Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Syrian War Report – June 26, 2017: Israel Supports Militant Advance In Quneitra

Last weekend, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and allied groups from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a large-scale advance against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the province of Quneitra. The militants had formed an operation room named Jaysh Muhammad for the purpose and said that their aim was to capture al-Baath town and to reach the countryside of Damascus.

On Saturday, the joint militant forces made some gains against the SAA and even claimed that they seized over a half of al-Baath. However, further clashes showed that HTS and their allies were not able to break the government defenses.

Following a fail of the militant advance, the Israeli Air Force conducted airstrikes on government positions in the province claiming that some projectiles landed in the Israeli-occupied part of the Golan Heights. The airstrikes targeted undefined number of artillery pieces and two battle tanks of the SAA.

The Israelis are repeatedly helping the terrorist forces, three times within a week. This, and US plus Turkish interventions in Syria, look to be 'mission creep' that ultimately will lead to direct Nation State confrontations with the Syrian Army. Russia and the Chinese should intervene more forcefully in Syria to hasten the end to the war.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 27th, 2017.]

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