Members of the so-called Free Syrian Army near the town of Bizaah, northeast of the city of al-Bab, some 30 kilometres from the Syrian city of Aleppo, on February 4, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants suffered heavy losses during their failed attempt to capture the strategic city of Saraqib, a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) said on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the source, the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) suffered heavy casualties while storming the Syrian Arab Army’s positions west of Saraqib.

The source added that the militants were forced to withdraw west after the first wave of their assault; they have since launched another failed assault at the western outskirts of Saraqib.

Several reports from this front claim that the Turkish military is also backing their allied militants, but they are limited due to the presence of Russian police inside the city.

It appears the Turkish-backed militants are trying to capture as much ground as they can before the meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

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julio cesar perez
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2020-03-04 16:09

The Turkish terrorists of Erdogan, can not claim anything within the territory of Syria, immediately initiate a complete withdrawal from the territory of Syria, starting with Turkish posts that did not comply with the agreements, but quite the opposite, protecting the terrorists of ISIS, ALQAEDA and others. Turkish terrorists and their allies have been killing and destroying the Syrian people and their cities for 9 years, illegally, breaking all international laws. For what Turkey should pay for its crimes.

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2020-03-04 15:24

The Turks are using their mercenary jihadis to soften up the SAA before they go in directly with their own Turkish troops. That is also why the Turks are targeting Syrian missile defense systems. All this in order that Erdogan, while considering domestic politics, hopes to minimize Turkish casualties while seizing Syrian territory as part of Turkey’s neo-Ottoman aspirations. The only fly in the ointment for Turkish machinations is that they don’t know to what degree the Russians will be willing to aid the Syrian Government. If I were the Russians, I would be consulting the governments of Austria, Bulgaria,… Read more »