So there is barely a peep coming from the ground, be it about SDF, Turkish backed militia, Syrian army, even Russian air strikes.
(I think Idlib is still getting screwed, but there’s still fewer developments being reported on that.)
There are skirmishes, shelling, and the occasional drone strike—one reported by a US drone in Idlib near the Turkish border is interesting.
For the most part, though, what there is sporadic and incoherent.
It doesn’t seem like anyone knows what’s going on upstairs and are waiting to see. Like, things are even more on hold than when people were waiting to see what happened at the summit in the first place.
It’s kinda spooky. Makes a good backdrop for the ninja plot line though.
And it feels like the Afrin Liberation Front (HRE) might be communicating to ISIS that they are the ninja and they are not to be trifled with.
<WARNING: SNIPER VIDEOS. IT’S NOT TERRIBLY GRAPHIC, BUT PEOPLE GET SHOT.>
To get an idea, here is this video of HRE snipers operating near Afrin that was just “announced.”
Here’s the thing, though: These videos were already out.
I think the point is three-fold:
- To call attention to the fact that this is ongoing.
- To call attention to the fact that this has been ongoing.
- And to call attention to the fact that there’s a lot more where that came from.
It can be hard to remember how well trained and by whom a lot of the SDF is what with all the oppression and stuff. Other times, it’s pretty easy.
But then, there’s a lot of this stuff going on.
So it goes.