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U.S.-led airstrikes kill 62 civilians in Dayr al-Zawr
Syrian War Daily – 21st of October 2018
Daesh hit an SDF technical with an ATGM
Seems like a total collapse is starting today
Seems like the SF was a paper Tiger. If this round goes through, Daraa Province will be totally indefensible, it would essentially be chopped into three pockets. I'd wage most if not all of the rest of the pocket would follow suit shortly.
One week of fighting was all that was needed. Incredible.
Many rebel towns in the south were enjoying quite peaceful life if compared to other areas like Idlib. Some of these towns were eager to reconcile long time ago, but HTS and other radicals have always prevented it. Not surprisingly now when the geopolitical situation is not in their favor and SAA is much stronger than 3 years ago, many southern rebels have decided to surrender, as the further fight will bring only more destruction and death. SF is made mostly of locals, so I guess it's the best decision they could make for themselves and their country in the current circumstances.
The "40.000 SF secularists" was truly the low point of the whole affair.
What was that? I dont remember that
David Cameron I believe.
Yeah, it wasn't 40k for the SF though, but 25k. On the other hand there were some other hilarious ones on his 70k moderate rebel list:
Among the various groups, he listed: Southern Front (58 factions), 25,000 strong; Northern Free Syrian Army (14 factions), 20,000; Tajamu Fastaqm Kama Umrat, 1,000; Thuwar al-Sham, 1,000; Jabhat al-Asala wal Tanmiya, 5,000; al-Jabhat al-Shamiya, 2,500; Kataib Nour al-Din al-Zinki, 1,500; Faylaq al-Rahman, 2,000; Faylaq al-Sham 4,000; al-Ittihad al-Islami Ajnad al-Sham, 3,000.
It really serves to demonstrate that what is and always has been dragging out this war which could be ended quickly militarily is the absolute international bullshit from foreign powers wanting to prop up proxies at a united Syria's expense. This war doesn't even have any real legs at all anymore beyond the negotiating and sparring with foreign powers trying to prevent Syria from taking back its remaining land and protect some proxy militias to try to retain influence. No rebel force in the entire country can even stand for more than a few weeks anymore. In that regard, it's over. It's more just Syria backed by Russia against the foreign powers now to get their meddling unwelcome fingers out of Syria.
It's time to accept the fact they lost the proxy war and the situation will revert to pre-2011, when none of said countries were even threatened by Syria so there's really nothing legitimate for them to complain about as far as security threats. It's more a threat to their own respective civilian populations to have parts of Syria outside of and apart from the state in a vacuum of chaos.
I said few days ago, rebels neither have numbers nor weapons to fight current SAA supported by RuAF. There is simply no way this could end in anything but their defeat.
There is simply no way this could end in anything but their defeat.
The same was true for other places and it hasn't stopped them from resisting for a long time. Beit Jinn, Wadi Barada, Qaboun come to mind.
And rebels in Daraa also resisted for a long time. Clearing Damascus freed up lots of manpower for SAA and now we see what it means.
Currently SAA has only one active front line (ok, maybe two if you count cleaning around DEZ) and that's Daraa. All major cities secured, even Rastan gone .... and there is also Russian support for this offensive. It's surrender time for rebels, they lost. Even in Idlib.
If this is true then the rebels in south made the sensible decision , kudos to them.