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Dec 28 06:49

Bread lines reflect wider crisis in Syria

Every morning, Abu Mohammed and his two eldest sons wake up for dawn prayer in Damascus, then take turns heading to the bakery.

They wait for at least three hours, barely making it to work or school on time, he said. Often, the boys miss their first few classes. Sometimes they miss the whole day.

"One day I stood for seven hours," he said in a phone interview. "The next day it was eight, then six. I saw that my work was being hit. I need to work. I need to live."

Dec 23 08:08

HAPPENING NOW: Trump Admin Sanctions Wife of Syrian President, His Family Over Civil War

President Trump and his administration imposed new sanctions on the family of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over his role in the country’s near decade-long Civil War that has led to countless deaths across the region.

“The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Asma Assad, the wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and members of her immediate family for harming efforts to reach a political solution in the nearly decade-long civil war,” reports The Hill.

Dec 21 13:37

VIDEO: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad 'Owns The Libs'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's critique of liberalism from his latest public speech went viral Monday on social media.

Dec 18 10:12

ISRAEL IS SEARCHING FOR PRETEXT TO INVADE SOUTHERN SYRIA

The Russian military and Russian-backed Syrian forces have been increasing their presence on the border with Iraq.

Less than a week ago, the Russian Military Police established a local HQ in al-Bukamal. Recently, the 5th Corps of the Syrian Army, known for its links with the Russian military, created a network of border posts in the area. The move was apparently coordinated with Iranian-backed forces and the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces that actively operate in the border area.

Al-Bukamal is locating less than 30km from the town of al-Qaim, the stronghold of the Popular Mobilization Forces on the Iraqi side of the border.

Pro-Israeli sources claim that the increasing Russian presence in southern Deir Ezzor and along the border with Iraq may be a sign of a nearing Iranian withdrawal from the region. At the same time, there are no indications that Iranian-backed forces are going to withdraw from al-Bukamal anytime soon.

Dec 16 11:14

RUSSIAN FORCES ESTABLISH PRESENCE ON SYRIAN-IRAQI BORDER

Over the past weeks, the Syrian Army and its allies have intensified their operations against ISIS cells hiding in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert.

According to pro-government sources, during the past few days, Syrian government forces and Iranian-backed militias carried out a series of raids to the south of the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway and southeast of al-Mayadin. Pro-militant media outlets clam that over 10 Syrian soldiers and 15 ISIS members died in these clashes.

The Russian Aerospace Forces also resumed their strikes on ISIS targets in the desert region. Pro-opposition sources say that the Russians delivered over 100 airstrikes. Indeed, the intensity of this campaign demonstrates that the regularly resurfacing ISIS cells, which actively exploit the state of chaos on the Syrian-Iraqi border, pose a notable security threat.

Dec 15 08:37

25 Killed as ISIS Fights Troops in Syria Desert

Over the weekend, heavy fighting was reported in the Syrian desert, with ISIS again going after troops in the area around Aleppo and Hama. The reports are that about 25 were killed, 15 from ISIS.

While there was fighting reported throughout the weekend, there was also a report of 70 Russian airstrikes in the area. This likely reflects ISIS’s growing interest in expanding out of the desert, and the focus on keeping them pinned down.

ISIS has been conducting a growing number of attacks, particularly in the deserts, as they try to inflict meaningful casualties on government forces. ISIS has been in the desert almost exclusively in recent years, and wants to reassert itself in more valuable parts of the nation.

Dec 15 08:10

Syria: Weapons Found, Including Israeli Made Ones, and a Drone Left Behind by Terrorists in Syria’s Southern Region

Syrian authorities on Sunday found a quantity of weapons and ammunition, including Israeli-made weapons as well as a drone left behind by terrorists in Syria’s southern region, SANA reporter said on Sunday, citing a source from authorities.

The source told SANA that the authorities’ cooperation with the Syrian Arab Army units in the country’s southern region resulted in finding a huge quantity of light, medium and heavy weapons and ammunition, including Israeli made ones, in addition to a drone, left behind by terrorists before their defeat in that area.

The seized weapons included automatic rifles, snipers, 23 mm and 12.7 mm machine guns, bombs, shoulder-fired missiles, RPGs in addition to Israeli-made weapons and some 300 boxes of bullets.

Cooperation between the Syrian army and the concerned authorities continues with the aim of clearing the liberated areas from explosive devices and mines left by terrorists before their defeat, the source pointed out.

Dec 15 07:32

Trump Administration Helped GOP Donors “Score a Deal for Syrian Oil”

The State Department’s special envoy for Syria at a congressional hearing on Wednesday admitted to helping Republican donors score a deal for Syrian oil.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R–S.C.) first announced in July that U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces had granted an American company a deal to “to modernize the oil fields” in areas of northeastern Syria guarded by U.S. troops.

Special Envoy Joel Rayburn confirmed during Wednesday’s House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that the company is Delta Crescent Energy, a little-known firm cofounded by several people who have donated to Republican causes, including Graham’s own campaign.

Rayburn also admitted that the Trump administration had actually pushed for Delta Crescent Energy — and no other companies — to receive permission to exploit Syrian oil.

Dec 14 09:38

NEW DOCUMENTS SHOW HOW THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SECRETLY CREATED 'REGIME CHANGE’ PROTESTS IN LEBANON

Three month ago we reported on documents obtained from of 'Her Majesties Government' in Britain which revealed the intense involvement of the UK government in organizing, financing and propagandizing 'Syrian rebels' since the start of the war on Syria. These programs were coordinated with the CIA's and the Gulf Arab's arming of the various Jihadis:

Most of the documents are detailed company responses to several solicitations from the Foreign Office for global and local campaigns in support of the 'moderate rebels' who are fighting against the Syrian government and people.

The documents lay out large scale campaigns which have on-the-ground elements in Syria, training and arming efforts in neighboring countries, command and control elements in Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, as well as global propaganda efforts. These operations were wide spread.

Dec 14 08:43

The latest evasions and cover-ups by Western governments over their funding of terrorist groups in Syria are starting to unravel

Evidence of Dutch and British funding for extremists who’ve beheaded children & carried out ethnic-cleansing grows by the day. Yet most of the mainstream media – including the BBC – still try to keep this truth silent.

Recently, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte effectively blocked a Parliamentary motion to allow an external independent investigation of Dutch government funding of terrorist groups in Syria.

Rutte initially tried to deny his involvement in the burial of the investigation but tenacious questioning from journalists forced him to admit his personal interference. According to Rutte, such an investigation could result in “tensions with our allies [...] the lives of former members of opposition groups could be put at stake.”

Dec 14 08:00

Turkey again cuts water to northeast Syria amid increased Turkish attacks on SDF positions

Turkey and Turkish-backed groups have yet again cut off drinking water to the northern Syrian city of Hasakah, a local official told Kurdistan 24 on Sunday.

Sozdar Ahmed, the co-chair of the Water Directorate of the Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES), explained to Kurdistan 24 that Hasakah city has now gone 25 days without water supply.

As a result, Ahmed added, civilians are forced to buy water at elevated prices or depend on local authorities or humanitarian organizations to truck water to the city.

One civilian from Hasakah confirmed to Kurdistan 24 they have had no water supply for weeks. “Water has been cut off from our city. The water we buy is also costly for us. The water around the wells around Hasakah is also bitter and not suitable for drinking. ”

Dec 05 08:22

Turkey is preparing Syrian mercenaries to fight in Kashmir: report

Turkey, which has previously sent Syrian mercenaries to Libya and Azerbaijan, is preparing to send fighters to Kashmir to fight against India.

According to ANF News, which quoted local sources in northern Syria, Abu Emsha, the head of the Turkish-backed Suleyman Shah Brigades terrorist organization that is a part of the so-called Syrian National Army, informed his members five days ago that Ankara wanted to reinforce Kashmir.

The head of the terrorist groups, Abu Emsha, said that Turkish officers would later ask the commanders of other terrorist groups to list the names of those who want to go to Kashmir.

Abu Emsha stated that those who will go from his terrorist group will be registered in a list and they will receive $2000 in funding. Abu Emsha told the militant fighters he met that Kashmir is a mountainous region like Artsakh.

Dec 05 07:11

US encouraging separatism in Syria, hindering restoration of its unity: Russia FM

Russia has censured the illegal presence of US troops in Syria and said the deployment of the American forces there is meant to hinder the restoration of unity in the Arab country.

The US is also openly encouraging separatism in Syria by keeping its troops there, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov via a video link at the Rome 2020 Mediterranean Dialogues on Friday.

Lavrov called for the involvement of the international community in resolving the humanitarian crisis in Syria and said it was possible to "break the back" of terrorism mostly thanks to Russia’s decisive assistance to the Syrian government.

Dec 04 09:37

Russian, Syrian jets swarm central Syria in powerful attack on ISIS

The Russian and Syrian air forces have increased their aerial presence in central Syria this week, as their warplanes have launched dozens of airstrikes on the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) positions inside the Hama, Al-Raqqa and Homs governorates.

According to several reports from the field, the airstrikes were led by the Russian Air Force, who unleashed over 30 strikes on the terrorist positions in the past 72 hours.

The majority of the Russian and Syrian airstrikes were concentrated on the Al-Sa’an District of Hama, which is where the Islamic State has been trying to carve out a permanent presence since the start of 2020.

Dec 01 08:00

Reports: Airstrike Killed Iranian Commander Near Iraq-Syria Border

Iraqi sources told several Arab media outlets on Monday that an airstrike near the Iraq-Syria border killed a commander in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The strike reportedly occurred either late Saturday or early Sunday, and some accounts say it was a drone strike.

Some of the sources identified the slain military leader as Muslim Shahdan, a senior IRGC commander. Other reports say the IRGC commander could not be identified, but all accounts say three other people were killed in the same event. The commander was reportedly struck in a vehicle that was entering Syria from Iraq.

Iran has yet to confirm or deny the report, but if it is true, the IRGC commander’s killing comes just days after prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed inside Iran and would ratchet up tensions in the region even more. All indications point to Israel being responsible for Fakhrizadeh’s death.

Nov 29 08:03

Syria condemns ‘Zionist terrorist attack on science’ as Israel says it has ‘no clue’ who was behind Iranian scientist’s murder

Syria has condemned the assassination of top Iranian nuclear physicist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, calling it a chilling “terrorist attack on science”, as Israel denies involvement.

Syria’s Foreign Minister Faysal Mikdad denounced what he called a “cowardly act” in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif. Offering his nation's condolences to Iran over the incident, Mikdad said that the murder was an attack against scientists and researchers the world over.

While Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was a senior Iranian nuclear physicist with alleged close connections to the defense industry, the Syrian minister praised his efforts in “advancing science and knowledge.” Earlier, Iran’s UN envoy said in a letter to the UN Secretary General that the scientist had played an “outstanding role in the development of the first indigenous Covid-19 test kit” in Iran.

Nov 25 06:07

Israel Hits Southern Damascus in Latest Syria Attack

An overnight Israeli strike hit southern Damascus against Wednesday, the second such strike this week. The attack targeted a military base where Iranian Revolutionary Guards are known to be present.

Israel is keen to attack Iran on any pretext, and Syria is no obstacle for that. This latest attack caused no casualties, however, according to officials, and only did some material damages to the base at Jabal Mane Heights.

Iran threatened retaliation over the first strike, and has not commented on the new strike, though they are clear on not wanting to start any war with US involvement until President Trump leaves office.

Nov 22 11:44

Iran vows to crush any Israeli attempt to hit its "advisory" role in Syria

Foreign Minister denies Islamic Republic have military forces in Syria and says it has sent commandos to the country as military advisers for as long as they are needed; denies Iranian deaths in latest Israeli strike on Damascus

Nov 20 07:08

Declassify America’s Dirty Secrets in Syria to Stop a Biden War

How many Syrians did you vote to kill on Election Day? Thanks to our perverse political system, the answer will be revealed over the next four years if the Biden administration drags the U.S. back into the Syrian Civil War. But there are steps that Trump can take in his final months in office to deter such follies.

Syria was not an issue in the presidential campaign and there were no foreign policy questions in the two presidential debates. That won’t stop the Biden team from claiming a mandate to spread truth and justice via bombs and bribes any place on the globe.

Nov 19 12:37

ISRAELI WINGS OVER SYRIA. TRUMP’S FAREWELL STRIKE ON IRAN

The Israeli Air Force is once again bombing targets in Syria amid growing turbulence in the Greater Middle East.

Early on November 18, the Israeli Air Force conducted a series of strikes on targets in Syria. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed that the strikes hit “warehouses, command posts and military complexes, and batteries of surface-to-air missiles” belonging to the Syrian Army and the Iranian Quds Force. In total, the strikes reportedly hit 8 targets including the following:

an alleged Iranian military complex near Damascus International Airport;

some mysterious secret military barracks which act as a housing complex for senior Iranian officials as well as visiting delegations;

a command post for Division 7 of the Syrian Army which allegedly cooperates with the Quds Force;

surface-to-air missile launchers which had fired in the direction of the Israeli jets during the strikes.

Nov 18 06:45

How the British government secretly funded Syrian cartoons and comic books as anti-Assad propaganda aimed at children

Leaked documents show how the Foreign & Commonwealth Office spent millions setting up a clandestine network to churn out pro-rebel material, much of it aimed at winning the hearts and minds of kids.

A swath of internal UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) files have exposed a number of covert ways in which London sought to both propagandize Syrian children and turn them into weapons, in a vast, long-running information warfare campaign at home and abroad.

The documents are just some of the bombshell papers released by hacktivist collective Anonymous, outlining a variety of cloak-and-dagger actions undertaken by the UK government against the Syrian state over many years.

The overriding objective behind them all was to destabilize the government of Bashar Assad, convince Syrians, Western citizens, foreign governments, and international bodies that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) was a legitimate alternative, and flood media the world over with pro-opposition propaganda.

Nov 17 08:00

WaPo Propagandist Laughs That Military-Industrial Complex Lied to President Trump to Keep Troops in Syria

WaPo reporter Liz Sly laughed about the news in a couple of disgraceful Twitter posts.

“US officials have been lying to Trump – and the American people – about the true number of US troops in Syria in order to deter him from withdrawing them, according to the outgoing Syria envoy. Trump thinks it’s 200,” Sly wrote in the tweet – adding laughing while crying emojis.

Nov 16 10:33

During Russian air raids 78 Turkish supported military recruits are killed in the Syrian camp.

Russian air strikes killed at least 78 Turkish-backed recruits in a Syrian training camp and potentially injured 90 more, the UK-based Syrian Human Rights Observatory said Monday.

Russian missiles targeted an al-Sham Corps camp in the rebel-held Jabal al-Dawila region of Harem, northwest of Idlib, the agency said.

Thousands of Idlib residents took to the streets to mourn the recruits who completed their military training this week.

The al-Sham Corps is a Sunni Islamist rebel military unit supported by Turkey.

Nov 16 07:03

Outgoing Syria Envoy Admits Hiding US Troop Numbers; Praises Trump’s Mideast Record

Four years after signing the now-infamous “Never Trump” letter condemning then-presidential candidate Donald Trump as a danger to America, retiring diplomat Jim Jeffrey is recommending that the incoming Biden administration stick with Trump’s foreign policy in the Middle East.

But even as he praises the president’s support of what he describes as a successful “realpolitik” approach to the region, he acknowledges that his team routinely misled senior leaders about troop levels in Syria.

“We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there,” Jeffrey said in an interview. The actual number of troops in northeast Syria is “a lot more than” the roughly two hundred troops Trump initially agreed to leave there in 2019.

Nov 13 13:30

U.S. Syria Envoy Jim Jeffrey Admits Lying to President Trump to Keep War Going

"We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there [in northeast Syria]."

James Jeffrey, a NeverTrumper who was appointed by Mike Pompeo as special envoy for Syria in 2018, is openly bragging about lying to President Trump to preserve the endless war in Syria.

Nov 13 13:08

Trump’s anti-ISIS envoy admits he MISLED president about US troop numbers in Syria to keep them there

When President Donald Trump ordered all but a few hundred US troops withdrawn from Syria, his own diplomats hid the true number of American forces from the president, envoy Jim Jeffrey has revealed in a new interview.

“We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there,” Jeffrey, envoy to the global coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) told Defense One on Thursday. Jeffrey added that the actual number of troops in northeastern Syria is “a lot more” than the 200-400 that Trump agreed to leave behind last year.

Nov 13 08:10

New Pentagon Top Adviser Wants US Troops Out Of Syria "Immediately"

With Esper out the door, Trump's newly in office acting Secretary of Defense is already making waves given who he's just brought on board.

The new acting Pentagon chief, Christopher Miller, has just brought on as his senior adviser Ret. Army Col. Douglas Macgregor. Crucially Macgregor is on record as wanting American troops out of Syria immediately (gasp, the horror!), and further wants a rapid draw down in Afghanistan as well as in places like the Korean Peninsula.

"President Trump's newly installed acting Pentagon chief is bringing on a senior adviser in a sign the administration wants to accelerate the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Middle East before the end of his presidency in January, three people familiar with the move told Axios," Jonathan Swan writes.

Nov 07 07:30

Reported Loss Of Two U.S. MQ-9 Reapers In Syria Raises Troubling Questions

Military Times today quotes a defense official reporting that two U.S. drones were lost over Syria following a collision on Tuesday. Unconfirmed pictures from the event indicate that at least one was an MQ-9 Reaper, an expensive, top-end drone used by the U.S. Air Force and CIA for strikes against insurgents. Military site TheDrive reports that two Reapers were lost in the incident.

Confusion surrounds the event, with some sources reporting that militants opposed to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad had shot down at least one drone with a surface-to-air missile. Military Times speculate that a damaged drone may have been shot at after the collision. However, it is unclear why forces who are in theory allied with the U.S. would shoot down an American drone, or even whether they have the capability to do so.

Nov 04 06:57

A Biden Administration Would Keep a Military Presence in Syria

According to a report from Asharq Al-Awsat, a senior Biden advisor met with a group of Syrians to go over what a Biden administration’s Syria policy would look like. The advisor said Biden would keep a US military presence in northeast Syria to counter Russia and keep reconstruction funds from the country unless “meaningful” political reform occurs.

The US has a small occupation force in northeast Syria to control oil fields, estimated to be around 600 troops. The US soldiers have had confrontations with both Syrian and Russian forces. The advisor said Biden would maintain this military presence because it “is a deterrent to Russian and regime airstrikes.”

Nov 04 06:57

Campaign Official Says Biden Would Keep Golan Heights Recognition

A senior Biden campaign official told the Jewish News Syndicate that a Biden administration would not reverse President Trump’s 2019 decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and annexed the territory in 1981, a move that was not internationally recognized. President Trump’s decision broke with the international community.

“I don’t think a Biden administration would reverse that,” the unnamed campaign official said. “It was de facto recognized anyway. It was largely symbolic. It didn’t really change the calculus either by the United States or Israel or any of the neighboring nations.”

Nov 04 06:28

Moscow: Militants in Syria’s Idlib to stage false flag drone strike; implicate Syria, Russia

The Russian Defense Ministry has warned that foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists in Syria's Idlib are planning to carry out a drone strike in the de-escalation zone of the province, and incriminate Syrian army soldiers as well as Russian forces.

Deputy head of the ministry's Center for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, Rear Admiral Alexander Grinkevich, said on Monday that his center had obtained new information that terrorists were plotting to target residential neighborhoods in Nahleyah region of the northwestern province.

Grinkevich added that the Takfiris were intending to film the alleged drone strike, and subsequently publish the video on social media networks to create the false notion that Syrian army troops and Russian Aerospace Forces were responsible for the air raid.

Nov 02 07:58

Armenia Releases Video Of Detained Syrian Mercenary Captured On Battlefield

On Sunday, the Armenian Ministry of Defense published a video clip documenting the interrogation of a person who was said to be a Syrian militant who was captured in the Karabakh region after he participated in the hostilities on the side of Azerbaijan.

The captured man who appears in the tape said that he is called, Yousef Al-Abed Al-Hajji, who is from the village of Al-Ziyadiyah, located in the countryside of Jisr Al-Shughour of the Idlib Governorate, adding that he was born in 1988 and is married with five children.

Nov 01 09:14

Syrians forced into cages to queue for bread

Photos of people in Damascus being forced to wait in iron cages to queue for bread have sparked condemnation online.

The images, which have been shared widely on social media, show people crammed into small cages, which have been used to regulate queues.

According to media reports, the cages separated men, women and soldiers.

Social media users have used the images to highlight the deteriorating economic conditions in the country.

Oct 29 07:21

Russian strikes kill at least 78 in opposition's training camp in Syria’s Idlib

Russian warplanes attacked the training camp of opposition forces in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province on Monday, killing a large number of soldiers in the deadliest surge of violence since a truce was agreed to almost eight months ago.

According to local opposition military sources, the Faylaq al-Sham group of the Syrian National Army was attacked by Russian warplanes in violation of the March cease-fire.

According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), at least 78 opposition soldiers were estimated to have been killed in the attack on the camp in the Jabal Duwayli area of Idlib, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the Turkish border, while another 90 were wounded. It added that search operations were ongoing.

Oct 29 07:20

Russian air strikes kill dozens of Turkish-backed rebels in Syria, monitor says

Air strikes by Damascus regime ally Russia killed 78 Turkey-backed rebels in northwestern Syria on Monday, a monitor said, in the bloodiest surge in violence since a truce almost eight months ago.

More than 90 others were wounded when Russian warplanes targeted a training camp of the Faylaq al-Sham faction in the Jabal Duwayli area in Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

In early March, a truce brokered between Moscow and Ankara stemmed a deadly months-long Russia-backed regime military offensive on the country's last major rebel stronghold in Idlib.

That onslaught from December had displaced almost a million people from their homes in one of the worst humanitarian crises of the nine-year civil war.

Oct 29 06:31

Erdogan Threatens New Invasion of Northern Syria Over Kurdish Presence

Tensions are once again soaring on the Syria-Turkey border, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now declaring he has “legitimate reason” to re-invade northern Syria, and that such an option could happen “at any moment.”

This would be the latest of several invasions, and countless threats of invasions in recent years, and comes after a Russian airstrike targeted Turkish-backed rebels earlier this week. That’s part of the escalation of tone, but not being used to justify the invasion.

Instead, Erdogan is back to complaining about Kurds along the border, saying he’d been promised they’d be removed, and that they still haven’t been, and that that justifies Turkey going in and removing them themselves.

Oct 27 10:16

Leaked papers appear to show UK ran secret training & PR op for Syrian militants costing millions, despite knowing the risks

A swath of what appear to be secret Foreign & Commonwealth Office documents outline a multimillion-pound British effort to train rebel fighters in Syria via private companies, knowing but brushing off the risk of jihadist hijack.

The documents released by the hacktivist collective Anonymous appear to expose a variety of covert actions undertaken by the UK government against the Syrian state over many years.

The overriding objective behind them all, the papers suggest, was to destabilise the government of Bashar Assad, convince Syrians, Western citizens, foreign governments, and international bodies that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) was a legitimate alternative, and flood media the world over with pro-opposition propaganda.

Oct 27 09:31

Russian Airstrike Hits HQ of Syrian Islamist Group Close to Turkey; 80 Killed

Russia has attacked the HQ of Faylaq al-Sham, Turkey's favorite armed group in Idlib, and the leading faction of the NLF of the SNA.

Faylaq al-Sham is also present in the Astana process and the constitutional committee.

Claims that up to 50 Faylaq members died in the attack.

Oct 27 06:21

Russian Airstrikes Kill Dozens of Turkish-Backed Fighters in Syria

Russian airstrikes killed dozens of Turkish-backed fighters in Syria’s northwest Idlib province on Monday. The strike targeted a camp for Faylaq al-Sham, one of the larger Turkish backed groups in Idlib.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 78 fighters were killed, and more than 90 were wounded in the airstrikes.

Turkey sent thousands of fighters into Idlib earlier this year to halt a Syrian government offensive to retake Idlib, which is mostly controlled by Hayat Tahir al-Sham (HTS), an al-Qaeda affiliate formerly known as al-Nusra Front.

Russia and Turkey brokered a ceasefire in March to halt the violence in Idlib. While there has been shelling and minor offensives by both sides, the ceasefire has held relatively well. Monday’s airstrikes appear to be the largest Russian operations since the truce was reached.

Oct 27 06:10

Ashkenazi tells Russian FM Iranian entrenchment in Syria must be prevented

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi met his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, for the first time on Monday, thanking him for working with the Jewish state “on preventing an Iranian entrenchment in Syria.”

Meeting during a diplomatic visit to the Greek capital of Athens, Ashkenazi updated Lavrov on developments on the normalization deals with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan, as well as the issue of Iran and its proxy terror groups such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Oct 27 06:05

Families demand repatriation of all foreign nationals from Syrian camps

Western governments are facing growing pressure to repatriate their own nationals held in dangerous and overcrowded camps and prisons in northeastern Syria after being swept up in fighting between Kurdish-led forces and Islamic State (IS) militants.

A newly formed international network linking together relatives of some of those detained will this week call on countries to take responsibility for thousands of foreign nationals, the majority of them young children, stranded in the region after the collapse of IS early last year.

The network, Families for Repatriation International (FRI), will highlight the “dire and life-threatening conditions” that have already led to hundreds of deaths, and warn that governments' continuing failure to act risks undermining human rights, global security and the rule of law.

Oct 27 05:26

Russian Airstrikes Obliterate Turkish-Backed 'Rebel' Camp In Idlib, Killing Over 60

Though Syria has long fallen out of featured coverage in international media, it appears the war to take back Idlib province is heating up once again. Recall that on prior occasions over the past few years Washington has threatened some level of military intervention each time Syria and Russia prepared to finally liberate the northwest region from al-Qaeda and Turkish-backed jihadists (especially connected with 'rebel' claims of chemical weapons usage by government forces).

On Monday Russian jets pounded a camp full of Turkish-backed militants in Idlib, killing at least 60. Some media sources are reporting possibly over 70 killed and 100+ injured, making it one of the single deadliest airstrikes of the entire almost decade long war.

"The strike targeted the group Faylaq al-Sham, whose base is near several refugee camps in the heavily populated province of Idlib," The New York Times reports.

Oct 26 09:45

Syrians spruce up famed Crusader castle after years of war

"...Clutching to pickaxes and shovels, dozens of Syrian volunteers clear grass, shrubs and dead trees growing up the centuries-old walls of one of the world’s most famous Crusader castles, Krak des Chevaliers, to protect it from forest fires that have ravaged the region..."

Oct 26 05:58

Turkish president threatens Syrian Kurds amid increasing clashes in northeast Syria

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an delivered remarks at the 7th Ordinary Provincial Congress of the Justice and Development (AK) Party in Kayseri and the key handover ceremony of Kayseri Urban Transformation Project, the website of the Turkish presidency said.

“Recently, we have seen that the efforts for a new terrorist formation near the Iraqi border in Syria have been accelerated. Let me say this more clearly; there is an effort to establish a terror state there. I would like to say this without beating around the bush: Turkey will never allow the establishment of a terror state right beside its borders. We will do whatever is necessary and drain this swamp of terrorism.”

Oct 24 07:42

BBC's upcoming White Helmets ‘documentary’ gears up to be a character assassination of those who challenge Syria war narratives

The BBC is preparing an attack against journalists, former diplomats, academics and scientists who challenge the dominant pro-war narratives against Syria underpinned by the pseudo-humanitarian White Helmets.

Oct 24 06:57

Syrian Refugees Have Become a Tool of Duplicitous Politics

Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria the issue of Syrian refugees and internally displace has been the subject of countless articles and reports with international humanitarian organizations and countries involved in the Syrian conflict shifting responsibility for the plight of migrants.

The most notorious example of human suffering put against political games is the Rukban refugee camp located in eastern Syria inside the 55-km zone around Al-Tanf base controlled by the U.S. and its proxies.

Oct 22 10:43

Israel Attacks Sites in Syrian Village

The Syrian village of al-Hurriya came under attack overnight, according to state media. Locals reported multiple explosions, and damage to some buildings, but there have yet to be any confirmed casualties.

It is believed that the attacks were targeting Shi’ite militias in the village, which Israeli media always declares “Iranian militias.” They are operating out of the village school, which was the center of many of the early attacks.

As is almost always the case, Israel’s Army has not commented on the attack. Such attacks rarely lead to comments, though it’s generally accepted that Israel attacks Shi’ite targets often within Syria, and presents them as Iranian.

Oct 22 06:02

DM Suggests Israel Behind Attack on Syria Near Border

Israeli DM Benny Gantz appeared to confirm Israel’s responsibility for the overnight attack on the Syrian village of al-Hurriya, where they struck a school that was being used as a command center by a Shi’ite militia.

Gantz said he wouldn’t “go into who fired what,” but insisted that Israel would do whatever is necessary to drive Iran and Hezbollah out of the border region. It’s not clear who was in the Shi’ite militias at the border, but Israeli press almost always label them “Iranian.” Three suspects were slain in that attack.

Pointing to further attacks, Israel is dropping leaflets in SW Syria now warning government forces not to deal with the militias. That suggests Israel isn’t intending to attack Syrian military targets in the future, just militias.

Oct 21 07:17

Turkey Withdraws From Military Outpost in Syria Surrounded by the Syrian Army

Turkey has evacuated an observation station in Syria’s northwestern Hama province that had been encircled by Syrian government forces.

The outpost in Morek had been Turkey’s largest in the province, which is now under the control of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Assad’s troops encircled it last year after an offensive on the province of Idlib, which is the last opposition stronghold in the country.

“After midnight Turkish forces began to evacuate Morek, and this morning a large convoy left” the area, an Ankara-backed Syrian rebel commander told AFP.

He said the troops would be redeployed to Turkish outposts in Idlib.

Oct 21 05:58

US Seeks to Prolong Terrorism in Syria, Not Defeat It

Recent attacks on Syrian positions from terrorists of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) and the release of thousands of prisoners in US-occupied eastern Syria illustrate how Washington is demonstratably prolonging instability in Syria as part of its promise to transform the nation into a “quagmire” for Russia and Iran.

Newsweek itself, in an article titled, “US Syria Representative Says His Job Is to Make the War a ‘Quagmire’ for Russia,” had admitted earlier this year that:
The US special representative for Syria has urged continued American deployment to the war torn country in order to keep pressure on US enemies and make the conflict a “quagmire” for Russia.

Oct 20 06:00

Turkey to Scrap Idlib Observation Post

The Turkish military has begun withdrawing from the Morek observation post in Idlib, Syria. They set up the post in 2018 and have reinforced it, ruling out ever abandoning it. Officials now say it has no military value and that they are dismantling the base.

This was one of 12 posts which were meant to support Syrian rebels in Idlib. Though Turkey isn’t saying so, this may reflect the rebel weakness in the area, and al-Qaeda’s dominance in Idlib.

Some Turkish officials are reporting that four observation posts and two military sites in Idlib will be going. The sites are said to be inconvenient to defend, and of little use to the rebels.

Oct 19 11:28

The Israel Lobby’s Hidden Hand in the Theft of Iraqi and Syrian Oil

“We want to bring our soldiers home. But we did leave soldiers because we’re keeping the oil,” President Trump stated on November 3, before adding, “I like oil. We’re keeping the oil.”

Though he had promised a withdrawal of U.S. troops from their illegal occupation of Syria, Trump shocked many with his blunt admission that troops were being left behind to prevent Syrian oil resources from being developed by the Syrian government and, instead, kept in the hands of whomever the U.S. deemed fit to control them, in this case, the U.S.-backed Kurdish-majority militia known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Oct 19 06:23

Bashar al-Assad "Should Have Been Killed" Long Ago: Israeli Military Intel Chief

An Israeli security official told a local newspaper this week that “Tel Aviv is not interested in assassinating the Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah,” stating that “if we wanted to kill him… we would have actually killed him.”

The head of the Research Division in the Israeli Military Intelligence, Dror Shalom, said that Nasrallah is fully aware that Lebanon will lose if he opens fire on Israel. But he did in a surprising statement express that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad should have been taken out years ago.

Oct 15 06:33

IDF Special Forces carry out covert operation, destroy two Syrian outposts

In a secret operation that took place last week and was made known to the public on Tuesday, IDF Special Forces crossed the border into the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria and destroyed two outposts belonging to the Syrian army.

The operation was carried out following Syria’s continued violation of the disengagement agreement between Israel and Syria from 1974, which determines that a designated buffer zone between the borders would only be occupied by a special UN force called the Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

Oct 15 05:44

Israeli Troops Entered Syria, Destroyed Two Military Outposts

The number of times Israel attacks Syrian territory in a given month make an individual incident normally unexceptional. Israel rarely admits to such attacks, however, and Wednesday, we got a rare case where the Israeli Army spokesman retroactively confirmed one.

On September 21, Israeli ground troops crossed the border into the Syrian Golan, destroying two military outposts, which Israel accused of being used for “routine security.” The Israeli Army official said it was retaliation for Syrian troops chasing rebels into the demilitarized zone.

The Israeli troops entered the area, planted explosives at the sites, and detonated both simultaneously. Other officials said they feared that leaving the outposts could see them used by Iran or Hezbollah some day.

Oct 13 06:41

US military building new base in Syria’s oil-rich Dayr al-Zawr: Report

The United States has reportedly started building a new military base in Syria’s oil-rich eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr as Washington moves to tighten its grip on the country’s energy resources.

The Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency, citing local sources, reported the military base was being built in Syria’s vast Badia desert, and that construction equipment had been put into action there a few days ago.

The sources added that workers had begun building an airstrip at the location in order to secure the arrival of logistical supplies for the base.

Oct 12 06:20

US Sneaks 20 More Tankers of Stolen Syrian Oil Out of Country, Report Claims

In late 2019, US President Donald Trump candidly admitted that Washington had “left troops behind” in Syria “only for the oil". Damascus has blasted Trump for pillaging the Arab Republic’s resources, but President Bashar al-Assad also praised him for openly admitting the real reason US forces continue to occupy part of his country.

A convoy of 20 tankers laden with oil pumped from wells in the US-occupied region of Jazira left Hasakah province heading toward the illegal Al Waleed border crossing between Syria and Iraq on Saturday night, local sources have told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The agency's sources did not provide any more information about the convoy’s composition, and whether it included any military escorts.

Oct 11 05:59

Western Allies Block Ex-OPCW Chief's Explosive Testimony On Syria Chemical Weapons

This past Monday at the UN Security Council, the US, the UK, France, and allies blocked testimony from a former director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Jose Bustani is a Brazilian diplomat and was the first director-general of the OPCW, which was formed in 1997.

Bustani was pushed out of the organization in 2002 by the Bush administration for his efforts to negotiate with Saddam Hussein. The Brazilian was prepared to deliver testimony to the UN Security Council on Monday over the OPCW’s investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, in April 2018.

Oct 10 06:46

Is Syria’s Idlib the Next Gaza Strip?

“Many relatives of mine were living in camps near the border with Turkey,” says Huda Husein, a 25-year-old teacher living in the rebel-held enclave of Idlib in northwest Syria. “But last month they returned home [to the cities and villages] because they prefer dying under an airstrike to dying in the camps.” A cousin told her that “we are just fleeing from danger to danger”, explaining that the misery of trying to survive in cramped tents was worse than bombardment by Russia and Syrian government forces.

Oct 10 06:12

Non-Aligned Movement Demands Israel Withdraw to 1967 Borders With Syria

Israel occupied about 1,200 sq km of Syria’s Golan Heights in 1967 after launching a surprise air attack against Damascus’s Egyptian allies and sparking the Six Day War in June of that year. In 1981, Tel Aviv formally annexed the territory. The UN condemned that decision as “null and void and without international legal effect.”

The 120 member-strong Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has issued a political declaration whose demands include Israel withdrawing from occupied Syrian territories in the Golan Heights.

Oct 08 07:25

Russia's Assistance 'Turning Point' in Syrian War, Allowing to Crush Terrorists, Bashar Assad Says

The war in Syria will continue until every part of the nation's territory is liberated from terrorists, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Sputnik, recalling how Russia's involvement in the conflict at Damascus' request changed the course of events and resulted in a massive counterterrorist advance.

Russia's military assistance to Damascus is marking its fifth year. Sputnik asked the Syrian president whether after these five years he could say the war was over.

"No, definitely not. As long as you have terrorists occupying some areas of our country and committing different kinds of crimes and assassinations and other crimes, it's not over, and I think their supervisors are keen to make it continue for a long time. That's what we believe", Assad replied.

Oct 07 08:59

US, UK, and France Block Ex-OPCW Chief’s Testimony at UN

On Monday, at the UN Security Council, the US, the UK, France, and allies blocked testimony from a former director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Jose Bustani is a Brazilian diplomat and was the first director-general of the OPCW, which was formed in 1997.

Bustani was pushed out of the organization in 2002 by the Bush administration for his efforts to negotiate with Saddam Hussein. The Brazilian was prepared to deliver testimony to the UN Security Council on Monday over the OPCW’s investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, in April 2018.

The US, UK, and France responded to the alleged Douma attack with airstrikes on Syrian government targets. After the strike, OPCW inspectors arrived in Douma to investigate.

Oct 07 08:58

At Least 19 Killed in NW Syrian Truck Bomb of al-Bab

A truck bombing hit a bus station in the Turkish-controlled town of al-Bab Tuesday, in northwestern Syria. The bomb killed at least 19 people and wounded 75 others, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The White Helmets said the number of casualties would increase.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, but ISIS had previously controlled al-Bab and might be trying to reassert itself. Turkey will likely prefer to blame the Kurds, though for now everyone is withholding judgement.

This area is just northeast of Aleppo, and that part of Syria has long been insecure. Al-Bab itself has faced several attacks since Turkey took it over in 2017, expelling ISIS from one of its most far-west territories.

Oct 07 07:30

Iran’s President decries sending of Syrian ‘terrorists’ to Nagorno-Karabakh, warns fighting could spark REGIONAL WAR

Tehran can’t tolerate deploying militants from Syria to the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, where fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia affects Iran’s borders and may evolve into a regional conflict, President Rouhani warned.

The Islamic Republic will focus on ensuring “the security of our cities and villages” that appear to be lying within reach of stray shells or rockets coming from inside the conflict zone, the Iranian president warned, during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Oct 07 07:27

Russia slams ‘disgraceful’ ban on founding OPCW chief speaking at UN Security Council on Syria, PUBLISHES his speech unilateraly

An ex-OPCW chief, sacked under US pressure, has been barred from briefing the UN Security Council about a controversial probe into an alleged 2018 chemical attack in Syria. Russia called it a “shame” and published his speech.

Jose Bustani, a Brazilian diplomat who led the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from 1997 until 2002, was invited by Moscow to speak at a UN Security Council meeting about the so-called “Syrian chemical dossier,” but his appearance was blocked at the last minute by Belgium, Germany, Estonia, France, the US and the UK.

“What has happened now is yet more sad proof that Western delegations fear the uncomfortable truth,” Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, stressed while addressing the UN global body on Monday.

Oct 06 07:52

Oman becomes first Gulf state to reinstate ambassador in Syria

Oman has sent an ambassador to Syria, becoming the first Gulf Arab state to do so after they downgraded or shut missions in Damascus in 2012 over the government’s brutal response to protests at the start of what turned into a war.

Oman is one of the rare Arab countries that maintained diplomatic relations with the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad after the 2011 uprising, despite pressure from the United States and other Gulf allies.

Syria’s foreign minister on Sunday accepted the credentials of Oman’s Ambassador Turki bin Mahmood al-Busaidy, appointed to the post by royal decree in March, state news agency ONA said.

Oct 05 06:36

At least 64 Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters dead in Karabakh clashes, says UK war monitor

At least 64 pro-Turkey Syrian rebel fighters have been killed in clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over Nagorno-Karabakh, a Britain-based war monitor said in a new toll on October 3.

They were among the 1,200 combatants from pro-Ankara Syrian factions that Turkey has sent to fight for the Azeris since last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, updating its earlier figure of 850.
At least 36 of them have been killed in clashes in the past 48 hours alone, the Observatory added, increasing a previous toll of 28 to 64.

Oct 05 06:14

Syrian rebels sign up to fight for Azeris to feed families

Desperate to help his family displaced by Syria's war, pro-Turkey rebel fighter Abu Ahmad is waiting to be deployed to Azerbaijan, hoping to earn almost 80 times his current salary.

"I signed up to fight more than a week ago to go to Azerbaijan… in exchange for $2,000 a month," the 26-year-old told AFP via phone, using a pseudonym for his safety.

Clashes have raged between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces since Sunday over Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian province that broke away from Azerbaijan in a bitterly fought war in the 1990s.

Oct 05 05:32

To avoid WW3, the US must assure military support for Russia in Syria

On June 28, 1914, Garvilo Princip, a Serbian Nationalist, assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in the hope of somehow causing Austria to cede the areas of Bosnia/Kosovo to Russian Orthodox Serbia. Instead, the assassination set off a concatenation of events that inexorably led to World War I. The various post-assassination national cross-demands and ultimatums triggered various mutual defense treaties which accelerated the conflict like a row of cascading falling dominos.

Today, in October 2020, the Russian Orthodox Armenia is locked in a Turkish fueled proto-all-out-war with Turkey’s ally Azerbaijan over the disputed areas of Nagorno-Karabakh. In what is a mutual defense treaty similar to NATO, Russia is bound under the “Collective Security Treaty Organization” (CSTO Treaty) mutual defense treaty with Armenia.

So, if Armenia triggers the defense treaty, Russia will defend Armenia, and by necessity confront NATO member Turkey, Azerbaijan’s principal ally.

Oct 04 07:21

Erdogan Threatens to Launch New Operation in North Syria If Kurdish Units Remain

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Ankara was ready to launch another military operation to clear northern Syria from Kurdish militia.

"When we destroyed the terrorist corridor that was being built along our borders, we showed that our Syrian brothers were not alone. The terrorist zones that still exist in Syria must either be cleared as promised, or we will come and do it ourselves," Erdogan said at an event in Hatay province via video link.

The Turkish leader added that "any steps that could lead to a new humanitarian catastrophe in Syrian Idlib were unacceptable for Turkey."

Oct 03 07:51

OPCW: Investigation Into Two Alleged Syria Chemical Attacks Inconclusive

The international chemical weapons watchdog said on Friday that two investigations into alleged attacks in Syria could not establish whether or not chemicals were used. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) reports on two alleged attacks, one in Saraqib, Syria, on August 1, 2016, and one in Aleppo, Syria, on November 24, 2018.

The Saraqib incident was an alleged chlorine attack blamed on the Syrian government. The FFM report cited open source material that said around 30 people had been affected and exhibited symptoms, including breathing difficulties and coughing. These sources also “indicated the presence of a substance with an odor similar to that of chlorine.”

Oct 03 07:47

Syrian Fighter Details His Experience in Nagorno-Karabakh

Since fighting broke out between Armenian forces and Azerbaijan in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, there have been reports of mercenaries from Syria participating in the battle. The Guardian published a story on Friday that quoted a Syrian who was recruited to support Azerbaijan.

The Guardian, and other media outlets, had previously reported that a Turkish security firm recruited men in northern Syria to work as border guards in Azerbaijan for around $1,000 a month. The governments of Russia and France have said they have information that indicates fighters are being sent to the conflict zone from northern Syria.

On Friday, AFP cited the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and said 28 Syrian fighters have been killed in Nagorno-Karabakh. Relatives of three fighters confirmed their deaths to AFP.

Oct 03 07:37

Russia, Iran Concerned About Syrian and Libyan Fighters in Nagorno-Karabakh: Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif talked by phone on Friday and expressed concern over the involvement of Syrian and Libyan fighters in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russia's foreign ministry said.

Two Syrian rebel sources have told Reuters that Turkey is sending Syrian rebel fighters to support Azerbaijan, something both Ankara and Baku have denied. French President Emmanuel Macron has also accused Turkey of sending Syrian jihadists to the region.

Oct 03 07:00

Hezbollah chief orders fighters to protect civilians while fighting terrorists in Syria

A new documentary has shown secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement ordering commanders and fighters of his group to properly protect civilians and local population while fighting foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists in neighboring Syria.

The documentary, aired by Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Manar television network on Friday evening, shows Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah commanding his comrades to observe religious commitments and adequately protect civilian lives during their anti-terror offensive in the western Syrian city of al-Qusayr, located about 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of Homs, back in 2013.

Oct 02 08:37

Syrian JIHADIST fighters are operating in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh, French President Macron says, citing ‘credible information’

Militants from extremist groups previously active in Syria have arrived in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh amid the ongoing military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, French President Emmanuel Macron has said.

“Now, we have credible information, which indicates that Syrian fighters from some jihadist groups have reached the Nagorno-Karabakh battlefield through Gaziantep,” Macron told journalists as he arrived at an EU summit in Brussels, on Thursday, mentioning a southern Turkish city the militants supposedly passed through on their way to the disputed region.

Oct 01 10:45

You can thank Russia for wiping out ISIS in Syria, Defense Minister Shoigu insists on 5th anniversary of Moscow's intervention

Thanks to Russian forces, the Islamic State in Syria has been defeated, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, who claimed that more than 133,000 terrorists have been killed in the country over the past five years.
Shoigu was writing in the Russian army newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda, on the 5th anniversary of Moscow’s military operation in the Levant. The minister believes that Russia helped preserve Syrian statehood, prevent the spread of terrorism to other countries, and ultimately defeated the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) in Syria.

Oct 01 10:07

At Least Three Syrian Fighters Killed in Nagorno-Karabakh

On Wednesday, the Guardian published a story that said at least three “Syrian opposition” fighters have been killed in Nagorno-Karabakh, where Armenia and Azerbaijan have engaged in heavy fighting since Sunday.

Multiple media outlets have cited sources in northern Syria that said a Turkish security company offered Syrian fighters around $1,000 a month to travel to Azerbaijan.

The Guardian spoke with the families of Syrian fighters who were reported to be killed in Nagorno-Karabakh. One man, Omar Abdo, is the cousin of a slain fighter named Muhammed Shaalan. Abdo said he was contacted by members of the Hamza Division on Tuesday who told him of his cousin’s death.

The Hamza Division is a Turkish-backed Syrian opposition group based in northwest Syria, a group Turkey has deployed to fight against Gen. Khalifa Haftar in Libya.

Oct 01 06:09

Russia ‘deeply concerned’ about reports of mercenaries from Syria & Libya being sent to fight in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh

Moscow has condemned the alleged use of “foreign mercenaries and terrorists” in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, calling them a threat to the entire region that must “immediately” be withdrawn.

“Militants of illegal armed groups, in particular from Syria and Libya” have been transported to the conflict zone “in order to directly participate in the hostilities,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a Wednesday statement commenting on the recent reports, adding it was “deeply concerned” about the development that creates “long-term threats to the security of all countries in the region.”

Sep 30 05:42

Monitor: Turkey Sending Syrian Fighters to Azerbaijan

Several hundred Syrian fighters have been sent by Turkey to support Azerbaijan in its ongoing conflict with Armenia, according to a war monitor and a Syrian rebel commander.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has researchers across Syria, said over 300 Syrian fighters have been deployed to Azerbaijan, Turkey’s longtime ally.

“These Syrian fighters come from two ethnic Turkmen armed groups, including the Sultan Murad Division and the Suleyman Shah Brigade,” Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory, told VOA in a phone interview Tuesday.

Sep 29 06:43

Is the Pentagon's Buildup in Northeast Syria a Message to Russia, Turkey, Damascus, or Someone Else?

On 18 September, the US Central Command announced that it had taken a series of measures aimed at ensuring the safety and security of US-led coalition forces in north-eastern Syria. Mark Sleboda, a US military veteran and international affairs and security analyst, has explained who the major addressees of the Pentagon's move are.

"The United States has deployed Sentinel radar, increased the frequency of US fighter patrols over US forces, and deployed Bradley Fighting Vehicles to augment US forces in the Eastern Syria Security Area (ESSA)", a Department of Defence (DOD) statement said, highlighting that "the US does not seek conflict with any other nation in Syria, but will defend Coalition forces if necessary".

Sep 28 07:16

Iran to Help Syria Rebuild Air Defenses to Better Withstand Ceaseless Israeli Aggression

Iran’s military is reporting they’ve made a deal with the Syrian government to help rebuild their air defense systems, and have signed a new contract to begin when the Iran arms embargo expires next month.

Details of what the contract said is unclear, but the Iranians say they are ready to export some arms with the embargo’s expiration.

The likely arms are Sayyad-2, as the Syrians have S-200 launchers, which are compatible with the Iranian missiles.

Syria has invested a lot in air defenses over the years, but over the past year they’ve lost a lot of capacity in some parts of the country, facing near constant Israeli attacks. The systems are mostly bought from Russia, but Iran’s compatible parts may be cheaper.

Sep 28 06:02

US Special Ops Using Secret Drone Missiles in Northwest Syria

Earlier this month, the US assassinated a leader of an al-Qaeda offshoot group in Syria’s Idlib Province, in the country’s northwest. The strike was carried out using a drone and a secretive missile that uses blades to shred the target to death. The missile, known as the Ninja Hellfire or the R9X, does not explode and is designed to limit civilian casualties.

The strike allegedly killed Sayyaf al-Tunsi, a Tunisian and a high ranking member of Hurras al-Din, a group affiliated with al-Qaeda. Hurras al-Din is an offshoot of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), previously the al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda in Syria). HTS is the dominant militant group in Idlib. Hurras al-Din was founded in 2018 by hardline members of HTS and al-Nusra, and other Islamist militant groups in the region.

US Joint Special Operations Command, with help from the CIA, has been waging this covert war against Hurras al-Din for months. The US killed the former leader of the group with a Ninja Hellfire missile back in June.

Sep 24 06:14

LEAKED DOCS EXPOSE MASSIVE SYRIA PROPAGANDA OPERATION WAGED BY WESTERN GOVT CONTRACTORS AND MEDIA

Leaked documents show how UK government contractors developed an advanced infrastructure of propaganda to stimulate support in the West for Syria’s political and armed opposition.

Virtually every aspect of the Syrian opposition was cultivated and marketed by Western government-backed public relations firms, from their political narratives to their branding, from what they said to where they said it.

The leaked files reveal how Western intelligence cutouts played the media like a fiddle, carefully crafting English- and Arabic-language media coverage of the war on Syria to churn out a constant stream of pro-opposition propaganda.

US and European contractors trained and advised Syrian opposition leaders at all levels, from young media activists to the heads of the parallel government-in-exile. These firms also organized interviews for Syrian opposition leaders on mainstream outlets such as BBC and the UK’s Channel 4.

Sep 24 06:03

Video: Turkish-based Syrian Militants Prepare to Participate in Azerbaijani-Armenian Conflict

1,000 fighters of the so-called Syrian National Army, a coalition of Turkish-funded militant groups, will be moved to Azerbaijan in September as a part of a 6-month long deployment, Syrian pro-militant media reported. According to reports, Turkish proxies will pass additional training and may even be deployed along the contact line with Armenian forces near the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region.

During the Azerbaijani-Armenian escalation in July, reports already surfaced that Turkey was deploying its Syrian proxies to support Azerbaijani forces in their standoff against Armenia. Then, Syrian sources also reported about a potential 6-month long contract for Turkish-funded militants. The monthly salary of one Turkish mercenary in the combat zone was reported to be 2,500 USD.

Sep 22 13:17

TURKISH-BACKED SYRIAN MILITANTS PREPARE TO PARTICIPATE IN AZERBAIJANI-ARMENIAN CONFLICT

1,000 fighters of the so-called Syrian National Army, a coalition of Turkish-funded militant groups, will be moved to Azerbaijan in September as a part of a 6-month long deployment, Syrian pro-militant media reported. According to reports, Turkish proxies will pass additional training and may even be deployed along the contact line with Armenian forces near the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region.

During the Azerbaijani-Armenian escalation in July, reports already surfaced that Turkey was deploying its Syrian proxies to support Azerbaijani forces in their standoff against Armenia. Then, Syrian sources also reported about a potential 6-month long contract for Turkish-funded militants. The monthly salary of one Turkish mercenary in the combat zone was reported to be 2,500 USD.

Sep 22 06:54

The Syria Boondoggle: Who’s Ready to Die in Vain?

Mark my words: an American soldier will soon die for next to nothing in Syria. Here’s a mission that takes all the absurdity of America’s post-9/11 wars of choice to their logical conclusion. As such, this muddled and aimless operation must stand forever tall in the pantheon of U.S. foreign policy folly – right up there with the three Seminole Wars (1817-18, 1835-42, 1855-58, 1,608 dead troops); Nicaraguan "Banana Wars" (1910, 1912-25, 1927-33, 159 dead); the Russian Civil War’s "Siberia” intervention (1918-20, 424 dead); "Desert One" botched Iran hostage rescue (1980, 8 dead); Beirut "peacekeeping" (1982-84, 265 dead); the Grenada invasion (1983, 19 dead); and Somalia (1992-94, 43 dead). So, in Trump’s defense – and that of the Washington crowd that’s repeatedly pressured him to stay the Syria course – his latest folly is in good company.

Sep 21 12:20

US SENDS M2A2 BRADLEY IFVS TO CHALLENGE RUSSIAN FORCES IN NORTHERN SYRIA

The US military has reinforced its troops, supposedly mostly withdrawn from Syria, with a new batch of military equipment, this time M2A2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles.

In an official comment released on September 18, the US-led coalition said that mechanized infantry assets, including Bradley IFVs, were positioned to Syria in order to “ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS”, “ensure the protection of Coalition forces” and “provide the rapid flexibility needed to protect critical petroleum resources”.

The M2A2 Bradley is armed with a 25 mm chain gun, a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun and a dual TOW anti-tank guided missile launcher. This makes the IFV the heaviest weapon deployed by the US on the ground in Syria.

Sep 20 12:51

Dozens Of US Tanker Trucks Filled With Oil Leave Syria For Iraq

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that the American forces transferred a large amount of oil from eastern Syria to Iraq over the weekend.

The agency quoted local sources as saying that “a convoy of 30 tankers and a tanker for the American occupation loaded with stolen oil from the oil wells it occupies in Syria’s Al-Jazeera left this evening to Iraqi lands through the illegal Al-Walid crossing in the Al-Yarubiyah region in the eastern countryside of Al-Hasakah.”

Sep 20 07:09

Trump Send Troops, Heavy Armor Back Into Syria After Russian, Turkish Provocations

According to three defense officials, the Pentagon has moved a small number of troops to Syria this week after a series of increasingly intense clashes between the U.S. and Russian military.

According to the officials, both the troops and the vehicles serve the purpose of showing the military presence and thus dissuading the Russian army from crossing into the eastern security area where the US, coalition, and Democratic Forces operate. The additional troops will include six Bradley combat vehicles and less than 100 soldiers operating in northeast Syria in a 90-day deployment.

Sep 20 05:18

Britain, France, and Germany Spurn US Plan for Iran Sanctions

Trump Administration officials have been saying this for weeks, but on Friday reiterated their intentions to try to enforce a UN Security Council resolution that includes broad sanctions against Iran. Officials say they expect every nation to comply.

The glaring problem with this is that the resolution doesn’t exist, at least not as an active resolution the US wants. The P5+1 nuclear deal gave the US the authority to reimpose sanctions on Iran, but the US had withdrawn from that pact years ago. Though the Trump Administration argued that didn’t matter, the UN has virtually unanimously rejected their interpretation, and rejected the UN Security Council resolution. The US believes the resolution becomes active Sunday, but the reality is it just doesn’t exist legally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These actions spell desperation on the cusp of madness, and the world is not following suit; so, what is next here, an invasion of Iran?!?

Considering just how "brilliantly" the other US occupations around the world are going, you might imagine it might just be time for a "re-think" on this; but of course, Israel's Bibi Netanyahu will not allow that to happen; he wants the US waging war against Iran, so Israel will not have to.

Sep 20 05:12

The US Is Deploying More Troops to Syria: Increase in troop presence comes after US confrontations with Russian and Syrian forces

The US is sending additional forces into Syria after a series of incidents between US and Russian troops in the country, according to three unnamed Pentagon officials speaking to NBC News. The force will consist of six Bradley Fighting Vehicles and fewer than 100 soldiers, who will be operating in northeast Syria on a 90-day deployment.

The US-led anti-ISIS coalition Operation Inherent Resolve said that the Bradley Fighting Vehicles arrived in eastern Syria on Friday.

The unnamed officials told NBC that the additional soldiers and vehicles will serve as a “show of presence” to discourage Russia from entering the eastern security zone where US forces and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces operate.

US troops have had multiple encounters with the Syrian government and Russia inside Syria throughout the year. Some of the more serious confrontations occurred last month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War with Russia over Syria?!?!?

Would someone, please tell me that this administration is not quite this stupid?!?

Sep 20 04:23

US Sends More Armored Infantry Units Into Syria Amid Increased Russian Presence

Amid increasing tense encounters between American and Russian military convoys in northeast Syria, which in at least one recent encounter ended in a ramming incident, additional US mechanized infantry units have been ordered into Syria on Friday, including Bradley Fighting Vehicles.

“CJTF-OIR plans to position mechanized infantry assets, including Bradley Fighting Vehicles, to Syria to ensure the protection of Coalition forces and preserve their freedom of movement so they may continue Defeat Daesh operations safely,” the Pentagon said in a press release.

Ostensibly the counter-ISIS mission was offered as the prime rationale, but it's clear it has more to do with the ratcheting cat-and-mouse encounters between US and Russian forces, which could at any moment result in an exchange of fire incident.

Ironically Trump at the same time told White House reporters that "we are out of Syria" but troops only remain solely with a mission of "guarding the oil."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: we are very close to war with Russia in Syria; just because some US action would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is utterly no guarantee that the US government won't do it.

Sep 19 06:49

Envoy: US seeks to replace Abbas with Israeli-backed Dahlan

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has set off uproar among the Palestinians after suggesting Washington was considering supporting exiled former Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan to unseat Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

“We're thinking about it, but we have no desire to engineer the Palestinian leadership,” Friedman said in an interview published by the Israel Hayom newspaper on Thursday.

The report said there are elements within the US administration that are in favor of supporting Dahlan to overthrow Abbas as the next Palestinian Authority chief.

The US envoy also suggested that the Tel Aviv regime is moving forward with its plan to illegally annex more Palestinian territory.

Sep 16 06:56

US occupation helicopter falls down in Al-Yarubiya town in eastern countryside of Hasaka

A US occupation helicopter fell down in Al-Yarubiya town in the eastern countryside of Hasaka, local sources told SANA reporter in Hasaka on Tuesday.

The reporter quoted the sources as saying that “a helicopter belonging to the US occupation fell in Tal Hadad village in Al-Yarubiya town in the far eastern countryside of Hasaka”, pointing out that 10 US armored vehicles cordoned the village, and the wrecked helicopter was transported by another helicopter using iron chains.

In addition, sources at the illegal US-led coalition admitted that the incident has taken place, but underestimated it and considered that the crash of the helicopter was an emergency landing and did not result in casualties.

Sep 15 08:51

Trump says he wanted to ASSASSINATE Assad, blames ex-defense chief Mattis for staying his hand

US President Donald Trump has claimed he wanted to “take out” Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2017 but was deterred by then-Defense Secretary James Mattis – after previously denying an assassination was even discussed.
“I would have rather taken [Assad] out,” Trump told Fox & Friends on Tuesday, insisting “I had him all set,” but “Mattis didn’t want to do it.”

Sep 14 12:00

SYRIAN ARMY ARTILLERY DEVASTATES MILITANTS’ POSITIONS IN IDLIB AS TURKS SUFFER FRESH CASUALTIES IN AFRIN

Turkish forces have been passing through hard times in northwestern Syria.

First a mysterious ‘heart attack’ that killed a Turkish general in Idlib. Then, Turkish military positions in the province of Aleppo were devastated by a series of rocket strikes. Rockets pounded the so-called ‘observation post’ of the Turkish military near the town of Xezwe on September 12. Later on the same day, when Turkish reinforcements deployed in the area, the Xezwe post was once again shelled by unguided rockets. Photos and videos from the ground showed that the strike caused notable damage, while pro-militant sources also claimed that several Turkish troops were injured.

The Turkish Armed Forces responded to the attack by striking positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Aqiybah, Sughanka and Burj al-Qas.

Sep 14 07:02

Large Number Of Russian Warships Seen Deployed Between Syria & Cyprus

A large number of Russian warships were recently tracked off the coasts of Syria and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean region, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported Thursday.

According to the online publication, “experts are seriously concerned about the presence of at least 15 Russian warships and submarines off the coast of Syria. This is the first time such a large military formation has been seen here, which raises suspicions about whether Russia plans to engage in a military special operation against jihadists using the navy.

Sep 14 05:51

Senator John McCain: The ‘Charlie Wilson’ of Syria War

In an editorial [1] last week, Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, lambasted Donald Trump for canceling a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018 due to rain, and accused him of disparagingly mentioning military veterans as “losers” and “suckers.”

But in order to substantiate his allegations, Goldberg came up with a rather bizarre example. While noting Donald Trump wasn’t invited to the funeral of Republican Senator John McCain, who died battling cancer in 2018, Goldberg observed:

“Trump’s understanding of concepts such as patriotism, service, and sacrifice has interested me since he expressed contempt for the war record of the late Senator John McCain, who spent more than five years as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese. ‘He’s not a war hero,’ Trump said in 2015 while running for the Republican nomination for president. ‘I like people who weren’t captured.’”

Sep 12 14:40

The Jew Who Cried Wolf: Extended, 9-11 2020

A history of Jewish false flags! Busted red handed, and thrown behind bars!

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