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‘Withdrawing’ US Troops Setting Up New Military Bases

Syrian War Report – November 4, 2019: ‘Withdrawing’ US Troops Setting Up New Military Bases The Syrian Army and Turkish-led forces are strengthening their positions on a contact line in northeastern Syria. A large convoy of Syrian Army reinforcements deployed in the towns of Abu Rasin and Umm Harmalah south of Ras al-Ayn. The convoy included T-72 battle tanks, BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles, Gvozdika self-propelled 122 mm howitzer and BM-21

US Forces Kill al-Baghdadi In Ovenight Raid On Idlib Province

Syrian War Report – October 28, 2019: US Forces Kill al-Baghdadi In Ovenight Raid On Idlib Province   U.S. Special Operations forces eliminated ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a nighttime raid into northwestern Syria on October 26, President Donald Trump officially announced. According to the President, Baghdadi died with his 3 young children after activating his suicide vest. Baghdadi’s body was mutilated by the blast. However, Trump said, “test

Syrian Army Entering Kobani And Raqqa

Syrian War Report – October 17, 2019: Syrian Army Entering Kobani And Raqqa On October 16, units of the Syrian Army entered the city of Raqqah for the first time since 2014. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has controlled the city since 2017, when they with help from the United States seized it from ISIS. The Syrian Army reportedly established several observation posts in the area and continued deployment

Turkish Operation Peace Spring In Northeastern Syria, Explained

https://southfront.org/turkish-operation-peace-spring-in-northeastern-syria-explained/ Turkey officially announced that it had launched a military operation in northeastern Syria. Over the past years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other representatives of the country’s leadership have repeatedly announced this idea. However, this time promises were turned into reality. On October 6, the administration of US President Donald Trump released a statement saying that Turkey will soon carry out its “long-planned operation” into northern Syria. According

October 2, 2019: Houthis Deliver Devastating Blow To Saudi Arabia

Yemen War Report – October 2, 2019: Houthis Deliver Devastating Blow To Saudi Arabi In late September, Yemen’s Houthis carried out a large-scale operation against Saudi-led forces on the border with the southern Saudi province of Narjan. According to a spokesperson for the Armed Forces of the Houthi Government, the Houthis fully defeated at least 3 brigades of Saudi-backed forces. The Yemeni force killed 500 personnel, injured 2,000 others, destroyed

Gulf War Report: Houthi Strikes Shut Down Half Of Saudi Arabia Oil Production

https://southfront.org/gulf-war-report-houthi-strikes-shut-down-half-of-saudi-arabia-oil-production/ Saudi Arabia continues to suffer consequences of its unsuccessful invasion of Yemen. On September 14, the Armed Forces of the Houthi government carried out a successful strike on facilities of Saudi Arabia’s oil giant Saudi Aramco in Buqayq and Khurais. In an official statement, a spokesperson for the Houthis, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, said that the attack, dubbed Operation Deterrent Balance 2, was a response to the Saudi aggression.

Color Revolution Comes To Hong Kong

https://southfront.org/color-revolution-comes-to-hong-kong/   Written and produced by SF Team: J.Hawk, Daniel Deiss, Edwin Watson; The Hong Kong protests represent a major challenge not only to the authorities of Hong Kong itself, but also to Beijing, due to both their protracted nature and a high level of organization resembling the Kiev Maidan of 2013/14. The Hong Kong rioters have gone so far as to produce and disseminate a veritable urban warfare manual describing in

Mighty Israeli Army Abandoned Military Facility After Hezbollah ATGM Strike

https://southfront.org/war-report-mighty-israeli-army-abandoned-military-facility-after-hezbollah-atgm-strike/ The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) abandoned their military facility at Avivim in Upper Galilee, which had been targeted by Hezbollah anti-tank guided missile strike. According to a released video, IDF troops left behind at least 2 pieces of military equipment and multiple personal possessions, including ammunition. The escalation at the Lebanese-Israeli contact line happened on September 1 after IDF shelled unidentified targets at Shebaa Farms. After the incident, Prime

Militants’ Attack In Eastern Idlib Ends In Disaster

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-august-29-2019-militants-attack-in-eastern-idlib-ends-in-disaster/ On August 27, joint forces of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other militant groups launched an attack on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the town of Abu Dali in southern Idlib. Clashes between the SAA and militants erupted in the villages of Tal Maraq, Salmuia, Jaduia, Sham Al-Hawa and Abi Omar. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham employed at least one suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device. Nonetheless, they were

Syrian Army Reached Khan Shaykhun

Syrian War Report – August 14, 2019: Syrian Army Reached Khan Shaykhun Government forces are developing their advance in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone. The Syrian military has deployed a new batch of reinforcements, including battle tanks from the 4th Armoured Division, to the frontline. According to pro-government sources, these reinforcements will take part in the ongoing Syrian Army offensive in northwestern Hama and southern Idlib. On

Army Makes Fresh Gains In Battle For Northern Hama

Syrian War Report – August 8, 2019: Army Makes Fresh Gains In Battle For Northern Hama On the morning of August 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces advanced on positions of radical militants in northwestern Hama. During the day, units of the SAA and the Tiger Forces liberated the villages of Arbeen and al-Zakah. Government troops also cut off the supply line between the militant-held towns

Syrian Military Vows To Resume Operations Against Militants

Syrian War Report – August 6, 2019: Syrian Military Vows To Resume Operations Against Militants The new ceasefire agreement designed to cease hostilities in northwestern Hama and southern Idlib has just collapsed. On August 3, the leader of Hay’at Tahir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra), Abu Mohammad al-Julani, announced that his group would not withdraw “a single fighter or a weapon” from the demilitarized zone and vowed to recapture the areas,

Iran’s Qods Force And Modern Proxy Wars

Based on the analysis prepared by Dennis M. Nilsen, PhD exclusively for SouthFront The Qods Force is the irregular warfare unit of Iran’s Corps of Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (Sepah-e Pasdaran-e Enghelab-e Eslami).  Created during the Holy Defense to augment the capabilities of the Sepah to include irregular warfare, it has since become one of the chief means of expanding Iranian ‘soft power’ within the Middle East and throughout

Gulf Conflict Report: Prospects Of War Between Iran And U.S.

https://southfront.org/gulf-conflict-report-prospects-of-war-between-iran-and-us/ The situation in the Middle East is heating up once again. On July 19, an unknown aircraft carried out a strike on positions of the Popular Mobilization Units at the Al-Shuhada base in the northern Saladin province north of Baghdad, Iraq. Pro-Israeli sources speculated that several Iranian-backed fighters and members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed or injured in the attack. They further claimed that the targeted

Russia Shutters Georgian Democracy

Russia Shutters Georgian Democracy Democracy is in danger once again. The treacherous Putin regime is pressuring Georgia with sanctions, prohibiting flights between the countries and putting it under duress. Naturally, the Russian bear showed its totalitarian face by answering with pressure, a democratic protest of civic society. The pretext for the protests, which have rocked Georgia since June 21st was a visit by a member of the Russian Parliament and

Waiting For New Idlib Offensive

 Syrian War Report – July 13-17, 2019: Waiting For New Idlib Offensive The situation in northwestern Hama and along the entire contact line around the Idlib de-escalation zone has remained stable but tense during the past week. The Syrian Arab Army, the Tiger Forces and their allies have repeatedly engaged in local clashes with Hayat Tahir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and other radical groups. However, no side has undertaken any

Houthis’ New Missiles & Combat Drones Revealed

https://southfront.org/houthis-new-missiles-combat-drones-revealed/ On July 7, Ansar Allah (also known as the Houthis) held a military exhibition displaying their new weapon systems, including the Quds-1 cruise missile, the Badr-F precision-guided tactical ballistic missile, and Samad-1, Samad-3 and Qasef-2K unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The Quds-1 cruise missile was the staple of the show. Previously, it was believed that the missile was derivative from the Iranian Soumar cruise missile, developed from the Soviet Kh-55

British Marines Seized Iranian Oil Tanker

Syrian War Report – July 5, 2019: British Marines Seized Iranian Oil Tanker On July 4, a detachment of Royal Marines and the authorities in Gibraltar seized a supertanker suspected of carrying oil to Syria on the belief it was breaching EU sanctions. 30 Royal Marines from 42 Commando were involved in the operation targeting Grace 1 that had sailed from Iran. The operation was made upon request from the

Trump Stopped Strike On Iran, But Tensions Continued To Grow

https://southfront.org/trump-stopped-strike-on-iran-but-tensions-continued-to-grow/ Tensions continued to grow in the Persian Gulf region after the shoot-down of a $110 million U.S. RQ-4A Global Hawk surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps over the Straight of Hormuz on June 20. According to the Iranian side, the UAV was in Iranian airspace off the shores of the district of Kouhmobarak when it was hit by a surface-to-air missile launched by the

Gulf Conflict: Iran Shot Down U.S. Global Hawk. Houthis Struck Saudi Power Plant With Cruise Missile

https://southfront.org/persian-gulf-conflict-iran-shot-down-u-s-global-hawk-houthis-struck-saudi-power-plant-with-cruise-missile/ Late on June 19, Ansar Allah (also known as the Houthis) carried out a new one “cruise missile” strike on Saudi Arabia. The missile strike targeted a major power plant in the area of al-Shuqaiq in the Kingdom’s southern province of Jizan. Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the part of the Yemeni Armed Forces loyal to the Ansar Allah government said that the strike was a response

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