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SouthFront: Russia and Iran Lay Down the Law

SouthFront: Russia and Iran Lay Down the Law

…from SouthFront An Iranian delegation, led by President Hassan Rouhani, arrived in Moscow on Monday for negotiations with their Russian counterparts. Russia and Iran are allies in the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, and the ongoing negotiations between the Russian and Iranian leadership may be characterized as a peak of their mutual diplomatic activities […]

Syrian War Report – March 28, 2017: ISIS Retreats From Northeastern Sweida

Syrian War Report – March 28, 2017: ISIS Retreats From Northeastern Sweida

…from SouthFront On March 27th, Syrian government forces launched a military operation against the ISIS terrorist group in northeastern Sweida. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) captured Al Masiydah, Al Asfar, Al-Saqiyah, Al-Janinah, Shinwan, and other sites in the area. Meanwhile, the Free Syrian Army and allied elements continued their […]

Syrian War Report – March 27, 2017: SDF Crashing ISIS In Tabqa Area

Syrian War Report – March 27, 2017: SDF Crashing ISIS In Tabqa Area

…from SouthFront Last weekend, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), mostly consisting of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), entered the Tabqa Airbase and took control of some nearby villages, including Ayed Kebir, from ISIS terrorists in the province of Raqqah. With this advance the SDF deployed in a striking distance from the ISIS-held town […]

Israeli Airstrikes Contribute To Escalation Of Syrian Conflict

Israeli Airstrikes Contribute To Escalation Of Syrian Conflict

…from SouthFront Israeli warplanes reportedly delivered airstrikes against Syrian army targets in the Qasioun Mount region near Damascus early on March 22nd. Israeli jets allegedly carried out four rounds of airstrikes. There were no reports about casualties or damage suffered by Syrian government forces. Initially reports about the incident appeared in pro-militant social media accounts […]

Syrian War Report – March 24, 2017: Syrian Army Conducts Swift Counter-Attack In Northern Hama

Syrian War Report – March 24, 2017: Syrian Army Conducts Swift Counter-Attack In Northern Hama

…from SouthFront Late on March 23, government forces, backed up by Russian warplanes, carried out a successful counter-attack against jihadists in northern Hama, recapturing the villages of Kawkab, Abdin and the strategic hill south of Maardas. The Syrian army’s Tiger Forces, the 5th Storming Corps, the Lions of the Desert and the National Defense Forces […]

Syrian War Report – March 23, 2017: Govt Forces Face Crisis In Northern Hama

Syrian War Report – March 23, 2017: Govt Forces Face Crisis In Northern Hama

…from SouthFront Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), Anjad al-Sham, Jaish al-Nasr, Jaish al-izzah and the Idlib Free Army continued its rapid advance against government forces in northern Hama. The HTS-led forces seized Balhassin, Arzeh, Talat al-Shiha, Khatab, Maardas, Eskandariah and some other points from government troops, mainly local militiamen from the National Defense Forces (NDF). The […]

Battle For Mosul Enters Its Final Stage

Battle For Mosul Enters Its Final Stage

…from SouthFront Iraqi security forces (ISF), backed up by the US-led coalition’s airpower, artillery units, and special forces troops, have been struggling to retake the Old City from ISIS terrorists in western Mosul. The highly urbanized Old City is the main ISIS stronghold in this part of Mosul and ISIS units resist ISF in a […]

Syrian War Report – March 22, 2017: ‘Moderate Opposition’ Unites With Al-Qaeda, Launches Large Attack In Hama

Syrian War Report – March 22, 2017: ‘Moderate Opposition’ Unites With Al-Qaeda, Launches Large Attack In Hama

…from SouthFront Last evening, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Jaish al-Izzah, Jaish al-Nasr, Jaish idlib al-Hur, Ajnad al-Sham, the Turkistan Islamic party and other militant groups launched a large advance on the government-held town of Suran in the northern part of the province of Hama. The militants used two suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices to break government […]

U.S. Cries Foul As Russia Tests 9M729 Cruise Missile, But Who Violated The INF Treaty first?

U.S. Cries Foul As Russia Tests 9M729 Cruise Missile, But Who Violated The INF Treaty first?

…from SouthFront One of a multitude of stories in the usual barrage of anti-Russia war hysteria, concerns the reported deployment of a brand-new weapon system whose existence, if confirmed, would represent a transgression against the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The INF Treaty has been in force since the late 1980s and bans land-based cruise […]

Syrian War Report – March 21, 2017: Russia Set Military Base In YPG-Held Area Of Afrin?

Syrian War Report – March 21, 2017: Russia Set Military Base In YPG-Held Area Of Afrin?

…from SouthFront Russia is setting up a military base in the Afrin canton area controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in northwestern Syria. The agreement on establishing the base was concluded on Sunday, according to YPG spokesman Redur Xelil. The base will reportedly be located at the village of Qatmah. Russian military servicemen have […]

Syrian War Report – March 17, 2017: ISIS Defenses Collapsing Across Syria

Syrian War Report – March 17, 2017: ISIS Defenses Collapsing Across Syria

…from SouthFront In the province of Aleppo, the Syrian army’s Tiger Forces liberated the villages of Tal Ahmar, Asimiyah, Qarin, Hazazah, Tal Ayyub, Um Zulaylah and Rasm al-Harmel. Government troops also attacked ISIS units at Ahmadiyah and Zubaydah. Government forces took control of the Al-Mazar Mountaion, the nearby military depots, the Palmyra gas field. Government […]

Analysis: Geopolitical Standoff In Post-ISIS Middle East

Analysis: Geopolitical Standoff In Post-ISIS Middle East

…from SouthFront As the ISIS terrorist group is collapsing in Syria and Iraq, the competition among powers involved in the conflict increases. In March, Moscow and Astana become the main centers of the diplomatic activity with top leaders from Israel, Turkey, the UK and other powers discussing the issues confronting the Middle East. Ongoing events […]

Syrian War Report – March 15, 2017: Clashes With ISIS Near Raqqah And Palmyra

Syrian War Report – March 15, 2017: Clashes With ISIS Near Raqqah And Palmyra

…from SouthFront The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), predominately consisting of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), have been advancing along the Euphrates River east of the ISIS stronghold of Raqqah, recapturing Khass Hibal and the nearby grain silos. This advance allowed the SDF to deploy closer to Judayat Khabour, Hamad Assaf and Al Kulayb […]

Southfront: Russia Cites Fractured US Policy on Saudi Arabian Terrorism (video)

Southfront: Russia Cites Fractured US Policy on Saudi Arabian Terrorism (video)

…from SouthFront Clashes between the Syrian army and pro-Turkish forces were reported in Tadef, south of al-Bab on March 12. The Sultan Murad Division (consists of Turkmens) released a statement that 3 Syrian army soldiers had been captured by the Free Syrian Army near the al-Bab Silos. If confirmed, a notable level of tensions between […]

Syrian War Report – March 9, 2017: Govt Forces Crash ISIS In Aleppo, Aim Raqqah

Syrian War Report – March 9, 2017: Govt Forces Crash ISIS In Aleppo, Aim Raqqah

…from SouthFront The Syrian Army’s Tiger Forces, supported by the Syrian and Russian air forces, have continued making impressive gains against the ISIS terrorist group in the province of Aleppo. The Tiger Forces further advanced along the Euphrates River and entered the Jirah Airbase. Now, when the ISIS-held town of Dier Hafer is de-facto cut-off […]

Syrian War Report – March 8, 2017: ISIS Defenses Collapsing In Aleppo Province

Syrian War Report – March 8, 2017: ISIS Defenses Collapsing In Aleppo Province

…from SouthFront The Syrian army’s Tiger Forces, backed by Russian warplanes, reached the Euphrates River in the province of Aleppo, liberating a large chunk of the area from ISIS. The town of Khafsah and the nearby Water Treatment Station were the most important gains. The liberation of the Khafsah Water Treatment Station will allow the […]

Syrian War Report – March 7, 2017: Further Escalation In Northern Syria

Syrian War Report – March 7, 2017: Further Escalation In Northern Syria

…from SouthFront On Monday, the Jaish al-Islam militant group, known to be supported by Saudi Arabia, launched missiles against government forces positions in the Damascus countryside. Jaish al-Islam allegedly captured some missiles in the Qalamoun area in 2013. The usage of these missiles is a clear indication that Jaish al-Islam, which keeps positions in the […]

Syrian War Report – March 6, 2017: Govt Troops Rapidly Advancing In Aleppo Province

Syrian War Report – March 6, 2017: Govt Troops Rapidly Advancing In Aleppo Province

…from SouthFront Syrian government troops deployed to the areas controlled by Kurdish forces in the countryside of Manbij on March 3, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. According to the report, Syrian troops have been deployed in the area south and southwest of Manbij. Russia’s center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria […]

Must Read: China Prepares To Expand Its Sphere Of Influence

Must Read: China Prepares To Expand Its Sphere Of Influence

…from SouthFront Although combat aircraft such as the J-31 stealth fighter and J-15 aircraft carrier strike aircraft have made most of the headlines, China has made significant accomplishments in the realm of military transport, long range maritime patrol and carrier borne AEW&C aircraft over the past year. First operational in 2016, the Y-20 military transport […]

Syrian War Report – March 3, 2017: US-backed Forces Surrender Wide Areas Near Manbij To Syrian Army

Syrian War Report – March 3, 2017: US-backed Forces Surrender Wide Areas Near Manbij To Syrian Army

…from SouthFront The Syrian army, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, liberated the ancient city of Palmyra, including the Palmyra Airport from ISIS on March 2. Syrian army servicemen have been examining the historic part of Palmyra with the aim of demining the city. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) primarily consisting of the […]

Syrian War Report – March 2, 2017: Syrian Army Is On Verge Of Liberation Of Palmyra

Syrian War Report – March 2, 2017: Syrian Army Is On Verge Of Liberation Of Palmyra

…from SouthFront On March 1, Syrian government forces made significant gains against ISIS terrorists in the area of Palmyra, seizing the Palmyra Triangle, Qatari Villa, Aqueduct, and a number of hills: Jabal Muhtar, Jabal Qassoun, and Jabal al-Asafir. Government troops also engaged ISIS units in the Palmyra Castle and took control of it. The rapid […]

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