BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Russian agencies quoted a government source as saying on Saturday that Turkey had delivered to Idlib more than 70 tanks, about 200 armored vehicles and 80 cannons, indicating that a large part of the equipment was being delivered to the jihadists of Jabhat Al-Nusra (now Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham).

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He pointed out that the militants had obtained from Turkey U.S.-made anti-aircraft missiles, coinciding with the recent downing of two Syrian Army helicopters in the countrysides of Idlib and Aleppo this week.

The Russian source confirmed that gunmen belonging to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and other groups are participating in the fight against the Syrian military under the mask of Turkish Army elements.

He added that within a week, the Syrian forces destroyed more than 20 tanks and armored personnel carriers that were delivered from Turkey to militants in Idlib.

Turkey has yet to respond to these allegations; however, the Turkish military has been observed this week strengthening their presence around the Idlib and Aleppo governorates in an effort to block the Syrian Army’s advance to the border.

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Still takes time to familiarize oneself with the workings of new military equipment. The Turks weren’t expecting that the SAA would make such rapid progress. Hence, Erdogan’s warning to the Syrians to return to previous battle lines otherwise by the end of Feb Turkey would take action presumably with an invasion size force ready. The SAA and RuAF should use their momentum to keep the foreign-backed jihadis and Turks off their feet and push the terrorists into Turkey where the Turks will just have to deal with them.

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@fair, Syrian tankers have familiarized themselves for 9 years. Turks have M 113 tracked armored personnel carrier (APC). Dating back to the 1960es but somewhat updated. ACV-15 build from 1992 on, an amphibious armored combat vehicle, that is based on it. They have about 1500 M 60 main battle tanks (MBT) dating from the 1960es. 170 of them updated. They have Leopard I MBT 170 A1s and 227 A3s produced well before 1984. And they have 354 Leopard 2A4s. They date from 1987. The Syrian army has not only more but also newer machines. So much 4 loses. 😛

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p.s. Syrian strategy tries to break through the fortified lines and then tries for deep penetration.Russian school. Guess they will not stop after breaking through.

When MANPDS reach Turkey and target tourist planes. Erdogan will be sorry.

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M113 or ACV-15 have aluminium hulls. A 12.7mm machine-gun or anti-material riffle cuts through it like a hot knife in butter.

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Nestor Arapa

Hace mucho tiempo Turquía viene entregando armas a elementos terroristas, SDF también afirmaba que Erdogan entregaba armas a ISIS, bueno espero que Putín abra los ojos frente la hipocresía y mentiras de Erdogan.

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Nusra = Qaeda, before it, it was ISIS in Syria bur al-Julani decided to become independent from al-Baghdadi… Turkey will face issues with the Yankees.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

Is this Russia’s friend.

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A nation of which half the population becomes refrugees and a million of them are killed by their own government for sectarian reasons! What the h**l kind of free nation is that ? Who gave anyone the right of killing their own citizens for sake of freedom ???