Afghanistan War Report – September 23, 2017: US Deploys More Troops And Warplanes

Afghanistan War Report – September 23, 2017: US Deploys More Troops And Warplanes

…from SouthFront The US is increasing its military involvement in the Afghanistan conflict in an attempt to take an upper hand in a battle against the Taliban. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced on September 18 that the US will send more than 3,000 troops bringing the total number of personnel serving in the country […]

Syrian War Report – September 21, 2017: Al-Qaeda Failure In Northern Hama

Syrian War Report – September 21, 2017: Al-Qaeda Failure In Northern Hama

…from SouthFront On September 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) repelled a huge attack of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) on Ma’an in northern Hama. A fighting was also reported in Tulaysiyah, Tel Al-Aswad, Al-Qahira, Al-Zughbi and Al-Raya. In total, about 40 militants […]

Syrian War Report – September 20, 2017: US-led Coalition Seeks Stop Syrian Army Advance Near Deir Ezzor

Syrian War Report – September 20, 2017: US-led Coalition Seeks Stop Syrian Army Advance Near Deir Ezzor

…from SouthFront On September 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) repelled a huge attack of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) on Ma’an in northern Hama. A fighting was also reported in Tulaysiyah, Tel Al-Aswad, Al-Qahira, Al-Zughbi and Al-Raya. In total, about 40 militants […]

Syrian War Report – September 19, 2017: Syrian Army Develops Advance On Eastern Bank Of Euphrates

Syrian War Report – September 19, 2017: Syrian Army Develops Advance On Eastern Bank Of Euphrates

…from SouthFront On September 18th, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Syrian Republcian Guard (SRG) officially crossed the Euphrates River using a pontoon bridge and amphibious vehicles. They then engaged ISIS terrorists on the eastern bank. The SAA and the SRG advanced on ISIS positions in the Saqr Island and captured a major part […]

Syrian War Report – September 18, 2017: Syrian Army Crossed Euphrates River

Syrian War Report – September 18, 2017: Syrian Army Crossed Euphrates River

…from SouthFront The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah, the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are preparing for a joint advance on the ISIS border strongholds of al-Bukamal and al-Qaim. On Saturday, the Iraqi Army and the PMU launched an anti-ISIS operation in the border area, liberated the border town Akashat, the H-3 […]

Afghanistan War Report – September 16, 2017: Taliban Attacks NATO Convoy

Afghanistan War Report – September 16, 2017: Taliban Attacks NATO Convoy

…from SouthFront On Friday, a Taliban suicide bomber driving a car bomb slammed into a convoy of NATO forces near Kandahar Airbase in Trank Pul area of Kandahar province. Kandahar provincial governor spokesperson, Fazal Bari Baryalai, said the attack “totally destroyed” one of the vehicles carrying Romanian soldiers. NATO’s spokesperson confirmed a “small number” of […]

Syrian War Report – September 15, 2017: ISIS On Run In Deir Ezzor Countryside

Syrian War Report – September 15, 2017: ISIS On Run In Deir Ezzor Countryside

…from SouthFront Last night, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces, the Syrian Republican Guard (SRG) and their allies fully secured the Baghiliyah area from ISIS northwest of Deir Ezzor city after capturing the missiles base, the Hajjanah regiment, the radio transmitter station, the al-Jazeera university, the Saiqa Camp and the arms depots around Baghiliyah. […]

China’s Maritime Strategic Realignment

China’s Maritime Strategic Realignment

…from SouthFront China has begun construction of the first Type 075 Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD). Construction most likely started in January or February of this year, with some satellite imagery and digital photos appearing online of at least one pre-fabricated hull cell. The Type 075 will be the largest amphibious warfare vessel in the […]

Syrian War Report – September 14, 2017: Syrian Army Clearing Eastern Homs Pocket From ISIS

Syrian War Report – September 14, 2017: Syrian Army Clearing Eastern Homs Pocket From ISIS

…from SouthFront The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF), and the Qalamoun Shield Forces (QSF) have liberated the villages of Um Rujm, ‘Amudiyah, Rasm Sawwanah, Unq al-Hawa, Khan, Luwaybidah, and Darwishiyah from ISIS in the eastern countryside of Salamiyah north of the Homs-Palmyra highway. Despite strong ISIS resistance, government troops continue developing […]

Syrian War Report – September 13, 2017: Army Prepares To Cross Euphrates River

Syrian War Report – September 13, 2017: Army Prepares To Cross Euphrates River

…from SouthFront Hezbollah declared a victory in Syria as the Russian Defense Ministry announced that pro-government forces have liberated 85% of the country from militants. “We have won in the war [in Syria],” Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Tuesday, according to the Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar. He added that “the path of the other […]

Syrian War Report – September 12, 2017: Battle For Eastern Syria

Syrian War Report – September 12, 2017: Battle For Eastern Syria

…from SouthFront Pro-government forces have liberated the al-Hadalat refugee camp from US-backed militant groups near the Syrian-Jordanian border. The Hadalat refugee camp had been an important facility controlled by US-backed forces. Its population is about 5,000 people. According to pro-government sources, government troops are going to continue their efforts in order to take control of […]

Treason and Betrayal: US-led Coalition Rescues ISIS Commanders From Deir Ezzor?

Treason and Betrayal: US-led Coalition Rescues ISIS Commanders From Deir Ezzor?

…from SouthFront US aircraft have evacuated 22 ISIS field commanders from Deir Ezzor to “safer regions” as government forces are advancing against the terrorist group in this strategic city, Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported on Thursday citing a military and diplomatic source. On August 26, a “US Air Force helicopter” reportedly evacuated 2 ISIS field […]

Syrian War Report – September 7, 2017: Syrian Army Advances Along Sukhna-Deir Ezzor Highway

Syrian War Report – September 7, 2017: Syrian Army Advances Along Sukhna-Deir Ezzor Highway

…from SouthFront The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have liberated Abu Dali, Masud, Abu Rimal, Hamadat al Amr, and Al Marami from ISIS in the eastern Hama countryside. Now, clashes are ongoing in the vicinity of Suhah. The Russian Aerospace Forces have conducted 329 strikes, destroying 27 armored vehicles, 48 pickups mounted with […]

Afghanistan War Report – September 2, 2017: New US Strategy Leads To Further Escalation Of Conflict

Afghanistan War Report – September 2, 2017: New US Strategy Leads To Further Escalation Of Conflict

…from SouthFront On August 30, the Taliban claimed that it downed a US helicopter in the Afghan province of Logar and that 20 US soldiers were killed in the attack. A spokesman for the US military in Afghanistan, Bob Purtiman, denied the Taliban’s claims and said that the helicopter had some technical problem and it […]

Syrian War Report – September 1, 2017: Army Advances Deep Inside Deir Ezzor Province

Syrian War Report – September 1, 2017: Army Advances Deep Inside Deir Ezzor Province

…from SouthFront Pro-government forces, led by the Syrian Republican Guard, have the strategic al-Bishri Mountain as well as the al-Birshri triangle from ISIS and deployed in only about 37 km from the city of Deir Ezzor besieged by ISIS terrorists. Some sources even speculate that government troops advanced 5-10 km further, but this still has […]

Syrian War Report – August 31, 2017: ISIS Goes All-In In Southern Raqqah

Syrian War Report – August 31, 2017: ISIS Goes All-In In Southern Raqqah

…from SouthFront On August 30, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that ISIS fighters killed two Russian military service members near Uqayribat town in the eastern Hama countryside. Amaq claimed that the two Russian soldiers and several Syrian soldiers were killed when ISIS repelled their attack towards Uqayribat town. However, from the photos released by […]

Syrian War Report – August 30, 2017: Syrian Army Advances Northeast of Sukhna

Syrian War Report – August 30, 2017: Syrian Army Advances Northeast of Sukhna

…from SouthFront Government forces, led by the Syrian Republican Guard, have overrun the ISIS defense north of Sukhna and liberated Al Khuwayliyah, Khan al-Baghala, the Subai’i Mount, the Daba Mount, the Khashm Baghal Mount and the nearby areas, according to pro-government sources. If reports are confirmed, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are […]

Syrian War Report – August 28, 2017: ISIS Suffers Large Casualties In Clashes With Army In Southern Raqqah

Syrian War Report – August 28, 2017: ISIS Suffers Large Casualties In Clashes With Army In Southern Raqqah

…from SouthFront Syrian government forces, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, reportedly eliminated the most battle-tested and well-armed unit of ISIS in the Euphrates River valley last weekend. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, over 800 ISIS members, 13 battle tanks, 39 pickup trucks armed with large-caliber machine guns and 9 mortars and artillery guns […]

Popular Mobilization Units: Military Capabilities, Their Role In Iraq and Middle East

Popular Mobilization Units: Military Capabilities, Their Role In Iraq and Middle East

…from SouthFront In June 2014, the so-called Islamic State (IS) occupied about one-third of Iraq’s territory, including Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. It meant the radical islamists were close to capturing Baghdad and imposing its authority over all of Iraq. At that point the Iraqi government recognized the real danger of the situation and started […]

Syrian War Report – August 21, 2017: Syrian Army Is About To Create Second ISIS Pocket In Central Syria

Syrian War Report – August 21, 2017: Syrian Army Is About To Create Second ISIS Pocket In Central Syria

…from SouthFront The Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance has achieved a large progress in its operations against ISIS in the province of Homs. On August 20, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated the key held village of Humaymah, which had been controlled by ISIS near the Iraqi border. The SAA allegedly lost a bulldozer and an unknown number […]

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