January 16, 2018
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Syria militants in US seeking CIA dollars to ‘confront Iran’s influence

Syria militant leaders are in the United States demanding American dollars to fund an allegedly defunct CIA program to “confront Iran’s influence.” Representatives of the so-called Free Syrian Army are reportedly pressing Americans to revive the program that provides military aid to the militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. In July, US…

Syria militants in US seeking CIA dollars to ‘confront Iran’s influence

Syria militant leaders are in the United States demanding American dollars to fund an allegedly defunct CIA program to “confront Iran’s influence.” Representatives of the so-called Free Syrian Army are reportedly pressing Americans to revive the program that provides military aid to the militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. In July, US…

ISIS Uses Clashes Between Syrian Army And HTS To Expand Further Into Idlib

ISIS terrorists have used the ongoing clashes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) to expand further into the province of Idlib. On January 15, ISIS captured over a dozen villages including Harsh, Tal Shur and Malihah Kabirah and reached positions of government forces…

US Supplied Kurdish Forces In Syria With MANPADs

Kurdish militias operating in Syria have allegedly received a batch of man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADs) from the US, according to rumors spread by pro-opposition sources on January 15. Kurdish militias – YPG and YPJ – are a core of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that control large areas in northwestern and eastern Syria. Opposition…

President al-Assad receives participants in Arab Writers Union General Secretariat meeting

President Bashar al-Assad on Monday received the heads of the delegations participating in the meeting of the General Secretariat of the Arab Writers Union. Talks during the meeting touched on the issues of Arab culture and thought and their important role and influence on Arab societies and the problems affecting these societies. President al-Assad said…

Erdogan:Syria operation may start at any moment

Turkey is ready “at any moment” to start an operation in a besieged border area of Syria, said the president on Monday. “The Turkish Armed Forces will resolve the Afrin and Manbij issue as soon as possible. Our preparations are finalized, an operation may start at any moment,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an opening ceremony…

Military Situation In Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta On January 15, 2018 (Map Update)

Government troops have recaptured Tell Farzat from Jaish al-Islam in the southern part of Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta. Clashes between Jaish al-Islam and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were also reported in Hazrama and Hush al-Duahra. Meanwhile, fighting is still ongoing in teh area of the Armoured Vehicles Base where Ahrar al-Sham continues its attempts to…

Military Situation In Syria On January 15, 2018 (Map Update)

This map provides a general look at the military situation in Syria on January 15, 2018. The main military developments are taking place in three areas: Syrian government forces are clashing with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the area of the Abu al-Duhur airbase in the province of…

Lavrov: We will continue counter-terrorism efforts in Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that his country will carry on with counterterrorism efforts in Syria in parallel with the preparations for holding the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in the Russian city of Sochi. In a press conference held in Moscow on Monday, Lavrov asserted that Russia will go ahead in combating terrorism and…

ISIS Advances In Southern Damascus, Captures More Positions Inside Yarmouk Camp

ISIS fighters captured several buildings in the eastern part of the Yarmouk refugee camp south of the Syrian capital, Damascus, including the headquarters of the Palestine Charity Organization and Abd al-Qader al-Hussine school, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq. Amaq said that ISIS fighters killed five members of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its…

Foreign Ministry: US announcement of forming armed militia in north-eastern Syria violates Syria’s sovereignty, int’l law.

The Syrian Arab Republic strongly condemned the US announcement of forming an armed militia in the north-eastern Syria as a blatant breach of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and a flagrant violation of the International law, an official source at the Foreign Ministry said Monday. The source added that the US step came within the…