BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Syrian military expert, Ala’a al-Asfari, told the Arabic-language service of the Sputnik News Agency on Monday that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will complete its military operation in Hama after seizing the last territories under militant control.

Al-Asfari said the Syrian Army’s ongoing operation in northwestern Hama is a prelude to a wide-scale offensive in the Idlib Governorate.

He noted that clashes between the Syrian Arab Army and Turkish military are highly unlikely because Russia is the one providing direct support to the government troops.

Al-Asfari said given the joint Russian-Syrian decision to launch this latest offensive, Turkey has begun withdrawing some of the observation posts near the front-lines.

These comments from the military expert were made to Sputnik after the Syrian Arab Army and their allies took control of several towns in northwestern Hama.

Despite Al-Asfari’s comments, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan still had a phone conversation on Monday to discuss the ongoing situation in northwestern Syria.

Erdogan has accused the Syrian government of purposely undermining the September 17th Sochi Agreement.

Since launching their offensive, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to reach the southwestern axis of the Al-Zawiya Mountains, which effectively puts them at the border of the Idlib governorate.

 

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erdogan is a liar .he sponserds terrorist in idlib .

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

Terrorists can not stop this SAA offensive, but Putin can.

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Stern Daler

@Gustavo, but Putin must have agreed to attack.

Smirk.

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Not surprising. The Turks have jailed some of their more capable officers. Besides it’s one thing putting down protestors and the socially minded Muslim brotherhood, it’s another thing taking on another countrry’s army. Erdogan has basically been exposed

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Jack Robins

All lies and deception.Go **** yourself!

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Karel Vd Geest

As long as Turkey does not intervene, the man is right.

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Stern Daler

Not only then. The Syrian army is smaller but more trained. Only a war of attrition can make Turkish troops prevail.

But can the Sultan politically survive major casualties in Syria?

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Guido Travaglini

Right now Turks, thx to Erdogan, are capable only of jailing civilian and military regime opponents. Pity!