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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – Following a series big territorial losses and military defeats across the provinces of Idlib, Hama and Aleppo at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army, rebel forces are now facing the real possibility of a losing their last major strongholds in the country’s northwest.

As history has shown time and time again, desperate times call for desperate measures. In the case of the still unfolding history being witnessed in northwest Syria, pro-rebel armchair generals are now discussing the idea of building a wall around militant-held Idlib.

As bold as the thought is, there are two major problems with such an approach.

First there exists the issue of finding the necessary manpower and materials to build a wall several hundred kilometers in length (and however tall it would need to be) quickly enough at a time when the Syrian Army is already advancing into the center of Idlib.

Even if such a wall is miraculously built, the second problem presents itself as follows: What if the Syrian Army just blows it up?

In an age of mobile warfare and firepower that, to say the least, is a little more destructive than what existed during medieval times (when building a wall might have worked), the Syrian Army – as the most powerful faction in the Syria’s conflict with its thousands of tanks and artillery pieces as well as its access to two air forces – would hardly be hindered by a static cement object (however tall) with zero fight-back capabilities.

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8 Comments on "New rebel strategy to win Syrian conflict: Build a wall around Idlib"

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I think you are underestimating these guys, they are the brightest and smartest the Islamist world has to offer /sarcasm

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“Yes, we’ll buid the wall, and Assad will shell out the money for building it. MIGA!” (Make Idiots Great Again)

miltiades
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big stuff! weird guys! so smart! incredible!

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It’s a very good idea… Hope they start to implement it 😉

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“Even if such a wall is miraculously built, the second problem presents itself as follows: What if the Syrian Army just blows it up? ”

Perhaps the US,Israel and Saudi Arabia could fund it as they enjoy ‘Pissing money up the walls ‘.

Such a wall would of course be an excellent rehearsal for Palestinian demolition techniques when the Zionist Ghetto Walls in Israel are torn down 🙂

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SAA has big difficulties in areas with many trenches and tunnels, like East Ghouta, so while “wall” makes no sense, fortifications are important. Clearly, it cannot be done quickly on a large scale. There is 50 kilometers of a new frontline that was created in January, and about 20 km east of Saraqib became a frontline in the last few days. Of that, Ras Al Ain is probably fortified but the rest, not so much.

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Yeah and while there at it why don’t they build a wall between them and the sky?

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The lessons of the Spanish civil war show that the side that controls the big copulation centers wins. Because it can raise more resources: goods, money and conscripts. Idlib is besieged except for supplies via and from Turkey. The internal trade routes into the oil rich IS territory are broken. And the IS caliphate’s current land hold and military potency is but a shadow of the past. Both factors add to the Syrian Central Government and the Kurdish cantons resources by direct input and freeing military resources. Without foreign interference either YPG or SAA would have shared the spoils in… Read more »