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Feb 17 2020

Hezbollah Unveils Giant Soleimani Statue Near Border With Israel

On February 15, Hezbollah unveiled a giant statue of Iran’s top commander Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated in January in a US airstrike, was unveiled in southern Lebanon, near the border with Israel. The figure of the killed Quds Force leader was put up in the border village of Maroun al-Ras. It became a part of the “resistance museum.” WATCH: #Hezbollah unveils a statue of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in Lebanon. He is pointing towards Israel. His ultimate goal was to destroy Israel. He failed. #Iran pic.twitter.com/rTNtefWwBY — FNR- FRUM NEWS REPORT (@FrumNewsReport) February 16, 2020 Soleimani and several …

Feb 17 2020

ISIS Legacy: Camp For Terrorists’ Wives and Children Being Built Near Mosul

The infamous al-Hol camp in Syria. Click to see full-size image A camp for thousands of wives and children of ISIS militants is being constructed near the caliphate’s former capital Mosul. According to KirkukNow, the camp is currently being constructed and is 50% ready in the Zummar subdistrict, west of Mosul. The Zummar subdistrict is located in Tel Afar district and is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government in Erbil and the central government in Baghdad. Zummar is a disputed subdistrict between Kurdistan Regional Government and Federal Government. The subdistrict is part of Tal …

Feb 17 2020

Sovereignty As A Pillar Of US Diplomacy And Other Fairy Tales By Mike Pompeo

Click to see full-size image On February 15th, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo proclaimed that “the West is winning” in his address at the Munich Conference. His remarks were accepted by the auditorium with an awkward silence. Mike Pompeo was attending the conference in the place of US President Donald Trump. In his speech he boasted of new jobs in the US, and various other feats entirely separate from US relations with Europe, Canada and its other allies. “Today, throughout the Western Hemisphere, we have only Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela as redoubts of authoritarianism. Meanwhile, the United States is …

Feb 17 2020

Venezuela Stages Massive Live-Fire War Drill Amid Invasion Threats

Originally appeared at ZeroHedge A week after President Trump met with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó at the White House and reiterated his support to remove President Nicolás Maduro from power, Venezuela’s armed forces and civilian militias staged a massive war drill over the weekend, reported Telesur. The meeting between Trump and Guaidó on Feb 5 was nothing short of historic, suggests that the US could support a future military intervention to remove the Maduro regime. The Trump administration has been tightening political, diplomatic, and economic screws on Maduro, but despite a crashed economy and hyperinflation, the regime continues to survive. Back in …

Feb 17 2020

Syrian Army Liberated 180km2 In Western Aleppo (Map Update)

Click to see the full-size image Syrian government forces have liberated 180km2 from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other Turkish-backed militant groups in western Aleppo. This advance became a major blow to Idlib radicals and created conditions for further offensive operations in the region. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Battle Of Idlib And Prospects Of Turkish-Syrian War The post Syrian Army Liberated 180km2 In Western Aleppo (Map Update) appeared first on .

Feb 16 2020

Coronavirus May Tip the Global Economy Into Recession

ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE Written by Dr. Leon Tressell exclusively for SouthFront * Global supply chains suffering major disruption * China’s economy flat lining As each day passes the numbers get worse for the impact of the Coronavirus The numbers of people infected and who have died from the Coronavirus have already exceeded the Sars virus and look set to get much worse. As if this wasn’t bad enough the Coronavirus threatens the global economy with a China led recession. What happens in China matters more than ever due to its huge role in the global economy. A few statistics serve to …

Feb 16 2020

Syrian Army To Open New Humanitarian Corridors In Idlib, Aleppo

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will open two humanitarian corridors with the terrorist-occupied Greater Idlib region in order to facilitate the evacuation of the civilians stuck there, the al-Mayadeen TV revealed on February 15. According to the Lebanese news channel, the new humanitarian corridors will be established in the town of Miznaz in western Aleppo and the town of Bjariz in southeast Idlib. The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria confirmed that new humanitarian corridors will be opened soon, calling on the remaining militants in Greater Idlib to abandon hostile acts and engage in the reconciliation process. Click to see full-size …

Feb 16 2020

Northern, Northwestern Aleppo Completely Secured By Syrian Army

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have secured the entire northern and northwestern outskirts of Aleppo’s city center. Pro-governments sources said late on February 16 that the army and its allies are now combing the newlly-liberated areas. The army imposed control of several key towns there like Anadan, Haritan, Kafr Hamra, Yaqiz al-Adas and Kafr Bassin. The few remaining militants in northern and northwestern Aleppo are now fleeing the region to the nearby governorate of Idlib. Click to see full-size map. Source: (@Suriyakmaps) on Twitter. In the morning, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Turkish-backed factions launched a …

Feb 16 2020

Syrian Opposition Activists Kill Russian Generals, Destroy S-400 System In Imaginary Attack

A picture shows two Russian S-400 Triumf S-400 Triumf missile system at the Russian Hmeimim military base in Latakia province, in the northwest of Syria, on December 16, 2015. / AFP / Paul GYPTEAU (Photo credit should read PAUL GYPTEAU/AFP/Getty Images) In what can be only described as a “desperate propaganda stunt,” Syrian oppositions activists claimed on February 14 that a drone attack has targeted the Russian Hmeimim Air Base on the Syrian coast. The activists said that the attack targeted a high-level meeting inside the base, claiming the lives of several Generals of the Russian Armed Forces. These claims …

Feb 16 2020

Syrian Army Sweeps Through Northern, Northwestern Aleppo As Militants Positions Collapse

On February 16, the remaining positions of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Turkish-backed factions in northern and northwestern Aleppo began to collapse following a new push by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Advancing from several directions, the army and its allies managed to liberate the following areas: The towns of Shweihna, Kfar Dael, Bashantra, Hayan and Bayanoun; The areas of Tell Musiybin, Hutah, Qaylun, Muhaynah and Bshqatin and al-Fanar; The housing complexes of al-Hadi, al-Itihad al-Arabi, al-Kahraba 2, al-Muharibin, Azar, al-Rashidin 2 and 3. Click to see full-size map. Earlier today, HTS and its allies launched a large-scale counter-attack …

Feb 16 2020

Turkish-Backed Militants Suffer Catastrophic Losses In Western Aleppo (Photos, Video)

On February 16, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its Turkish-backed allies launched another attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) newly-established positions in the western Aleppo countryside. The attack targeted the towns of Kafr Halab and Miznaz, which were both liberated by the army and its allies earlier this month. Dozens of militants and several armored vehicles took part in the large-scale offensive, that was allegedly backed by the Turkish Armed Forces. A suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) was also used.   https://southfront.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/1-20.mp4 In spite of their good preparations and large numbers, the attackers were crushed in the …

Feb 16 2020

Trump & Erdogan Discuss Ending “Unacceptable” Syrian Offensive To Take Back Idlib

Originally appeared at ZeroHedge On Saturday President Trump held a much anticipated and crucial phone call with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan at a moment tensions are soaring over Idlib, and after a week of direct confrontations between the Syrian and Turkish armies left scores dead and wounded on either side. Turkey’s foreign minister said the two leaders discussed the unfolding crises in Syria and Libya — both places where Turkey is controversially intervening militarily — as well as the White House’s peace plan for the Israel-Palestine conflict, which Erdogan in no uncertain terms has rejected. And though few details were given, the two reportedly …

Feb 16 2020

Military Situation In Libya On February 16, 2020 (Map Update)

Click to see the full-size image A brief overview of the recent developments in Libya: Sources loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) reported multiple Libyan National Army (LNA) artillery strikes near south of Abu Salim in southern Tripoli. They claim that a civilian was killed in the shelling; Mitiga International Airport remains under a constant threat of rocket strikes from the LNA; The number of Turkish-backed militants arriving Libya from Syria has reportedly decreased. LNA sources link this with the setbacks of Turkish-backed groups in Syria’s Idlib. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Military Situation In Libya On February 3, …

Feb 16 2020

Military Situation In Afghanistan On February 16, 2020 (Map Update)

Click to see the full-size image A brief overview of the recent developments in Afghanistan: At least 6 government troops were killed in Taliban attacks in the Khas Balkh district of Balkh province, according to the Taliban; The Taliban announed that 11 soldiers were killed in an attack on their military convoy in the Shoortipa district of Balkh province; 3 government troops were reported killed and another one – injured in the Nahr-e-Shai district of Balkh province; US-led forces conducted raids against the Taliban in Maidan Shar city; 11 civilians were reportedly killed in strikes in the Sorkh Rowd district …

Feb 16 2020

Government Troops Are Cutting Militants’ Resistance In Western Aleppo Into Pockets (Map)

Click to see the full-size image Units of the Syrian Army and other pro-government factions are advancing on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other Turkish-backed militant groups in the province of Aleppo. Since December 2019, government forces have liberated a large area in western Aleppo and set conditions for future offensive operations in the area. And such actions are already being conducted by government troops. If the situation develops in this direction and further, the Syrian Army and its allies will cut Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s defense in the area into several pockets and clear the entire western countryside of …

Feb 16 2020

Syrian Troops Remove IEDs And Mines Planted By Militants On Damascus-Aleppo Highway (Photos)

Units of the Syrian Army are removing IEDs and mines planted by Idlib miltiant groups on the M5 (Damascus-Aleppo) highway in western Aleppo, according to a photo report published by Syria’s SANA. Recently, Syrian government forces established a full control over the highway a few days ago in the framework of the ongoing Syrian Army advance in Greater Idlib. Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size …

Feb 16 2020

Military Situation In Northwestern Syria On February 16, 2020 (Map Update)

Click to see the full-size image A brief overview of the recent developments in northwestern Syria: The Syrian Army intercepted 5 militant UAVs, which were aimed at the Homs Refinery; Turkey is actively supplying Idlib militants with weapons, including MANPADs, according to Russian media; Government forces took control of Ajil, Uwayjil and al-Mansura, Rashidin 1, the Scientific Research Center, al-Kahraba Housing Complex, the Police Academy and the al-Sham Housing Complex; The Syrian military deployed at least one TOS-1A thermobaric rocket launcher to the Aleppo frontline; Russian warplanes bombed positions of Turkish-backed militants at Kabashin. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Adventures Of …

Feb 16 2020

Syrian Military Foiled Drone Attack On Homs Refinery And Nearby Gas Factories

Click to see the full-size image On February 16, the Syrian military foiled a drone attack on the Homs refinery and nearby gas factories, Syria’s state-run news agency SANA reported. According to the report, government forces intercetepd at least 5 drones launched by militants. During the past months, the Homs oil and gas facilities became a target of two large drone attacks that caused notable damage to the infrastructure there. The most recent took place on February 4, when drones hit gas and oil facilities there causing fires and putting a part of the infrastructure out of operations for a …

Feb 16 2020

Military Situation In Western Aleppo Following Recent Advance By Syrian Army (Map Update)

Click to see the full-size image During the past 24 hours, Syrian government forces made a series of advances against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical groups in western Aleppo. Government troops are working to expand a buffer zone west of Aleppo city in order to prevent militant attacks on it. The mid-term goal is to secure the entire countryside of Aleppo. MORE ON THE TOPIC: HTS, Turkish-Backed Factions Retreat From Three Towns In Western Aleppo The post Military Situation In Western Aleppo Following Recent Advance By Syrian Army (Map Update) appeared first on .

Feb 16 2020

The Geopolitical Deployment of Biological Weapons – Part II

Click to see the full-size image Written by Larry Romanoff; Originally appeared at Global Research PART 1 It should be apparent that the launching of bio-warfare, as with conventional warfare, is considerably eased by locating military bases, offensive weapons and delivery systems as physically close as possible to one’s potential enemies. This is one reason the US has established its nearly 1,000 foreign military bases – to ensure the capability of putting an enemy under attack within 30 minutes anywhere in the world. Clearly, the same strategy applies to biological warfare, the US military having created scores of these labs euphemistically defined …

Feb 16 2020

IRGC Aerospace Forces Commander’s debriefing about Iran’s strike against Al-Assad US Airbase

Translation by resistancenews.org Press conference by the Commander of the Aerospace Forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Ali Hajizadeh, on January 10, devoted to the Iranian strikes against al-Assad US Airbase. Transcript: The assassination of the martyr Hajj Qassem Soleimani was one of the greatest strategic mistakes in the history of the United States. These strikes were only the beginning of considerable transformations and developments in the region and around the world. The vengeance of the blood of the martyr Soleimani and our other dear martyrs lies in the triggering of a phase which had to be implemented …

Feb 16 2020

HTS, Turkish-Backed Factions Retreat From Three Towns In Western Aleppo

On February 15 eve, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Turkish-backed factions retreated from three towns in western Aleppo following a ground assault by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) The towns, Ajil, Uwayjil and al-Mansura, were captured by the army and its allies, according to several pro-government sources. Click to see full-size map. Source: (@Suriyakmaps) on Twitter. The SAA began its advance in the western Aleppo countryside today by capturing the town of Kafr Naha. Later, the army advanced in the western and northwestern outskirts of Aleppo city, securing several urban areas. The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the …

Feb 15 2020

Russian Warplanes Chase Militants To Turkish-Occupied Afrin

On February 15, warplanes of the Russian Airspace Forces (VKS) carried out several airstrikes on the Turkish-occupied area of Afrin the northern countryside of Syria’s Aleppo. According to opposition sources, the airstrikes targeted the town of Kabashin in the southern part of Afrin. The town is under the direct control of the Turkish military and the so-called Syrian National Army (SNA). Click to see full-size map. Source: (@Suriyakmaps) on Twitter. The airstrikes were likely a response to an earlier rocket attack on the town of al- Zahraa to the east of Kabashin. The attack, which was carried out with Turkish-made …

Feb 15 2020

In Video: Houthis Shot Down Saudi Tornado Warplane With Guided Missile

On February 15, the Houthi’s media released a video of the Yemeni Air-Defense Force shooting down a Tornado IDS combat aircraft of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). The incident took place in the late hours of February 14 in the northern Yemeni province of al-Jawf. The warplane was providing Saudi-backed forces with close air support, as the Saudi-led coalition had announced. The video shows a guided anti-aircraft missile hitting the Tornado IDS. The direct hit forced the aircraft’s crew to eject immediately. The wreckage of the downed aircraft can be seen in the end of the video. The fate …

Feb 15 2020

Syrian Army Eliminates Turkish-Affiliated Field Commander In Southeast Idlib

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has eliminated a military commander of the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL), opposition sources revealed on February 15. The commander, identified by his nom de guerre “Abu Muslim Taoum,” was killed on February 9 in clashes with army units in the town of al-Taliyah in the southeastern Idlib countryside. Abu Muslim was reportedly the commander of Jaysh al-Ahrar’s Special Forces. The group is one of the key members of the NFL. Abu Muslim Taoum Several militants were killed alongside Abu Muslim, three of them were identified by local activists as Abu Mohamad al-Sham, Abu …

Feb 15 2020

Turkey Armed Syrian Militants With U.S.-Made Anti-Aircraft Weapons: Russian Military Source

TOPSHOT – Turkish army tanks gather close to the Syrian border on January 21, 2018 at Hassa, in Hatay province. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images) Turkey is amassing a large force in Syria’s Idlib and arming al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which controls a vast part of the northwestern governorate, a Russian military source revealed on February 15. According to the source, who was quoted by several Russian news agencies, the Turkish Armed Forces deployed 70 battle tanks, 200 armored vehicles and 80 howitzers in Idlib. A large part of these equipment …

Feb 15 2020

Syrian Army Secures Several Urban Areas In Aleppo City Outskirt

On February 15 afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies secured several urban areas in the western and northwestern outskirts of Aleppo city. The areas secured by the army are the district of al-Rashidin 1, the Scientific Research Center, al-Kahraba Housing Complex, the Police Academy and the al-Sham Housing Complex. According to pro-government sources, the SAA is now advancing in the districts of al-Rashidin 2 and 3, amid heavy clashes with al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Turkish-backed factions. Click to see full-size map. Source: (@Suriyakmaps) on Twitter. Earlier, the army liberated the town of Kafranah in western …

Feb 15 2020

Syrian Army Deploys TOS-1A Thermobaric Rocket Launcher In Aleppo

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has deployed at least one TOS-1A thermobaric rocket launcher on the frontlines of Aleppo governorate. On February 15, pro-government sources released a photo showing the heavy rocket launcher moving on a road in the vicinity of Aleppo’s city center. Click to see full-size image. The TOS-1A, which is based on the T-72 tank chassis, launches heavy 220 mm rockets with a range of up to 6 km. The rockets are armed with a heavy fuel air explosives (FAE) warhead. The thermobaric rocket launcher is mainly used against military personnel, equipment and buildings, including fortified constructions, …

Feb 15 2020

Saudi-led Coalition Acknowledges Losing Tornado Warplane Over Yemen

RSAF Tornado in desert colors, most likely of a squadron based at King Abdullah Aziz Air Base. The Saudi-led coalition has acknowledged that a Tornado IDS combat aircraft of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) was lost over Yemen. In an statement released on February 15, a spokesman for the coalition said that the combat aircraft went down while conducting operations over the northern Yemeni province of al-Jawf. “At 23:45, on the evening of Friday, February 14, 2020 AD, a Tornado combat aircraft of the RSAF crashed while on a mission of close air support to units of the Yemeni …

Feb 15 2020

Syrian Army Liberates New Town In Western Aleppo, Resumes Advance In Idlib

On February 15, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies liberated the town of Kafr Naha in the western countryside of Aleppo. According to pro-government sources, army units stormed the town in the early hours of the morning. Kafr Naha was fully secured following several hours of heavy clashes with al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Turkish-backed factions. Meanwhile, the army resumed its advance in eastern Idlib, capturing the town of Maaret Elnaasan. From the town, the army imposed fire control of the Taftanaz Air Base, where a large Turkish force is deployed. Click to see full-size map. Source: …

Feb 15 2020

Tornado IDS Fighter-Bomber (Infographics)

On February 14, Ansar Allah (the Houthis) annouced that its forces had shot down a Tornado IDS warplane of the Saudi Air Force over the northern Yemeni province of al-Jawf. Later, the movement’s media wing released an infographics on the downed warplane. SouthFront provides its translation. Click to see the full-size image MORE ON THE TOPIC: Houthis Claim They Shot Down Saudi Tornado Warplane The post Tornado IDS Fighter-Bomber (Infographics) appeared first on .

Feb 15 2020

Military Situation In Afghanistan On February 15, 2020 (Map Update)

Click to see the full-size image A brief overview of the recent developments in Afghainstan: 8 civilians were killed in an airstrike in the Surkh Rod district of Nangarhar province; At least five children were killed and three others were wounded in an explosion in the Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province. Pro-government sources blame the Taliban; On February 14, the Pentagon claimed that the Taliban had agreed on a 7-day ‘decrease of violence’ amid the US-Taliban talks in Qatar. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Military Situation In Afghanistan On February 13, 2020 (Map Update) The post Military Situation In Afghanistan On …

Feb 15 2020

Military Situation In Syria On February 15, 2020 (Map Update)

Click to see the full-size image A brief overview of the recent developments in Syria: Turkish-led forces shot down a Syrian Mi-8 helicopter near Sallum Mallah; Pro-government forces liberated Kafr Naha, Urm al-Kubra, al-Muhandisin 2, the Regiment 46 Base, Urm al-Sughra and several nearby points; Militants reportedly lost up to 4 pieces of Turkish-supplied military equipment in recent clashes near Kafr Halab and Miznaz; The Syrian Army opened a new front in western Aleppo attacking militants near Sheik Aqil Hill and Kafr Basin; The Turkish military stepped up its presence around al-Atarib; The Turkish Army established positions at al-Jeineh in …

Feb 15 2020

Syrian Government Forces Open New Front Against Turkish Proxies In Western Aleppo (Map)

Click to see the full-size image On February 15, Syrian government forces opened a new front against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and other Turkish-backed militant groups in western Aleppo. Additionally to advances in the areas of Urma al-Kubra and Kafr Naha, units of the Syrian Army (allegedly supported by the Kurdish YPG) attacked positions of Turkish-backed radicals near Sheik Aqil Hill and Kafr Basin. According to pro-government sources, army troops suppored by the Russian and Syrian airpower are aiming to encircle and clear militants remaining in the western Aleppo countryide. For this purpose, they will …

Feb 15 2020

Argentina Preparing To Decide Its Future: Endemic Impoverishment And Debt Slavery Or Social And Economic Justice?

Click to see the full-size image Written by Daniel Edgar exclusively for SouthFront Amidst the wave of social upheavals, uprisings and coups taking place in Latin America, a little noticed battle of utmost strategic importance in the struggle for social and economic justice is reaching a decisive stage in Argentina. Although it appears to be an innocuous and mundane development of little consequence in comparison with the dramatic events in Bolivia or Chile (for example), where the struggle of the future of the country has degenerated into widespread street protests and confrontations that have been met with a brutal repression …

Feb 15 2020

In Photos: Syrian Army Battle Tank Fell From Bridge On M5 Highway

This photo shows an accident with the Syrian Army’s battle tank during the redeployment along the M5 highway (Aleppo-Damascus), which has been recently liberated from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical militant groups. The incident reportedly took place near the village of Babila. Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image MORE ON THE TOPIC: Syrian Army Enters New Town In Western Aleppo The post In Photos: Syrian Army Battle Tank Fell From Bridge On M5 Highway appeared first on .

Feb 15 2020

Biological Weapons: A Useful and Timely Factual Overview – Part I

Click to see the full-size image Written by Larry Romanoff; Originally appeared at Global Research The US government and its many agencies and educational and health institutions, have for many decades conducted intensive research into biological warfare, in many cases strongly focused on race-specific pathogens. In a report to the US Congress, the Department of Defense revealed that its program of creating artificial biological agents included modifying non-fatal viruses to make them lethal, and genetic engineering to alter the immunology of biological agents to make treatment and vaccinations impossible. The military report admitted that at the time it operated about …

Feb 15 2020

Main Development Directions of the US Marine Corps

Click to see the full-size image Written by Captain 3rd rank S. Ivanov; Originally appeared at Foreign Military Review #9 2019, translated by AlexD exclusively for SouthFront The leadership of the US Department of Defence gives priority to the development of the Marine Corps (MC) of the national Navy, considering it as one of the most universal and effective tools for ensuring American interests anywhere in the world. The Marine Corps, as a component of the Navy, has a special status in the US Armed Forces and can be considered an independent type of armed forces for a number of …

Feb 15 2020

Syrian Army Enters New Town In Western Aleppo

Late on February 14, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advanced further in western Aleppo, liberating a new town from al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir (HTS) and Turkish-backed factions. According to pro-government sources, army units stormed the town, Urm al-Kubra, and manged to secure it within a few hours. Click to see full-size map. Source: (@Suriyakmaps) on Twitter. Earlier today, the SAA and its allies secured the area of al-Muhandisin 2, the Regiment 46 Base and the town of Urm al-Sughra. The army also repelled yet another Turkish-led attack on its newly-established positions in the towns of Kafr Halab and Miznaz. Turkish-backed militants …

Feb 15 2020

Houthis Claim They Shot Down Saudi Tornado Warplane

Illustrative image The Houthis announced late on February 14 that the Yemeni Air Defense Force had shot down a Tornado IDS combat aircraft of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Yemeni group, said that the Saudi combat aircraft was shot down over the northern Yemeni province of al-Jawf after conducting “hostile acts.” According to the spokesman, an advanced anti-aircraft missile equipped with new technology was used to shot down the Tornado IDS. “The skies of Yemen are not for picnic, and the enemy must consider this a thousand times,” Brig. Gen. Sari …

Feb 14 2020

Houthis Release New Photos Of Recent Large-Scale Operation (18+)

On February 14, the Houthis media wing released new photos of the group’s recent large-scale operation in central Yemen. The Houthis revealed the operation, dubbed Solid Structure, last month. In the course of the operation, the group foiled a large attack by the Saudi-led coalition and captured 2,500 square kilometers between the capital, Sanaa, and Ma’rib. The new photos show loads of weapons, including battle tanks, armored vehicles and infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), which were captured by the Houthis during the operation. Other photos show dozens of Saudi-backed fighters who were captured, injured or killed by the Yemeni group during …

Feb 14 2020

Turkish Troops Deployed At Key Western Aleppo Town – Reports

On February 14, the Turkish military stepped up its presence around the key town of al-Atarib in the western Aleppo countryside. Local sources claimed that armored vehicles and commando units of the Turkish Armed Forces were deployed in the town’s center. The sources released videos showing Turkish troops in the vicinity of the town. While the reports on Turkish deployment in al-Atarib are yet to be verified, it was confirmed that an “observation post” was established north of the town, near the village of Kafr Karmin. A day earlier, Turkish forces established a post near the town of al-Jeineh in …

Feb 14 2020

Adventures Of Idlib Hipsters. American Waterloo In Khirbat Amu

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video In Turkey, it is by now a good tradition to threaten Syria with a war every time when luckless Idlib rebels suffer another military defeat from the Syrian Army. This week was no exception. Recept Tayip Erdogan spearheaded the choir of threats on February 12 by repeating that the Syrians should withdraw from all the areas (in told over 2,000km2) retaken from the opposition. He vowed to “hit regime forces everywhere” if Turkish soldiers are harmed. It is worth noting that this …

Feb 14 2020

Guaido is Back in Venezuela, Now What?

Click to see the full-size image Source: Sputnik Mundo, translation Resumen Latinoamericano, North America bureau Opposition leader Juan Guaido is back in Venezuela after a three-week international tour that took him to Colombia, Europe and the United States. His return was without force and without any conclusive announcements. What’s next now that he is back? What are the plans of the U.S. power? “We just need a little bit,” Juan Guaido said to a small crowd in the Bolivar square at Chacao municipality, after his return yesterday in the late afternoon. He came back from the tour that took him through Colombia, …

Feb 14 2020

Turkish-Backed Militants Sustain Heavy Losses In Another Failed Attack In Western Aleppo (18+ Photos)

On February 14 afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies repelled yet another attack by Turkish-backed militants on its newly-established positions in the western countryside of Aleppo. The attack, which targeted the towns of Kafr Halab and Miznaz, was repelled in a matter of a few hours. As usual, the attack was carried out by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the National Front for Liberation (NFL). Click to see full-size map. Source: (@Suriyakmaps) on Twitter. SAA forces destroyed two vehicles of the attackers, including an ACV-15 armored personnel carrier (APC) that had been apperently supplied by Turkey. …

Feb 14 2020

Large Russian Citizens Became Target Of New Destabilization Campaign

IMAGE: Sputnik / Maksim Blinov Over the past days, large Russian cities, including Moscow and Saint Petersburg, have become a target of destabilization campaign. People living in the cities receive multiple phone calls from persons that provide false data about the economic and social policies of the Russian government (for example, false data about an increase of tariffs and taxes), propose to sign a petition against President Vladimir Putin and participate in anti-government rallies. A notable part of the persons involved in these campaign are not Russian citizens. They are from Ukraine and Baltic states. These efforts are apparently designed …

Feb 14 2020

Lost in Translation: Russian Military Mocks Nonexistent Turkish Claims

Image: aa.com.tr On February 14, the Ministry of Defense of Russia condemned supposed Turkish claims on Syrian military losses as a result of Turkish strikes in Syria’s Greater Idlib. In an official statement, the Russian MoD said that Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense said that 62 Syrian service members were neutralized in Turkish strikes. “[The Turkish] Statements about the shelling of Syrian government forces by units of the Turkish armed forces, and, especially, the death of Syrian troops as a result of them, are false,” the statement reads. In fact, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense didn’t said that its …

Feb 14 2020

Syrian Army Officially Reopens M5 Highway (Video)

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has officially reopened the strategic M5 highway, Syria’s state TV announced on February 14. The highway, which links the capital, Damascus, with the northern city of Aleppo, was completely secured by the army and its allies earlier this week. According to pro-government sources, the M5 is now open for military use only. The highway is in dire need for proper maintenance before it could be opened for civilian traffic again. A large operation was carried out to reopen the M5. The SAA liberated dozens of areas along the highway, including the cities of Khan Shaykhun, …

Feb 14 2020

Syrian Army Conducts Combing Operation In Aleppo’s Rashidin 4 (Photos)

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is conducting a combing operation in the district of al-Rashidin 4 to the west of Aleppo’s city center, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) announced on February 14. Thus far, army units have uncovered weapons, equipment, fortifications as well as tunnel networks, which were being used by radical militants. Click to see full-size image   Click to see full-size image Click to see full-size image Click to see full-size image Click to see full-size image Click to see full-size image Click to see full-size image Click to see full-size image Click to see full-size image …

Feb 14 2020

Belarusian Tantrums: Lukashenko’s Fierce Push To Get Energy Price Discount From Russia

Click to see full-size image In recent weeks, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been testing the limits of how much anti-Russian Minsk may appear to be, and still receive all benefits of being its best friend. The Russian leadership has hinted that in exchange for setting common prices for energy, Belarus will have to become part of the Russian Federation, said Lukashenko’s press service. “Remember: your first president you once elected will never be the last. Think how you’ll live after me. But while I’m alive, even when I’m not president, I will always fight to keep our land sovereign …