ISIS STOPPED COLD AT TIYAAS AIRBASE, LOSSES ARE MOUNTING BEFORE THE UP COMING COUNTER OFFENSIVE

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After ISIS captured the ancient city of Palmyra and some gas fields in central Homs, the battle gravitated naturally to the Tiyaas Airbase (T4), a vital airbase that is a jumping-off point for air attacks and close air support (CAS) operations against ISIS in eastern Homs, Al-Raqqa and Deir El-Zor. The airbase is adequately staffed and enjoys up-to-date infra-structure and its location is strategically ideal for plans to eradicate ISIS in all the eastern part of Syria.

ISIS and its NATO allies understand the Tiyas airbase’s (T4) importance very well and it was, most likely, their main target on this latest offensive toward Palmyra.

The whole ISIS offensive strategy relied on bad weather (dense fog) and huge numbers of VBIEDs. Under better meteorological conditions, close air support (CAS) would have prevented the  blitzkrieg-type of attack from 3 directions which cut off the Homs-Palmyra road in multiple areas disrupting any kind of reinforcements and counter-action by the SAA and its allies. In other words, ISIS and its allies’ plan had precious little time to make it all happen.

Another component of ISIS’s blitzkrieg plan was to use large numbers of heavy armored vehicles, estimated at 100+ tanks, BMPs and Howitzers, which guaranteed quick movement and swift exploitation of breakthroughs through defensive lines. ISIS had also a 4×1 advantage in ground forces, some 4,000 terrorists vs 1,000 defenders who were primarily made up of NDF, Iraq militia, about 100 SAA soldiers from the11th Tank Division and the same amount from the Tiger Forces.

Their plan succeeded in taking most of the northern sector of the airbase and Palmyra (gas fields and hills). It also managed to take Palmyra City and all villages around it guaranteeing the eastern flank toward the Tiyaas Airbase, while further south it managed to control the key roads and villages south of the airbase. For a brief moment ISIS was very close to isolating the Tiyaas Airbase and cutting it off from ground reinforcements.

The ISIS advance was so fast that many SAA Commandos and NDF soldiers found themselves, suddenly, behind enemy lines.  During the past few days over 50 soldiers arrived safely to the Syrian side of the front line after retreating mostly at night and under severe weather conditions. They were mostly from the checkpoints defending the gas fields northeast of Tiyaas Airbase. There are possibly more soldiers behind the lines at the moment.

The situation was very risky at one point and the airport was closed due to the dangerous ISIS presence at the airbase perimeter within shooting distance using American TOWs and artillery.

Finally, after the initial regrouping and front line stabilization, the forces defending the Tiyaas Airbase survived the toughest days.  They were local airbase security personnel plus the ubiquitous Tiger Forces (100+ soldiers) and the 11th Tank Division (100+ hundreds) from Palmyra. They gained enough time for the first batch of reinforcements to arrive at Tiyaas Airbase. They were several hundreds Hezbollah fighters, the 800th battalion from the Republican Guards and the Golan Regiment.

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When ISIS forces were stopped cold around Tiyaas Airbase, the front line was finally stabilized and defined. After several waves of fierce attacks by ISIS, the SAA and allies made their first moves to regain some of the vital sites to improve the airbase defensive perimeter. In very effective and coordinated moves, the SAA and allies managed to regain the northern hills that overlook T4, the small village of Tiyaas and the air defense battalion (Muhajarah). A short time later,  the abandoned armored battalion was also secured.

Once  the northern perimeter was stabilized, then came the operations on the southern perimeter of the airbase – a quick SAA attack from the direction of Qaryatayn found ISIS unprepared on the road to Tiyaas Airbase and fierce fighting occurred near and at the critical Tiyaas Crossing, thus placing the ISIS front line at the village of Shareefa in a very risky position.  ISIS had to either retreat or gamble on holding the Tiyaas Crossing in the face of a vigorous SAA attack. The fight continued for 2 days. ISIS terrorists knew that if they still wanted to cut off the Homs-Palmyra Road and reach their main objective in taking the Tiyaas Airbase they had to hold the Tiyaas Crossing and Shareefa Village. It was a futile attempt. The determination of the SAA and allied forces was much stronger than the terrorists had anticipated and with adequate CAS and reinforcements, the Tiyaas Crossing was secured and the village of Shareefa liberated.

At the moment, the weather is very inclement in all Homs Province what with freezing temperature and snow storms which are delaying most of the battle plans from both sides. As soon as the weather improves, the most likely activity will be seen at the  Shareefa-Tiyaas Crossing-Qasr Al-Hayr Al-Gharbi Triangle to secure all the southern perimeter of the Tiyaas Airbase including important alternative roads to advance toward Palmyra. While some counter- attacks are expected toward the closest oil and gas fields at Al-Mahr and Jihar.

Meanwhile, large SAA reinforcements continue to arrive in the direction of the front line in preparation for a large and well- planned offensive to regain the lost ground and possibly to break  the siege of Deir El-Zor.

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RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR IN TURKEY SHOT DEAD IN ART GALLERY!!!

**FRIGGING HECK, THIS IS HUGE!!!**

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Russian Ambassador to Turkey has been assassinated by an assailant who was conveniently killed after the attack.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-19/russian-ambassador-turkey-has-been-shot-condition-unknown-cnn#comment-8653980

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The Russdian Ambassador to Turkey has been assassinated in Ankara. The assailant was conveniently killed after the attack, cutting the trail from him to the organisers (shades of JFK).

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-19/russian-ambassador-turkey-has-been-shot-condition-unknown-cnn#comment-8653980

Somebody really wants to start a war.

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Dr. Ziad, thanks for the update and analysis. Unfortunately, a very sad event in Turkey has tainted the usual joy. This is not a healthy event, those that lost in Aleppo are hitting back and this underscores the relevance of Aleppo victory, if you might want give your thoughts on this development, because l do not think it is encouraging.

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the usual US & European apologists of terror now offering their “condolences”.

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Was Turk police officer. ..

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Some sources state that in addition to the western operatives helping the Wahabist rebels in Aleppo that were released, there are also a few still being held by the SAA-Russian forces as bargaining chips.

The Turkish foreign minister was due to go to Moscow tomorrow and Putin has come out saying this attack was designed to ruin relations between the two i.e. indicating someone else other than Turkey (Erdogan) was really behind this, obviously that someone else would only be…yes…you guessed it, Uncle $cam.

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Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s ambassador to the UN.
names a few of the zionist talmudick spies still trapped in eastern alleppo

Syrian Ambassador names foreign agents captured in Aleppo

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A sad day, the ambassador is executed, this evil knows no bounds, it will kill all who stand in their way for an wahabist/zionist ideology in the M.E, what will Putin do, Putin said he was a personal friend, this is bigger news than the 9 dead in the Germany and yet the MSM is giving it a huge coverage. Will the zionists attack Lebanon again? seems finally the truth is out and the zionists know it will be a war they cannot win even with all the latest technology on their side. http://english.almanar.com.lb/138829 My personal opinion about the shooting… Read more »

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Oh oh! see eye hay planned an attack based on weather as the operational force? They must be desperate, but it is not without precedent , remember Eisenhower and Monty planned operation market garden based on fog at Normandy , the plan was to land allied troops on the beach under the nose of the Germans occupying the hills and Cliffs above , boy what a meat grinder that was?
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Thank you Canthama. Another superb and clear account, as usual.
You own probably the best pair of binoculars for penetrating the fog of the Syrian war!

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@ Ziad & Canthama,

Thank you both.

It’s with full anticipation of knowing the right thing will be done, that I await another, “Je suis Andrey!” movement to sweep all over Europe and the rest of the world and a call to end all this madness to ring around the globe…

R.I.P Mr. Karlov.

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The next offensive should be anywhere but Idlib. Sun Tzu, you know…

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Here are the names given by HE Al-Ja’afari :

Murtaz Oglacan Oglu, a Turkish national;
David Scott Winner, an American national;
David Schlomo Aram, an Israeli national;
Muhammad Sheikh Al-Islam Al-Tamimi, a Qatari national;
Muhammad Ahmad Al-Sabyan, Abd Al-Monaem Fahd Al-Hrej, Ahmad bin Nawfal Al-Drej, Muhammad Hassan Al-Subay’i, Qassem Saad Al-Shummari, Ayman Qassem Al-Tha’libi – all Saudi nationals;
Amajd Qassem At-Tyrawi, a Jordanian national;
Muhammad Al-Sharifi Al-Idrissi, a Moroccan national.

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I got beat up by sister in the 1st grade.. after which I was transferred to a normal school where I was only canned by stern males.. How I missed those good ole days.

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