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Thousands Turkish Proxy Fighters Flood Into Libya Amid Berlin Peace Talks

https://southfront.org/thousands-turkish-proxy-fighters-flood-into-libya-amid-berlin-peace-talks/ Turkey is increasing its military involvement in the Libyan conflict. After officially sending its military advisers and officers to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Turkey set up air defense systems near Mitiga Airport. The airport hosts warplanes of the GNA Air Force, and Turkish-supplied Bayraktar TB2 combat drones. According to photos and videos available online, the deployed Turkish systems included the MIM-23 Hawk, the ACV-30 Korkut

Underwhelming Turkish Invasion Of Libya

https://southfront.org/underwhelming-turkish-invasion-of-libya/ In early 2020, Libya became one of the main hot points in the Greater Middle East with stakes raised by Turkey’s decision to launch a military operation there. On January 5, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey had sent troops to Libya to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). No Turkish soldiers will reportedly participate in direct fighting. Instead, they will create an operation center and

Syrian Army’s Creeping Offensive On Idlib. Neverending Ceasefires Explained

https://southfront.org/syrian-armys-creeping-offensive-on-idlib-never-ending-ceasefires-explained/ A new ceasefire in the Greater Idlib region of northwestern Syria started on January 12, at 00:01 local time. The ceasefire, once again brokered by Turkey and Russia, followed a series of successful advances by pro-government forces in southern Idlib. Just a few hours after start of the ceasefire, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly the official branch of al-Qaeda in Syria) and its supposedly ‘moderate’ counterparts shelled Aleppo city, targeting

How And Why Iran Shot Down Ukrainian Boeing

On January 10, SouthFront released a video entitled “What’s Behind Boeing Crash In Iran” on the January 8 airliner crash near Tehran. This video was produced because the Iranian side released new facts and details regarding the incident. https://southfront.org/how-and-why-iran-shot-down-ukrainian-boeing/   The Iran Air Defense Forces brought down the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 (Flight PS752) near Tehran due to “a human error”, the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces

Military And Political Trends Of 2019 That Will Shape 2020

https://southfront.org/military-and-political-trends-of-2019-that-will-shape-2020/ In the year 2019 the world was marked with a number of emerging and developing crises. The threat of terrorism, conflicts in the Middle East, expanding instability in South America, never-ending military, political and humanitarian crises in Africa and Asia, expansion of NATO, insecurity inside the European Union, sanction wars and sharpening conflicts between key international players. One more factor that shaped the international situation throughout the year was

Turkey Boosts Military Presence In Northeast

Syrian War Report – December 13, 2019: Turkey Boosts Military Presence In Northeast Members of al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham repelled a Syrian Army attack on the area of al-Katibat al-Mahjura in southern Idlib on December 12. A day earlier militants captured this area and repelled a first Syrian Army attempt to regain it. Pro-militant sources claim that at least 25 soldiers were killed in the clashes. It’s interesting to note

Syrian Army Developing Advance In Southern Idlib

Syrian War Report – November 25, 2019: Syrian Army Developing Advance In Southern Idlib Tensions are heating up around the militant-held parts of Idlib and Aleppo provinces. On November 22, the Syrian Army conducted a wide-scale missile strike on militants’ positions in western Aleppo. According to pro-militant sources, at least 15 improvised rocket-assisted munitions were employed. 2 large weapon depots belonging to radicals were targeted. The strike came in response

Lessons From Qaddafi Learned: Aerial Bridge to Syria

by Vasily Kolosov Translated by Leo. Source: https://e-news.su/mnenie-i-analitika/306358-uroki-kaddafi-vyucheny-vozdushnyy-most-v-siriyu.html November 18, 2019 – One of the reasons for the destruction of the Libyan state and the death of Colonel Qaddafi himself was the desire to sit “on two chairs”, the desire to get support and guarantees not only from Russia, but also from the West. Therefore, when there was a real threat to Libya and its leadership, Qaddafi hesitated for a

Kurdish Radicals Try To Burn Russian-Turkish Patrol

Syrian War Report – November 19, 2019: Kurdish Radicals Try To Burn Russian-Turkish Patrol Kurdish provocateurs have tried to burn a Typhoon MRAP vehicle of the Russian Military Police and a Kirpi MRAP vehicle of the Turkish Army in northern Syria. The incident happened during a joint Russian-Turkish patrol, which was conducted in the framework of the safe zone agreement reached between Ankara and Moscow. Russian and Turkish forces once

‘Withdrawing’ US Troops Setting Up New Military Bases

Syrian War Report – November 4, 2019: ‘Withdrawing’ US Troops Setting Up New Military Bases The Syrian Army and Turkish-led forces are strengthening their positions on a contact line in northeastern Syria. A large convoy of Syrian Army reinforcements deployed in the towns of Abu Rasin and Umm Harmalah south of Ras al-Ayn. The convoy included T-72 battle tanks, BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles, Gvozdika self-propelled 122 mm howitzer and BM-21

US Forces Kill al-Baghdadi In Ovenight Raid On Idlib Province

Syrian War Report – October 28, 2019: US Forces Kill al-Baghdadi In Ovenight Raid On Idlib Province   U.S. Special Operations forces eliminated ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a nighttime raid into northwestern Syria on October 26, President Donald Trump officially announced. According to the President, Baghdadi died with his 3 young children after activating his suicide vest. Baghdadi’s body was mutilated by the blast. However, Trump said, “test

Syrian Army Entering Kobani And Raqqa

Syrian War Report – October 17, 2019: Syrian Army Entering Kobani And Raqqa On October 16, units of the Syrian Army entered the city of Raqqah for the first time since 2014. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has controlled the city since 2017, when they with help from the United States seized it from ISIS. The Syrian Army reportedly established several observation posts in the area and continued deployment

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

October 2, 2019: Houthis Deliver Devastating Blow To Saudi Arabia

Yemen War Report – October 2, 2019: Houthis Deliver Devastating Blow To Saudi Arabi In late September, Yemen’s Houthis carried out a large-scale operation against Saudi-led forces on the border with the southern Saudi province of Narjan. According to a spokesperson for the Armed Forces of the Houthi Government, the Houthis fully defeated at least 3 brigades of Saudi-backed forces. The Yemeni force killed 500 personnel, injured 2,000 others, destroyed

Gulf War Report: Houthi Strikes Shut Down Half Of Saudi Arabia Oil Production

https://southfront.org/gulf-war-report-houthi-strikes-shut-down-half-of-saudi-arabia-oil-production/ Saudi Arabia continues to suffer consequences of its unsuccessful invasion of Yemen. On September 14, the Armed Forces of the Houthi government carried out a successful strike on facilities of Saudi Arabia’s oil giant Saudi Aramco in Buqayq and Khurais. In an official statement, a spokesperson for the Houthis, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, said that the attack, dubbed Operation Deterrent Balance 2, was a response to the Saudi aggression.

Color Revolution Comes To Hong Kong

https://southfront.org/color-revolution-comes-to-hong-kong/   Written and produced by SF Team: J.Hawk, Daniel Deiss, Edwin Watson; The Hong Kong protests represent a major challenge not only to the authorities of Hong Kong itself, but also to Beijing, due to both their protracted nature and a high level of organization resembling the Kiev Maidan of 2013/14. The Hong Kong rioters have gone so far as to produce and disseminate a veritable urban warfare manual describing in

Mighty Israeli Army Abandoned Military Facility After Hezbollah ATGM Strike

https://southfront.org/war-report-mighty-israeli-army-abandoned-military-facility-after-hezbollah-atgm-strike/ The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) abandoned their military facility at Avivim in Upper Galilee, which had been targeted by Hezbollah anti-tank guided missile strike. According to a released video, IDF troops left behind at least 2 pieces of military equipment and multiple personal possessions, including ammunition. The escalation at the Lebanese-Israeli contact line happened on September 1 after IDF shelled unidentified targets at Shebaa Farms. After the incident, Prime

Militants’ Attack In Eastern Idlib Ends In Disaster

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-august-29-2019-militants-attack-in-eastern-idlib-ends-in-disaster/ On August 27, joint forces of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other militant groups launched an attack on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the town of Abu Dali in southern Idlib. Clashes between the SAA and militants erupted in the villages of Tal Maraq, Salmuia, Jaduia, Sham Al-Hawa and Abi Omar. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham employed at least one suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device. Nonetheless, they were

Syrian Army Reached Khan Shaykhun

Syrian War Report – August 14, 2019: Syrian Army Reached Khan Shaykhun Government forces are developing their advance in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone. The Syrian military has deployed a new batch of reinforcements, including battle tanks from the 4th Armoured Division, to the frontline. According to pro-government sources, these reinforcements will take part in the ongoing Syrian Army offensive in northwestern Hama and southern Idlib. On

Army Makes Fresh Gains In Battle For Northern Hama

Syrian War Report – August 8, 2019: Army Makes Fresh Gains In Battle For Northern Hama On the morning of August 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces advanced on positions of radical militants in northwestern Hama. During the day, units of the SAA and the Tiger Forces liberated the villages of Arbeen and al-Zakah. Government troops also cut off the supply line between the militant-held towns

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