Syrian Army Advances to Outskirts of Uber-Strategic Town of Saraqib, Erdogan Threatens “Military Force”

Reportedly Turks building outposts on both sides of the incredibly important town on the juncture of M4 and M5 highways

After taking Maarat al-Numan the Tiger Forces have advanced up the M5 highway as far north as Dadikh (see video) which places them at 5 kilometers from Saraqib. Saraqib is the single most strategically important location in Idlib province, seeing how it sits on the juncture of the M4 and M5 highways. It is more important than even Idlib city itself.

Erdogan who has been raging against the Syrian offensive, however, seems to have little intention of allowing the town to revert to Syrian government control. The Turkish military is reportedly building an outpost on the M5 just south of Saraqib to stop the Tigers from taking it.

In fact, since a parallel Syrian offensive is fighting its way down the M5 through Western Aleppo suburbs, the Turks are reportedly building another outpost on the highway to the north of Saraqib as well.

However, albeit there have been multiple reports of Turks setting up these bases so far none of them have come with a photo. Thus it is possible this is just a war rumor and that path to Saraqib is not obstructed.

What is not in doubt is that Erdogan has in the meantime escalated his threat of a “unilateral action” to a more specific threat of “military force”:

Turkey may launch a military operation into Syria’s northwestern Idlib province if the situation is not resolved immediately, President Tayyip Erdogan said Friday as attacks by Russia-backed Syrian government forces risked a new wave of refugees.

Speaking in Ankara, Erdogan repeated Turkey could not handle a fresh influx of migrants. He said Ankara will not allow new threats near its borders, even if it meant resorting to military power, as it did in its three previous cross-border operations in northern Syria.

“We will do what is necessary when someone is threatening our soil. We will have no choice but to resort to the same path again if the situation in Idlib is not returned to normal quickly,” Erdogan said.

“We will not refrain from doing what is necessary, including using military force,” he said, adding Turkey wants stability and security in Syria.

“We will not allow the regime to put our country under the constant threat of migrants by tormenting, attacking, spilling the blood of… its people,” Erdogan said.

What a comedian. Damascus restoring control over its territory equals threatening Turkish soil, and Idlib under the rule of Al-Qaeda is a “normal” situation.

Tigers advancing northward but now Turks are in the way
4th armored division fighting through the western Aleppo suburbs eastwards and southwards

  1. thomas malthaus says
  2. Ricky Miller says

    Just go around them. The Turkish outposts that are already surrounded are starting to look a lot like hostages. I’m not sure what the Turks think they’re going to do. It would require a full on war for Turkey to prevail. That full on war would bring an end to the atomic reactor project, cheap gas through TurkStream, termination of S-400 deliveries and perhaps even a Russian tourism and agriculture ban. If Turkey really wanted to prevent this situation they should have used the armed forces to open up the M5 highway and enforce the cease fire on the jihadi street gangs. They didn’t.

  3. CHUCKMAN says

    Genuine madmen run so much of our world.

    Erdogan. Trump. Netanyahu. Johnson. Bollsonaro.

    1. BillA says

      and that fool from France ?

  4. thomas malthaus says

    A look at service in Afghanistan and suicides.

    It is my belief the Iran’s IRGC is on to something regarding the Iraq base missile attack that left 64 US servicemen with head injuries. Aside from concussions, we’re looking at TBE (traumatic brain encephaly).

    What factor does TBE, or clinical depression associated with the former, play in an average of 22 veterans and servicemen committing suicide per day.

    In a “kindler gentler” war, Iran would continue with these warnings before a new missile strike aimed at US troops.

    Does this ever end?

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