March 3, 2019 - ISIS teen's Dutch husband seeks return to Netherlands19/02/2019 - ISIS bride Shamima Begum faces move from UK Home Office to revoke citizenship, says family's lawyer
ISIS bride Shamima Begum faces move from UK Home Office to revoke citizenship, says family's lawyer
ISIS teen's Dutch husband seeks return to Netherlands
The Dutch husband of Shamima Begum, a British-born teenager who fled to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), wants to live with her in the Netherlands, he said in an interview out Sunday (March 3) from detention in Syria.
Yago Riedijk, who is being held in a Kurdish-run detention centre in northeast Syria, married Begum days after she arrived in territory held by ISIS when he was 23 and she was 15, he told BBC television.
Feb. 28, 2019 - Russia, Israel to set up working group on removing foreign forces from Syria — sourceA high-ranking source in the Israeli government said several other countries will be part of the working group as well.
Russia, Israel to set up working group on removing foreign forces from Syria — source
Russia and Israel will set up a working group with several other countries to consider the issue of removing all foreign forces from Syria, a high-ranking source in the Israeli government told reporters on Wednesday after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Moscow.
March 3, 2019 - US forces in Syria bar entry to convoys sent to Rukban camp — Russian defense ministryHead of the Russian reconciliation center Sergei Solomatin said the US turned down the joint request of Russian and Syrian refugee centers to allow the convoy to pass through the Al-Tanf security zone.
US forces in Syria bar entry to convoys sent to Rukban camp — Russian defense ministry
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The United States has not allowed the transport convoys dispatched to evacuate refugees from the Rukban camp to pass through the Al-Tanf zone controlled by US troops, Lieutenant General Sergei Solomatin, the chief of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria, told reporters on Saturday.
"Despite the fact that the authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic have successfully finished all preparations for refugees’ evacuation from the Rukban camp to the places of pre-war residence, the US turned down a joint request of the Russian and Syrian inter-departmental coordination centers for relocation and accommodation of refuges to allow the transport convoys into the Al-Tanf zone," Solomatin said.
On Friday, buses were sent to the Djleb checkpoint to evacuate refugees from the Rukban camp to their permanent residence places in the settlements of Al Khalidiyah, Al-Amarah, Palmyra, Mhin, Al Karyatein, and the outskirts of Damascus, Homs and Aleppo.
March 3, 2019 - Moscow encourages Ankara to fulfill memorandum on Idlib - LavrovCertain hotbeds of terrorist presence remain in the country, said Russian Foreign Minister.
Moscow encourages Ankara to fulfill memorandum on Idlib - Lavrov
Russia is calling on Turkey to meet its commitments under a joint memorandum on de-escalation in Syria’s Idlib, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) on Sunday.
"Certain hotbeds of terrorist presence remain in the country. First of all, this concerns the Idlib de-escalation zone, where most territory is controlled by militants from the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group (one of names of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization outlawed in Russia) carrying out provocative raids against civilians, Russian and Syrian military," Lavrov recalled. "Against this background, it is necessary to continue efficiently fighting against terrorism. We encourage our Turkish partners to meet their commitments under the September 17, 2018 memorandum on stabilizing the situation in Idlib."
March 3, 2019 - On brink of Syria defeat, ISIS unleashes car bombs
On brink of Syria defeat, ISIS unleashes car bombs
A vehicle burning at the site of a suicide car bomb attack in Syria's Hasakeh province on Jan 21, 2019. The Syria Democratic Forces said ISIS launched suicide attacks to stave off defeat, on March 3, 2019.PHOTO: AFP
Capturing the village in eastern Syria will be a milestone in international efforts to roll back the militants, whose self-styled "caliphate" covered roughly one-third of Syria and Iraq at its height in 2014.
But it is universally accepted that the group, which has been in territorial retreat since then and suffered its major defeats in 2017, will remain a security threat as an insurgent force with sleeper cells and some desolate pockets of territory.
The SDF had said it expected a "decisive battle" on Sunday after advancing gradually for 18 hours to avoid land mines sown by ISIS, whose fighters are also using underground tunnels to stage ambushes and then disappear.
March 2, 2019 - Over 5 US soldiers allegedly wounded in eastern Syria: Opp. activists
Over 5 US soldiers allegedly wounded in eastern Syria: Opp. activists
Activists from the SNA alleged that the U.S. soldiers were wounded near the town of Baghouz after the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists in the area fired an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) at their positions.
The Islamic State reportedly carried out the attack on the U.S. soldiers inside the Khanafra District of Baghouz Fouqani. Neither the U.S. Coalition nor their allies from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have corroborated these claims from the SNA.
March 2, 2019 - Turkish military adds new observation posts to block Syrian Army offensive in IdlibThe Turkish military has added a half dozen observation posts in the northwestern region of Syria recently in an effort to block the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from launching a new offensive inside the Idlib Governorate.
Turkish military adds new observation posts to block Syrian Army offensive in Idlib (map)
According to a report from southern Idlib last week, the Turkish military met with the residents of several towns inside and near the demilitarized zone that was established during the Sochi meeting on September 17th, 2018.
The report said the Turkish military offered to rent the lands from the residents so that they could construct more observation posts and block any future Syrian Army offensive inside the Idlib Governorate.
Since this meeting, several new Turkish military observation posts have been seen in southern Idlib.
However, the largest concentration of these observation posts is in the Abu Dhuhour area of southeast Idlib.
This large concentration of observation posts is likely due to the Abu Dhuhour humanitarian crossing that is currently manned by their forces and the Russian military.
March 3, 2019 - Watch: US drop white phosphorous on ISIS in east Syria (embedded video)Last night, the U.S. Coalition dropped internationally banned white phosphorous on the last Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) enclave in eastern Syria.
Watch: US drop white phosphorous on ISIS in east Syria
According to reports from eastern Syria, the U.S. Coalition specifically dropped the white phosphorous on the Islamic State’s positions inside the Baghouz camp.
Video footage of the U.S. Coalition dropping white phosphorous on the Islamic State’s positions was captured by ‘Ayn Al-Firat (Eye of the Euphrates) on Saturday: