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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

Israel, U.S. Prepare For Further Attacks On Syria

https://southfront.org/israel-u-s-prepare-for-further-attacks-on-syria/ In 2018, the Syrian war entered into a new phase of the conflict marked by the increased tensions among key powers involved in the standoff. The collapse of ISIS’ self-proclaimed Caliphate, which used to be a main formal enemy of both the US-led bloc and the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance, has sharpened the contrast between the goals of the two sides. The Damascus government, Iran and Russia seek to solve fully

Iran, Turkey, Russia issue joint statement on Syria

TEHRAN, May 15 (MNA) – The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic issued a joint Statement on the International Meeting on Syria in Astana. Following is the full text of the statement: The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the observance

With Russia’s new government Putin transitions from defense to offense

Alexander Khaldey translated by Scott Humor The slew of comments on new appointments to the Cabinet of Ministers of Russia continues. The comments of most analysts are nothing but puzzling. Infamous satirical literary provocateur Kozma Petrovich Prutkov once wrote that any expert resembled a dental abscess, due to its one-sidedness.   In fact, the expert is not a narrow specialist, but someone who understands what is happening far more than

May 8, 2018: Rastan Pocket Deal, Ka-52 Crash

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-8-2018-rastan-pocket-deal-ka-52-crash/ An evacuation of militants and their supporters has started in the Rastan pocket in northern Homs. On May 7, 62 buses carrying out a batch of militants left the area towards the northern town of Jarabulus currently controlled by Turkey and its proxies. A second batch is set to leave the area on May 8. According to local sources, about 3,000 persons are set to be evacuated. Prior to

Syrian War Report – April 30, 2018: Yarmouk Operation, Deir Ezzor Tensions

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-30-2018-yarmouk-operation-deir-ezzor-tensions/   Syrian government forces have liberated the districts of al-Ma’dhaniyah, al-Asali, al-Qadam and al-Jourah in the southern countryside of Damascus from ISIS. Government troops captured all these areas after air and artillery strikes had destroyed all the ISIS defense there. The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that 16 Syrian Army (SAA) troops had been killed in the recent clashes. According to pro-opposition sources, members of Jaish al-Islam, Hayat Tahrir

Russia Considers Delivery Of S-300 Air Defense Systems To Syria

https://southfront.org/russia-considers-delivery-of-s-300-air-defense-systems-to-syria/ Russia may “soon” deliver S-300PMU-2 ‘Favorite’ missile defense systems to Syria, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported on April 23 citing two military diplomatic sources. The S-300PMU-2 ‘Favorite’ is an export version of the Russian S-300 missile defense system. It has the range of 195 km and uses the 48N6E2 missile. This missile can be used against aircraft, cruise missiles, UAVs, theater ballistic missiles, even against intercontinental ballistic missiles. According

April 26, 2018: Russia Shows US Missiles Intercepted In Syria

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-26-2018-russia-shows-us-missiles-intercepted-in-syria/ On April 25, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies established a full control of Eastern Qalamoun following a withdrawal of the last batch of militants from the area. However, the Syrian Defense Ministry still has confirm the control of the region in an official statement. It is important to note that a large number of militants remained in the area in the framework of a reconciliation deal

On sanctions

by Scott Humor On Monday April 16, a well-oiled machine of anti-Russian sanctions experienced a major hiccup. This day the US Treasury promised to announce new sanctions against Russia’s companies and persons, if  the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to be believed. Why would the US Ambassador to the UN do such things as announcing the US Treasury’s plans is everyone’s guess, especially since this Monday, when it

Russia Shows Wreckage Of Trump’s “Smart” Missiles Intercepted In Syria

https://southfront.org/russia-shows-wreckage-of-trumps-smart-missiles-intercepted-in-syria/ UPDATE: According to the April 25 press briefing by the Russian military: – only 22 US, French, British missiles hit their targets; – 46 missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems covering the capital of Syria and Duvali, Dumayr, Blai, and Mazzeh nearby airfields; – a part of the missiles failed to reach their targets by different, apparently technical, reasons.   On April 25, the chief of the

Syrian War Report – April 19, 2018: Journalists Find Boy Filmed In Staged Video Of Chemical Attack In Douma

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-19-2018-journalists-find-boy-filmed-in-staged-video-of-chemial-attack-in-douma/ A group of Russian correspondents led by Evgeny Poddubny has found a boy filmed by the White Helmets in their video showing people “affected” by the alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7. According to Poddubny: 11-year-old Hassan Diab is fine; He suffered no injures from the “chemical attack” because there was no attack (at least then and there); The boy participated in the video for food (rice,

Syrian War Report – April 17, 2018: Syrian Forces Repel More Missile Strikes

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-17-2018-syrian-forces-repel-more-missile-strikes/ Last night, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) repelled another missile attack allegedly carried out by the Israeli military. Missiles were intercepted in two areas: Near Shayrat military airfield in the Homs countryside – 6 missiles were intercepted (according to some sources, 9 missiles) Near Dumair military airfield in the Damascus countryside – 3 missiles were intercepted. According to reports, the SADF also used its S-200 air defense system to launch

US-led Strikes On Syria: PR Victory Or Decisive Failure?

https://southfront.org/us-led-strikes-on-syria-pr-victory-or-decisive-failure/ Early on April 14, the US, the UK and France delivered a massive missile strike on Syria. The attack was publicly justified with accusations that the Syrian government had allegedly been behind the so-called Douma chemical attack on April 7. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis described the strikes as “harder” than the 2017 strikes on Shayrat military airfield. The Pentagon said that the US and its allies had launched

U.S., U.K., France Conduct Massive Missile Strike On Syria: Details

https://southfront.org/u-s-u-k-france-conduct-massive-missile-strike-on-syria-details/ On April 14, the US, the UK and France launched a joint massive strike on Syria justifying their actions with the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma on April 7. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Syrian Air Defense Forces shot down 71 of 103 missiles launched by the US-led bloc. Four missiles were launched at the area of the Damascus International Airport. All missiles were intercepted.

Syrian War Report – April 12, 2018: Russia Starts Exercises Off Syrian Coast, Vows Response To US Strikes

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-12-2018-russia-starts-exercises-off-syrian-coast-vows-reponse-to-us-strikes/ The Russian Navy has launched live-fire exercises off the Syrian coast as the US is still preparing for a possible military action against the country’s government. The Russian exercises will be held from April 11 to April 26, the period when, according to some experts, the US strike will be most likely if the administration of US President Donald Trump decides to attack Syria. On April 10, Russia’s envoy

Ukraine v. Russia: Passage through Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov

by Scott Humor On 15th September 2016, Ukraine has instituted arbitration proceedings against the Russian Federation under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (“UNCLOS”) to vindicate its rights as the coastal state in maritime zones adjacent to Crimea in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait. According to the Permanent Court of Arbitration website the case is still pending:  Dispute Concerning Coastal State

Ukraine’s state piracy and the Sea of Azov development

by Scott Humor “Ukraine will detain all the ships travelling to and out of Crimea without Kiev’s consent, ” said Ukrainian Border Service Spokesman Oleg Slobodyan commenting on the arrest of Russia’s Nord, a fishing boat from Kerch. Claiming that the Kiev regime is in the “legal framework,” he said that Ukraine will continue hijacking vessels of other nationalities and kidnapping people on board of those vessel and imprison those

Syrian War Report – April 4, 2018: Fresh “U.S. Casualties” In Syria

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-4-2018-fresh-u-s-casualties-in-syria/ On April 3, another convoy of militants and their families departed the district of Douma in Eastern Ghouta under the agreement with the government. According to the Syrian state-run news agency SANA, the convoy consisted of 24 buses, included 1198 militants and their families, and was set to move to the northern part of Aleppo province, which is controlled by Turkish forces. On April 4, another batch of militants

Syrian War Report – April 2, 2018: Militants Start Their Withdrawal From Key Town Of Douma

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-2-2018-militants-start-their-withdrawal-from-key-town-of-douma/ On March 31, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies established a full control over the southern part of the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta after units of Faylaq al-Rahman and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) had fully withdrawn from the area. The Russian Center for Reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria revealed that a total of 41,126 militants and their family members had left the

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