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Going all-in in Idlib

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02.03.2020

And action begins in earnest at last in Idlib. The Turkish Minister of Defence Akar announced today that the freshly baptised “Operation Spring Shield” has begun. Or rather, he announced that the operation had already begun as of the 27th of February night. “Spring”, as in bringing sunny weather to Syria after a long harsh winter and “shield” as in defence not attack: Turkey is only defending itself by moving forward into the Syrian territory, the naming suggests.

As for the developments on the ground, notwithstanding the killing of 36 Turkish troops in a Russian Air Force (RuAF) organized and delivered strike, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) appears to have a field day in Idlib dealing lethal blow after blow with its armed drones, howitzers and MANPADS. It also so appears that Russia does not intend to sweat its shirt much to come to the rescue of its Syrian partner.

All the more so, at the emergency UNSC meeting New York, the Turkish permanent delegate made a very convincing case of active RuAF involvement in slaying Turkish troops based on technical military data. Yet,........

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