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September 04, 2018 Syria - UN, U.S. Try To Delay Idlib's Liberation The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura and his Special Advisor, Jan Egeland, held a press conference (vid) today. They appealed to the Russian President Putin and President Erdogan of Turkey to find a solution for Idleb province that would avoid the upcoming Syrian army attack on the province ruled by al-Qaeda. De Mistura claimed that there are 2.9 million civilians in the area. That number is nonsense. In 2011 Idleb governorate had a population of 1.5 million. Several hundred thousands of those, Christians, Alawites, government employees, soldiers and their families, fled when in 2015 al-Qaeda and its Free Syrian Army allies attacked and occupied it. Some new people, 10-20,000 Chinese Uyghurs as well as other foreign Jihadis, arrived. But their total numbers were in the ten thousands, not in the hundred thousands. When in 2017 the Syrian army liberated Aleppo and then east-Ghouta and other areas, about 50,000 people in total asked to be put on buses and to be shipped off to Idleb. The total number of people in the province and the attached areas held by the Jihadis must be well under 2 million. As for the number of terrorists in Idleb de Mistura only spoke of some 10,000 of the al-Qaeda aligned Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former Jabhat Al-Nusra Front. But the total number of radical Jihadists in the governorate is much larger. There are two large groups of "rebels" in Idleb. Turkey’s favourite is the NLF, which is led by Fadlallah al-Hajji, a Muslim Brotherhood ally. The NLF includes Turkey-friendly Islamists like Ahrar al-Sham, the Noureddine al-Zengi Brigades, Failaq al-Sham, Jaish al-Ahrar, and groups that fought under the Free Syrian Army banner, like the Victory Army and the 2nd Coastal Division. Big but brittle, the NLF is held together by Turkish sponsorship and shared enemies: al-Assad’s government, Syrian Kurdish groups, and hardline jihadists. These ain't your friendly neighbors but brutal Islamists. Ahrar al Sham is a recognized terrorist group founded by a senior al-Qaeda veteran. The al-Zengi brigades became famous when they published a video which showed them beheading a wounded 12 year old boy. The second, larger, and even more brutal group is the alliance around HTS under its leader Abu Mohammed al-Golani. It includes several thousand Uyghur and Chechen fighters:
A false flag operation thwarted?
An organised expose by the Syrian and Russian governments over a three-day period starting Aug 27 may have thwarted a British-backed plan to stage a ‘false flag’ chemical weapons attack in Idlib province that would have forced the US to launch a missile and air assault on Syria.
According to Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson, Igor Konashenkov, a militant group, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, was going to be the conduit for this false flag operation. It would foment an attack targeting innocent citizens of Idlib and then put the blame upon the Syrian government. Eight chlorine tanks were delivered to Jisr al-Shughur town for this purpose.
Militants “trained in handling poisonous substances under the supervision of specialists from the private British military company Oliva arrived in the town a day earlier. The militants had the task of simulating the rescue of the victims of the chemical weapons attack dressed in the clothes of the famous White Helmets”.
originally posted by: 727Sky
Russia, TURKEY, and Iran have just completed a meeting on what they are planning for Idlib. Hands shakes by all the leaders and smiles.
I am still betting on something big going down in the next two or three weeks as it takes time to move men and material into place...Not much on China at present but if I find something I will post it..
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Qalaat Al Mudiq
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#Syria: heavy artillery shelling tonight in N. #Hama CS btwn Rebels & Regime (video). Multiple civilians killed & wounded by both sides (esp. in #Muhardah & Q. Mudiq).
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#Syria: Rebels shelled NW. #Hama front with Elephant rockets in retaliation for airstrikes.
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#Syria: remains of rockets with submunitions (BM-27 Uragan) fired by Assad forces on Al-Tah (SE. #Idlib). geo located
#ASSad regime and #Russia regime flags been burned by the protester today during the demonstration in #idlib against Assad and his allies
TEHRAN (Reuters) - The presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia on Friday failed to agree on a ceasefire that would forestall a Syrian government offensive in the rebel-held Idlib province which the United Nations fears could cause a humanitarian catastrophe involving tens of thousands of civilians.
Malhama Tactical: the mercenary instructors of the jihadists
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Friday 07 September 2018 - 16:47
Friday 07 September 2018 - 17:06
All the belligerents of the Syrian conflict have their "instructors", whether they are sent by a great power (for example Russia for the Assad regime) or private. Matteo Puxton, a specialist in defense issues and a reference observer of the conflict, presents for France-Soir Malhama Tactical, mercenaries who form the shock troops of some armed jihadist groups.
Malhama Tactical is born in March 2016. This formation is founded by Abu Rofik, a character of whom we know really little, except that he was probably Uzbek. He would have been, perhaps, a former Russian Airborne Forces (VDV), but he also claimed, in 2014, to be a former GRU sniper (Russian intelligence), which is arguably inaccurate. He joined Syria in 2013, serving in the katiba of Sayfullah Shishani, former comrade of Abu Omar al-Shishani, who quarreled with him when he joined the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Sayfullah Shishani's katiba had joined al-Nusra at the end of 2013. He was killed on February 6, 2014 during the failed assault on Aleppo's central prison. As early as 2014, Abu Rofik led a jihadist training camp in Aleppo province, still in Katiba Sayfullah, then created Malhama Tactical (MT). The choice of the name of the formation is not trivial. The term Malhama refers to the apocalyptic battle supposed to be fought near Dabiq at the end of time, for Islam; the term refers to a famous hadith of Abu Muslim, often quoted by jihadists (including Islamic State).
Even hospitals inside caves in #Syria cannot be protected from air strikes. Today a hospital in #Has village southern #Idleb was targeted by barrel bombs and missiles as part of the recent offensive of #Assad regime on rebels territories in NW Syria
6:29 AM - 8 Sep 2018
شاهد قصف هستيري عنيف يستهدف مدينة اللطامنة وأطرافها شمال حماة
He saw a violent hysterical attack targeting the city of Latamna and its outskirts north of Hama
شاهد القصف بالبراميل المتفجرة على مدن شمال حماة
Witness the bombing of the explosive barrel on the cities of northern Hama
قصف عنيف بأكثر من 40 صاروخ على قرية السرج شرقي إدلب
Heavy shelling of more than 40 rockets on the village of Sarj east of Idlib
شاهد القصف بالبراميل المتفجرة على قرية الهلبّة جنوب إدلب وما خلّفته من دمار
He witnessed the shelling of the village of Halba, south of Idlib, and its destruction
Idlib: The leaders of "Liberation of the Sham" are offering their properties for Sale
A media source close to the media office of the "Sham Liberation", told the "cities", that the leaders and princes in the "body" began to show their property from restaurants, farms and commercial markets for sale "for fear of any battle or scenario is expected to result in the result of the expulsion of the body from Idlib. " The sources added that "the most prominent leaders of the Commission offered their property for sale in secret, so as not to spread panic among their elements."
According to the source, sales between the Authority's leaders and buyers are conducted through intermediaries or owners of real estate offices. Pointing out that the leaders required the mediators to be "secret" so as not to "exploit the enemies of the Commission against it, or raise fear among the elements."
The source revealed to the "cities" the part of the property sold or intended by the leaders of the "body" to sell; "Abu Malik Tali" Mall of the Qahwati in the city of Idlib for sale. Abu Mariah Al Qahtani and Abu Ahmed Hudood were able to sell Al Shami's restaurants on Bab Al Hawa Road in Hazano, just a few days ago. Shami and Shami Exchange in Sarmada are also on sale, by Haddut and Al Qahtani.
The source added that a large livestock farm in Babsqah near the city of Harim, formerly the Army of Islam before being seized by the "body", was offered for sale through "Abu Dawood" from the information office, and "Abdullah Awaini," nicknamed " martyr".
"The cities" continued with a real estate office in the city of Idlib, to find out the size of the property for sale. The office said: "There is active movement in the sale of various properties," but he refused to disclose the property offered and who owns. The office confirmed the existence of a cattle farm in the area of Babesqa for sale, when asked about it, but he denied his knowledge if the princes of the "body" or others.
According to the irrefutable information available to the Ministry of Defense, on September 7, in the city of Idlib in the terrorist command post near the Al-Wahda school, a meeting of the group leaders took place: "Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham" * ("Jabhat An-Nusra" *) and "Hizb At-Turkestan Al-Islami" * ("Islamic Party of Turkestan" *) with the participation of local coordinators of the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets).
At the meeting, scenarios for the conduct and filming of staged "incidents" were allegedly finalized and approved with the alleged use of poisonous substances by Syrian government troops against civilians in the settlements of Jisr Al-Shugur, Serakab, Taftanaz and Sarmin.
As the official representative of the Ministry of Defense of Russia, Major-General Igor Konashenkov specified, the full readiness of all participants involved in carrying out staging provocations should be secured by the evening of September 8.
The signal for the beginning of terrorists' practical implementation of the provocation phase in Idlib province will be a special team from some "foreign friends of the Syrian revolution," he added.