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May 22, 2018 Damascus Is Secured, Daraa Is Next

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-22-2018-damascus-is-secured-daraa-is-next/ Late on May 21, Russian air defense systems, allegedly a Pantsir-S short to medium range system, launched at least four missiles at “unidentified” targets over the Khmeimim air base in Syria, according to local sources. Later, the Russian military revealed that one unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had been shot down. No damage or casualties occurred as a result of the incident. A similar incident took place on April 24

May 21, 2018 Syrian Army Liberates Southern Damascus As ISIS Withdraws

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-21-2018-syrian-army-liberates-southern-damascus-as-isis-withdraws/ The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are about to re-establish full control of the southern Damascus countryside. The SAA has already liberated the entire district of al-Hajar al-Aswad and the rest of the area from ISIS. On May 19, the SAA and the remaining ISIS militants reached a temporary ceasefire in the area. On May 20, a number of buses entered the area hinting that ISIS was

May 17, 2018: Army Liberates Rastan Pocket, Advances In Southern Damascus

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-17-2018-army-liberates-rastan-pocket-advances-in-southern-damascus/ The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have captured most of ISIS positions in the northern part of the al-Hajar al-Aswad district in southern Damascus. The ISIS defense collapsed following a successful attack by the SAA on the al-Quds Mosque. At the same time, the Syrian Air Force has carried out more strikes on ISIS positions in al-Hajar al-Aswad and in the Yarmouk refugee camp. The ISIS-linked news

Israel, U.S. Prepare For Further Attacks On Syria

https://southfront.org/israel-u-s-prepare-for-further-attacks-on-syria/ In 2018, the Syrian war entered into a new phase of the conflict marked by the increased tensions among key powers involved in the standoff. The collapse of ISIS’ self-proclaimed Caliphate, which used to be a main formal enemy of both the US-led bloc and the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance, has sharpened the contrast between the goals of the two sides. The Damascus government, Iran and Russia seek to solve fully

Syrian War Report – May 16, 2018: Syrian Army Liberates Dozens Of Villages In Rastan Pocket

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-16-2018-syrian-army-liberates-dozens-of-villages-in-rastan-pocket/ Syrian forces have re-established control of the area east of the M5 highway in the Rastan pocket in northern Homs now that militants have withdrawn from the area. According to pro-government sources, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are now in control of over 30 settlements located there. At the same time, the evacuation of militants from the pocket is still ongoing. On May 15, 73 buses

Syrian War Report – May 15, 2018: Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Fuels Syria Crisis

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-15-2018-palestinian-israeli-conflict-fuels-syria-crisis/ At least 59 Palestinian protesters were killed and 2,771 were injured by Israeli forces near the so-called security fence in the Gaza Strip during the May 14 demonstrations denouncing the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Various sources provide conflicting numbers of people involved in the protests, but all of them agrees that there were at least 35,000-40,000 people at the security fence and in the nearby area.

Ukraine Escalation: Regional Security Threats And Global Chessboard

https://southfront.org/regional-security-threats-and-global-chessboard/ The situation in Eastern Ukraine may undergo a dramatic transformation due to the end of the so-called “anti-terrorist operation” (ATO) on April 30, and the subsequent “reformatting” of military operations in Eastern Ukraine, which could spell either an escalation or, rather to the contrary, the resumption of the peace process that has been moribund since the second round of Minsk Accords signed in the early months of 2015. US

May 8, 2018: Rastan Pocket Deal, Ka-52 Crash

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-8-2018-rastan-pocket-deal-ka-52-crash/ An evacuation of militants and their supporters has started in the Rastan pocket in northern Homs. On May 7, 62 buses carrying out a batch of militants left the area towards the northern town of Jarabulus currently controlled by Turkey and its proxies. A second batch is set to leave the area on May 8. According to local sources, about 3,000 persons are set to be evacuated. Prior to

Syrian War Report – May 7, 2018: Syrian Army Delivers Devastating Blow To ISIS In Southern Damascus

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-7-2018-syrian-army-delivers-devastating-blow-to-isis-in-damascus-countryside/ ISIS’ defense is rapidly collapsing in southern Damascus under a pressure from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies. Last weekend, government forces liberated the southern part of the al-Hajar al-Aswad district from ISIS terrorists and made a few important gains in the northern part of the district, including a local power station and the nearby points. By May 7, the SAA and its allies have stormed northern

Syrian War Report – May 3, 2018: Syrian Army Storming ISIS-held Yarmouk Camp

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-3-2018-syrian-army-storms-isis-held-yarmouk-camp/ In southern Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army and its allies have made important advances over the last few days entering the northern part of the Yarmouk refugee camp area and a farm area west of al-Hajar al-Aswad. According to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, 20 Syrian Army soldiers have been killed in the recent clashes in al-Hajar al-Aswad. Government troops have also started entering the eastern part of the

Restoring Strategic Balance: Russia’s ‘Invincible’ Nuclear Weapons

https://southfront.org/restoring-strategic-balance-russias-invincible-nuclear-weapons/ On March 1, 2018, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin made his most important speech probably since the time of the 2007 Muenchen Conference. If 11 years ago he declared that Russia would not allow disrupting the strategic balance and losing great power status, in 2018 it was proven this has not happened and would not happen in the foreseeable future. During his speech, Russia’s president introduced 6 high-tech weapons systems which

Syrian War Report – April 30, 2018: Yarmouk Operation, Deir Ezzor Tensions

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-30-2018-yarmouk-operation-deir-ezzor-tensions/   Syrian government forces have liberated the districts of al-Ma’dhaniyah, al-Asali, al-Qadam and al-Jourah in the southern countryside of Damascus from ISIS. Government troops captured all these areas after air and artillery strikes had destroyed all the ISIS defense there. The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that 16 Syrian Army (SAA) troops had been killed in the recent clashes. According to pro-opposition sources, members of Jaish al-Islam, Hayat Tahrir

Russia Considers Delivery Of S-300 Air Defense Systems To Syria

https://southfront.org/russia-considers-delivery-of-s-300-air-defense-systems-to-syria/ Russia may “soon” deliver S-300PMU-2 ‘Favorite’ missile defense systems to Syria, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported on April 23 citing two military diplomatic sources. The S-300PMU-2 ‘Favorite’ is an export version of the Russian S-300 missile defense system. It has the range of 195 km and uses the 48N6E2 missile. This missile can be used against aircraft, cruise missiles, UAVs, theater ballistic missiles, even against intercontinental ballistic missiles. According

April 26, 2018: Russia Shows US Missiles Intercepted In Syria

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-26-2018-russia-shows-us-missiles-intercepted-in-syria/ On April 25, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies established a full control of Eastern Qalamoun following a withdrawal of the last batch of militants from the area. However, the Syrian Defense Ministry still has confirm the control of the region in an official statement. It is important to note that a large number of militants remained in the area in the framework of a reconciliation deal

Syrian War Report – April 25, 2018: Russia Repels Drone Attack On Its Air Base In Syria

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-25-2018-russia-repels-drone-attack-on-its-air-base-in-syria/ On the evening of April 24, Russian forces repelled an attack by armed drones on their Hmeimim airbase in the province of Latakia. According to the reports, Russian Pantsir-S1 air defense systems shot down two drones armed with projectiles before they were able to attack the base. Some sources added that the airbase had also come under rocket attack. However, these rocket were also intercepted. Later the Russian Defense

Russia Shows Wreckage Of Trump’s “Smart” Missiles Intercepted In Syria

https://southfront.org/russia-shows-wreckage-of-trumps-smart-missiles-intercepted-in-syria/ UPDATE: According to the April 25 press briefing by the Russian military: – only 22 US, French, British missiles hit their targets; – 46 missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems covering the capital of Syria and Duvali, Dumayr, Blai, and Mazzeh nearby airfields; – a part of the missiles failed to reach their targets by different, apparently technical, reasons.   On April 25, the chief of the

Syrian War Report – April 24, 2018: US Builds New Base, Prepares For Next Phase Of Conflict

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-24-2018-us-builds-new-base-prepares-for-next-phase-of-conflict/ On April 23, according to local sources, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) destroyed an artillery piece of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) with a guided missile near the town of al-Kawm in southern Syria. The IDF confirmed the reports and justified their move by saying that a mortar shell originating from Syria had fallen in the Israeli-held area. On the same day, the SAA repelled three separate attacks by

Syrian War Report – April 23, 2018: Militant-Held Pockets Crumbling In Western Syria

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-23-2018-militant-held-pockets-crumbling-in-western-syria/ Syrian government forces are developing an advance against ISIS in the Yarmouk refugee camp area in southern Damascus. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have liberated the al-Mujahedeen mosque reaching the Taqadom district and captured a major part of the Zain district. This area is the last militant-held pocket near Damascus. If it’s liberated, the Syrian capital will be fully secured. According to pro-government sources, the sides

Syrian War Report – April 20, 2018: Operations In Southern Damascus, Eastern Qalamoun

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-20-2018-operations-in-southern-damascus-eastern-qalamoun/ On April 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies supported by warplanes of the Syrian Air Force launched a military operation against ISIS in the Yarmouk refugee camp and the al-Hajar al-Aswad district in southern Damascus. The SAA also involved artillery guns and rocket launchers to support the attack. The development came after negotiations on a possible withdrawal of ISIS members from the area to the eastern

Syrian War Report – April 19, 2018: Journalists Find Boy Filmed In Staged Video Of Chemical Attack In Douma

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-19-2018-journalists-find-boy-filmed-in-staged-video-of-chemial-attack-in-douma/ A group of Russian correspondents led by Evgeny Poddubny has found a boy filmed by the White Helmets in their video showing people “affected” by the alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7. According to Poddubny: 11-year-old Hassan Diab is fine; He suffered no injures from the “chemical attack” because there was no attack (at least then and there); The boy participated in the video for food (rice,

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