Turkey has equipped several militant groups with advanced weapons to help them forestall the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) progress in the northwestern region of Syria, senior opposition officials and rebel sources told the Reuters News Agency on Saturday.

The Syrian Army launched a large-scale aerial and ground assault as it sought to gain control of the last big stretch of rebel-held territory in the northwest of the country last month.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the militants had breached an existing ceasefire, triggering a civilian exodus by bombarding Idlib and adjacent areas. It has been the biggest escalation since last summer between the Syrian military and militants in the Idlib province and a belt of territory around it.

In response to this military action, Ankara stepped up supplies in recent days after Turkey and Russia failed to reach an agreement to end the fighting in Idlib and Hama.

The two countries held a meeting last month, in which Turkish President Erdogan, on his part, said Russia and Turkey can “change the destiny of the whole region” together.

Following that, the Russian Army Sunday declared that the Syrian Army had ceased its fire “unilaterally” in northwestern Syria, but Turkey denied this, claiming on its Defense Ministry’s website that Syrian government forces violated the ceasefire agreement reached with Russia for Idlib last September.

Overnight, a Turkish military convoy arrived at a base in northern Hama near rebel-held Jabal al-Zawiya, where Russian and Syrian jets have been pounding for weeks, a rebel and a witness said.

The delivery of dozens of armored vehicles, Grad rocket launchers, and anti-tank guided missiles helped roll back some Syrian Army gains and retake the strategically located town of Kafr Naboudeh, one senior opposition figure said on Saturday.

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The TOW missile had been the most potent weapon in the arsenal of rebel groups battling the Syrian military since their arrival in 2014.

A Western intelligence source said Washington had given the “green light” to the Turkish-backed rebels to use the TOW missiles, which had been in storage in the latest campaign.

A spokesman for the Turkey-backed National Liberation Front (NLF), Captain Naji Mustafa, did not confirm or deny any new supplies by Turkey, saying rebels had long had a big arsenal of weapons from anti-tank to armored vehicles “alongside material and logistical support by our Turkish brothers.”

 

Sources: CGTN, Reuters

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The SAA capturing and seizing advanced weapons from jihadi storage can be put to several uses. The SAA/Russians/IRGC/Hezbollah for one can study the design and working of such weapons. If sufficient in number they can be incorporated into the SAA in their squadrons and under. The really good one would be to provide these weapons to the enemies of the ones supporting and supplying the jihadis fighting the Syrian Government at the moment. Nothing like a little blowback. A prime example at the moment would be the USA’s EternalBlue (NSA) malware had been captured by groups and other countries security… Read more »

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The weapon that captured from terrorist arsenal dont give any advantage to russian and iran because they already had similar or more better one, even Iran already reverseengineering TOW ATGM long time ago, so this weapon got captured from terrorist only useful for SAA, Russian, and Iran by shooting back to the terrorist side

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+++ “The really good one would be to provide these weapons to the enemies of the ones supporting and supplying the jihadis fighting the Syrian Government at the moment” => Yeah, PKK will be happy! +++ “A prime example at the moment would be the USA’s EternalBlue (NSA) malware had been captured by groups and other countries security agencies some time ago and is now just being turned on the USA itself creating havoc there.” => You’re unlikely to wreck Havoc with a malware used against its creators since they own the source-codes. BTW, anyone who updates his Windows regularly… Read more »

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Russia must stop pleasing Turkey. Offensive on Idlib is absolutely necessary, point. Of course, One must expect a missiles of plans attack from USA-Israel-NATO using their stupid excuse of Syria chemical weapons. So, be prepare for that, no mercy to terrorists and anybody else.

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Fake news. If the president says it I believe it. Western intelligence source via Reuters is just rubbish.

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CGTN = China’s CCTV… Xinping doesn’t likes tariffs…

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CGTN is the international part of CCTV, the Chinese Govt. TV. I’m certain that “Western intelligence sources” speak to the state-held Chinese TV, especially now they’re in a tarif-war with USA ?????????????????? C’mon, Turkey falls under CAATSA law and gets no waiver 😉 In fact, since Turkish Roketsan dev’d a domestic ATGM which was introduced in 2017, they’re now giving their TOWs to the roaches If “Captain Naji Mustafa, did not confirm or deny any new supplies by Turkey”, it’s for the good reason that Turkey violated its contract with USA : you’re not supposed to resell/give US-made weapons you… Read more »

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Ta gueule.