Monday, 27 February 2017

Syrian Army liberates three villages in rural Aleppo, fights off Turkish Army assault

On Monday morning, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured a new batch of villages in the eastern Aleppo countryside amid fierce clashes with ISIS militants in the region.
The advance was secured solely by the SAA’s Tiger Forces that have now imposed full control over the villages of Zarurah, Jubb al-Sultan, and Jubb al-Hamam.
Yesterday, the SAA captured a handful of villages from ISIS in the region but were mostly preoccupied with fighting off a Turkish Army assault on Tadef. The latter town is still under government control despite some reports to the contrary.
Due to today’s advance, the Tiger Forces are less than 5 kilometers from linking up with the Kurdish-led ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) near Manbij.
Both the SDF and SAA have clashed with the Euphrates Shield forces and ISIS in recent days; thus, a pragmatic alliance may be established.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Army are heavily shelling villages and towns held by the SDF in the region. Artillery strikes are ongoing on Al-Arimah and Sheikh Issa while some reports suggest the Turkish Armed Forces will soon begin an offensive to capture Manbij.

العمليات وآفاقها بعد تحرير بلدة تادف

الأحد 26 شباط , 2017 18:48

عمر معربوني – بيروت برس –

بعد توقف استمر حوالي الأسبوع عند مدخل بلدة تادف جنوب مدينة الباب، تقدمت وحدات الجيش السوري نحو البلدة وحرّرتها من تنظيم “داعش” ولترسم خط تماس اضافي مع القوات التركية وقوات “درع الفرات”.

تقدم الجيش السوري في شرق مدينة حلب لم يقتصر على بلدة تادف، حيث حرّر الجيش قرى فيحة وتلة فيحة وتلة الحوارّة وخان قيار وابو جبار، وهي قرى جنوب شرق تادف ما يعني أنّ الجيش بات على بعد 13 كلم ليغلق المنطقة امام اي تقدم محتمل للقوات التركية على هذا المحور، حيث من الضروري التقدم شرقًا وتحرير قرى بيرقدار وجب ناسان ومزارع السكرية والسكرية. إضافةً الى أنّ الجيش السوري تقدم في المحور الأوسط نحو قرى شنهصة والشامي ورويدة الباب بعد ان سيطر على جبل سويلم، ليصبح على بعد 26 كلم من بلدة الخفسة ما يعني أنّ الوصول الى بحيرة الأسد سيكون سهلًا وسريعًا الآن، بحيث يتم رسم خط قطع ثانٍ امام القوات التركية ويبدأ العمل على تأمين حلب واريافها بالمياه بعد اجراء عمليات التأهيل اللازمة.

المحور الثالث هو نحو دير حافر التي بات الجيش السوري بعيدًا عنها حوالي 4 كلم فقط، وهو محور هام ويمثل خط قطع ثالث وقاعدة ارتكاز في الوقت نفسه بالنسبة لاستئناف العمليات نحو منطقة مسكنة مفتاح محافظة الرقة بمحاذاة نهر الفرات.

*ضابط سابق – خريج الأكاديمية العسكرية السوفياتية.

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Palestinian children attend class in the street after Israel shuts down school


Ma’an – February 26, 2017
Ma’an – February 26, 2017
JERUSALEM – After Israeli authorities shut down a Palestinian elementary school in the occupied East Jerusalem town of Sur Bahir last Thursday over alleged “incitement” in its study materials, students attended class in the street on Sunday and protested against Israel’s decision to close the school.
Children who were enrolled at al-Nukhba (“the elite” in Arabic) arrived to the campus with their parents in an action organized by the parent committees of Sur Bahir’s schools, holding posters expressing support for al-Nukhba and denouncing Israel’s closure of educational institutions as “tyrannical.”
Last Thursday, head of the school Luay Jamal Bkirat and the school’s financial manager Nasser Hamed were summoned to an Israeli police station for interrogation, when Israeli intelligence officials informed them that the school was being shut down for carrying inciting content in the teaching materials used at the school.
Bkirat denied the claims, saying that al-Nukhba school was “teaching the Palestinian curriculum used in all schools in Jerusalem and that no one of the faculty had ever been summoned for interrogation before over incitement.”
He added that the school — which serves 250 boys from kindergarten to grade six — was opened last year and gained a temporary operating license from the Jerusalem municipality, and that the license was revoked in November for unknown reasons.
Bkirat condemned the decision and said that he would “conduct procedures to stop this decision which aims to destroy education.”
The Times of Israel reported that the school was shut down for being a “Hamas front,” after a months-long joint probe by Israel’s Education Ministry, Jerusalem police, and Israeli intelligence, the Shin Bet.
Israeli authorities from the education ministry claimed the school was established by Hamas with the aim of teaching “content that undermines the sovereignty of Israel,” and that the school’s aims were “consistent with the ideology of the terror organization, which calls for the destruction of Israel,” the Times of Israel said.
According to the Israeli news outlet, the ministry ordered the school not to open in September “and when it continued to operate, issued the closure order.”
Israeli Jews and Palestinians study in separate school systems in occupied East Jerusalem, with the Palestinian schools run by either Israel’s Jerusalem municipality, the Islamic Waqf and administered by the Palestinian Ministry of Education, private institutions, or UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Education, Palestinian children suffer from routine Israeli interference and political pressure to replace Palestinian curricula with an Israeli one in occupied East Jerusalem, where full Israeli military and civil control deprives students from proper and secure educational services.
A 2016 report by Israeli daily Haaretz also said that Palestinian schools in occupied East Jerusalem received less than half the funds that the Jerusalem municipality transferred to Jewish schools in West Jerusalem.
Though Sur Bahir lies beyond the periphery of occupied East Jerusalem, the town remained under full Israeli security and civil control within Israel’s Jerusalem municipality after the territory was illegally annexed in 1967.
A 2011 report by the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ) said that due to a lack of some levels of education in Sur Bahir, many students were forced to attend schools in neighboring villages.
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Zarif: Turkey A Neighbor with Weak Memory

Iran FM Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamamd Javad Zarif slammed Turkey, describing it as an ungrateful neighbor with weak memory.
Responding to recent accusations of “sectarianism” by Ankara, Zarif said that the Turks have forgotten our stance in the night of coup, which took place last July, despite the fact that the government in Turkey is not Shiite.
The entire world know that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) played the most important role in supporting the region states in its fight against terrorism, Zarif said on the sidelines of a ceremony held in memory of the Iranian foreign ministry martyrs on Saturday, Tasnim news agency reported.
Meanwhile, Zarif described joint efforts by Iran, Russia and Turkey for peace in Syria as a useful experience, hoping that it would lead to neighboring countries’ realization of the benefits of interaction.
“We hope that our neighbors will recognize the benefits of interaction more (than before), remember the realities and know that Iran has good intentions for the region,” he added.
The Iranian top diplomat further reiterated the need for collaborations among all regional countries for countering terrorism and extremism and said fanning “sectarian views” is in no one’s interest.
In a speech at the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Germany on February 19, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu criticized what he called an Iranian “sectarian policy” in the region. Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had accused Iran of promoting “Persian nationalism.”
On Friday, Zarif said that Turkish officials had been entangled in the consequences of their “past mistakes” and were now attempting to play a blame game by making accusations against Iran.
Source: Iranian media
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A Look at Syria Following Nearly Six Years of Crisis

(photo by Omar Sanadiki – © REUTERS)
As the Syrian crisis approaches its 6th anniversary, we take a look at some of the Syrian government’s social, political and economic policies. This will not only give an insight into what life has been like in Syria, but it also provides an indication of what values and principles are important to the Syrian government.
Generally speaking, President Bashar al-Assad, and his late father, Hafez al-Assad operated a secular state, allowing all religions to be practised across Syria. The government itself is made up of a range of different religions, although Islam is the state religion.

A government soldier with the Syrian flag
Access to education has been a championed value in Syria for several decades, with free education being provided by the government, even at universities (although there are some private alternatives available.)
Despite the raging conflict, most schools and academic institutions continue to function in government-held areas. However, the war has displaced millions internally, and in the vast majority of cases, they have moved from areas held by Daesh or other militant groups, to areas under the sanctuary of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allied forces.
This has put a strain on facilities, including schools and universities, and many of them are now operating well-above their standard capacity. For example, more than 200,000 students currently study at Damascus University, as it has accepted displaced students from across Syria.
Damascus University, which was founded in 1923, is Syria’s largest and oldest university, and until now, it offers a variety of courses, ranging from Medicine to Engineering.
The war and economic sanctions on Syria’s economy have resulted in a sharp decrease in national GDP, whilst also triggering high levels of price inflation. This has dragged many Syrians into poverty, making basic goods unaffordable. To reduce the financial strain on many Syrians, some schools no longer require students to wear uniforms, as this would be an unnecessary additional cost.
In mid-2010, Syria became the first Muslim country ban the burka and niqab. Specifically, they were banned at public and private universities. The ban was implemented to counter oppression against women, and combat radical Islam. The Daily Mail interviewed a 32-year-old Syrian engineer, named Ahmed, who said: “Hijabs and niqabs have been a symbol of oppression and religious extremism over the past hundreds of years. They have been a tool used by fundamentalist men to repress women.”
The Syrian government, especially when it was led by Hafez al-Assad, decided to preserve Syria’s natural resources for future generations, as opposed to exploiting it for financial gain. This policy may no longer be followed in a post-war context, as Syria looks to rebuild itself, and bolster the economy.
In terms of immigration policy, Syria allowed millions of Palestinians and Iraqis to settle in the country over the past few decades. Very few Syrians permanently left the country, and in most cases, they would travel to Europe for educational purposes, typically funded by the government.
Defending and liberating Palestine is a core Baathist policy, and Syria went to war with Israel on several occasions, eventually leading to the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights, located in Southern Syria.
However, Syria adopted a pragmatic approach, militarily intervening in Lebanon against the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in the early 1980s, because PLO forces were massacring Lebanese Maronite Christians. Once again, this further reinforces their commitment to secularism.
Access to healthcare was another core value and policy. According to an article published in the Independent, Syria’s pre-war healthcare system was “the envy of the Middle East,” and the country had a life-expectancy of 75, similar to the UK.
Russian doctors provide consultations to residents of Kaukab, Syria during the distribution of Russian humanitarian aid. (File)
Syria’s pharmaceutical industry was drastically improved and developed over the past few decades, with the successful implementation of Good Manufacturing Practise (GMP), allowing Syria to export its pharmaceuticals to more than 50 countries, while also meeting around 90% of domestic demand for medicaments.
When you look at some the Syrian government’s policies, it is easy to see why President Assad still enjoys support from millions of Syrians.
It is impossible to tell exactly how things will develop once the conflict reaches its conclusion, but we can expect secularism, and access to education and healthcare to continue being the cornerstones of the current government’s policies.

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REVEALED: CIA killed Russian Ambassadors

This article was written for the Unz Review
Putin’s latest move
I don’t follow the western corporate media so I don’t really know how much coverage this development has received in the West, but in Russia and the Ukraine the big news is the decision by Russia to begin recognizing official Novorussian documents such as passports, driver licenses, school and college diplomas, etc. The Russians were pretty specific in the way the made the announcement. They said that it was a temporary measure dictated by humanitarian considerations. They have a point. Until now, the residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics had to travel to the Nazi-occupied Ukraine to try to get their documents. Which, considering how the Ukronazis consider anybody from the Donbass was not only futile, but sometimes dangerous. This decision makes perfect sense practically. But, of course, it has a far-reaching symbolic dimension too. The timing is also crucial: by recognizing the documents issued by the DNR and LNR authorities, the Russians have de facto “semi-recognized” the authorities which issued them and that is just a fairly short step away from recognizing these republics.
Right now, the Kremlin is vehemently denying any such thoughts. But all the Kremlin-affiliated commentators are rather blunt about what this really means. According to them, the message for the junta in Kiev is simple: if you attack Novorussia or if you officially ditch the Minks agreements we will immediately recognize these two republics. And, once that happens, it’s over the the Ukronazis, these republics will be gone just like South Ossetia or Abkhazia. Of course, nobody will officially recognize the independence of these republics, but neither will anybody do anything meaningful about it. And, let’s be honest, the Russian authorities couldn’t care less about what western politicians or their corporate media have to say: they already heard it all and it’s not like they could be demonized much further.
The next logical move would be to move the Russian border control from the Russian border to the line of contact. Or not. If the Russians don’t do it, this might be a sign that they support the official position of the Republics which is that they want to liberate the totality of the Doentsk and Lugansk regions. By the way, the Russian Border Guards are elite and highly militarized forces whose presence on the line of contact would in no way prevent a Novorussian (counter-)attack against the Ukronazi forces. So the decision about where to deploy them would have a primarily political dimension and no real military consequences.
Right now the Ukronazis have basically gone officially on record in declaring that they never intended to abide by the terms of the Minsk 1 and Minsk 2 agreements. Here is what Anton Gerashchenko, an special adviser to the Minister of internal Affairs of Ukraine and a member of the Board of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Ukraine openly declared on Ukrainian national TV: (emphasis added).
Let’s immediately say that the Minsk Agreements were not implemented from the day they were signed in February 2015. This was a temporary measure on the side of the Ukraine and, I will be honest, a deliberate deception. Remember that the first Minsk Agreement was signed following the military disaster near Ialovaisk when we had no forces to defend the front from Donetsk to Mariupol. The second Minsk Agreement was signed following the treacherous Russian aggression on Debaltsevo and the formation of the “Debaltsevo Cauldron”. These agreements are not international agreements or anything else.
Needless to say, NOBODY in the West paid any attention to this statement, and why would they, after all, their line has always been that Russia is not abiding by the Minsk Agreement, even if Russia is not even a party to them (Russia is only a witness and guarantor). And if a senior Ukronazi official says otherwise, who cares?!
This amazing admission by Gerashchenko is only the latest in a series of steps taken and statements made by various Ukronazis to the effect that “we are done negotiating and from now on, we will solve this problem by force”. So far, the “force” applied has been primarily in the form of a total blockade of the Donbass which included the prevention of a large amount of vitally needed coal to the Nazi-occupied Ukraine from the Donbass even though this shipment had already been paid for. Officially Poroshenko does not condone this blockade, but in practice he is either unwilling or unable to prevent or stop it. Another sign that the Independent Banderastan is falling apart.
There is a strong feeling in Russia that Poroshenko is powerless and that the Ukronazi crazies are up to no good. Clearly, *nobody* in the Ukronazis elites has any intention of actually implementing the Minsk 1 and Minsk 2 agreements. That, by the way, might be a dangerous approach for a number of reasons:
First, these agreements were endorsed by the UNSC and every country out there, at least as far as I know. So Gerashchenko is wrong – the Minsk Agreements are binding under international law.
Second, the Ukrainian authorities recently found and released a document showing that Yanukovich had made an official request for a Russian intervention in the Ukraine. They wanted to show that he was a traitor. But in the process, they also showed that the last legitimate president of the Ukraine had made a legal request for a Russian intervention which might well mean that, at least in legal terms, any subsequent Russian intervention in the Ukraine would be 100% legal.
Even better, Yanukovich is still in Russia. And, from a legal point of view, you could make the case that he is still the legitimate president of the Ukraine. If the Yemeni President in exile Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi could ask the Saudis to intervene in Yemen, why would that no be an option for Poroshenko Yanukovich to ask for such an intervention in the Ukraine?
Right now, the Russians are making no such legalistic statements. But you can be sure that they have already aligned all their ducks in a neat row just in case they do decide to openly intervene in this civil war.
How realistic is the possibility of a Russian recognition of the breakaway republics or an overt Russian intervention in the Ukraine?
I think that it all depends on what the Ukronazis crazies do. If they really attack Novorussia I expect the Kremlin to recognize the DNR and LRN. A Russian intervention? I doubt it, but only because I believe that the DNR/LNR can handle a Nazi attack. So the only question for me is how long Poroshenko will stay in power and what the real crazies will do once they overthrow him. Right now this mostly depends on the USA but since the US elites are locked in desperate struggle for power, I don’t see the Trump taking and dramatic decisions anyway, not in the Ukraine, not elsewhere. At least not as long as there is a question mark as to who is really in charge in the White House. Everybody is waiting for the outcome of that struggle, including Moscow and Kiev.
Trump – all words, no action, but good words
In the meantime, Trump has been busy doing speeches. Which sounds pretty bad until you realize that these are good speeches, very good ones even. For one thing, he still is holding very firmly to the line that the “fake news” (which in “Trumpese” means CNN & Co. + BBC) are the enemies of the people. The other good thing that twice in a row now he has addressed himself directly to the people. Sounds like nothing, but I think that this is huge because the Neocons have now nicely boxed Trump in with advisors and aides which span from mediocre, to bad to outright evil. The firing of Flynn was a self-defeating disaster for Trump who now is more or less alone, with only one loyal ally left, Bannon. I am not sure how much Bannon can do or, for that matter, how long until the Neocons get to him too, but besides Bannon I see nobody loyal to Trump and his campaign promises. Nobody except those who put him in power of course, the millions of Americans who voted for him. And that is why Trump is doing the right thing speaking directly to them: they might well turn out to be his biggest weapon against the “DC swamp”.
Furthermore, by beating on the media, especially CNN and the rest of the main US TV channels, Trump is pushing the US public to turn to other information sources, including those sympathetic to him, primarily on the Internet. Good move – that is how he won the first time around and that is how he might win again.
The Neocons and the US ‘deep state’ have to carefully weigh the risks of continuing their vendetta against Trump. Right now, they appear to be preparing to go after Bannon. But what will they do if Trump, instead of ditching Bannon like he ditched Flynn, decides to dig in and fight with everything he has got? Then what? If there is one thing the Neocons and the deep state hate is to have a powerful light pointed directly at them. They like to play in the dark, away from an always potentially hostile public eye. If Trump decides to fight back, really fight back, and if he appeals directly to the people for support, there is no saying what could happen next.
I strongly believe that the American general public is deeply frustrated and angry. Obama’s betrayal of all his campaign promises only made these feelings worse. But when Obama had just made it to the White House I remember thinking that if he really tried to take on the War Machine and if he came to the conclusion that the ‘deep state’ was not going to let him take action or threaten him he could simply make a public appeal for help and that millions of Americans would flood the streets of Washington DC in support of “their guy” against the “bastards in DC”. Obama was a fake. But Trump might not be. What if the Three Letter Agencies or Congress suddenly tried to, say, impeach Trump and what if he decided ask for the support of the people – would millions not flood the streets of DC? I bet you that Florida alone would send more than a million. Ditto for Texas. And I don’t exactly imagine the cops going out of their way to stop them. The bottom line is this: in any confrontation between Congress and Trump most of the people will back Trump. And, if it ever came to that, and for whatever it is worth, in any confrontation between Trump-haters and Trump-supporters the latter will easily defeat the former. The “basket of deplorables” are still, thank God, the majority in this country and they have a lot more power than the various minorities who backed the Clinton gang.
There are other, less dramatic but even more likely scenarios to consider. Say Congress tries to impeach Trump and he appeals to the people and declares that the “DC swamp” is trying to sabotage the outcome of the elections and impose its will upon the American people. Governors in states like Florida or Texas, pushed by their public opinion, might simply decide not to recognize the legitimacy of what would be an attempted coup by Congress against the Executive branch of government. Now you tell me – does Congress really have the means to impose it’s will against states like Florida or Texas? I don’t mean legally, I mean practically. Let me put it this way: if the states revolt against the federal government does the latter have the means to impose its authority? Are the creation of USNORTHCOM and the statutory exceptions from the Posse Comitatus Act (which makes it possible to use the National Guard to suppress insurrections, unlawful obstructions, assemblages, or rebellions) sufficient to guarantee that the “DC swamp” can impose its will on the rest of the country? I would remind any “DC swamp” members reading these lines that the KGB special forces refused not once, but twice, to open fire against the demonstrators in Moscow (in 1991 and 1993) even though they had received a direct order by the President to do just that. Is there any reason to believe that US cops and soldiers would be more willing than the KGB special forces to massacre their own people?
Donald Trump has probably lost most of his power in Washington DC, but that does not entail that this is the case in the rest of the USA. The Neocons can feel like the big guy on the block inside the Beltway, but beyond that they are mostly in “enemy territory” controlled by the “deplorables”, something to keep in mind before triggering a major crisis.
This week I got the feeling that Trump was reaching out and directly seeking for the support to the American people. I think he get it if needed. If this is so, then the focus of his Presidency will be less on foreign affairs, were the USA will be mostly paralyzed, than on internal US politics were he still might make a difference. On Russia the Neocons have basically beat Trump – he won’t have the means to engage in any big negotiating with Vladimir Putin. But, at least, neither will he constantly be trying to make things worse. The more the US elites fight each other, the less venom they will have left for the rest of mankind. Thank God for small favors…
I can only hope that Trump will continue to appeal directly the people and try to bypass the immense machine which is currently trying to isolate him. Of course, I would much prefer that Trump take some strong and meaningful action against the deep state, but I am not holding my breath.
Tonight I spoke with a friend who knows a great deal more about Trump than I do and he told me that I have been too quick in judging Trump and that while the Flynn episode was definitely a setback, the struggle is far from over and that we are in for a very long war. I hope that my friend is right, but I will only breathe a sigh of relief if and when I see Trump hitting back and hitting hard. Only time will tell.

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The Syrian Army advances further near Palmyra, establishes control over strategic hill in Deir Ezzor and 18 villages in eastern countryside of Aleppo, conquest and dismantles depots containing booby-trapped cars in Hama and Idleb, destroys armed gangs positions in many areas and builds barriers to stop flooding caused by mercenary-terrorists in east-Aleppo countryside


Syrian Army deals direct blows to terrorist groups in many areas

26/2/2017 ~ Syrian Army units, backed by the air force, destroyed Daesh (ISIS, ISIL, IS…) gatherings and positions in the surrounding of Deir Ezzor city.
The army units clashed with ISIS terrorist groups as the artillery shelled their positions and fortifications in the surrounding of al-Maqaber area in Deir Ezzor Province, killing and injuring many terrorists.
The Syrian air force destroyed an ISIS command center, fortified positions and two vehicles in the surrounding of al-Maqaber area and Juneid battalion.

Hama, Idleb

Army units aided by the army air force eliminated more than 19 terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups linked to it in the countryside of Deir Ezzor and Idleb provinces.
SANA reporter in Hama province said Sunday that the army air force targeted Jabhat al-Nusra and Jaish al-Nasser positions and movement axes in the villages of Ma’r Hurmeh and al-Jaberiyeh in the southern countryside of Idleb province.
The source added that the army airstrikes killed more than 7 terrorists and injured 13 others in addition to destroying a pick-up car.
The army air force destroyed a command center of the so-called Jaish al-Nasser, killing 8 of its members in al-Mostariha village on the southeastern countryside of Idleb.
In the northern countryside of Hama, terrorist Abdel-Qader Abdel-Karim, one of the leaders of the so-called al-Ezza gathering with two other terrorists were killed in the army operations against their command centers in al-Lattameneh town.
Another army unit destroyed a command center for the Saudi-linked Ahrar al-Sham Movement in Kafer Zeitta town, in addition to the killing of two terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization in the village of al-Humairat, in addition to directing accurate blows to Jaish al-Nasser terrorists in Tal Hawash in the northern countryside of the province.


The army air force carried out intensified sorties targeting ISIS gatherings and movement axes in a number of villages and areas in the eastern countryside of Homs province.
A military source told SANA Sunday that the army air force destroyed ISIS terrorists’ machineguns-equipped vehicles and positions east of Jeb al-Jarrah, north of al-Tafha village, Rasem al-Sabaa, Rasem Hamidi Habra Gharbiyeh and Jbab Hamad in the eastern countryside of Homs Province and in al-Bardeh village in its southeastern countryside.


An army unit eliminated most members of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group in khazan al-Aileh, southwest of al-Yarmouk Suburb in Daraa al-Balad in Daraa southern province.

Syrian People Army

Syrian Army establishes control over 18 villages in eastern countryside of Aleppo

25/2/2017 ~ The army has established full control over 18 villages in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, after inflicting heavy losses upon ISIS in personnel and equipment.
Following fierce battles with ISIS terrorists, the army units recaptured the villages of Shanhasa, al-Shami, Rweidet al-Bab, Rasm al-Harmal, Tabbaret Madi, al-Mazboureh, Rasm al-Khabbaz, Rasm al-Sheeh, al-Manazer, Um Kharzeh, Abu Jabbar, al-Qiteh, Qassr al-Breij, al-Jadideh, Khirbet al-Mansoura, al-Mazroufa, Mistarihet Miri and Khirbet Kabbar and the strategic Fikha hill (512 m high), al-Hawara hill (495 m high) and the strategic Salim mountain in the eastern part of Aleppo province, SANA reporter said on Saturday.
The reporter said the total area liberated by the army is estimated at 500 square kilometers, noting that many ISIS terrorists, including foreigners, were killed or injured in the battles, while 8 car bombs were destroyed.
The engineering units have dismantled a large number of explosive devices and bombs planted by ISIS terrorists in the villages and agricultural land there.
Having advanced this far, the Syrian army is now in control of an area of over 600 square kilometers liberated in less than a week, according to the reporter.

Deir Ezzor

The army air force carried out a series of airstrikes on the ISIS gatherings and fortifications in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor city.
SANA reporter in Deir Ezzor Province said that the army airstrikes targeted ISIS terrorist positions in the surroundings of al-Thardah Mountain, al-Panorama, al-Maqaber and al-Makabat areas and Junaid battalion, inflicting heavy losses upon the
terrorist organization in personnel and equipment.
Meanwhile, local sources said that one of the ISIS terrorists was killed in the so-called al-Hesbah in al-bu kamal city and 4 others in al-Maiadin city.


Army units clashed with Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists who attacked al-Manshiyeh neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad from the directions of al-Masri roundabout, the western side of the city, west of the old Customs building and Tall al-Zmeitiyeh.
A military source told SANA that the clashes ended up with foiling the assault after many of the attackers were killed.
An artillery base, a vehicle equipped with a machine gun and two armored cars were destroyed as a result of the clashes.
Later, a military source said that army units repelled an infiltration attempts by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the direction of military positions in al-Manshiye neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad, killing scores of terrorists.


A military source told SANA that army units destroyed two rocket-launching platforms and a car loaded with ammo for Jabhat al-Nusra and eliminated a number of terrorists in the surroundings of Talbiseh and in al-Ameriyeh village in the eastern and northern countryside of Homs province.


Syrian Army establishes control over new areas in Homs countryside, kills more terrorists in Daraa

24/2/2017 ~ Syrian Army units operating in the eastern countryside of Homs established control over new areas in the eastern part of al-Bayarat and in the direction of the strategic mountain of al-Hayal in the western countryside of Tadmur (Palmyra) city.
SANA reporter in Homs said that army units, in cooperation with supporting forces, destroyed the last gatherings of ISIS in the gas pipelines area to the east of al-Bayarat area.
To the south of al-Bayarat, army units continued their operations in the direction of the strategic mountain of al-Hayal, achieving large advance towards the western versants of the mountain, killing and injuring a number of terrorists while the rest of them fled away eastwards.
The reporter added that a number of ISIS terrorists were killed during the army’s intensive operations to the north of al-Bayarat area in which army restored control over the Aviation Towers area.
The reporter pointed out that members of the army’s engineering units dismantled, during the past few hours, hundreds of mines and explosive devices that were planted earlier by ISIS terrorists before they got killed or fled away due to the army’s strikes.
He added that heavy smoke billowed from the direction of Jazal oil field as a result of burning a number of wells and pipelines in the area by ISIS.


Army and Armed Forces units thwarted attacks launched by terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra on al-Manshia neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa city, according to a military source.
The source added that army units inflicted heavy losses upon al-Nusra terrorists and destroyed a number of their vehicles and car bombs.


SANA’s correspondent said that an army unit targeted with artillery fire hideouts of al-Nusra in al-Tuloul al-Homr east of Hadar city in the northern countryside of Quneitra province, which resulted in the death of terrorist Iyad Kamal aka “Moro” who was the leader of “al-Harmon Gathering” terror group along with 3 other terrorists, in addition to destroying the terrorists’ weapons and munitions.


Syrian Army establishes control over strategic hill in Deir Ezzor

23/2/2017 ~ Army units working in Deir Ezzor Province, in cooperation with the supporting forces, established control on a strategic hill during their continuous operations to eradicate ISIS terrorist organization from al-Maqaber area at the southern parts of the City.
SANA reporter in Deir Ezzor said that an army unit established control on Wednesday evening on the strategic hill of Shua’ib after fierce battles with terrorists where dozens of them were either killed or injured.
Establishing control over Shua’ib hill is an important step towards breaking the siege imposed by ISIS for forty days on the Airport and the neighborhoods located to the eastern side of Deir Ezzor city where some 1300 families live.
The reporter pointed out that the Air Force of the Army carried out condensed strikes on ISIS dens last night in al-Tharda valley where a tank and a number of dens were destroyed and many of the terrorists were either killed or injured.


23 terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups affiliated to it were
killed or injured in the army operations against terrorists in the countryside of Hama province.
SANA reporter in Hama said Thursday that an army unit carried out precise military operation against Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists’ hideouts in Tal Hawash, about 60 km northwest of Hama city, killing 10 terrorists and injuring 7 others in addition to destroying a machinegun-equipped vehicle.
The source added that 6 other Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were killed in an army unit operation against their hideouts in Tayybet al-Imam town, terrorist Mohammad Abdel-Karim al-Khaled, was identified among the killed.


An army unit foiled an attack of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists with a booby-trapped car on a military post in al-Menshiyeh neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad in the southern province of Daraa, according to SANA reporter.
The reporter added that one of terrorists’ sites was destroyed and a number of them were killed or injured due to army’s strikes on the fortifications of terrorist organizations in Daraa al-Balad.
The source said that an army unit destroyed vehicles loaded with ammunition for Jabhat al-Nusra in the area surrounding Busra al-Sham hotel in the city of Busra to the east of Daraa city.
The source noted that army’s artillery destroyed a site for Jabhat al-Nusra in the area surrounding Gharz Silos in the eastern countryside of Daraa.
Earlier, SANA reporter in Daraa said that an army unit destroyed a booby-trapped car laden with huge amounts of highly explosive materials driven by a suicide bomber belonging to Jabhat al-Nusra to the south of Bilal al-Habashi Mosque before reaching a military post in the vicinity of al-Menshiyeh neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad area.


An army unit targeted sites and fortifications for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Ter Maala village in the northern countryside of the central Homs province, according to a military source.
The source said two command centers and an ammunition depot were destroyed in the operations, in addition to death of a number of terrorists, including leaders and foreigners.
The source added that army units, supported by the Air Force, hit sites and convoys of ISIS terrorist organization at the “Triangle of Palmyra” site, Dhuhour Hayyal, Abu al-Fawaris plain, al-Barida, the hills of Ayed al-Hassoun and al-Ittisalat and to the east of Jeb al-Jarrah town and al-Qaryatain city in the eastern countryside of Homs.
As a result of the strikes, tens of ISIS terrorists were killed and a number of their vehicles and armored cars were destroyed.


An army unit destroyed a command center and a vehicle for ISIS terrorists in Tal Asheihib al-Janoubi in the northeastern countryside of the southern Sweida province.


Syrian Army destroys two depots containing booby-trapped cars in Hama and Idleb, eight ISIS vehicles in Deir Ezzor

21/2/2017 ~ Syrian Army units, in cooperation with backing forces, carried out military operations against the ISIS movement axes in Deir Ezzor city.
SANA reporter in the Province said that the army operation focused on ISIS gatherings and vehicles in al-Howeiqa crossing near the engineers club on the northern bank of Al-Jeser Al-moa’alaq (the suspension bridge).
The reporter added that the army operations destroyed 8 heavy machineguns-equipped vehicles in addition to killing and injuring a number of ISIS terrorists.
He said that Syrian Army Air carried out intensive raids on the gatherings and Supplying routes for ISIS terrorists in the surrounding of al-Tharda mountain, the graveyards and Bricks factories areas, Sriet Jneid and al-Arfi neighborhood, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists in personnel and equipment.
The reporter added that an army unit killed, in a special operation, a number of ISIS snipers who were fortified in the remaining parts of the graveyards area at the southern outskirts in Deri Ezzor.
Abu Luqman Tunsi and Abu Shaddad al-Jizrawi were among the dead terrorists, the reporter added.
According to local sources in al-Jneineh area in the northern countryside of the city, a number of residents attacked a barricade of ISIS terrorists in the area, killing the full group of the terrorists, among them its leader Abu Aisha al-Tunsi.

Hama, Idleb

Army units, backed by the army air force, targeted the movement axes of Jabhat al-Nusra-linked terrorist groups in the countryside of Hama and Idleb.
On the southern countryside of Idleb Province, SANA reporter said that the army air force destroyed two depots containing weapons and booby-trapped cars in al-Telawi Farm in Khan Skaikhoun, about 70 km south of Idleb city.
The army air force carried out airstrikes on terrorists’ gathering, damaging a pick-up car and injuring 5 terrorists.
The army targeted terrorists’ gatherings and fortifications in a number of villages and towns in the northern countryside of Hama province, inflicting direct losses upon them in al-Arba’in town in addition to killing a commander in Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, nicknamed Ahmad Mustafa Issa in Kafer Zeita and terrorist Khaled al-Latmin from the so-called Kataeb al-Izzah in al-Latameneh town.
The source added that the army operations destroyed a position of the so-called Jund al-Aqsa terrorist group in Mourek village, killing one terrorist and injuring others.


Meanwhile, a unit of the army destroyed, in a special operation, a vehicle for ISIS terrorists and killed all terrorists onboard in al-Salmiya town in Sweida eastern countryside.

SAA kills rats

The Syrian Army advances further near Palmyra, kills more terrorists in Deir Ezzor

20/2/2017 ~ Syrian Army units foiled an attack of ISIS terrorists on Panorama area and killed many of them in the airstrikes that targeted their positions.
SANA reporter in Deir Ezzor said that an army unit clashed with a terrorist group of ISIS organization that infiltrated towards Panorama area on the southern entrance of the city, killing or injuring many of its members while the others fled away.
He pointed out that the Air Force destroyed, in a series of strikes, positions of the terrorist organizations in the area of al-Maqaber and the neighborhoods of the Old Airport, al-Hamidia and al-Sina’a.


Units of army established control over al-Tarfa Asharkiyah village in al-Bayarat region in Homs eastern countryside and inflicted heavy losses upon ISIS terrorists in personnel and equipment.
Earlier, the army units in the eastern countryside of Homs expanded control over more space in al-Bayarat area in the western countryside of Tadmur (Palmyra).
SANA reporter in Homs clarified that army units, in cooperation with the allied and supporting forces, carried out intensive operations east of Turfeh al-Gharbiyeh village which came under the army’s control yesterday.
During the operations, the armed forces eliminated gatherings of ISIS terrorists in a 3 km area.
Having advanced this far, the army units are only 13 km away from the strategic “Palmyra Triangle”, which is a springboard for liberating the residential city of Palmyra and the ancient site from ISIS terrorists, according to the reporter.

The Syrian Army advances on al-Bayarat area west of Palmyra

To the south of al-Bayarat area, army units killed many ISIS terrorists and continued hunting down others towards the foot of the strategic al-Hayyal mountain.
Syrian Army units, in cooperation with the allied forces, restored security and stability to al-Kallabiyeh village in al-Bayarat area in the eastern countryside of Homs, a military source announced on Friday.
SANA reporter in Homs province said the army units established control over al-Kallabiyeh farms and continued advancing on al-Bayarat area, inflicting heavy losses upon ISIS terrorists.
The reporter explained that the army units, in cooperation with the allied and supporting forces, established control over al-Kallabiyeh farms and advanced 2 kilometers south of al-Bayarat are, some 20 kilometers to the west of Palmyra city.
The reporter added that the army units found weapons belonging to ISIS terrorists in al-Bayarat al-Gharbiyeh, including “Hell” cannons, a number of rifles, a sniper rifle, a 12,7mm machinegun, a PKC machine gun ammunition and RPG rounds.
The reporter noted that Air Force carried out intensive raids on positions and movements of ISIS terrorists in the direction of Palmyra city, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists in personnel and weaponry.
The army engineering units continued dismantling the IEDs spreading in the areas the army established control of.
The reporter also said that an army unit clashed with a ISIS group in the oil wells area, 30 km northwest of Palmyra city, killing and injuring many of the group’s members and confiscating their weapons and munitions.

Hama/ Idleb

Army units aided by the air force targeted movement axes of terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization in the countryside of Hama and Idleb.
SANA reporter in Hama said Sunday that an army unit targeted the terrorists’ vehicles in kafer Zeitta town in the northern countryside of the province, destroying a car equipped with machinegun and eliminating a number of terrorists.
The reporter added that terrorist Abdel-Razzaq al-Ashahab, one of Jabhat al-Nusra leaders, killed in the army airstrikes against one of the terrorist organization’s positions in al-Tamanaa village in the southern countryside of Idleb province.
Later, popular defense groups operating in the eastern countryside of Hama killed a number of ISIS terrorists and seized 3 of their cars in an ambush in Wadi al-Azib area in the countryside of Salamiyeh.
SANA reporter in Hama said popular defense groups positioned in Athrya area ambushed an ISIS terrorist group near a dirt road in Wadi al-Azib area, leaving all members of the terrorist group dead or injured.
The reporter added that 3 cars for the terrorists were seized, noting that the terrorist group was moving from Wadi al-Azib towards al-Tinhaj village in the eastern countryside of Salamiyeh in order to support ISIS terrorists in the countryside of Tadmur (Palmyra).

Damascus Countryside

An army unit targeted sites for terrorist organizations in al-Dahr al-Aswad hill to the south of Beit Saber in the western part of Damascus Countryside, according to SANA reporter.
The reporter said at least 5 terrorists were killed, in addition to the destruction of their weapons and ammunition.
The reporter confirmed the destruction of a vehicle belonging to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists with a rocket shell fired by an army unit on one of al-Nusra gatherings near the junction of Maghr al-Mir village in the southwestern part of Damascus Countryside, in addition to the death and injury of a number of terrorists who were on board the vehicle.


War Crime Alert: a new strategic bridge destroyed in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Raqqa province

19/2/2017 ~ The US-led coalition that claims to be fighting ISIS terrorist organization once again hit Syrian strategic infrastructure, destroying a bridge in the eastern countryside of the northern Raqqa province.
Identical local and media sources reported Saturday that aircrafts of the coalition targeted again during the past 24 hours al-Meghle Bridge west of Maadan village, located 60 km east of Raqqa city.
The strikes caused the bridge to go out of service, the sources confirmed.
The destruction of al-Meghle Bridge, which links the two banks of the Euphrates River, has thus caused al-Jazira area completely disconnected.
This is not the only bridge that has been destroyed in airstrikes by the US-led coalition, which started in 2014 an operation to allegedly fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
On February 3rd, the new Raqqa Bridge and the old Raqqa Bridge in Raqqa city and the two bridges of al-kalta and al-Abbara villages were fully destroyed by coalition warplanes.
Coalition raids also demolished a bridge in the surroundings of al-Yamama village in the western countryside of Raqqa on January 18th, two weeks after other raids destroyed a bridge on Aleppo-Raqqa highway in the surroundings of al-Msheirfeh village in the same countryside of the province.
In last September and October, the coalition warplanes hit and destroyed a number of bridges on the Euphrates River and al-Khabour River.
The coalition airstrikes, which have been taking place illegally without a Security Council mandate, have claimed many civilian lives. The latest massacre committed in the course of the coalition operation took place almost two days ago in which 11 people, including two children and a woman in al-Tabqa city and Tishreen Farm in the countryside of Raqqa.

SAA-shot down drone

The Syrian Arab Army downs Daesh drone laden with bombs in Deir Ezzor

18/2/2017 ~ Syrian Arab Army units eliminated a number of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists, among them self-claimed leaders in the countryside of Hama and Idleb provinces.
SANA reporter in Hama said Saturday that army units targeted Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist’s gatherings and positions in the villages of al-Habbit and Rakaya Sajneh in the southern countryside of Idleb province.
The source added that the army units killed one terrorist at least and injured 13 others, in addition to destroying two cars loaded with weapons and ammunition.
Local sources in the southern countryside of the province affirmed to SANA reporter the killing of terrorist Mustafa al-Hussein from Jabhat al-Nusra and the injury of 7 others after destroying their position in al-Jaberiyeh area and the injury of terrorist Abdel-Aziz al-Bakri, one of Jabhat al- Nusra leaders with two other terrorists after an army unit targeted their gathering in the outskirts of al-Tamanaa village.
The reporter pointed out that the army operation in the northern countryside of Hama province eliminated one of Jabhat al-Nusra leader, nicknamed Abu Omar, in the village of Atshan and destroyed a terrorist car equipped with heavy machinegun in al-Sayyad area.

Deir Ezzor

An army unit downed an ISIS radio-controlled aircraft loaded with bombs over Tallet al-Rawad, southwest of Deir Ezzor city, SANA reporter said on Saturday.
On the southern outskirts of the city, the Syrian Air Force targeted gatherings of ISIS terrorists in the surroundings of al-Maqaber (graveyard) area, leaving many terrorists dead or wounded.
Meanwhile, local sources in al-Bukamal city said two ISIS terrorists, one of them is Iraqi, were killed by the terrorist organization in Souq al-Hal area in the city. This was the second time in a week and the forth in a month where ISIS liquidates some of its members in Deir Ezzor city.


Army units established full control over more than eight villages in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province after inflicting heavy losses in personnel and equipment upon ISIS terrorists.
SANA’s reporter said that army units established control over the villages of Magharet Abu Jbar, Misherfet Abu Jbar, Beijan and its strategic hill, Rasm al-Kama, Rasm al-Kabeer, Shweilekh, and the strategic Hmeimah hill in the eastern countryside of Aleppo after fierce battles with ISIS terrorists, which also resulted in inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists in personnel and weaponry.
The reporter added that army units cleared tens of kilometers from trenches and barricades set up by the terrorists to hinder the advance of the army in the area, and that engineering units dismantled hundreds of IEDs planted by the terrorists in the villages and farmlands which the army established control over.


A military source told SANA that army units, in cooperation with supporting forces, established control over Turfa al-Gharbiya in the direction of al-Bayyarat in the eastern countryside of Homs province after eliminating a number of terrorists from ISIS and destroying their vehicles.


Daesh mercenary-terrorists pump large amounts of water to flood houses in villages/towns of east-Aleppo countryside

17/2/2017 ~ As part of their crimes against the Syrian people, ISIS terrorists pumped large amounts of the water from the Euphrates River through al-Babiri pumping station towards areas in eastern Aleppo in order to flood villages, causing damage to locals, farmlands and utilities.
The Governorate of Aleppo immediately sent a technical team, workers, and heavy vehicles to the eastern countryside of Aleppo to work on diverting the course of the water and alleviating the damage that affected locals.
In a statement to reporters during his supervision of the work conducted by the teams in the eastern countryside, Aleppo Governor Hussein Diab said that all public construction companies and concerned establishments are on alert to do everything necessary to alleviate the damage.
He pointed out that ISIS terrorists turned on a number of pumps in al-Babiri station to pump more water than the capacity of the pulling channels in order to flood the area and cause damage to locals, utilities, and irrigation equipment, all while the terrorists are cutting off water to Aleppo city.
He noted that workshops managed to resolve some blockages in the body of the main waterway in addition to remove some plugs, open some gates and close others depending on the situation and the need in coordination with the Syrian Arab Army units operating in the area.
On Wednesday, ISIS cut off water to Aleppo less than 20 hours after it was restored following an outage that lasted an entire month.

Syrian Army building barriers to stop the flooding of villages and farmland in Eastern Aleppo Countryside by Daesh mercenary-terrorists

24 people killed in new massacre committed by Turkish forces in al-Bab, Aleppo

The Turkish regime’s forces committed another massacre in the course of their continued shelling of al-Bab city in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province.
Identical local and media sources said the Artillery and Air Force of the Turkish regime shelled residential neighborhoods in al-Bab city, leaving 24 people dead.
11 children under 6 and 8 women are among the dead, according to the sources.
The attack cause huge damage to the locals’ houses and other properties and the infrastructure in the city.
On January 11, 9 people were killed and 57 others were injured in the course of the Turkish forces’ attack on al-Bab city and the towns of Baza’a and Tadef in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo.
Two other massacres were also committed by the Turkish forces on December 23 in which more than 88 civilians were killed and scores of others injured in al-Bab city.



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