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Multiple Casualites Reported Amid Clashes In Northwestern Hama

Syrian War Report – May 7, 2019: Multiple Casualites Reported Amid Clashes In Northwestern Hama On May 6, air defenses of Russia’s Hmeimim airbase in Syria repelled two militant rocket attacks intercepting at least 36 projectiles, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. According to the defense ministry, the attacks caused no damage or casualties. Militants had used a unmanned aerial vehicle to direct their fire. The shelling came from the Idlib

Turkey-led Forces Suffer Casualties In Failed Attack On YPG Positions

Syrian War Report – May 6, 2019: Turkey-led Forces Suffer Casualties In Failed Attack On YPG Positions The Idlib de-escalation zone and the northern part of Aleppo province are now two main sources of instability in Syria. On May 4, the pro-Turkish National Syrian Army (NSA), backed by Turkish special forces, launched a surprise attack on positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Aleppo. The NSA briefly

Volodymyr Zelensky, the Donald Trump of Ukrainian Politics

https://southfront.org/volodymyr-zelensky-the-donald-trump-of-ukrainian-politics/ Introduction The parallels between the successor to Poroshenko and the current occupant of the White House are striking. Neither has had significant prior experience with national politics prior to launching a bid for the supreme executive office of their respective countries. Giving credit for Trump, he has had extensive experience in managing large businesses, Zelenskiy has none. Both evaded compulsory military service citing health issues. Each owes his political

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

Haftar Forces Launch Push To Encircle Tripoli

Libyan War Report – Apr. 30, 2019: Haftar Forces Launch Push To Encircle Tripoli The new battle for Tripoli entered its fourth week. Since April 4, when Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar officially announced its Operation Flood of Dignity, the Libyan National Army (LNA) has reached Ayn Zara, but has not been able to capture it and reach the city itself. At the same time, the LNA has gained control of

Russian, Syrian Forces Rain Hell On Idlib Militants

Syrian War Report – Apr. 29, 2019: Russian, Syrian Forces Rain Hell On Idlib Militants ISIS and al-Qaeda have used the recent break in counter-terrorist operations across Syria to re-group and expand their activity. Over the past two weeks, ISIS cells operating in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert carried out several successful attacks on positions and convoys of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies. At least two dozens of

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

Russia 2019+ Military Doctrine

source: https://southfront.org/military-doctrine-of-russia-2019/ Written and produced by SF Team: J.Hawk, Daniel Deiss, Edwin Watson The term “Gerasimov Doctrine”, apparently wholly made up Mark Galeotti who, to his credit, owned up to his mistake, has been used by the Western media to the point of obscuring the real work on developing national security doctrines for Russia’s 21st century needs.  In this work, General Valeriy Gerasimov, Chief of General Staff of the Russian Federation

SF video: What’s behind the growing activity of the US and NATO in the Black Sea

The growing activity of the US and NATO in the Black Sea NATO is preparing a package of measures to counter Russia in the Black Sea region. This package includes the deployment of NATO warships to the Black Sea to guarantee ‘passage’ of Ukrainian ships via the Kerch Strait, U.S. ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison stressed during a press briefing on April 2. Hutchison said that the prepared package

A New Battle For Tripoli: Preconditions and Prospects

https://southfront.org/a-new-battle-for-tripoli-preconditions-and-prospects/ Libya has been in a state of the constant chaos since the NATO intervention in 2011. After the fall of the government of Muammar Gaddafi, the country fell into the hands of warrying armed factions, many of which were linked to radical Islamist groups. Al-Qaeda and then ISIS strengthened and expanded their presence in the country. The erupted humanitarian crisis has never been fully overcome. A high level of

Israeli Strikes On Syria: Weapons, Effect, Consequences

https://southfront.org/israeli-strikes-on-syria-weapons-effect-consequences/ The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) continue their bombing campaign in Syria. In the framework of this campaign, IDF aircraft strike what the Israeli leadership describes as Iranian infrastructure and weapon shipments to Hezbollah and pro-Iranian armed groups. Nonetheless, positions and equipment of the Syrian Armed Forces often appear to be target of Israeli strikes allegedly aimed solely against Iran. In rare cases, when Israel publicly admits strikes in Syria,

US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw From Golan Heights’ Contact Line

Syrian War Report – April 1, 2019: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw From Golan Heights’ Contact Line Over 50 ISIS members were eliminated by strikes of the US-led coalition in the outskirt of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the Euphrates Valley over the past few days, local sources reported. The airstrikes were a part of the operation of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the coalition in the

The Expanding Global Footprint of U.S. Special Operation

The Expanding Global Footprint of U.S. Special Operation   Written and produced by SF Team: Brian Kalman, Daniel Deiss, Edwin Watson This video is based on the text anlysis entitled “The Expanding Global Footprint of U.S. Special Operations“. It was originally released by SouthFront on February 2, 2019. Introduction With the possible U.S. military withdrawal from Syria in the news on a daily basis, the mainstream media has been quick to parrot

Russia Deploys Su-25 Attack Aircraft To Contain Idlib Militants

Syrian War Report – March 18, 2019: Russia Deploys Su-25 Attack Aircraft To Contain Idlib Militants Government forces and the Russian Military Police have kicked off a joint security operation in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus. In particular, the operation targeted Jisreen, Mohammedia, al-Aftaris, al-Nashabiyah and Marj al-Sultan where a notable number of weapons and equipment was abandoned by militants after the defeat suffered from the Syrian Army in

Russian Warplanes Rain Hell On Idlib

Syrian War Report – March 15, 2019: Russian Warplanes Rain Hell On Idlib On March 13, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces delivered a series of airstrikes on infrastructure of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the city of Idlib and in its southeastern countryisde. According to reports, at least 16 strikes hit weapon depots, HQs and a jail belonging to the terrorist group. Opposition sources said that hundreds of prisoners, including

Vectors Of Development Of Russian Military Strategy In Current Conditions

  https://southfront.org/vectors-of-development-of-russian-military-strategy-in-current-conditions/   Originally appeared at Red Star; Translated by J.Hawk exclusively for SouthFront Army General Valeriy Gerasimov, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, spoke at the general assembly of the Academy of Military Sciences The assembly had the format of a military science conference dealing with the development of military strategy in current conditions. The conference was opened by Army General

Israeli Defense Firm Released Video Showing Destruction Of S-400 Radar

Israeli Defense Firm Released Video Showing Destruction Of S-400 Radar The Syrian conflict influences not only the balance of power in the Middle East, but also strategies and military programs of the powers involved. There is no secret that over the past years the Russian Armed Forces have used Syria as a test ground for some of its newest weapons and equipment, from cruise missiles to modern aircraft, and then

Russia’s Zircon Hypersonic Missile Challenges US Naval Dominance

Donate While the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile has not attracted the same level of media attention as the strategic Avangard re-entry vehicle or even the air-launched Kinzhal aeroballistic missile, it nevertheless represents an important advance in military technology and represents the state-of-the-art of Russian technologies. It promises to maintain and even expand Russia’s conventional deterrence through its high guarantee of effective retaliatory capability even against the most advanced anti-air and

U.S. Forces Steal Tons Of Gold Captured By ISIS In Syria, Iraq

Syrian War Report – March 1, 2019: U.S. Forces Steal Tons Of Gold Captured By ISIS In Syria, Iraq US forces are reportedly transferring tons of gold from ISIS-held areas in Syria to the US. According to Kurdish Bas News Agency, the US transferred about 50 tons of gold from areas seized from ISIS in Deir Ezzor province. The report says that the gold was withdrawn from Syria through the

Iran Took Control Of Several US Drones Flying Over Syria, Iraq

Syrian War Report – Feb. 21-22, 2019: Iran Took Control Of Several US Drones Flying Over Syria, Iraq The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have finished their combing operation in the central Syrian desert, the NDF media center said in a statement. According to the released statement, the SAA and the NDF eliminated several ISIS members and seized loads of weapons and equipment in the

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