BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – During the latest hours of Monday night and lasting into the earliest hours on Tuesday morning, Turkey-led forces – backed by fire support assets of the Turkish Army (i.e. artillery) – began a saturation bombardment of positions belonging to the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Afrin region.

The bombardment took place along a twenty kilometre contact line running from Mount Bersaya (near the town of Qastal) in the north to the town of Malikiyah (near Menagh Airbase) in the south.

Targeted in-between these two ends of the contact line were SDF positions directly to the west of the strategic rebel-held town of Azaz and the SDF-held villages of Mernaz and Qestel Sindo (which are also near Azaz).

It appears that the Turkish Army has employed some of the heaviest artillery systems available in its inventory for this attack, including the T-155 Firtina heavy self-propelled howitzer and T-122 Sakarya multiple-launch rocket system (which can be heard and seen in the video below).

If Turkey-led forces really do plan to commit to a ground assault against SDF militants in Afrin, then, based on the disposition of Turkish artillery fire, the main offensive thrust will most likely be delivered out of Azaz in a southwestern direction towards the SDF-held Menagh Airbase.

The most immediate operational aim of the Turkey-led forces would be to expand rebel control along the Aleppo-Azaz highway, severing communications between the town of Afrin from the town of Tall Rif’at.

By attacking in a southwestern direction, Turkey-led forces would also be avoiding the Russian military base at Kafr Jana, which Russian security forces recently reinforced.

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Assad must stay
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Anyway, bad for Syria.
No place for 3 or 4 actors. Bad game from USA and Turkey.
The Kurds will see the price of not being alongside the SAA.

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Nope, the great loser is already chosen, it’ll be Turkey. Actually, Turkey was doomed when they elected AKP/Erdolf. BTW, here’s what you can hear on Turkish TV : Egyptian Islamic scholar Sheikh Ayman Khamis on Mekameleen TV, a Turkey-based Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood channel, on June 11. Ayman Khamis: “Al-Andalus is just like Palestine. We shall never forget our lands. We say to the West: We shall never forget our lands. We shall take it back from you because it is occupied land. Al-Andalus is occupied by the Spaniards, just like Palestine is occupied by the Jews, and we shall take… Read more »

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o*g! – really, DB, I feel like I’ve got to old for s**t like that.

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a bit short-sighted: the enimy are the turkish army & other wahabite moron terror gangs – the powers of reason must byall means stick together, as a matter of humanity & civilization, against religious atavism & us-alien barbarism.

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I can only agree to this! Enough is enough!
And BTW, stupid nationalism sucks big league
too : if being a patriot is loving ones country, nationalism
is hating all others.
Definitively, Turkey is the biggest problem for Syria and well, not only for Syria. I can’t imagine the s**t we’d be in, had we let Erdolf enter the EU and he was thriving like h**l to accelerate the entry.
Strangely, he signed a free-trade/free border-crossing agreement with Assad in, if I remember well, 2009 or 2010, I think we have seen the results. Seems also it applied to Erdolf’s army