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Yemeni War Report – June 21, 2018: al-Hudaydah Airport Still Remains Contested

https://southfront.org/yemeni-war-report-june-21-2018-al-hudaydah-airport-still-remains-contested/ Fierce clashes between the Saudi-led coalition’s forces and the Houthis are ongoing near the port city of al-Hudaydah in western Yemen. On June 19, the coalition’s forces once again entered the al-Hudaydah airport claiming that this time they really captured it. However, they were not able to establish full control of this important facility because of a fierce resistance from the Houthis. On June 20, clashes in the area

Syrian War Report – June 20, 2018: Syrian Army Attacks Militants In Daraa Province

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-june-20-2018-syrian-army-attacks-militants-in-daraa-province/ On June 19, units of government forces attacked positions of militant groups near the village of Buser al-Harir northeast of the southern Syrian city of Daraa. Sporadic clashes in the area continued on June 20 but no major advance was carried out by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies. Pro-government sources described this development as a trial balloon ahead of possible advance in the area. If the

Syrian War Report – June 19, 2018: Many Govt Fighters Killed In Alleged US Strikes In Eastern Syria

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-june-19-2018-many-govt-fighters-killed-in-alleged-us-strikes-in-eastern-syria/ On June 18, the US-led carried out airstrikes on a position of government forces at the village of of al-Hiri, located southeast of the border town of al-Bukamal, the Syrian state media said describing the attack as an attempt to raise morale of terrorist groups that are losing the war to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). The SANA also accused the US of providing ISIS with various support in

Battle For al-Hudaydah Can Become Turning Point In Yemen War

https://southfront.org/battle-for-al-hudaydah-can-become-turning-point-in-yemen-war/ The Saudi-led coalition and its proxies are developing their military operation to capture the western Yemeni port city of al-Hudaydah from the Houthis. This very advance started on June 13 after a series of failed attempts of the coalition-led forces to reach the city along the western Yemeni coast. Over 25,000 of coalition-backed fighters and at least 1,500 UAE troops, backed by a large number of military equipment, including

Syrian War Report – June 15, 2018: Russia, Turkey Reportedly Reach Agreement On Tell Rifaat

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-june-15-2018-russia-turkey-reportedly-reach-agreement-on-tell-rifaat/ Russia and Turkey have reached an agreement on the situation in the town of Tell Rifaat in the province of Aleppo, the London-based newspaper al-Araby al-Jadeed reported on June 14. Under the agreement, units of the Turkish military will allegedly be deployed in Tell Rifaat side by side with the Russian Military Police, which was deployed there a few months ago. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Kurdish

Yemeni War Report – June 14, 2018: Battle For Hudaydah

https://southfront.org/yemeni-war-report-june-14-2018-battle-for-hudaydah/ On January 13, the Saudi-led coalition launched a new operation to capture the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah from the Houthis. “Liberation of the port is the beginning of the fall of the Houthi militias. It will secure navigation in the Bab al-Mandab Strait and cut off the hands of Iran,” the Saudi-backed government of Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi said in a statement. The ground operation is reportedly supported

Syrian War Report – June 13, 2018: Italian Troops Deployed In Eastern Syria

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-june-13-2018-italian-troops-deploy-in-eastern-syria/ The Syrian military is deploying additional Pantsir-S1 short to medium range air defense systems in southern and eastern Syria, according to pro-government sources. Additional Pantsir-S1 systems had been deployed in the area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Hezbollah media wing in Syria said on June 12. This move is clearly aimed at strengthening the air-defense capabilities of the government forces in case if Israel reacts to a military

Syrian War Report – June 12, 2018: Army Repels Militants’ Attack Coming From US-held Area On Palmyra

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-june-12-2018-army-repels-militants-attack-coming-from-us-held-area-on-palmyra/ Early on June 11, pro-government forces, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, repelled a militant attack coming from the US-held area of Al-Tanf in eastern Syria on the ancient city of Palmyra, according to the Russian military. Syrian troops reportedly detected a group of militants with motorcycles and vehicles equipped with machine guns near Tall Ghurab. Five militants were killed and a vehicle and a motorcycle were destroyed in

Syrian War Report – June 11, 2018: Syrian Army Repels Series Of ISIS Attacks On Al-Bukamal

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-june-11-2018-syrian-army-repels-series-of-isis-attacks-on-al-bukamal/ Last weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies repelled another series of ISIS attacks on the town of al-Bukamal at the Syrian-Iraqi border. ISIS used several suicide bombers and car bombs to break the SAA defense but failed to capture any key positions. In clashes that took place from June 8 to and June 10, about 35 pro-government fighters were killed, according to pro-opposition sources. In turn,

Syrian War Report – June 6, 2018: YPG Forces Withdraw From Manbij

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-june-6-2018-ypg-forces-withdraw-from-manbij/ Units of the Syrian Army’s 11th Armoured Division have been delpoyed in the northern part of the Syrian-Lebanese border where they are set to replace Hezbollah fighters. The area of Qusayr has been one of the key Hezbollah footholds in western Syria. It is unclear if it will be abandoned. According to some pro-government sources, Russian military police units are also withdrawing from the border area. The situation over

Syrian War Report – June 5, 2018: Roadmap For Manbij, Explosion Near US-French Military Base

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-june-5-2018-roadmap-for-manbij-explosion-near-us-french-military-base/ On June 4, the US State Department officially acknowledged that Turkey and the US had endorsed a roadmap for the northern town of Manbij. The announcement came after a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo in Washington. Manbij is currently controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Kurdish YPG and YPJ forces are the core of the SDF. Ankara sees them

May 31, 2018: 9,200 Locals From Eastern Ghouta Join Syrian Army

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-31-2018-9200-locals-from-eastern-ghouta-join-syrian-army/ More than 9,200 locals from the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus have joined the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and several pro-government groups since the liberation of the area on April 14, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on May 30. Under the reconciliation agreement reached in the area, 18-42 y.o. men got a six-month period to settle their legal status and join the SAA if they have not

Israel Carries Out Massive Strike On Gaza, Locals Protest Against US-backed Forces In Syria

https://southfront.org/israel-carries-out-massive-strike-on-gaza-locals-protest-against-us-backed-forces-in-syria/ Tensions between the local population and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are growing. Protests against the SDF have recently erupted in the cities of Manbij, Hasakah and Raqqah. The predominantly Arab local population protested against behavior and policies, including forced conscription, implemented by the SDF. Forces of the US-led coalition were even forced to intervene into the situation in Raqqa in order to stop infighting between the Kurdish

May 28, 2018: Su-57 Stealth Fighter Carries Out Strikes In Syria

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-28-2018-su-57-stealth-fighter-carries-out-strikes-in-syria/ Four Russian military advisers have been killed and three others have been injured in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor in a shelling carried out by militants, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on May 27. According to the statement, militants attacked an artillery battery of pro-government forces assisted by Russian military advisers. Two Russians were killed on the scene. Two others died from wounds in hospital.

May 25, 2018: Israeli, US Strikes On Government Forces. What Is Going On?

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-25-2018-israeli-us-strikes-on-government-forces-what-is-going-on/ Late on May 24, Israeli warplanes carried out several strikes on the al-Dabaa airbase in the southwestern Homs countryside, according to pro-government sources. The Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) responded to the attack by launching at least 2 S-200 surface-to-air missiles, according to local activists. The General Command of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) said in an official statement that the Israeli Air Force had targeted an airbase in

Conflict In Eastern Ukraine Can Soon Turn Into Open War

https://southfront.org/conflict-in-eastern-ukraine-can-soon-turn-into-open-war/ This week the military situation in eastern Ukraine has once again escalated as forces loyal to the Kiev government have advanced on positions controlled by defense forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DRP) near the city of Gorlovka. Gorlovka is the DPR-controlled town, located north of the DPR capital of Donetsk. Its pre-war population was about 256,000 people. On May 21, pro-Kiev troops, backed up by artillery and machine

May 24, 2018: Army To Start New Operation In Response To ISIS Attacks

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-24-2018-army-to-start-new-operation-in-response-to-isis-attacks/ The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Liwa al-Quds have repelled an ISIS attack on their positions west of al-Mayadin in the province of Deir Ezzor killing at least 8 terrorists. According to pro-government sources, there are currently about 1,500 ISIS members and commanders operating in the Homs desert. The increased activity of these terrorists may trigger an SAA military operation in order to fully eliminate them earlier than it

May 23, 2018 Biggest ISIS Attack Near Palmyra In Past Few Months

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-23-2018-biggest-isis-attack-near-palmyra-in-past-few-months/ On May 22, ISIS attacked positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the T3 pumping station, near the city of Palmyra, in the province of Homs. The attack started with the explosion of a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. Then, ISIS infantry stormed the SAA positions. However, the advance was repelled. According to pro-government sources, at least 16 SAA soldiers were killed, 14 others were injured and a

May 22, 2018 Damascus Is Secured, Daraa Is Next

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-22-2018-damascus-is-secured-daraa-is-next/ Late on May 21, Russian air defense systems, allegedly a Pantsir-S short to medium range system, launched at least four missiles at “unidentified” targets over the Khmeimim air base in Syria, according to local sources. Later, the Russian military revealed that one unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had been shot down. No damage or casualties occurred as a result of the incident. A similar incident took place on April 24

May 21, 2018 Syrian Army Liberates Southern Damascus As ISIS Withdraws

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-21-2018-syrian-army-liberates-southern-damascus-as-isis-withdraws/ The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are about to re-establish full control of the southern Damascus countryside. The SAA has already liberated the entire district of al-Hajar al-Aswad and the rest of the area from ISIS. On May 19, the SAA and the remaining ISIS militants reached a temporary ceasefire in the area. On May 20, a number of buses entered the area hinting that ISIS was

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