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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

SDF Seeks Cooperation With ‘Bloody Assad’ Against Turkey

Syrian War Report – October 9, 2019: SDF Seeks Cooperation With ‘Bloody Assad’ Against Turkey The withdrawal of US troops from the Turkish border has caused a kind of panic among the leadership of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which mostly consist of Kurdish militias. On October 7, the group already speculated that the Syrian Army is preparing to capture the town of Manbij taking an upper hand of the

The Saker interviews Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi

[this interview was made for the Unz Review] Introduction: first, several friends recently suggested that that I should interview Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi; then I read this most interesting text on Moon of Alabama and I decided to ask Professor Marandi to share his views of the current situation in Iran, the Persian Gulf the rest of the Middle-East who very kindly agreed to reply to my question in spite

Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks On Syria

Syrian War Report – June 3, 2019: Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks On Syria Overnight on June 2, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a missile strike on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) targets in the  southern part of the country. According to the IDF, the missiles hit 2 artillery batteries, observation and intelligence posts and an SA-2 (S-75 Dvina) aerial defense battery. The IDF says that the strike was conducted

Hama Ceasefire Initiative Failed. Clashes Ongoing

Syrian War Report – May 20, 2019: Hama Ceasefire Initiative Failed. Clashes Ongoing On May 17 and May 18, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) intercepted several unidentified aerial objects over Damascus and the southern part of the country. In both cases, the intercepted targets came from the southern Syria border, near the contact line with Israel. Some sources speculated that the SADF was repelling Israeli strikes. However, no explosions

Russian, Syrian Forces Rain Hell On Idlib Militants

Syrian War Report – Apr. 29, 2019: Russian, Syrian Forces Rain Hell On Idlib Militants ISIS and al-Qaeda have used the recent break in counter-terrorist operations across Syria to re-group and expand their activity. Over the past two weeks, ISIS cells operating in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert carried out several successful attacks on positions and convoys of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies. At least two dozens of

Chemical Weapons Warehouse Exploded In Western Aleppo

Syrian War Report – Apr. 22, 2019: Chemical Weapons Warehouse Exploded In Western Aleppo https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-apr-22-2019-chemical-weapons-warehouse-exploded-in-western-aleppo/ A supposed chemical weapons warehouse of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nursa) near city of al-Atarib in western Aleppo exploded on April 20. According to pro-government sources, the warehouse was one of the sites where militants were arming rockets and shells with toxic materials. Members of the notorious propaganda organization “White Helmets” reportedly recovered the

Interview: Russian Ambassador in Lebanon on Axis of Resistance

Translated by Dmitry for The Saker Blog http://www.mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/international_safety/regprla/-/asset_publisher/YCxLFJnKuD1W/content/id/3571159 Interview of the Ambassador of Russia in Lebanon A.Zasypkin to the Novaya Gazeta, published on March 15, 2019 Question: Now representatives of Russia on various occasions are talking about the need to facilitate the return of refugees. Lebanon is one of the most involved countries in this problem, with 1.5 million refugees concentrated here. Would you tell us how the process is

Syrian Military Sends Reinforcements To Fight ISIS In Central Desert

Syrian War Report – April 3, 2019: Syrian Military Sends Reinforcements To Fight ISIS In Central Desert Over the past few days, the Syrian military has deployed a new batch of reinforcements to the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert following a recent series of ISIS attacks in the area. ISIS cells operating in the desert in central Syria pose a serious security threat to the government-controlled area conducting attacks on checkpoints of

U.S. Forces Steal Tons Of Gold Captured By ISIS In Syria, Iraq

Syrian War Report – March 1, 2019: U.S. Forces Steal Tons Of Gold Captured By ISIS In Syria, Iraq US forces are reportedly transferring tons of gold from ISIS-held areas in Syria to the US. According to Kurdish Bas News Agency, the US transferred about 50 tons of gold from areas seized from ISIS in Deir Ezzor province. The report says that the gold was withdrawn from Syria through the

How Syria Won The Revolution; The Jihadi Factor

By Ghassan and Intibah Kadi The “War on Syria” has had many unintended twists and turns that were unforeseeable at the time it began. The plotters had no reason to believe they were going to lose, and the defenders had no option other than doing all they could and risk and sacrifice all that was dear and precious. However, as frontlines are now being redrawn in Syria in preparation for

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Gets Control Of Key Roads In Northwestern Syria

Syrian War Report – Feb. 1, 2019: Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Gets Control Of Key Roads In Northwestern Syria This week, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) has blocked all roads linking the Idlib de-escalation zone with the northern Aleppo countryside, including the Turkish-occupied area of Afrin. The two main blocked roads were Atme-Deir Ballut and Deir Samaan-al-Ghazzawiyya. Therefore, the goods transportation and other traffic are now under direct control of

Al-Qaeda Defeats Another Turkish-backed ‘Opposition’ Group

Syrian War Report – Jan. 10, 2019: Al-Qaeda Defeats Another Turkish-backed ‘Opposition’ Group On January 9, Ahrar al-Sham groups in northwestern Hama surrendered and dissolved themselves under pressure from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), according to local sources. Thus, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) imposed full control over the towns of al-Ankawi and Habit. Ahrar al-Sham is the core of a Turkish-backed coalition of militant

Russian Military – Govt. Forces, Militia Retook 96.5% Of Syria

Syrian War Report – Dec. 12, 2018: Russian Military – Govt. Forces, Militia Retook 96.5% Of Syria 1,411 residential areas have been liberated from ISIS terrorists since the start of the Russian military operation in Syria, Head of the Russian National Defense Management Center Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev said on December 11, during a joint meeting of the interdepartmental coordination of the Russian and Syrian headquarters for the return of

U.S. Officially Accuses Assad, Russia Of Staging Chemical Attack In Aleppo

Syrian War Report – Dec. 10, 2018: U.S. Officially Accuses Assad, Russia Of Staging Chemical Attack In Aleppo On December 7, the US State Department finally released an official statement on the November 24 chemical attack, which hit the government-controlled city of Aleppo injuring over 100 people. However, instead of condemning terrorist groups, which used chemical weapons, the State Department accused the Assad government and the Russians of gassing Aleppo

Syrian Forces Eliminate Unidentified Aerial Objects Near Damacus. Israel Denies Reports On Its Warplane Shootdown

https://southfront.org/syrian-forces-eliminate-unidentified-aerial-objects-near-damacus-israel-denies-reports-on-its-warplane-shootdown/ Last night, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) shot down several unidentified aerial objects over the district of al-Kiswah south of Damascus, according to the state-run media. Local sources told SouthFront that the SADF had also engaged targets over Damascus and Quneitra. The recently supplied S-300 air defense system was not employed. Pro-Israeli and pro-militant sources claimed that the Israeli Air Force had successfully destroyed multiple “Iranian” targets near

Syrian War Report – Nov. 29, 2018: US Is Establishing ‘Observation Posts’ On Syrian-Turkish Border

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-nov-29-2018-us-is-establishing-observation-posts-on-syrian-turkish-border/ On November 28, Russian air-defense forces deployed intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the Russian Hmeimim airbase in the province of Lattakia, according to local sources. The intercepted UAV was probably an armed UAV launched by militants in a fresh attempt to attack Russian personnel and aircraft deployed at Hmeimim. The resumption of UAV attacks on Russian facilities in Syria is another sign of the wanng

Turkey Attacks Own Proxies In Syria, Netanyahu Names Himself Defense Minister

  https://southfront.org/turkey-attacks-own-proxies-in-syria-netanyahu-names-himself-defense-minister/ From November 18 to November 20, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) carried out a military operation against their own proxies in the region of Afrin. The TAF attacked and partially disarmed a group of about 200 members of the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Gathering and its allied groups. The Hamza Division, the Sultan Murad Division, the al-Sham Corps and the 3rd Corps participated in the operation on the side of

Nov. 19, 2018: Government Forces Crushed ISIS-held Pocket In Southern Syria

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-nov-19-2018-government-forces-crushed-isis-held-pocket-in-southern-syria/ On November 17th, the Syrian Army (SAA) and its allies regained control of al-Safa after the collapse of ISIS defense in the area. An SAA source told SouthFront that heavy rain had destroyed most of the fortifications and hideouts of the terrorist group during the last few days. The remaining terrorists fled towards the eastern Homs desert. The state news agency SANA confirmed that the SAA had made significant

Nov. 16, 2018: U.S. Exposes Assad’s ‘Evil Plan’ To Hurl Middle East Into Chaos

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-nov-16-2018-u-s-exposes-assads-evil-plan-to-hurl-middle-east-into-chaos/ On November 15, US Ambassador to Syria James Jeffrey exposed an evil plan of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to create ISIS and to hurl the Middle East, particularly Syria and Iraq, into chaos. “We also think that you cannot have an enduring defeat of ISIS until you have fundamental change in the Syrian regime and fundamental change in Iran’s role in Syria, which contributed greatly to the rise of

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