Syrian Army Kills Scores of Gunmen across Cities amid Infighting among Takfiris

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Syrian Arab ArmyA unit of the Syrian army managed on Tuesday to kill scores of militants of the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) takfiri group during clashes that erupted in the Thermal Plant environs in eastern rural Aleppo.

In Damascus, several militants were killed and others wounded during clashes with the army around the Tal-Assawwan and in the environs of Khan Al-Sheikh in the eastern and western Ghoutas respectively.

The Syrian army controlled al-Bashora village in Lattakia northern countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorist groups.

In Hama, a military unit clashed with a terrorist group near Horrbinafsah in southern countryside of the city.

In Daraa, units of the Syrian army and armed forces destroyed a vehicle and mortar launcher for al-Nusra Front terrorists northeast of al-Nueimeh town, 4 km east of Daraa city, a military source told state-run SANA news agency on Tuesday.

All members of another terrorist group were killed in an army operation against a position for the so-called “Liwa al-Mutasem Billah” in Tafas town, 13 km north of Daraa city, the source added.

The army also destroyed a terrorists’ command center, two vehicles and checkpoints to the east of the Electricity Company, in addition to destroying a vehicle equipped with a heavy machinegun in al-Abassiyeh and al-Manshiyeh neighborhoods and near the Old Customs in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa city

Earlier on Monday, an army unit carried out accurate operations against the gatherings and movements of terrorist organizations in Daraa al-Balad killing 20 terrorists, injuring 28 others and destroying 2 of their vehicles, one of which was equipped with machinegun.

In Homs, the Syrian soldiers clashed with the armed groups aound Al-Makhram area in the eastern countryside.

In Deir Ezzor, a number of ISIL terrorists were killed during clashes with the national military around Al-Jafra town in the rural area.

The opposition UK-based Observatory said that 7 terrorists of the so-called ‘Jaish al-Islam’ (army of Islam) and ‘Qowwat Ahmad Al-Abdo’ (Ahmad Al-Abdo forces) were killed during clashes with the so-called ‘Jaish Tahrir Al-Sham’ (army to liberate Syria) and ‘Rijal Al-Malahem’ (men of battles) takfiri groups in the Addamir city in eastern Qalamoun.

Source: Al-Manar Website

09-02-2016 – 14:30 Last updated 09-02-2016 – 17:21

 

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What is the Difference Between Russia’s and US’ Air Campaigns in Syria?

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A recent US intelligence report said that Daesh (also known as ISIL/Islamic State) is degrading. Two coalitions – one led by the US and the other by Russia – have been involved in fighting the terrorists. It is high time to figure out some differences between the two approaches.

The Common Goal

Russia, the United States, and Syria have one common enemy – the terrorist group Daesh. In September 2014, US President Barack Obama pledged to destroy Daesh with massive airstrikes.

“Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy. We will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists,” he said in a statement.

In November 2015, Russian leader Vladimir Putin described the goal of the Russian aerial campaign in Syria — “to clear the country of terrorists and secure Russia from possible attacks.” Meanwhile, he said an additional goal was to “stabilize the legitimate government and create the environment for a political compromise.”

Aviation

The Russian task force has supported the Syrian Arab Army, which numbers between 150,000 to 200,000 personnel. According to military analysts, government forces have over 4,000 tanks (the Russian-made T-55, T-72 and the newest T-90A) and nearly 400 warplanes.

The US-led coalition has provided aerial support for the Iraqi Army (800,000 personnel and 389 tanks), the Kurdish militia (70,000 fighters) and various opposition groups (40-60,000 fighters).

Russia began airstrikes in Syria on September 31, at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad. In the first 100 days of the operation, Russian jets carried out 5,600 combat sorties, with a daily average of 50-60. During the same period, the US Air Force carried out nearly 3,500 sorties. During the operation, US warplanes carried out a total of more than 65,000 sorties, with an average of 120 a day. US jets have tried to provide permanent aerial support for opposition and Kurdish forces.

Russia and the US chose aircraft in accordance with operational tasks and the capacity of the available airfields. The Russian task force was deployed to the Hmeymim air base, outside Latakia, close to theater of war. Nearly 4,000 servicemen and over 70 aircraft are currently deployed to the base, including Su-30 and Su-35 four-generation fighters, Su-24 and Su-34 tactical bombers, and Su-25 ground support jets.

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“These aircraft have been chosen to accomplish the assigned tasks,” military expert Mikhail Khodarenok told RBK.

The Su-24 can carry up to 7,500 kg of weapons, including fragmentation ballistic bombs, up to a distance of up to 560 km. The Su-34 has even greater capabilities – up to 8,000 kg of bombs at a distance of up to 1,100 km. According to the expert, in order to be fully engaged in combat, those aircraft should take off from an airfield close to the battlefield. As such, most of theRussian airstrikes in Syria have been carried out by Su-24 and Su-34 bombers.

Long-range bombers, including the Tu-22, Tu-95 and Tu-160, have also been involved in the operation. Tu-22 bombers took off from an airfield in Russia’s Mozdok, while the Tu-95 and Tu-160 – from an airfield in Engels.



According to Khodarenok, using the Tu-22 in Syria is not as effective as it could be.

“With its maximum capacity of 22 tons of bombs, the Tu-22 cannot fly from Mozdok to Syria. It can fly with eight tons, but this is the same that the Su-24 can do,” he explained.

In one week, Tu-22 bombers carried out only 23 sorties. Nevertheless, according to the analyst, using strategic bombers is a good chance to show off the capabilities of all branches of the Russian Air Force.

The US does not have a base in the conflict zone. Its aircraft take off from airfields in Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey and the UAE as well as four aircraft carriers of the Fifth Fleet of the US Navy in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. At the same time, this allows for the US to use more aircraft than Russia.

During the operation, the US has deployed F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-15 Eagle jet fighters, both outperformed by the Russian Su-30. Advanced F-22 Raptor fifth-generation fighters have also been involved. This aircraft features a stealth design, supersonic cruise speeds, and super-maneuverability.

For strategic bombardments, the US has engaged B-1 Lancer strategic bombers, which have an operation range of 12,000 km without refueling. During the operation, Lancers have carried out over 5,000 sorties.

The Russian Air Force have also used the Su-25 ground attack jet. It outperforms the US A-10 Thunderbolt II in maneuverability and speed. It is more effective in areas where enemy air defenses are deployed but Daesh militants have no such weapons. The Su-25 is armed with the GSh-2-30 cannon, which, however, is outgunned by the A-10’s blazing Gatling gun.

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The A-10 is heavier and less protected than the Su-25. But the Thunderbolt II boasts greater fire power, including Maverick anti-tanks missiles and the GAU-8 Avenger 30-mm seven-barrel automatic cannon. They are more effective against enemy personnel and equipment on the ground. A-10 jets have carried out over 7,000 sorties in the operation.

Naval Support

The aviation and air base in Syria is protected by a naval task force led by the Varyag missile cruiser. The unit also comprises the Dagestan missile, the Grad Sviyazhsk, Uglich and Veliky Ustyug small missile ships of the Caspian Flotilla as well as the B-237 Rostov-on-Don submarine of the Black Sea Fleet. Reconnaissance is carried out by the fleet’s equipment and by the Vasily Tatischev reconnaissance ship.

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Russia has also launched ship-based cruise missiles against Daesh during the operation. In October 2015, warships of the Caspian Flotilla fired 26 Kalibr cruise missiles at 11 militant targets from a distance of over 1,500 km. A month later, another 18 missiles were launched against Daesh. The submarine also fired four missiles against Daesh targets. A total of 48 missile launches have been reported in the operation.

Two US aircraft carriers have fired 47 missiles during the operation. The USS George Bush and Carl Vinson alongside the Arleigh Burke destroyer and the Philippine Sea missile cruiser have provided for the take-off and landing of F/A-18F Super Hornet multirole jets in the conflict zone and launched Tomahawk cruise missiles at Daesh targets.

The Kalibr cruise missile is one of the newest and advanced Russian weapons. They entered service in 2005 and were never used in combat before the operation in Syria. In comparison to the Tomahawk, the Russian missile has a more powerful payload and increased range and accuracy.

However, in terms of missile launches in Syria, direct comparison between Russia and the US is not correct, Khodarenok pointed out.

“Until recently, Russia did not have non-nuclear means for coastal attacks. But having them in service makes the country a privileged military power,” he underscored.

At the same time, the Tomahawk launches cannot be considered notable since the missile has been used in combat for over 20 years.

Costs of War

According to the Pentagon, the US has spent nearly $11.4 million a day for their operations against Daesh in Syria and Iraq. The entire operation has cost $5.8 billion. As a comparison, the US spent $2.5 billion on the war in the Persian Gulf in 1991.

The Russian military has been able to conduct its operations at less of a cost. According to an RBK analysis, one day of the military operations in Syria costs Russia nearly $2.5 million, totaling $225-300 million for the entire operation so far.

There are several factors that make the US operation more costly than the Russian campaign. These are military bases remote from the conflict zone, F-22 Raptor expenditures (with a cost-per-flight-hour of $68,000), and Tomahawk launches from the Red Sea ($74 million).

At the same time, the US-led coalition has lost only one drone during the operation. It was shot down by Syrian government forces. In addition, one US soldier has been killed.

The Russian Air Force have lost a Su-24 bomber (it was shot down by a Turkish jet on November 24) and its pilot was shot dead from the ground while parachuting down. During a search-and-rescue operation a Russian marine was also killed. On January 26, a military training center in Homs came under mortar fire. A Russian military adviser was killed in the shelling.

Results of the Operation

There are two different ways the Russian Defense Ministry and the US-led coalition report on the results of their operation.

The Russian military emphasizes the number of destroyed targets and liberated areas. On January 15, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff Sergei Rudskoy told journalists that 217 populated areas had been liberated during the operation or nearly 1,000 sq km of territory.

In turn, the US coalition usually publishes data on the number of destroyed militants. As for January 2016, over 22,000 Daesh terrorists were killed in northern Syria and Iraq.
Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry has not published information on the total number of terrorists killed.

At the same time, the Russian campaign has helped the Syrian Army and its allies launch a country-wide offensive against Daesh and al-Nusra Front militants. Government forces have already taken control over a number of strategic areas across the country.

According to a report by HIS Conflict Monitor, as for December 2015 Daesh’s “caliphate” has shrunk by 14 percent, mostly in northern Syria and Iraq.


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The Syrian army’s latest successes in the counterterrorism fight are a testament to the effectiveness of its cooperation with the Russian Aerospace Forces, the governor of the Latakia province said Monday.

Last week, the Syrian army managed to cut off terrorists’ supply routes from Turkey in northern Aleppo. The troops, with support from the local militias, broke through the sieges in the towns of Nubl and Zahraa. Now the government army aims to gain control of the Syrian-Turkish border.

“These victories are evidence of good collaboration of the Syrian army and the group of the Russian Aerospace Forces. They show that our people are holding on to their land and will never allow it to be torn apart by terrorists,” Ibrahim Khodr Salem said in a speech addressing new volunteer recruits.

More than 500 new recruits gathered in central Latakia, having passed a basic training course. They are now awaiting deployment. According to Salem, this is the fifth set of volunteers.

Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with the country’s government fighting against multiple opposition factions and extremist groups.

On September 30, 2015, Russia launched an aerial campaign against the Daesh terrorists in Syria at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Daesh is outlawed and considered a terrorist group in Russia.


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Syrian President’s Advisor: Aleppo Operation Aims at Securing Border with Turkey

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ShaabanSyrian President Bashar Assad’s Media advisor, Bouthaina Shaaban, said that the campaign launched by the Syrian army and allies in Aleppo aims at regaining control over the northern province and securing the border with Turkey.

In an interview with Reuters news agency, Shaaban added that the international talks on Syria have failed because the countries which back the militant groups have not decided to halt supporting terrorism.

They are seeking ceasefire in order to let the terrorists improve their military position on ground, not to end the crisis, the Syrian president advisor noted.

The Syrian army and allies have launched a large scale campaign against the terrorist groups in Aleppo northern countryside, breaking the 4-year siege imposed on Nubbul and Zahraa towns and controlling a large number of villages in the area.

Source: Reuters

09-02-2016 – 21:59 Last updated 09-02-2016 – 21:59

 

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Saudi Arabia Considers Sending ‘Special Forces’ as Part of the Coalition

Saudi Arabia said the United States has welcomed Riyadh’s offer to contribute troops to a potential ground incursion by a US-led coalition in Syria.

JubeirSaudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the offer, made last Thursday, had been met with Washington’s approval and that Saudi forces would be playing a ‘major role’ in any such operation.

“The United States government was very supportive and very positive about the kingdom’s readiness to provide special forces to the operation in Syria, should the international coalition make a decision to do so,” he told reporters.

“So the kingdom will be part of it,” he said. “That support came from the White House, it came from the [US] State Department, it was natural for [US] Secretary [of State John] Kerry to support such a decision.”

The 65-member coalition, of which Saudi Arabia is a member, has been conducting air raids inside Syria since September 2014. The airstrikes have no authorization from the Syrian government or the UN and have reportedly fallen short of uprooting the militants.

State Department spokesman John Kirby confirmed that the United States had welcomed the Saudi offer, but he would not comment on the nature or timing of any potential ground operation.

“We are talking about a ground element,” he said. “We have discussed the potential value of a special operations capability inside that element, which would be valuable.”

Reacting to a potential troop deployment, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said Saturday, “Let no one think they can attack Syria or violate its sovereignty because I assure you any aggressor will return to their country in a wooden coffin.”

Pavel Krasheninnikov, a deputy of Russia’s State Duma, has warned Saudi Arabia that any military ground operation in Syria without Damascus’ consent would amount to a declaration of war.

Source: Press TV

09-02-2016 – 11:23 Last updated 09-02-2016 – 11:23

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Syrian Front : The Army Liberates More Villages in Lattakia, Aleppo and Homs

Syrian Front : The Army Liberates More Villages in Lattakia, Aleppo and Homs

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The army restores security and stability to villages in Lattakia, Aleppo and Homs, continues operations in other areas
8 February، 2016
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The army restored security and stability to many areas , the last of which is Kefeen village in northern Aleppo, and it continued its operations in other areas across the country , leaving many terrorist organizations’ members killed and their vehicles and weapons destroyed.

Daraa

An army unit carried out accurate operations against the gatherings and movements of terrorist organizations in al-Siba neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa city, according to military source.

The source said that 20 terrorists were killed, 28 others were injured, and 2 of their vehicles, one of which was equipped with machinegun, were destroyed during the operations.

Also in Daraa al-Balad, the army destroyed 4 vehicles near the meteorology building on al-Sadd road, while 5 fortified positions for terrorists were destroyed and a number of terrorists were killed and injured in al-Karak neighborhood.
The source added that members of a terrorist group were killed and 3 of their vehicles, one of which equipped with a machinegun, were destroyed during concentrated strikes against terrorists’ movements in al-Abasyia neighborhood.

To the northwest of Daraa city, an army unit targeted a terrorist group while it was moving on the road leading to Tafas city and destroyed one of its vehicles.

Another army unit destroyed a vehicle and a machinegun nest in the area surrounding Khrbit Ghazala town to the northeast of Daraa city.

Sources on the ground told SANA’s reporter that army unit targeted with concentrated strikes terrorists’ gatherings in al-Naima town to the east of Daraa city, destroying an ammunition cache and killing number of terrorists.

Aleppo

Units of the army and the armed forces, in cooperation with the back up forces, continued to advance in the northern countryside of Aleppo province, restoring security and stability to Kafeen village after eliminating the last terrorist positions in it.

SANA reporter in Aleppo said that a unit of the army, in cooperation with the back up forces, carried out a military operation over the past hours against the last positions of Jabhat al-Nusra and other Takfiri organizations in Kafeen village in the northern countryside of the province.

The reporter added that the operation resulted in restoring stability and security to Kafeen village, 23 km from the Turkish borders, indicating that units of the army dismantled the landmines and explosive devices planted by terrorist organizations before most of their members were killed while others fled leaving their arms and ammunition.

Meanwhile, the military source told SANA that units of the army bombarded positions and vehicles belonging to the ISIS terrorists in the villages of Talet al-Shwayia, Rasm al-Alam, al-Tayba and Sarjet al-Kabira in the northeastern countryside of the province.

In Aleppo City, gatherings and military equipment belonging to terrorist organizations were destroyed in operations carried out by the army in the neighborhoods of al-Rashidin 4, al-Lyaramoun and Bani Zaid.

Earlier on Saturday, The army restored security and stability to Retyan and Mayer towns in the northern countryside of the province, while on Sunday army units established control over the strategic hill of Barlahin in the eastern countryside of Aleppo after eliminating the remaining ISIS gatherings there.

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The army’s air force destroyed dens and vehicles for Jaish al-Fatah terrorist organization in Haish and al-Tamana’a in Idleb southern countryside.

The army air force also raided the terrorist positions in al-Latamneh, Salba, Kfar Zeita, Atshan and Sayyad in Hama northern countryside.

The raid ended up with destroying places and vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns for the terrorists.

Homs

Army units advanced towards Mahin and al-Qariatin and restored stability and security to Tar al-Kharoba area, the southern foots of Point 903.4 and western foots of Points 901 and 912 in Homs countryside.

A number of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were killed by the army and the armed forces in the surroundings of al-Mukharram town, 43 km to the east of Homs City.

A field source confirmed to SANA that a unit of the army, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, ambushed a terrorist group that infiltrated from Ezz Eddin village into Talomari village, killing most of its members and injuring others.

The source added that arms and varied ammunition belonging to the terrorist group were seized and a number of its vehicles were destroyed.

Lattakia

Army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, restored stability and security to the villages of al-Hoor, al-Rweisat and al-Sweidia and al-Wadi al-Azrak to the northeast of Lattakia city in the coastal province of Lattakia.

The source added that army units destroyed the last dens and fortified positions of terrorist organizations in the area, inflicting heavy losses on terrorists while a number of them fled away to the areas neighboring the Syrian-Turkish borders.

The army’s engineering units dismantled the explosive devices which terrorists planted earlier in the villages.

Later, Army units in cooperation with popular defense groups restored security and stability to Dahret al-Baidar al-Mahrouq, Ard al-Ktaf, Ziyaret al-Beida hill and some strategic posts in the northern countryside of Lattakia.

A civilian injured in terrorists’ mortar attacks in Daraa
8 February، 2016
Daraa, SANA

A civilian was injured in terrorists’ mortar attacks against the Eastern neighborhood al-Kashef in the southern city of Daraa.

Terrorists positions in the town of al-Naima’a, in the eastern countryside of Daraa fired Monday eight shells against the Eastern neighborhood al-Kashef injuring one civilian and causing material damage to properties.

Earlier Saturday, Three civilians were injured in terrorist attacks with mortar shells on residential neighborhoods in Daraa city.

57 wanted persons turn themselves in to authorities to get their legal status settled
8 February، 2016
Provinces, SANA

57 wanted persons from Damascus, Damascus countryside, Quneitra and Daraa provinces turned themselves in Monday to the authorities to get their legal status settled.

On Sunday, 133 wanted persons, from Talbiseh and al-Rastan in the countryside of Homs and a number of neighborhoods in Homs city, had their legal status settled after they had earlier turned themselves in to the authorities.

Russian Airstrikes in Syria Help ‘Iraqi Military in Fight Against Daesh’

The actions of the Russian Air Forces in Syria are effective and have a positive impact on the fight against Daesh in Iraq, Joint Commander of the Iraqi Armed Forces Yahya Rasool Abdullah told Sputnik.

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The Syrian army with the aid of the Russian air force has managed to destroy the main stronghold of the terrorists in the province of Latakia in Salma city situated on the border with Turkey and in the town of Sheikh Miskin and Osman in the south.

A four year blockade was lifted in the province of Aleppo where two Shiite cities of Noubel and az-Zahra were freed on Thursday. The offensive is under way in the suburbs of Damascus as well.

“Russian strikes are playing an effective role in the destruction of terrorist groups in Syria, and we know how many terrorists come out of Raqqa, the so-called Daesh capital of Syria. Attacks on critical command centers have reflected positively on the military operations in Iraq as well,” the commander said.

Rasul also mentioned the positive support from the international coalition led by the US in spying and investigating, as well as support provided from a joint information center of Iraq, Syria, Iran and Russia situated in Baghdad.

Commenting on the possibility of expanding cooperation with the Russian Federation, representatives of the Armed Forces said that Iraq is open to support from all of the interested parties.

“We have a lot of contracts for the supply of arms and equipment with Russia. We need support of all in the fight against terrorism because Iraq represents the whole world in fight with them,” Rasool said.

On September 30, Russia at the request of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria began target airstrikes on the Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations. With the support of the Russian aviation, government troops and patriotic opposition forces launched an offensive attack on terrorist positions.

Just in the last 1.5 months, according to the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces in Syria more than 150 settlements have been freed from terror.

Terrorists Expelled from Military Base North of Aleppo by Kurdish defense Forces

TEHRAN (FNA)- Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units, backed by the Syrian and Russian jet’s air cover, managed to establish full control over a military base north of Aleppo and several other sites in the region formerly held by the terrorists.

During the intensive ground offensive, the mainly Kurdish force, helped by joint Russian and Syrian air cover, liberated Military Base 55 in Northern Aleppo, consolidating the anti-militant pool’s grip on newly emancipated Aleppo-Ezaz road, which was the main supply route of militants in northern Syria’s territories near Turkish border.

Further tightening their grip over the region, the army forces kept on liberating other nearby sites from the militants’ hold, including two villages of Western Barad and Mara’naz, a mill and a car spare-parts factory in the region.

On Sunday the Syrian Army and Hezbollah fighters continued their advances in Aleppo province by taking back another key town following fierce clashes with foreign-backed terrorists.

Yesterday, strategic town of Ta’ana in the Eastern part of Aleppo province came under the Syrian Army’s full control today. It is close to the industrial region of Sheikh Najjar.

The Syrian Army continued to advance towards Tal Rafat in Northern Aleppo. They and popular forces took full control of a strategic hilltop in the Eastern countryside of Aleppo city on Sunday.

Syrian Army tanks, taking on Takfiri terrorists’ lines in Aleppo province, managed to push back the militants further in a strategic town in the province and cut off ISIL’s transfer and supply routes in the region.

“The pro-government forces, during an intensive operation to recapture the town of Mayer, cut off the Ezaz-Aleppo road by winning back the town; therefore, the road, which was formerly controlled by the Takfiri militants to transfer their forces and hardware, has been effectively blocked by government forces and their allies,” informed sources announced.

Syrian Army troops drove the militant groups back from their main supply line near the border with Turkey and imposed full control over the highway.

The Syrian Army ultimately cut off the terrorist groups’ main supply route from the Turkish city of Gaziantep, marking the first time in nearly 3 years that they have had a presence along the Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway that stretches through the Aleppo province’s Northern countryside.

With the recent recapture of Ratyan and Mayer in Northern Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces have finally reached the Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway near the contested villages of Bayanoun, Kafr Naya, and Hayyan after an intense battle with the terrorists of Nusra Front, the Free Syrian Army, Jeish Al-Mujahiddeen, Harakat Nouriddeen al-Zinki, and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.

Syrian Government Sends Military Aid to Kurds Fighting Terrorists in Hasaka Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian government has dispatched military and arms aid to the Kurds fighting the terrorists in the Northern part of Syria, Kurdish sources announced on Monday.

“Four military airplanes of the Syrian army carrying weapons and munitions for Kurdish fighters arrived in Qamishli Airport in Hasaka province on Sunday evening”.

The weapons have been delivered to the Kurdish fighters to begin their operations to win back the strategic al-Shadadi town back from ISIL terrorists.

In a relevant development earlier today, the Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) continued to advance against the militant groups in the Northern part of Aleppo province and freed another key village near Minaq military airbase.

The YPG forces stormed the militant groups’ strongholds in the village of Mar’anaz in the Southwestern part of the city of Azaz and took full control over the village and its surroundings.

Tens of militants were killed or wounded and their military grid also was damaged in the attack.

Also on Sunday, the YPG advanced towards the integral Minaq Military Airport in the rebel heartland, capturing the village of al-Alqamiyah after a violent battle with the terrorists of Ahrar Al-Sham and al-Shamiyah Front.

Several independent sources said the YPG enjoyed the Syrian and Russian air backup during the attack.

Over the last days, the YPG has taken advantage of the terrorist groups’ crumbling defense lines in the Northern part of Aleppo, seizing a number of villages like Ziyarah near the towns of al-Zahra and Nubl.

With al-Alqamiyah under their control, the YPG forces are in position to strike the Minaq Military Airport; thus, threatening the remaining terrorists’ defense lines in Northern Aleppo.

The terrorist groups have formed a coalition called Jeish al-Halab, which consists of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), al-Shamiyah Front, Jeish al-Islam, and Jeish Al-Mujahiddeen to combat the YPG and the Syrian army.

Saudi invasion of Syria: The bluff that could ignite World War III

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By Finian CunninghamRussia Today

The Saudi plan to send ground troops into Syria appears to be just a ruse. But this is precisely the kind of reckless saber-rattling that could ignite an all-out war, one that could embroil the United States and Russia.

Saudi rulers have reportedly amassed a 150,000-strong army to invade Syria on the alleged pretext “to fight against terrorism” and to defeat the so-called Islamic State (also known as ISIS/ISIL). Saudi officials told CNN that in addition to Saudi troops there are ground forces from Egypt, Turkey, Sudan, Morocco, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem gave a categorical response, saying the move would be seen as an act of aggression and that any invasion force regardless of its stated reasons for entering Syria will be sent back inwooden coffins”.

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Nevertheless, US President Barack Obama has welcomed the Saudi plan to intervene in Syria.

Obama’s Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is this week due to meet in Brussels with counterparts from the US-led so-called “anti-terror” coalition to make a decision on the whether to activate the Saudi plan. A Saudi military spokesman has already said that if the US-led coalition gives its consent then his country will proceed with the intervention.

In recent weeks, Carter and other senior US officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, have been calling for increased regional Arab military action against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Carter and Biden have also said the US is prepared to send in its own ground troops en masse if the Geneva peace talks collapse.

Now, those talks appear to be floundering. So, does that mean that a large-scale invasion of US-led foreign armies in Syria is on the way?

Let’s step back a moment and assess what is really going on. The Saudi warning – or more accurately “threat” – of military intervention in Syria is not the first time that this has been adverted to. Back in mid-December, when Riyadh announced the formation of a 34-Islamic nation alliance to “fight terrorism”, the Saudis said that the military alliance reserved the right to invade any country where there was deemed to be a terror threat – including Syria.

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Another factor is that the House of Saud is not pleased with US-led diplomatic efforts on Syria. US Secretary of State John Kerry’s bustling to organize the Geneva negotiations – supposedly to find a peace settlement to the five-year conflict – is seen by the Saudis as giving too many concessions to the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and his foreign allies, Russia, Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

The Geneva talks – which came unstuck last week – can be arguably assessed as not a genuine internal Syria process to resolve the war – but rather they are a cynical political attempt by Washington and its allies to undermine the Syrian government for their long-held objective of regime change. The inclusion among the political opposition at Geneva of Al Qaeda-linked militants, Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham, with Western backing, illustrates the ulterior purpose.

The Washington Post gave the game away when it reported at the weekend:“The Obama administration has found itself increasingly backed into a corner by Russian bombing in Syria that its diplomacy has so far appeared powerless to stop.”

In other words, the Geneva diplomacy, mounted in large part by Kerry, was really aimed at halting the blistering Russian aerial campaign. The four-month intervention ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin has turned the tide of the entire Syrian war, allowing the Syrian Arab Army to win back strategically important terrain.

That the Russian military operations have not stopped, indeed have stepped up, has caused much consternation in Washington and its allies.

Russia and Syria can reasonably argue that the UN resolutions passed in November and December give them the prerogative to continue their campaign to defeat ISIS and all other Al Qaeda-linked terror groups. But it seems clear now that Kerry was counting on the Geneva talks as a way of stalling the Russian-Syrian assaults on the regime-change mercenaries.

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Kerry told reporters over the weekend that he is making a last-gasp attempt to persuade Russia to call a ceasefire in Syria. Indicating the fraught nature of his discussions with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Kerry said: “The modalities of a ceasefire itself are also being discussed… But if it’s just talks for the sake of talks in order to continue the bombing, nobody is going to accept that, and we will know that in the course of the next days.”

Moscow last week was adamant that it would not stop its bombing operations until “all terrorists”in Syria have been defeated. Syria’s Foreign Minister al-Muallem reiterated this weekend that there would be no ceasefire while all illegally armed groups remain in Syria.

What we can surmise is that because the US-led covert military means for regime change in Syria is being thwarted and at the same time the alternative political means for regime change are also not gaining any traction – due to Russia and Syria’s astuteness on the ulterior agenda – the Washington axis is now reacting out of frustration.

Part of this frustrated reaction are the threats from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other regional regimes – with US tacit approval – to go-ahead with a direct military intervention.

In short, it’s a bluff aimed at pressuring Syria and Russia to accommodate the ceasefire demands, which in reality are to serve as a breathing space for the foreign-backed terrorist proxies.

From a military point of view, the Saudi troop invasion cannot be taken remotely serious as an effective deployment. We only have to look at how the Saudi regime has been battered in Yemen over the past 10 months – in the Arab region’s poorest country – to appreciate that the Saudis have not the capability of carrying out a campaign in Syria.

As American professor Colin Cavell noted to this author: “Saudi intervention in Syria will have as much success as its intervention in Yemen. History has clearly shown that mercenary forces will never fight external wars with any success or elan, and no Saudi soldier in his right mind truly supports the Saudi monarchy. Everyone in Saudi Arabia knows that the House of Saud has no legitimacy, is based solely on force and manipulation, propped up by the US and the UK, and – if it did not have so much money – is a joke, run by fools.”

Thus, while a military gambit is decidedly unrealistic, the real danger is that the Saudi rulers and their American patrons have become so unhinged from reality that they could miscalculate and go into Syria. That would be like a spark in a powder keg. It will be seen as an act of war on Syria and its allies, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah. The US would inevitably be drawn fully into the spiral of a world war.

History has illustrated that wars are often the result not of a single, willful decision – but instead as the result of an ever-quickening process of folly.

Syria is just one potential cataclysm.


FINIAN CUNNINGHAM

FINIAN CUNNINGHAM

Finian Cunningham (born 1963) has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. Originally from Northern Ireland, he is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. For over 20 years he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organizations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent. His columns appear on RT, Sputnik, American Herald Tribune, Strategic Culture Foundation and Press TV.


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Originally published on Russia Today
https://www.rt.com/op-edge/331648-saudi-invasion-syria-bluff/
By Finian Cunningham
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Syrian Army Advances in Latakia and Aleppo, Nears Turkey Border

Local Editor

Syrian army and alliesThe Syrian Army and allies continued on Monday their remarkable battlefield progress in all the provinces, deploying troops near the Turkish border after controlling Kafeen village in Aleppo northern countryside.

Daraa

An army unit carried out accurate operations against the gatherings and movements of terrorist organizations in al-Siba neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa city, according to military source.

The source said that 20 terrorists were killed, 28 others were injured, and 2 of their vehicles, one of which was equipped with machinegun, were destroyed during the operations.

Also in Daraa al-Balad, the army destroyed 4 vehicles near the meteorology building on al-Sadd road, while 5 fortified positions for terrorists were destroyed and a number of terrorists were killed and injured in al-Karak neighborhood.

The source added that members of a terrorist group were killed and 3 of their vehicles, one of which equipped with a machinegun, were destroyed during concentrated strikes against terrorists’ movements in al-Abasyia neighborhood.

To the northwest of Daraa city, an army unit targeted a terrorist group while it was moving on the road leading to Tafas city and destroyed one of its vehicles.

Another army unit destroyed a vehicle and a machinegun nest in the area surrounding Khrbit Ghazala town to the northeast of Daraa city.

Sources on the ground told SANA’s reporter that army unit targeted with concentrated strikes terrorists’ gatherings in al-Naima town to the east of Daraa city, destroying an ammunition cache and killing number of terrorists.

Aleppo

Units of the army and the armed forces, in cooperation with the backup forces, continued to advance in the northern countryside of Aleppo province, restoring security and stability to Kafeen village after eliminating the last terrorist positions in it.

SANA reporter in Aleppo said that a unit of the army, in cooperation with the backup forces, carried out a military operation over the past hours against the last positions of al-Nusra Front (Qaeda branch in the Levant) and other Takfiri organizations in Kafeen village in the northern countryside of the province.

The reporter added that the operation resulted in restoring stability and security to Kafeen village, 23 km from the Turkish borders, indicating that units of the army dismantled the landmines and explosive devices planted by terrorist organizations before most of their members were killed while others fled leaving their arms and ammunition.

Meanwhile, the military source told SANA that units of the army bombarded positions and vehicles belonging to the ISIL terrorists in the villages of Talet al-Shwayia, Rasm al-Alam, al-Tayba and Sarjet al-Kabira in the northeastern countryside of the province.

In Aleppo City, gatherings and military equipment belonging to terrorist organizations were destroyed in operations carried out by the army in the neighborhoods of al-Rashidin 4, al-Lyaramoun and Bani Zaid.

Homs

A number of al-Nusra terrorists were killed by the army and the armed forces in the surroundings of al-Mukharram town, 43 km to the east of Homs City.

A field source confirmed to SANA that a unit of the army, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, ambushed a terrorist group that infiltrated from Ezz Eddin village into Talomari village, killing most of its members and injuring others.

The source added that arms and varied ammunition belonging to the terrorist group were seized and a number of its vehicles were destroyed.

Latakia

Army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, restored stability and security to the villages of al-Hoor, al-Rweisat and al-Sweidia and al-Wadi al-Azrak to the northeast of Lattakia city in the coastal province of Latakia.

Source: Agencies

08-02-2016 – 20:24 Last updated 08-02-2016 – 20:24

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