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August 30, 2016

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation \’Euphrates Shield\’

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation ‘Euphrates Shield’

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On Monday, special presidential envoy for the coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Brett McGurk, urged for the “unacceptable” clashes between the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Turkish troops, who are allied with theFree Syrian Army (FSA) to end.

Over the weekend Turkey targeted the PYD in Jeb el-Kussaa, near the border of Turkey in Northern Syria. Reports state at least 20 civilians died, and 50 were wounded due to Turkish air-strikes and artillery fire. On Sunday, another 15 civilians died, many of which are reported to be Kurdish civilians. So far, 35 civilians have died due to the operation, however on Monday, Turkey refuted this and claims only 25 Kurdish militants died in the strikes.

Turkish forces in allegiance with the (FSA) and backed by the U.S, launched operation “Euphrates Shield” on August 24, and quickly captured the ISIL held city of Jarabulus, where ISIL fighters seem to have fled without a fight. Approximately 40 Turkish tanks and 2,000 FSA troops entered Jarabulus via the Turkish border that day. In support of the operation, U.S. A-10 and F-16 warplanes also hit targets within Syria.

Turkish President, Recap Tayyip Erdogan said operation “Euphrates Shield” targets “terrorist groups” such as ISIL and the PYD, who Erdogan claims have been threatening and attacking Turkey from Syria. However analysts have said the operation is really to prevent the PYD, who had been marching towards Jarabulus, from gaining territory in Northern Syria and creating an independent state.

Ankara considers the PYD and its military wing (YPG) to be a faction of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who are regarded as enemies of the Turkish government for starting an insurgency within Turkey. Earlier this month, the YPG helped regain control of the formerly ISIL held city of Manjib, and have been deemed as one of the strongest U.S. backed forces in Syria.

On Thursday, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. sided with Turkey’s demands and asked the Kurdish troops to withdraw over the Euphrates River or risk losing U.S. support. Later that day, US State Secretary John Kerry said the Syrian Kurdistan forces had retreated east from Euphrates.

The Syrian regime condemned Turkey’s actions claiming their invasion violates Syria’s sovereignty and added that Turkey was merely “replacing one terrorist group with another.” Following a complaint from Syria to the United Nations (UN), a spokesman from Secretary General Stephane Dujarric de la Rivière, confirmed Turkey’s actions were considered an invasion.


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August 29, 2016

Chinese Military to train to train Syrian Armed Forces

Chinese Military to train to train Syrian Armed Forces

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Monday, August 29, 2016

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Guan Youfei, rear admiral of the People’s Liberation Army Navy of China has met with the Syrian Defence Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij in the city of Damascus to discuss China’s ties with Syria and to provide special military training to the Syrian Military. Beijing has supported the Bashar al-Assad government since 2011 by providing medical equipment and support but has decided to further this help with military and medical training. According to defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian the training will take place in China and is intended to ease the humanitarian crisis. The announcement from China’s Defense Ministry comes days after a Russian defense official called for a multi-national, non-NATO aliiance in Syria. The defence official is hoping that the fight against the Islamic state could end within a year with the combined efforts of Russia, China, India and Iran in Syria.



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August 26, 2016

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation \”Euphrates Shield\”

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation “Euphrates Shield”

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On Wednesday, Turkish forces in allegiance with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and backed by the United States (U.S.), launched operation “Euphrates Shield” and quickly captured the ISIL held city of Jarabulus, which is located on the border of Turkey in Northern Syria. Many Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters seem to have fled without a fight.

Turkish President, Recap Tayyip Erdogan said operation “Euphrates Shield” would target “terrorist groups” such as ISIL and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), who Erdogan claims have been threatening and attacking Turkey from Syria. However analysts have said the operation is really aimed at the PYD who had been marching towards Jarabulus, and are also allied with the U.S. and Israel.

Ankara considers the PYD and its military wing (YPG) to be a faction of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who are regarded as enemies of the Turkish government. Earlier this month, the YPG helped regain control of the formerly ISIL held city of Manjib, and have been deemed as one of the strongest U.S. backed forces in Syria.

Approximately 40 Turkish tanks, and 2,000 FSA troops entered Jarabulus on midday via the Turkish border. Unconfirmed reports also state the operation involved artillery, MLRS, and Turkish commandos. According to the Turkish military, 224 airstrikes were carried out on 63 targets, which destroyed 12. In support of the operation, U.S. A-10 and F-16 warplanes also hit targets within Syria.

The Syrian regime condemned Turkey’s actions claiming their invasion violates Syria’s sovereignty and added that Turkey was merely “replacing one terrorist group with another.”

On Thursday, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. sided with Turkey’s demands and asked the Kurdish troops to withdraw over the Euphrates River or risk losing U.S. support.



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August 14, 2016

Turkey and Iran pledge to cooperate for Syria

Turkey and Iran pledge to cooperate for Syria

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Turkey‘s foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Iran‘s career diplomat Javad Zarif have decided to join forces in resolving the civil war in Syria, regardless of being on opposite sides of the crisis.

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Diplomat’s, Çavuşoğlu and Zarif have both pledged greater cooperation on the conflict in Syria at a joint news conference in Ankara on Friday. The coming together of these two neighbouring nations has come as a surprise to many as both Cavusoglu and Zarif have held opposing positions on Syria, with Iran supporting President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and Turkey, backing his political departure. However, despite their differences on this matter, the two nations are prepared and are now willing to strengthen their relationship together, so that they can work together in fighting extremism in Syria and allow it to once again become a nation that is without threats and danger.

File photo of Javad Zarif, 2014.
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Since Turkeys failed coup just last month, Iran has been expressing great praise to the nation. Iran has supported Turkeys choice of defying the coup and not going ahead with force as was planned. Zarif has stated that he no longer supports the decisions of overthrows and that they hold no place in Iran. Since the failed coup attempt by Turkey on July 15, Zarif had not visited Turkey again until recently at the joint news conference in Ankara. This meeting between the Iranian and Turkish officials is said to be the first step in bringing forward a calm and tranquil Syria.

The union of Çavuşoğlu and Zarif in their mutual goal to bring Syria back into a positive strife, follows a similar agreement that was made between the Turkish government and Russia over Syria, directing thoughts that the Erdoğan government is radically rethinking their position on the Syrian Civil War conflict.

It has been stated by the Turkish foreign ministry that Javad Zarif will also be meeting with the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.



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August 12, 2016

Syrian Arab Army counters Jaysh Al-Fateh with help of Russian air strikes in Aleppo

Syrian Arab Army counters Jaysh Al-Fateh with help of Russian air strikes in Aleppo

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On Thursday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Hezbollah and the Russian Air Force (RuAF), went on the offensive after ten days of defense against jihadists, whom are mostly members of Jaysh Al-Fateh (the Army of Conquest), in Aleppo, Syria.

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This offensive allowed the SAA to regain full control over five building blocks in the 1070 residential area in Southern Aleppo. Field sources reported the SAA were also able to recover more territory near the military academy and the 1070 residential area.

Over the last week, 1,000 enemy combatants were killed in the battle in and around Aleppo, according to the Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Sergei Rudskoy.

A member of the elite Tiger Forces, from the Syrian Armed Forces, told Al-Masdar News on Thursday morning, that the Syrian Armed Forces were engaged in intense combat with the Jaysh al-Fateh jihadists on the ground near the Al-Ramouseh District.

A large number of Jaysh al-Fateh casualties were inflicted after the SAA and their allies, launched their counter-attack on Jaysh-al Fateh militants in the south and west of Aleppo. A military source reported this counter attack caused the militants to lose forces, weapons and armored vehicles with attached machine guns and artillery, a long with suicide vehicles.

These developments occurred after the SAA, supported by air strikes and artillery fire from Hezbollah and Russian allies, opened heavy fire on Jaysh al-Fateh positions and gatherings in al-Ramouseh, al-Shorfa al-Moqla and al-Jabs Market in the Eastern parts of al-Rashedeen and the Southern parts of 1070 residential area.

On Wednesday, the Head of the Main Operations Department at Russia’s General Staff, Sergei Rudskoy, said about 7,000 armed jihadist militants had gathered on the south-western access points to the City of Aleppo, Syria. The militants have been garnering reinforcements by pulling their troops from the controlled areas in neighbouring regions of Idlib, Homs and Hama, Rudskoy continued.

Intense combat has been ongoing since the jihadist militants launched a series of attacks in Aleppo last weekend, in an attempt to reconnect an SAA besieged area in east Aleppo with the insurgent territory in the west.



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Four recorded dead in suspected chemical attack in Syria

Four recorded dead in suspected chemical attack in Syria

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A suspected chlorine gas attack, in the Syrian city of Aleppo, has left 4 people dead and another 55 injured.

Manager of Al Quds hospital in Aleppo, Hamza Khatib, told Reuters that they were currently in the process of treating the injured. Clothing of the victims is being collected for analysis.

The attack took place at approximately 7:30pm on Wednesday night when a barrel filled with what is suspected to be chlorine gas was dropped in the Aleppo neighbourhood of Zubdiya. If confirmed, the Zubdiya attack will be the third chemical attack in northern Syria in two weeks.

The use of chemical weapons is prohibited under international human rights law. Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director for Amnesty International, Magdalena Mughrabi said that the targeting of civilians in Syria had to stop.

“It is imperative that chemical attacks and other war crimes end now” Ms Mughrabi added.

The use of chlorine gas in war is difficult to track as it quickly disperses and leaves no chemical trace. Between 2012 and 2015 it’s thought that over 2000 Syrians have been injured by chlorine gas attacks.



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August 5, 2016

US president Barrack Obama questions US relationship with Russia at press conference

US president Barrack Obama questions US relationship with Russia at press conference

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During a Pentagon news conference, U.S. President Barack Obama has stated his doubts in regards to the U.S.’s new linking relationship with Russia and it’s aim to end the violence on Syria‘s ongoing civil war.

President Obama and his administration are planning to broaden their military forces and cooperation with Russia through this new allegience. The two Presidents have also decided to take part in intelligence sharing together. However, many U.S. defence officials fear that this trust should not be extended to Russia and have publicly expressed their concerns that Russia will only take advantage of the U.S. intelligence sharing and continue their support with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

President Obama has stated that the only way to determine Russia and President Putin‘s trust and loyalty to reducing the violence and focusing solely on the fight on the Islamic state group and other extremists, is by putting it to the test.



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August 1, 2016

Russian helicopter shot down over Syria

Russian helicopter shot down over Syria

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Russia acknowledged one of their military helicopters was shot down today over Syria, killing the entire complement of five people aboard.

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This is the largest loss of Russian personnel Russia has officially recognized in their Syrian operations since those operations began last September. These operations have been ongoing in support of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad against rebels in the Syrian Civil War which has so far lasted five years.

Russian officials have said the helicopter had just delivered humanitarian aid to Aleppo and was returning to Russia’s main airbase in Latakia. Aleppo has been besieged since rebel-held areas in the Eastern part of the city were cut off by government forces last month.

The helicopter was shot down over the province of Idlib, where the dominant power is an alliance of rebel forces, including jihadist factions. Islamic State reportedly is not known to be active there.

Russia’s involvement in Syria has been controversial, and the West have said it is aiding a brutal crackdown by the Assad regime. According to Russian President Vladmir Putin, the target of the Russian campaign is Islamist terrorism.



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July 30, 2016

Syrian Army regaining control of Douma

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The battle in the city of Aleppo, Northern Syria, in the Bani Zeid district, has brought victory to the Syrian Arab Army. This ends severe fighting, where missiles and mortar fire have killed and injured civilians and destroyed buildings in the crossfire. Hundreds of Takfiri militants are surrendering or fleeing, while radio interceptions reveal a humiliated and defeated enemy.

Similarly, fierce fighting in northern and southern Aleppo (Handarat, Tal Eis, Khan Touman, Zitan, and Al-Zahra in Hama districts) is also resulting in militants’ defeat. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the army has organised three escape corridors for civilians fleeing Aleppo, providing safe-haven and humanitarian assistance once they reach safety. The joint Syrian-Russian humanitarian operation has delivered 14 metric tons to the checkpoints: consisting of food, medicine, and clothing.

Earlier this week, military sources confirmed that Syrian Army units were also defeating Takfiri militants in the city of Douma, the main victory declared last Thursday. Currently, the Syrian Arab Army are cleaning up and regaining control of the city, after they killed a platoon of extremists and injured dozens more.

Any remaining enemy in the area has reportedly fled to nearby farms. A military source told reporters that the Syrian Arab Army, supported by the Syrian Air Force, advanced into the town of Housh al-Farah to repel militants.

The military source also added this defeat helps smooth the path for capturing or eliminating remaining extremists in Tal al-Kurdi. The army has now made more advances in Housh al-Farah from the two sides of Brigade 39 and al-Moqtabal regions.



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June 6, 2016

Over 270 civilians killed from shelling in Syria

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Over 270 civilians killed from shelling in Syria

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More than 270 civilians were killed in 24 hours from militant shelling in Syrian cities according to a report on Saturday from the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria. The report, published on the Russian Defense Ministry website, also stated that hundreds of civilians have been injured.

The location of Aleppo in Syria.

In a message directed to the United Nations Secretary General of the UN Security Council, the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry reported the attacks came from “moderate” opposition groups that were joining the Al-Nusra Front and its affiliates in Aleppo, Syria. One of the opposition groups, Ahram al-Sham, had joined the Al-Nusra Front for an attack against Kurdish militias, which effectively forced Kurds to retreat from their positions in the city on Saturday.

The militants’ new offensive was possible due to a cessation of Russian and Syrian warplane activity that began two weeks earlier, which enabled the militants to regroup. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the cessation permitted groups coordinating with the United States and Russia to separate themselves from the the Al-Nusra Front.

However, Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, suggested on Russian television that the United States had requested Russia avoid targeting the Al-Nusra Front, which has affiliations with al-Qaeda. In response, the United States stated on Friday that the request was made to prevent Russia from targeting civilians. The situation is fluid, with denial and rebuttal.



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