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Russia Deploys Su-25 Attack Aircraft To Contain Idlib Militants
South Front, Mar 18 2019

Government forces and the Russian Military Police have kicked off a joint security operation in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus. In particular, the operation targeted Jisrin, Mohammedia, al-Aftaris, al-Nashabiyah and Marj al-Sultan, where a notable number of weapons and equipment was abandoned by militants after the defeat suffered from the SAA in 2018. According to reports, many former members of militant groups who opted to reconcile with the Damascus government are assisting the operation with information about possible locations of hidden weapon caches. The Russian Air Force have deployed at least four Su-25 attack aircraft at Hmeimim Airbase, according to recently released satellite images. The Su-25 Grach is a single-seat twin-engine close air support jet developed in the USSR by Sukhoi. The jet’s latest variant, the Su-25 SM3, is equipped with advanced tactical EW, the SOLT-25 day\night electro-optical targeting system, a new encrypted communications system and an updated navigation system. Experts link the deployment of close air support jets with the increased tensions within the Idlib DEZ. The DMZ agreement has in fact failed, and not even Turkish patrols in the area stop militants from attacks on areas controlled by the Damascus government. Additionally to this, HTS (formerly the Syrian branch of AQ) continued releasing public threats against the Syrian government and the Russians. The General Shari’a Council of HTS said in an official statement on Mar 14:

We tell the Russian occupier: there is nothing between us but war, we will not be tricked by your well-known games, no believer should be fooled twice, a land that was freed by blood, we will defend it with blood.

While recently HTS had little military success, there was an obvious growth of its literary activities. On Mar 6, HTS threatened the SAA and Russian forces with “long dark nights” and “black days stained with blood.” Actions of the Trump administration in Syria look more and more similar to those conducted by the Obama administration. The State Dept officially announced that Pindostan intends to provide an additional funding of $5m to ‘heroic’ members of the so-called White Helmets, the group which has become widely known thanks to its involvement in staged CW attacks and large-scale media operations in support of AQ in Syria. Taking into account a recent warning by the Russian side that militants in the Idlib zone have resumed preparations for staged CW attacks, it can be expected that soon we will observe a new wave of anti-Syria, anti-Russia and anti-Iran propaganda. Regarding the supposed withdrawal of Pindo forces from the war-torn country, it mysteriously transformed from a rapid and decisive decision to a thing which according to James Jeffrey has no timeline because the struggle to defeat Daesh ideology would go on. Some Syrian experts say that before defeating Daesh ideology, the Pindo coalition should finalize its operation against the 600 sq m Daesh-held pocket in the Euphrates Valley which has still not been eliminated.

Military Situation In Syria (Map Update)
South Front, Mar 18 2019

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A brief overview of the recent developments in Syria:

 

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