Breaking bone battles in Syria, Washington granted Turkey time till July end to stop buy of S-400
On Saturday morning, the Arab newspapers focused on the fierce battles in northwestern Syria, US sanctions on Iran, and Turkey’s purchase of the Russian air defense system.
Al-Quds al-Arabi: 101 killed in the battles erupted between the regime forces and the opposition near Idlib
On the Syrian issue, al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper referred to the battles in the region called “De- escalation,” and said, “In the most direct confrontation between the Syrian opposition and the regime supported by Russian troops, 101 fighters have been killed in the past 24 hours during battles near Idlib province and northwest Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.”
The Syrian opposition forces surprised the Russian army and the regime forces by opening a large battle in unburned areas in the northern countryside of Hama, transferring the confrontations from their areas to the areas under the control of al-Assad forces, which observers regarded as a radical shift from defense to an expanded ground attack, especially after the opposition factions with Heyat Tahrir al-Sham to open a new axis of battles towards “Kafar Naboda” to which all parties focused their military operations during the past weeks, with the exchange of control and the battles of hit and run there.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Breaking bone battles between Russia and Turkey’s allies
In the same context, al-Sharq al-Awsat daily reported, “Bone-breaking battles took place in northern Hama, central Syria, between the regime’s forces with the support of Russia and factions supported by Turkey, which strengthened its points after one of them was bombed by supporters of Damascus.”
A military commander of the National Liberation Front, supported by Ankara, said that the factions “ended the first phase of the battle on the fronts of Hama countryside and broke the last line of defense from the town of Karnaz and took control of strategic Tel Malh and the town of Kafar Hood and al-Jabeen in addition to a number of military points in northern Hama, which resulted in the killing of more than 50 regime elements, including about 27 in two suicide operations on the outskirts of the town of Karnaz and the outskirts of the village of al-Jalameh village in the countryside of Hama.”
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: The Pentagon gives Ankara two months to stop buying S-400
On the Turkish issue, al-Sharq al-Awsat reported, “The Pentagon has given Turkey until the end of July to stop buying Russian S-400 missiles.”
Assistant Secretary of Defense Allen Lord said, “If Turkey did not give up the purchase of the S-400 system by July 31, the Turkish pilots currently training on the United States F-35 planes would be fired and subcontracts awarded to Turkish companies would be canceled for the manufacture of F-35 pieces.”
The US official justified the warning that Turkey sent soldiers to Russia to train on the use of S-400 missiles.
Opposition activists broadcasted photos of a warplane that was said to have been shot down by a member of Heyat Tahrir al-Sham. This was the first military aircraft of government forces to be dropped more than a year ago. Observers said that Ankara provided military support to the opposition factions, including armored vehicles, one of which was shelled by the regime forces, which also targeted a Turkish point in the countryside of Hama.