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Last ISIS stronghold in Syria, Abu Kamal, totally liberated

Iraqi forces reunite with Syrian army along the border as both push ahead successful campaigns against last strongholds of Daesh.

Army units operating in Deir Ezzor achieved a new advance for uprooting ISIS terrorists from the eastern bank of the Euphrates River after entering into al-Boukamal city and engaging in fierce clashes in the neighborhoods of the city.

SANA reporter said that the army units and the allies’ forces stroke ISIS fortifications and entered the city of al-Boukamal, paving the way for completely eradicating ISIS terrorists from the city.

The reporter added that progress towards al-Boukamal city has been achieved after the army units and its allies met with Iraqi forces at the joint border after clearing the area of the collapsed remnants of ISIS terrorists.

According to the reporter, large areas where ISIS spreads are currently encircled as a result of the forces’ meeting, which is extended between the Second Station and al-Baajat in Syria and al-Aakashat t in Iraq.

The reporter added army units and supporting forces tightened noose on ISIS dens in al-Boukamal city totally and began intensive operations to root out their last gatherings in the city, which considers as one of the main strongholds of the terrorist organization in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. sana.sy

U.S. attacked Syria’s main base in fight against terrorists

The United States attacked the Syrian army’s main command center in the fight against terrorists of the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia), Political and Media Adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Bouthaina Shaaban told the Al-Mayadeen TV channel.

According to her, “those who took such step should be put on par with terrorists.” “This is a cowardly strike and Syria will respond to it by taking steps agreed with its allies,” Shaaban said.

Assad’s adviser pointed out that the US attack came after Syrian government forces had achieved an important success on the eastern outskirts of Damascus and in the Hama Governorate, fighting off militants’ attacks. Shaaban slammed some Arab countries and members of the Syrian opposition based abroad, who welcomed the US attack. “Any Syrian, any Arab who welcomes this aggression is a traitor,” she stressed.

On Thursday night, at the direction of US President Donald Trump, the US forces fired 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) on a Syrian military air base located in the Homs Governorate. The attack came as a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Idlib Governorate on April 4. The US authorities believe that the airstrike on Idlib was launched from that air base.

Various reports say that the attack killed nine civilians, including children, besides, four Syrian servicemen were also killed, another four were wounded and two went missing.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, a number of facilities and six aircraft were destroyed, however, the runway and aircraft outside hangars remained intact. The Russian ministry said the US attack’s efficiency was low. tass.com

Syrian Kurds welcome Trump airstrikes

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Israeli regime threatens to destroy Syrian air defenses

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has warned Syria that Israel will destroy its air defense system if Syria fires an anti-aircraft missile at Israeli aircraft again. Speaking on Israel public radio Sunday morning, Liberman said, “The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our airplanes, we will destroy all of them without thinking twice.”

His threat comes after Syria fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli military jets overnight Thursday into Friday.
The Syrian military said the jets struck a military site near Palmyra, while Israel says they targeted a weapons shipment to Iran-backed Hezbollah. Syria claims their missiles downed one Israeli jet and hit another, which Israel rejected as “absolutely untrue.”

“Our central problem, and this above and beyond all of the other issues, is the transfer of advanced weapons from Syria to Lebanon,” Liberman said.”Every time we identify a transfer like this, we will work to prevent the transfer of game-changing weapons. On this issue there will not be any compromise,” the outspoken Defense Minister added. Liberman has not shied away from threatening rhetoric since taking over the Defense Ministry last year.

Rising tensions

Friday’s encounter was the most serious clash between Israel and Syria since the start of the Syrian civil war six years ago. Tension between the two countries de-escalated as the conflict progressed, but the threats have increased between the two countries in recent months., along with Israel’s reported strikes. An airstrike near Palmyra would be one of the deepest inside Syria since the beginning of the fighting. cnn.com

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SAA declares Aleppo under full control, ‘return of security’

The Syrian Army has regained control over all of Aleppo and has returnef “security and stability to the city,” the army’s general command said. The Red Cross has confirmed that a complex operation to evacuate those who “wished” to leave has been completed.

The city has been liberated from “terrorism and terrorists” the statement said, as quoted by Syria’s state SANA news agency.

Aleppo will now mark a turning point in the war against terrorism, the Syrian Army statement said. “It strikes a smashing blow to the forces that backed a terrorism plot against Syria,” the statement added.

“All civilians who wished to be evacuated have been, as well as [the] wounded and fighters,” International Committee of the Red Cross spokeswoman Krista Armstrong said, according to Reuters.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Thursday that the liberation of Aleppo from terrorism is a victory not just for Syria but for all those who are effectively contributing to the fight against terrorism, including Iran and Russia.

“It is also a setback for all the countries that are hostile towards the Syrian people and that have used terrorism as a means [by which] to realize their interests,” he said.

A SANA reporter wrote previously on Thursday that the last stage of evacuating terrorists and their families from eastern Aleppo was underway. rt.com

Kurds attack Syrians; Syria responds; US makes threats

Kurdish fighters seen during clashes with pro-Syrian forces in Hasakah city.

Kurdish forces have driven out thousands of non-Kurdish civilians from areas they have captured from ISIS. An indication that Kurds have no desire to be Syrian. Kurdish actions are not to liberate Syria but to capture territory for Kurds, under the guise of fighting terrorism. US support for Kurds is an effort to carve the country into pieces, desiring weaker sections that are easier to push around, & cut Syrians off from natural resources produced on Syrian territory.

The United States has scrambled warplanes to northeastern Syria amid an escalation of fighting between the Syrian army and Kurdish militants there.

The aircraft were sent to the city of Hasakah after Syrian jets pounded the Kurdish militants’ positions. The army says the militants are affiliated with the US-backed People’s Protection Units or the YPG which are locally known as the Asayish. Syrian officials blame Kurdish forces for the ongoing conflict, saying they’re trying to fully control the city.

Truce between Syrian army, Kurdish forces reached under Russian mediation in Hasakah

Syrian suicide bomber had pledged allegiance to ISIS

A Syrian suicide bomber – nicknamed ‘Rambo’ – who blew himself up outside a German music festival had pledged allegiance to ISIS, had Islamist videos at his home and had enough chemicals to make another bomb, it has emerged.

The 27-year-old, named locally as Mohammad Daleel, injured 12 people outside a packed wine bar in Ansbach, near Nuremberg at 10pm last night after being turned away from an open-air music festival filled with 2,500 people because he didn’t have a ticket.

Instead he walked to a bar in the centre of Ansbach, a town of 40,000 that is also home to a US Army base, and detonated a DIY bomb filled with metal shavings and screws. It was the fourth violent attack on members of the public in Germany in less than a week and authorities have now ordered increased security at airports and train stations.

Police today raided the Syrian’s home in Ansbach as Germany’s Interior Ministry revealed the attacker – dubbed Rambo by friends at his asylum shelter – had been refused asylum and was due to be deported to Bulgaria.

Bavaria’s top security official Joachim Herrmann said a video has been found on the bomber’s phone showing him pledging allegiance to ISIS. Petrol, chemicals and other materials that could be used to make a bomb were also discovered. Police say he had six Facebook accounts, including one under a false identity.


“Syrian” refugee kills woman with machete in Germany

An attacker has allegedly killed one woman and injured two people in the city of Reutlingen in southwest Germany, according to local police. Officials confirmed the man was arrested after a citizen hit him with a car.

The machete-wielding attacker sparked panic after killing a woman near a Turkish fast-food kiosk in downtown Reutlingen, German mass-circulation newspaper “Bild” reported Sunday.

Two more people, a man and a woman, were reportedly wounded in the attack.

A car driver spotted the attacker running away from the scene and hit him with his vehicle, allowing the police to grab hold of the suspect and make an arrest, according to a police spokesman cited by the DPA news agency.

Police stated that the suspect is a 21-year-old male refugee from Syria who is known to authorities for previous acts of violence.

Reporter and photographer Sascha Baumann tweeted that the victim’s body was found on a side street. dw.com

Syria: ‘Islamic State’ loses al-Qaryatain to government forces

Syrian forces and their allies have retaken the central town of al-Qaryatain from so-called Islamic State (IS), dealing a further strategic blow to the militant group, state media say. It comes days after IS was pushed out of the nearby ancient city of Palmyra. IS captured al-Qaryatain in August, and abducted hundreds of residents, including dozens of Christians. Many were later freed. A monitoring group said there were still pockets of fighting in the town. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday there were still IS fighters in the eastern parts of the town, but that they were withdrawing. If the government reasserts its control over al-Qaryatain, it would be a further boost for President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces – backed by Russian air strikes – have made a string of gains against rebels in recent months. bbc.co.uk

Palmyra victory proves SAA capable of eradicating terrorism

The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces confirmed Sunday that Palmyra city and the mountains and hills overlooking it have now been under the army’s full control.

Security and stability were restored to Palmyra following a series of “precise and effective” military operations that were carried out by the army units with the help of the popular defense groups, being backed by the Syrian and Russian Air Forces, the Army Command said in a statement.

ISIS terrorist organization “has been dealt quite a severe blow” with Palmyra getting in the army’s hands, said the Army Command, adding that this achievement has the effect of hitting hard ISIS terrorists’ morale and pressing the start button of the organization’s collapse and defeat.

This achievement proves that “our brave army, aided by the friends, is the only effective force capable of fighting terrorism and eradicating it,” the statement said.

The Army Command clarified that the importance of today’s achievement stems from the significant strategic location of Palmyra city being a major link connecting the central, southern, eastern and northern areas, and from the historical and tourist status of the city as it stands witness to one of the most ancient human civilizations ever. sana.sy

‘For ISIS to survive, it needs support from allies: Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the US’

Syrian army tightening noose on militants in Aleppo city

Syrian army has entered Nubl and Zahra after breaking a three-year militant siege of the two Shia towns in the country’s north. Crowds of people gathered on the streets of Nubl and Zahra in Aleppo province to welcome Syrian soldiers and celebrate the liberation of their towns. Syrian army says it’s in complete control of Nubl and Zahra and has cut militant supply lines into the nearby Aleppo city. Aleppo is Syria’s second largest city. It’s been divided between the government and the foreign-backed militants since 2012. The city is the next target the army is planning to fully retake. Reports say the Syrian soldiers have surrounded the militants holed up in Aleppo from several directions and will soon enter the city.

Mass celebration in Nubbul and al-Zahra towns, Aleppo province

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