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03 February 2016


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Are the Russians really suspecting a Turkish invasion or is it just PSYOP?
(hoping the Yandex autotranslate works properly)
If not, original is



"The people are the sea in which the guerilla swims" and all that. The people, for the most part, hate the liver eaters.

Most people who go on about the invincibility of the jihadi guerilla based off Iraq and Afghanistan have no comprehension of underlying factors there.


Russian military briefing (with English subtitles)


"Signs of Turkish preparation of an invasion of Syria ..."

Disinterested Observer

@PB & PL

The Russians are claiming that Turkey is actively preparing an invasion of Northern Syria, which would make sense as a forseeable attempt to prevent the defeat of the rebels.




Do you think the Turks will go through with it? If they do what happens next?


That's an Idlib-Aleppo supply line, not the one they just lost.

Medicine Man

Tyler: What's more, a closer look at the US experiences in Iraq only serves to augment what you're saying. Even in an environment where the locals (former Baathist Sunni Arab) had strong incentives not to cooperate with US troops, they nevertheless found the Jihadi presence so odious that they made deals with Army and Marine officers specifically to deal with them. They remained a non-factor in Iraq until the Anbar chiefs jumped back in bed with them.

Russia and her allies enjoy a much more supportive environment in Syria so... if things keep developing the way SST predicts, the Jihadis there are going to be fuuuuuuuuuucked. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch, really.

Medicine Man

I guess that raises the question: Just how stupid is the Tayyip?

Medicine Man

Not to belabor the point, but I think the recent French experiences in Mali also demonstrated that jihadi guerillas are far from invulnerable, especially if the locals are against them. Maybe Patrick knows more about that.


Whatever their masters in the US tell them to do. Israel wants the Golan Heights, by any means.

Patrick Bahzad

I'm not sure they have that many options left, considering how depleted their resources are.

Patrick Bahzad

some are trying to reach the border, others link up with other groups.

Turkish artillery can't reach very far into the Northern enclave and even if it could, they would be very well advised to target only YPG positions (meaning they would need spotters on the ground there, tricky ...).

If they shell some Russian or SAA position, they should not be surprised to receive of volley of MLRS in return. Good luck with that ...

I don't think they dancy a border war, with PKK waiting in the wings to launch an armed uprising in South-Eastern Turkey.

So this is not going to happen. Even the news about some planned Turkish invasion of Northern Syria is to be taken as a warning by R+6 against such a move, not as a probable outcome.

Patrick Bahzad

They're closing the border already. Means building a fence, manning the border area and controlling who gets in and who goes out ... that's what a border is all about.


Now that the Russians know what RTE is planning, what can they do to counter? Bring in more aircraft and heavy artillery?

RTE must believe that escalation will help his failed Syrian gambit. I doubt that Obama and the Europeans will get involved overtly anyway, although they may get hysterical in their propaganda.

Patrick Bahzad

Fully subscribe to PL's view. R+6 strategy is not based on yet another variation of COIN but on Russian style "combined arms" against a rebel coalition that thought they could take on R+6 in conventional warfare. Whoever was advising them, was deeply misguided.
The strategic stalemate has now been broken and things are in motion again. Military logic would dictate R+6 to follow through and destroy or force surrender of as many enemy combatants as possible.
What happens after this phase is dependent on many contingencies, including the diplomatic agenda and the different actors' priorities. We shall see in time.
Most likely, if R+6 succeeds in achieving decisive victory, they will have to deal with some insurgency/terrorist attacks in some parts (they can deal with that) and they will focus their attention on defeating ISIS West of the Euphrates, including Deir ez Zor and Raqqa.
They might also start to compete with US Coalition for local alliances with YPG and SDF, thereby strengthening their grip on North-Eastern Syria. Qamishli airport plays a decisive role in that regard.
But all of this conjecture, for now.

Patrick Bahzad

Not viable considering the nature of the current campaign. It's not like the R+6 is overrunning rebel lines and leaving them roam freely in their 'hinterland'. There is a systemic "clear and hold" plan at work here.

JaN has already considered going underground, splitting up in small units or cells and come back later as a terrorist/insurgent force. However, that would put them in the exact same situations many insurgencies have been in the past. And they have all been defeated militarily. This would apply even more so in Syria, where the allegiances of the civilian population are very split (depending on the area).

Patrick Bahzad

Mali has been a kinetic campaign, not based on COIN doctrine. It was basically a fast moving and manoeuvering force with lots of fire power fixing and destroying whatever they had in front of them.

This is a good recipe for short term military success. When the enemy has sanctuaries it can retreat to, there is a chance he might come back. That is what is happening in Mali and Sahel region now.

Patrick Bahzad

Only once thing to reply to the spin-doctors "reality is a bitch" and they're about to find out. Lots of very worried and slightly alarmed articles, OP-EDs and other pieces in today's MSM.

Patrick Bahzad

they'll be counter-attacks and counter-counter-attacks for some time still. This war will not be over tomorrow. We're just saying that things are shaping up the way we anticipated.

AS for ISIS, this is another story, let's not get things mixed up.

Patrick Bahzad

I think RTE isn't that stupid, or is he ?

Patrick Bahzad

don't believe for a second they will go through

Patrick Bahzad

If the US were truly Turkey's and RTE's masters, we would not be in this mess in the first place !


MM: Call me cynical, but "invasion plans" probably equals "defend Turkey from all the armed Jihadis fleeing the SAA." Which one is true? Don't know. Both fit.

Can't imagine that Erdogen will tell the Turkish people that he's now got to move an army to the border to defend Turkey from the all the head-choppers and liver eaters that he's allowed to transit through Turkey since 2011.


"Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch, really."

But these are the BFFs of the Borg. Maybe they will have a fundraising dinner in DC for them, main course Liver and Onions.


I could see him going for broke on his lifelong work for a Neo-Ottoman empire, especially if he has NATO insiders encouraging him with the belief that help will be on the way when it all hits the fan.


I have been long puzzled by this claim that the French defeated the Algerian FLN. To be sure the FLN lost the battle of Algiers. As far as anyone can see they lost every battle they fought against the French in the country side. But in 1961 the FLN was still mounting military attacks against the French. So they might not have been winning the war, their forces were still in the field.

Then suddenly de Gaulle decided to withdraw from Algeria. One of the factors in de Gaulle's decision was that the French business community were arguing that the Algerian war was so distorting national expenditures that it made it difficult to grow businesses in France. Somehow, it seems to me, that if one side in a war quits because it can no longer afford the fight then the other side, who has shown a willingness to pay the price, has won.

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