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Thursday, September 21, 2017

The death of the Russian military will remain on the conscience of the Syrian intelligence

On Monday in Syria, much has happened that wasn’t supposed to happen. In the first place is the death of a Russian Mi-8 helicopter with all crew and Islamists counter-attack from the South of Aleppo. That against this background, videoconferencing and the Syrian army has destroyed more than 800 fighters, does not negate the need to make extremely unpleasant for some insights.

On Monday, the jihadist group surrounded in the Eastern third of Aleppo, was taken, looks like a last attempt to break out of the “pot”. The attack was organized by the militants “Jaish al-Fatah”, holding a few blocks South and South-East parts of the city.

“Perhaps an emotional breakdown from us and achieve”

After the successful offensive in Northern Aleppo, which ended in the actual environment of the jihadists, the main efforts of the government forces was directed on the solution of the refugee problem. After taking the add on special transmission redeployment of people are expected to be implemented within the framework of the so-called project 1070. The complex of buildings 1070 is a narrow strip of land between the jihadist neighborhoods to the South and a complex of buildings of Military Academy of a name of Assad senior. “Jaish al-Fatah” supported by “Jaish al-Mujahidin” and “Jaish al-Islam attacked this strip and, according to some data, was able to take it after a bloody battle with government troops. The next target is the complex of the military Academy. Its capture by Islamist forces in General does not mean break the encirclement of the Eastern third of Aleppo, but can seriously complicate the humanitarian operation.

Then you need to be aware that the environment is completed and a breakthrough possible. On the eve of the jihadists also have made some attempts to attack positions of government forces in the direction of the road to Castello, but under the control of the Syrian army have already crossed the quarter of al-Ashraf, and that is especially important in the current situation, to block the enemy actively joined the Kurds. Before that, they only defended their own quarter of Sheikh Maksud, i.e. behaved normally – do not go beyond ethnic territory. Now even hard to imagine the release of jihadists from the “pot” to the side of the road supply, and what Arab media called the “mother of all battles”, can be considered complete.

However, the situation around the block 1070 and the complex of buildings of the military Academy, again, leads to disturbing thoughts. Russian aerospace forces attacked the quarters of al; and the Sheikh said to stop the advance of the jihadists to the areas controlled by the government army. But on this site in principle, there are no significant forces of the government army, and reinforcements from the Republican guard was expected by the morning of 2 August. If you hit the quarter 1070 in a reasonable time fails, its occupation by terrorists can result in several weeks of siege. And this is all the more disappointing, because there, again, was supposed to move the refugees fleeing the Eastern areas of the city. There is another error of the Syrian intelligence, too carried away by the fighting North of Aleppo and missed a strike on the southern flank, which was considered the “backwater”.

Yes, it is not critical, but frustrating and very sad.

Frustrating, as it means the hassle of the blue, and the prolongation of hostilities when it would seem that all has safely ended.

Sad – because eliminating the consequences of other people’s mistakes, killed Russian soldiers. The helicopter returning to Aleppo to Hamim after the distribution of humanitarian aid was shot down jihadists in the desert. On Board besides three crew members, were two officers of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria. The helicopter was a transport and obviously was not involved in the fighting, which did not prevent members of “Jaish al-Fatah” making a public mockery of the corpses of the Russian pilots.

After that, the army of Syria with the support of the Russian space forces repelled the attack gangs, destroyed more than 800 fighters, 10 infantry fighting vehicles and 14 tanks, told reporters on Monday the head of the Main operational Directorate of the General staff of the Russian armed forces, Lieutenant-General Sergey rudskoy. Speech, apparently, goes about trying to break the blockade of the road in the direction of Castello – the last convulsions of the encircled, not fighting in block 1070, which by this time had just begun.

According to Rudskoy, the militants tighten reserves from other directions and used the local population as human shields. The fact that the government army and the allies in force both objective and not so objective reasons and did not create a uniform ring of encirclement, some arcs are less active. That is, the jihadists were able to short-term operations when shooting with the “weak” parts of the front sufficient for a single attack force. For example, the Palestinian are part of the offensive in the direction of the camp Handarat almost single-handedly, and the Kurds on Friday leaned out of his quarter. And the jihadists enough sources to know exactly what part of the front slack at the moment.

Two days ago it was assumed that the humanitarian operation in the East of Aleppo still not be associated with the active use of force, at least initially. But Monday showed that no other language jihadists don’t understand.

Another thing is that the death of Russian helicopter coincided with the holding of the humanitarian operation. And the situation may require government forces of carrying out the forced Stripping in Eastern Aleppo and counterattacks in block 1070, which will almost certainly be regarded by human rights organisations as unnecessary violence.

Of course, there’s “overkill”, especially after what happened with Russian soldiers. But, perhaps, an emotional breakdown from us and achieve.

* Organization in respect of which the court accepted entered into legal force decision on liquidation or ban the activities on the grounds stipulated by the Federal law “On countering extremist activity”

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