Stories not told about Sheikh and Sayyed & photos published for the first time

16-02-2018 | 09:02

How do we come up with words to describe their souls that are soaring towards the kingdom, and we are imprisoned by ourselves?

Sayyed Abbas Moussawi

How does the scene elevate us so that we can walk with the “turban” of a man, a father, and a husband. To learn from his path and feel his gentleness.

We are trying to unveil some parts of their lives which have not been revealed beforehand in public in a few lines. Let’s go back to the time of the two “turbans”. Even though days have moved us apart, yet we have never and will never abandon tracing them. This is the story.

The White Turban

Close your eyes. You would see him standing between fifty orphans who have no breadwinner. But where did the Sheikh go? He is here, still in front of their eyes. He is the compassionate and kind father to the children of the South.

Sheikh Ragheb Harb

His emotions continue to warm them up in the cold of February. He never surrendered and gave up. So he paid the price with his precious blood. His blood watered the land of Jibsheet and produced generations of martyrs that took his path. The image of his memory remains in the hearts of those who love him. Their smile is mixed with the tears of longing as they look at the image.

He loved poetry and read it. He also read the newspapers, especially the “Assafir”. “Kroosh” [Lebanese food made of a cow’s stomach and intestines stuffed with rice and ground beef] was the Sheikh’s favorite dish. If he found out that one of his acquaintances cooked this dish, he would be the first to be invited! Since childhood he hated the occupation and rejected the existence of the Zionist enemy. He erased the word “Israel” from the map and engraved Palestine instead. These are images of his life in words.

* What are you afraid of, son? He has nothing! See how afraid he is, how he is hiding behind his tank. These are the words Hassan, the martyr, memorized. Later he would face the tyranny of the Zionists, he is no longer afraid after hearing the reassurances of his uncle, the Sheikh.

“His was not present among us for long. Nevertheless he always showered us with kindness in seconds. We would feel that the world has filled with endless laughter,” these words echoed by the daughter of the martyr Sheikh Ragheb Harb, Hawraa. She continues with a smile mixed with longing, “he used to gather the girls at the Mabarra who made his heart their home. He would joke with one, embrace the other, and listen to a third one sing. All this without making them feel the hardship of a long day. Anxiously, he stayed night and day behind the walls of the house.”

“Haven’t you prayed yet, my daughter?” he asked one of his daughter’s friends who was absorbed in some game. She answers in a shy manner, “No”. So, he asked if he could continue the game for her while she prays. By that she would have lost the game but won the deeds of the prayer, a prayer she would not overlook again after that incident.

Sheikh Ragheb Harb

I still remember his kindness. When my sister used to come up to him to talk to him about someone, she would start by saying: “Did you see X person”. He would interrupt her by saying: “no, I did not see him. Where is he?” She would laugh loudly. He used to catch one of the boys on the street and wrap him with his turban just to know his name and whose son he was. I still remember the voices of children when we went out for a ride in the car. He used to take all the children he could gather including his cousins’ or younger brothers’ children. Those voices that used to sign all the way in the car, “I love the prayer and I miss it”.

“Television is the devil in the house.” This is the principle that he always repeated. He used to always close the windows with the thick covers to darken the room and make us watch purposeful films through a machine he borrowed. Or we would watch short films he had recorded in our childhood.

The Hijab [veil] to the Sheikh was a red line that should never be crossed. But his style was as a pure and clean as he was. I never knew anyone who was upset by his remarks. I remember how he once saw a woman (without a hijab) distributing “Harissa” for the love of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) and told her jokingly, “Sayeda Zeinab will beat you with a stick. She will keep pounding you.” During one occasion, after he was finished with conducting a marriage, he said “for the veiled women, I hope their turn comes, and for the unveiled ones, in God’s will her groom will veil her.” When one of the girls from the village was with him in the car and felt cold as she was not veiled, he told her “my turban keeps me warm, thank God.”

He is a farmer in nature. He loved the cattle including sheep and cows. He used to help his family in cleaning the barn and taking care of the cattle. He bought a sheep and kept it with his family. It died the night of his martyrdom. The cause of its death was unknown.

Sheikh Ragheb Harb

His daughter laughs when she tells the story. Her laughter is mixed with the bitterness of parting. He is Sheikh Ragheb. She continues: “A woman from the town of Abba once told me that the Sheikh passed by her when she was complaining about her husband. He asked her: ‘what did the hajj [your husband] do to you so that you are complaining about him?’ She replied: ‘he did not get a veterinarian for the cow. It cannot give birth. It will die.’ Sheikh Ragheb went in and touched the cow’s back with his hand that was never surrendered to the occupation and called on God’s name. It gave birth. The woman, with her southern accent, praised him saying: ‘thanks for those pure hands.'”

The Black Turban

“I remember our days with him. I touch his face with my hand. I draw a memorable moment,” says the daughter of the Sayyed. “And I still feel the palm of his hands touching my forehead. He was passionate and full of affection.”

Batoul al-Moussawi searches for words to tell old stories. She speaks with her absolute spontaneity and true feelings about her “first love”, the details of his life, food, morals, punishments, and his kindness.

Sayyed Abbas Moussawi

He did not let a moment go by without spending it with us despite the burden on his shoulders. He liked to read. He wished to have an hour for exercising or walking. He used to always play ball with my brothers or practice “Karate”. I remember whenever he left the house, he would never forget to kiss my forehead. I remember how he used to call me to bring him a towel and he loved it. I’d look at the water spilling on his hands as shiny crystal lines.

I never forget his enthusiasm when we finish reading one of the books and the glamor in his eyes when I read a part of the Holy Quran with a distinctive recitation. I remember how he always encouraged me ever since I was a child to play the organ. I never forget his present when I played my first tune, “My Love Is Khomeini”, and I taught it to my brother. That beautiful scene full of vitality is still in my mind.

Sayyed Abbas Moussawi

My father used to reward me and my brother with gifts. I never forget how each of us was called a special nickname. I was “Um al-Hasanein” and my brother was “Abu al-Fadl”. He always called my mother “Um Yassir”. I even remember the punishments. For the boys, it was depriving them from playing football. But I was deprived of the sweetness of his voice as he did not talk to me.
“My father did not reject any kind of food, but thanked God for his blessing. When he finds out that Um Yassir has cooked “Shish Barak” his heart rejoices.”

Oh, those moments! Um Yassir meant a lot to Sayyed Abbass’ life. She was the lover, companion and wife. Talking about both of them is never ending. He used to help her with housework. He looked after us without any complaint. He loved it. He used to tell my mother the details of his day. Their relationship featured a mini-reflection of the life of Imam Ali (PBUH) and Sayyeda Fatima Zahra (PBUH). They lived to achieve the goal of martyrdom together. It was the utmost goal.

Sayyed Abbas Moussawi

Batoul al-Moussawi tells a story that happened in Najaf with Sayyed Abbas and his wife. Umm Yassir was waiting for the Sayyed to come back with food for breaking the fast during one of the nights of Ramadan. Sayyed returned empty handed as he had distributed a handful of money he had to one of the needy. Um Yassir asked him, “what will we break our fast with, Sayyed?” then one of the scholars arrive with the best varieties of food. Then Sayyed praised God, who he has always entrusted with everything.

As for the “oil and salt sandwich”, Batoul al-Moussawi tells us, “as it was the deal with all the families of the Mujahideen, my brother asked for food during one of the days we were passing through a difficult situation and he could not find any. Um Yassir was working outside the house. So Sayyed made him an oil and salt sandwich. It was more delicious than any other food.”

Sayyed always scourged those who would hurt animals, even if it was not on purpose. He would get upset when one of the chicks that my brothers and I brought home died. He would even get upset if we chased a butterfly.

Sayyed Abbas Moussawi

Sayyed Abbas only cried during his prayers and duaa. His cries intensified when he read Duaa Al-Nudba on Friday morning at the graves of the martyrs. But the most difficult moment in all the stages of his life that affected him as I saw his eyes flood with tears was when Imam Khomeini passed away. I saw him saddened because he was the one who rejoiced on the rooftop a short while earlier when he heard the news of Imam’s exit from the hospital.

During that last day, he was preparing to leave. Cautious calm took over our house. He came out after waking my brother Yassir and told him, “this is an irreplaceable opportunity”. A smile on his face could only be described as a smile of love, that of the lover meeting his beloved. The meeting took place. The basic will which was to preserve the resistance remained. He remained the master of my life.

Source: Al-Ahed


Soleimani: Avenging Martyr Mughniyeh, Other Martyrs Is Thru Eradicating «Israel»

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15-02-2018 | 10:26

Commander of the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Core Major General Qasem Soleimani addressed a conference in the Iranian capital, Tehran, marking the martyrdom anniversary of Hezbollah commander martyr leader Haj Imad Mughniyeh.

Commander of the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Core Major General Soleimani

At the beginning of his address, Maj. Gen. Soleimani paid tribute to the martyrs of the Lebanese Resistance.

He went on to say: “The martyrdom of Haj Imad Mughniyeh had a prominent role in the development of the Islamic awakening,” adding that his martyrdom “initiated an uprising in the Islamic communities”.”It’s the first time that I’ll talk about my dear friend, Haj Imad Mughniyeh,” Gen. Soleimani said, adding that Haj Mughniyeh “is a legend to the entire world”.

The IRGC commander talked in depth about Haj Mughniyeh saying “he wasn’t specialized in guerrilla wars only. He had more strength than the enemy… [He] didn’t see things with the same perspective that we see.”

Gen. Soleimani gave credit to the Hezbollah leader martyr’s role in “breaking the fear in Lebanon” of the apartheid “Israeli” entity “rising in the face” of the Zionists.
He went on to say that “The enemy was obliged to admit and talk about Martyr Mughnyieh’s heroism.”

Elsewhere in his address, Gen. Soleimani tackled the issue of resistance saying: “The Mujahideen remain steadfast despite the injustice of some Arab regimes.”

He added, “Haj Imad Mughniyeh was the Man of surprises. He exposed the ‘Israeli’ drones, took pictures of them and knew the plans of the Zionists.”Relatedly, the IRGC commander praised Hezbollah martyr leader’s “strategic” role in confronting the “Israeli” aggression on Lebanon in July 2006, recalling one of his achievements: “striking the ‘Israeli’ Saar warship.

Also, Gen. Soleimani said the 1997 Ansarieh operation in southern Lebanon had been planned by Haj Mughniyeh.Regarding the Palestinian cause, the Iranian general said Haj Imad “brought Yasser Arafat to Iran and played a big role in raising Hamas’ capabilities”.

Gen. Soleimani concluded his address by referring to Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah as “one of the Divine miracles who confronted and faced the enemy,” whose orders Haj Imad was fully committed to following.

He added, “Sayyed Nasrallah gave Lebanon value. He saved not only the Shiites but also the Sunnis and Christians”.

Accordingly, “The enemy must know that avenging the blood of Martyr Mughniyeh and the other martyrs is via eliminating apartheid ‘Israel’,” the IRGC commander stated, shedding light on “Israeli” fear generated by “martyr Mughniyeh and other martyrs’ blood in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq”.

The “Resistance front is expanding more and more every day,” Gen. Soleimani concluded, describing Martyr Leader Imad Mughniyeh as an “extraordinary personality nobody can underestimate and who was even feared by his enemy.

Source: Live Coverage, Translated by website team


Suleimani: Imad Mughniyeh a Legend

Suleimani Mughniyeh ceremony

Commander of Iran’s IRGC’s Quds Force, Maj. Gen Qassem Suleimani on Thursday hailed Hezbollah’s late commander Hajj Imad Mughniyeh as a legend that had forced the Israeli enemy to acknowledge his superiority.

At a commemoration ceremony in Tehran in honor of Mughniyeh on his 10th martyrdom anniversary, Suleimani paid his tribute to him, noting that Mughniyeh’s martyrdom shocked the world, but “resulted in Islamic uprising” against the Israeli enemy.

Suleimani expanded on Mughniyeh’s role in the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance.

“Hajj Imad Mughniyeh forced the Israelis to withdraw from south Lebanon and to acknowledge his superiority,” Suleimani said during the ceremony.

“Hajj Imad Mughniyeh had major role in turning Gaza into fortified stronghold of resistance against Israeli enemy.”

The Iranian general meanwhile, stressed that the real revenge for Mughniyeh is to eradicate the Zionist entity.

Hezbollah’s number one commander was assassinated on Feb. 12, 2008 in a car bomb in Syrian capital Damascus, in a joint operation by Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and CIA.


أحمد النصر

أحمد جرّار شهيداً: المطارد الناجي من «الذل»

قال جيش العدو إنّه هدم المبنى الذي تحصّن فيه الشهيد جرار في بلدة اليامون قرب مدينة جنين في شمال الضفة الغربية (الأناضول)

كان يعلم أن طريق «العبث بأمن إسرائيل» ومستوطنيها يتفرّع إلى ثلاثة خيارات: الاعتقال، المطاردة، الشهادة، لكنه سلك الدرب غير آبهٍ للنتائج. فرحت إسرائيل بما سمّته إنجازاً، لكنها تعلم أن جيشاً بكامله، ومعه أجهزة أمن قوية وكبيرة، طاردوا شاباً في منطقة تخضع لحكمهم، وقد أخفقوا في الوصول إليه أربع مرات على الأقل، ليموت بطريقة تشهد أنه رفض المذلة، وأن الذي أُذِلّ هو «الجبروت الإسرائيلي» المكسور على أعتاب بندقيته. خلف كيان العدو، أيضاً، كيان طفيلي آخر من «جلدة» الشهيد أحمد. «سلطة أوسلو» تتقدّم خطوات في ما هو «مطلوب» منها لتمثّل في مسألة ملاحقة ثم استشهاد جرّار، آلة عدوانية شريكة في كشف المقاومين وسفك دمائهم

سلفيت | في التاسع من كانون الثاني 2018، أعلن أحمد نصر جرّار بطلقات بندقيته افتتاح العام الجديد، مستهدفاً مستوطناً ــ حاخاماً ــ إسرائيلياً في عملية نوعية غرب نابلس. جهود مضنية قضاها «الشاباك» الإسرائيلي وأجهزة الجيش والأمن الأخرى على مدار أيام طويلة، محاولاً فك لغز العملية، ليصل بعد نحو أسبوعٍ إلى أن جرّار هو «قائد خلية حماس» المسؤولة عن العملية.

العدد ٣٣٩٠

الضفة التي تغيّرت: هل هي بلاد المطلوبين؟

صورة للشهيد أحمد (يسار) في طفولته

رام الله ــ الأخبار
لا عجب في أن يترك أحمد نصر جرار هذا الأثر وراءه عند رحيله، فلم يصدق كثيرون من الفلسطينيين النبأ لحظة وروده صباح أمس، وصاروا أشبه بـ«اليتامى» عند مواجهة لحظة الحقيقة؛ الشهيد أحمد لم يكن مقاوماً فحسب، بل أخذ القرار عن مئات الألوف من الذين يؤمنون بالمقاومة، وتحديداً المسلحة. لذلك، ليس غريباً أن يشعر هؤلاء بشعور الأم عندما تُكذّب الفاجعة في فلذة كبدها عند الساعات الأولى، لكن، لماذا شكّل جرار «استثناءً» يتشابه مع ما فعله الشهيد باسل الأعرج قبل نحو عام. وثمة سؤال آخر مبكر: لماذا لم يمكث مطارداً أكثر من 20 يوماً؟

العدد ٣٣٩٠

فدائي بيْننا… عاش «أحمد النصر»

قبل تعميم «سلطة أوسلو» لغة التسامح والسلام، كانت بيانات التنظيمات الفلسطينية تُذيَّل بعبارة «الخزي والعار للخونة والعملاء». شركاء «الحل السلمي» أعادوا تدوير الجملة في ماكينة السردية المضادة. هرول العرب قبل العجم نحو التطبيع مع العدو، لتصبح «أدبيات الثورة» مادة تهكمية لدى «الواقعيين» (اقرأ المنبطحين). معاودة إنتاج ثقافة استحالة التغيير واستهداف «الفئة المغامرة» مارسهما 99% من حكومات العالم. النسبة هنا لا تُزعج أنصار الديموقراطية.

العدد ٣٣٩٠

زرع ذاكرة في أرضه واستشهد: هنا مقرّ إقامتي الأخير

 لو كان بالإمكان اختصار سيرة أحمد جرار في قصيدة، لوقع الاختيار على «أحمد الزعتر» للشاعر الراحل محمود درويش. فهو الذي «كان في كل شيء يلتقي بنقيضه»: حين كان ابن ست سنوات لم يحيَ عيشة أترابه المعهودة، إذ وُلِدَ لأبٍ مقاوم يسير إلى المستحيل بأطرافه المبتورة، ويطارده جيشٌ بأكمله كأنما هو بطل أسطوري يصارع وحشاً عملاق، حتى استشهد بعد مطاردة طويلة، وهدم المكان الذي كان يتحصّن فيه فوق رأسه، تماماً كما انتهى المطاف بجرار الابن.

جيش أحمد جرار


فبراير 7, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– تشهد مواقع التواصل عبر الصفحات الفردية والجماعية للفلسطينيين ثورة وطوفاناً تتصدّرهما صور الشهيد أحمد جرار والكتابات الوجدانية التي تفيض حباً وتقديراً لرمزية هذا الشهيد الذي اغتال حاخاماً صهيونياً متطرفاً يتصدّر لائحة العنصريين بين المستوطنين في التحريض على قتل الفلسطينيين، ونجح أحمد بعد الاغتيال بالتخفّي عن أعين مخابرات الاحتلال وعملائه متنقلاً في بيوت الناس وقراهم وبلداتهم، يطارده الاحتلال بفرق من جيشه ويفشل في الوصول إليه، حتى كانت معركة المواجهة بينه وحيداً، مقابل مئات الجند ورجال المخابرات ووحدات الكوماندوس، فيقاتل ومعه كسرات خبز وقنينة ماء حتى تنفد منه ذخيرته، فيُستشهَد.

– يكرّر الفلسطينيون في حديثهم عن أحمد جرار ما قاله محمود درويش عن أحمد العربي، ويردّدون كلنا أحمد، ويتباهون بمن يتمثّل قبل الآخر صورة أحمد ويكرّر فعله، فتكون الحصيلة البسيطة بعد استشهاد أحمد جرار، أنّ جيش الاحتلال ومخابراته وقد دوّخهم أحمد،

لم يتسنّ لهم الاحتفال بتسديد الرصاصات القاتلة إلى صدره، فقد كان أحمد آخر يستدرجهم لدفن أحد مستوطنيهم، الذي طالته سكين أحمد، وكان عليهم أن يواجهوا سيلاً من التظاهرات التي تهتف لأحمد على مساحة الضفة الغربية، وكان عليهم أن يقرأوا في سخونة التفاعل الشعبي والشبابي، خصوصاً مع استشهاد أحمد وتقدّمه أيقونة للشباب الذاهب للمقاومة بالمئات والآلاف بلا انتظار السلاح، وبما تيسّر من وسائل وأدوات ينفع بينها الدهس وينفع الطعن، وتنفع كلّ وسيلة متاحة أخرى يبتكرها شعبٌ أثبت على مدى قرابة مئة عام أنه لا ييأس ولا يتعب.

– تخلّصت «إسرائيل» من أحمد جرار، لكنها اكتشفت أنّ عليها أن تنتظر المواجهة مع جيش جرّار هو جيش أحمد جرار، حيث الشباب اليافع والصبية في الأحياء يلعبون لعبة التخفي والمخابرات والفائز في التخفي تكون جائزته أن يكنّى بأحمد، والعرائس تتحدّث لأزواج المستقبل عن مهر لعرس يتقدّمه إثبات الرجولة في ميزان أحمد، وحيث الفصائل التي تنابذت على أشياء كثيرة وتنافست وأحياناً تقاتلت، تجتمع على النموذج المثال لأحمد، وحيث البلدات والمخيمات تتنافس وتتبارى في مَن تكون البلدة ومَن يكون المخيم، حيث يكون الصمود والثبات، كما في جنين بلدة أحمد ومخيم أحمد.

– مَن يقرأ علم الاجتماع السياسي بين «الإسرائيليين» ويدرك معنى ما يسمّيه العلماء بالتيار والموجة العارمة، والأيقونة، سيعلم أنّ المواجهة مع الفلسطينيين قد دخلت بعد استشهاد أحمد جرار مرحلة جديدة. فليست القضية هنا دعوة للتضامن مع الطفلة المكافحة والصامدة عهد التميمي، ولا القضية إدانة واستنكار إقدام جنود الاحتلال على قتل طفل بدم بارد. إنّها شيء مختلف، لا مكان فيها لدعوات التضامن والحديث عن المظلومية. القضية هنا هي التباهي بالدم والشهادة لشاب أرهق جيش الاحتلال لشهر كامل بعد أن تمكّن من تسديد ضربة موجعة له على الأنف مباشرة وتركه في الأرض نازفاً، ومن ثم استطابت له الشهادة. القضية لا مظلومية فيها بل حداء نصر، وأنشودة الشهادة، والشعوب عندما تبلغ هذه المرتبة من العزم، وتصير هذه الحالة مشهداً طاغياً في كلّ بيت وكلّ شارع، على مَن يعاديها ويحتلّ أرضها ويصادر حقوقها، أن يشعر بالذعر لا بالخوف فقط.

فالآتي أعظم، وما خلف الستار وتحت السجادة أهمّ بكثير مما يبدو في كادر الصورة.

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Palestinian Hero Ahmed Nasser Jarrer Martyred by ’Israeli’ Raid

06-02-2018 | 09:22

The Palestinian hero Ahmed Nasser Jarrer of Jenin, was martyred early Tuesday morning in a raid by “Israeli” security forces.


Palestinian Hero Ahmed Nasser Jarrer

According to “Israeli” reports, Jarrar was hiding in a complex of buildings in the village of Yamun, 9 kilometers west of Jenin, in the West Bank.

The “Israeli” forces also arrested several Palestinians in the assault.

His martyrdom came after more than a month-long “Israeli” manhunt for him after he killed the apartheid entity’s Rabbi, Raziel Shevach.

A graphic photograph from the scene showed Jarrar lying on the ground, covered in blood and surrounded by M-16 assault rifle ammunition cartridges.

The 22-year-old Jarrar is the son of Hamas Resistance Leader Martyr Nassar Jarrar.

The Martyr father, born in 1958, was imprisoned in 1978.

After he was released from prison in 1998, Jarrar became a senior commander of Hamas’s forces during the Second Intifada of the early 2000s.

In 2001, the elder Jarrar lost both his legs and an arm.

Source: Al-Ahed- Palestine

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IOF Raids Jenin, Kills Palestinian Who Carried out Nablus Operation

January 18, 2018

IOF manhunt

Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian late Wednesday in the north of the occupied West Bank.

Occupation forces raided the Palestinian city of Jenin late Wednesday, eyewitnesses said, with violent clashes breaking out in which Israeli occupation police said there were a “number of injuries”.

Palestinian health ministry announced that Ahmed Ismail Jarrar, 31, was martyred in Jenin raid.

For its part, Israeli security agency, the Shin Bet, said border guards raided Jenin to capture Palestinians who took part in Nablus operation, in which a rabbi was shot dead earlier this month.

“During the clashes, one of the suspects was killed while others were arrested,” Shin Bet said in a statement without giving further details.

Israeli media reported that at least two border guards were wounded in the gunfire exchange, one of them seriously.


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Russian forces eliminated a group of militants, which conducted the mortar attack on Hmeimim airbase on December 31, 2017, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on January 12. Russian forces used the 2K25 Krasnopol 152 mm laser-guided artillery munition to eliminate the group, according to the ministry.

The ministry added that the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) uncovered a fixed-wing drone assembly and storage workshop in Idlib province. The workshop is likely linked to the armed drone attack on Hmeimim airbase, and Tartus naval facility base on January 6. The workshop was also eliminated with the Krasnopol.

In the period from January 12 to January 15, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces, the National Defense Forces (NDF), Liwa al-Quds, Liwa Fatemiyoun and other pro-government factions increased pressure on Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra), Ahrar al-Sham and their allied militant groups in southern Idlib and southern Aleppo.

Government forces advanced west and northwest of Khansir and established control over al-Hass Mount and a large number of the nearby villages. The distance between government positions southeast of the Abu al-Duhur airbase and west of Khanasir is now about 2 km.
In southern Idlib, the Tiger Forces and their allies engaged militants in the villages of Atshan, Tell Maraq, Umm Khalakhil, Zifr Saqer, Zif Kabir, Suruj, Istablat and Rasm al-Qard that had been a target of counter-attack launched by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham(HTS)—led forces.

Separately, the SAA and the NDF advanced in northeastern Hama and captured the villages of Tafahah and Tal Mutilat as well as attacked the villages of Abu Khaf, Aniq Bajrah and Sukari.

In the coming days, government forces will secure the remaining pocket in southern Aleppo and make a fresh push in order to create another militant pocket southwest of Khansir.

Meanwhile, the Turkish military deployed more troops and military equipment including tanks, artillery pieces and armored vehicles around the city of Afrin controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). The deployment followed a series of artillery strikes conducted by Turkish forces on YPG positions in the area.

Earlier, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkish forces may soon carry out an attack on the city of Afrin in order to “clear” the southern border of his country from groups described by Ankara as “terrorists”. The YPG is a core of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Ankara says that the YPG is a branch of the Kurdish separatist armed group PKK that mainly operates in southern Turkey and northern Iraq.

Government troops have recaptured Tell Farzat from Jaish al-Islam in the southern part of Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta, a SAA officer told SouthFront on January 14. According to the source, the advance is a part of the effort aimed at preventing Jaish al-Islam from supporting Ahrar al-Sham’s attack on the Armoured Vehicles Base. Clashes between Jaish al-Islam and the SAA were also reported in Hazrama and Hush al-Duahra.

On January 14, ISIS captured several positions, including the headquarters of the Palestine Charity Organization and Abd al-Qader al-Hussine school, in the eastern part of the Yarmouk refugee camp, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq reported. 5 HTS members were reportedly killed there. According to pro-opposition sources, about 70% of the camp is now in the hands of ISIS. The expansion of the terrorist group there poses a direct threat to the government-held areas, especially if the terrorist group reaches districts near the Damascus Airport highway.

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