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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

Turkish Artillery Struck Syrian Army Positions Near Idlib

Syrian War Report – June 17, 2019: Turkish Artillery Struck Syrian Army Positions Near Idlib   On June 16, Turkey said on that its forces had struck positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in response to an attack on one of its observation posts in the Idlib de-escalation zone. According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, the SAA shelled one of its posts near Murak in northern Hama. The defense

War Propaganda And US Military Buildup Against Iran

https://southfront.org/war-propaganda-and-us-military-buildup-against-iran/ Tensions continue to grow in the Persian Gulf. In early May, the US deployed the USS Abraham Lincoln strike group as well as the USS Arlington amphibious transport dock, additional marines, amphibious vehicles, rotary aircraft, Patriot missiles and a bomber strike force to the region claiming that this is a needed measure to deter Iran, which allegedly prepares to attack US troops and infrastructure. On May 21, Acting Defense

Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks On Syria

Syrian War Report – June 3, 2019: Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks On Syria Overnight on June 2, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a missile strike on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) targets in the  southern part of the country. According to the IDF, the missiles hit 2 artillery batteries, observation and intelligence posts and an SA-2 (S-75 Dvina) aerial defense battery. The IDF says that the strike was conducted

Army Takes Back Kafr Nabudah, Delivers Blow To Militants

Syrian War Report – May 27, 2019: Army Takes Back Kafr Nabudah, Delivers Blow To Militants On May 26, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and the National Defense Forces launched a surprise attack on the town of Kafr Nabudah in northwestern Hama, which had been recently captured by Hayat Tahir al-Sham (the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria) and its Turkish-backed allies. The attack began

The Next Economic Crisis and the Looming Post-Multipolar System

https://southfront.org/next-economic-crisis-and-looming-post-multipolar-system/ Written and produced by SF Team: J.Hawk, Daniel Deiss, Edwin Watson; Voiceover by Dermot Arrigan The Impending Crisis At one time, specifically during the post-World War 2 Bretton Woods era, it looked like as if the capitalist model could be indefinitely sustainable and avoid plunging the world into major world conflicts. That era began to come to an end during the stagflation crisis of the 1970s, and came to a complete end at the end

Hama Ceasefire Initiative Failed. Clashes Ongoing

Syrian War Report – May 20, 2019: Hama Ceasefire Initiative Failed. Clashes Ongoing On May 17 and May 18, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) intercepted several unidentified aerial objects over Damascus and the southern part of the country. In both cases, the intercepted targets came from the southern Syria border, near the contact line with Israel. Some sources speculated that the SADF was repelling Israeli strikes. However, no explosions

Syrian Army Liberates Another Town In Northwestern Hama

Syrian War Report – May 8, 2019: Syrian Army Liberates Another Town In Northwestern Hama By May 8, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies had repelled a series of counter-attacks by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-led forces keeping control of all the positions captured in northwestern Hama. Especially intense clashes took place near Tell Ottman where, according to pro-government sources, the SAA eliminated at least 5 militants. Despite this, the SAA

U.S. Hybrid War On Venezuela Entered Hot Phase

https://southfront.org/u-s-hybrid-war-on-venezuela-entered-hot-phase/ The US hybrid war on Venezuela has now entered a hot phase. On April 30, Juan Guaido, US-declared ‘Interim President’ of the country appeared in a video calling for a military uprising. Guaido, accompanied by heavily armed men, claimed that he had backing from the military and that the video was filmed at the Generalissimo Francisco de Miranda Air Base in the capital, Caracas. Opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez, who had been

Chemical Weapons Warehouse Exploded In Western Aleppo

Syrian War Report – Apr. 22, 2019: Chemical Weapons Warehouse Exploded In Western Aleppo https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-apr-22-2019-chemical-weapons-warehouse-exploded-in-western-aleppo/ A supposed chemical weapons warehouse of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nursa) near city of al-Atarib in western Aleppo exploded on April 20. According to pro-government sources, the warehouse was one of the sites where militants were arming rockets and shells with toxic materials. Members of the notorious propaganda organization “White Helmets” reportedly recovered the

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