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Adventures Of Idlib Hipsters. American Waterloo In Khirbat Amu

https://southfront.org/adventures-of-idlib-hipsters-american-waterloo-in-khirbat-amu/ In Turkey, it is by now a good tradition to threaten Syria with a war every time when luckless Idlib rebels suffer another military defeat from the Syrian Army. This week was no exception. Recept Tayip Erdogan spearheaded the choir of threats on February 12 by repeating that the Syrians should withdraw from all the areas (in told over 2,000km2) retaken from the opposition. He vowed to “hit regime

Syrian Army Captured Saraqib. Netanyahu ‘N Erdogan To The Rescue

https://southfront.org/syrian-army-captured-saraqib-netanyahu-n-erdogan-to-the-rescue/ In Greater Idlib the defences of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other favorites of the foreign powers supporting ‘Syrian democracy’ are collapsing. On February 5, the Syrian Army, supported by Russian airpower, took control of a number of villages in southeastern Idlib and southwestern Aleppo including Resafa, al-Dhahabiyah, Ajlas, Talafih and Judiydat Talafih. They besieged a Turkish observation post established near Tal Toqan and reached another one, near al-Sheikh Mansur.

The Last White Helmet Of Idlib

https://southfront.org/the-last-white-helmet-of-idlib/ Israeli media are celebrating. Asghar Bashpour, a top commander in Iran’s Quds Force who was close to its assassinated leader, Qassem Soleimani, has reportedly died in battle in Syria. Bashpour, who was overseeing Iranian operations in Aleppo, was killed at the forefront of clashes against “opposition forces” on February 3, reports said. Israel has long been on the side of ISIS and al-Qaeda freedom fighters battling the oppressive Assad

Assad Is Destroying Last Seedlings Of Idlib Democracy

https://southfront.org/assad-is-destroying-last-seedlings-of-idlib-democracy/ The bloody Assad regime is threatening the last seedlings of democracy planted by Mr. al-Julani and his foreign backers in the Syrian province of Idlib. On February 3, regime forces attacked peaceful al-Qaeda activists in the villages of Nay-rab, Tor-naba, and cut off the M4 highway west Saraqib. Idlib and Saraqib are well-known strongholds of tolerance and diversity, where vetted members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the Turkistan Islamic Party,

Turkish Forces Suffer Casualties In Syrian Army Attack On Idlib

Human Shields: Turkish Forces Suffer Casualties In Syrian Army Attack On Idlib Turkey and the United States are employing active diplomatic, media and even limited military measures to contain the Syrian Army offensive against terrorists in Greater Idlib. On January 31, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened the Damascus government with a military action if the Syrian Army does not stop its anti-terrorism operation in Idlib. The official Turkish rhetoric says

Offensive Operations In Southern Idlib Resumed

Syrian War Report – January 15-17, 2020: Offensive Operations In Southern Idlib Resumed Late on January 15, pro-government forces, led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division, resumed their offensive operations in Greater Idlib. Since then, they have taken control of several villages including Barsah, Nouhiya, Tell Khatrah, and Khirbat Dawud, west of the Abu al-Duhur airbase. The airbase liberated in January 2018 became a useful foothold for army units

Putin and Erdogan hold joint press conference in Sochi

Press statement following Russian-Turkish talks http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/61876 President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, We thank the President of Turkey for accepting our offer made during a recent telephone conversation, and today he and representatives of his delegation arrived in Sochi to discuss the developments in the Syrian Arab Republic, including in the northeast, beyond the Euphrates. Mr Erdogan gave a detailed explanation of the goals of the Turkish military operation along the Syrian border. We have noted many times that we understand Turkey’s desire to take measures that would guarantee its

Turkish Operation Peace Spring In Northeastern Syria, Explained

https://southfront.org/turkish-operation-peace-spring-in-northeastern-syria-explained/ Turkey officially announced that it had launched a military operation in northeastern Syria. Over the past years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other representatives of the country’s leadership have repeatedly announced this idea. However, this time promises were turned into reality. On October 6, the administration of US President Donald Trump released a statement saying that Turkey will soon carry out its “long-planned operation” into northern Syria. According

SDF Seeks Cooperation With ‘Bloody Assad’ Against Turkey

Syrian War Report – October 9, 2019: SDF Seeks Cooperation With ‘Bloody Assad’ Against Turkey The withdrawal of US troops from the Turkish border has caused a kind of panic among the leadership of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which mostly consist of Kurdish militias. On October 7, the group already speculated that the Syrian Army is preparing to capture the town of Manbij taking an upper hand of the

The Saker interviews Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi

[this interview was made for the Unz Review] Introduction: first, several friends recently suggested that that I should interview Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi; then I read this most interesting text on Moon of Alabama and I decided to ask Professor Marandi to share his views of the current situation in Iran, the Persian Gulf the rest of the Middle-East who very kindly agreed to reply to my question in spite

Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks On Syria

Syrian War Report – June 3, 2019: Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks On Syria Overnight on June 2, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a missile strike on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) targets in the  southern part of the country. According to the IDF, the missiles hit 2 artillery batteries, observation and intelligence posts and an SA-2 (S-75 Dvina) aerial defense battery. The IDF says that the strike was conducted

Hama Ceasefire Initiative Failed. Clashes Ongoing

Syrian War Report – May 20, 2019: Hama Ceasefire Initiative Failed. Clashes Ongoing On May 17 and May 18, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) intercepted several unidentified aerial objects over Damascus and the southern part of the country. In both cases, the intercepted targets came from the southern Syria border, near the contact line with Israel. Some sources speculated that the SADF was repelling Israeli strikes. However, no explosions

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

Interview: Russian Ambassador in Lebanon on Axis of Resistance

Translated by Dmitry for The Saker Blog http://www.mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/international_safety/regprla/-/asset_publisher/YCxLFJnKuD1W/content/id/3571159 Interview of the Ambassador of Russia in Lebanon A.Zasypkin to the Novaya Gazeta, published on March 15, 2019 Question: Now representatives of Russia on various occasions are talking about the need to facilitate the return of refugees. Lebanon is one of the most involved countries in this problem, with 1.5 million refugees concentrated here. Would you tell us how the process is

Syrian Military Sends Reinforcements To Fight ISIS In Central Desert

Syrian War Report – April 3, 2019: Syrian Military Sends Reinforcements To Fight ISIS In Central Desert Over the past few days, the Syrian military has deployed a new batch of reinforcements to the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert following a recent series of ISIS attacks in the area. ISIS cells operating in the desert in central Syria pose a serious security threat to the government-controlled area conducting attacks on checkpoints of

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

How Syria Won The Revolution; The Jihadi Factor

By Ghassan and Intibah Kadi The “War on Syria” has had many unintended twists and turns that were unforeseeable at the time it began. The plotters had no reason to believe they were going to lose, and the defenders had no option other than doing all they could and risk and sacrifice all that was dear and precious. However, as frontlines are now being redrawn in Syria in preparation for

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Gets Control Of Key Roads In Northwestern Syria

Syrian War Report – Feb. 1, 2019: Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Gets Control Of Key Roads In Northwestern Syria This week, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) has blocked all roads linking the Idlib de-escalation zone with the northern Aleppo countryside, including the Turkish-occupied area of Afrin. The two main blocked roads were Atme-Deir Ballut and Deir Samaan-al-Ghazzawiyya. Therefore, the goods transportation and other traffic are now under direct control of

Al-Qaeda Defeats Another Turkish-backed ‘Opposition’ Group

Syrian War Report – Jan. 10, 2019: Al-Qaeda Defeats Another Turkish-backed ‘Opposition’ Group On January 9, Ahrar al-Sham groups in northwestern Hama surrendered and dissolved themselves under pressure from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), according to local sources. Thus, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) imposed full control over the towns of al-Ankawi and Habit. Ahrar al-Sham is the core of a Turkish-backed coalition of militant

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