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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suburb of Eastern Ghouta after units of Faylaq al-Rahman and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) had fully withdrawn from the area.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

Syrian War Report – March 23, 2018: Militants To Withdraw From More Areas In Eastern Ghouta

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-march-23-2018-militants-to-withdraw-from-more-areas-in-eastern-ghouta/ On March 22, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the villages of Baay, Basufan, Kafr Nabu and Burj Haydar south of the city of Afrin from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). According to unconfirmed reports, the TAF’s artillery even shelled positions some of the Syrian Arab Army north of the city of Aleppo. Since the fall of Afrin on March 18, the

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 However, the YPG had withdrawn from it almost without fighting.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 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 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 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 – 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 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 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

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

Syrian War Report – February 8, 2018: US-led Coalition Struck Syrian Army In Deir Ezzor

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-february-8-2018-us-led-coalition-struck-syrian-army-deir-ezzor/ On February 7, the US-led coalition carried out several airstrikes on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the province of Deir Ezzor. The coalition claimed that the SAA had “initiated an unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] headquarters”, added that “coalition service members” were co-located with SDF fighters during the attack and described the strikes as a self-defense act. According to local sources, the US

Syrian War Report – February 6, 2018: YPG Sends Large Force To Combat Turkish Army In Afrin

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-february-6-2018-ypg-sends-large-force-to-combat-turkish-army-in-afrin/ A large convoy of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS) was filmed in the city Afrin overnight on February 6. The convoy reportedly consisted of over 100 vehicles, including buses. According to various sources, the total number of YPG/YBS fighters in the convoy was between 1,500 and 5,000, most likely the real number is about 2,000. This force will definitely participate in the ongoing

Syrian War Report – February 5, 2018: Su-25 Shootdown Marks New Round Of Escalation In Idlib

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-february-5-2018-su-25-shootdown-marks-new-round-of-escalation-in-idlib/ On February 3, militants shot down a Su-25 warplane of the Russian Aerospace Forces with a man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD) over the village of Khan al-Sabil southwest of the city of Saraqib in the province of Idlib. Originally, Jaysh al-Nasr, a militant group that had been supplied with US-made TOW anti—tank missiles, claimed that its members had downed the warplane. Later, the media wing of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly

Syrian War Report – February 2, 2018: Militants’ Defense Collapsed In Eastern Idlib

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-february-2-2018-militants-defense-collapsed-in-eastern-idlib/ The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the town of Bulbul as well as the villages of Ali Kar, Za’ra and al-Ham from Kurdish YPG forces in the area of Afrin. According to pro-Turkish sources, over 24 YPG members were killed in the recent clashes. Pro-Kurdish sources claim that 20 members of Turkey-led forces were killed. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said that

Syrian War Report – January 29, 2018: Turkish Forces Capture Key Mountain In Afrin

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-january-29-2018-turkish-forces-capture-key-mountain-in-afrin/ The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA) used their advantage over Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces in the area of Afrin and captured Bursaya Mount, Qastal Jundu and Yazibagh. Additionally, the TAF and the TFSA entered the area of Kevire Kerr Mountain where an intense fighting was reported. On other fronts, the YPG/YPJ was able to repel attacks by Turkish forces. The Turkish General Staff released

Syrian War Report – January 26, 2018: Turkey Threatens To Attack Manbij

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-january-26-2018-turkey-threatens-to-attack-manbij/ On January 25, ISIS units attacked positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the villages of Kishmah and Ghuraybah in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, ISIS killed several army soldiers and destroyed two battle tanks with anti-tank guided missiles. However, the terrorist group did not overrun the SAA defense and was forced to retreat. According to the Syrian state-run media, 25

Syrian War Report – January 25, 2018: Syrian Army Prepares To Clear Abu al-Duhur Pocket

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-january-25-2018-syrian-army-prepares-to-clear-abu-al-duhur-pocket/ The Syrian military is deploying reinforcements to northern Hama and eastern Idlib reportedly preparing to launch a military operation to clear the militant-held pocket there. According to pro-government sources, additional units of Liwa al-Quds and the Qalamoun Shield Forces have already been deployed there. The liberation of the pocket will allow the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies to eliminate the ISIS threat in the area and to

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