The rapid advance of Kurdish light infantry and the support of the American aircraft easily broke through the veil of “black” to the North-East of Raqqa, and attempts to counter them by throwing in the reserves do not give the desired results. The Kurds suffered losses, but kept the occupied territories, which creates prerequisites for further “crimping” of Raqqa to the East.
We must understand that in the near future the life in the province of Idlib will be very “exciting”. For example, Idlib will be in the local version to see what would happen with the whole Syria in case if Assad was overthrown and these characters came to power. Considering the sides of the war within Idlib, you can only wish every success to self-destruction.
More than 10,000 fighters from various factions in Idlib, and West of Aleppo joined the “Ahrar al-sham”, which thus becomes the 2nd largest jihadist group in Syria after the “Al-Nusra” and a kind of informal leader of the “green” militants in Idlib (although the talks will continue to be dominated by the representatives of the Syrian Free Army). Uniting around “Ahrar al-sham” caused by ongoing fighting between the militants in Idlib, and West of Aleppo. In fact, the “Ahrar al-sham” intended to be the center of gravity of the forces that are at war with “Al-Nusra”. There are now flocking primarily those jihadists who believe “al-Nusra” too radical or unpromising (in the light of the international situation), but are not willing to negotiate with Assad.
At this point in the fighting killed at least 100 fighters of the various factions on both sides, and Jabhat Fatah Al-sham came to completion, as the militants deported from the enclave in Darayya, sided with this group.
More than 20 civilians were killed in a B-52 strike carried out by the US on the Idlib province in Syria on January 3, according to Russian Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov.
In General, the parties expected the talks in Astana on January 23 and subsequent negotiations between Russia and USA that somehow will clarify many important points for understanding the future course of the winter-spring campaign of 2017. Prerequisites to a complete end of hostilities of course not – it is about changing foreign policy situation around Syria and the definition of the list of hot fronts, where fighting will continue and which will be created by military means the conditions for the subsequent peace talks.This negotiation step is necessary to consolidate a new military-political reality established after the defeat of the “green” in the battle for Aleppo.
According to the information received, the Russian space forces struck two powerful rocket-bomb strikes on the terrorist positions. Reportedly, terrorist forces of the coalition “Jaish al-Fath”* (consists of extremists “of the al-Nusra Front / jabhat al Fatah Ash-sham” and “Ahrar Al-sham”) has strengthened its position in the area of the plains Qinnasrin, namely in the vicinity Samara. The militants were likely planning to organize another attack on the neighborhood of Aleppo in connection with his recent release. Fortified base of the jihadists received two point of impact, due to which their military equipment were destroyed.Losses among manpower of the enemy estimated at no less than 30 people. Syrian military source believes that the way the extremists were planning to organize a counter-offensive towards Aleppo.