Tag "Syria"

Syrian War Report – March 21, 2018: Three Chemical Weapons Attacks Are Prevented

Three attempts by militants to use chemical weapons in Syria were prevented last week, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on March 20. “Despite attempts by militants to disrupt peace initiatives in East Ghouta, we are negotiating with the leaders of the armed groups in order to stop fighting and prevent a humanitarian disaster,“ Shoigu said adding that a humanitarian operation in the area is ongoing. The Defense Minister also

Syrian War Report – March 19, 2018: Eastern Ghouta Battle Enters Final Phase, Afrin Falls

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-march-19-2018-eastern-ghouta-battle-enters-final-phase-afrin-falls/ On March 18, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) established full control over the city of Afrin. The city had been the main stronghold of the YPG in northeastern Syria. However, the YPG had withdrawn from it almost without fighting. A notable part of civilians had also fled to the government-held area in the province of Aleppo. According to Turkish sources, the TAF and

Syrian War Report – March 16, 2018: Army Evacuated Over 12,500 Civilians From Eastern Ghouta

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-march-16-2018-army-evacuated-over-12500-civilians-from-eastern-ghouta/ On March 15, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies liberated the village of Hamuriyah in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta from members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and Faylaq al-Rahman. The liberation of Hamuriyah allowed the SAA to open a new humanitarian corridor there. Over 12,500 civilians were evacuated from Hamuriyah and nearby areas. Additionally, the SAA once again

Syrian War Report – March 15, 2018: Militant Advance In Northern Hama Ends In Failure

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-march-15-2018-militant-advance-northern-hama-ends-failure/ On March 14, ten so-called “moderate opposition” groups launched a large-scale attack on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northern Hama and captured the villages of al-Hamamiyat and Karnaz. According to a released statement, the attack was dubbed “Wrath of Ghouta” and aimed at assisting militants suffering setbacks in battle against the SAA in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta. Later, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham also announced via

Syrian War Report – March 14, 2018: Government Forces Liberate Key Area In Southern Damascus

  https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-march-14-2018-government-forces-liberate-key-area-in-southern-damascus/ On March 13, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) entered the area of al-Qadam in southern Damascus after local militants had been evacuated from it. Militants had been forced to sign an evacuation agreement with Damascus after ISIS units operating in the Yarmouk Camp had mostly overrun their defenses. ISIS launched an attack on al-Qadam seeking to capture the area before it could be fully secured by the SAA.

Syrian War Report – March 13, 2018: US Officially Threatens To Strike Syrian Army

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-march-13-2018-us-officially-threatens-to-strike-syrian-army/ On March 12, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley actually threatened that the US will strike Syrian government forces if they don’t halt their operation against terrorists in Eastern Ghouta. “We also warn any nation that is determined to impose its will through chemical attacks and inhuman suffering, most especially the outlaw Syrian regime, the United States remains prepared to act if we must,” Haley said. The US

Syrian War Report – March 12, 2018: Militants’ Defense Collapsed In Eastern Ghouta

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-march-12-2018-militants-defense-collapsed-in-eastern-ghouta/ Last weekend a defense of militant groups operating in Eastern Ghouta collapsed under pressure of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies and the militant-held pocket was cut off into two separate parts. Government forces liberated the town of Madiera, almost isolated the neighborhood of Harasta, captured farms near Jisrin and attacked Atfris. The area of Douma is controlled by Jaish al-Islam with help of some units of

Syrian War Report – March 8, 2018: Syrian Army Liberates Key Town, Advances Further In East Ghouta

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-march-8-2018-syrian-army-liberates-key-town-advances-further-in-east-ghouta/ The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies liberated the town of Bayt Siwa, the Tank Base around Hawsh al-Ash’ari and imposed fire control over the town of Misraba in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta on March 7. Next day, the SAA advanced further on militant positions in Misraba where clashes erupted. If Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and its allies lose this town,

Syrian War Report – March 6, 2018: Militants Retreat Under Syrian Army Pressure In Eastern Ghouta

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-march-6-2018-militants-retreat-under-syrian-army-pressure-in-eastern-ghouta/ The Syrian Arab Army, the Tiger Forces and their allies have advanced on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and other militant groups in the areas of Harasta, Hawsh Ashari, Bayt Siwwa in the Eastern Ghouta region. Government forces have also entered the area of Rayhan, but have not been able to secure it yet. Meanwhile, the US-led block, the mainstream media and pro-militant sources are developing

Syrian War Report – March 5, 2018: Tiger Forces Liberate Large Area From Militants In East Ghouta

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-march-5-2018-tiger-forces-liberate-large-area-from-militants-in-east-ghouta/ Last weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces, the 4th Armorued Division and other pro-government units delivered a devastating blow to the defense of militant groups in the eastern part of the Eastern Ghouta region, near Damascus. Government forces liberated al-Shaffoniya, Beit Nayem, al-Rayhanah, al-Muhammadiyah and other points and deployed within about 3.5 km of dividing the militant-held area into two separate parts. Jaish al-Islam, Hayat Tahrir

Syrian War Report – March 1, 2018: Syrian Army Overruns Militant Defenses In Eastern Ghouta

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-march-1-2018-syrian-army-overruns-militant-defenses-in-eastern-ghouta/ Afrin, Eastern Ghouta and the militant-held part of the province of Idlib remain the two key hot points in Syria. In Eastern Ghouta, government forces have fully liberated the town of Hawsh al-Dawahirah and the al- Shaffoniya roundabout and the Al-Bashoura Air Defense Base from Jaish al-Islam. Intense fighting was also reported  in the neighborhood of Harasta where army troops had advanced on positions of Ahrar al-Sham and Hayat

Syrian War Report – February 28, 2018: US Reportedly Strikes Govt Forces, Syrian Army Responds

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-february-28-2018-us-reportedly-strikes-govt-forces-syrian-army-responds/ Early on February 27, reports appeared that aircraft of the US-led coalition had carried out strikes on government forces at the village of Salhiya in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to pro-government sources, the SAA responded by launching anti-aircraft missiles at the aircraft attacking their positions. Later on the same day, reports appeared about sporadic clashes near the CONOCO gas plant between troops of the Syrian Arab Army

Syrian War Report – February 27, 2018: Turkey Gains Control Of Border Strip Inside Afrin

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-february-27-2018-turkey-gains-control-of-border-strip-inside-afrin/ On February 26, The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army linked the TAF-held area in western Aleppo and southwestern Afrin after they had captured the village of Anqalah and nearby points from the Kurdish YPG. On the same day, the TAF’s general staff said that 2,059 so-called ‘terrorists’ had been neutralized in Operation Olive Branch. Meanwhile, reports appeared that the YPG is ready to hand over

Syrian War Report – February 23, 2018: Syrian Army Enters YPG-held Part Of Aleppo, Turkey Strikes Convoy Entering Afrin

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-february-23-2018-syrian-army-enters-ypg-held-part-of-aleppo-turkey-strikes-convoy-entering-afrin/ On February 22, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) entered into and established a full control of the YPG-held neighborhoods of Aleppo city, according to pro-government sources. A representative of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) confirmed the SAA deployment to the Kurdish HAWAR news agency. According to the released statement, YPG units from the city of Aleppo had moved to the Afrin area to combat Turkish forces.

Syrian War Report – February 22, 2018: Russia Moves Its Advanced Su-57 Stealth Fighters Into Syria

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-february-22-2018-russia-moves-its-advanced-su-57-stealth-fighters-into-syria/ On February 21, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the villages of Qara Baba, Kirbet Siluki and Vergan from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin area. Clashes between Turkish forces and the YPG were also reported in Arab Wiran. On the same day, the second column of government forces reportedly entered the YPG-held part of Afrin under an alleged agreement

Syrian War Report – February 21, 2018: Government Forces Entered Afrin

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-february-21-2018-government-forces-entered-afrin/ Over the last few days, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army have captured over a dozen villages from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin area. A complicated situation on the frontlines forced the YPG to at least temporarily forget “the US is our only ally” mantra and to start implementing what local sources describe as a Damascus-YPG deal that will allow

Syrian War Report – February 20, 2018: Turkey Threatens To Strike Syrian Army

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-february-20-2018-turkey-threatens-to-strike-syrian-army/ The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continue preparations for a ground operation against militants in Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta. Now, government forces and warplanes target fortified positions, HQs and weapon depots belonging to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham and their allies. Pro-militant sources and the mainstream media have already started a propaganda campaign targeting the SAA as the only side responsible for civilian casualties in the area. Various

Syrian War Report – February 16, 2018: Turkish Forces Capture Large Area In Afrin

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-february-16-2018-turkish-forces-capture-large-area-in-afrin/ On February 15, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) achieved a major breakthrough in their battle against Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces in the area of Afrin. The TAF and the FSA captured the villages of Karri, Sharbanli, Kamrash, Shadia, Khara Suluq, Jaqla Tahtani, Durakili and Diwan al-Fawqani. The YPG counter-attacked in Sirinjak and Duraqli but failed to achieve any progress. Pro-Turkish sources say that over

U.S. Strikes And ‘Scores’ Of Killed ‘Russian Fighters’ In Syria

https://southfront.org/u-s-strikes-and-scores-of-killed-russian-fighters-in-syria/ Mainstream media outlets and social media are full of reports that on February 7th hundreds of Russian private military contractors (PMCs) died in US-led coalition airstrikes on pro-government forces in the province of Deir Ezzor. Various sources provide different numbers, but one of the most popular versions is that between 100 and 600 PMCs were killed. So, what is going on? On February 8, the US-led coalition released a

Syrian War Report – February 13, 2018: Israel Deploys New Anti-Missile Systems Near Syria

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-february-13-2018-israel-deploys-new-anti-missile-systems-near-syria/ Clashes were reported between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and local militants, mostly Hayat Tahrir al-Sham members, in the Rastan pocket on February 12 and February 13. SAA units allegedly entered  the area of Maqsam al-Humrat and took control of most of it. Pro-government sources speculated that these clashes indicate an upcoming large-scale operation in the area. While the Rastan pocket remains a point of instability, it is unlikely