"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)



Thursday, October 05, 2017

Army retakes more villages in Homs, advance towards al-Mayadeen city in Deir Ezzor- SANA

Provinces, SANA- A military source announced restoring control over the villages of Tal Shehab and al-Laj in the eastern countryside of Homs after eliminating the last gatherings of ISIS in them.
The source told SANA that army units carried out on Thursday morning a military operation against ISIS gatherings in the villages of Tal Shehab and al-Laj to the east of Jebb al-Jarrah in eastern Homs.
As a result of the operation, the army re-established control over the villages completely after killing 20 terrorists, injuring 13 others and destroying their equipment.
Later, units of army regained control over the villages of al-Wadiha, Salam Sharqi and Um Twinah near Jub al-Jarah in Homs eastern countryside.
Army units continued their advance to eliminate ISIS terrorists from southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor and became at distance of 5 km from outskirts of al-Mayadeen city.
SANA reporter said that the army units carried out, during the past few hours, intensive operations against the hideouts and gatherings of ISIS terrorists on Deir Ezzor-al-Mayadeen road and its surroundings, inflicting heavy losses upon them in personnel and weaponry.
He added that the army’s intensive artillery strikes on ISIS positions in al-Mayadeen destroyed a weapon’s warehouse, a communication center and several machineguns-equipped vehicles.

Monday, October 02, 2017

People killed in terrorist attack on Police Department in Damascus- SANA

Damascus, SANA – A terrorist group attacked al-Midan Police Department in Damascus city on Monday, leaving a number of persons dead.
In a statement to reporters while inspecting the attack site, Interior Minister Lt. Gen. Mohammad al-Shaar said two terrorists attacked the guard members at al-Midan Police Department with a number of bombs, causing the death of a number of personnel. After that, one of the terrorists blew himself up with an explosive belt right in front of the main gate of the department.
The Minister added that the other terrorist, also wearing an explosive belt, infiltrated the first floor, where police personnel clashed with him and managed to kill him, causing the explosion of the belt.

Coordinated bombing strikes Syria's Damascus- Al-Jazeera

Terrorist explosion' in al-Midan area kills more than 10 people, including civilians and police, in continued violence.

More than 10 people have been killed in an apparently coordinated bombing in Syria's capital Damascus, according to several sources.
A car bomb went off near a police station in Damascus's al-Midan neighbourhood on Monday, shortly before two suicide bombers detonated their explosive belts, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.
The 11 dead included police officers and civilians, the SOHR said, adding that the attack also caused injuries.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Syrian state TV blamed two suicide bombers for a "terrorist explosion" in al-Midan area while the pro-Syrian Al Mayadeen TV channel said four fighters carried out the attack, killing more than 10 people.

Saudi King Salman to Visit Russia on Thursday, Kremlin Says- Naharnet

King Salman of Saudi Arabia will visit Russia on Thursday, senior Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov was quoted by the TASS news agency as saying.
"We are awaiting the king's visit on Thursday," Ushakov said Monday, without elaborating.
The visit comes a month before members of the OPEC oil cartel, of which Saudi Arabia is the biggest producer, are due to meet with the other nations that have joined them in cutting crude output, including Russia, to discuss extending the pact that has helped prop up prices.
OPEC and its allies agreed from the beginning of 2017 to cut their production by around 1.8 million barrels per day for six months. It was subsequently extended through March 2018. 

President al-Assad: Syrian Army’s victories paved the way to restarting economic activity and beginning reconstruction- SANA

Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad on Monday received a Russian delegation including senior economic officials and representatives of major companies from Russia, headed by Deputy Energy Minister Kirill Molodtsov.
Talks during the meeting touched on the strategic relation between Syria and Russia and the need to bolster it by developing economic and trade cooperation and expanding joint investments, particularly in the fields of petroleum, gas, phosphates, transport, pharmaceuticals, and water resources.
The two sides also stressed the need to speed up the process of rebuilding what terrorism had destroyed in Syria.
President al-Assad said that the achievements realized by the Syrian Arab Army with the support of friendly countries, mainly Russia, and the resulting return of security and stability to many areas in Syria has paved the way to restarting economic activity and beginning the reconstruction process.
His Excellency noted that it’s natural for the countries that supported the Syrian people in their war against terrorism to take part in rebuilding Syria.
For his part, Molodtsov said that participating in rebuilding Syria is one of the priorities of many Russian companies, underlining the need to benefit from the huge opportunities in this field to serve the interests of the countries and their peoples.

IŞİD Saldırılarını Çökerten Ordu Birliklerimiz Zırhlı Araçlarını da İmha Etti- SANA

İLLER – Ordu birliklerimiz muhtelif bölgelerde radikal terör örgütü IŞİD’in askeri mevkilere ve sivil bölgelere kalabalık sayılarla saldırı girişimlerini çökertirlerken, aralarında saha komutanlarının bulunduğu yüksek sayıda teröristle birlikte bombalı araçlarını, ağır makineli silahla donatılmış araçlarını ve zırhlı araçlarını da imha etti.

Homs İlinin doğusunda askeri bir kaynak askeri gözetleme araçlarının Badiye Bölgesinin derinliklerinde Üçüncü İstasyon ekseninden Suhne Kenti yönünde hareket eden IŞİD’li bir araç konvoyunu tespit ettiklerini belirtti.
Kaynak hava güçlerimiz ve topçu birliklerimizin desteği ile IŞİD konvoyuna yapılan operasyonda ağır silahlarla donatılmış en az 7 aracın imha edildiğini, aralarında saha komutanlarının bulunduğu yüksek sayıda teröristin de yok edildiğini aktardı.
IŞİD’in son birkaç gün içinde Suhne Kentini yeniden ele geçirmek için bir dizi büyük saldırıda bulunduğuna dikkat çeken askeri kaynak, tüm bu saldırıların ordu birliklerimiz tarafından başarıyla çökertilerek radikal çetelerin oldukça büyük kayıplara uğratıldıklarını ifade etti.
Deyrezzor’da ise askeri bir kaynak hava güçlerimizin il kırsalının doğusu Almuhasan ve el Meyadin kentlerinin yanı sıra Aşağı Bukras ve Tayyıbat el Şamiye beldelerinde IŞİD mevkilerine karşı yoğun operasyonlarda bulunduklarını belirtti.
Kaynak hava güçlerimizin aynı zamanda Deyrezzor Kentinin 85 km batısında yer alan Fayda Bin Muying Beldesinde IŞİD mevkilerini muhtevalarıyla imha ettiklerini ifade etti.
Hava operasyonlarında yüksek sayıda teröristin öldürüldüğüne dikkat çeken kaynak, muhtelif tür araçlar, top rampaları, karargah, cephane depoları ve siperlerin yok edildiğini sözlerine ekledi.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Syrian Army Expands Control Along Borders With Jordan- Muraselon

Military sources said, on Saturday  , that the Syrian troops – backed by allied forces – have managed to drive out the US-backed rebels from 9 new bordering outposts , 177 till 185 , in the far eastern Damascus countryside.
The advance comes as part of a wider push waged by the Syrian government forces to secure the stretching desert land along the borders with Jordan.
The recently-recaptured bordering outposts are located to the south of al-Tanf, where the US-led coalition have set up a garrison to train its proxies in Syria .

3,000 Killed in Syria in September, Deadliest Month of 2017- Naharnet

Syria's war killed at least 3,000 people including 955 civilians in September, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Sunday, in the deadliest month of the conflict this year.
"More than 70 percent of the civilians were killed in regime and Russian air strikes, or in air raids of the international coalition" fighting the Islamic State group, the Britain-based monitor's head Rami Abdel Rahman said.
Backed by Russian air strikes, the forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are pressing a battle to retake IS-controlled areas in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.

Jumblat Stresses Importance of 'Compromise', Wishes Better Days for Syrians- Naharnet

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Sunday stressed the importance of "compromises" in Lebanon as he wished better days for the Syrian people.
At a PSP ceremony in Baakline, Jumblat called on new PSP cadres to “achieve Kamal Jumblat's dreams and our dreams in equality, justice, Arabism, the liberation of the South from Israeli occupation and the establishment of a state-to-state relation with Syria when the circumstances there change.”
Jumblat also wished “freedom, stability, pluralism and dignity” for the Syrian people.

Senior U.S. General Says Army Must be 'Sole Defender of Lebanon'- Naharnet

Deputy Commander of United States Central Command Lieutenant General Charles Brown has stressed that the army should be “the sole defender of Lebanon" during a visit to Lebanon this week, the U.S. Embassy said.
During his visit, Brown met with President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Defense Minister Yaacoub al-Sarraf and Army Commander General Joseph Aoun to "reaffirm the U.S. government’s commitment to the Lebanese-American partnership and support the Lebanese Armed Forces in their capacity as the sole defender of Lebanon," the Embassy said in a statement.

Syria's war has deadliest month this year - monitor group- BBC News

September has been the deadliest month in Syria's civil war so far this year, a monitoring group has said.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said more than 3,300 people had died in September, including 995 civilians.
Of those civilian deaths, it said about 70% were caused by Russian, Syrian government, or coalition air strikes.
The group bases its casualty reports on information provided by a network of activists in Syria.
It counted 207 children among the civilian dead, along with some 790 pro-government fighters, more than 700 from so-called Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda affiliates, and some 550 rebels.
The SOHR says it is a non-political and independent monitoring group, though it does not publish its methodology or verification process.
Many of the deaths have occurred during the fighting between the country's multiple factions and IS. But air strikes in Syria have continued as the jihadist group has lost most of its territory in the country.

Large-scale military operation against ISIS terrorists is continued across Syria- SANA

Provinces,  SANA- The wide-scale military operation against ISIS and other terrorist organizations’ hideouts and gatherings is continued across the Syrian provinces.
In Deir Ezzor, according to a military source, the Syrian Air Force on Sunday carried out intensive airstrikes against positions of ISIS terrorists  in the villages of al-Boulil and al-Muhassan city in the eastern countryside.
The source said that scores of terrorists were killed in the airstrikes and one of their armored vehicles was destroyed, in addition to destroying a number of their machinegun-equipped cars and varied types of machineguns, positions, fortifications and mortar launchers.
SANA reporter said that army units engaged in heavy clashes with ISIS terrorists on the axes of Khsham/Hatla Fouqani and al-Bo Omar in the northeastern and eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.
As a result of the clashes, a number of ISIS terrorists were killed or injured, in addition to the destruction of their weapons.
The reporter pointed out that the army’s air force and artillery directed strikes on ISIS sites and movements in the villages of Khsham, al-Jneina, al-Husseiniya and Huweijet Saqr and the neighborhoods of al-Huweiqa, al-Jbeila, al-Sheikh Yassin and Kanamat, destroying command centers, fortifications, sites and 3 vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Syrian Forces Supported By Russian Aerospace Forces Encircle And Destroy 1,500 ISIS Members Entered From Iraq- South Front

Syrian government forces supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces have finished an operation to encircle and destroy over 1,500 ISIS members that have entered Syria’s Deir Ezzor province from Iraq, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Saturday.

Konashenkov added that ISIS and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) “have suffered biggest losses in recent months.”

According to a text statement of the defense ministry, between September 19 and 29 Russian airstrikes killed 2,359 militants, including 16 field commanders, and injured about 2,700 others. The airstrikes also destroyed 67 outposts, 51 ammunition depots, 27 battle tanks, 21 rocket launchers and nearly 200 specialized vehicles belonging to terrorists.

Russia’s operation in Syria two years on -victory over terrorism is near- TASS

MOSCOW, September 30. /TASS/. Two years ago today Russia declared it was beginning an anti-terrorist operation in Syria and its aerospace group dealt the first strikes against facilities and forces of the terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State (outlawed in Russia). Two years on the operation is entering the final phase. That victory over the terrorist forces is near is well-seen in the latest statistics available: Syria’s government army enjoying Russian air support has regained control of 85% of the country’s territory

Russia’s efforts played a tangible role in achieving a situation where fragmented and conflicting groups of the armed opposition presented a common front in the struggle against terrorists. Over the past year Aleppo has been cleared of terrorists and control regained of Palmyra. Akerbat - the militants’ major command center - has been stormed, which allowed for launching an offensive towards Deir ez-Zor. By now the three-year-long siege of that city has been terminated and the Syrian military are conducting security sweeps in its residential areas and suburbs.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Aleppo recovers but not as regime claims- Zaman al-Wasl

Rubble still covers the area, abandoned buildings with no doors or windows. This is how Aleppo's industrial zone of al-Lyramon looks like after regime recaptured it more than a year ago.

Regime media makes it look otherwise. The news transmitted by regime media of al-Layramon industrial zone which specializes in manufacture of textiles and food shows its economic recovery following 7 years of war. 

As the media of the regime used to exaggerate their approach, the number of factories that started operating in al-Layramon area doubled from one embroidery factory (Samir Asheji) - according to confirmed sources - from about a thousand former establishments to five factories. However, SANA State agency reported a possible return of about 60 facilities to work and production in the near future.

“About 5,000 facilities restarted operations, "thanks to the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army" and to the Governor of Aleppo, Hussein Diab,” SANA reported.

Army repels ferocious ISIS attack on Deir Ezzor-Palmyra highway- SANA

Deir Ezzor, SANA – Army units repelled a large-scale ISIS attack on the international Deir-Ezzor-Palmyra highway in the Syrian Badia.
According to SANA reporter, groups of ISIS terrorists launched over the past hours a fierce assault against points of the army units protecting the international highway in al-Shoula and Kabajib area.
Covered by military warplanes and helicopters, the army units and the allied and supporting forces confronted the attack, leaving deaths and losses in the terrorists’ ranks, the reporter said, adding that the army units are now working on clearing the area of the fleeing ISIS terrorists to fully secure the highway.
In the meantime, fierce clashes erupted between the army units, backed by the Air Force, and ISIS terrorists in Huweijet Saqr and on the axis of Khsham and Hatla Fouqani, while the army’s Artillery targeted movements and hideouts of ISIS in Hatla and the neighborhoods of al-Rushdiyeh, al-Huweiqeh, al-Ardi, Knamat and Khsarat.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Syrian-Jordanian Meetings to Reopen Nasib Border Crossing- Sharq al-Awsat

Jordanian-Syrian meetings have been taking place over the last few days to discuss the subject of reopening the Nasib Border Crossing, said sources in Jordan.

Consultations are being held away from media spectacles-- results and arrangements will be made clearer next October, sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The Nasib Border Crossing is an international border crossing between Syria and Jordan. It is one of the busiest border crossings in Syria and is situated on the Damascus-Amman international highway.

Sources pointed out that reopening the crossing is a move representing common interest for both Jordanian and Syrian parties and that its resumption is clearly linked to border security implications.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In Lebanon, "it's the Syrians' fault"- Al-Jumhuriya

“It’s the Italians’ fault,” goes the common Lebanese expression, used to justify failure to resolve a certain challenge or, more often, to ridicule officials similarly passing on the buck for their own shortcomings. It refers to the Battle of Beirut in 1912, when the Italian navy bombarded Ottoman forces, wreaking havoc and destruction on parts of the Lebanese capital. Yet the chaos created by the cannons of the Giuseppe Garibaldi and Francesco Ferruccio were as nothing compared to the manner in which the Lebanese dealt with most future disasters over the ensuing years, most recently the Syrian refugee crisis.
Now well into its sixth year, the Syrian refugee crisis remains inadequately addressed by the Lebanese government, whose various lukewarm responsive measures have been inversely proportional to its extremely vocal demands to magically be rid of one million registered refugees. Every year, the Lebanese establishment uses the pulpit of the UN General Assembly to further pursue this policy, which while projecting a façade of empathy and kindness is ultimately laced with hatred and xenophobia against everything non-Lebanese, whatever that may mean.
Last week, Lebanese President Michel Aoun addressed a room full of world leaders at the UN, most of whom could play a positive role in assisting in Lebanon’s refugee predicament, either by offering much needed additional funds, or potentially by agreeing to host some of the refugees. Aoun, however, had other plans in mind. His insipid speech purposely lacked concrete proposals and avoided practical solutions, demanding instead the immediate return of the refugees to Syria. According to Aoun—an ally of both Iran and the Assad regime—given that 85% of Syria has allegedly now returned to the fold of “the state,” it is completely safe for all Syrian refugees to return at once.

Üniversite Kanununda Yeni Düzenlemeler Yapıldı- SANA

ŞAM – Cumhurbaşkanı Beşşar el Esad üniversiteler kanunun iki maddesinin yeniden düzenlenmesini öngören 2017/282 sayılı yasama kararını onayladı.
Üniversiteler kanunun 117. ve 171. maddelerinin yeniden düzenlenmesini öngören yeni yasama kararı, üniversiteler arası ve benzer bölümler arasında geçişi kolaylaştırıyor.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Four injured in mortar attacks by armed groups in Damascus- SANA

Damascus, SANA – Four persons were injured as mortar shells fired by armed groups on al-Mleiha road and Bab Sharqi area in Damascus, in a new violation of de-escalation zone agreement in Eastern Ghouta.
A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta on Saturday afternoon targeted with two mortar shells al-Mleiha road and Bab Sharqi area in Damascus, injuring four persons, in addition to causing material damage.