Syrian army holds 9 Turkish Idlib outposts to siege ready for showdown battle

The Syrian army has boxed in 9 of the 12 Turkish outposts set up in the northwest province of Idlib, as both armies prepare for a final showdown over the last Syrian province still holding out against the Assad regime.

Ankara beefed up its Idlib outposts in the eastern sector of the province after Syrian shelling killed eight Turkish troops and the Syrian army reached the southern outskirts of Idlib city.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, a high-ranking Russian delegation arrived in Ankara to try and avert an all-out confrontation between the Turkish and Syrian armies over Idlib. On Friday night, meanwhile, the Turkish army boosted its strength with reinforcements. A large convoy of 150 APCs carrying special Turkish commando forces crossed the border and the Turkish army was placed on war readiness. They were acting out President Recep Erdogan’s vow on Tuesday not to allow Syrian forces to gain additional territory in Idlib province.

But two days later he faced the embarrassment of Syrian military gains. The Syrians reacted to this threat by pushing into the southern outskirts of Idlib City and capturing Maarat al-Numan and Saraqib from pro-Turkish Syrian rebels, with the help of Afghan Shiite militias under the command of Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers and the support of heavy Russian aerial bombardments. The two strategic towns control the M4 and M5 northern highway links to Aleppo and Damascus.  

Erdogan threatened Moscow that if the Syrian push continued with Russian air force support, the Astana pact, which Moscow initiated two years ago between Russia, Turkey and Iran for an agreed political resolution of the Syrian conflict, would fall apart. The Idlib battles have already generated a mass outflow of refugees from the province. Erdogan has threatened that if the Syrian army continues its campaign, he would not stop an estimated outflow of 1.5 to 3 million refugees expected to surge into Turkey from reaching Europe.

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75 thoughts on “Syrian army holds 9 Turkish Idlib outposts to siege ready for showdown battle

  • Feb 8, 2020 @ 18:07 at 18:07


    • Feb 8, 2020 @ 18:11 at 18:11

      yaaa man

    • Feb 8, 2020 @ 18:34 at 18:34

      But why? Istanbul is not a capital and Tel Aviv is not a capital.

    • Feb 8, 2020 @ 18:41 at 18:41

      A Shiite Muslim heh, you are all a bunch of Zombies killing and slaughtering is you nature, it’s in your DNA but don’t worry Ahmed, just carry on.

      • Feb 8, 2020 @ 19:56 at 19:56

        Why would I want to look in the mirror? It you are going to make a comment then don’t come out with incomprehensible.dribble, maybe you need to get to bed a get a good rest.

      • Feb 9, 2020 @ 14:05 at 14:05

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    • Feb 8, 2020 @ 23:33 at 23:33

      If one wants to know why Turkey has so much Power stopping Mideast Peace, One should study Turkish Armenian Calouste Gulbenkian Known as “Mister 5%’ & Architect Creator of the 1928 Group Agreement “Red Line” Agreement Deal Struck between American, British, and French Oil Companies concerning the oil resources within territories that formerly comprised the Ottoman Empire within the Middle East. The origins of the Red Line Agreement can be traced back to the initial formation of the Turkish Petroleum Company (TPC) in 1912.

      • Feb 9, 2020 @ 15:48 at 15:48

        Glad you brought up Mr. 5% , vast majority does not know who Calouste Gulbenkian was and how he was the father of modern day Oil.

        • Feb 9, 2020 @ 21:32 at 21:32

          There’s a great series called THE PRIZE on YouTiube. My version came down in eight parts. Perhaps it’s been updated. Calouste is described in detail:) Good one.

      • Feb 9, 2020 @ 18:57 at 18:57


        America officially declared it has de-coupled from the “red line” cartel teet when POTUS Trump spoke at Davos and told the world that the USA is not dependent on Mid East oil. This fact seems to be opening the door for the Mid East to come to its own resolutions.

        TPC became the IPC, but these events were many decades ago. Turkey has been a Republic since 1923, sided with the allies in 1945, became a member of the UN in 1945, became a member of NATO in 1952, and has been relatively stable for many decades. Turkey has been content with its territorial boundaries for many decades, why would they decide to change their mind now and stand in between relative peace in the Mid East?

    • Feb 9, 2020 @ 1:21 at 1:21

      “with the help of Afghan Shiite militias under the command of Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers and the support of heavy Russian aerial bombardments”…WOW! That sums up the alliance of Good fighting against the Evil of ISIS and Al-Nusra Arab Whabbis under the command of the Saudis and Isreal with the aerial bombardment of the US and NATO alliance and direct support of the Sunni Turks.
      There’s the armageddon alliance folks in the making. Who’s good and who’s evil you decide.

      • Feb 9, 2020 @ 11:41 at 11:41

        “———————Al-Nusra Arab Whabbis under the command of the Saudis and Isreal——————-”


        Under the command of the Saudis……………..maybe, under the command of the Israelis……………not likely and something only a conspiracy theorist would suggest, even without the slightest bit of evidence.

        “Who’s good and who’s evil you decide.”

        Yes…………and who’s comment makes absolutely no sense has already been decided.

        • Feb 9, 2020 @ 14:37 at 14:37

          What a fckng maroon!
          Cui bono, dopey.

      • Feb 13, 2020 @ 16:05 at 16:05

        I could figure out what you’re talking about if you could figure out how to make sense out of sentence structure. Since you seem all mixed up, I’ll throw in some more for you to think about: Wahabi are said to be”Jews” pretending to be Moslem. Other “Jews” are said to be pretending to be Judah, Catholics and protestants are said to be pretending to be Christian, and Remphan, Moloch, Lucifer, and Satan are the names said to be called upon by pretenders, except for the ones serving the Dragon of Ba’abel. (Remember the bush years and the talk about the “Order of the Dragon”?) Those serving the dragon are strong in the U.S. Deep State and in the “military industrial machine”, as they were in the Nazi circles and as they still are, among Rosicrucians, Freemasons, and some Naphtali. The Saudi’s world is impacted by Wahabi not the other way around, because the Saudi are under their terroristic thumb.
        The WAR began long ago, long before any different sects or religions, and it will end at the end of our parade of days, not before. Our world is not a bunch of politics thrown together (in bad sentences) with armies and weapons. It was made long before those things were even thought of.
        What I’m getting at is the war is not this nation or religion against that one. The war is in our hearts and for our souls. We can win a “war” in the Middle East or anywhere else, and still lose our souls. We need to win a political war we need to win, but we also have a larger war, wherein all our governmental ideals can become meaninglessness before the gaze of our creator and judge, who looks into our hearts and determines our reality.

    • Feb 9, 2020 @ 2:16 at 2:16

      Bomb your mother !

    • Feb 9, 2020 @ 11:22 at 11:22


      @ “Do not ban hizballah”,

      Here’s a much better idea:
      Free Lebanon………………………….BOMB HEZBOLLAH.

    • Feb 10, 2020 @ 5:38 at 5:38

      Go screw your goat

    • Feb 12, 2020 @ 22:52 at 22:52

      Drop dead Muzzy

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  • Feb 8, 2020 @ 18:20 at 18:20

    Muslims Killing Muslims Needs to be Encouraged!!!!

    • Feb 8, 2020 @ 23:38 at 23:38

      @Zev… Disagree, what needs to be done is keeping the Promises made to Palestinians, Kurds, & Jews in the 1920’s to create Palestine, Israel, & Kurdistan just like other Middle East nations were formed after World War I but stopped by Turkey & Major European Monarchies for keeping Oil Profits for themselves.

      • Feb 9, 2020 @ 7:56 at 7:56

        Muslim Palestine is called “Jordan”. Ever heard of it ????

        • Feb 9, 2020 @ 11:52 at 11:52

          “Muslim Palestine is called “Jordan”. Ever heard of it ????”


          Jordan’s Queen is a Palestinian……………….the only thing Jordan is missing is some of their citizens living in Judea, Samaria and the Eastern portion of Jerusalem.

          • Feb 9, 2020 @ 14:22 at 14:22

            Palestinians were urged by The Arab League As Egypt, Jordan, Syria Prepared To Attack Israel In 1948 To Leave Shared Lands & Neighborhoods For Centuries. After The Attacks Failed Palestinians Refugees Egypt Welcomed Them Then Exiled Them To Gaza. Jordan Did The Same Until Palestinians Attack Them Then Killed 20,000 & Exiled Them To Lebanon. Lebanon Welcomed Them & Syrians Then Exiled Them To Tunisia. The Arab League Did Not Just Abandon Palestinians But Grew Tired Of Policing & Fighting Them. Israel Offered Peace & Land Over 12 Times & Rejected While Over A Million Live In Israel As Citizens? Now Turkey Is Dealing With Refugees As Well? What Are The Solutions?

          • Feb 9, 2020 @ 16:10 at 16:10

            She’s beautiful on the outside anyway.

    • Feb 9, 2020 @ 0:34 at 0:34

      no need to encourage… theyre gonna do it anyway! barbaric prehistoric idiots!

  • Feb 8, 2020 @ 18:23 at 18:23

    If Turkey launched a combined arms offensive with its entire military capacity it would be in Damascus in one week. Turkish air power would neutralize Russian/Syrian air support and Turkish infantry, cavalry, and artillery would crush Syrian ground forces. Russia could not interfere short of strategic arms which Putin would never do.

    • Feb 8, 2020 @ 21:05 at 21:05

      On paper, they should be able to do that.

      But the ineptness of the Turkish military leadership up to now has been stunning. It’s unfathomable that a NATO country could failed to achieve 90% of it’s military goals. I don’t know if it’s Erdogan’s micromanaging of the troops, or the post-coup officer purge, but Turkey’s army has under-performed. So I would not be surprised if they got bogged down within less than 50 clicks past their current line of control.

    • Feb 8, 2020 @ 23:43 at 23:43

      @Jon… You have a Good Point, the Biggest Military Powers in the Mideast are Turkey & Iran and both want Iraq just like the Turkish Petroleum Company (TPC) wanted Iraqi Oil Reserves in the 1900s. Both Iran & Turkey want Iraq again and will soon fight to get it.

      • Feb 9, 2020 @ 4:56 at 4:56

        wrong it is well known by western nato that turkey and iran have the numbers but the IDF is in fact the regional superpower of the mid east . why do you guess turkey is not making any military clash over the gas fields with israel .now the turk soldiers a rock hard but the IDF soldier is not only top 3 in the world in training its first line of 100,000 regulars and 60k active reserves and spec ops when they fight a FULL scale war not these skermishes with limited strikes they do so because they fight for there survival if they loose the enemy arab will liquidate every jew in israel. why do you think there dolphin subs have 2 650 mm topedo tubes ///// LOOK UP THE samson doctrine you really dont want to mess with israel

        • Feb 9, 2020 @ 14:44 at 14:44

          No strategic depth means occupation and annihilation, as per Yeshaya 17. Samson option equals suicide. Do it.

    • Feb 10, 2020 @ 6:38 at 6:38

      I think turkey will attack Syria forces and be in Damascus in less than a week,because Syria cross a line by killing those turkey troops last week turkey out for blood,you move hundreds of troops and tanks less you going to start a big move to take Syria

  • Feb 8, 2020 @ 18:27 at 18:27

    The Palestinians should join the good fight taking place, more precisely both sides!

    According to the Holy Quran, Muslims have an obligation to wage war if an Islamic state is attacked, and they should side with the Syrian Army against the Turks.

    According to the Holy Quran, Muslims have an obligation to wage war if another state is oppressing its own Muslims, and they should side with the militias.

    But, neighbors on the same street should not fight on opposite sides. For having some sort of order and clear purpose, West Bank should take only one side in fight, and Gaza only the other side.

    And let the best win!

    • Feb 8, 2020 @ 22:26 at 22:26

      Iran,iraq,syria wining
      Zionist Lösung

      • Feb 8, 2020 @ 22:33 at 22:33


      • Feb 8, 2020 @ 23:55 at 23:55

        Abbas… No Winning Or Losing, just Fighting over Exchanging Oil Properties Dating Back to 1900s. Palestine was promised a Nation Along with Israel & Kurdistan. But Turkey Objected & Stopped All 3 Nations from Forming in the 1920s. Jordan was given to Hussein Family after being kicked out of Arabia & Iraq! The True Path To Peace Are History Truth Roots Of Bringing Palestinians & Jewish Families Partners Under Many Empires & Both Are Zionists That Deserve Nations But Turkey Stopped It. Put That In Palestinian Children Text Books.

      • Feb 9, 2020 @ 0:18 at 0:18

        your mother is loosing iranian pig invader of germany

    • Feb 9, 2020 @ 12:04 at 12:04


      Can you name 2 countries which, when their governments were more secular and before becoming dominated by religious fanatics, both had good and peaceful relations with Israel:

      (1): Iran
      (2): Turkey

  • Feb 8, 2020 @ 19:25 at 19:25


  • Feb 8, 2020 @ 21:38 at 21:38

    No such animal as a Palestinian, made up garbage, back to your Caves , Pigs

  • Feb 8, 2020 @ 22:54 at 22:54

    The picture says it all!
    Look @ the legs and the tilt of the body of these soldiers – they are going backwards
    Look @ the front wheels and the signaling light of the front vehicle is advancing backwards
    Now I’m sure they are Turks!
    Turks always go backwards, this is where there is big baluba.

    • Feb 8, 2020 @ 23:59 at 23:59

      Time To Change Old History For Pathways For New Nations Promised Long Ago. Iran, Turkey, EU need to Atone For Misleading Mideast!

    • Feb 9, 2020 @ 16:19 at 16:19

      You are going blind Zamunda. The only thing going backwards is your blog.

    • Feb 11, 2020 @ 18:05 at 18:05

      They aren’t Turkish soldiers stupid.

  • Feb 8, 2020 @ 23:18 at 23:18

    will the UN or nato come help Turkey? that means iran, syria and possibly russia if they don’t stepaway from direct support and the rev. guard needs to go home or suffer

    • Feb 9, 2020 @ 0:13 at 0:13

      @Jake… Erdoğan Wants Turkey Ottoman Empire Back into the Middle East after being Booted Out in World War I Allies with Germany. This is not just a Fight in Syria but also Northern Iraq, Eastern Iran, & Western Turkey where Kurds Dominate. A Kurdistan & Palestine can be formed with Israel as Allied not Enemies. The Opportunities are there from 1920 Promises Root for Israel, Palestine-Gaza & Kurdistan Fruits To enjoy Together from Long Overdue Peace Tree after World War I Denied to all 3 by Broken Promises & Seeds of Hates by Outsiders jealous of Jewish-Palestinians Partnership Being one Of the Richest GDP Together before 1948.

      • Feb 19, 2020 @ 3:06 at 3:06

        There are so much fun here. I liked it. Ottoman is nothing but converted christians and jews ruling Turks. Erdogan is also a converted jew in mother blood line and also Gerogian converted to Islam from father bloodline. So cyriptcly Israil and Erdogan are allies. When ever something is getting worser for any of them the other gives chance to survive. People especially the educated and Turkish nationalists don’t like Erdogan so much but becaouse of USA backed coupe attand in 2016, Turkish people stopped their hard apposition. Also there are 4 million Arabs in Turkey and Turks do not like Arabs…

        So it is not about to be a Ottoman. Erdogan is forcing public while showing them strong reasons to act like nationalists and shut their mouths. And ofcourse Israil and Erdogan regime always help each other. Every enemy of Israil is the enemy of Turkey at the same time. Erdogan familiy has great commercial ties with Israil…

  • Feb 8, 2020 @ 23:50 at 23:50

    There is nothing that says “Islamist” more than a shia-sunni all-out brawl. Keep fighting into the 30th century, guys.

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  • Feb 9, 2020 @ 2:20 at 2:20

    As long as Muslims kill Muslims, I’m good & so are those 72 virgins !

  • Feb 9, 2020 @ 4:14 at 4:14

    That Slime Ball Erdogan is falling apart..>>>>>>>>> FREE KURDISTAN <<<<<<<<<…..

  • Feb 9, 2020 @ 6:07 at 6:07

    Unless Russia goes all in vs. Turkey, NATO’s sitting this one out. Turkey has been anything but a solid member nation and has worked diligently against European interests in the ME and the Mediterranean basin, especially the Balkans, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, Crete and the contested Mediterranean natural gas fields. No one in NATO will care a twit if Erdogan gets a black eye in Syria (or Libya) … as long as Putin doesn’t crush Turkey.

    • Feb 9, 2020 @ 6:31 at 6:31

      Turkey can only get away with the extensions of power you have cited because it can. Russia doesn’t want to quarrel directly with Turkey primarily because Turkey can hit back. Syrian forces and proxies can defeat Turkeys proxies unless Turkey intervenes, but Turkey has forces with which to intervene if it chooses, and if chooses and Russia doesn’t stop it, which it only could do with tactical nukes, can you say “Ottoman Empire”.

      • Feb 9, 2020 @ 8:27 at 8:27

        Russia and Turkey are on opposite sides in Syria and Libya (and the Balkans). Putin doesn’t fear a NATO-less Turkey, but he wants a Turkey-less NATO. Turkey is playing checkers, Russia is playing chess and Europe is, as usual, playing with itself.

        And they’re all playing soccer, while Trump is playing American football. He’s a wild card and no one knows how to deal with him. He keeps surprising them all and no one, including the US Congress, has any idea what’s next with Trump.

      • Feb 9, 2020 @ 16:26 at 16:26

        ROSH will soon swallow Turkey as it is part of the Northern confederacy.

        • Feb 10, 2020 @ 4:29 at 4:29

          Rosh is not Russia. The word Rosh refers to ” chief prince ” not a nation or place. Russia did not exist as a country when Isaiah wrote his prophecy. Most scholars believe that the kingdom of the far north is Turkey.

  • Feb 9, 2020 @ 7:08 at 7:08

    8 ,US soldiers killed yesterday in ADGB an ist am

  • Feb 9, 2020 @ 11:23 at 11:23


    1. This Ottoman country wants own empire all across the Middle East and beyond
    2. This Persian country wants own empire all across the Middle East and beyond
    3. This type of military conflict is desirable and is most likely to take place between Turkey and Iran

    • Feb 9, 2020 @ 12:20 at 12:20

      “1. This Ottoman country wants own empire all across the Middle East and beyond
      2. This Persian country wants own empire all across the Middle East and beyond
      3. This type of military conflict is desirable and is most likely to take place between Turkey and Iran”

      @Lotto Max ?,

      4. This strategy of the Soviets (oops……….I meant the Russians) goes into effect where they step in diplomatically to mitigate the situation because they need both countries to remain viable so they will remain customers who continue to purchase those very expensive S-400 missile systems.

      • Feb 10, 2020 @ 4:32 at 4:32

        Good point about the Russians. They just want to sell weapons to anyone who will pay them in hard currency. Ongoing chaos and localized warfare on a limited scale is in their economic interests.

    • Feb 10, 2020 @ 11:09 at 11:09

      in your dream! iran is consist of Turks, 45 million of them: iran and Turkey never fight each other.

  • Feb 9, 2020 @ 14:45 at 14:45

    No strategic depth means occupation and annihilation, as per Yeshaya 17. Samson option equals suicide. Do it.

  • Feb 9, 2020 @ 15:52 at 15:52

    Look forward to seeing the Turks/Erdogan CRUSHED in Defeat. Erdogan is a tin horn dictator who is corrupt and has vision of rebuilding the Failed Ottoman Empire.

    • Feb 9, 2020 @ 20:08 at 20:08

      Erdogoon rides a turkey

  • Feb 9, 2020 @ 20:04 at 20:04

    Curious about Erdogan at times he seems semi intelligent? other times seems like a wacko in particular when he makes these statements about what he is going to do with the Syrian army if they continue to advance and the Syrian army advances and the does nothing? Never mentions the Russians who clearly pull the levers in Syria?

  • Feb 9, 2020 @ 22:28 at 22:28

    The secular coalition of democratic forces led against the Neolithic cave dwellers will be a decisive victory for humanity. Erdy leads the dark forces of nature versus the restored glory of our enduring empire. May the culling continue until the beast is cleansed.

  • Feb 10, 2020 @ 4:50 at 4:50

    Erdogan threatened Europe with 1.5 to 3 million refugees if they don’t back his meddling in Syria. Quid Pro Quo or Blackmail?

  • Feb 10, 2020 @ 11:26 at 11:26

    “Erdogan threatened Europe with 1.5 to 3 million refugees if they don’t back his meddling in Syria. Quid Pro Quo or Blackmail?”


    If the Europeans block Erdogan’s attempted transportation of those refugees, what then will he do………….will Erdogan pretend that all of them are Armenians?

  • Feb 10, 2020 @ 23:22 at 23:22

    Why so fear of Ottoman? Everyone was in peace at Ottoman. In Turkey, there are lots of jews, they commonly accept and thank to Ottoman peace. In our religion, we belive peace and we behave in justice to all minor societies and we dont kill. We are proud of our history and proud of saving all jews, araps etc. in our region. Also in the future, nothing important for the region can be done without acceptance of Turkey. This is the fact. Dont forget that also, if the jews want to live in peace, they will always need Turks as in the past. We understand that syria lost his unity. So we shall think, what will happen in the soon. Pkk(pyd) rus iran will not bring peace. Which one you prefer Turkey or others?

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    turkey is not the same army as ww1 or the turks fighting in the korean war 1950 they are not as well trained as people think there tanks are outdated there leaders sub standard . i was stationed there us army

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