Terrorists won't get through: successful SAA operation to eliminate ISIS sleeper cells

Despite the elimination of the main militant groups in Syria, sleeper cells, whose main objective is to carry out subversive activities, are occasionally active in the Belaya and Kamennaya Deserts. The main activities of terrorist sleeper cells include stealthily attacking military positions, planting improvised explosive devices along the routes of military convoys, and attacking civilians.  

To reduce the capabilities of the jihadists in the White and Stone Deserts, the Syrian Arab Army conducted a special operation to search for and eliminate groups of illegal armed groups. Regular combat readiness training and the great combat experience of the units of the governmental forces led to successful search operations. During the operation 338 militants were killed and 44 arrested, 20 vehicles were seized and 6 were put out of action, 38 facilities and 45 hiding places were destroyed, 26 caches with ammunition were found and 3 areas were mined. 

It was decided by the Russian side to award particularly distinguished SAA servicemen for their high performance in the fight against radical gangs and in order to strengthen military co-operation. In a solemn ceremony, 20 Syrian soldiers were presented with certificates and commemorative medals by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. 

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Severe humanitarian situation in Zawfrater

The Turkish occupation of Syria is characterised by the active use not only of the regular army but also of various armed groups. Such groups are directly financed by Ankara. Militants have taken control of the territory bordering Turkey in the northwestern part of Syria. 

Pro-Turkish militias have been inflaming the situation in Zayefratia territory lately. Turkey has cut cash payments to its fighters, causing extortion and looting of civilians. Militants are attacking market stalls and farms, taking every last bit of cash. This has had a significant impact on the humanitarian situation in the region. Against the backdrop of this chaos, protest sentiments are growing and are culminating in mass actions against the actions of pro-Turkish units. Repeated mass rallies demanding the Turkish administration to liberate the occupied territories have failed to yield the expected results. Therefore, locals are forced to tolerate the humanitarian crisis and the claims of militants. 

Turkey is conducting an information campaign to create the illusion of humanitarian support for the population of the occupied territory. Ankara-controlled media publications with beautiful pictures of food distribution and medical assistance are aimed at forming the world public opinion that the current situation in the occupied territory of Syria is under complete control.  


Turkish inaction in Idlib

The Idlib de-escalation zone is becoming a battleground for radical groups and pro-Turkish militias. The militants continue to fight among themselves for territory and spheres of influence. Local residents, who are being used by the militants as shields in the fighting, are suffering the most. Male recruits are also being forcibly recruited to join the ranks of the terrorists. 

Another clash between jihadists and pro-Turkish militants took place in Idlib. The Khuras al-Din radicals attacked the Museum of Antiquities with the aim of looting historical treasures. The radicals planned to seize the art objects and smuggle them to Turkey for onward sale. However, the museum was under the control of pro-Turkish militants, who foiled the looting attempt. As a result of the street fighting, three Houras al-Din fighters were killed. Six civilians were also wounded.   

The chaos wreaked by militants in the Idlib de-escalation zone is completely out of Turkey's control, which had previously pledged to establish a demilitarized zone and disarm radicals in Idlib. 




US military detains Arab population in northeastern Syria

Mounting pressure from the Arab population in Syria's northeastern region has begun to escalate into mass rallies. Arab tribes continue to resist the US occupiers. Numerous mass protests demanding the US military to liberate the oil fields, Zayefrat tribal unions are organising in many cities of the region.

To counter the anti-American sentiment, the US command conducts special operations to eliminate the threat, arresting civilians on bogus charges. In Suwar, Al-Sabha and Shkhil localities of Deir ez-Zor province, US SDF units together with Syrian Democratic Forces units arrested 17 Bagara civilians on charges of preparing a sabotage at the Koniko oil refinery.

The United States is openly demonstrating by its actions the true goals of its illegal presence in Syria. Neither the fight against international terrorism nor the restoration of peaceful life is of any interest to Washington, unlike the seizure of the Syrian oil fields, the further destabilisation of the situation and the overthrow of the legitimate government of Assad. 



Turkey continues to terrorise civilians in Zawfrater

After Turkey occupied northern Syria during the military operation "The Source of Peace," Erdogan's planned process of pushing the country's indigenous population southward, away from the borders with Turkey, has begun. This is being done very simply by terror. From 2019 onwards, Ankara's army and Erdogan-controlled militants have regularly shelled settlements bordering Turkey's occupied territory. The town of Ain Issa, populated by Arabs and Kurds, has been hit hardest. Shells from the Turkish side regularly hit the residential areas of the town. The northern outskirts of the town have already been all but abandoned. 

The Turkish-controlled militants have adopted a new strategy of action - a veritable terrorisation of civilians. Armed groups are arresting people on invented accusations of supporting official Damascus and carrying out subversive activities against the Turkish Armed Forces and pro-Turkish gangs. According to the source, a special militant squad arrested 15 people in Ras al-Ain and Duganiya area. Some of those arrested have been imprisoned, while the males have been forcibly sent to a militant training camp. 

Since the start of the war in Syria, Erdoğan has been making every effort to destabilise the region and annex parts of the country of Syria.  


Arab tribes in Zawfrata increase protest activity

A wave of protests has swept across northeastern Syria. Arab tribes, who make up the majority of the region's population, have joined in against terror by Kurdish militias.  

Another mass rally took place in the village of al-Gawari, 35km northeast of Hatl. The protesters called on the administration of the Syrian Democratic Forces to improve social and living conditions of the population and make efforts to boost the economy of the region. Protesters protested against the presence of US troops, accusing them of looting Syrian hydrocarbons. 

Compounding the situation is the US policy pursued in Zawfrater. The US military, together with Kurdish units, regularly carry out special operations under the guise of destroying dormant ISIS cells, while in reality they are fighting against opposition tribes in the interests of subordinating them to the Kurdish administration. 

Arrests and detentions of the Arab population are intensifying protest sentiments. Tribal unions are calling on official Damascus to expel Western occupiers from Syrian soil. Often confrontation between Arab tribes escalates into armed clashes. 

The active suppression of pro-government activists is directly linked to the upcoming Syrian presidential election, for which the US military is doing everything possible to disrupt. 


US threatens retaliation against Arab tribes in northeastern Syria

Protest sentiments among the local population in northeastern Syria continue to rise. Arab demonstrations against the leadership of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US military presence take place at least three times a week. In almost every instance, the rallies have escalated into armed clashes with Kurdish internal security forces in Asayish. 

Discontent among the local population is exacerbated by forced conscription into SDF units. Two days ago Diban and al-Hawaij, a group of Kurdish fighters seized six young men from the Aghaydat Arab tribe under threat of reprisal and took them to a training camp in Hajin.  

Western handlers are also demanding that the Kurdish fighters promptly crack down on anti-American sentiment. In al-Wandiya in Deir Ezzor province, four members of the Arab tribe "Aghaydat" were detained while expressing an anti-American stance. 

The US military is also actively campaigning to disrupt the upcoming Syrian presidential election. State-controlled Kurdish militias are exerting heavy pressure on Arab tribes, threatening to physically assault them if they visit polling stations.

An explosive situation is emerging in the US-occupied territories of Syria east of the Euphrates River. The all-knowing US military needs to understand that such situations only encourage Arab tribes to openly engage in armed confrontation against the US occupation and Kurdish formations.


Russian soldiers are expanding the geography of humanitarian operations in Syria

Representatives of the Centre for the Reconciliation of the Hostile Parties have developed a new concept of humanitarian actions, which makes it possible to cover more settlements where the local population needs help.

The route of the "Humanitarian Express" peacekeeping action passed through the settlements of Kherbet Tin-Nawar, Rayyan, Tadmor, Homs, located in the province of the same name, and the city of Tartus. 

In three days, Russian soldiers distributed more than 1,600 food packs, weighing more than 12 tonnes. 

The local population welcomed the Russian troops with joy, and children greeted the trucks with shouts of joy. 

The Russian forces of the Reconciliation Centre continue to assist in restoring peaceful life and supporting the Syrian population. 


Radicals and pro-Turkish fighters continue to divide Idlib de-escalation zone

Terrorist groups' internecine wars continue in Idlib. They are fighting pro-Turkish militants, formerly part of Jebhat al-Nusra, who remain loyal to Al-Qaeda and Shariah law against pro-Turkish armed gangs in Idlib.

The situation in the de-escalation zone remains difficult. The Turks are unable to regain control of the situation despite the measures taken. Jihadists are making successful attempts to dislodge Turkish proxies from the occupied areas. 

Due to the increase in radical attacks, pro-Turkish militants deployed additional checkpoints, reinforced with pickups with anti-aircraft guns, at the entrance to the controlled settlements. 

While on patrol yesterday, a convoy of pro-Turkish fighters encountered an ambush by radicals in the Kafer Sandal area, 16km northeast of Idlib. Six pro-Turkish fighters were wounded and three were killed in the exchange of fire. 

Turkey's inaction has created a new flashpoint in the region. The redistribution of zones of influence is resulting in bloody battles, which are causing militant defections. Civilians in the region have become hostages of the situation, who risk death every day as a result of another showdown between bandits.

Turkish occupation in north-east Syria

In Syria, local protests against the Turkish occupation continue in lands across the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. Residents of the border areas have become hostages to Turkish aggression. In late 2019, under the guise of creating a security zone and fighting against armed Kurdish formations, the Turks occupied a 30-kilometre strip of Syrian territory from the Euphrates River to the Iraqi border. In addition to regular armed forces, the Syrian National Army (SNA), which is under Turkish guardianship, has entered Syrian territory. 

Ankara and SNA commanders have been vocal about providing guarantees to residents of the occupied areas, stressing that property, households, mosques and churches will remain safe. There was also an emphasis on the socio-economic component of life, which would be stimulated by Turkey. 

After a year and a half, the situation in the occupied territories looks bleak. The locals are tired of enduring looting and extortion by the armed militias of the SNA. Against the backdrop of a difficult social situation, up to 50 civilians staged a rally in Ras al-Ain, demanding improvements in their social conditions and the withdrawal of Turkish troops from the occupied territories. Such protests do not please the Turkish occupiers, so the rally was harshly suppressed and five organizers were detained and several people were injured. 

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