Khan Shaykhun Likely Seized by Terrorists – SAA Advancing at Morek

Khan Shaykhun   Google Maps

We have not heard from our sources at Khan Shaykhun in a while now. So lets be frank. At worst, the city has fallen. At best, a few SAA checkpoints still remain on the perimeter of the town. Reports indicate that a massive influx of Chechens were gathered for the battle. This marks the first strategic advance of the insurgents since their offensive at Kessab.

Morek   Google Maps

On a more optimistic note, the SAA has been advancing rapidly at Morek in recent weeks. Kafr Zita located west of Morek is currently being besieged by government troops as well. Some soldiers are still fiercely defending Hish and Hamidiyah military Base (north of Khan Shaykhun) while being resupplied regurlarly by helicopter.

If Morek is to be liberated, this will create an open route to Khan Shaykhun. From there government troops can advance north and break the siege on Hish, which will relieve pressure on the soldiers still stationed there.

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Lester
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How many chechens are estimated to be fighting in Syria?

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This was a tough place to hold, but one small battle loss is nothing when we see it in the bigger picture, the SAA is doing extremely well countrywide, and as you have mentioned, once. Morek and vicinities are secured then Khan Shaykhun will see SAA once more and in a swift move.

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Chris, what was lost in Khan Shaykhum, the SAA controlled very little there, can you detail a bit more ?

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Never good news, but again, looking at the larger perspective, establishing and maintaining control over the large centers and cutting off supply routes has to be the priority, as sad as it may seem for some.

Either way anyone arguing the momentum is not behing Dr. Assad, the SAA ( et al ), the Syrians people, and humanity – is sorely mistaken.

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Ive heard about a truce being set up in this area. Khan Shaykhun was already in the hands of the rats (as part of the truce), but the the SAA/NDF was ‘allowed’ to build and man multiple checkpoints around this small city (varying from very small (road checkpoint) to quite large (refuelling base). The rats targeted the small ones first, as they are the easiest. The last 2 were the biggest, and one CP was attacked with 2 suicide VBIEDs. Those who survived the attack managed to return to the SAA at Morek, which is close in controlling the entire… Read more »

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i was worried for a long time about that thin strip of SAA controlled territory along Hama – Idlib highway (from Morek up to Maarat al Nuuman) … there were terrorists on both sides for a long time and it was really hard to defend such a long and exposed front for long time. From my point of view, it would seem much better to take remaining towns in Hama governate – those are Morek along with Lataminah, Kafar-Zita and other towns in vicinity before taking Hkan Shaykhun again. That would mean shorter frontline and thus easier to defend. Or… Read more »

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Heavy clashes between JAN on one side and FSA supported by Liwa’ al-Yarmuk North East of Daraa caused many casualties. JAn is afraid of “possible plot” against its forces in the South of Syria.
(Source: https://twitter.com/EjmAlrai)

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A damn shame but in grand scheme of things I doubt the will hold it for long.Whats interesting is that there is nothing on MSM outlets about this and you would normally expect SOHR mouthpiece shouting about rebel gains but nothing…hmmm

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Syria Suicide Bombing by U.S. Citizen, Officials Say: NBC Link

What, now also ”Americans” blowing themselves up in Syria? These Jihadi Rats are crawling out from every country on the planet. I hope the SAA and Hezbollah will kill all of them!!!

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There are 4 villages/towns in Hama that is under Terrorists control that is neither surrounded by the Syrian Army and allies nor under siege,they are Qastun(a town near the western Idlib border),Qaser abu Samra(a village beside south Idlib border),Lataminah(a town south-west of Morek),Kafr Nubudah(a town that is directly west of Khan Shaykun in Hama,If SAA manages to capture this town,they could attack Terrorist held villages that is between Kafr and Khan),Tel Malh(a village south west of Lataminah,there are SAA controlled villages to the south of it).Someone please explain how ISIS managed to reach Homs villages that is North West of… Read more »

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I can’t say this too often : the airforce must be at least 10 times as big as it is at the moment. This frustrates me so much! Although it is easy talking for me safely behind my computer desk.

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I applaud you for saying bad news chris, good to know everything. why not send planes and massively bombard those trying to conquer the city?. is better than the soldiers are withdrawn to organize a counter attack to die defending if they know they can not hold the city.

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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=18e_1401218102

where is the SAF when you need it…. I have said so many times, if they had better surveillance and bombed them from above – half of the problem will go away.

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The M5 has lost its strategical value since the ‘Khanasir – Aleppo’ road was reopend last year. The loss of this town will not have any consequences on other fronts. That’s why SAA is fighting defensive in Hama, not offensive: To safe manpower and resources. Khan Shaykhun is the first big gain for terrorists in months. (While SAA won terrain on all important fronts). There are 2 options now: – Strategical withdraw from Hish/Hamidiyah. This troops can be useful in the battle of Aleppo. We need a last push to complete the siege. – SAA sends reinforcements and launches a… Read more »

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Syrian refugees vote predominantly for Bashar al Assad:
http://radioyaran.com/2014/05/28/what-syrian-refugees-want-to-vote-for-bashar/

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I prefer good news only. If the terrorists id this or that it’s for propaganda purposes only. They are on the way out so focus on the good news.

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SO have a bathroom break before watching this..

Recall the video where the WW2 tank the rebels had purloined blew itself up rather than having the noisome backside of some savage parked on it all day..

Now, behold.. Apparently the rebels came into possession of a WW2 german rail gun and mounted it on a skid unit. The munitions were said to be “solid” but the powder bags turned out to be a mix of theatre make up and salim idriss’ therapeutic foot powder.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=7d6_1401300315

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Manning small checkpoints in Syria must be the worlds toughest job. Every time one of these posts is overrun good people die. Thoughts and condolences go out to the families of these brave men. Hoping for a swift and painful retribution to the cockroach perpetrators.

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In the absence of Wael, I went to Islamic Invitation Turkey site to get some positive news. Today Wednesday was a good day for the SAA. They destroyed a 150 meter tunnel to top it off.

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No big loss here. Believe it or not the SAA has a plan and it is very well thought out, They/someone directing SAA knows the key to winning is controlling the population centers and cutting off the enemies supply lines not just holding useless country real estate. The biggest loss here was the Assad’s men and equipment in a time of hard financial strain.

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On the Ukraine Front.. please everyone make viral …
Syria already won this war.. but now is Ukraine turn..

#SaveDonbassfromUkrainianArmy

https://twitter.com/hashtag/savedonbassfromukrainianarmy?src=hash

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Don’t undeerstand why Deraa front and the Latakia offensive aren’ yet terminated eliminating all single pockets of resistence, they’res drawing precious resources that are needed in Ildib and in the push for cutting off Aleppo held-quarters from the countryside.

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obama now states that the next theatre of war against terrorism is syria. that sounds like boots on the ground ziad. what do you think?

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Strategically wise its not as big as they say, but nonetheless a strategic victory. The problem here is they now freed up more manpower for the battle around Morek. The SAA cannot allow to loose Morek as well, But I have faith in the SAA command they know this as well 🙂 I kinda liked the idea of Ameer he posted yesterday. Move from the Khanasser areatowards the west (Idlib) south of Aleppo, aiming for the highway between Aleppo and Maarrat Al Numan, but also move from the west from Idlib towards Saraqib. Once this highway is controlled by the… Read more »

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I just watched the you tube video of the ZioWahabi Scum entering Khan Shaykhun. Where did the terrorists get the T72’s and the 150mm Self Propelled Artillery? How is this heavy armour and artillery support moving without interdiction from SAF? Where are the observer drones, the special forces recon? These captured armour units are indeed enough to take out small check points and even lay siege to bigger towns. I feel sure the SAA are up to the task but I am surprised that a company sized armoured column can move freely during the day? The tanks and apcs are… Read more »

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You are right with the concerns regarding the militants moving freely with larger armed vehicles etc. They have captured many tanks & vehicles in the first two years. The SAA is very stretched, but on the other hand the militants are even more stretched. This has been the case for a long while now – however, as I mentioned earlier – they are not within sights of regular troops stationed in a strategic way. The southern front is a thinstrip of land that doesn’t require Air monitoring of militants movements. However in the north, there will also be no need… Read more »

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My plan to to move from Sfairah to Idlib countryside just began 🙂 Seven villages taken by SAA in one day:

Mount Azzan
Khanat
Hadadil
Rasm Bakru
Malihiyah
Ain Azan
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