Some of our astute readers might have noticed that, during the last 2 months of combat, the Syrian Air Force and its Russian sister have been particularly keen on striking terrorist infrastructure and logistics. While this might seem obvious to anyone with military know-how, it is still a relatively new phenomenon in this war. What changed the game was Russia’s heavy investment in the unity of Syria which required several quid-pro-quos which the Damascus government was anxious to embrace. Syria has now given Russia a lease for both the Tartous port facility and the Humaymeem Airbase at Jabla near Latakia, in perpetuity. In exchange for that, the Russian government is forbearing on any debts owed by Damascus to Moscow. Syria has become the diadem on the head of Russia’s eagle.
Both Syrian and Russian planners have adopted a slow-go strategy of shrinking terrorist capabilities. Putin did this by cajoling Erdoghan into lessening support for the terrorists he so badly wanted to rule in Syria. Erdoghan now has few options after the latest coup attempt. Fearing for his life is one thing. Fearing the rise of a Kurdish rump state stretching into Anatolia, is something else. It’s a Hobson’s Choice for the malodorous Turk autocrat. He has been left with almost no place to go. Syria too has its own trump card: Does the SAA cooperate with the PKK or does it back down to encourage Erdoghan to close the entryways into Syria.
The so-called terrorist opposition is itself now terrified. No matter how many staged atrocities they clumsily present, the most recent being the non-existent ‘Umraan Daqneesh, they can’t get any traction out of any relationship other than Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Turkey is inexorably moving away from tensions with neighbors and appears more concerned about Kurdish revanchism. Saudi Arabia is drowning in its own stupidity in Yemen; and Qatar is but a furlong from its own demise once the Shi’is of Bahrain decide they’ve had enough, a passion which will become metastatic. Their plans have blown up in their faces. The opposition has thus thrown itself at the mercy of the pitiless British automatons at Whitehall who, themselves dreading Saudi disengagement from banks on the Isle of Man, are lobbying for their lives in Washington, trying to move the amoral rodent at the White House to risk WWIII because, ultimately, it’s what the Zionist caretaker really wants.
ALEPPO: The Syrian Air Force flew 46 sorties yesterday with both bombers and fixed wing aircraft hitting at supply lines and warehouses serving the interests of Nusra/Alqaeda and Jaysh Al-Fath.
Armaments and Logistics College: As of this Monday, August 22, 2016, at 3:30 a.m. Damascus time, the Artillery College has been liberated completely. This is the area the rodents are losing with the same speed they gained it. The SAA and SAAF destroyed 4 Toyota pickups armed with Croatian manufactured Doschkas at the military college. They destroyed another 3 pickups at the Armaments & Logistics College and the 1070 Apartment Project. There were reports of additional equipment destruction at Tallat Al-Mushrifa.
(Archival Photo from Southfront)
Saraaqib-Aleppo Axis: A long convoy of trucks carrying rodents, arms and medical supplies was waylaid and blasted into oblivion as it headed for Aleppo to provide relief to the trapped vermin inside the southern pockets of Aleppo’s underbelly. Intelligence concerning this convoy was received by the SAA-MI from loyal Syrian citizens who, doubtlessly, rejoiced after hearing that their work bore such fiery fruit.
Dayr Haafir: An ISIS IED factory was turned into a plume of soot by the SAAF and RuAF. Whenever out forces strike factories like this, you can expect massive explosions. It’s the nature of the beast.
Scores of vultures were reportedly killed or wounded in airstrikes here: Hameema, Rasm Al-Kimaa, Rasm Hirmil, Tal Bayjaan.
Tallat Al-Sanawbar, Al-Qaraassi, Al-Mansoora: The SAAF used helicopter gunships to exterminate rodents and their equipment at warehouses located here. The rats are scrambling to find alternative sources as the fun has stopped at the Turk border.
Terrorist websites proudly proclaimed the departure of this child-molesting hyena yesterday:
“Abu Faysal Al-Halabi” (Id pending. He was a field commander in Kateebat Al-Shaykh ‘Ali, an offshoot of Nusra/Alqaeda)
IDLIB: Delighted to report the utter vaporization of a convoy of 13 trucks belonging Jaysh Al-Fath at the entry to the town of Armanaaz. No other details.
Hazaanu Village: The SAAF struck down three trucks loaded with rats heading for Aleppo. Their trip was cut short by the intervention of Hell.
South Al-Lataamina: 2 pickups belonging to Jaysh Al-Fath were melted down into useless iron by the SAAF.
Kafr Zaytaa, Lahaayaa, North Al-Lataamina: The SAAF and RuAF destroyed 4 pickups with 23mm cannons. The weapon of choice here was the Sukhoi 24-M2.
Tayr Ma’la Village: A warehouse for fuel went up in flames.
Talbeesa: A warehouse for ammo and a mortar launcher were destroyed by the SAA and PDC.
Al-Za’faraana: 2 vehicles and a fuel warehouse were set aflame.
Al-Ghantu: A warehouse with weapons and ammunition was sabotaged by SAA rangers.
Hawsh Al-Zhawaahira: A Nusra/Alqaeda warehouse was destroyed. Evidently, over 10 rats were inside and went to Hell with their merchandise.
Al-Shaa’er Mountain area: ISIS lost some rodents here and some more east of Palmyra.
NEWS AND COMMENT:
A reader sends this intelligent article addressing the mentalities of players in the Syrian War and the fate of Obama:
A roundup of events around the ME from Miesczko:
Tony Gratrex serves us up a dose of Turk arrogance:
PHOTO OF THE DAY FROM KHALED: These are Assyrian militia fighters for the Syrian Arab Republic:
Khaled sends us special effects technicians trying to fool a skeptical public about so-called atrocities: