The Mother of all Battles

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November 2 · Issue #13 · View online
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Key developments
  • A broad coalition of armed opposition forces - nationalist Free Syrian Army affiliated groups, various Islamist forces, jihadists of Fatah al-Sham and (former) Jund al-Aqsa - have launched their offensive west of the city of Aleppo. The offensive has been stalled by strong resistance of pro regime forces. But the situation appears unclear. I guess what we have seen so far was only phase one of what rebels called the “mother of all battles”.
  • Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu declared that the prospects for the start of a negotiation process and the return to peaceful life in Syria are postponed for an indefinite period”. The way is clear now for a further escalation of violence.
  • EA reported that the Kurdish YPG openly allied with regime forces east of Aleppo. At the same time, Turkey has suspended its air campaign against the YPG after the Assad regime threatened to down the warplanes. Potential for conflicts between Kurds and Sunni Arabs = high.
  • Pro regime forces took territory in East Ghouta and Hama.
  • President Assad stated that any war crime accusations are part of a conspiracy against him at that he still will be President in five years. So much for a transitional government.
Articles worth reading
Abu Dali - "A Free Zone" Between the Opposition and the Regime
March on Douma: Regime captures strategic high ground after 50-day ‘scorched-earth campaign’
Saudi Arabia’s Struggle for Sunni Leadership
How Will the Syrian Crisis End?
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