After the Turkish proxy Takfiris have nearly encircled the Kurdish held city of Afrin, Turkish military moved in and literally occupied the city.
The water supply to the city has been cut off, triggering an exodus of civilians out of the beleaguered city.
This is the direct result of gigantic miscalculations by the PYD Kurds who controlled the Afrin area. They had a clear offer from the Syrian and Russian government: Hand over the administration to the legitimate Syrian government and the Syrian army will come and defend your land.
They rejected that offer multiple times. They thought they could withstand an attack by a numerical superior enemy which has abundant air and artillery support. Hizbullah can do that but the Kurds are not Hizbullah.
Their defense network was mediocre with bunkers easily visible (vid) from the air and ground and without any water supply and other necessities. These medieval fortifications were built over years but fell within hours. There was apparently no second line to fall back to. The tactical military abilities the PYD Kurds have shown were rather amateurish. The announced reinforcements from east Syria made no difference. Now their ‘canton’ is lost to a very hostile forces. Can it ever be regained?
Meanwhile the U.S. is on the verge of giving away the Kurdish held Manbij to the Turks.
In 2016 the Kurdish PKK attempted to hold onto ‘autonomous’ city-centers in eastern Turkey. The Turkish army simply shelled those areas into rubble. There insurrection ended with a catastrophic loss of Kurdish fighters. The Kurdish attempts to expand their lands in Iraq by stealing the oil fields of Kirkuk were thoroughly defeated. Now Afrin is lost too.
Why does anyone believe that the Kurds deserve their own state? Their leaders are corrupt and have zero statesmanship. They hang onto illusory aims and ignore the realities of life. Will the Kurds ever learn?
The Syrian Arab Army has split east-Ghouta next to Damascus into two and soon three parts.
Some 70% of the whole east-Ghouta area that the Takfirs held for six years is now liberated. The Syrian army will continue to take the more rural parts and will then keep the upbuild areas (Harasta, Duma, Arbin, Jobar) under fire until the various Takfiri groups agree to give up or to be moved to Idleb governorate.
The fall of these Saudi and Turkish proxy forces from their fake ‘revolution’ throne is another huge victory for the Syrian people. Negotiations about a transfers are ongoing. In Idleb they can join the ongoing Takfiri against Takfiri war between the Turkish supported head-choppers and al-Qaeda aligned hangmen.
Eliminating the east-Ghouta enclave will free the large number of Syrian soldiers that were necessary to keep the area surrounded. Those troops will likely move south to liberate Deraa city and all land up to the Jordan border.
There are strong economic reasons for freeing up the Damascus-Amman highway and the border station in-between.
The source: Moon of Alabama posted for the first time on March 11, 2018, then slightly updated following the fall of Efrin/Afrin on March 18, 2018