ISIS fighters move to Syria’s Idlib, clash with factions

Friday, 9 February 2018

ISIS fighters battled Syrian insurgents in the northwestern province of Idlib on Friday, a monitoring group and a rebel commander said, accusing pro-government forces of opening a corridor for the militants to reach the region. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces had allowed ISIS fighters to leave a besieged pocket of territory at the intersection of Aleppo, Idlib and Hama provinces, and then go to southern Idlib. A military news outlet run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah ...

UN war crimes experts investigating reports of chlorine use in Syria

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

UN war crimes experts said on Tuesday they were investigating multiple reports that bombs allegedly containing banned chlorine have been used against civilians in the Syrian towns of Saraqeb in Idlib and Douma in eastern Ghouta. Sieges in the rebel-held Damascus enclave of eastern Ghouta “involve the international crimes of indiscriminate bombardment and deliberate starvation of the civilian population”, Paulo Pinheiro, head of the International Commission of Inquiry on ...

One Turkish soldier killed, five wounded in attack in northwest Syria

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

One Turkish soldier was killed and five were wounded on Monday in a rocket and mortar attack by militants as the Turkish forces were setting up a military post in northwest Syria, Turkey’s armed forces said on Tuesday. The statement said the Turkish forces responded with retaliatory fire, without specifying who the militants behind the attack were. One civilian member of the Turkish contingent was also wounded, it said. The army began setting up the outpost on ...

US ‘gravely alarmed’ by reports of chlorine gas use by Syrian government

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The United States is "gravely alarmed" by reports the Syrian government has used chlorine gas in Idlib Province, the US State Department said in a statement on Monday. It also said the Russian government, by shielding the Syrian government from accountability, has "not lived up to its commitments." The Syrian army has deployed new air defenses and anti-aircraft missiles to frontlines in the Aleppo and Idlib areas, a commander in the military alliance fighting in support of ...

Syrian army deploys new air defenses in Aleppo and Idlib

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The Syrian army has deployed new air defenses and anti-aircraft missiles to frontlines in the Aleppo and Idlib areas, a commander in the military alliance fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday. "The Syrian army calls up new air defenses and anti-aircraft missiles to areas on the frontlines with the militants in the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib," the commander told Reuters. "They cover the air space of the Syrian north."

VIDEO: Russian pilot screams ‘this is for our guys’ before death in Syria

Monday, 5 February 2018

A new video has surfaced purportedly showing Major Roman Filipov, the Russian pilot who was in the plane that was shot down over Syria, screaming ‘this is for our guys’ after parachuting out of the plane, and blowing himself up with a grenade. The video showed Filipov engaging in a gun battle with the fighters who shot down his plane. He had a Stechkin handgun in his possession which he used to fire 40 out of 60 bullets, killing two of the fighters, before pulling the pin of a ...

First picture emerges of Russian pilot killed after plane downed in Syria

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Pictures of the Russian pilot who was killed on Saturday after his fighter jet was shot down in Syria circulated around social media and Twitter. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, fighting factions in Idlib shot down the Russian Sukhoi 25 fighter jet on Saturday which was targeting the area of Saraqib before being downed over the town of Maasaran. The pilot was killed after parachuting into rebel-held territory, the Defense Ministry said. The Russian army claimed it had ...

Russian pilot ‘killed in fighting’ after plane downed in Syria

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Russian pilot was killed in Syria on Saturday after parachuting into rebel-held territory when his plane was shot down, the Defense Ministry said. “A Russian Su-25 aircraft crashed during a flight over the Idlib de-escalation zone. The pilot had enough time to announce he had ejected into the zone, under the control of al-Nusra Front fighters,” the ministry said, quoted by Russian press agencies. “The pilot was killed in fighting against terrorists.” It added that ...

Aircraft attack civilian convoy on Syrian highway, at least seven killed

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Warplanes have hit a convoy of civilians fleeing along a major Syrian highway, rescuers and a witness said on Saturday. It took place in an area where Syrian and Iranian-backed troops were pushing, with air cover, towards a rebel-held town in northwestern Idlib province, they said. Syrian soldiers and Iranian-backed militiamen were now around 12 km from Saraqeb, advancing towards the Damascus-Aleppo highway under cover of heavy Russian air strikes, two opposition sources said. Rescuers said ...

King Salman aid center launches urgent relief packages to Aleppo, Idlib

Friday, 2 February 2018

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre has started its campaign on urgent nutritional aid for displaced individuals from Aleppo and Idlib. The relief packages are for those who escaped their homes and reside in make-shift camps. The relief center’s first batch of packages, dispatched on Saturday, Jan. 27, will be delivered to 12,106 individuals. The center aims to expand the size of relief package project extended to the Syrian people through working on numerous projects ...

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