Syrian War Report – September 18, 2017: Syrian Army Crossed Euphrates River

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah, the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are preparing for a joint advance on the ISIS border strongholds of al-Bukamal and al-Qaim. On Saturday, the Iraqi Army and the PMU launched an anti-ISIS operation in the border area, liberated the border town Akashat, the H-3 station, Akashat …

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Syrian War Report – September 13, 2017: Army Prepares to Cross Euphrates River

Hezbollah declared a victory in Syria as the Russian Defense Ministry announced that pro-government forces have liberated 85% of the country from militants. “We have won in the war [in Syria],” Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Tuesday, according to the Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar. He added that “the path of the other project has …

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Ahmed Abu Kholeh, head of the Deir al-Zor military council which fights under the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), speaks during a press conference in the village of Abu Fas, Hasaka province, Syria, September 9, 2017 © Rodi Said / Reuters

US-Backed Forces on Collision Course with Syrian Army in ‘Race for Deir ez-Zor Oilfields’

The race between legitimate Syrian government forces and the US-backed SDF umbrella group to control the oil rich Deir ez-Zor province has intensified following the lifting of the blockade by Syrian troops last week and risks turning into direct confrontation. Last Tuesday, the Syrian military backed by the Russian air force finally broke the IS …

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RS-24 Yars system. © Global Look Press

Russia Fires Yars ICBM At Test Target 6,000 km Away

Russia has successfully completed a test launch of a new-generation RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile from a silo at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. “The main purpose of the launch is to confirm the reliability of rockets of the same class. The warheads successfully reached their target – the Kura testing range in Kamchatka. …

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Pyongyang Will ‘Inevitably Respond’ to South Korea’s New ‘Frankenmissile’

Seoul plans to create a powerful new 'Frankenmissile' bunker-busting weapon capable of destroying North Korea's underground military facilities, South Korean media has reported. Speaking to Sputnik, military analyst Vladimir Kozin said such a missile would affect the balance of forces in the region, and inevitably prompt a North Korean response. Military sources have told the …

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Israeli Plane Strikes Syrian positions in Hama Province, Kills Two Servicemen

An Israeli plane has targeted Syrian army positions in the Hama province, killing two servicemen and causing material damage, Syrian general command said in a statement. The incident took place early on Thursday, when an Israeli aircraft launched several missiles from Lebanese airspace, targeting Syrian Army positions near the city of Masyaf in Hama province. …

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US Aircraft Evacuates Over 20 Daesh Commanders From Deir ez-Zor

A military and diplomatic source has told Sputnik that a US Air Force plane had evacuated Daesh (ISIS, banned in Russia) field commanders from Deir ez-Zor. The US-led coalition has denied the allegations. "Amid successful actions by Syrian government troops in the eastern part of Syria in late August, a number of field [Daesh] commanders backed by US special services, had …

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Teeth of the Dragon: China Conducts Missile Defense Test Next to Korean Border

China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) carried out large-scale defensive military exercises on Tuesday morning, mere miles from their border with North Korea. The Chinese military reported that the exercise, which seems to have come out of the blue, was itself a series of “rapid response” drills in case of “surprise attacks.” The exercises …

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‘Offensive to Muslims’: US Forces Apologize for Leaflet Depicting Koran Passage on Dog

A senior US military commander in Afghanistan has apologized for a "highly offensive" leaflet which showed a passage from the Koran superimposed onto the image of a dog - an animal which is considered unclean in Islam. The brochure showed a white dog with a section of the Taliban's flag – which contains a passage …

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