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Syrian Forces Eliminate Unidentified Aerial Objects Near Damacus. Israel Denies Reports On Its Warplane Shootdown

https://southfront.org/syrian-forces-eliminate-unidentified-aerial-objects-near-damacus-israel-denies-reports-on-its-warplane-shootdown/ Last night, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) shot down several unidentified aerial objects over the district of al-Kiswah south of Damascus, according to the state-run media. Local sources told SouthFront that the SADF had also engaged targets over Damascus and Quneitra. The recently supplied S-300 air defense system was not employed. Pro-Israeli and pro-militant sources claimed that the Israeli Air Force had successfully destroyed multiple “Iranian” targets near

Syrian War Report – Nov. 29, 2018: US Is Establishing ‘Observation Posts’ On Syrian-Turkish Border

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-nov-29-2018-us-is-establishing-observation-posts-on-syrian-turkish-border/ On November 28, Russian air-defense forces deployed intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the Russian Hmeimim airbase in the province of Lattakia, according to local sources. The intercepted UAV was probably an armed UAV launched by militants in a fresh attempt to attack Russian personnel and aircraft deployed at Hmeimim. The resumption of UAV attacks on Russian facilities in Syria is another sign of the wanng

Black Sea Crisis: Russia Deploys Anti-Ship Missiles. Ukraine Says Russian Warplane Attacks Its Ships

https://southfront.org/black-sea-crisis-russia-deploys-anti-ship-missiles-ukraine-says-russian-warplane-attacks-its-ships/ On November 27, Russia started deploying Bal coastal missile systems near the Kerch Strait, south of which an encounter between a group of 2 Ukrainian Gurza-class artillery boats and a sea-tug and Russian coastal guards had taken place on November 25. Every launcher in the Bal coastal defense missile system carries 8 Kh-35 anti-ship cruise missiles equipped with 145 kg High Explosive Fragmentation warheads. The KH-35 has a range

Russia-Ukraine Black Sea Military Crisis: On The Brink Of War

https://southfront.org/russia-ukraine-black-sea-military-crisis/ On November 25, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Border Service was forced to open fire on and damage Ukrainian warships, which were carrying out hostile actions and advancing in Russian territorial waters in the Black Sea off Crimea. After the short close-quarter firefight, two Ukrainian ships were taken towed and one ship escorted by Russian forces to the Russian port of Kerch. The Ukrainian side said that 6

Turkey Attacks Own Proxies In Syria, Netanyahu Names Himself Defense Minister

  https://southfront.org/turkey-attacks-own-proxies-in-syria-netanyahu-names-himself-defense-minister/ From November 18 to November 20, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) carried out a military operation against their own proxies in the region of Afrin. The TAF attacked and partially disarmed a group of about 200 members of the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Gathering and its allied groups. The Hamza Division, the Sultan Murad Division, the al-Sham Corps and the 3rd Corps participated in the operation on the side of

Nov. 19, 2018: Government Forces Crushed ISIS-held Pocket In Southern Syria

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-nov-19-2018-government-forces-crushed-isis-held-pocket-in-southern-syria/ On November 17th, the Syrian Army (SAA) and its allies regained control of al-Safa after the collapse of ISIS defense in the area. An SAA source told SouthFront that heavy rain had destroyed most of the fortifications and hideouts of the terrorist group during the last few days. The remaining terrorists fled towards the eastern Homs desert. The state news agency SANA confirmed that the SAA had made significant

Nov. 16, 2018: U.S. Exposes Assad’s ‘Evil Plan’ To Hurl Middle East Into Chaos

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-nov-16-2018-u-s-exposes-assads-evil-plan-to-hurl-middle-east-into-chaos/ On November 15, US Ambassador to Syria James Jeffrey exposed an evil plan of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to create ISIS and to hurl the Middle East, particularly Syria and Iraq, into chaos. “We also think that you cannot have an enduring defeat of ISIS until you have fundamental change in the Syrian regime and fundamental change in Iran’s role in Syria, which contributed greatly to the rise of

November 14, 2018: Turkish-PKK Conflict Escalates Amid Fresh PKK Attacks

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-14-2018-turkish-pkk-conflict-escalates-amid-fresh-pkk-attacks/ The People’s Defense Forces (HPG), a military wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), claimed that it had attacked 6 military bases in the southern Turkish provinces of Hakkari and Sirnak on November 9 and November 10. The HPG stated that 17 Turkish soldiers were killed and 32 others were wounded as a result of the attack. 8 soldiers are also missing, according to the HPG. It should be

November 13, 2018: Gaza Is On Edge Of Israeli Ground Invasion

https://southfront.org/gaza-conflict-report-november-13-2018-gaza-is-on-edge-of-israeli-ground-invasion/ The Gaza Strip is on the brink of a large-scale Israeli military intervention. The current round of escalation started on November 11 when a covert unit of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) opened fire at a patrol of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military wing, in the town of Khan Yunis inside the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) supported the retreating IDF unit by airstrikes.

November 12, 2018: Clashes Erupt Between Militants And Syrian Army In Idlib De-Escalation Zone

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-12-2018-clashes-erupt-between-militants-and-syrian-army-in-idlib-de-escalation-zone/ On November 10th, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) announced that its special forces attacked a position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Turkman mount in Northern Lattakia. The terrorist group claimed that 10 Syrian soldiers were killed. Earlier on the same day, the group claimed that its special forces killed 18 Syrian soldiers and 7 Russian service members during an attack of an “operations room” of the SAA

Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict

https://southfront.org/why-the-u-s-military-is-woefully-unprepared-for-major-conventional-conflict/ The text below is a full version of the anlysis entitled “Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict“, which was originally released by SouthFront on October 10, 2018:   Introduction In the Department of Defense authored summary of the National Defense Strategy of the United States for 2018, Secretary James Mattis quite succinctly sets out the challenges and goals of the U.S. military in

November 9, 2018: Govt Forces Freed All Hostages Captured By ISIS In Al-Suwayda

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-9-2018-govt-forces-freed-all-hostages-captured-by-isis-in-al-suwayda/ On November 8, the Syrian Special Forces freed all hostages, who had been captured by ISIS in eastern al-Suwayda and then held in eastern Homs, the Syrian state media reported. According to the report, the operation took place in the area of Hamimah east of Palmyra, where Syrian troops eliminated a group of ISIS terrorists and feed the hostages. The SANA provided no further details. However, Syrian pro-government activists

November 8, 2018: Saudi-led Coalition Achieves Several Successes In Battle Of Al-Hudayadh

Yemeni War Report – November 8, 2018: Saudi-led Coalition Achieves Several Successes In Battle Of Al-Hudayadh On November 3, the Saudi-UAE-led coalition kicked off a new large-scale military operation to capture the port city of al-Hudaydah from the Houthis and their allies. Prior to that the coalition had concentrated several tens of thousands of troops and a few thousands of various military equipment on frontlines near the city. Additionally, coalition

Greek minority member murdered by Albanian Special Forces

  CIA sees instability in the Balkans – Greek minority member murdered by Albanian Special Forces – This is how the plan for Greater Albania unfolds This analysis is made by Evangelos Kokkinos – Pentapostagma Enimerosis and translated exclusively for SouthFront During the “Anniversary of the No”, a day that is celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world on 28 October each year, Constantine Katsifas was killed by

November 6, 2018: “Russian Mercenaries Casualties” Narrative Resurfaces In MSM

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-6-2018-russian-mercenaries-casualties-narrative-resurfaces-in-msm/ Russian-linked private military contractors (PMCs) have suffered new casualties in Syria, Syrian pro- and Russian pro-opposition militant media outlets claim. Initial speculations on this issue appeared on November 3 and November 4 when several outlets claimed that an explosion reportedly hit barracks of the 5th Assault Corps of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to one of the versions, the blast allegedly hit

November 5, 2018: Former US-backed Militants Switch Sides In Conflict

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-5-2018-former-us-backed-militants-switch-sides-in-conflict/ Former members of US-backed militant groups are joining forces with the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, operating in Syria, the WSJ reported on November 1. According to the report, approximately 2,000 fighters had joined the forces and have even started receiving salaries. The WSJ claimed that it was due to losing funding from the US. However, the reason pointed out by local experts is that the US strategy in Syria had

November 1, 2018: SDF Halts Operation Against ISIS In Euphrates Valley Because Of Turkish Attacks

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-1-2018-sdf-halts-operation-against-isis-in-euphrates-valley-because-of-turkish-attacks/ The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which consist mainly of members of various Kurdish armed groups, declared on October 31 that they had halted their operation against ISIS in the Euphrates Valley because of Turkish attacks on their positions in northern Syria. The SDF blamed Turkey for its own inability to eliminate the ISIS-held area of Hajin in the Euphrates Valley and called on the so-called international community to

October 31, 2018: Turkey Finishes Preparations For New Large Operation Against YPG

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-october-31-2018-turkey-finishes-preparations-for-new-large-operation-against-ypg/ Clashes between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) have erupted in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo. According to reports, units of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham attacked NFL positions in the village of Kafr Hamra on October 29 and had gained full control of the area by the evening of October 30. Several NFL militants were killed or

October 30, 2018: MSM Reports About Mysterious Israeli Airstrikes Go Wild

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-october-30-2018-msm-reports-about-mysterious-israeli-airstrikes-go-wild/ The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have continued attacks on targets in Syria even after the downing of the Russian Il-20 military plane on September 17, Reuters reported on October 29 citing “a senior Israeli official”. “The IDF have attacked in Syria, including after the downing of the Russian plane. Military coordination with the Russians continues as before,” Reuters quoted “the senior official, who could not be named” as saying.

October 24, 2018: US Troops Clash With Turkish-backed Militants Near Manbij

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-october-24-2018-us-troops-clash-with-turkish-backed-militants-near-manbij/ Troops of the US-led coalition have been clashing with Turkish-backed militants near the Syrian city of Manbij, currently controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to a video, which appeared online this week. Commenting on the incident to Kurdistan 24, spokesman for the US-led coalition Colonel Sean Ryan admitted that coalition forces “received gunfire from undisclosed persons and returned fire” on October 15, but avoided pointing the

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