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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Syrian Army Annihilates ISIS in Homs, Reopens All Roads Between Palmyra And Damascus


On Thursday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed thousands of soldiers and hundreds of military vehicles in a massive joint push that ultimately linked up government forces on the Palmyra front with those on the provincial border between Homs and Rif Dimashq. With all roads linking Damascus and Palmyra now under government control for the first time since 2014, the SAA was able to reopen the M90, M53, and M45 motorways today. The rapid coordinated offensive against ISIS represents the single largest advance by any faction in Syria in 2017. Effectively, ISIS had to withdraw entirely from central Homs, conceding control of some 3,000 square kilometres in 48 hours. The SAA advance reduced the area under ISIS control significantly. Amongst the sites liberated today were the Abu Dali mountains, Manqourah, Thunyat Wadha, al-Anebah triangle, Khan al-Anebah, Ulaniyah town, Bardah town, the entire al-Sawwanah area, Manqourah Quarries, the Zaqaqiyat Khalil mountains, and the key junction town of al-Busyrah. In addition, Syrian government forces cut off non-hostile opposition forces in the East Qalamoun pocket for good, ending their dreams of meeting up with US-backed rebels based near the desert. The SAA also released footage of its forces advancing through the desert, deploying infantry, tanks, artillery, and overwhelming airpower to drive back the ISIS insurgents.

Click here for a fully-interactive map of the region, depicting recent advances

25 May 2017

Chris Tomson

AMN al-Masdar News


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Five REAL Stories Hidden From View by “Russiagate”

You can believe this bullshit or you can believe the truth… it’s up to you. By the way… over the years, Soviet and Russian diplomats and journalists showed great courtesy and consideration to Ms Waters… this is how she repays friendship. This is how all Anglo Americans and their allies act. Never turn your back on an American… they’re false to the core and only care for their own advancement. You’ll regret doing otherwise…


The mainstream media ignored key developments whilst peddling nonsense about Russia. With increasingly illogical, contradictory, and downright insane Russiagate stories dominating the headlines, here are some important stories you may have missed.

Saudi Arabia’s War on Yemen

Saudi Arabia confirmed that missiles fired from the Houthi-backed Yemeni government hit near the Saudi capital of Riyadh. The strike came as Donald Trump visited the Wahhabi Kingdom on a trip that includes a visit to Israel. According to so-called Saudi activist Jassem bin Mohammed:

A huge explosion shook (the) Riyadh area before Trump’s visit amidst panic, fear, and rumours that this was a Yemeni ballistic missile, and it comes right before the arrival of the American guest (Trump), and this is the message they wanted to deliver to us.

With American and British assistance, Saudi Arabia bombs Yemen in a war that caused massive civilian casualties, infrastructural collapse in Yemen, and mass starvation from a man-made famine. Reports also surfaced that cholera broke out in the besieged state.

America Attacks Syria Again 

The USA confirmed an air-to-ground attack on a convoy in southern Syria. The strike near a small US-coalition base in at-Tanf targeted a convoy that Syria said comprised soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defence Forces (NDF), Hizbullah, and the Imam Al-‘Ali Battalion. The USA continues to quote jihadist rhetoric by claiming that the troops were Iranian when in fact they included Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, and possibly an unconfirmed contingent of Iranian irregulars. Russia condemned the attack whilst Syria referred to it as government terrorism.

One Belt–One Road

A historic conference between heads of state and government in Beijing dominated the early part of the week, where countries as diverse as China, Russia, Turkey, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Pakistan (to name a few) participated in a forum where leaders expressed their commitment to one of the largest logistics, trade, and commerce projects in modern history. The Chinese-spearheaded initiative seeks to create modern land and sea trade corridors linking East Asia to Africa and Eurasia to Europe. This groundbreaking project could shift the balance of world economic power, but the western mainstream media totally ignored it.

US Military Leaders Softening Tone On Russia 

As Russiagate dominates the domestic media circus, US Defence Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine General Joseph Dunford said that the USA is eager to engage in a process they call “deconflict”.  According to General Dunford, both Russia and America are keen on minimising any conflict between the two sides in order to focus on fighting ISIS around Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor.

Saudi Weapons Deal 

The United States is about to finalise the sale of military hardware to Saudi Arabia in a deal said to be worth 110 Billion USD (6.25 billion Roubles. 757.12 billion Renminbi. 7.1 trillion INR. 148.67 billion CAD. 147.32 billion AUD. 98.2 billion Euros. 84.53 billion UK Pounds). Reports say that Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner personally intervened to seal the deal. Far from breaking with the time-tested US tradition of selling the Saudis expensive weapons systems that their poorly-trained army can barely operate, the Trump administration is keen to use the deal as a symbolic expression of US commitment to the Gulf states’ continued aggressive posturing towards Iran. Of course, this came on the eve of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia.

20 May 2017

Adam Garrie

The Duran


Syrian Army Calls US Bluff: Advance Towards Iraq Border Continues


The USA is desperate to create a pretext for direct military intervention in Syria… but Syrian forces and their allies won’t take the bait. The US military presence in Syria is plainly illegal under international law, and arguably even unconstitutional. There are loopholes that allow for limited US military operations without a formal declaration of war, but the president can’t initiate a war without congressional approval. However, the attack on pro-government forces in southeast Syria on Thursday was just that… an act of war. The USA didn’t intend to deter the Syrian Arab Army from advancing; it knows that its proxy forces and mercenaries are unable to halt the Syrian forces and its allies as they push towards the border. In order to prevent Syria from reclaiming its own territory and securing its border, the USA would need to launch a direct military intervention. Of course, Washington would need a pretext for doing so. Do you see where this is going?

Thursday’s attack was a provocation… nothing more. Washington is eager to manufacture a pretext to increase its presence in Syria further. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the Syrian command and its allies are playing their cards in a calm and calculated way. A military response to Thursday’s attack would’ve been exactly what Washington wanted and needed. It’s hard to say what will come next, but a formation of Syrian troops is approximately 15 kilometres from al-Tanaf, keeping in mind that Thursday’s strike took place about 20 kilometres away; in other words, the provocation failed to deter the SAA and its allies from advancing. Not every loud statement is a true statement, but almost every silent move is a valid one. More will clarify in the coming days; Foreign Minister S V Lavrov made it clear that the US strike against the Syrian Arab Army was a “violation of Syria’s sovereignty”. That may sound like a wimpy response… but don’t be so sure. Lavrov’s statement is a reflection of Russian military policy. A Russian Su-30 was spotted over As-Suwayda Governorate; most likely, it was covering the Syrian troops advancing towards al-Tanaf from any foolish hostility.

21 May 2017

Walel al-Hussaini

Russian Insider


Jihadist Attempt to Advance into Western as-Suwayda Governorate Ends in Complete Failure


On Saturday, jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a surprise attack along the as-SuwaydaDara’a axis, targeting Syrian Arab Army (SAA) defences near the historical town of Busra al-Sham. The rebels attempted to advance into the southwestern countryside of as-Suwayda last night; however, the SAA 5 Armoured Division and pro-government National Defence Forces (NDF) overwhelmed them. According to a military source in as-Suwayda, the jihadist rebels suffered heavy casualties during their ill-fated assault; this would prompt them to abandon their offensive operations to avoid more losses. Probably, the jihadist rebels launched this attack to ease the pressure on their allies losing ground in the eastern part of the province.

21 May 2017

Leith Fadel

AMN al-Masdar News


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