Syria War Report
Turkish forces attack Syrian army in Latakia
In retaliation of an earlier airstrike, allegedly by Syria, on Turkish proxy terrorist forces of Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (aka Al-Nusra Front) near Al-Bab, the Turkish Army fired several artillery shells towards the town of Nawara, where the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces (NDF) were positioned.
No casualties were reported but the heavy shelling compelled the Syrian Arab Army and their allies to withdraw from their assault in northern Latakia.
This attack by the Turkish Army comes just hours after their airstrikes targeted the Kurdish-led “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) in northern Aleppo province.
The heavy artillery fire on the Syrian army and it’s Desert Hawks near Lattakia, prevented them from winning control of Jeish al-Fatah's strategic base in the province.
In a massive disorganized escape, dozens of terrorists fled towards the border and the Turkish army forces deployed near the border and targeted Syrian army positions in Navarah, Borj al-Hayat, Ain Issa and Heights 616 with heavy shelling and rocket fire.
The terrorists returned to positions earlier liberated by the Syrian army in minutes after their withdrawal because of the shelling. A large number of terrorist snipers were deployed to prevent a possible renewed attack.
Clearly, the Turkish army forces are doing their utmost to protect their own and other proxy terrorist groups in Syria as these proofs show.
However, it seems that their preferred adversary is the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorists and the Turkish-led moderate’ terrorists, under cover of Turkish airstrikes and artillery, blocked the Kurdish-led SDF supply route between Afrin and Kobani in Aleppo province.
Elsewhere, the Syrian alliance, supported by their vanguard Desert Hawks, started an operation to liberate Hassan al-Rae'i Mountains and also destroy a terrorist operations room on the northern border regions of Lattakia province.
Once the Jabal al-Rae'i Mountains are under control, they will be in a dominant position over the nearby towns bordering Idlib. Hence, Syrian artillery, missile and air force units are due to target terrorist positions in the northern towns at the border with Idlib.
Meanwhile, Jeish al-Fatah and their Chechenian and Caucasian terrorist allies are occupying several towns and mountains in and around Navarah, Zaitounah, Qelez, Salsour and Kabani in Lattakia province, but more than 90% of its territories are controlled by the Syrian alliance.
Fight the terrorists or get out of the way
The Russian Defense Ministry responded to the US State Department's calls not to assist tankers shipping fuel to the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria. The ministry's spokesman said that if Washington cannot or does not want to fight terrorists, it should not get in the way.
He added: "Such statements, unfortunately, only confirm our earlier estimates that fighting terrorism in Syria has never been on the outgoing administration's agenda.
Washington impeded negotiations, did not separate terrorists from ‘moderate opposition’ and now openly called on other countries to hamper Moscow's anti-terrorism fight in Syria "to somehow downplay the failures of US policies in the country since 2014", the spokesman said.
The US-led coalition can only dream of Russia’s success over a past year: more than 2,000 settlements joined the ceasefire, 86 armed groups have surrendered and hundreds of thousands of Syrians have returned to peaceful life, rebuilding their country.
He concluded: "So if you cannot or do not want to fight Daesh and al-Nusra Front — do not get in the way as our air group is Syria is sufficiently equipped to fight international terrorism in this region."
Evidence proves the use of mustard gas against Aleppo civilians
Russian military experts reported finding new evidence of chemical warfare against Syrian civilians. The Defense Ministry said an unexploded mortar shell uncovered in Aleppo contained mustard gas.
Ammunition containing the chemical agent was reportedly used in a devastating attack on a village in the Aleppo province conducted back in September when over 40 people were injured and displayed typical symptoms of mustard gas poisoning.
A representative for Russian Troops of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defense (RChBD) told journalists: “An express-analysis of the contents [of ammunition] carried out using a portable infrared spectrometer revealed the presence of vesicant chemical warfare agent sulfur mustard. We’ve taken roughly a 20 milliliter sample from the shell. Afterwards it was sealed tight and delivered to the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic for further investigation.”
The chemical shell found is a crude homemade 240-mm mortar with a capsule in the rear. The capsule contained from 0.5 to 1.5 liters of a black oily liquid, which proved to be a chemical warfare agent.
Earlier, Russian experts produced evidence of chemical munitions usage by militants and the Russian Defense Ministry said that chlorine and white phosphorus had also been found in nine samples from southwestern Aleppo.
The UN Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) appeared reluctant to join forces with the Russian military or to even send independent experts to Aleppo, citing security issues ad also seemed to ignore the proposed evidence of chemical weapons.
Push for partition fails again
The Syrian government has rejected a proposal by the UN envoy to give autonomy to the eastern part of Aleppo to allow the region to be administered by the so-called opposition. The Syrian Foreign Minister has flatly rejected the idea as a violation of the country’s sovereignty. The armed terrorist groups holed up in the area are facing inevitable defeat at the hands of Syrian forces, and this is another desperate attempt at rescuing these US-led terrorists by any means possible.
Egyptian pilots arrived in Syria
Several Egyptian pilots entered the Syrian army's airbase in Hama as Cairo has decided not to remain indifferent and participate in the anti-terrorism operations in Syria.
The Egyptian forces have started their work in Hama airbase since 2 weeks ago and a group of 18 mostly helicopter have also jointed them.
The first group of four high-ranking Egyptian officers entered Syria and was deployed in the Syrian army's general staff base in Damascus. Two Major Generals have started work in the Syrian army's operations room since a month ago, and their responsibility is leading reconnaissance operations in Quneitra, the Golan Heights and Dara'a.
Egypt is also considering the deployment of their 'Thunder Forces' to Syria to assist in more extensive operations. They have also promised Syria to send their forces to start massive participation in battles in Syria from late January, adding that Cairo's military presence will go beyond its role in Hama airbase.
Egyptian army officers also traveled to the Syrian port of Tartous to train with Russian military advisors near the Daesh front-lines. The Egyptian officers were accompanied by Russian military personnel upon their arrival in Tartous.
Tensions between Cairo and Riyadh were high in the past few weeks after the Egyptian envoy at the UN agreed and voted for Russia's proposed plan on Aleppo that was also supported by China and Venezuela.
While Saudi Arabia and their GCC allies, particularly Qatar, are financially and militarily supporting the militants fighting to unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Egyptian officials insisted that the crisis can only be solved through political means.
Terrorists in eastern Aleppo ready to surrender
The massive onslaught of the Syria alliance in different parts of Aleppo and the pace of their advance will soon force the terrorists to lay down arms and surrender.
Battlefield information shows that "the terrorists will soon be forced to surrender and their positions will fall one after another since they have lost a large number of their commanders and members as well as arms caches and can no more resist against the Syrian troops' offensives; this is while their regional allies have also withdrawn support for them".
The terrorists are also losing confidence in their commanders after their broken promises to breaking the army's siege. Their morale has weakened after heavy defeats and sustaining abundant casualties and damages.
They are now facing the realities of war after their many failed attempts to break the army's siege.