ISIS attack in Syria desert kills 26 pro-regime forces

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

More than two dozen pro-government forces based in Syria’s desert died in a surprise ISIS attack Tuesday, a day after the extremists’ ouster from the outskirts of Damascus, a monitor said. “At least 26 regime soldiers and allied forces were killed in an ISIS attack at dawn today, against one of their posts in the Syrian Badiya,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Among them were Iranian militiamen, said the Britain-based monitor. The Badiya is a vast desert ...

Israel reveals secret: Used world’s first F-35 for strike on Iran in Syria

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

The F-35 stealth fighter was unveiled to the world when Israel used them to carry out an operational attack against Iranian targets in Syria. The F-35 is a fifth generation combat aircraft and is designed to carry out ground attacks and air superiority missions. Despite critiques pointed out design flaws the project continued and was the most expensive military weapons system in history. By 2014 it was already $163 billion over budget. “The F-35 squadron has become an operational squadron. ...

Iranian FM spokesman says their forces will not leave Syria

Monday, 21 May 2018

An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday Iranian forces will not be leaving Syria but would continue fighting “terrorism” there, at the request of the Syrian government. Bahram Ghasemi told reporters that no one can force Tehran to do anything it doesn’t desire to do. “As long as there is a need (for Iran’s presence in Syria) and the danger of terrorism is there and the Syrian government demands that, Iran will continue to help the Syrian ...

Syrian army resumes offensive in south Damascus

Monday, 21 May 2018

The Syrian army resumed its offensive against ISIS militants in south Damascus on Monday after a short ceasefire to allow women, children and old people leave, state television said. The Syrian army and its allies have been battling for weeks to recapture the tiny ISIS enclave, the last area outside government control in or around the capital. State television broadcast footage of the shattered area and said air strikes “were targeting the last terrorist remnants” in the area after ...

Second batch of ISIS militants leave final Damascus stronghold

Monday, 21 May 2018

A second batch of ISIS fighters left their final Damascus stronghold overnight, a monitor said Monday, bringing the Syrian regime closer to a major milestone.The government has so far not confirmed any deal with ISIS but a military source quoted by the official SANA news agency said a brief ceasefire was being observed to allow for the evacuation of civilians.Yarmouk is the last Damascus district to escape government control and its full evacuation would bring the entire capital and its ...

KSRELIEF distributes Iftar meals to Syrians, Yemenis and Rohingya

Sunday, 20 May 2018

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRELIEF) is distributing Ramadan Iftar meals to displaced Syrians in the northern countryside of Aleppo, Yemeni people in Taiz, and Rohingya refugees in the Balukhali camp in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar. The distribution in Aleppo covered the areas of Hreitan, Miznaz, Kafr Hamra and Dara Azza. In the Salah Directorate of Taiz in Yemen, 1,500 food baskets were distributed benefiting 9,000 people. The aid falls within the framework of ...

Russia calls for foreign troop pullout from Syria including Iran, Hezbollah

Saturday, 19 May 2018

In comments published Friday, Russian presidential envoy to Syria Alexander Lavrentiev confirmed that President Vladimir Puttin’s remarks on the need to withdraw foreign troops from Syria had implied Iranian forces and Hezbollah militia fighters as well as Turkish and American troops. On the heels of a meeting between Putin and the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Russian resort of Sochi on Thursday, Lavrentiev added: "This statement involves all foreign troops in Syria ...

11 pro-regime forces dead in Syria airbase blasts: monitor

Friday, 18 May 2018

At least 11 pro-government fighters were killed as explosions ripped through weapons and fuel depots Friday at a regime military air base in central Syria, a monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blasts in Hama province were likely due to a “technical problem”. “The explosions struck several regime depots of weapons and fuel at Hama military airport,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman. “They were probably caused by a ...

France freezes company assets over Syria chemical weapons

Friday, 18 May 2018

France on Friday froze the assets for six months of companies based in Syria, Lebanon and China after they were linked to an alleged chemical weapons program in Syria. The businesses include Sigmatec and the Al Mahrous Group, both based in Damascus, Technolab in Lebanon, and a trading company in Guangzhou in China, according to a list published in the government’s official gazette. Two Syrian nationals will also face asset freezes, as well as a person born in Lebanon in 1977 whose ...

Syria’s Assad meets with Putin in Russia’s Sochi

Friday, 18 May 2018

Syrian President Bashar Assad made a surprise visit to Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin on Thursday at his summer residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. A transcript of Thursday’s meeting released by the Kremlin quoted Assad as saying that Syria is making progress in fighting “terrorism,” which “opens the door to the political process.” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Assad informed the Russian leader of his decision to “send a ...

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