According to the Lebanese site, South Front, the Turkish forces will soon have to urgently withdraw from two “other observation posts” that the Syrian army and their allies in the Resistance encircle in Idlib. These are two posts, located near the village of Tell Touqan in the south of Idlib and on the hill of al-Eis in the west of Aleppo, from which the Sultan’s forces, official or unofficial, are preparing to withdraw.
This will make a tenth and eleventh withdrawal in the space of more than a month since Russia began firing Iskandar against the pro-Ankara terrorist camps in Idlib and then erected military bases 300 meters from the Turkish borders, all this against a backdrop of pressure from the Resistance forces helping the Syrian army, are currently ensuring the safety of the M5 and the M4 sections, where the State is rebuilding at breakneck speed what should be the extension of the strategic Iran-Iraq-Syria-Mediterranean route.
The evacuation process began this Wednesday, December 16, as Turkish forces headed towards the village of Maarat al-Naasan, in the western suburbs of Aleppo. The top of al-Eis hill, which rises to 365 meters above sea level, overlooks a long strip of the M5 highway that connects Syria’s industrial center, the city of Aleppo, to the country’s capital, Damascus. Last week, Turkish troops have already withdrawn from four observation posts between the south of Idlib and the west of Aleppo, all along the M5 highway. For many observers, this is a very clear sign of fear, as Ankara no longer feels ready for a series of confrontations with the Syrian army and its Russian and Resistance allies. Especially since the South Caucasian outfit of Atlanticist Turkey, in spite of the victory parade held last Thursday in Baku where Erdogan was at the risk of falling out with Iran, the neo-Ottoman Sultan, has rather turned short, given that the efforts supposedly to implant Idlib’s terrorists in Nagorno Karabakh have achieved almost nothing, the latter being obliged, under pressure from the army and the Azerbaijani population, to make a clean sweep. This Thursday morning, we learn of the arrival of a group of 136 Turkish deminers in Baku for the purpose of clearing the mined territories of Nagorno-Karabakh, but it is far from this “Turkish” military base that the Sultan was planning to create there as a prelude to a land corridor for the transfer of terrorists from Turkey and Idlib to the South Caucasus.
South Front even understands that the last batch of Syrian mercenaries returned to Syria from Nagorno-Karabakh a few days ago, about 800 terrorists out of a total of 2,580 terrorists, 514 of whom were killed and others captured. A total fiasco when one considers that each of the mercenaries in the pay, which Atlanticist Turkey activated on the order of NATO to turn them into a time bomb at the gates of Iran and Russia, had been promised a monthly salary of up to 3,500 dollars! For most of the battle, the Sultan’s takfirist mercenaries had been deployed on the hottest frontlines of Nagorno-Karabakh, even leading the fighting, and Turkey was even planning to install them and their families in Nagorno-Karabakh to establish “a lasting influence in the region. It took the very clear warnings of Azerbaijani army officers in Aliev and then the pressure of Azerbaijani Shiite opinion for Baku to understand that this was a perilous path.
But this is not the Sultan’s greatest defeat: in Nagorno-Karabakh, the US-NATO-Israel axis tried, through Atlanticist Turkey, to imitate one of the most extraordinary episodes of the asymmetrical battles led by the axis of the Resistance: with drones from Bayraktar and Harop, it claimed to have destroyed entire units of armoured vehicles, of anti-aircraft artillery, … of the Armenian army. At the end of this conflict, which turned short after 44 days and a lightning landing of Russian troops in the middle of Karabakh, the Sultan even managed to win a few large contracts. But the fiasco in Nagorno-Karabakh brought the Sultan to the brink of disgrace. For the past two days, the Sultan’s “NATO military industry” has been ruining northern Syria, inflaming Iraq, Libya and the South Caucasus under the so-called CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) law for the purchase of Russian S-400s. A good pretext to punish the Sultan for having missed almost all of his blows and this in the run-up to the arrival of the new US administration.
What are the consequences? An end to the Turkish military myth based on blind trust in the West? The CAATSA law will affect the maintenance in operational condition [MCO] of the equipment used by the Turkish armed forces and hinder the ongoing programs of its defense industrial and technological base. The Turkish Air Force is undoubtedly the most exposed to the sanctions announced by Mr. Pompeo. In addition to combat aircraft [F-16 and F-4 Phantom II], transport [C-130 Hercules] and training [T-38], it has Bell UH-1 and Sikorsky S-70 helicopters. Without forgetting four E-7T early warning aircraft and, especially, seven KC-135 Stratotanker tanker aircraft, whose maintenance is all the more complicated because they are old. In addition to this equipment, one must also think of… munitions, almost all of American origin, as well as radars. As for the Turkish Navy, with which it has rendered infinite service to NATO’s Mediterranean projects, half of its “frigates” segment is made up of ships of American origin.
Most of its munitions are supplied by the United States [RIM-7 Sea Sparrow, RGM-84 Harpoon, etc]. Finally, with regard to land forces, they also have to deal with restrictions already imposed by some of their European suppliers, since Berlin, for example, no longer delivers parts for Leopard 2 tanks since the operations launched by Ankara in northern Syria… Thus ends the myth of the Sultan… In Ankara the opposition demands the activation of S-400s, the expulsion of NATO troops from Inçirlik, withdrawal from Syria … in short, the return of Turkey to its origins. (PN)
by Basit Abbasi