Jul 11 10:13

German Parliament Report: U.S. Presence in Syria Is Illegal

The Scientific Services of the German Bundestag are the equivalent to the Congressional Research Service in the United States. Members of Parliament can ask the services to give their neutral expert opinions on legal questions and other issues. Opinions by the Scientific Services are held in high regard.

Alexander Neu, a Member of Parliament for the Left Party in Germany, requested an opinion on the legality of the military presence and operations by Russia, the United States and Israel in Syria.

The result (pdf, in German) is quite clear-cut:

Jul 11 10:12

Israel Will Not Tolerate Even One Syrian Soldier on Border, Defense Minister Warns

Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that Israel will not stand the presence of even one Syrian soldier in the buffer zone on the Israel-Syria border, and will hold the Assad regime responsible for any terror infrastructure in the Syrian Golan Heights.

"This attempt to establish terror infrastructure in the Syrian Golan Heights under the regime's purview is unacceptable to us," Lieberman added. "We will operate with full power against any terrorist infrastructure we identify in the area."

Jul 11 10:07

There Are Fears of New Conflicts at One of Israel’s Quietest Borders

A reinforced deployment of tanks and heavy guns is parked along Israel’s frontier with Syria as the civil war that transformed the balance of power in the Middle East appears headed into its final stretch.

The fighting in Syria has come full circle as its army sets its sights on retaking Daraa province, where the regime’s brutal reaction to anti-government graffiti on a school wall sparked the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011. The offensive against one of the last two major opposition strongholds has brought Syrian forces close to the Israeli-held section of the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.

Jul 11 09:40

Netanyahu May Offer Putin US Sanctions Relief for Ousting Iran From Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. Early reports are suggesting Netanyahu is going to offer a major trade with an eye toward getting Russia to kick the Iranians out of Syria.

This trade, as reported by the Israeli press, would have Netanyahu offering to see Russia given full relief from US-imposed sanctions in return for Russia expelling Iranian military from Syria. Russia has previously told Israel they don’t have the capability of doing so, and that the Iranian presence is up to Syria.

It’s less discussed in the media reports, but it’s also not clear that Netanyahu could deliver his side of this exchange either. Israel, after all, is not driving US sanctions against Russia, and presumably could not immediately demand and secure full sanction relief.

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Wanna bet?

Jul 11 08:37


The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have claimed that their cells carried out a series of hit and run attacks against Turkey-led forces in the northern Syrian area of Afrin from July 5 to July 8.

One Turkish-backed fighters was reportedly killed by YPG sniper fire at a military point between the settlements of Jinderes and Atma on July 5. Three members of the Hamza Brigade were killed on the road between Rajo and Afrin on July 6. A commander of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), Mohmmad al-Souleiman, was killed in the Bibil district and an IED explosion killed two fighters in the Shara district on July 7. Two Turkish Army soldiers were reportedly killed in in the Rajo district in a separate attack on the same day.

On July 8, the YPG allegedly carried out a bombing attack on a convoy in the Mabata district killing two fighters.

Jul 11 08:22

After US, UK, France Bomb Syria – OPCW Report Contradicts Claims Of “Irrefutable Proof” Of Chemical Weapons

By Brandon Turbeville

After the lowest moment of Trump’s presidency to date – the bombing of Syria despite the risk of a third world war – the OPCW has released a statement re-affirming that the United States, France, and the UK were wrong about their assertion that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Douma in April, 2018...

Jul 10 16:31


The Scientific Services of the German Bundestag are the equivalent to the Congressional Research Service in the United States. Members of Parliament can ask the services to give their neutral expert opinions on legal questions and other issues. Opinions by the Scientific Services are held in high regard.

Jul 10 09:55

Corpses still rot under Raqqa rubble after US-backed liberation – but West nowhere to be seen

Scores of corpses are still being dug up from the ruins of Raqqa, one year after its US-backed liberation from IS, but the West is seemingly in no rush to help the community recover. RT takes a look at the city’s plight.

Once a prosperous and vibrant place, Raqqa emerged from the 2017 liberation operation with 90 percent of its buildings blasted into ruin. The city suffered almost complete destruction as US-backed coalition airstrikes pounded Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) forces holed up in it. A year on, the fighting has stopped, but streets lie in ruin and dead bodies are still being dug up daily from beneath the rubble and mass graves.

Jul 10 09:42

OPCW CERTIFIED: Chemical weapons “attack” in Douma, Syria was ISIS/White Helmets false flag

The OPCW issued an interim report that states no traces of any nerve agents have been found at the site of a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma.

The report noted that several chlorine compounds were detected, but those compounds are commonly found in industrial areas and often times are byproducts of water purification systems. The interim OPCW document said “various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples” from two locations in the Damascus suburb of Douma, which were examined by specialists from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The report confirmed the absence of any traces of nerve agents, such as sarin, at the site.

Jul 10 09:37


On July 9, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), assisted by the Russian Military Police, retook all militant positions on the Syrian-Jordanian border south of the city of Daraa. So, the SAA fully encircled the remaining militant positions in and near the city.

On July 10, Russian-backed negotiations between the Damascus government and militants in the area continued. However, if militant groups continue refusing to surrender, they will face military action, which they will find hard to contain.

Thus, despite hysteria in the mainstream media and multiple anti-Russian and anti-government statements by representatives of the so-called moderate opposition, they have few options and little time to decide.

Jul 10 03:46

Russian officers deliver aid to Syria’s southernmost settlement

Russian military servicemen have delivered humanitarian aid to Syria’s southernmost inhabited community of al-Mutaya, which has joined the reconciliation process in the Daraa province, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides reported. Essential goods were distributed not far from the inhabited community. More than 4 tonnes of food and 15 tonnes of water were distributed. Security was maintained by Russian military police and Syrian troops. "Today we brought the items, which will help them overcome the hardships experienced today by such remote settlements that had been under the control of militants for many years," the center’s Chief Major-General Alexei Tsygankov told reporters. He noted that the inhabited community was facing a humanitarian disaster because of militants’ actions who refused to provide access to relief aid in the areas controlled by them.

Jul 09 12:51

VIDEO: Syrian Army showcases spoils from Daraa offensive

Nearly a fortnight after launching its full-scale offensive to reclaim all rebel-held territories in Daraa, the Syrian Army has so far controlled over 72.4% of the southern province; securing the Damascus-Amman highway after recapturing the Nassib border crossing.

Aside from the liberated territories and impressive military gains, the Syrian Army has seized unbelievably huge quantities of weapons handed over by militants after entering into surrender agreements with the Syrian government.

Rebel arsenal include the 2nd generation of TOW missiles along with other types of ATGMs, Sam Cobra missiles, tanks, BMPs, RPGs, IEDs, mortars, tanks and artillery shells, as well as ammunition of various types.

Jul 09 10:00

Syrian state media says air defences hit Israeli plane, thwart missile strike

Syrian military air defences struck an Israeli warplane and shot down Israeli missiles targeting the T4 air base in Homs province in response to an act of "aggression" on Sunday night, Syrian state media said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said Israel does not comment on foreign reports.

Israel has grown deeply alarmed by the expanding clout of its arch enemy Iran during the seven-year war in neighbouring Syria. Israel's air force has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah.

Damascus, as well as its allies Iran and Russia, blamed Israel for an April 9 air strike on the same Homs base, an attack that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members. Tehran vowed at the time to respond.

Jul 09 08:37

New Report Finds No Trace of Nerve Agent at Site of Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria

By Derrick Broze

A preliminary report published by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has found no traces of any nerve agent at the site of a supposed chemical attack in Douma, Syria.

A newly published report from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found no traces of any nerve agent at the site of a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma. However, mixed messages are being spread as “mainstream” corporate media outlets report that chlorine has been found...

Jul 09 08:23

Iran to maintain military presence in Syria, to counter Israel

Iran will maintain its military presence in Syria after the defeat of Daesh, according to an Iranian official on Sunday.

During a meeting with the Palestinian Ambassador to Tehran Salah al-Zawawi, a Senior adviser to the Iranian parliament speaker for international affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said:

The Zionist regime [Israel] is trying to dominate Syria after [fall of] Daesh, but the Resistance forces and the military advisers of the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue their presence in Syria to counter terrorism

“Syrians will not allow the country to once again become a safe haven for Zionist terrorists,” he added in statements carried by local media, quoted by Anadolu Agency.

In recent months, Israel has carried out several air attacks on Iranian targets inside Syria that reportedly left a number of Iranian military personnel dead.

Jul 09 08:16


Pro-government forces have liberated about 600km2 from militants in southern Syria over the past week.

Units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces, the 4th Armoured Division and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have established control over the Nasiba border crossing, the towns of Umm al-Mayadi, al-Tayyibah and multiple nearby points.

Additionally, the SAA and their allies have captured a large chunk of the border reaching the town of Khrab al-Shahm as well as isolated the militant-held part of the city of Daraa from the eastern direction.

A source in the SAA told SouthFront that militants besieged in the city of Daraa are currently negotiating with representatives of the Syrian government and Russia. The source added the militants may soon surrender weapons and accept an evacuation agreement.

Jul 07 10:15

"No Nerve Agents" In Douma: OPCW Report Demolishes White House Sarin Narrative

A preliminary report published Friday by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found no traces of any nerve agent at the site of a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma. The OPCW report states this unambiguously as follows:

"No organophosphorous nerve agents or their degradation products were detected in the environmental samples or in the plasma samples taken from alleged casualties."

Compare the newly published official OPCW findings with the 5-page White House assessment released on April 13th, just days after the alleged attack. Now contradicted by the new OPCW findings, the White House asserted that sarin was used at Douma,

A significant body of information points to the regime using chlorine in its bombardment of Duma, while some additional information points to the regime also using the nerve agent sarin.

Jul 07 09:36

Netanyahu to Make Another Fruitless Pilgrimage to Tsar Putin

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled trip to Moscow next week is part of an ongoing conversation between him and Russian President Vladimir Putin about Syria and Iran, and not an “emergency” meeting scheduled to discuss the dramatic situation in southwestern Syria, a diplomatic source said on Wednesday.

The Kremlin spokesman confirmed that Putin will be meeting Netanyahu next week and will also meet the Emir of Qatar if he comes to Moscow for the World Cup.

Jul 07 09:09


South Syrian rebels agreed to give up arms in a Russian-brokered ceasefire deal on Friday, rebel sources said, surrendering Deraa province to the government in another major victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies, reports Reuters.

The Syrian government recovered the Nassib border crossing with Jordan, held by rebels for three years, state media reported, after an assault in insurgent territory along the frontier backed by Russian air strikes.

A state television correspondent said the rebels had agreed to hand over heavy and medium weapons in all the towns and cities included in the surrender deal.

Rebel sources said Russia would guarantee the safe return of civilians who fled the government offensive in the biggest exodus of the war, with 320,000 people uprooted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on the Russians for having negotiated this deal; they have saved a lot of future bloodshed by getting the rebels to surrender, and at this point, are really looking like the "Adults in the Room" when it comes to Syrian geopolitics.

Jul 06 18:24


C’mon British Government. It really isn’t hard. Or at least it wouldn’t be if the case you’ve presented is true. Just ask Sergei. But in the continued absence of answers to these simple questions, it seems that there might well be no “plausible alternative” but to assume that your case simply does not stack up. Which is why the onus is on you, not those you accuse, to explain yourselves.

Jul 06 15:21

Israel airstrike hits Syrian army position in occupied Golan Heights

An Israeli military aircraft has targeted a Syrian army position in the Golan Heights after a projectile allegedly fired from Syria landed in the occupied territory.

An unnamed commander of Syria’s pro-government popular defense groups said the aerial attack struck a hill in Khan Arnabeh village of the country's strategic southwestern region of Quneitra near the border with Israeli-controlled Palestinian territories on Friday but did not cause any casualties.

Earlier, the Israeli army announced in a statement that an errant projectile had landed adjacent to and east of the fence between occupied Palestinian territories and Syria, noting that the round was a result of fighting between Syrian army forces and militant groups in the area.

During the past few years, Israel has frequently attacked military targets in Syria in what is considered as an attempt to prop up terrorist groups that have been suffering heavy defeats against Syrian government forces.

Jul 06 13:20

Israeli forces attack Syrian military near occupied Golan Heights

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) fired retaliatory missiles towards the positions of the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) in the Al-Quneitra Governorate this afternoon.

According to an NDF source, the IDF struck their positions near the government stronghold of Khan ‘Arnabeh, causing material damage to an outpost.

No casualties were reported.

The Israeli Defense Forces’ attack on the pro-government troops was allegedly carried out in retaliation for a mortar shell landing inside the occupied Golan Heights.

Jul 06 08:25


The military operation of government forces in southern Syria was once again resumed after the Damascus government and local militants groups had failed to reach any kind of fully-fledged reconciliation agreement that would allow to settle the situation in the area via a peaceful way.

On July 5, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies liberated the town of Saida and the nearby abandoned air defense base in the province of Daraa. Additionally, the SAA advanced along the border with Jordan liberating over 10 villages between the border points of 71 and 79.

According to pro-government sources, the SAA faced a little resistance during their operation along the border. Russian troops were spotted there.

The operation is also supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces. Nonetheless, the number of airstrikes is limited. Currently, government forces are developing their operation in the direction of the Nassib border crossing.

Jul 06 08:06

Israel lays down red lines for postwar relations with Syria

As Syrian government forces press on with a furious offensive against rebel-held areas in the country's south, Israel is quietly acknowledging that President Bashar Assad's forces will soon be on its doorstep, laying down red lines for postwar relations with the Syrian leader.

Israel's main concern is to keep archrival Iran, an Assad ally, as far away from its border as possible — along with its proxy, the Lebanese militia Hezbollah.

"Our demand is that the Iranian forces will go out or withdraw from Syria as a whole, and in it specifically southwest Syria," said a senior Israeli military official.

It is a turnaround from a few years ago, when Israeli leaders were publicly predicting Assad's overthrow and some voices even mused about peace with a future democratic Syria.

Jul 06 08:05

Rebels in southern Syria reach deal to end violence

Fighters battling a fierce government-led offensive in southern Syria have reached an agreement with Russia, a major ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to end violence in the area and surrender a key crossing point with Jordan, according to a rebel spokesman.

Ibrahim Jabawi, spokesman for the rebels' joint operations room, was quoted as saying by news agencies that under Friday's agreement reached with Russian negotiators the fighters will begin to hand over some of their heavy weapons in return for a government pullout from several villages.

Jul 06 06:52

Security Council fails to adopt press statement on situation in southwest Syria

UN Security Council failed to adopt a press statement on the situation in southwest Syria due to a lack of consensus of the Council members. Speaking to the journalists following the closed meeting to discuss the situation in Yemen, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia pointed out to differences among the Security Council members. “They are focusing on the cessation of the hostilities and we are focusing on fighting terrorism ,” Nebenzia said. He pointed out that the Russian side has questions on the number of the people who are in need for humanitarian aid. “We agree on the need to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need,” Nebenzia said.

Jul 06 06:41

Moscow calls for lifting unilateral coercive measures imposed on Syrians

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stressed on the need to lift the unilateral coercive measures imposed on the Syrian people and facilitate the return of Syrian refugees to their home as these measures hinder the process of political settlement of the crisis in the country. During a press conference in Moscow on Thursday, Zakharova said that the Syrian government called on citizens forced by war and terrorist attacks to leave the country to return to their homeland after the liberation of the largest number of areas that were under the control of terrorists. She pointed out that Moscow welcomes the invitation of the Syrian government and will provide the necessary assistance to the Syrian people in the reconstruction of the country and create conditions for the return of the displaced to their villages and towns.

Jul 06 06:38

Ambassador of Venezuela: we stand by Syria in its war against terrorism

Ambassador of Venezuela in Damascus Imad Saab affirmed on Thursday that his country always supports Syria in its war against terrorism. “The terrorist attack on Syria is very similar to that fierce attack on Venezuela sovereignty and internal safety,” Saab said during a celebration held in Damascus on Venezuela national day. He was confident Syria would come out victorious in the war on terrorism. For his part, Deputy Foreign and expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad affirmed that enemy of Syria and Venezuela is one, which is Israel and its obedient servant, represented by the US. He added that when Syria stands against terrorism in defense of the humanity, it also stands by people of Venezuela in their defense of freedom and independence.

Jul 06 06:36

Cuban Minister: Backing Syria is firm Cuban decision

Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz affirmed his country ‘s support for Syria in its war against terrorism. During his meeting with Health Minister Dr. Nizar Yazigi in Havana on Thursday, the Cuban Minister said that “standing by Syria and supporting it is a firm Cuban decision that is based on Cuba’s consistent policy of supporting friends and allies.” The Cuban minister noted that the signing of a medical cooperation agreement contributes to enhancing the relations between the two countries in this field and allows the establishment of relations with Syria in other fields. On Wednesday, Syrian and Cuban Health Ministries signed a medical cooperation agreement to strengthen relations in this field. “It’s our duty to provide all kinds of help to the Syrian people in light of the current ordeal they are going through,” he said.

Jul 06 06:31

Over 35,000 Civilians Flee Terrorist-Held Regions in Southern Syria towards Army Positions

Over 35,000 civilians left the regions occupied by terrorists in Southern Syria for army-held areas, Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria reported on Thursday. The Center reported that over 5,000 Syrian civilians have fled from the Western parts of the de-escalation zone in Southwestern Syria which was under the terrorists' occupation to the army-controlled regions through the humanitarian corridor near the town of Kafr Shams. It added that over 35,000 civilians have been transferred to the army-held regions in the past week. Meantime, Syrian field sources reported that over 30,000 residents of the town of Da'el in Northern Dara'a returned home after security returned to the region. Da'el's population had decreased to less than 20,000 people when it was under the occupation of terrorists.

Jul 06 06:10

Daniel Kovalik: Independent Kurdish State, an Excuse for US to Appropriate Oil-Rich Eastern Syria

Daniel Kovalik is a human rights lawyer, peace activist and a professor of international human rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has also authored two books about American foreign policy, the most recent of which is titled “The Plot to Attack Iran: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran”, where he talks about the current state of affairs between the United States and Iran. Professor Kovalik has also shared his expert comments on many international news outlets such as RT, Press TV and TeleSUR English. FNA has conducted an interview with Daniel Kovalik about the Syrian crisis and the most recent developments surrounding the issue. Below you will find the full text of the interview...

Jul 06 05:09

One Killed, 19 More Wounded in Bomb Blast at Anti-Turkey Protest in Manbij

The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported on Thursday that residents of al-Haya region in Manbij held protest rallies against the Turkish and US military forces' deployment. It added that at least 1 civilian was killed and 22 others were wounded in the explosion. The US and Turkish forces started the 9th stage of their patrolling mission in the region on Wednesday based on a roadmap on Manbij. Last month, the US and Turkish forces started joint patrolling missions in the outskirts of Manbij in Eastern Aleppo. Turkey's Daily Sabah newspaper reported that a convoy of Turkish forces, supported by the US helicopters, has entered Manbij in Northern Syria. Meantime, Sky News also confirmed the start of joint patrolling operations.

Jul 06 05:07

New Turkish Military Convoy Sent to Syrian Borders.

A Turkish military convoy was sent to the borders with Syria to reinforce its positions in occupied Afrin region in Syria's Aleppo province. Turkish news sources reported on Thursday that a large number of military equipment was transferred from Sanliurfa region to Gaziantep in Southern Turkey. They added that the military convoy consisted of 30 military vehicles and personnel carriers moving from Gaziantep to the borders in Syria. Syrian field sources also underlined that the military convoy was sent to reinforce the Turkish army positions in occupied Afrin. The Turkish army is now training 1,000 affiliated forces in Northern Syria to be used in 'Afrin police'. The development came as the Kurdish militants have expressed willingness to cooperate with the Syrian government to force the occupying Turkish forces out of the Northern parts of the country...

Jul 06 05:02

Syrian Army Resumes Military Operation in Dara'a after Peace Talks Fails

The Syrian army resumed military operations in regions still remaining under terrorists' occupation in Dara'a after peace talks failed. Sources affiliated to the terrorists reported on Thursday that the fourth round of Russia's talks for a peace agreement which had started on Wednesday in Basri al-Sham region in Eastern Dara'a for failed. They added that the terrorists in the region did not accept Russia's demand to lay down their heavy arms. Meantime, the terrorists stationed in the towns of Dara'a al-Balad and al-Na'emeh, attacked the residential areas in Dara'a city and the town of Da'el with artillery fire. In response, the Syrian army launched artillery and missile strikes against the terrorists' positions and moves in the town of al-Na'emeh and the old customs office region near Dara'a al-Balad, destroying several strongholds of the militants and killing a large number of them.

Jul 06 04:59

US-French Military Convoy Enters Raqqa Airbase to Confront Popular Uprising

A joint military convoy of the US and French forces was sent to al-Tabaqah airbase in al-Tabaqah in Western Raqqa as tensions are rising between civilians and the US-backed forces in Raqqa. Local sources in Western Raqqa reported on Thursday that a military convoy of the US and French forces have been dispatched from the town of al-Tabaqah to its airbase. They added that the convoy consists of 7 trucks, carrying military equipment, noting that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have declared curfew in al-Tabaqah. Also, reports from Eastern Raqqa said that residents of the town of al-Karameh have engaged in heavy clashes with the SDF. The clashes erupted after the SDF detained people in the region to find defected members. In a relevant development late in June, a large number of civilians held protest rallies against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa after the SDF increased their security measures and detention of civilians.

Jul 06 04:56

Several US, SDF Forces Killed in Deir Ezzur

A number of American army men and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed in a bomb attack in Northeastern Deir Ezzur as tensions in occupied regions in Northern Syria have heightened. The Arabic-language al-Manar news channel reported on Thursday that several US soldiers and SDF forces were killed and wounded after a number of roadside bombs were detonated by the ISIL in regions near the village of al-Namliyeh South of the town of al-Sour in Northeastern Deir Ezzur. Meantime, other media sources quoted locals in Northern Deir Ezzur as saying that the Kurdish forces had launched massive arrests against people who support the Syrian government in the village of al-Jaye'eh. Also, unknown assailants in the village of Abu Khashab in Northern Deir Ezzur fired at a vehicle carrying the SDF forces, wounding a number of them.

Jul 06 04:54

US Dispatches More Military Aid to SDF in Hasaka

Analysts say the US intends to disintegrate Syria by means of the Kurdish militias deployed in the Northern and Northeastern parts of the country... A new convoy of weapons and military equipment was sent by the US to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Hasaka of Syria near the borders with Iraq. The Arabic-language Smart News website affiliated to the militants in Syria reported on Thursday that a new US military convoy was sent to the SDF in Northeastern Hasaka through Simalka passageway at the Iraqi borders with Syria. It added that the convoy consisted of 100 trucks which carried military and armored vehicles and concrete blocks as well as oil tankers with kerosene cargos. The US army had also dispatched military equipment to the Kurdish militias in Hasaka late last month, a media outlet reported as Washington continued all-out support for the group in Northeastern Syria.

Jul 06 04:51

Victims of US Airstrikes Found in Mass Grave in Raqqa

A mass grave containing the bodies of hundreds of civilians who had been killed in the US-led coalition airstrikes was found in Raqqa province. Local sources in Raqqa were quoted by the Arabic-language al-Manar news channel as saying on Thursday that a mass-grave was discovered near al-Forat sport club which contained a large number of bodies of the civilians killed in the US airstrikes when Raqqa was under ISIL control. They added that 40 corpses have so far been taken out of the mass grave, saying that over 300 civilians have been buried in the grave. In a relevant development in June, a mass grave of the victims of the ISIL terrorist group was found in the Center of Raqqa city. The Arabic-language al-Manar news channel reported on Wednesday that the mass grave was discovered in the White Garden in Central Raqqa. The big mass grave included a large number of civilians who have been killed by the ISIL terrorists.

Jul 06 02:36

Russian warships to hold missile firing drills off Syria's coast. Russian military medics vaccinate Syrian refugees

The Russian Navy’s Mediterranean taskforce warships will hold missile firing drills off the coast of Syria, according to a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) circulated on Friday. An area in the eastern Mediterranean between the Syrian coast and the island of Cyprus across the port of Tartus will be reserved for drills of the Russian Navy with the launches of missiles. The area will be closed for flights from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Moscow time on July 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, the NOTAM says...
Russian military medics are treating residents in the community of Umm-al-Tiur in Syria’s Hama Governorate who are returning to their homes after the end of hostilities...

Jul 06 02:29

Syrian opposition submits list of constitution committee candidates to UN special envoy

The opposition Syrian Negotiation Commission has prepared jointly with Turkey a list of 50 candidates to be included in the Syrian Constitutional Committee, and submitted it to UN Syria Envoy Staffan de Mistura, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. "On 5 July, the Syrian Negotiation Commission (SNC) submitted to the UN Special Envoy for Syria the list of 50 candidates, prepared in coordination with Turkey, for members who will represent the opposition in the Constitutional Committee," Spokesperson of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hami Aksoy said. "On the same day, Turkey officially confirmed in writing to the UN Special Envoy for Syria that it supports the list prepared by the SNC," he added. The Syrian National Dialogue Congress, held in Sochi on 30 January 2018, called for the establishment of the 150-member Constitutional Committee, with equal quotas for the Syrian government, opposition and the civil society.

Jul 05 14:20

Breaking: Russian Hmeymim Airbase comes under heavy attack

The Russian Hmeymim Airbase has come under attack again after armed drones attempted to bomb several sites inside the military installation.

According to a military source in the nearby town of Jableh, the Russian military activated their air defense sirens after the armed drones entered vicinity of the Hmeymim Airbase tonight.

The source added that the Russian military was able to destroy the armed drones before they could hit any targets inside the Hmeymim Airbase.

This latest attack by the militant groups in northern Syria comes just days after they first launched their armed drone strikes on the Hmeymim Airbase and its surroundings.

Jul 05 10:02

Defense official to Israeli TV: Syrian troops in buffer zone will be targets

Message to Assad comes as offensive in southern Syria brings regime forces closer to border, with Israel calling for UN ceasefire to be upheld

Jul 05 09:26

Russia starts fresh talks with militants to end fighting in southern Syria

Russia has reportedly started a new round of talks with militants in southern Syria in an effort to make them hand back the areas they control to the Damascus government without fighting as the national army pushes ahead with a liberation operation there.

Ibrahim al-Jabawi, a spokesman for the militants’ negotiating delegation, said the group has returned to the negotiating table with Russia in a bid to strike a deal that ends the fighting in southern Syria.

“The talks are going on now,” he said. “It could take a day, it could take a week, but we are clear that a solution needs to be reached.”

Jul 05 09:25

Kurdish Forces Willing to Cooperate with Damascus to Expel Turkey from Northern Syria

Kurdish militants have shown willingness to cooperate with the Syrian government to force the occupying Turkish forces from the Northern parts of the country.

Field sources referred to the Turkish army's continued occupation of Northern Syria, and said that the Kurdish forces fully agree with the Syrian government's position to drive them out of occupied lands.

Meantime, Sihanouk Dibo, a senior adviser to the Syrian Kurdish leader Salih Muslim in Qamishli, told the Arabic website of RT news channel on Tuesday that Turkey continues its occupation of Afrin, Jarabulus, al-Bab and certain areas in Idlib in Northern Syria, stressing the need for cooperation between the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Damascus government to retake sovereignty of Syrian territories.

Meantime, analysts said that the Turkish army's occupation of Northern Syria means interfering in another country's affairs, and meantime increases tensions in the region.

Jul 05 09:24

The Battle in the South of Syria is Coming to an End: Israel Bowed To Russia’s Will

After only two weeks since the beginning of the military operation, jihadists and militants in most of eastern rural Daraa in south Syria have either surrendered or were overwhelmed, the over 70 villages they occupied were liberated by the Syrian Army. Meanwhile, Israel has reduced its requests or conditions pronounced in the last two weeks: from launching threats against the approach of the Syrian Army towards the South, to menaces if Damascus pushes forces beyond the 1974 demarcation line and the disengagement agreement between Syria and Israel. This clearly means all players (the US, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia) have dropped the jihadists and militants they were training and are turning their back on them: they are now on their own.

Jul 05 07:51


The US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) group Shabab al-Sunna is handing over its weapons to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the town of Bosra al-Sham in the province of Daraa.

According to released photos and videos, the group has handed over two battle tanks, two BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles and a 37 mm automatic air defense gun M1939, a 160mm mortar cannon and at least 6 US-made TOW anti-tank missile launchers.

Besides this, the SAA has recovered a notable number of mortars, ammunition and light weapons.

According to pro-government sources, the FSA’s Shabab al-Sunna will continue handing over weapons in the upcoming days. Most of its members have chosen to settle their legal status and to join the SAA to combat ISIS and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in southern Syria.

Jul 04 10:50

Lindsey Graham Inside Turkish Occupied North Syria: US Pullout Would Be "Terrible"

A certain outspoken pro regime change interventionist and neocon hawk from South Carolina must have heard that the war in Syria is winding down.

No doubt he spit out his coffee mid-gulp when reading a recent Washington Post headline declaring, "The world learns to live with Assad in Syria" set just above an image of the Syrian president with the bold-faced type, Here To Stay.

So what was Senator Lindsey Graham to do?

Naturally, he popped up in Northern Syria early this week, where he made a surprise visit to Manbij (near government-held Aleppo) to declare before cameras that a premature US troop withdrawal would be "terrible".

Jul 04 09:26


27 settlements in in the southern Syrian provinces of al-Quneitra, al-Suwayda and Daraa have returned to the government control over the past week, a spokesman for the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria said on July 3.

He added that “special attention” is paid to efforts to create conditions to accommodate refugees returning from territories still controlled by militants as well as from other Syrian regions and neighboring countries.

Units of the Russian Military Police have recently been spotted in Busra al-Sham and Musayrifa.

In late June, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies launched a fully-fledged military operation to liberate southern Syria and to re-establish control of this part of the border with Jordan.

Jul 04 09:21

British Air Force Lost Special Forces Plane on Covert Syria Mission

In a separate incident, the Sunday Times reported that a £44 million transport aircraft has been seriously damaged in an accident in the Syrian desert. The damage was caused after a heavy landing during a covert mission. The aircraft, a C-130J Hercules, was used by the British SAS (Special Forces) in special missions in Iraq and Syria.

There have been various scuffles between the coalition forces and the pro-Assad Shi'ite militias which control the border area.

On June 21, several Maghawir al-Thowra combatants and coalition "consultants" fell under fire from from outside the zone. The firing came from an area not known to be under ISIS control, according to the British Ministry of Defense.

The forces withdrew in order to defuse the situation, but one position persisted in firing upon them, said the Ministry statement.

It said the retaliatory strike was "wholly proportionate," but refused to disclose the identity of the forces attacked.

Jul 03 13:30

Is the US-Kurdish Alliance Over? New Agreement Between Kurds and Assad Could Spell End for U.S. Role in Syria

For over a year, much of northeastern Syria has found itself under de facto occupation by the United States and its military proxy, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The occupied territory, accounting for nearly a third of Syria’s total landmass and including large portions of the al-Hasakah, al-Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor regions, has largely been overseen by the SDF, an umbrella group of militias dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which allied with the U.S. early in the conflict.

While the SDF has seemingly had complete control of the occupied territory — which boasts most of Syria’s oil, gas, freshwater and agricultural resources — it seems that increased local resistance to the SDF’s control of the region, as well as the U.S.’ failure to protect its allies elsewhere in Syria, has now pushed the YPG to reconsider its alliance with the United States and instead consider allying with the Syrian government, led by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Jul 03 12:08

Secret US 2006 Gov’t Document Reveals Plan To Destabilize Syria By Using Extremists, Muslim Brotherhood, Elections

By Brandon Turbeville

As the Syrian government makes massive gains across the country, many are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the Western destabilization and attempt to destroy the secular government of Syria by the United States and the West. However, it must be remembered that the goal to impose hegemony across the world by the Anglo-financier system is not some fly-by-night venture that cropped up in 2011 to be easily abandoned in 2018. Indeed, the plan to destroy Syria has spanned nearly four decades, only moving into high gear in 2011 under the Obama administration.

While the destabilization initiative did begin in earnest under Obama’s watch, the truth is that previous administration were also heavily involved in the planning of Syria’s destruction.

Jul 03 08:34

Number of Syrians fleeing Daraa reaches 270,000

At least 270,000 people have fled Syria’s southwestern city of Daraa to border areas near Jordan due to fierce attacks by Syrian regime forces, the UN said Monday, Anadolu reports.

Of the total, 135,000 were children, Hitam Malkawi, the spokesperson for the UN in Jordan, told Anadolu Agency.

The current number is far above expectations, Malkawi added.

The spokesperson said they are waiting for the right time to distribute aid in accordance with the UN’s working principles.

On June 12, the Syrian regime, supported by Iranian militias and a Russian air force, launched a military operation into opposition held areas in southern Syria.

Jul 03 08:25

US Must Withdraw from Syria: Damascus

Damascus said that the United must withdraw its forces from Syria, stressing its military presence in the Arab state no longer makes any sense amid the successes of the Syrian government’s forces on the ground.

In remarks published by Sputnik, Syrian parliament secretary Khaled Aboud said: “The United States can no longer keep its forces in Syria since it gains no benefits from it.”

According to the official, the US forces were deployed to Syria amid the expectations of the possible partition of the country.

“Now, however, we have left this page far behind, and there is no longer any need [for the United States] to keep these forces in the region,” Aboud told Sputnik.

Jul 02 13:59

Breaking: Militants attack Russian Airbase with armed drones

For the third time in the last four days, the militant forces have launched an attack on the Russian Hmeymim Airbase in southwest Latakia.

According to a local field report, the militant forces attempted tonight to attack the Hmeymim Airbase’s northeast perimeter using their armed drones.

The field report added that the Russian military intercepted the armed drones; however, there was no mention of any bombs hitting the Hmeymim Airbase.

Jul 02 11:33


The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies are about to achieve a stunning and rapid victory in their battle against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and their allies in southern Syria.

Over the past few days, government forces have liberated over 15 settlements in the eastern and western countryside of Daraa and forces some groups of militants to accept a surrender agreements.

According to the Syrian state media, at least 10 villages – Tisiyah, Maaraba, al-Samaqiyat, Smad, Samj, Abu Khatula, Elemtaih, al-Taebah, al-Nada and Jamrin – almost signed the reconciliation agreement and militants started preparing for surrender.

Militants in the town of Bosra al-Sham already started surrendering weapons. At the same time, the so-called moderate opposition in the town of Tafas and have pledged allegiance to the ISIS-linked Khalid al-Walid Army.

Jul 02 11:18

Syrian rebels lose string of southwest towns

A string of Syrian rebel-held towns and villages accepted government rule on Saturday as insurgent lines collapsed in parts of the southwest under an intense bombardment that the United Nations says has forced 160,000 people to flee.

The southwest was an early hotbed of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad and defeat there would leave rebels with just one remaining stronghold — the area around Idlib province bordering Turkey in the northwest.

Rebels met Russian negotiators on Saturday to seek peace terms for Deraa province, where most of their southwest territory is located, but said these failed. Moscow is Assad’s strongest ally and its air power since 2015 has been crucial to his recapture of vast swathes of Syria.

Jul 02 11:17

IDF reinforcements seen as a message to Assad: Don’t enter demilitarized zone

Israel’s deployment of reinforcements to the Golan Heights is a message to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad as his forces draw closer to the Israeli border, an Israeli analyst said Sunday.

“Now that your army is coming south, don’t send them into the demilitarized zone established in the 1974 [ceasefire] agreement. Israel will see this as a serious violation,” was how Hadashot television news’s defense analyst Roni Daniel couched Israel’s apparent message.

Israel’s army sent tanks and artillery cannons to the Syrian border on Sunday morning amid a renewed offensive by Assad’s forces and the Russian military against the remaining rebel holdouts in Syria’s southwest.

Jul 02 09:26

Israel Deploys Armored Vehicles and Artillery to Syrian Golan

The Israeli army has deployed several armored and artillery forces on Sunday, into the Israeli-occupied Syrian territory of the Golan Heights.

According to Ma’an News Agency, an army spokesperson said that the deployment of Israeli forces comes in the wake of an assessment of the position of the “Northern Military Command”, in the light of developments on the Syrian side of the border, deciding it is necessary to strengthen the Golan Heights armored forces and artillery.

The spokesperson added that the Israeli army considers it very important to maintain the disengagement agreement between Israel and Syria that has been in effect since 1974, and stressed that they will continue to abide by the principle of non-intervention in the conflict happening in Syria.

Jul 02 09:06

Syrian army advances against israel's friends in Daraa

Jul 01 09:28

UK Warplanes Bomb Pro-Gov't Forces in Syria After Attack by 'Unidentified Force'

The Royal Air Force strike on Syrian troops is the first of its kind since April, when the US, UK and France launched missile strikes against multiple targets in the Arab republic after an alleged chemical attack in Douma.

A Ministry of Defense spokesman confirmed that the RAF attack had taken place, and said that a group of anti-Damascus Maghawir al-Thowra opposition militia and coalition "advisers" were attacked by an "unidentified force" outside the al-Tanf base on June 21, prompting the RAF response.

"As an act of collective self-defense, RAF Typhoons dropped a single Paveway IV on the position, which successfully removed the threat to our coalition partners," the spokesman said. "There was no need to inform Parliament of this action…only in the event that civilian casualties have resulted from a RAF strike would the [defense secretary] inform parliament of events," he added.

Jul 01 09:27

Russian military downs unidentified drones near Khmeimim Air Base in Syria – MoD

A group of unidentified drones has been shot down by Russia’s Air Defense units near Khmeimim Air Base in Syria, the Russian MoD has announced. No damage to the facility was reported.

The objects were detected north-east from the military facility on Saturday, the base’s authorities said. “All aerial targets were destroyed,” they confirmed. The military, however, stopped short of naming exact weapon systems which were used to bring down the drones (UAVs).

Jun 30 10:12

Syrian army advances against israel's friends in Daraa

Jun 30 10:05

Kremlin doubts veracity of CNN report on Trump’s plans for Syria

The topic of Syria will be fully discussed at the July 16 summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump in Helsinki, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media on Friday.

On Thursday, CNN reported that Trump had hoped to clinch a deal with Putin in Helsinki that would allow for prompt pullout of US troops from Syria.

"I have no idea what the CNN report is based on, or if there is anything factual behind this report. We know nothing about it and it makes you wonder," Peskov said, elucidating that he can’t understand where the TV network got their information from.

Jun 29 09:00

Trump privately floats plan to make a deal with Putin on Syria

President Donald Trump once again raised the idea of pulling the US out of Syria this week -- this time privately during a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House, according to two diplomatic sources familiar with the sit-down.

The two leaders discussed Syria at length. One source told CNN that Trump believes he can strike a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin on a so-called exclusion zone in southwest Syria that will allow the US to "get out ASAP."

Jun 29 08:22


Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the withdrawal of some equipment and troops from Syria. He said that 13 warplanes, 14 helicopters, and 1,140 Russian soldiers have left Syria in the past few days.

Russia Today (RT) reported, today, that at a ceremony in honour of Russian military university graduates, Putin said that, “during its fight against terrorists in Syria, the Russian army clearly demonstrated its increased fighting capabilities and high level of coordination among its units”.

Addressing the freshman graduates, Putin added, “Today you and your colleagues should take full advantage of this experience in combat training.”

The Russian president pointed out that the new sophisticated weapons the Russian army will soon receive will multiply its military capabilities, adding that the intercontinental Avangard hypersonic missiles will be used by the Russian forces in the near future then to be followed a year later by the Sarmat missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported 3 days ago by, by Robert Fisk:

This moment will go down in history: the US has given up on the overthrow of Assad in Syria

Jun 29 08:11

Lieberman: Israel will not accept Syria refugees

Israel will not allow any Syrian refugees to enter its territory but will continue to provide them with humanitarian aid, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said today.

More than 150,000 people in southwestern Syria have been forced to flee since the Syrian government launched an offensive to recover an area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from opposition groups, a monitoring group said.

The Israeli military said an increased number of Syrian civilians had been spotted in refugee camps on the Syrian side of the Israel occupied Golan Heights over the past few days, and that it had overnight sent aid supplies at four locations “to Syrians fleeing hostilities”.

Jun 29 07:34

Ex UK Envoy: OPCW Becomes 'NATO's Tool' As 'New War Against Syria' Looms Ahead

OPCW members have passed the UK's draft extension of the organization's powers, with the move harshly slammed by Russia, which said the West will be tempted to struggle for greater influence over the OPCW’s decision making. Former British Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford has given his take on the motion.

Jun 29 07:01


The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies have continued their successful operation against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the province of Daraa. They have liberated the town of al-Hirak, the villages of Rakham, al-Surah and Alma as well as the 49 Air Defense Brigade and some nearby points.

Additionally, government forces liberated Sad Ibta, Tell Hamad and the 271st Brigade north of the city of Daraa.

A humanitarian corridor allowing civilians to withdraw from the combat area was also opened near the town of Da’il.

All signals show that the SAA is set to continue its military operation in southern Syria in a full force.

On June 28, the SAA and its allies repelled an ISIS attack on their positions southwest of the border town of al-Bukamal. According to the SAA General Command, many ISIS fighters died and a vehicle was destroyed in the clashes.

Jun 28 12:36

White Helmets observed preparing for new chemical weapons provocation

They’ve even got video equipment on hand to record the incident so that it can be spread as part of their propaganda

Jun 28 12:27

BEX ALERT - Horrific Massacres Committed by Russian and Syrian Aircraft in Daraa

Russia and Assad regime airforces committed new massacres in Daraa province, scores of civilians were brutally killed, mostly women and children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More White Helmets propaganda. And notice how clean and spotless their clothes are, with no dirt or stains!

Jun 28 11:04

1,000 Surrender to Syrian Army in Southern Amnesty Offer

Syrian state media is reporting that an estimated 1,000 wanted men in southern Syria’s Daraa Province surrendered to the army on Wednesday. This included members of rebel groups, as well as draft dodgers and others.

This was part of an attempted reconciliation effort. The Syrian government promised amnesty, saying they’d clear the records of everyone who reached out to the army for a surrender instead of waiting to be captured.

The Syrian government is planning a large offensive in Daraa, one of the last rebel-held areas in the country’s south. There are some moderate rebel groups in the area, along with al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though the Syrian government and Russia, are about to win this one!!

Jun 28 11:01

US, UK Financing 54 Militia Groups in Syria Despite Trump Vow to ‘Get Out’

Despite US President Donald Trump vowing “I want to get out” of Syria to “bring our troops back home” a few months ago, a new report indicates the US military and a cohort of allies including Israel, Britain, France, Jordan and “some Persian Gulf states” are still supporting some 54 militia groups in Syria.

The US, Russia and United Nations all designate al-Nusra Front, also known as al-Qaeda in Syria, a terrorist organization. But for some reason, the terror group's fighters appear "to be deeply entrenched alongside these US-backed militias in key, strategic towns and villages scattered throughout" the southern part of Syria, The American Conservative reported Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And, also from, we have a companion piece:

Ben Rhodes admits: Obama armed jihadists in Syria, in bombshell admission

Jun 28 10:57

Syria’s Idlib Residents Warn of Potential Provocation by White Helmets

Residents of the Syrian province of Idlib have warned the Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation about potential provocation by the White Helmets group that may involve the use of chemical agents, head of the Center Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov said Wednesday.

"Residents of the Syrian province of Idlib called the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria warning about upcoming provocation by the White Helmets organization. According to the residents, a convoy of six cars with White Helmets emblems and a truck, loaded with individual protection equipment, visual equipment and seven rockets, as well as with canisters filled with liquids, arrived in the city of Idlib on Sunday," Tsygankov said.

White Helmets uniform found during the search of terrorists’ headquarters in Eastern Ghouta.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: get ready for yet another false flag attack in Syria.

Jun 28 09:20

Syria’s Idlib Residents Warn of Potential Provocation by White Helmets

Residents of the Syrian province of Idlib have warned the Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation about potential provocation by the White Helmets group that may involve the use of chemical agents, head of the Center Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov said Wednesday.

"Residents of the Syrian province of Idlib called the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria warning about upcoming provocation by the White Helmets organization. According to the residents, a convoy of six cars with White Helmets emblems and a truck, loaded with individual protection equipment, visual equipment and seven rockets, as well as with canisters filled with liquids, arrived in the city of Idlib on Sunday," Tsygankov said.

The general added that upon arrival, four unknown individuals had been loading rockets’ warheads with liquid and powder. The truck took the missiles in the direction of the city of Maarat al-Numan and was later followed by the White Helmets convoy.

Jun 28 09:16

Tens of Civilians, Militants Killed, Wounded in Several Blasts in Northern Syria

Tens of civilians and Ankara-backed forces were killed or wounded after three heavy explosions hit the bases of Turkey-backed militants in the town of Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo on Wednesday.
Two bomb-laden motorcycles went off at a base of the al-Shamiyeh Front near Qawa square in Afrin.

In the meantime, heavy infighting was reported between al-Shamiyeh Front and Liwa al-Mo'atasem in a large area from Qawa square to the industrial zone and al-Hall Bazaar.

Another blast hit Deir Sam Hospital. The hospital had halted operation after it came under threat and was forced to shut down by the Turkish troops.

The Turkey-backed militants have gone on alert immediately after the blasts.

Preliminary reports said that at least 30 militants and civilians have been killed or wounded in the explosions.

Local sources said on Sunday that the Ankara forces started closing off all the streets across the town of Jandaris in Northeastern Aleppo.

Jun 28 09:16

Syrian Army Discovers Saudi, Israeli Equipment in Terrorists' Positions in Dara'a Province

The Syrian Army troops continued cleansing operations in the newly-freed regions in Eastern Dara'a and found a field hospital and a large arms depot with equipment supplied by Israel, Saudi Arabia and certain western countries.
The army men carried out mop-up operations in newly-freed Maliha al-Atash region and along a road to Busra al-Harir, discovering a large field hospital that used to be run by the terrorists.

The army soldiers found a large volume of Israeli and Saudi medicines in the field hospital.

In the meantime, the army's engineering units discovered a large volume of western-made ammunition and arms in a depot of terrorists in the town of Maliha al-Atash.

A field source, meanwhile, pointed to the large volume of arms and ammunitions in the depot, and said it was the terrorists' main warehouse for storing military equipment in the towns of Busra al-Harir, al-Harak, Naheta and other regions in Eastern Dara'a.

Jun 28 08:54

This moment will go down in history: the US has given up on the overthrow of Assad in Syria

When Washington ‘understands the difficult conditions’ its militia allies are facing and says it ‘advises’ the Russians and Syrians not to violate a ceasefire – which was Moscow’s idea in the first place – you know that the Americans are pulling the carpet from beneath another set of allies

Jun 28 07:16

Did BBC team responsible for faked footage of Syrian chemical attack travel under terrorist protection?

Most of our readers are now more than familiar with the bizarre events surrounding the BBC Panorama program Saving Syria’s Children. We’ve already returned to this story several times. The possibility that this program presented faked footage of a non-existent chemical attack by government troops on a school in Syria has been meticulously documented by independent researcher Robert Stuart over several years.

Jun 28 07:14


Syrian government forces have cleared over 5,200km2 of the Deir Ezzor desert of ISIS cells, the Syrian General Command said on June 27.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies launched a military operation in the area on June 20. The rapid progress in the desert can be explained by the lack of resistance from the ISIS cells, which had mostly withdrawn towards the Homs desert.

The SAA and the Tiger Forces liberated the villages of Mulayha al-Sharqiyah, Mulayha al-Gharbiyah, Nahitah and Samma al-Hneidat in the eastern part of Daraa province from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and its allies and entered the village of al-Hirak.

According to reports, 450 members of the Free Syrian Army also surrendered to the SAA amid the government advance.

Meanwhile, the ISIS-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army and units of the US-backed FSA reached a ceasefire agreement in southern Syria, according to a report by the news outlet Nedaa Syria.

Jun 27 15:26


The battle for southern Syria is one of the most complicated battles undertaken by the Syrian army and its allies during the seven years of war imposed on the Levant. The beginning of the battle and the decision of Damascus to initiate it, disregarding Israel’s opposition, was largely and exclusively covered in previous articles. This battle is not expected to end soon and for this reason, it was decided by the parties concerned to divide it into two steps, and to postpone the complicated second part bordering Israel pending more “storming talks” between the two superpowers, according to well-informed sources in Daraa.

The first step of the southern battle was agreed between Russia and the US and it generated no opposition from Washington. It is related to Suweida’ province and east and north-east rural Daraa with the aim of reopening the borders with Jordan.

Jun 27 11:08

Trump Admin Won't Intervene As Syria Strikes Obama/CIA Backed Rebels In Southwest

President Trump's administration has all but given the green light for Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin to destroy the Obama/CIA-backed rebel terrorist groups operating in southwest Syria.

Jun 27 09:28


The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed up by the Tiger Forces and the National Defense Forces, have liberated the town of Busra al-Harir, the village of Malihat al-Atash and advanced in the direction of the villages of al-Hirak and Nahita.

In Busra al-Harir, government troops captured at least 5 battle tanks – one T-72AV, one T-72 and three T-55M, which had been abandoned by retreating militants.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) carried out limited counter-attacks but failed to stop the government advance.

Meanwhile, pro-government sources said that the SAA is developing a new advance in an attempt to capture the siols and the Gharaz prison southeast of the city of Daraa. The goal of the advance is to outflank the militant-held part of Daraa and to cut off it from the village of Elnaymah, which is the main militant stronghold east of the provincial capital.

Jun 27 09:01

Israel to ‘Prolong Bloodshed' in Syria as Media Pushes ‘Sensational' Iran Claims

With two Israeli missile having struck targets near a Syrian airport on Tuesday, Rick Sterling, an investigative journalist and member of the Syria Solidarity Movement, told Sputnik that the likelihood of Israel backing down from its attacks are pretty slim.

As Sputnik previously reported, the Israeli Air Force was attempting a late night attack on an Iranian cargo plane that was unloading at Damascus International Airport. Footage has since emerged allegedly showing the aftermath of the Israeli strike.

The incident follows multiple strikes by Israel in recent months in what it calls "retaliatory" measures against Iran's presence in Syria, which it sees as a threat to its safety. Iran has had a foothold in Syria since the conflict first began in 2011.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran, like Russia, is in Syria with the permission of the Syrian government. The United States is not!

Jun 27 08:33


The apparent ceasefire collapse also occurred as airstrikes reportedly struck Damascus International Airport on Tuesday. While the attack remains unclaimed, it has been widely blamed on Israel, who rarely takes responsibility for strikes against Iranian and pro-Iran targets in neighboring Syria. The U.K.-based, pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Israeli warplanes struck "a shipment of Iranian weapons" that had arrived at the airport, while Russia's state-run Sputnik News highlighted reports claiming an Iranian cargo plane may have been the target.

Jun 27 08:11

DARA’A LATEST: Syrian Arab Army Mercilessly Cuts US-Backed Terrorists

The Syrian Army has been on a rampage in southern Syria against terrorist forces, showing no mercy and liberating huge swathes of territory from the clutches of US-backed jihadists.

The Syrian Army launched its operations against terrorist forces a week ago in the southern Syrian province of Dara’a in a bid to clear a huge chunk of the Syrian-Jordanian border.

The Syrian Army thus far has liberated over 400 square kilometers from terrorist forces, mostly concentrated on the rocky plateau of the Al-Lajat region of eastern Dara’a province. After liberating this region and the villages within it, the elite Tiger Forces of the Syrian Army yesterday began a night assault on Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra positions in the key town of Busra al-Harir.

The liberation of Busra al-Harir now means that the Tiger Forces can now concentrate their attacks on the town of Al-Hirak, one of the most important towns in the eastern Dara’a countryside.

Jun 26 11:29


With the first skirmishes of the Syrian southwestern offensive starting to grow into outright fighting, reports out of the area say that over 50,000 civilians have fled their homes in just the past week. This is overwhelmingly from the areas in the de-escalation zone expected to be major targets in the fighting.

Journalists in the area say that at least 27 civilians were killed. The displaced are scattering in all directions, some going deeper into rebel territory along the border, others heading north out of the likely contested areas.

The de-escalation zone in Daraa was, for quite some time, totally calm, and a lot of the people living in this area were much safer than people in most of the rest of war-torn Syria. That zone is rapidly collapsing, however.

Jun 26 10:35

45,000 have fled fighting in southwest Syria, figure could double - UN

At least 45,000 people have fled fighting in Syria's southwestern Deraa province, heading towards the border with Jordan, the United Nations said Tuesday.

Jens Laerke, spokesman of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that civilians including children had been killed and injured and a hospital had been put out of operation by an air strike.

Bettina Luescher, spokeswoman of the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP), told the ssame briefing: "We expect the number of displaced people could nearly double as violence escalates."

Jun 26 10:13


The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies have reportedly established full control of the district of Lajat in the province of Daraa. According to pro-government sources, militants in the area have mostly surrendered to government troops.

Additionally, the SAA and its allies liberated the village of Mleha al-‘Atsh and captured the center of Busr al-Harir.

If all these reports are confirmed, government forces have liberated about 400km2 since the start of clashes in northeastern Daraa last week.

On June 25, the Russian Defense Ministry released a statement saying that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) had carried out a large attack on government positions in the province. The attack was repelled and 70 militants were killed.

This attack likely was an attempt to sabotage the SAA progress in Lajat.

On June 26, Israel reportedly carried out a new missile strike on Syria targeting the Damascus International Airport.

Jun 26 09:45

Are al-Qaeda Affiliates Fighting Alongside U.S. Rebels in Syria’s South?

At first glance, all appears calm in this southern Syrian city where protests first broke out seven years ago. Residents mill around shops in preparation for the evening Iftar meal when they break their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

But the tension is nonetheless palpable in this now government-controlled city. A few weeks ago, Russian-brokered reconciliation talks in southern Syria fell apart when Western-backed militants rejected a negotiated peace.

Whether there will now be a full-on battle for the south or not, visits last week to Syria’s three southern governorates, Daraa, Quneitra, and Suweida, reveal a startling possibility: al-Qaeda’s Syrian franchise—the Nusra Front—appears to be deeply entrenched alongside these U.S.-backed militants in key, strategic towns and villages scattered throughout the south.

Jun 26 06:35

Russia says OPCW report on military facilities in Syria passed under pressure from US

"We took notice of the report by Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Uzumcu on the implementation of the resolution of the 83rd session of the OPCW Executive Council," the ministry said. "We have repeatedly said that the reports demands to Syria are beyond the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Attempts to obtain unimpeded and unconditional access for OPCW inspector to any (meaning secret) military and civil infrastructure facilities go far beyond the framework of international law," the ministry stressed. "Obviously, such a document was passed under the strongest pressure from the United States and its closest allies.

Jun 25 17:11

Aleppo’s World Cup fever: Restored Syrian city cafes overrun by football fans (VIDEO)

Freed from jihadist shelling and occupation, Aleppo, Syria is now home to more peaceful fanatics: World Cup fans. Footage by RT’s Ruptly shows how Aleppo is humming with life, and its cafes with football drama.

Jun 25 17:07

‘2 Israeli missiles’ strike near Damascus airport – Syrian state media

Two missiles have reportedly landed in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.

Besides pinning the blame on Israel, Syrian state TV provided no further details on the alleged strike that took place on Monday night.

Jun 25 14:59

‘We don’t need the West’: Assad to ban foreign money from Syria reconstruction

Syria will not allow Western investors to step into the rebuilding of war-damaged country as they only come to “take” from foreign economies, Syria’s Bashar Assad told Russian media, adding he will seek friendly aid instead.

The US and its Western allies have been actively engaged in the seven-year long war in Syria, including the illegal stationing of troops in the country and backing anti-government militants such as Free Syrian Army (FSA) and “moderate” Islamist groups. The war has dealt billions in damage to the country, but President Assad is determined to rebuild without a single penny from the “dishonest” West.

“They [the West] won’t be part of reconstruction in Syria, because very simply we won’t allow them to be part of it… we don’t need the West. The West is not honest at all, they don’t give, they only take,” the Syrian leader told Russian NTV channel on Sunday.

Jun 25 14:33

Breaking: Jihadist rebels to surrender entire northeast Daraa region to Syrian Army

The jihadist rebels have agreed to surrender the entire Al-Lajat region of northeast Dara’a to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) after suffering several setbacks this past weekend.

According to a military source in the government stronghold of Izra’a, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) agreed to handover the 20+ towns they controlled in the Al-Lajat region to the Syrian Army.

Jun 25 14:32

US airlifts two ISIS commanders in northeast Syria

The US-led coalition has reportedly airlifted two senior ISIS commanders from a small village in northeast Syria near the Iraqi borders in coordination with its Kurdish allies controlling the area.

According to local sources, two helicopters of the US coalition landed in Twimin village in order to transport two senior commanders from the Islamic State terror group to the US base in Al-Shaddadah town.

Jun 25 09:54

US using chemical weapons as pretext for intervention in Syria: President Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the United States is using the issue of chemical weapons as a pretext to carry out an attack against the Syrian army.

Assad said in an interview with Russian television channel NTV on Sunday that such allegations were being used as an excuse for an intervention.

"The story with chemical weapons is a pretext for a direct military intervention and attacks on the Syrian army," the president said, adding, "We fully eliminated chemical weapons. We haven’t had them in Syria since 2013."

The Syrian government surrendered its stockpile of chemical weapons in 2014 to a joint mission led by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which oversaw the destruction of the weaponry.

Jun 25 09:53

Fresh Clashes Reported between Two US-Backed Militant Groups in Northeastern Syria

The US-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) exchanged fire with the Washington-backed Raqqa Liwa al-Thowar Arab militant group on Sunday.
The SDF militias embarked on laying siege on most bases of Raqqa Liwa al-Thowar in Raqqa city.

After the SDF started capturing a number of Liwa al-Thowar militants, the Arab militant group called on Raqqa residents to assist them to confront the SDF.

In the meantime, Liwa al-Thowar in a later statement took the US-led coalition responsible, and called for immediate reaction by the US forces.

The statement further said that the US plan for arming the Kurdish units was not aimed at driving ISIL from Raqqa but to replace the ISIL with the Kurds, stressing that there is no difference between ISIL and Kurdish militias.

On Monday, a bomb, planted by unknown assailants in the vehicle of the SDF Military Police, went off in Tal Abyadh street in Raqqa city, killing at least five SDF militias.