have a war on me

Turkey Cries Foul About Deployment Of Egyptian Troops In Idlib. What’s Going On?
South Front, Jul 31 2020

The Egyptian military has deployed about 150 troops on the front line in the Syrian region of Greater Idlib to support forces of the Damascus government, Turkish sources claimed on Jul 30. The Anadolu Agency quoted its source as saying:

The troops were later deployed in the Khan al-Asal area in the western countryside of Aleppo and around the city of Saraqib in the southern countryside of Idlib.

The news agency claimed that the Egyptian service members had arrived via the Hama Air Base. Later, Youssef al-Hamoud, a spokesman for the Syrian National Army, a coalition of Turkish proxy groups based in northern Aleppo, said that the number of Egyptian troops is in fact 148. They supposedly deployed in Syria in 3 groups via the Hama Air Base. According to him, 98 Egyptian personnel reportedly came from the city of Ismailia on Jul 26 and then were deployed in Khan al-Asal. 50 others arrived from Cairo Airport on Jul 27. They are supposedly deployed in Saraqib. However, no flights from Egypt to the said base were recorded over the past few days. Furthermore, it is almost impossible to hide the deployment of foreign troops on the front line in the conditions of the Syrian war, when almost every second fighter has a mobile phone and social media accounts and uses them to share pictures and videos from the battlefield.

Most likely, Turkish state media and proxy groups loyal to Ankara found a new original way to justify the illegal presence of their own forces in Syria. The accusation of other parties doing something that the Erdogan government does itself is something that Turkish media outlets regularly do. In the earlier stages of the conflict, Turkey and its intelligence services openly allowed various terrorists aiming to join Daesh and AQ to use the territory of Turkey and camps on the Syrian-Turkish border as a transport hub on their route to Syria. At the same time, Turkey was actively involved in illegal oil trading with Daesh. Later, when the Russian military operation, including mass bombings of Daesh oil infrastructure, convoys, and public revelation of the facts of Turkish cooperation with Daesh, put an end to this, Turkish official propaganda shifted its attention to accusations of all other parties involved in the conflict of cooperation with Daesh. It even claimed that its military operation against Kurdish militias in Afrin was aimed against Daesh.

Ankara sent almost 10k Syrian militants to Libya to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord. Nonetheless, Turkish outlets are crying foul about the small number of Russia-linked private military contractors hired by the UAE to support the Libyan National Army against Turkish-backed forces. Over the past years, Turkey has occupied a notable part of northern Syria and deployed thousands of troops in Greater Idlib to protect AQ-linked terrorists there from the Syrian Army. Therefore, it would be logical for Ankara to find some ‘foreign force’ that it can accuse of deploying its own troops in the country. At the same time, if the deployment of Egyptian troops to support the Syrian Army turns out to be true, this will be really bad news for Turkey. Ankara still seems to be unable to control its local AQ partners and the chances of a new round of escalations in the region are increasing. The mighty Turkish Armed Forces have thus far failed to defeat the Syrian Army exhausted by years of conflict with terrorists. The outcome of the new escalation will be even more gloomy for Turkey if Egyptian forces will join the coalition supporting Damascus.


  1. Posted August 2, 2020 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    damn egyptians interfering with business as usual: Syrian Army Uncovers Organ Trading Hub Of Turkish-Backed Militants In Southern Idlib.
    and all the hard work bernard-henri-levy and hillary clinton put into building ISIS and White Helmets into a professional health care force only to be exposed and pilloried by russians, syrians and assorted reprobates.
    look you heartless wretches, bana alabed is crying, “whither my beloved aleppo?” (proofread by jk “us clueless broads must stick together” rowling)

  2. niqnaq
    Posted August 2, 2020 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    yup, i posted that too:

  3. helvena
    Posted August 15, 2020 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    just thought I’d share this with you…

  4. traducteur
    Posted August 18, 2020 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Helvena. It’s a pleasure to find you surfacing after all this time. The expression “a sandwich or two short of a picnic” is one of my own favourite ways of putting it. Cheers.

  5. Helvena
    Posted August 20, 2020 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Hi Trad, nice to see you haven’t left terra-firma yet. Hey, no picnic is complete without the ants. Hope you’re enjoying the end of summer. All the best.

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