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ISIS update 1/2/2016..Iraq threatens military action against Turkish troops

Saturday, January 2, 2016 11:26
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Iraq threatens military action against Turkish troops

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Combat helicopters of Russian production supported an offensive of the Syrian governmental forces and Lebanese Hezbollah during the fighting for the towns Main and Hawarin in the province of Homs, according to the website “Russian spring”.

Videos appeared depicting massive rocket strikes on positions of the terrorists of “Islamic State” (an organization banned in Russia) in the desert. From the land, jihadists attacked the helicopters via the use of rocket launchers.

Earlier it was reported that the army of Bashar al-Assad, with the support of the Russian air force, managed to destroy ISIS’ base of the 82nd brigade.

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…………. What is really happening is this: most of the combat operation are centered around major urban areas (cities) and specific lines of communications (roads). In terms of small towns or the rest of the countryside, it is not really “controlled” by anybody. Typically, when the government forces take village “A”, the Daesh forces go to “B” and when the government takes “B”, Daesh goes back to “A”. (Those interested in these tactical issues should read this interview of a Russian military specialist with a great deal of experience of Syria translated by my friend Tatzhit Mihailovich). The government forces are already overstretched and are barely capable of mounting an offensive without having to move their forces allocated to the defense of key cities. This is also why the Syrian counter-offensive has been so slow: a dire lack of manpower.

Furthermore, since the real fighting centers around urban areas and key axes of communications, the very use of percentages of territory are meaningless in measuring the success of failure of these operations. Take the example of Aleppo: if/when the Syrians finally fully liberate the city from Daesh, which would be a major success, the percentage shift in controlled territory will be absolutely insignificant. Yet it would be a major success for the government forces.

None of the above, however, really answers the question of whether the Russian military intervention in Syria has tipped the balance in favor of the Syrian government or not. Some say that it has, others deny that. My strictly personal opinion is that no, it has not or, I should say, not yet. But there are some signs that it might in the near future. What are these signs?

First, the pressure on Turkey to stop acting like a rogue-state lead by an irresponsible megalomaniac has been increasing every since the downing of the Russian SU-24 and the subsequent Russian revelations about the Turkish regime and, specifically, the Erdogan family’s involvement in the illegal purchase of Daesh oil. So far the regime is holding fast, but it is clearly hurting politically and the tensions are now flaring up inside and all around Turkey. While I don’t expect Erdogan to cave in to external pressures, I do think that the tensions in Turkey will end up hurting Daesh, probably in a minor way unless the conflict with the Kurds truly blows up, at which point Daesh will be affected in a much more significant manner.

Second, there are some signs that Daesh is running into military difficulties in Iraq and political difficulties in the rest of the Arab world. The fact that the Saudis have now felt the need to create what is basically a Sunni anti-Shia terrorist force (aka officially as “Islamic anti-terrorist force”) is a clear sign that Daesh is not living up to their expectations.

Third, the Russians are now providing heavy artillery systems and training to the Syrians who are now slowly but surely acquiring the kind of firepower which the Russians have used with devastating effectiveness against the Wahabis in Chechnia.

Fourth, while the Russian air operations are, by definition, incapable of defeating a well-dug in and dispersed guerrilla force, it can place a great deal of stress on its logistics and supply lines. It also severely restricts the mobility of Daesh forces, especially by night.

Fifth, with the direct support of the RASF, the Syrians, backed by Hezbollah, have begun retaking control of some segments of the Syrian border with Lebanon and Turkey. That is, by the way, one of the most difficult yet crucial tasks for the government forces: to take as much of the Syrian border with Turkey under control (the Iranians will do that with the Iraqi border). This has not happened so far, and it will not happen in the near future, but the events are moving in the right direction.

But what will really decide of the outcome of this war is not firepower but logistics. Currently, the Syrians are at a huge disadvantage: not only are the short on ammunition and, especially, spares, but their entire armament is outdated and way past its theoretical service life. The Syrian government forces have also suffered terrible losses in manpower but the Syrians cannot afford a full mobilization as this would greatly hurt an already suffering economy. Keep in mind that the Syrians have been fighting this war for longer (4 years and 9 months) than the Soviet Union fought WWII (3 years and 10 months). The fact that cracks are showing everywhere are normal. In fact, the only thing which the Syrians seem to have an infinite supply of is courage………………

Does Erdogan really intend to eliminate all Kurds from Turkey?

By Ion Todescu

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…………….President Erdogan reiterated that Turkey will continue to fight those
he called ‘sympathizers of Kurdistan Workers’ Party’ until their total
elimination. This equals to an ethnocide of Kurdish minority.

Civilians have been fired at with heavy machine guns, tanks and
airstrikes. These measures were meant to stabilize the regional turmoil
but they have only exacerbated the situation so far.

The cities of Van, Mardin, Diyarbakir and Istanbul have witnessed
large-scale mass protests. The protesters erect barricades and demand to
stop the ethnocide of Kurds.

The conflict between Turkish authorities and the Kurdistan Labor
Party lasts since more than 30 years. It has resulted in some 40
thousand victims and millions of Kurdish refugees headed to Europe and
the U.S.

This time President Erdogan intends to exploit the shifts in the
regional politics to resolve the Kurdish question by force under the
pretext of fighting terrorism. Though he benefits from cooperation and
oil trade with the Iraqi Kurds, Erdogan seeks to avoid the rise of
pro-Kurdish political parties in Turkey. So the Turkish President has
chosen ethnocide over dialogue with the Kurds. This is unforgettable and
unforgivable and it is quite possible that the Turkish strongman will
be reminded of that soon.

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