Russia Begins Operations in Syria: End Game for the US Empire?

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Southfront just posted a new video on the SAA's Idlib operation detailing the progress of the four-month-long campaign. The SAA now controls a nice chunk of southern Idlib. I wonder how Turkey will react when their proxy army starts demanding to be evacuated, as Syria continues its advance. Will Putin be able to disabuse Erdogan of his delusion of annexing northern Syria?

 

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Southfront just posted a new video on the SAA's Idlib operation detailing the progress of the four-month-long campaign. The SAA now controls a nice chunk of southern Idlib. I wonder how Turkey will react when their proxy army starts demanding to be evacuated, as Syria continues its advance. Will Putin be able to disabuse Erdogan of his delusion of annexing northern Syria?
Good question! Erdogan will be meeting with Putin on Tuesday.

Putin really doesn't need to put up with Erdogan's baby tantrums? What part of "NO - it's not yours - you can't have" doesn't Erdogan understand? Maybe, if Erdogan - still doesn't "get-it!" ... Putin can have him directed over to Lavrov's Office. THAT - should settle it!
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Turkey's Erdogan to visit Russia on Aug. 27: Turkish presidency
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29, 2019. Yuri Kadobnov/Pool via REUTERS

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will make a one-day official visit to Russia on August 27, the Turkish presidency said on Friday, hours after he held a phone call with Russia's Vladimir Putin to discuss developments in northwestern Syria.

Turkey says Syria safe zone center with U.S. fully operational: Anadolu
FILE PHOTO: Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar arrives at NATO headquarters ahead of a Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium June 26, 2019. Virginia Mayo/Pool via REUTERS

A joint Turkish-U.S. operation center to establish and manage a safe zone in northeast Syria is fully operational, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Saturday by the state-owned Anadolu news agency.
 

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Russian soldier killed during battle of Khan Sheikhoun: report

2019-08-25 - A Russian soldier from the private military contracting group Wagner PMC was allegedly killed during the battle of Khan Sheikhoun, the Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro reported on Saturday.

According to the publication, the Russian soldier Ilya Georgievich, age 34, was allegedly killed while participating in the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) offensive inside the key city of Khan Sheikhoun.

“Mercenary PMC Wagner Polyakov Ilya Georgievich, Born 02/19/1985, a native of the Krasnodar Territory. He fought in the Donbass, died in Syria,” the publication claimed.

The Russian Armed Forces have been active near the front-lines in the Idlib Governorate since the Syrian Arab Army began their operation in the area.

Earlier, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, made an official statement in which he confirmed the participation of Russian troops in the offensive operation in northwestern Syria.

“We are not just closely monitoring the situation, our military is on the ground in the Idlib de-escalation zone,” the Russian Foreign Minister said.

Last Thursday, the Syrian Arab Army captured the city of Khan Sheikhoun after a short operation against the jihadist rebels.

The following day, they would capture the entire militant-held northern Hama pocket; thus, ending the jihadist presence in the area.


The Israeli military are out "target practicing" and losing drones in the process.

Israel hits Iranian force in Syria to stop 'killer drones': military
August 24, 2019 - Israeli aircraft on Saturday struck Iranian forces near Damascus that had been planning to launch "killer drones" at targets in Israel, an Israeli military spokesman said.

“The strike targeted Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite militias which were preparing to advance attack plans targeting sites in Israel from within Syria over the last number of days,” the military said in a statement.

The elite Quds Force is the overseas arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters the forces on Thursday had been preparing to launch “killer drones” armed with explosives at northern Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the military had thwarted the planned Iranian attack. “Iran has no immunity anywhere. Our forces operate in every sector against the Iranian aggression,” he said on Twitter.

Syrian state media said Syrian air defences intercepted “hostile targets” over Damascus, the capital, Saturday night. Witnesses in Damascus said they heard and saw explosions in the sky.

“The aggression is ongoing and air defences are confronting hostile targets and are downing most of them in the southern region,” state media outlet SANA said, indicating areas south of Damascus.

The Syrian army said in a statement that “the majority of the Israeli missiles were destroyed before reaching their targets.” Conricus, however, said the impact of the Israeli strikes was “significant.”

Hezbollah official: Israeli drone fell in south Beirut suburbs, second drone exploded
August 24, 2019 - An Israeli drone fell in the Hezbollah-dominated southern suburbs of Beirut and a second one exploded near the ground on Sunday, a Hezbollah official told Reuters, in the first such incident in more than a decade.
The Israeli military said it does not comment on foreign reports.

The second drone caused some damage when it crashed before dawn close to Hezbollah’s media center in the Dahyeh suburbs of Lebanon’s capital Beirut, the Hezbollah official said. It came hours after the Israeli military said its aircraft struck Iranian forces and Shi’ite militias near Syria’s capital Damascus.

Residents in Dahyeh said they had heard the sound of a blast. A witness said the army closed off the streets in one neighborhood where a fire had started. No other information was immediately available.

Israel deems the heavily armed Shi’ite Hezbollah movement, backed by Iran, as the biggest threat across its border. They fought a month-long war in 2006 that killed nearly 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and 158 people in Israel, mostly soldiers.

Lebanon has complained to the United Nations about Israeli planes regularly violating the country’s airspace in recent years.

Israel has grown alarmed by the rising influence of its regional foe Iran during the war in neighboring Syria, where Tehran and Hezbollah provide critical military help to Damascus. Israel says its air force has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria against what it calls Iranian targets and arms transfers to Hezbollah.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the strikes in Syria on Saturday thwarted a planned Iranian attack in Israel. Syrian state media said air defenses confronted the “aggression” and the army said most of the Israeli missiles were destroyed.
 

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The Israeli military are out "target practicing" and losing drones in the process.

Israel hits Iranian force in Syria to stop 'killer drones': military
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Syrian state media said Syrian air defences intercepted “hostile targets” over Damascus, the capital, Saturday night. Witnesses in Damascus said they heard and saw explosions in the sky.

“The aggression is ongoing and air defences are confronting hostile targets and are downing most of them in the southern region,” state media outlet SANA said, indicating areas south of Damascus.
Massive explosions were also heard on the ground, while the Israeli Air Force destroying what looks like a weapons warehouse in the Damascus countryside. The number of casualties is unknown.

Published on Aug 24, 2019 (0:57)

Hezbollah official: Israeli drone fell in south Beirut suburbs, second drone exploded
August 24, 2019 - An Israeli drone fell in the Hezbollah-dominated southern suburbs of Beirut and a second one exploded near the ground on Sunday, a Hezbollah official told Reuters, in the first such incident in more than a decade.
The Israeli military said it does not comment on foreign reports.

The second drone caused some damage when it crashed before dawn close to Hezbollah’s media center in the Dahyeh suburbs of Lebanon’s capital Beirut, the Hezbollah official said. It came hours after the Israeli military said its aircraft struck Iranian forces and Shi’ite militias near Syria’s capital Damascus.

Residents in Dahyeh said they had heard the sound of a blast. A witness said the army closed off the streets in one neighborhood where a fire had started. No other information was immediately available.
Photos of one of the Israeli drones surfaced online.

 

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Massive explosions were also heard on the ground, while the Israeli Air Force destroying what looks like a weapons warehouse in the Damascus countryside. The number of casualties is unknown.
It seems to appear - as Syrian and Russian forces are closing in on the last locations of the terrorists, Erdogan is fighting to hold on to Idlib, while Netanyahu is attacking Syria to hold on to the Golden Heights? Meanwhile, the Israeli military have increased bombings in Syria, Beirut and Iraq (going after Iranians?) to keep war tension between the US and Iran? Israel bombed Syria again today (Sunday).

I have my suspicions, Netanyahu is trying to provoke a missile attack on Israel - so Israel can declare open war on Iran ... AND postpone the Israeli September 17th election - where the odds against Netanyahu - see him losing power and position. The Great Satan - must FALL!


Israel says air strike in Syria sent 'no immunity' message to Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news briefing following the talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kiev, Ukraine August 19, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Israel said on Sunday an air strike against an arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards in Syria that it accused of planning "killer drone attacks" showed Tehran that its forces were vulnerable anywhere.

Aug 25 2019 - Israel Launches Fresh Strikes on Syrian Army Positions Near Damascus
Israel Launches Fresh Strikes on Syrian Army Positions Near Damascus

Israel fired missiles on Syrian Army positions near Damascus, the state media said Sunday, adding that the attack was faced with strong response of air defense systems.

The Arabic-language SANA news agency quoted a military source as saying that Israeli army launched missile attacks on the military positions of the Syrian army near Damascus from its positions in the Golan Heights.

It noted that the Syrian Army’s air defense systems intercepted the Israeli missiles before they could reach their targets.

The Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency also reported that the Syrian Army’s Air Defense systems confronted
Israel’s missile attacks on Southwestern Syria in Syria-Lebanon-Occupied Golan triangle.

Yet, Al-Masdar News Website said that the missile attacks, carried out by the Israeli Air Force, killed four people and injured 21 others.
No independent source has confirmed Al-Masdar's report.

Revolutionary Guards commander denies Iranian targets hit in Syria air strikes
A senior Revolutionary Guards commander denied on Sunday that Iranian targets had been hit in Israeli air strikes in Syria, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported.

Hariri says Israeli drones in Beirut attempt to stir Middle East tensions
FILE PHOTO: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is seen during the meeting to discuss a draft policy statement at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon February 6, 2019. REUTERS/Aziz Taher/File Photo

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said two Israeli drones which crashed in a suburb of Beirut dominated by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah were designed to stir up regional tensions.

Two Israeli drones fall in Beirut suburbs, one explodes: army, Hezbollah
Damage and glass from broken windows is seen inside Hezbollah media center after an Israeli drone fell in the Hezbollah-dominated southern suburbs and a second one exploded near the ground in Dahiyeh suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

An Israeli drone fell in the Hezbollah-dominated southern suburbs of Beirut and a second one exploded near the ground early on Sunday, the Lebanese army and Hezbollah said, in the first such incident in more than a decade.

Aug 25 2019 - US-Backed SDF Suppresses Protests in Eastern Syria As More Washington Military Aid Arrives
US-Backed SDF Suppresses Protests in Eastern Syria As More Washington Military Aid Arrives

The Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces continue to crack down on public dissent in Eastern Syria as hundreds of the US military trucks carrying military equipment arrived in Hasaka province to back up the SDF.

Local sources in Eastern Deir Ezzur reported that tens of residents of the towns of al-Azabeh and Moizlieh towns in Eastern Deir Ezzur staged protest rallies against the SDF, and called for their exit from al-Jazeereh region.

The Kurdish militia dispersed the crowd by firing at them. The protesters shouted against SDF’s corruption, plundering oil and public assets as well as closing al-Salehieh crossing which is linked to the areas under the Syrian Army’s control.

Meantime, the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that a new military convoy comprising over 200 trucks carrying US weapons as well as military and logistic equipment arrived in Ra’as al-Ain region in Northwestern Hasaka near the border with Turkey through Simalka passage between Iraq and Syria.

Aug 24 2019 - Expert: Israel Seeking to Trigger US-Iran War in Iraq by Targeting Holy Shrines in Iraq
Expert: Israel Seeking to Trigger US-Iran War in Iraq by Targeting Holy Shrines in Iraq

A prominent Iraqi expert warned that Israel aims to target the holy shrines in the Arab country to ignite a war between the US and Iran on Iraq's soil.

Imad Allo told the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website on Saturday that third parties, including Israel and the Persian Gulf Arab states, are attempting to turn Iraq into a scene for confrontation between Washington and Tehran.

He warned that they will likely attempt to target the holy shrines in Iraq to trigger a war in the country and the region which cannot be controlled easily.

His comments came after Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki warned of a “strong response” if it was proven that the Israeli regime had been behind recent airstrikes in the country against the positions of pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

Maliki, who is also secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party, said on Friday that if Israel continues to target Iraq, the country “will transform into a battle arena that drags in multiple countries, including Iran”.

He added that “the security of the region, which Iraq is a key part of, is a collective issue, and its protection requires the (full) responsibility of all countries”.

“The security of the region will be put in danger and the status quo will change if it is proven that Israel has targeted the sovereignty of Iraq. Iraq will give a strong response in case it is verified that Israel's hand is behind the recent attacks,” the former Iraqi prime minister stressed.
 

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Southfront just posted a new video on the SAA's Idlib operation detailing the progress of the four-month-long campaign. The SAA now controls a nice chunk of southern Idlib. I wonder how Turkey will react when their proxy army starts demanding to be evacuated, as Syria continues its advance. Will Putin be able to disabuse Erdogan of his delusion of annexing northern Syria?
Looks like Erdogan has some problems on the home front - two Army Officers responsible for Syria's Idlib region - have handed in their resignations?

Five Turkish generals handed in resignations: Cumhuriyet paper
August 26, 2019 - ISTANBUL - Five generals from the Turkish army have handed in resignations in the wake of a military council meeting earlier this month, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said on Sunday.

The Supreme Military Council (YAS), chaired by President Tayyip Erdogan, convened to discuss promotions, dismissals and placements of the high-ranking military personnel on Aug 1.

The resignations by one Major and four Brigadier Generals were submitted as a reaction to council decisions which were described by retired military officers as an attempt to make the Turkish army smaller, the unsourced Cumhuriyet report said. There was no immediate comment from Turkey’s defense ministry.

Two of the Generals were known to be the army officers responsible for Syria’s Idlib region where Turkey has a military presence, Cumhuriyet said.

Pompeo voices support for Israel after Israeli air strikes in Syria
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks following a meeting of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York, U.S., August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Israeli air strikes in Syria, expressed Washington's support for Israel's right to defend itself from the threat posed by Iran's Revolutionary Guard, the State Department said on Sunday.

Hezbollah leader says Israel should be on high alert after Beirut, Syria attacks
Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gestures as he addresses his supporters via a screen during a rally marking the anniversary of the defeat of militants near the Lebanese-Syrian border, in al-Ain village, Lebanon August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah vowed to down any Israeli drones in Lebanese airspace and warned Israel's military to be ready for a response after what he said was an Israeli drone attack in Beirut on Sunday.

Israeli occupation media tries to cover up failure of recent attack using old video
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25 August، 2019 - Damascus - Desperate to cover up the failure of its most recent attack on the surroundings of Damascus, the Israeli enemy’s media outlets published an old video claiming that it shows the missiles hitting their targets.

Israeli journalist Shimon Aran published a video claiming that it shows the results of the Israeli attack on the surroundings of Damascus on which took place on Saturday night and that the attack has hit its targets, while the video actually is of a previous Israeli attack which took place in 2018, in a blatant attempt by the Israeli enemy media’s to cover up the failure of the missiles to reach their targets as the Syrian Arab Army’s air defenses had shot them down.

Channels promoting the Israeli aggression rushed to publish the video as part of the frenzied disinformation and falsification campaign against Syria. Such media misdirection tactics are nothing new to the channels funded by the countries involved in the war against Syria, and all of them have failed due to the steadfastness of Syrian army and people.

Israeli strikes kill 5 members of Hezbollah in Syria

The Israeli Armed Forces launched several strikes in rural Damascus last night, targeting a number of military sites belonging to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah.

During the Israeli attack on Aqraba in rural Damascus, at least five members of Hezbollah were killed in the explosions, a source from the Syrian Armed Forces told Al-Masdar News this morning.

The Israeli strikes caused a series of explosions in southern and western Damascus that could be heard throughout the capital city.

Last night’s attack by the Israeli Armed Forces marked the third time this month that they have targeted a site inside of Syria.

The last reported attacks took place near the town of Meshta Al-Helou and city of Masyaf in western Syria. However, unlike last night’s attack, the Israeli Ministry of Defense did not claim responsibility for these strikes in western Syria.

Russian choppers pave way for Syrian troops in northeastern Latakia

2019-08-25 - The Russian Air Force continued their aerial campaign over the northeastern countryside of the Latakia Governorate this morning, hitting several militant targets near the key town of Kabani.

Led by their attack choppers, the Russian Air Force began today’s assault by striking several militant sites along the southern axis of Kabani; this would pave the way for a new Syrian Arab Army attack.

The Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division is now engaged in a fierce firefight with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party at the southwestern axis of Kabani.
 

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Three Israeli drones have attacked a central region of Bekaa governorate in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria, allegedly targeting the positions of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. For more details visit SOTT.

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Iraq: Hashd Al-Sha'abi Downs Spy Drone Over Nineveh Sky
Aug 25, 2019
The Arabic-language Sumeriyeh News website quoted an Iraqi security source as saying that the intelligence forces of Hashd al-Sha'abi Brigade 50 in Nineveh Province identified and shot down a reconnaissance drone over its headquarters in Nineveh province.
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The Syrian government in Khan Sheikhoun does not violate any agreement with Turkey, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

26.08.2019

US threatens participants in exhibition in Damascus with sanctions — Lavrov
26 AUG, 2019
MOSCOW, August 26. /TASS/. The United States has warned participants in the upcoming international exhibition in Damascus of possible sanctions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.
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A video of the deployment of the Russian military police near the Turkish observation post in Hama.

Published on Aug 25, 2019 (1:38)

One of the reasons why Israel is attacking Iraq and Syria.

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Erdogan says Turkish troops will enter planned Syria safe zone 'soon'
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a ceremony in Malazgirt in Mus province, Turkey, August 26, 2019. Cem Oksuz/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

Turkish ground troops will enter a planned safe zone in northern Syria "very soon," President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, after a joint operation center with the United States opened at the weekend.

Kremlin to Turkey: Syrian militant attacks must be stamped out
The Kremlin said on Monday that President Vladimir Putin understood the concerns of his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, but that he was equally concerned about attacks by militants from Syria's Idlib that needed to be stamped out.

Another Russian S-400 battery headed to Turkey beginning Tuesday: Anadolu
FILE PHOTO: People walk past Russian S-400 missile air defence systems before the military parade to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the battle of Stalingrad in World War Two, in the city of Volgograd, Russia February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Tatyana Maleyeva/File Photo
Turkey is to accept delivery of a second battery of Russian S-400 missile defenses beginning on Tuesday, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday according to state-owned Anadolu news agency.

Syria to let civilians flee rebel-held Idlib via humanitarian corridor | DW | 22.08.2019
Syrian city of Idlib
22.08.2019 - The northwestern region of Syria has been held by rebels over the last seven years. Damascus has said a humanitarian corridor will allow "civilians who want to leave areas controlled by terrorists" to flee the region.

Syria announced Thursday that it is to open a gateway for civilians to escape the opposition-held region of Idlib, where government bombardments have killed hundreds of people in recent months.

"The Syrian government announces the opening of a humanitarian corridor in Souran in the northern countryside of Hama province," state news agency SANA quoted a Foreign Ministry source as saying.

Idlib's main insurgent group on Tuesday pulled out of the strategic town of Khan Sheikhoun, which had been held by rebels since 2012, as government forces advanced amid intense bombardments and airstrikes.

The gateway will be used to evacuate "civilians who want to leave areas controlled by terrorists in northern Hama and the southern countryside of Idlib," SANA quoted the source as saying.

It is not the first time Damascus, with Russian military support, has created routes out of rebel bastions before retaking the area either through forceful means or via negotiated surrenders.

The Idlib region, which lies in the northwest of Syria, close to the Turkish border, is the last major stronghold of opposition to the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The region has been controlled since the beginning of the year by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance, which is led by Islamic fighters from Syria's former al-Qaida affiliate.
 

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'Speaking of Israel, the international law and UN relevant resolutions do not exist.'

Moscow warns against danger of Israeli aggression on Syria and Lebanon
By Mazen Eyon - 26 August, 2019
Moscow, SANA-Moscow on Monday warned against the danger of the Israeli aggressions on Syria and Lebanon which lead to escalating tension in the region.
2019-08-27

Iraq affirms its firm stance in preserving Syria’s territorial integrity
By Ruaa al-Jazaeri - 27 August, 2019
Baghdad, SANA- Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim reaffirmed Iraq’s firm stance in preserving Syria’s territorial integrity and supporting the intra-Syrian dialogue to solve the crisis in the country.
Grospic: Israeli aggression on Damascus surroundings evidence on state terrorism practiced by Israel
By Ruaa al-Jazaeri - 27 August, 2019
Prague, SANA- Head of the Czech Parliamentary Group for Friendship with Syria Stanislav Grospic condemned the latest Israeli aggression which targeted the surroundings of Damascus, affirming that it constitutes a new evidence on the state terrorism practiced by the Israeli entity.
Syrian authorities begin reconstructing infrastructure facilities in Khan Shaykhun
27 AUG, 2019
KHAN SHAYKHUN /Syria/, August 17. /TASS/. Syrian authorities have begun reconstructing infrastructure facilities in the town of Khan Shaykhun located in the south of Idlib province, Spokesperson for the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria Major General Ravil Muginov said, adding that the town’s residents were returning to their homes.
Russian, European media delegation visits Khan Sheikhoun in Idleb countryside
By Mazen Eyon - 26 August, 2019
Hama, SANA-A media delegation which comprises more than 20 Russian and European media outlets visited on Monday towns in Idleb southern countries, recently liberated by the Syrian Arab army from terrorism.
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'Speaking of Israel, the international law and UN relevant resolutions do not exist.'

Moscow warns against danger of Israeli aggression on Syria and Lebanon
By Mazen Eyon - 26 August, 2019
Netanyahu tells Hezbollah's Nasrallah to 'calm down' after drone incident
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mobileye founder Amnon Shashua (C) and Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen (L) take part in a cornerstone-laying ceremony for Mobileye's center in Jerusalem August 27, 2019. Abir Sultan/Pool via REUTERS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday to "calm down" after Nasrallah said his movement was preparing a response to the crash of two Israeli drones in a Beirut suburb.

Syrian Kurdish YPG has withdrawn from some border positions - Kurdish authority
The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has pulled forces and heavy weapons from some positions at the border with Turkey, showing its commitment to ongoing talks, the Kurdish-led authority running much of north and east Syria said.

Ahead of meeting, Turkey expects Russia to help rein in Syrian forces
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan watch demonstration flights during the opening of the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia, August 27, 2019. Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via REUTERS

President Tayyip Erdogan will seek steps from Russia's Vladimir Putin to safeguard Turkish troops in the face of an offensive by the Syrian army in the country's northwest when the two leaders meet on Tuesday, a senior Turkish official said.

Assad Adviser: Iran-Russia-Hezbollah Support for Syria Invaluable - World news - Tasnim News Agency
Assad Adviser: Iran-Russia-Hezbollah Support for Syria Invaluable
In a speech in the western city of Hama on Sunday, Bouthaina Shaaban expressed her gratitude to Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah for supporting the Syrian government and army in the fight against terrorism.

She further pointed to “double vetoes” of Russia and China against Western countries' conspiracies against Syria in the UN Security Council, stating that such acts of support are invaluable.

Shaaban also praised the Syrian military’s recent advances against terrorists in suburbs of Hama and Khan Shaykhun and said if it were not for the resistance of the people in Hama, the victories would not have been achieved.

6 people wounded in Hasaka blast

HASAKA, (SANA)_At least 6 people were wounded in the blast of a booby-trapped motorbike in the heart of al-Shdadi city in the south of Hasaka city.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 - According to the Syrian News Agency (SANA), a booby-trapped motorbike parked neara Taxi station in front of the old building of the court in al-Shdadi city, located 60km south of Hasaka city, went off, wounding at least 6 persons. The wounded people were conveyed to the city's hospital to receive treatment.

An explosive device blast in al-Tabiat Lattakia

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 - An explosive device exploded in Al-Tabiat neighborhood of Lattakia city causing minor damage in the place.
A source at Lattakia Police Command told SANA that the explosion took place near a long cement staircase linking two streets. Most likely the device was buried in the soil for a long time.

Lavrov: Syrian Army Operation in Khan Sheikhoun not Violating any Agreements

Monday, 26 August 2019 - MOSCOW, (ST)- Terrorists in Syria's Idleb can't be allowed to continue targeting residential neighborhoods, Syrian army positions and the Russian Hmeimim airbase, Lavrov said on Monday, stressing that the Syrian army operation in the town of Khan Sheikhoun does not violate any agreements, including agreements between Russia and Turkey on the formation of the de-escalation zone in Idlib.

Lavrov told a news conference after talks with his Angolan counterpart Manuel Domingos Augusto that the ceasefire agreement did not apply to terrorist groups from the very beginning.

He affirmed that the elimination of the terrorists hotbed in Khan Sheikhoun by the Syrian Army is legitimate and necessary from the point of implementing the tasks set by the UN Security Council to resolve the crisis in Syria.


Lavrov went on to say that Western media outlets are distorting facts about the humanitarian situation in Syria. He called on the international community and MSM to depend in their reports on facts and events on the ground not on claims by some parties like the so-called "White Helmets" terrorist group which is known for falsifying facts.

Concerning the situation in the Syrian Jazira region in the northeast of the country, Lavrov reiterated that the US administration's schemes in this region target the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and violate the international laws and the Security Council resolutions that themselves provide for preserving Syria's integrity and sovereignty.

Elsewhere in the news conference, Lavrov said that the United States has warned participants in the upcoming Damascus International Fair of sanctions.

"We have heard that the United States threatens participants in this exhibition with sanctions, saying that any presence at this event would mean support to the Syrian government," he said.

"It is a familiar rhetoric we hear in respect of Syria and a number of other countries which have their own stance rather than dance to someone else’s tune," he added, according to Itar Tass.

The fair is due to open on August 28 and it will last till September 6th.


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· Aug 23, 2019

The United States strongly discourages businesses and individuals from participating in the August 28 #Damascus International Trade Fair. #Syria

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Businesses or individuals who plan to participate in the #Damascus International Trade Fair must be aware that by doing business with the sanctioned Assad regime or its associated, they too could be subject to U.S. sanctions. #Syria
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Security zone on Turkish southern border to benefit Syria, says Putin

Putin noted that Turkey is under considerable strain, having received over 3 mlllion Syrian refugees.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan Mikhail Mettsel/TASS

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan © Mikhail Mettsel/TASS

ZHUKOVSKY, August 27, 2019 - Creation of a security zone on the Turkish-Syrian border will help to maintain Syria’s territorial integrity, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a press conference on the outcomes of the talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"We understand Turkey’s concern related to ensuring the security of its southern borders, and we think that these are lawful interests of the Republic of Turkey," Putin said. He added that during the talks on Tuesday, Erdogan explained his stance on the issue in detail.

"To our mind, the creation of a security zone on the southern border of the Republic of Turkey will serve as a good precondition for maintaining territorial integrity of Syria itself," the Russian President stressed noting that Moscow supports de-escalation activity in the area.

Putin noted that Turkey is under considerable strain, having received over 3 mlllion Syrian refugees. "By the way, stabilizing the situation on the territory of Syria leads to many people returning home: over 300 thousand refugees have arrived from abroad, and 1 million internally displaced people have returned home," the Russian leader said.

On August 7, a delegation of the US military held a series of talks in Ankara, on the outcomes of which the parties decided to open a joint Turkish-US operation center. Its goal is to coordinate efforts between the Turkish and the US military to implement a plan on creating a buffer zone in the north of Syria, which would allow the Syrian refugees to come back from Turkey. The buffer zone will serve to protect the Turkish border. Talks on establishing such an area, which would include a no-fly zone, started back in 2013.

Erdogan says Turkey wants to continue defense cooperation with Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speak during their meeting on the sidelines of the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia, August  27, 2019. Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via REUTERS

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speak during their meeting on the sidelines of the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia, August 27, 2019. Maxim Shipenkov

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey wants to continue defense industry cooperation with Russia, including cooperating on warplanes, after talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Erdogan spoke after the two leaders visited an air show outside the Russian capital where Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter jets performed demonstration flights. On Tuesday Turkey also took delivery of a second batch of Russian S-400 air defense equipment.

Putin says Russia, Turkey agree on additional steps in Syria's Idlib
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan visit the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia, August 27, 2019. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS


Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inspect Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter during the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia, August  27, 2019. Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via REUTERS
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inspect Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter during the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia, August 27, 2019. Maxim Shipenkov

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that he and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan have outlined additional joint measures aimed at rooting out "terrorists" in Syria's Idlib area.

Erdogan says Turkey will take necessary measures in Syria when needed
A Syrian government offensive in northwestern Syria is pushing Turkey to use its right to self-defense and Ankara will take the necessary measures when needed, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Syrian rebels push back against army advances in Idlib
Syrian rebels on Tuesday launched a wide-scale attack against a five-month Russia-backed Syrian army campaign aiming to take back the opposition's last major bastion, opposition officials, rebels and residents said.

SDF and Kurdish YPG forces to pull from Turkey-Syria border strip: SDF
The Kurdish YPG militia and U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are set to withdraw from a 5-14km wide strip along the border with Turkey, SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said on Tuesday.
 

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The jihadist offensive in southern Idlib against the Syrian army has failed.

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Iraqi Gov't Orders All Military Bases to Target Any Unidentified Drone
Aug 27, 2019
The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted Athir al-Shar'e as saying that meetings have been held between leaders of the 3 branches of power in Iraq and Hashd al-Shaabi commanders to study results of attacks on Iraqi popular forces.
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The Iraqi popular forces’ statement said the reconnaissance drone flew for over 20 minutes over Nineveh province.
 

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Russian and Syrian warplanes have struck a Turkish observation post in northwestern Hama - Turkey denies any airstrike on its observation post.

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Russian Su-35 has forced Israeli warplanes to abandon the second attack on the Damascus Governorate.

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Israeli drones which have targeted Iraq’s Hashd Al-Sha’abi have been launched from the areas controlled by the US-backed SDF, with the financial support of the Saudis.

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US Building Military Base in Hasaka to Block Turkey’s Possible Attack on Kurds
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The al-Khabour news website reported that the US Army troops have set up a military base containing a heliport in the town of al-Ghanamieh just five kilometers from Turkey’s borders with Syria.
Over 160 Iraqi MPs Sign Bill to Expel US Forces
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US Relocates ISIL Terrorists in Heliborne Operations in Western Iraq
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The Arabic-language al-Mosleh news website quoted member of the Political Council of al-Nujaba Movement Faras al-Yasser as saying that according to the intel obtained by Iraq’ Hashd al-Sha’abi (Iraq’s Popular Mobilization) forces, the US forces have relocated the ISIL terrorists in heliborne operations to regions both in and outside Iraq to use them as pressure leverage against the Iraqi government.
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