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Russia calls on Turkey stop supporting militants in Idlib

Published 2020-02-20 23:48:40 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

As Turkey has supported a militant attack in Syria, it has violated the agreement with Russia on separating armed opposition from terrorists in the crisis-torn country, and this move may provoke a further escalation in Idlib, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said Thursday. “We are expressing significant concerns over such support for militants from the Turkish armed forces”, Zakharova said. According to the spokeswoman, the incident is seen as a “violation of the Russian-Turkish agreements on separating armed opposition from terrorists, and creating a demilitarized area, and it may provoke a further escalation in the conflict in this… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey

Syrian Army intensifies operation against foreign jihadists in northeast Latakia: video

Published 2020-02-20 22:22:10 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – Despite the harsh weather conditions that surround the Latakia countryside at this time of the year, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is working to control the ground situation near the jihadist front-lines. The Syrian Arab Army reconnaissance units began to intensify their operations along the contact lines in the northeastern countryside of Latakia, which extend from the Turkish border in the north, to the northwestern border of the Al-Ghaab Plain region, passing through the areas overlooking the strategic Kabani Hills that are adjacent to the city of Jisr al-Shughour, the stronghold the Turkestan Islamic Party… Read on ->

Tags: Latakia, Syria

Syrian Army stifles another attack by Turkish-backed militants in east Idlib

Published 2020-02-20 22:01:05 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels and their Turkish-backed allies were once again unsuccessful in their attempt to capture the town of Nayrab in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. The attack, which was led by Turkish-backed militants and their allies jihadists, was meant to infiltrate the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses at the northwestern and western axes of Nayrab; however, they have been unable to score any significant advances. The jihadists and Turkish-backed militants are expected to launch a new attack against the Syrian Arab Army in the coming hours, as they attempt to capture Nayrab and… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Rare drone footage shows Syrian Army’s next target: Aleppo-Latakia Highway

Published 2020-02-20 21:30:55 by News Desk in Syria

Rare drone footage has been captured of the M4 highway between Latakia and Aleppo​ and​ of the largely abandoned Syrian town Ariha in the Idlib province on Wednesday. Shells of empty buildings can be seen in the town that the Syrian government forces are looking to retake and that has suffered extensive bombing damage during the conflict. The Syrian army has been rapidly regaining control of towns in Idlib, fighting against opposition militant groups, including the HTS. Some 900,000​ people have fled the region since early December​ following extensive fighting, according to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres​ on Tuesday. The… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Latakia, Syria

Turkish-backed militants make another push to capture east Idlib town

Published 2020-02-20 21:09:29 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants launched another attack in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Thursday, as their forces attempted to capture the town of Nayrab near Saraqib. According to the latest report from this front, the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) and their allies from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) launched a heavy attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions at the farms adjacent to Nayrab. The Turkish-backed militants and jihadist rebels are currently trying to capture these farms before attempting to retake Nayrab from the Syrian Army and their allies. The Syrian Arab… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Turkey accuses Syrian Army of killing 2 soldiers in Idlib

Published 2020-02-20 20:38:57 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

The Syrian air force has carried out strikes on the Turkish army’s positions in the Idlib province, killing two troops, Turkish Presidential Spokesman Fahrettin Altun said on Twitter on Wednesday. “Our troops deployed to Idlib to ensure peace and carry out humanitarian activities came under the [Assad] regime’s attack, which killed two troops and left another five wounded,” the tweet reads. The Turkish Defense Ministry earlier issued a statement about an airstrike on the Turkish positions. At the same time, the ministry reported that “over 50 [Syrian] regime soldiers were killed, five tanks, two armored vehicles, a self-propelled artillery gun… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, Turkey

Syrian Army foils Turkish-backed offensive in eastern Idlib

Published 2020-02-20 17:38:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed offensive in eastern Idlib ended with no advance for the militant forces, as they were forced to withdraw from the western sector of Nayrab. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Stops Turkish Border Offensive, Shifts Attention to East Idlib According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Local Defense Forces (LDF), were able to fend off the militant attack after a few hours of fighting on Thursday. The source said the Syrian military suffered minimal casualties during the battle, while the Turkish Ministry… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Syria

Turkey requests US Patriot missile system to stop Russia in Idlib: report

Published 2020-02-20 17:08:50 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:50 P.M.) – Turkey has reportedly asked the United States, a NATO ally, to deploy two Patriot missile systems along its southern border with Syria, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday. Citing a Turkish official in Ankara, Bloomberg said the purpose of the Patriot missile systems would be to deter the Russian military’s strikes inside the Idlib Governorate, where as many as a dozen Turkish soldiers were killed in the past two weeks. According to Bloomberg, the request was made by Turkey to the U.S. envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, last week; however, they have yet to receive an… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria, Turkey

Turkey announces death of 2 soldiers in Idlib

Published 2020-02-20 16:45:46 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Turkish Ministry of Defense has announced the death of two soldiers in Syria’s Idlib Governorate this afternoon. According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, two soldiers were killed and another five more were wounded after an airstrike hit their positions inside the Idlib Governorate on Thursday. Turkey did not specify who was behind the airstrike on their positions; however, shortly before this announcement, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that they had destroyed more than ten vehicles belonging to militant groups in northern Syria. The Turkish-backed militants launched a new attack to capture the… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Breaking: Russia destroys 10 Turkish-backed militant vehicles in northern Syria

Published 2020-02-20 16:30:45 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force destroyed over ten vehicles belonging to the Turkish-backed militants in northern Syria on Thursday, Moscow announced around 4:00 P.M. (Damascus Time). According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, their air force destroyed one militant tank, six armored vehicles, and five other vehicles during their attack in the Syrian governorate of Idlib on Thursday. No further details were released by the Russian Ministry of Defense. This latest claim comes at the same time that the Turkish-backed militants, alongside allied jihadists, attempt to capture the town of Nayrab in the Idlib countryside. The… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria

US Navy intercepted would-be Iranian weapons shipment to Yemen: Pentagon

Published 2020-02-20 16:09:45 by News Desk in Iran, Yemen

Washington DC accused Iran of trying to ship missiles and other weapons to Yemeni Houthi militia after the US Navy seized two shipments, they announced in a press conference in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday. “Although a detailed analysis of the shipment is ongoing, the seizure is consistent with the historical pattern of Iranian smuggling of advanced weapons to the Houthis in Yemen, including specific similarities to recent seizures of weapons that a UN panel has reported to be of Iranian manufacture,” said US Central Command spokesperson Navy Captain William Urban. The intercepted material included ‘150 ‘Dehlavieh’ Iranian-made copies of the… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US, Yemen

Turkish-backed militants attempt to shoot down Russian aircraft over Idlib: video

Published 2020-02-20 15:47:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants attempted to shoot down a Russian aircraft that was targeting their positions in the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Thursday. In a video taken on Thursday, the Turkish-backed militants can be seen trying to shoot down what looks like a Russian Su-24 jet over the skies of eastern Idlib. Based on the video, the Turkish-backed militants were utilizing a MANPAD to shoot down the Russian aircraft. This attempted downing by the Turkish-backed militants comes at the same time that they attempt to capture the town of Nayrab, which is… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria

Turkey, Iran, Russia negotiating next date for Syrian peace conference

Published 2020-02-20 15:27:59 by News Desk in Iran, Syria, Turkey

Turkish, Russian and Iranian representatives are working on coordinating the date for a trilateral summit on the Syrian settlement process, a source in the Turkish Foreign Ministry informed TASS on Thursday. “The parties are working to agree on the date for the summit. As soon as an agreement between the three countries is reached, the date of the summit will be announced to the public,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry stressed. Russian Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov earlier told TASS that a trilateral Russian-Iranian-Turkish summit could be held in Tehran in early… Read on ->

Tags: Iran, Russia, Syria, Turkey

Turkish forces launch offensive against Syrian Army in eastern Idlib

Published 2020-02-20 14:53:35 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The Turkish military, alongside their allied militants, launched their offensive in eastern Idlib on Thursday, as they targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions near the town of Nayrab. READ ALSO: Syrian Army Gives Jihadist Last Chance to Lay Down Weapons in Idlib According to a field report from the front, the Turkish military and their allied militants stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the western flank of Nayrab, resulting in heavy clashes that lasted for a short time. The report said the Syrian Arab Army was able to foil the Turkish military’s offensive,… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

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