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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

Syrian War Report – January 22, 2018: Abu al-Duhur Liberation, Operation Olive Branch

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-january-22-2018-abu-al-duhur-liberation-operation-olive-branch/ On January 20, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) officially launched a military operation in the area of Afrin and started conducting massive artillery and airstrikes on positions of Kurdish militias there. “‘Operation Olive Branch’ has been started on Jan. 20, 2018 at 5 p.m., in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region to establish security and stability on our borders and region, to eliminate terrorists of PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh [ISIS], and to

Syrian War Report – January 19, 2018: Syrian Troops Almost Closed Eastern Idlib Pocket

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-january-19-2018-syrian-troops-almost-closed-eastern-idlib-pocket/ On January 18, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Iranian-backed militias liberated the village of Qaytal fom Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) in southern Aleppo and almost closed the eastern Idlib pocket. Late on the same day, ISIS reportedly captured thirty villages, including Rasm al-Dhaba, al-Muwaylah, abu Ajwa, Muakar Shamali, Huma, Najm Al-Zuhur, Umm Qurun and Rasm Arira, in northeastern Hama and southwestern Aleppo from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham

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 – November 23, 2017: Syrian Army Liberates Dozen Villages In Euphrates Valley

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-23-2017-syrian-army-liberates-dozen-villages-in-euphrates-valley/ 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 Syrian government forces have liberated a large area from ISIS on the western bank of the Euphrates. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces have captured the villages of Ajrama, al-Safsafah, Ksu Umm Saba, al-Jahlah, al-Dwair, Wadi Abu Jasim, Surat al-Kshma, Subaykhan, Gharbiyah, Suwaydan

Syria War Report – October 13, 2017: Turkish Troops And Vehicles Entered Idlib

https://southfront.org/syria-war-report-october-13-2017-turkish-troops-and-vehicles-entered-idlib/ 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 Late on October 12, the Turkish Army started deploying troops and vehicles in Syria’s Idlib province. According to reports, at least 30 Turkish vehicles entered Idlib via the Atme border crossing and deployed in an area between it and Darat Izza town. Some sources

Syrian War Report – September 22, 2017: US-backed Forces Push For Syrian Oil

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-september-22-2017-us-backed-forces-push-for-syrian-oil/ 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 Early on Friday, the Israeli Air Force struck a target in the Damascus International Airport, according to pro-opposition sources and the Israeli media. There are no details about the damage caused by airstrikes. Pro-Israeli sources claim that the Israeli Air Force targeted a

Europe, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and Turkey’s future

by Thomas Bargatzky An opinion article published on 14 June 2017 in Turkish online newspaper Hürriyet Daily News, makes a strong case for a rapprochement between Turkey and the EU. According to the author, political problems with the EU notwithstanding, bilateral economic and commercial relations are on the rise. In addition, not only the economy plays an important role. A rapprochement should be also in Turkey‘s interests with regard to

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