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Syrian War Report – January 16, 2018: Syrian Army Repelling HTS and ISIS Attacks In Eastern Idlib

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-january-16-2018-syrian-army-repelling-hts-and-isis-attacks-in-eastern-idlib/ The situation in estern Idlib is rapidly becoming more and more complicated for government forces as both ISIS and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) are simultaneously pressuring the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies. On January 15, ISIS captured a dozen villages southwest of the Abu al-Duhur airbase and conducted several hit and run attacks on government troops in the areas of Uwayjat Qana and Rasm Khushuf. Separately, clashes

Syrian War Report – January 15, 2018: Syrian Army Liberates Dozens Villages In Southwestern Aleppo

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-january-15-2018-syrian-army-liberates-dozens-villages-in-southwestern-aleppo/ Russian forces eliminated a group of militants, which conducted the mortar attack on Hmeimim airbase on December 31, 2017, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on January 12. Russian forces used the 2K25 Krasnopol 152 mm laser-guided artillery munition to eliminate the group, according to the ministry. The ministry added that the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) uncovered a fixed-wing drone assembly and storage workshop in Idlib province. The workshop

Syrian War Report – January 12, 2018: Militants’ Counter-Attack In Southern Idlib Ends In Disaster

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-january-12-2018-militants-counter-attack-in-southern-idlib-ends-in-disaster/ On January 11, so-called “moderate opposition” groups operating in Idlib declared an official start of the operation to assist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in its effort to counter the ongoing advance of government forces in the area of Abu al-Duhur. Faylaq al-Sham, Nour al-Din al-Zenki, Jaish al-Nasr, Jaish al-Nukhba, Ahrar al-Sham, the Turkistan Islamic Party, the Free Syrian Army’s 2nd Army were

Syrian War Report – January 11, 2018: Syrian Army Launches Final Push To Capture Abu al-Duhur

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-january-11-2018-syrian-army-launches-final-push-to-capture-abu-al-duhur/ On January 11, the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) launched a final push to recapture the strategic Abu al-Duhur Airbase from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in southern Idlib. Government forces reached the airbase on January 10 after capturing the villages of al-Baiyaiyah, al-Dabshiyah, Zafr Sagheer, Zafr Kabeer, Bayaa Kabeera, Bayaa Sagheera, Um jorah, al-Buwyti, Rasm Ayed and Um Jareen. Since then, intense

Syrian War Report – January 9, 2018: Russian Forces Disrupted Drone Attack By Militants On Its Bases

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-january-9-2018-russian-forces-disrupted-drone-attack-by-militants-on-its-bases/ On January 8 and 9, government forces re-captured over a dozen villages in southern Idlib, including Zifr Kabir, Zifr Saghir, Harmala, Burtuqanah, Ajjaz and Jahman from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda). In total, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies have liberated over 400km2 in southern Idlib since the start of 2018. On January 8, the Turkistan Islamic Party

Syrian War Report – January 8, 2018: Syrian Army Liberates Large Area, Key Town In Southern Idlib

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-january-8-2018-syrian-army-liberates-large-area-key-town-in-southern-idlib/ Last weekend, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s defense collapsed in southern Idlib. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Tiger Forces liberated the important town of Sinjar and the nearby villages including al-Nasiriyah, Jabal al-Kafi, Lubaida, Hawa, Sheikh Barakeh, Umm Mweilat, Tell Amara, Rasm Saaed, Kafrayya and Mutawassitah. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) did little to defend its positions in the area but released a statement accusing

Syrian War Report – January 5, 2018: Militants Retreat From More Villages In Southern Idlib

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-january-5-2018-militants-retreat-from-more-villages-in-southern-idlib/ On January 4, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, captured the villages of Rsm al-Abid, al-Fhail, Rubaida, Msheirfeh, al-Qasr al-Abyad, Rabeeah Musa, Haqiyah and Umm Rjaim Hill in southeastern Idlib. According to pro-government sources, at least 7 militants were killed and a vehicle was destroyed during the SAA advance. On the same day, the Sham Legion reportedly destroyed a

Syrian War Report – January 4, 2018: Russian Forces Suffer Casualties In Khmeimim Shelling

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-january-4-2018-russian-forces-suffer-casualties-in-khmeimim-shelling/ The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Tiger Forces and other pro-government factions, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, have achieved a notable progress against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in southern Idlib. Government troops have liberated the villages of Rajmel Mashraf, Umm Sehrij, Dreibiyeh, Mashrafat al Khanazir, Ard az-Zurzur, Sham al-Hawa, Umm al-Khalakhil, Qulayat at Tuwaybah and Niha

Syrian War Report – December 29, 2017: Militant Defense Collapses Near Abu Dali

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-29-2017-militant-defense-collapses-near-abu-dali/ On December 28, government forces liberated the villages of Ad Dajaj, Tamat al-Khalifah and Mushayrifah and reached the southern vicinity of the militant-held village of Abu Dali. Abu Dali is controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and is one of the key militant defense points in the area. If Abu Dali falls into the hands of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the

Syrian-Iraqi War Report – December 20, 2017: Iran Deploys Reinforcemenst On Syrian-Iraqi Border

https://southfront.org/syrian-iraqi-war-report-december-20-2017-iran-deploys-reinforcemenst-on-syrian-iraqi-border/ Syrian government forces have continued to develop momentum in southern Idlib and liberated Tal Afghar from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda). Previously, government troops established control over Ruwaydah, Tall Khinzir, Zafaria, Shutaib and other points in the area. According to local sources, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is now regrouping its forces and preparing to attack government forces in southern Idlib and southern Aleppo. Iranian-backed

Syrian War Report – December 19, 2017: Syrian Army Advances In Southern Idlib

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-19-2017-syrian-army-advances-in-southern-idlib/ On December 18, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) liberated the village of Ruwaydah in southern Idlib from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda). According to pro-opposition sources, the SAA and the NDF were able to take control of the village thanks only to massive air and artillery strikes in the area. The advance followed a series of gains made by

Syrian-Iraqi War Report – December 15, 2017: Syrian Army Tightens Siege On Beit Jinn Pocket

https://southfront.org/syrian-iraqi-war-report-december-15-2017-syrian-army-tightens-siege-on-beit-jinn-pocket/ The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have deployed a notable force for an operation against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the province of Idlib. According to pro-government sources, the operation will involve the SAA, the Tiger Forces, the National Defense Forces (NDF), the 4th Armoured Division, the 8th Armored Division and the 11th Armored Division. In the first stage, the

Syrian War Report – December 14, 2017: Syrian Army Prepares For Idlib Operation

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-14-2017-syrian-army-prepares-for-idlib-operation/ The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces have established control over the hilltops of al-Ahmar, al-Madjahan and al-Khazzan inside the Beit Jinn pocket in southern Syria. Thus, the SAA and the NDF are about to divide the Beit Jinn pocket into two separate parts. If this is done, the liberation of Mughr al-Meer by government troops will be just a matter of time. The SAA and

Syrian War Report – December 13, 2017: Trump Declares Victory Over ISIS

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-13-2017-trump-declares-victory-isis/ On December 12, ISIS conducted a surprise attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on the western bank of the Euphrates in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to reports, members of ISIS entered the villages of al-Jalaa, Saiyal, Salihiyah, Mujawdah, Abbas and al-Harsa. Clashes in the area continued on December 13. According to pro-government sources, ISIS was not able to develop the initial success and will be forced

Syrian War Report – December 12, 2017: Govt Forces Liberated 67,000km2 Over 7 Months

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-12-2017-govt-forces-liberated-67000km2-over-7-months/ Over 1,000 localities, 78 oil and gas fields and two deposits of phosphate ores have been liberated in Syria over the past 227 days, commander of Russia’s military group in Syria Colonel-General Sergey Surovikin has told Russian President Vladimir Putin during this visit to the Khmeimim airbase on December 12. In total, the area of 67,000 square kilometers has been liberated. Col. Gen. Surovikin added that Russian warplanes have

Syrian War Report – December 11, 2017: Putin Orders Withdrawal Of Russian Forces From Syria

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-11-2017-putin-orders-withdrawal-of-russian-forces-from-syria/ On December 10, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah launched a military operation in order to clear the desert area in eastern Syria from ISIS. According to pro-government sources, the SAA and Hezbollah liberated about 2,000 km in the area between the T2 pumping station and the city of al-Mayadin during the first day of the operation. The US-led coalition believes that about 3,000 ISIS members remains in

Palestine-Syria War Report – December 8, 2017: Jerusalem Standoff

https://southfront.org/palestine-syria-war-report-december-8-2017-jerusalem-standoff/ On December 7, the Palestinian al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades fired several rockets at the Israeli settlements of Hof Ashkelon and Sha’ar HaNegev north of the Gaza Strip. The group said in a statement that this was only the first response to the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and said that more actions will follow. The Israeli Defense Forces said that a battle tank and a warplane

Syrian War Report – December 7, 2017: Iran-Lebanon Land Route

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-7-2017-iran-lebanon-land-route/ On December 6, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces, Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias liberated al-Alwai, Sayyal, Ghabrah, Tall Madkok, Hawi al-Ghabrah, al-Ashayir and Bissisat from ISIS and established a full control over the highway between the cities of Deir Ezzor and al-Bukamal in eastern Syria. The rest of ISIS members had reportedly withdrawn from the Euphrates Valley to Syria’s Homs desert or the desert area in western

Syrian War Report – December 6, 2017: Tiger Forces Reached Al-Bukamal

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-6-2017-tiger-forces-reached-al-bukamal/ If you’re able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldn’t be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront On December 5, Syrian government forces liberated the villages of Jalaa, Ramadi and Buq in the province of Deir Ezzor. On the same day, six Russian Tu-22M3 strategic bombers carried out a massive strike on ISIS positions near al-Sayyal destroying weapons depots, strong points

Geopolitical Standoff In Post-ISIS Middle East

https://southfront.org/war-yemen-geopolitical-standoff-middle-east/ If you’re able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldn’t be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront As the ISIS terrorist group is collapsing in Syria and Iraq, the competition among powers involved in the conflict increases. In March, Moscow and Astana become the main centers of the diplomatic activity with top leaders from Israel, Turkey,

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