Syrian provinces as of the afternoon of March 23, 2020 continued to remain tense. Nevertheless, in the province of Idlib, the Turkish army successfully patrolled the M4 highway.


Unlike Russian patrols, militants are loyal to Turkish patrols. But there are incidents: for example, on the night of March 23, the Khayyat Tahrir al-Sham militants (banned in the Russian Federation) destroyed the defenses built by the Turkish military at the highway.

But is this tactic an attempt to disguise the existing ties between the Turkish army and the militants? Indeed, according to a source on Twitter, the military training of HTS recruits in training camps is carried out by Turkish military instructors. Recently, according to the source, the next release of replenishment of militants was carried out from the training camp of the KhTS.

However, according to the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties in the SAR, Turkey has committed to neutralize all armed groups that impede joint patrols in the area of ​​the M4 highway connecting Aleppo and Latakia. However, while the Turks are mainly engaged in the transfer of heavy military equipment to the so-called observation posts.

Meanwhile, Syrian government forces continue to gather reinforcements in Idlib province. So, in the area of ​​the city of Kafr Nabel, movements of units and armored vehicles of the Syrian Arab army are observed. Opposition sources write about the arrival in the Idlib province of dozens of Syrian tanks.

In addition, Shiite militia "Hashd Shaabi" arrived in Idlib province from Damascus province. In the sky over the mountains of Jebel al-Zawiya, unmanned aerial vehicles and fighters of the Syrian air force were seen.

Apparently, the Syrian Arab army is concentrating additional forces in Idlib province in case there is no real action to neutralize the militant groups in the area of ​​the M4 highway. Now the further development of events around the highway depends on the position of the Turkish leadership, which should affect the controlled armed groups.

In the province of Aleppo, militants of the pro-Turkish Syrian National Army closed the Abu Zanzin crossing south of the city of Al-Bab, and the leadership of the SNA did not associate this decision with the military-political situation in the region, but with the spread of the coronavirus. For the same reasons, the Syrian government decided to close the border with Lebanon.

In the city of Al-Bab (Aleppo province), a car was blown up with three men. These were lawyer Anwar Rahib and his sons. Participants in the Kurdish resistance are suspected of organizing a terrorist act.

In the province of Raqqa, near the village of Tel al-Saman, on the contrary, a car belonging to the Democratic Forces of Syria (SDF) was blown up. The Syrian Democratic Forces suspect the local cell of the "Islamic State" banned in Russia.

Separately, it is worth noting that the group “Characterize al-Intikam al-Islamiya” (* “Islamic Retaliation Movement”), which aims to combat the Turkish occupation of Syria, released a video message in which it promises to destroy both the Turkish military and soldiers of the government forces of Bashar Assad, and members of pro-Turkish armed groups.

Meanwhile, it became known about the visit of the Russian Minister of Defense to Syria. Sergei Shoigu and Bashar al-Assad discussed the situation in Idlib province.
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  1. Ros 56
    Ros 56 23 March 2020 17: 33 New
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    Idlib is Syria and Assad has the right to send troops to anywhere in Syria. But it’s time for the Turks to bring them home and not to create problems for their neighbors.
    1. Arlen
      Arlen 23 March 2020 18: 14 New
      +9
      The recent offensive and the success of the Syrian army accompanying it, unfortunately, did not solve the main strategic task of Syria - the exit and restoration of control over the Syrian-Turkish border, since protection of the territory from militants is possible, only if the borders are closed and the terrorist groups themselves cut off from the supply and supply routes of resources, including human resources, from abroad and primarily from Turkey. In solving this problem, Syria is hindered by Turkey with its undersultan and its neo-Ottoman policies.
      1. Tuzik
        Tuzik 23 March 2020 18: 42 New
        -5
        The Turks count Idlib them. And in the wake of the feelings for the population they will not give it up.
        1. seregin-s1
          seregin-s1 23 March 2020 19: 29 New
          +5
          But in recent months, Turkish Idlib has become much smaller.
          1. Tuzik
            Tuzik 23 March 2020 19: 35 New
            +1
            Well it will be difficult to squeeze
            1. Uran53
              Uran53 23 March 2020 21: 00 New
              +2
              But it is possible. The main thing is the political will of Syria, Iran and the Russian Federation
              1. kutuz
                kutuz 23 March 2020 22: 00 New
                -1
                Turkey wanted to spit on the will of Syria, Iran and the Russian Federation - they can afford it and have proved it more than once.
                1. Uran53
                  Uran53 24 March 2020 17: 01 New
                  0
                  Erdogan in this case is forced to listen to the Russian Federation and Iran, otherwise he may get problems both in the economy (from the Russian Federation, he doesn’t have ice, and even more so the tour season is on the verge of failure due to coronavirus), and he’ll get problems with hot their favorite Kurds and Iranians (they did not forget who bombed them in the winter campaign in Idlib).
                  1. kutuz
                    kutuz 25 March 2020 21: 58 New
                    0
                    "otherwise it can get problems like in the economy (from the Russian Federation" - they fell too late! It is foolish to consider Erdogan a fool.
          2. Paul Siebert
            Paul Siebert 24 March 2020 04: 50 New
            +3
            Quote: seregin-s1
            But in recent months, Turkish Idlib has become much smaller.

            It will shrink like shagreen skin.
            And sooner or later Turkish Idlib will again become Syrian.
            Better early ... wink
        2. Dog
          Dog 23 March 2020 20: 17 New
          +3
          Quote: Tuzik
          Turks consider Idlib them

          They can even believe in gnomes and elves - this is their personal problem, generated by their own propaganda, it does not concern the neighboring sovereign state and does not affect the objective reality.
          1. Tuzik
            Tuzik 23 March 2020 21: 03 New
            0
            Quote: Dog
            They can even believe in gnomes and elves - this is their personal problem, ... they have no effect on the objective reality.

            It is true that I am offended and believing in gnomes, and I say who is stronger is right!
          2. Paul Siebert
            Paul Siebert 24 March 2020 05: 03 New
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            Quote: Dog
            Quote: Tuzik
            Turks consider Idlib them

            They can even believe in gnomes and elves - this is their personal problem, generated by their own propaganda, it does not concern the neighboring sovereign state and does not affect the objective reality.

            And the Turks are the gnomes!
            At least this is what our Russian poster of the First World War says.
            Then the Russian public was not afraid of a war with the former Porta.
            I didn’t whine on the Internet: "We do not need a war with mighty Turkey!"
            Maybe because there was no Internet then? wink
            1. Dog
              Dog 24 March 2020 05: 31 New
              +1
              Quote: Paul Siebert
              Did not ache

              And now does not ache. Turkish carpets are whining, depicting our public. This is clear to everyone.
              Are you a carpet?
              1. Paul Siebert
                Paul Siebert 24 March 2020 05: 53 New
                0
                I’m not a carpet, I’m more like a palace.
                And for some - the path ... to the buoy.
    2. cherkas.oe
      cherkas.oe 23 March 2020 21: 06 New
      -1
      Quote: Ros 56
      and. But it’s time for the Turks to blame

      It’s high time for the Turks to tumble down so that there wouldn’t be enough carpets for the funeral, then only the undersultan will come to his senses.
      1. RVAPatriot
        RVAPatriot 24 March 2020 00: 50 New
        -2
        Will you roll the pillows off the couch?
  2. Thrifty
    Thrifty 23 March 2020 17: 35 New
    +9
    If Shoigu arrived there, it means that something very serious is plotting! And it is likely that the Turks will again begin active hostilities in the region with the hands of militants.
  3. Sergey39
    Sergey39 23 March 2020 17: 46 New
    +5
    Whatever the Turks are up to, the coronavirus will soon put everything in its place. There will definitely be problems with tourists. Oil breakthrough will become meaningless.
    1. Neutron Retarded
      Neutron Retarded 23 March 2020 18: 06 New
      0
      I think so. A pandemic outbreak in a single enclave might work better than mortars. Give a deadline.
      1. Jack O'Neill
        Jack O'Neill 23 March 2020 21: 58 New
        +2
        And where did you get the idea that after such a pandemic "accidentally" will not start in our country?
        It is necessary to do everything with the mind, and not to frighten with "flashes" and "Gauges", as they like in VO.
  4. Deniska999
    Deniska999 23 March 2020 17: 52 New
    -8
    Well, you and your Syria. We have self-isolation)
  5. Mitroha
    Mitroha 23 March 2020 18: 05 New
    +3
    Syria, March 23: Syrian troops gather in Idlib in response to Turkish activity

    The main thing is not to leave the remaining directions without cover. And then there are many who wish.
  6. ultra
    ultra 23 March 2020 18: 21 New
    +3
    Here we have tested shock drones. Can the MO decide to continue them in combat conditions?
    1. Grits
      Grits 24 March 2020 08: 02 New
      +1
      Quote: ultra
      Here we have tested shock drones. Can the MO decide to continue them in combat conditions?

      The article said that some Syrian drones are flying ... What kind of pepelats are they?
  7. knn54
    knn54 23 March 2020 18: 53 New
    0
    Erdogan did not and does not intend to fulfill the agreements, feeling the support (albeit so far moral) of the West.
    Yes, that's just the Syrian army is not what it was before.
    1. Prisoner
      Prisoner 23 March 2020 20: 07 New
      +1
      If the support of the West, then it is not moral. More likely immoral. winked Yes, they are now not up to Erdogan. hi
      1. Dog
        Dog 23 March 2020 20: 21 New
        +2
        Quote: Captive
        Yes, they are now not up to Erdogan

        You are mistaken. Public politicians are capable of any kind of pirouette, but in the shadow of this show there is always an army of intelligent specialists who competently and methodically do their job, in spite of any coronoviruses / crises, etc.
  8. Chaldon48
    Chaldon48 24 March 2020 00: 02 New
    0
    In general, the situation is typical of a civil war, everything is against everyone.