Satellite Images Reveal New Turkish Outposts In Northern Al-Hasakah

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On December 11, Obretix, a defense observer on Twitter, released satellite images revealing that the Turkish military have established two new positions south of the border town of Ras al-Ayn in the northern countryside of Syria’s al-Hasakah.

The new Turkish positions are located south of the village of Tell Dhi’ab and to the southwest of the village of Tell Barqah.

Several Leopard 2A4 battle tanks and ACV-15 armored personnel carriers (APC) appeared to be deployed in the two newly-established positions.


Turkish forces captured Ras al-Ayn and much of its countryside last October following a fierce battle with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The Turkish Armed Forces established a series of positions north of the strategic M4 highway last month. Now, the forces are apparently working to establish more positions between the highway and the border line to solidify their control.

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  • Hide Behind

    Forward Observation and intelligence replacements are a necessary prelude to moving larger forces into an area in order to consolidate any gains already made and make even an even further salients possible if needed.
    These moves could not take place without Russian Military knowledge.
    As an example in Iraq the US put in place over 20 such replacements along Iraq Iran borders.
    Have US advisory forces and in some Iraq military, but in Kurd areas only Kurd and NATO with Their and US advisory troop.

  • John Wallace

    Extremely worthwhile going to the site obretix and scrolling through the different pics / stories that go with them. Film of ISIS prepared mass graves to a story on NY Times about the NOT so brilliant precision bombing n Mosul and stories of Russian airforce bombing civilians. So a wide spectrum from all sides. Yesterday a story by the Washington Post about the bullshit and lies in Afghanistan , this NY Times story about bombing civilian homes in Mosul and claiming they were ISIS bomb factories. What is going on ?, Also while I am at it , isn’t it so much better coming here to read articles that interest me and the comments , sometimes commenting and even discussing various points of interest without the bullshit propaganda , dribble and horseshit of various Trolls . People from all over discussing their points of view in a civil manner even if they are of opposing views. Unfortunately those Trolls seem to understand one language as being pleasant doesn’t work.
    Either click on obretix in the article above for multiple pics/stories
    or the NYT story
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/16/magazine/uncounted-civilian-casualties-iraq-airstrikes.html

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    Hopefully YPG forces will be studying these pictures and making good use of them, BOOM.

    The latest Astana agreement [no 14] once again reaffirmed its desire to implement the old Turkish/Syrian Adana agreement as a part of it’s working procedure, but since Assad’s said on many occasions that old Adana agreement is defunct due to the Turks having a permanent military presence on Syrian territory, that’s going to be impossible, and the only way it can be re instituted legally, is if all Turkish forces are withdrawn from Syria first, so unless the Turks leave Syria first, no working Adana agreement.

    But what about this story on Turkish media, do the Russians really understand what this could possibly mean for them?
    ….

    “The U.S. has not positively responded to Turkey’s proposal to establish a working group for the technical assessment of possible engagement between S-400 systems and F-35 fighter jets, but Washington said it has made its work, Çavuşoğlu said. Ankara asked for a copy of that technical work, but the U.S. has not agreed to share, he added.”
    ……

    So the US has assessed that the S-400’s and the F-35’s aren’t operationally compatible, and they won’t share that info with the Turks, are they lying to the Turks about compatibility, mmm, probably.
    So what info has the US used to come to their conclusions, info provided by Turkey perhaps, should we be expecting a new US version of the Russian S-400 system soon, maybe the US doesn’t need to get it’s greedy fingers on the S-400’s themselves, maybe they could be reverse engineered from just technical data and specs alone.
    And what about this bit of blackmail, NATO got an earful the other day and now the US is getting its turn to play Erdogan’s favorite game of ‘do what we say or else’.

    “Turkey will retaliate if the United States takes negative steps against it, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Dec. 11 when asked about the prospect of Washington imposing sanctions over Ankara’s purchase of the Russian S-400 defense systems.
    “Members of the U.S. Congress need to understand that they cannot achieve anything by imposition. If the U.S. approaches positively, we will approach positively too,” he said in an interview with Turkish broadcaster A Haber.
    Asked if Turkey will consider closing the İncirlik Airbase in southern Turkey to U.S. aircraft in the event of any sanctions by the U.S. administration against Ankara, he said Ankara will decide upon its assessments in the worst-case scenario and İncirlik Airbase and Kürecik radar system of NATO could be among those retaliation plans.
    İncirlik may come up, and Kürecik may come up. Everything may come up. I don’t want to talk on assumptions. The decision of the administration is important, not the congress. We will evaluate and decide on the worst-case scenario”.

    • Pave Way IV

      Kürecik?? But that’s where US taxpayers are paying for one of our three AN-SPY2’s protecting Israel. If Kurecik goes down, Iran is sure to launch all their nukes at Israel. Oh, wait…

      https://twitter.com/hkilichsword/status/804081054856396800

      • Willing Conscience (The Truths

        When Erdogan goes down for the count, everyone else goes down for the count.

    • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

      I really hope putin considered the possibility of turkey letting US examine S-400 before he sold it to them, I really hope he knew what he was doing and is doing

      • Willing Conscience (The Truths

        It’s too late now.

  • Mehmet Aslanak

    Main purpose of the peace corridor is to prevent communist guerilla use M4 highway to conduct their attacks on Turkey. 32 km deepness means it. Russians know that from the agreement. So does SAA. Only PKK/YPG on fake SAA uniforms refuses to accept.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    Erdodog you have 60 days to keep your bases and troops in syria, then its moving day for you back to torki lol :))))