The M5 Highway: The Last Hope for the Syrian Opposition

The Damascus-Aleppo International Highway – better known as the M5 – is one of Syria’s largest highways that links two of the most densely populated provinces: Damascus and Aleppo. The highway plays an integral role in this war due its geographical location, as it is situated in the heart if Syria. Unfortunately for the terrorists, the M5 is their last opportunity to obstruct the SAA’s methodical offensive in Aleppo. 

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The Syrian Opposition supporters are feeling optimistic about their victory at Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib; however, they are missing an imperative piece of this equation – Morek. The SAA is advancing at Morek and the continued offensives in south Aleppo and northeast Latakia only tightens the noose around the Opposition’s neck. If the SAA captures Morek, then all roads lead to Khan Sheikhoun – the terrorist’s “Battle of the Ardennes Forest“. History does not favor the terrorists in this case because just like the depleted German Army in the Winter of 1945; it’s either win the battle or lose the war. 

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Why do the terrorists lose the war if the SAA captures Khan Sheikhoun and Morek? It is simple: Idlib is the terrorists last hope at maintaining a military presence in Syria. See, Aleppo is going to be liberated; it’s not a question of “if” anymore. The question we should be asking ourselves is “when”. The SAA will solidify Aleppo’s safety and victory with the liberation of the M5. The M5 is the answer to our question.

-Leith

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M-5 domination will be no miracle victory as long as supplies for the rebels are coming inbound from Turkey. Regarding finishing the war, there’s lots of rumors I’m seeing online of Saudi Arabia and Iran talking about cutting a deal on Syria similar to what happened in Lebanon in 1990. Assad would remain president and the post would be guaranteed to an Alawite, but with diminished power. The prime minister would be a Sunni from the Syrian opposition (I’m guessing legal opposition) and would hold executive powers which have been the strict domain of the Syrian president since 1970. The… Read more »

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The idea of a Syrian settlement was pitched during a meeting between current Iranian president Rouhani and Erdogan as they had a long private meeting together in Turkey yesterday.

Insights?

http://dunyanews.tv/index.php/en/World/224786-Iran-president-visits-Turkey-hoping-to-fix-trouble

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Working to put Syria back on the tourist map http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/09/working-to-put-syria-back-on-the-tourist-map/ | The Syrian Ministry of Tourism has launched an initiative to reactivate the industry. Called “Syria shines once again” it aims to show potential visitors it’s safe to travel to tourist sites in the country after more than three years of civil war. Actress Hana Nassour joined a group invited to visit historic Seidnaya in west Damascus, in the first of many trips intended to re-boost the tourist trade. “This is the first trip launched in the world of tourism in Syria,” she said. “We enjoyed being among the first… Read more »

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I have it on a good source the Australian government along with it’s cronies are giving terrorists that have fought in Syria sanction to come into our country unabated, i know someone who knew a few in the camps for refugees, they gloated about going into Syria and killing a few ,mainly Shiites as well as many others, mind you this guy is sunni and one of a very few good ones outside of Syria. And that thing we call our leader Tone Abbot (very much now hated and lied his way into government) is siding and agreeing with harper… Read more »

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Hi Leith. That’s a good analysis you did there. But the key to winning in Idlib is not Khan Sheikhoun but the town Saraqib. Look at its location. http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.866239&lon=36.811066&z=11&m=b It connects the M5 highway with a highway towards Latakia. If the SAA manages to capture this town, its game over for the rats in S Idlib/ N Hama. Khan Sheikhoun and Morek will fall very fast if this occurs. Im not sure what the best way is to capture this village. The most obvious way seems to be from Idlib. But atm this city is in a small corridor and… Read more »

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US and Saudi Arabia might be looking to open a new Front in Syria ,this time IRAQ.. is now announced that Alqaeda took control of a second city..in IRAQ in Mosul after Faluja and there is telling morale is low on the IRAQ army.. apparently is a war of Shias vs Sunni.. i think what IRAQ have to do is evacuate all civilians and later totally cut the water and food.. and let them die ,fortunately the IRAQ army is fresh and they not under sanctions.

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Otherwise Supplies to Latakia from Damascus can be done by Hezbollah Militias(they can enter and exit Lebanon freely,unlike SAA) by entering Lebanon through Manaa Crossing in Rif Damashq-Lebanon border and exiting Lebanon through Adira Crossing at Tartus-Lebanon Border will ensure a very safe passage of Supplies to the troops in Latakia,for Damascus to Aleppo…….Idlib is one hell of an obstacle.Thanks to one of the episodes of Top Gear from BBC,Long travelling from Northern Iraq to Bait Laham,Occupied Palestine,they used offroading in middle of the Syrian Desert from a major city in the north to Damascus,to prevent themselves from being spotted… Read more »

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Hey, Ziad, check this comparison…

Ukraine 1941:
http://youtu.be/Gu1wLMC0bxc

Ukraine 2013:
http://youtu.be/IEx_izuuNvg

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Sorry, subject change…. Ziad, What the —- is going on in Al Raqqa? ISIS finally got bombed? Rumors are spreading that the Iraqi government is screaming at Assad to hit ISIS hard as they are making advances in Iraq using Al Raqqa as a secure base. Iraq was going so far as to threaten pulling paramilitary forces out of the Syrian conflict for home use. I personally was suspicious US and Turkey had something to do with it. Whats going on there? Details…

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Glad to see the few of you guys share your input on how the next breakthrough should be like. As we read the events on the regional level it has become clear that not many foreign fighters are on an influx towards Syria anymore. They have either JN or ISIS as their main hosts in Syria, but those two are in constant battle whenever possible. Add to that the fact that JN got themselves in a bad situation as some of the other brigades don’t want to share weapons with them because they are being forced to negate them from… Read more »

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Wow, I’m shocked! All of Mosul falls to ISIS terrorists! Now that’s some 911 news there! WTF happened? This is going to impact the Syrian conflict, big time! The US is going to be drawn in for sure. These terrorists are getting way out of control and now obviously are threatening US security by controlling such a large city.

I feel sorry for the minorities especially the Christians living there….

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And u know which is the biggest fun of this, if sush a word can be used in a situation like this. They are after Qatar and Saudi Arabia Turkey Israel Usa Europe etc. Yep, all those countries that helped those MONSTERS in order to throw down the SECULAR SYRIA goverment oF Assad. But the MONSTER turned against them now, rumors have already spread that massive numbers are going after Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Those ‘things’ understood that Zionism was using them so they even abadoned Al Ciada and turned against them. Now they are going all to find the… Read more »

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The puppet government of Maliki as well as the American-Iranian supervised ‘political process’ in Iraq is collapsing at the same rate as the Iraqi army collapsed in Mosul. It is interesting to note the airstrikes on Raqqa during the period of the clashes in Mosul as well as the meetings of the Iraqi ambassador in Syria with the Syrian prime minister yesterday and before that with the interior minister. Were the airstrikes conducted under Iraqi, and thus under US-Iranian-international pressure. Clearly this is the case. What about the airstrike by Iraqi planes a few weeks ago inside Syrian territory in… Read more »

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Hi, if you look at it what happens in Iraq is exactly what the goal of the whole “project” is: the breaking up of the Shia crescent (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon). Syria should better attack Taftanaz or Saraqib or further Nord to finally close the Idlib, Hama and South-Aleppo pocket. Another good option would be to clear out East-Ghouta first which would mean the rebel/terrorists lose the last option to win the conflict and a huge blow to the morale. On the other hand there will be problems in Deir-ez-Zor once Isis has taken over. An attack on Raqqah would… Read more »

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Seems like the Zionazi´s has unleashed their Al-CIAeda ape´s to rule Iraq and have them attack Syria and Iran simultaneously, comments?

This is too well organized for a coincidence…

Mikhas..

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JAson quote “The puppet government of Maliki “… Stop saying Stupidity ,the only Puppet countries in middle east as the ones without terrorist and without Rebels. Any nation that do not align with Zionist policy is attacked by radical extremist.. Notice how no WAR in the zionist state of Jordan.. no war in Israel.. no war in Turkey ,No war in Saudi Arabia ,no war in Kuwait.. UAE and Bahrain and qatar no war either.. IRAQ is the only neighbor that Syria have that its government have not cooperated with the terrorist ..Maliki talks to Russia IRAN and Syria ,and… Read more »

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ISIS vs. Taliban and many many similarities:
http://radioyaran.com/2014/06/10/is-isis-the-taliban-of-this-decade/

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Islam is the source of all middle east problems folks.. Notice how in Ukraine there are no suicide bombers , No beaheadings , and even in war ,the violence is limited . Civilians are allowed now as we speak to leave cities in the conflict.. you will never see in middle east any Islamic Rebels to allow civilians to leave ,or protect them. Islam means Submission ..and is precisely a religion that is very effective in controlling peoples lives .. When to pray ,when to eat ,how to dress , when to beat wife ,music you can listen ,how to… Read more »

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As mentioned on my comment on https://syrianperspective.com/2014/06/updated-map-aleppo-battle.html M5 should be next! Apart from having secured some practicable bypasses it is vital for SAA to shorten the communication and travelling passages to the centers of action. The key is to dry out the supply-lines for the insurgents. As SAA units in Aleppo suffered for years from the M5 cut-off, the rats will now have to seek for comfort in other northern or eastern regions, i.g. Turkey, Chechenia and most obviously Iraq, a.s.o. There the killers will profit from their further manifested profession of beheading, throat-slitting, murder and rape: As can be… Read more »

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The “Southern front” and its main player which – suprise, surprise! – is not that moderate:
https://100wordz.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/was-not-the-southern-front-supposed-to-be-dominated-by-moderate-pro-western-rebels/

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Thanks for the update Leith.. Good info and stretegic insight ..

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