Turkestaan Islamic Party is under the direct control of MIT, Turkey’s spy agency, the equivalent of the CIA. No operation conducted by the TIP is without the MIT’s permission or involvement.
Yesterday, at Al-Mansoora and Tal Waasit, the TIP launched a frontal attack on several SAA positions there. However, good intelligence resources alerted the army to this attack and it was repelled with very accurate artillery fire that stopped the terrorists in their tracks. According to Wael, the number of rodents killed were “around 4” and many were wounded. The ones who were not injured were seen running back to Turk-controlled Idlib. The two towns mentioned herein-above are in the far northern part of the Waadi Al-Ghaab, Syria’s agriculturally rich Bekaa Valley.
Russia’s game in Syria has become nuanced, delicate and detail-focused. Moscow is still pursuing a strategy of concentrating the terrorists in one place, e.g. Idlib Province. The proof for that is the American-Russian negotiations over the American withdrawal from Al-Tanf in Homs Province, right at the confluence of Iraq’s, Jordan’s and Syria’s borders. The Russian and American agreement was to see all the American-trained rodents shifted to Idlib a la all other agreements made such as in the East Ghouta. But, the Americans don’t want to leave. And, in comes Ankara.
You see, Ankara will not agree to have any more terrorists pushed into Idlib or any area controlled by Turk troops such as Jaraablus. They have essentially put the kibosh on the Russo-American agreement, a curious nod and wink to Washington. Now, the U.S. has no choice but to remain in Al-Tanf and continue its malign activities there. That is, until Iran decides it has had enough.
Today, the Syrian Reconciliation Center operated by the Russians out of Humaymeem AB in Latakia sent an urgent message to the residents of Idlib Province. I have translated the text for my readers:
“To the brothers and sisters in Idlib City. You will witness during the coming days big changes. After Russia and Turkey signed an agreement for the stabilization of the places in which you live, there will be work to set up demilitarized areas whose boundaries shall be at a depth of 15-20 kms from the front lines.
“Turkey has decided to pull out all tanks, artillery, mortars, 23mm machine guns and launchers from the area before the 10th day of October of 2018. Likewise, the Turkish Armed Forces will work to withdraw the terrorist and extremist groups like Hay`at Tahreer Al-Shaam, Hurraas Al-Deen, Jund Al-Aqsaa, and the Turkestaan Islamic Party and Uigher and Chechen fighters before the 15th of October because there was an agreement that they were terrorist organizations.
“And as of the 15th of October, Russian and Turkish squads will enter the demilitarized zones with the task of monitoring and preventing the return of the armed groups and searching for hidden heavy weapons.
“All these implemented procedures shall contribute to the restoration of stability and security to your homes. It is incumbent upon the armed (groups) to understand that adherence to the conditions of the Russian-Turkish agreement is the last opportunity to prevent the military operation against the terrorists and extremists.”
At Al-Shu’fah yesterday, a routine scene was played out with American helicopters observed by citizens and well-placed observers, ferrying ISIS leaders into the area controlled by the Islamist group. This pocket is located in the far southeast of the province. This similar scenario was played out, as I reported, at Al-Maraashida, except in this instance the terrorists were being deployed, as opposed to being taken out of harm’s way. One source told me that the CIA was using independent contractors to accomplish this in order to give the U.S. government credible deniability. But, we all know what’s going on. Nothing clever.
NEWS AND COMMENT:
Mary Woodward sent me this article questioning how AFP propagandists manage to remain safely inside the ranks of murdering terrorists: