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Turkey will keep military presence in Syria: DM

Published 2020-03-12 23:09:07 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar asserted that the nation’s troops will stay in the Syrian Idlib province, and rejected any withdrawal. He noted that the armed forces will hold their positions inside Syrian territory just across the Turkish-Syrian border. He added that Turkish forces will monitor the ceasefire regime in the province and vowed to intervene if the Syrian Army violates it, without clarifying whether Ankara would respond to the violations on the local militants’ side. “Our forces have been ordered to act accordingly if the cease-fire is violated and attacks continue. Everyone is ready at any moment […] We… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Jihadists clash with Turkish-backed militants in northern Idlib

Published 2020-03-12 22:15:09 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – A group of Turkish-backed militants clashed with jihadists from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in the Idlib Governorate city of Sarmada near the Turkish border. According to local reports, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham militants clashed with members of a Turkish-backed rebel faction, resulting in light arms exchange in Sarmada. The reason for the clashes is not clear at this time; however, some opposition activists reported that the infighting took place after HTS arrested a resident of Sarmada. This is the second report of infighting between militant factions in northern Syria, with the previous clashes reported in the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Trump green lights US military response to attacks in Iraq

Published 2020-03-12 21:41:45 by News Desk in Iraq, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that President Donald Trump has given the Pentagon the power to respond to an attack by factions involved in yesterday’s rocket fire on the Taji Base that resulted in the death of three people. Reuters quoted U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper as saying on Thursday that President Donald Trump had given the Defense Department the authority to respond to an attack by factions on Wednesday that killed two Americans and and one British soldier. “I spoke to the president. He gave me the authority to do what we should… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Trump

Russian military conducts patrols along Aleppo-Damascus Highway: video

Published 2020-03-12 21:17:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Russian military has begun conducting hourly patrols along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5), following the agreement made between President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on March 5th. Under the agreement, the Russian and Turkish armed forces would conduct joint patrols along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway and the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4). According to the latest reports from the Idlib front, Russian military vehicles conducted a number of patrols along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway on Thursday, as the latter has increased their presence in the governorate. In a video released by RT Arabic, the Russian… Read on ->

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Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Saraqib, Syria

Assad has won the war but has no legitimacy: ex-CIA director

Published 2020-03-12 21:00:22 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – In article penned on OZY, ex-CIA director John McLaughlin argues that Syria is reaching its end game after nine years of conflict between multiple parties, including the government and opposition factions. According to the author, “Syria’s Assad has won — at least military,” pointing to the fact that the Syrian Armed Forces have managed to retake most of the country. “Of the regional leaders who inspired violent domestic protests, Assad is the only one left in power (aside from the Bahrain monarchy that survived a brief protest with Saudi protection),” the author argues, adding that… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Syria

Syrian Army takes control of several areas in Idlib

Published 2020-03-12 17:41:14 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has entered a number of settlements in southern Idlib on Thursday, taking control of these areas after the implementation of the Moscow agreement. According to reports from this front, the Syrian Arab Army entered a number of sites in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region that were front-line areas and considered “no man’s land” prior to taking control of them on Thursday. The Syrian Arab Army is currently securing these areas near the key town of Kafr Nabl in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. While hostilities have decreased significantly over… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Syrian Army discovers militant prison and court in western Aleppo

Published 2020-03-12 17:25:53 by News Desk in Syria

The Syrian military have discovered a prison and a court, where terrorists sentenced locals to death for even the smallest of infringements in the town of Al Qasimiyah in Aleppo province. The prison was located in a former ice cream factory. “This was their prison. There are several cells — both big and small. Even women and children were imprisoned here, a total of 500 people,” a Syrian serviceman named Hadjar told Russian journalists. Syrian government troops take control of 28 settlements west and north of Aleppo – agency The place is littered with prisoners’ belongings and jumpsuits of those… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria

Russia slams Israel over recent attacks in Syria

Published 2020-03-12 17:11:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Russian Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova denounced the arbitrary Israeli airstrikes in Syria, claiming that they are contributing to heightening tensions in the region. “Israel’s continued unilateral aerial bombardment of Syrian territory is a violation of the sovereignty of the neighboring Arab countries and a cause for concern,” Zakharova said in a briefing. According to Zakharova, “the last attack by an Israeli aircraft on March 5, used Lebanese airspace, killed a Syrian soldier and wounded more than 10 others.” “We believe that such arbitrary actions undermine regional security and contribute to increased tensions,” she… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Russia, Syria

Syria will recover after oil fields are retaken from US: ambassador

Published 2020-03-12 14:25:34 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Ambassador to Russia, Riyad Haddad, said on Thursday that the United States of America controls all the Syrian oil fields in the northeastern part of the country. Haddad’s comments came during an interview on the channel “Russia 24”, in which he considered that liberating these oil areas from the U.S. forces might contribute to reviving the Syrian economy and improving conditions in the country. Haddad told the channel: “The Americans today are already in the northeastern part of the country, controlling all the oil fields there and stealing our oil resources. If we… Read on ->

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Tags: Hasakah, Russia, Syria

New video shows suspected US warplanes attacking Iraqi and Iranian forces in Syria

Published 2020-03-12 12:26:54 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq, Syria

Footage, depicting an alleged air raid in Syria appeared on social media. The short and shaky video shows some explosions in the distance and suggests that bombs detonated in the night. The clip, however, does not allow a precise conclusion about the region and the circumstances of the alleged air attack. https://twitter.com/AmichaiStein1/status/1237850633346019332?s=20 ​There has been no official statement issued by any actor regarding the video. The Wednesday attack on Iraqi military installations hosting US troops was reportedly the deadliest in several years and comes after a series of shelling assaults targeting US troops across Iraq as well as the US embassy in Baghdad. The… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, Syria

Militant sleeper cell carries out new attack against Syrian Army in Daraa

Published 2020-03-12 12:16:40 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 P.M.) – A militant sleeper cell carried out a surprise attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Dara’a countryside on Thursday, a field report from the governorate read this morning. According to the report, a group of militants ambushed a Syrian Arab Army checkpoint inside the town of Da’el, north of the provincial capital. The militants spread their attack to some other security barriers in Da’el, prompting the Syrian Arab Army to reinforce the area in order to avoid similar attacks. The attack itself reportedly lasted for a half hour before the militants, who were… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, Syria

Israel plans ahead for future war along Lebanese border

Published 2020-03-12 12:04:02 by News Desk in Lebanon, Middleeast

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – According to the Israel-based Channel 20 network, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are planning ahead for a future war along the Lebanese border. The Channel 20 report said Israel’s “Operation Northern Shield” has led to several new developments along the Lebanese border. The network reported that the Israeli military, in coordination with the Israeli Home Front, is preparing to open shelters to strengthen the northern region, and defend settlers in that area, especially near the Lebanese border. They explained that the Israeli army in January 2019, in coordination with the Ministry of Defense, came up… Read on ->

Tags: Israel, Lebanon

Assad-Erdogan meeting is ‘not possible’ with Turkey in Syria: Shaaban

Published 2020-03-12 11:36:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – The media and political adviser to the Syrian President, Buthaina Shaaban, said in an interview with Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV that it is “not possible” to hold a meeting between Bashar Al-Assad and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “It is not possible to hold a summit meeting between President Assad and Erdogan, while Turkey occupies Syrian territories,” Shaaban said. On the other hand, the Syrian presidential adviser said: “We will liberate Idlib, defeat terrorism from all of Syria, and strengthen sovereignty in all regions.” “What we aspire is to liberate Idlib from terrorism and for the… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Shaaban, Syria

Several areas in Idlib to be handed over to Syrian Army: report

Published 2020-03-12 11:20:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Syrian newspaper Al-Watan revealed that the Syrian Arab Army is adhering to the truce for the success of Moscow’s efforts to implement the Russian-Turkish agreement. Private sources stated to the Syrian newspaper “Al-Watan” that the Turkish army continues to bring more soldiers and military vehicles to its headquarters in Idlib. According to Al-Watan, however, several areas in the Idlib Governorate will be handed over to the Syrian Arab Army in order to ensure the safety of the region south of the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia). The Al-Watan sources added:”The remaining enclave in the possession of… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Turkey announces consensus with Russia on Idlib: MoD

Published 2020-03-12 11:08:44 by News Desk in Syria

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Russian and Turkish experts involved in talks in Ankara have largely reached a consensus on the Idlib issue, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday. “Talks with a Russian military delegation continue. A consensus has largely been reached,” he said, as cited by the Anadolu news agency. On March 10, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey would patrol areas north of Syria’s M4 highway and Russia would carry out patrol missions south of it. Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey agreed at their Moscow talks on March 5 that a ceasefire would… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

US brings missile defense system to Iraq amid growing tensions with Iran

Published 2020-03-12 09:59:52 by News Desk in Iran, Iraq

The US is moving air defense systems into Iraq to defend against ballistic missile and drone threats, the head of US Central Command said Tuesday. When Iran bombarded two US bases earlier this year, there were no anti-air defenses to halt the attack, and dozens of US troops were injured. However, Baghdad has made clear it wants US forces out. Two months after 16 Iranian ballistic missiles struck the US’ Ayn al-Asad Air Base in Western Iraq, the US is finally preparing to move air defense systems into the country. The redeployment has required careful negotiation with Baghdad, as the… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Iraq, US

Russian-Turkish agreement allows Syrian Army to retake Ariha, Jisr Al-Shughour: adviser

Published 2020-03-12 09:41:19 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – In an interview with Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV, the political and media adviser to the Syrian presidency, Buthaina Sha’aban, said that the recent agreement between the Russian and Turkish presidents in Moscow paves way for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to retake several areas in the Idlib Governorate. According to the presidential adviser, the Moscow agreement allows for the Syrian Arab Army to take hold of the strategic cities of Ariha and Jisr Al-Shughour, which are currently under the control of both the jihadist rebels and Turkish-backed militants. While the Moscow agreement did call for a… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

US bombs Hashd Al-Shaabi base along Syrian border

Published 2020-03-12 08:50:56 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.) – The U.S. Air Force reportedly carried out a number of airstrikes over a Hashd Al-Shaabi base in the western countryside of the Al-Anbar Governorate last night. According to reports, the U.S. Air Force targeted the Hashd Al-Shaabi base in the town of Al-Khurai, which is located near the Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor. In addition to the strikes in Iraq, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported airstrikes in the eastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate, most notably near the border city of Albukamal. The city of Albukamal has a large presence of Iraqi… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, Syria, US

US coalition forces come under attack in Iraq, 3 killed: video

Published 2020-03-12 08:28:38 by News Desk in Iraq

A video, reportedly depicting a rocket attack against the Camp Taji base in Iraq, has been published by Aurora Intel. The footage, which has not been officially confirmed, shows projectiles illuminating the night sky, while the distant sound of the strikes can be heard. The attack, allegedly shown in the video, occurred on Wednesday, resulting in the deaths of at least three personnel, also leaving 12 others wounded. The coalition noted that about 18 107-millimetre Katyusha rockets were used in the strike. https://twitter.com/AuroraIntel/status/1237795101184872448?s=20 ​According to preliminary reports, the victims are American and British citizens, however, their identity will remain unknown until their families have… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, US

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