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

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Zakharova says that 50,000 terrorists remain in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

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Safe Zone Fail: A Turkish Ground Incursion into Syria Remains Likely
September 9, 2019 7-9 minute Read
Washington’s abject loneliness in Syria gives the impression that it is stuck with a very unpopular non-state actor which is unlikely to help advance its interests
Turkey’s National Security Council, with an unprecedented tone of decisiveness, stated that Turkey would establish a 280-mile safe zone area spanning from the Euphrates River to the Syrian-Turkish-Iraqi border. It would drive Washington’s proxy, the People’s Protection Units (YPG)—the Syrian armed branch of the Marxist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)—some twenty to twenty-five miles away from the Turkish border. This prompted the rush of American officials to Ankara for dissuasion. After tough negotiations, Turkey held off its unilateral military offensive against YPG in favor of a joint Turko-American safe zone.

Yet having learned lessons from past American delaying of such agreements, particularly in the Manbij Province, Turkey’s minister of foreign affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, cautioned that “Turkey won’t allow U.S. to stall the process for the operation in east of Euphrates like they did in Manbij.” Hulusi Akar, Turkey’s defense minister also warned, “Turkey is holding out for a northern Syrian safe zone of between 30 and 40 km in depth and will not hesitate to take unilateral action if the United States fails to meet its demand.” This shows that the possibility of a Turkish incursion is still high as ever.

The U.S.-YPG honeymoon has been going on for four years. At numerous times, Turkey has threatened to act militarily against the YPG, expressing its extreme annoyance for Washington’s overt loyalty to a non-state actor that it perceives as a top national security threat. Given this, what is different now that makes a Turkish incursion likelier than before? The answer is in the shifting regional and international politics, as well as the level of Turkey’s readiness to conduct such a task.

The latest S-400 saga taught Ankara that it can shrug off Washington’s threats with a “stand your ground” approach. Despite America’s temper tantrum, Ankara purchased a major Russian armament—and the world didn’t come to an end for the Turks! Also, the same S-400 hubbub taught Washington that it has basically reached its limits of coercion on Turkey. Consequently, in a sharp U-turn, President Donald Trump began to blame his predecessor, Barack Obama, for the S400 debacle saying “it is not Turkey's or Erdogan’s fault.” Trump also brought more than forty Republican senators to the White House to dissuade them from imposing sanctions on Turkey.

Then there is the Russia factor. Ankara has Moscow to back its claims in the eastern Euphrates just like it did before the successful Afrin offensive against YPG in 2018. In an unusually harsh tone, Russian Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said “the U.S. occupation forces are hijacking oil fields and facilities in the Syrian al-Jazeera area, and they are continuing to train terrorist groups.” This change of tone came after Russian IL-76s, loaded with S-400 hardware, touched down in Ankara. Furthermore, at the Astana Summit in Kazakhstan on August 2, Russia, Iran and Turkey signed a joint statement that rejects “separatist agendas aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria as well as threatening the national security of neighboring countries.”

In addition, the rapid growth of Turkey’s military and intelligence capabilities have liberated Turkey from the threats of American and European arms embargoes that have in the past hampered the Turkish military’s operational capacity. Gone are the years that the U.S. Congress swiftly rejected Turkey’s request to buy such arms as Super Cobra AH-1 helicopters and Predator unmanned aerial vehicles which Turkey desperately needed to combat terrorism. As the Turkish proverb goes, “A bad landlord will motivate you to buy a house of your own!” Turkey is now mostly self-sufficient and is able to produce its own helicopters, armored vehicles, short to medium range missiles and armed unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) has greatly improved its operational ability too. In Syria, the MIT works closely with the local tribes and engages in intelligence gathering. In May, with the MIT at the helm, two hundred Syrian Arab tribes united against the YPG in Turkey’s Urfa city and formed the Council of the Syrian Tribes and Clans. Most of those tribes have a negative view of the YPG. For instance, Manbij’s prominent tribes, Baghara, Ghanaim Bani Said, Naim, Fennel, Popna, Aldamalkh, Majadameh and Al-Bustalan, clearly expressed their anger in reaction to the YPG’s call for compulsory enlistment and invited Turkey to “liberate” their town. The MIT also successfully captured the suspect of the deadly massacre of 2013 that cost fifty-three lives in the Turkish town of Reyhanli and brought him in from Syria. Furthermore, in cooperation with the Turkish military, the MIT has assassinated top PKK members in northern Iraq.

Finally, a possible Turkish incursion into northern Syria should be analyzed within the context of Turkey’s military presence in northern Iraq. In the last five years, Turkey has set up military bases (some thirteen of them) in major areas such as Dohuk, Erbil, Suleymaniye and Zaho, indicating that the Turkish presence in northern Iraq is long term. Once unsympathetic to Turkey’s headways, the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) under Masoud Barzani and the Iraqi central government have now welcomed the Turkish presence as the PKK, their common adversary, has become too powerful in the aftermath of ISIS’ defeat. In this vein, in northern Iraq, the Turkish military is currently executing Operation Claw, a major military incursion aimed at eradicating PKK training sites in Avasin, Haftanin, Hakurk, Zap, and most importantly Qandil—the main PKK camp. Once believed impenetrable, the PKK’s Qandil headquarters is now in Turkey’s crosshairs. This would sever the highway of militants between Qandil and the lands east of the Euphrates. Therefore, the timing of a Turkish operation in northern Syria greatly depends on the status of Operation Claw. Since Turkey has made substantial progress there, it should be expected that Turkey’s Syria incursion is on the horizon.

In conclusion, the waning of America’s influence in the Middle East, the green light from regional actors—Russia, Iran, the Kurdish Regional Government, and the Iraqi Central Government, as well as the high-level readiness of the Turkish military and intelligence, makes a Turkish incursion in Syria very conducive. Even with this week’s implementation of the jointly patrolled U.S.-Turko safe zone in northern Syria, last month’s fragile agreement doesn’t seem like it is going to hold. As Aaron Stein put it for War on the Rocks, “If Ankara chooses to intervene, the reality is that the U.S. military would not be in a position to stop it.” Washington’s abject loneliness gives the impression that it is stuck with a very unpopular non-state actor which is unlikely to help advance its interests. It’s probably time to stop alienating Ankara and mend ties. Without Turkey, the US will have a hard time winning in the Middle East.

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On a serious note,Thermals are becoming more & more of a tactical/media aid for the Taliban. Their obvious showing is a shift, however incongruous the training looks. In fact, mix of RPG, B-10/SPG-9, mortar, HMG, AK & M16 is a pretty good representation of Taliban arms in 2019 5/

 

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Russia, Iran and Turkey to discuss Syria's Idlib at Monday summit: Kremlin
Road direction signs are pictured at the entrance enroute to Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran will discuss the difficult situation in Syria's Idlib province when they meet in Ankara early next week for a summit, Yuri Ushakov, a senior Kremlin aide, said on Friday.

U.S. won't send more troops to Syria for joint Turkish patrols
The U.S. military will not increase troop levels in Syria to carry out joint patrols with Turkish forces, a top general said on Friday, adding that his goal was to eventually reduce the number of U.S. forces in the country.

Peskov: Astana process guarantors’ summit due in Ankara next Monday

13 September، 2019 - Moscow, SANA_ Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the presidents of guarantor states of Astana process on Syria ( Russia, Iran, Turkey) will hold a meeting in Ankara next Monday .

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold two meetings with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodgan in Ankara next Monday as part of meetings of the guarantors of Astana Process , Sputnik reported on Friday.

Earlier, the guarantor states of Astana process, in the final communique of the 13th round of Astana talks held in the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan, reaffirmed adherence to sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic, cooperation until terrorist organizations are totally eradicated and rejection of separatist agendas that aim at undermining sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.

Russia FM: Syria war is over, time to return it to ‘Arab family’

September 13, 2019 - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the war in Syria has come to an end and the focus should now be on promoting a long-lasting settlement and providing humanitarian aid for civilians.

“The country is gradually returning to a normal, peaceful life. Some hotspots of tensions remain in the territories that are not controlled by the Syrian government, such as Idlib and the eastern bank of the Euphrates,” Lavrov said, as part of an interview with the Russian newspaper Trud.

He called on opposition to make a constructive contribution to a comprehensive political process in Syria, based on UNSC resolution 2254, which was unanimously adopted on 18 December 2015 and demands a ceasefire and political settlement in Syria.

Referring to the Astana process – initiated by Russia and regional powers Iran and Turkey in which a Syrian National Dialogue Congress established a constitutional committee – Lavrov is of the opinion that constitutional reform will help in “advancing the political process” carried out by Syrians themselves, both government and opposition, with the assistance of the UN.

Summarising Russia’s position on Syria – the foreign minister stressed that Russia seeks to restore Syria’s sovereignty, defeat terrorism and return Syrians to their homeland – and ultimately the country itself to the “Arab family”.

This comes as Arab League members are discussing Syria’s possible return to the organisation following its suspension in 2011 over its brutal crackdown on protesters at the start of the civil war.

U.N. investigators link U.S., Syrian and Russian forces to war crimes
Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria attends a news conference during the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Air strikes by U.S.-led coalition forces in Syria have killed or wounded many civilians, indicating that required precautions were ignored and war crimes may have been committed, United Nations investigators said on Wednesday.

Israel must have freedom to act against Iran, Netanyahu says in Russia
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Israel must be allowed to act freely against Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday during a visit to Sochi, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss security coordination in Syria.

Syria Condemns Joint US-Turkish Patrols in Northeast - World news - Tasnim News Agency
Syria condemned Sunday joint US-Turkish patrols in a border strip in the northeast of the country, saying it was a "flagrant violation" of its sovereignty, an official statement said.

The move was also a violation of the "territorial integrity" of Syria, further said the Syrian foreign ministry statement, The Damascus government considers attempts by the US-backed Kurdish YPG militia aimed at dividing the country.

Qasad militias continue to detain youths in al-Jazeera area to forcibly recruit them

13 September، 2019 - Hasaka/Raqqa, – The US-backed separatist Qasad (SDF) militias detained during the past few hours a number of youths in various areas as part of their “mandatory recruitment” campaigns in al-Jazeera area in Syria.

Local sources said Qasad patrols raided the town of Tal Abyad in Raqqa countryside, detaining three youths and taking them to an unknown destination.

Another group of Qasad members armed with light and medium weapons raided and searched a number of houses in Ain Issa and Salouk towns in Raqqa’s northern countryside under the pretext of searching for “wanted” persons.

In Hasaka countryside, Qasad militias detained 21 youths, including 2 in Hasaka city and 11 in al-Shadadi town south of Hasaka, to forcibly recruit them.

Meanwhile in Deir Ezzor’s southeastern countryside, Qasad militias destroyed a number of boats and ferries at the bank of the Euphrates river near the town of al-Basira.

On a relevant note, a member of Qasad was killed and two others were injured when an IED exploded while a car transporting them was passing near al-Haisha village in Raqqa’s northern countryside, while a Qasad checkpoint near Badr farm in the eastern countryside was targeted by hand grenades.

Syrian archaeologists face challenge to protect cultural relics from looters

Hama Museum in Syria

September 13, 2019 - Scholars and archaeologists in Syria are facing great difficulty protecting local cultural relics, as all six world heritage sites in the country have been affected since the outbreak of the war in 2011.

Hama Museum, once a leading museum in Syria, used to be famous for its rich exhibits. But now, it is closed like most museums in the country. Most of the important cultural relics have been transported to other areas following safety concerns.

According to data released by the Syrian Cultural Relics and Museums authority, some anti-government armed forces and extremist organisations illegally excavated cultural relics in their controlled areas. The number has reached tens of thousands in recent years and many of those relics have been smuggled outside the country into the European market.

Terrorists of various factions destroyed the poaching artifacts during the war. They used some of the instruments that we banned to excavate the monuments, attempted to search for cultural relics and then sent them to foreign countries for sale,
said Albdulqader Farzat, curator of Hama Museum.

“Those excavations were done before the army reached these areas, and after the army took control, the thieves turned to the other side of the city behind those hills,” said archaeologist Nader Allawi.

In addition to the National Museum, only two museums across Syria have been reopened. In addition to safety concerns, the museums are currently faced with various other difficulties such as shortage of maintenance funds and manpower. It will take time before they can reopen on a large scale.
 

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According to reports in both Israeli and Arabic regional media, Israel this past week was preparing to expand major airstrikes against "Iran-backed" targets in Syria, but Moscow imposed its red line. The Independent has published a story describing that Russia's military in Syria threatened to shoot down any invading Israeli warplanes using fighter jets or their S-400 system.

The Jerusalem Post, citing sources in the UK Independent (Arabia), writes just after the latest meeting in Sochi between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin:
According to the report, Moscow has prevented three Israeli airstrikes on three Syrian outposts recently, and even threatened that any jets attempting such a thing would be shot down, either by Russian jets or by the S400 Anti-aircraft missiles. The source cited in the report claims a similar situation has happened twice, and that during August, Moscow stopped an airstrike on a Syrian outpost in Qasioun, where a S300 missile battery is placed.
Netanyahu's hasty trip to meet with Putin on Thursday - even in the final days before Tuesday's key election - was reportedly with a goal to press the Russian president on essentially ignoring Israel's attacks in Syria.

Citing further sources in the British-Arabic Independent Arabia, The Jerusalem Post continues:
According to the Russian source, Putin let Netanyahu know that his country will not allow any damage to be done to the Syrian regime's army, or any of the weapons being given to it...
Israel sources cited by the Arabic newspaper described Netanyahu's attempts to persuade Putin as "a failure". This in spite of Netanyahu telling reporters after the meeting that his relations with Moscow were stronger than ever.

Moscow is said to be particularly resistant given the Israeli military's recent spate of attacks on targets in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria.

Sources in the report claimed further that Putin in a somewhat unprecedented moment raised the issue of Lebanon:
The Russian source said: "Putin has expressed his dissatisfaction from Israel's latest actions in Lebanon" and even emphasized to Netanyahu that he "Rejects the aggression towards Lebanon's sovereignty" something which has never been heard from him. Putin further stated that someone is cheating him in regards to Syria and Lebanon and that he will not let it go without a response. According to him, Netanyahu was warned not to strike such targets in the future.
It could also be simply that Putin understands that Netanyahu, now desperate to extend his political career to a record fifth term as prime minister as next week's elections loom, could be ready to risk a major and very unnecessary Middle East conflagration in order to continue to appeal to Israeli right wing and nationalist voters.





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Netanyahu's hasty trip to meet with Putin on Thursday - even in the final days before Tuesday's key election - was reportedly with a goal to press the Russian president on essentially ignoring Israel's attacks in Syria.

Citing further sources in the British-Arabic Independent Arabia, The Jerusalem Post continues:
Israel sources cited by the Arabic newspaper described Netanyahu's attempts to persuade Putin as "a failure". This in spite of Netanyahu telling reporters after the meeting that his relations with Moscow were stronger than ever.

Moscow is said to be particularly resistant given the Israeli military's recent spate of attacks on targets in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria.

Sources in the report claimed further that Putin in a somewhat unprecedented moment raised the issue of Lebanon:
Priceless ... absolutely ... PRICELESS!!!

Putin is probably "the first one" to ever stand up to Netanyahu ... and set the record straight! Putin never "bowed-down" to Netanyahu. All dealings were done on a strictly business and diplomatic level, no matter how Netanyahu tried to spin it. After his visit with Putin, he called Trump. He didn't get too far with Trump, either. The Israeli election is this Tuesday and Trump promised to discuss a Mutual Defense Treaty - later this month, at the UN. I think, after the election on Tuesday, King Bibi is going to land on his butt, the same way his spacecraft landed on the Moon, last year!

Trump floats possible defense treaty days ahead of Israeli elections
“I had a call today with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Israel, that would further anchor the tremendous alliance between our two countries,” Trump said on Twitter.

He added that he looked forward to continuing those discussions later this month on the sidelines of the United Nations Assembly session in New York.

Netanyahu thanked Trump, saying in a tweet that Israel “has never had a greater friend in the White House,” and adding that he looked forward to meeting at the U.N. “to advance a historic Defense Treaty between the United States and Israel.”

The timing of Trump’s tweet, just days before Israel’s election on Tuesday, appeared aimed at buttressing Netanyahu’s bid to remain in power by showcasing his close ties to Trump.

In a televised interview with Israel’s Channel 12 later on Saturday, Netanyahu made a direct appeal to voters based on the treaty. “I’m going to get us a defense pact that will provide us with security for centuries but for that I need your votes,” he said.


Sep 14 2019 - Russian MoD: Rukban Camp Authority Blocks UN Evacuation, Syrian Militants Use Civilians as Shields
Russian MoD: Rukban Camp Authority Blocks UN Evacuation, Syrian Militants Use Civilians as Shields

The 'administration' of the Rukban camp in Syria would not let UN buses inside to evacuate those in need. Instead, the militants intend to use the refugees as human shields, Maj. Gen. Alexey Bakin, head of the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation, said at a briefing Friday.

“The so-called camp administration, controlled by illegal armed units, issued a statement refusing admission to the camp for UN buses to evacuate temporarily displaced persons wishing to leave Rukban. Given [that] the camp’s population can't leave its territory without coordination with the command of the illegal armed unit, we regard this statement as yet another evidence of the militants' intention to keep the refugees in Rukban as a human shield," he stated, according to Sputnik.

On 12 September, a significant amount of cargo earlier delivered by the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to Rukban was seized by militants and moved to a base of the Kuwat Shahid Ahmad al-Abdo militant group, located to the North of the camp, Maj. Gen. Alexey Bakin added, citing refugees.

Al-Nusra terrorists in Idleb prevent people from leaving to safe areas via Abu al-Duhour corridor

14 September، 2019 - Terrorist organizations on Saturday prevented citizens in Idleb province from leaving via Abu al-Duhour corridor in the southeastern countryside of Idleb, which was prepared by authorities to receive the locals who want to leave terrorist-held areas.

SANA reporter from Abu al-Duhour corridor said that “no civilian came out today”, where the information received from inside Idleb province said that terrorists of (Jabhat al-Nusra) have prevented many cars carrying people from leaving by opening fire and threatening to kill those who want to leave.

The terrorists use civilians in terrorist-held villages and cities in Idleb as human shields.

Earlier, authorities completed the logistic procedures at Abu al-Duhour corridor to receive citizens who want to get out of areas controlled by terrorists via the corridor, SANA reporter added.



Syria in Last 24 Hours: Thousands of Terrorists Flee Idlib for Turkey
Syria in Last 24 Hours: Thousands of Terrorists Flee Idlib for Turkey

Sept. 14, 2019 - A large number of terrorists have fled to Turkey in cooperation with Turkish officials in recent months as gaps have been widening among terrorist groups and Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) command structure has collapsed.

Over 2,000 militants have fled to Turkey after being helped by Turkish border guards since the Syrian Army kicked off its military operation on May 6,” the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted local sources in Kharbeh al-Joz Northwest of Jisr al-Shoghour in Western Idlib as saying.

El-Sisi : What happened in Syria was planned

14 September، 2019 - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said that what took place in Syria was planned as terrorist organizations were used to destroy the country and a number of the countries in the regions.

During activities of the National Youth Conference held in Cairo Saturday under the title of ” Evaluating the Local and Regional Counter-Terrorism Experience”,el-Sisi added that terrorism was used to achieve political goals away from international legitimacy.

The Egyptian President affirmed that the cost of using terrorism to destroy countries is not high, pointing out that terrorism was used to target and destroy Syria and Libya.

He emphasized that a conventional war cannot destroy a state, but terrorism can do so.

El-Sisi said that without the existence of sponsors that adopt and back terrorism, this phenomenon would not have spread and succeeded in such way.

“The phenomenon of international terrorism is a monster that has become out of the control of those who launched it.” The Egyptian President concluded.
 

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The Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has issued a new presidential decree granting pardon for crimes committed before September 14, 2019.

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Washington sends 150 trucks laden with military and logistics equipment to separatist SDF militias
By Shaza/R.Milhem - 15 September, 2019
Hasaka, SANA- The USA has illegitimately sent a new convoy containing tens of trucks loading military and logistic equipment to al-Malikiyah city in the northeast of Hasaka to support the separatist Qasad (SDF) militias, which continue their criminal practices against civilians in areas of their positions in Syrian al-Jazira region.
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Tahrir Al-Sham Terrorists Ordered by Turkey to Block Civilian Passage Via Idlib Crossing
Sep 15, 2019
The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted Sadoun as saying that for the second consecutive day the terrorist groups are blocking civilian passing through Abu Dhohour humanitarian corridor designated by the Syrian and Russian sides.
 

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Netanyahu's hasty trip to meet with Putin on Thursday - even in the final days before Tuesday's key election - was reportedly with a goal to press the Russian president on essentially ignoring Israel's attacks in Syria.
Netanyahu Waits for 3 hours before having a Failed Meeting with Putin: Israeli Media
Netanyahu Waits for 3 Hours before Having a Failed Meeting with Putin: Israeli Media
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September 15, 2019 - The Israeli media highlighted what it described as a failed meeting between the premier Benjamin Netanyahu and the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, revealing that the former remained three hours in the waiting lounge before encountering the latter.

The Zionist media outlets added that the meeting was very harsh, pointing out that Netanyahu promised Putin not to violate Syria's sovereignty.

The Israeli media also reported that the Russia leader considered that the winner of the Israeli elections has to preserve the friendship between Moscow and Tel Aviv, which indicates that Netanyahu may lose.

Head of Yisrael Beiteinu party, Avigdor Lieberman, made fun of Netanyahu, describing his three-hour wait as detention.

Leaders of Turkey, Russia, Iran set to tackle Syria turmoil
FILE PHOTO - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan walk during their meeting in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia, 14 February 2019. Sergei Chirikov/Pool via REUTERS

The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran meet on Monday to try to secure a lasting truce in northwest Syria following attacks by the government that risk deepening regional turmoil and pushing a new wave of migrants toward Turkey.

Syria's Assad issues amnesty reducing punishment for crimes
FILE PHOTO: A poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is seen on the main road to the airport in Damascus, Syria April 14, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki/File Photo

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued an amnesty on Sunday that reduces sentences for crime and pardons draft dodgers if they report for duty within three to six months.

Syrian government artillery pounds south Idlib: rescuers
Syrian troops shelled the south of Idlib on Sunday, according to rescuers and residents in the rebel stronghold where a ceasefire had halted a fierce army offensive two weeks ago.

Sep 15 2019 - Tahrir Al-Sham Terrorists Ordered by Turkey to Block Civilian Passage Via Idlib Crossing
Tahrir Al-Sham Terrorists Ordered by Turkey to Block Civilian Passage Via Idlib Crossing

Idlib Deputy Governor said that Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) is preventing the Syrian citizens from passing through the humanitarian corridor designated by the Syrian Army in Idlib province upon an order by Ankara and with the goal to exert pressure on the Syrian government.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted Sadoun as saying that for the second consecutive day the terrorist groups are blocking civilian passing through Abu Dhohour humanitarian corridor designated by the Syrian and Russian sides.

The provincial official noted that Tahrir al-Sham’s measure has taken place in line with Ankara’s order and with the goal to exert political pressure during the upcoming Astana summit slated to be held in Ankara soon.

Sadoun noted that the terrorist groups have fired live bullets at the civilians who had moved towards Abu Dhohour crossing and they have also closed the roads to Abu Dhohour passage.

He noted that according to the consultations between the Russian and Turkish sides, civilians were supposed to leave the areas under the control of the terrorists through Abu al-Dhohour passage.

Jihadists block humanitarian corridor in Idlib: Russia
The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group, formerly known as Nusra Front*, does not let civilians leave the parts of the Syrian province of Idlib.
 

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Leaders of Turkey, Russia, Iran set to tackle Syria turmoil
The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran meet on Monday to try to secure a lasting truce in northwest Syria following attacks by the government that risk deepening regional turmoil and pushing a new wave of migrants toward Turkey.
A hot trilateral meeting on Syria, in Ankara: The fate of Idlib, returning of the refugees, and signing military contracts - 'The Israel and US shadowing it.'

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The Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the Syrian constitutional committee is nearly formed, adding that members of this committee act independently and do not succumb to any external pressure.

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Syrian and Russian Coordination committees: Over 29,000 civilians evacuated from al-Rukban Camp
By Hazem Sabbagh - 16 September, 2019
Damascus, SANA – Syrian and Russian Coordination committees for the return of displaced Syrians announced that thanks to joint Syrian-Russian efforts, more than 29,000 civilians have been evacuated from al-Rukban Camp, and that work is underway to evacuate the remaining displaced people there.
Syrian Army-Backed Tribal Forces Preparing to Drive US-Backed Kurdish Militias out of Deir Ezzur
Sep 16, 2019
The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted al-Baqer Division, which is under the auspices of tribal leader Sheikh al-Bokareh Nawaf al-Bashir, as saying that his forces are fully prepared to liberate the areas under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Eastern Syria.
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Russia's Putin says peace in Syria could be achieved by political means
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint news conference with his counterparts Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Hassan Rouhani of Iran in Ankara, Turkey, September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

A peace in Syria could be reached only by political and diplomatic efforts, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a joint news conference with leaders of Turkey and Iran after three-way talks on Monday.

Russia's Putin: foreign troops should be pulled out from Syria eventually
Presidents Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia pose before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/Pool

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that all foreign troops should be pulled out from Syria eventually, after peace is reached in the country.

Turkey, Russia, Iran agree steps to ease tensions in Syria's Idlib despite lingering differences
Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Hassan Rouhani of Iran pose following a joint news conference in Ankara, Turkey, September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran meeting in Ankara on Monday agreed to try to ease tensions in northwest Syria's Idlib region, but disagreements between the countries appeared to linger, especially over the threat from Islamic State.
 

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'Israel is a factor of destabilization in Syria', according to a join statement by the leaders of the three countries after the summit in Ankara.

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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a militant movement in Syria

Syrian Army finds a cave in Khan Sheikhoun used by white helmets to fabricate chemist videos 17/09/2019 1
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Near the liberated city of Khan Sheikhoun, the Syrian army found well-fortified underground bunkers with a clear professional engineering design, which were used for military purposes and as studios to falsify scenes in order to condemn Damascus. 2

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9:43 PM · Sep 17, 2019
#Idlib - Interesting looking DIY anti-materiel rifle in the hands of a Syrian rebel. Seems like a PK stock used as well.


Published on Sep 13, 2019 / 8:26
 
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