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Sudanese lawmakers push for withdrawal from Saudi-led coalition waging war in Yemen

Posted: 02 May 2018 12:33 AM PDT

A number of Sudanese MPs urged President Omar al-Bachir to withdraw the country’s troops fighting in Yemen as part of a wider coalition led by the Saudi Arabia.

The country’s involvement in the bloody Yemeni war has been condemned as ‘unconstitutional’ by the Allinace for Change political party in Sudan.

"Dispatching Sudanese army soldiers and members of the Rapid Support Forces is an unconstitutional measure, and carried out without having been remitted to the parliament," the lawmakers said in a statement on Sunday.

"Sudan should not interfere in the affairs of other countries," Abulgasim Burtom, the chairman of the Alliance for Change, said. "The Interim Constitution of Sudan is clear: The president of the Republic has no right to decide to send an army [to fight] abroad."

According to the Yemini Ministry of Human Rights, up to 600,000 people have been killed and injured since the Saudi-led coalition waged a war to reinstate the former Yemini regime.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian government, militants reach agreement in north Homs

Posted: 01 May 2018 11:00 PM PDT

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:00 A.M.) – An agreement has been finally concluded between the Syrian government and rebel factions in north Homs countryside after a short military action by the Army troops.

According to the deal, the Syrian Army shall take over the entire rebel-held area in north Homs and south Hama countryside with all state institutions fully re-activated.

Militants shall have their status legally settled. However, those unwilling to reconcile will be evacuated – along with their families – to the jihadi-controlled areas in the country’s north within three days.

In all cases, rebel fighters shall hand over all their heavy and medium weapons, as well as maps of tunnels, landmines and exact locations of armories to the Syrian government within two days.

As per the agreement, the Syrian Army will be responsible for re-opening the Homs-Hama highway within three days.

Rebel factions accepted the terms of deal stipulated by the Syrian government after a deadly attack launched by the Syrian Army’s elite Tiger Forces to reclaim the insurgent enclave.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

In Pictures: Syrian Army unearths weapon caches in East Qalamoun Mountains

Posted: 01 May 2018 10:27 PM PDT

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:25 A.M.) – Immense weapons caches have been found hidden in East Qalamoun Mountains following mass rebel surrender last week.

The search for the concealed arms kicked off based on intelligence info that the surrendered rebel fighters hadn’t handed over all their weapons before forced to leave for the country’s north.

Units of the Syrian Army initiated an intensive mop-up operation where huge quantities of arms were found hidden in armories skillfully carved into the mountains.

The uncovered arsenal includes ammunition of different kinds, short and medium-range missiles, as well as tanks; all looted from Army arms depots at earlier stages.

Rebels in East Qalamoun area were evacuated to the country’s north as per an agreement with the Syrian government.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkey denies report saying Ankara condemned US strikes on Assad

Posted: 01 May 2018 09:54 PM PDT

The Turkish foreign ministry denied a report published on Euronews claiming that Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu condemned the recent U.S.-led joint airstrikes on the Assad regime.

In a statement released on Monday, the ministry said that the report “is not true and constitutes a mere attempt of manipulation.”

“Minister Çavuşoğlu has made no such statement as that [attributed to him],” the statement added.

A Euronews report said on Saturday that Iranian, Russian and Turkish foreign ministers condemned recent attacks by the U.S., Britain and France, and alleged that Çavuşoğlu said foreign intervention could inhibit the peace process at a meeting in Moscow.

Turkey was one of the first countries to voice support for the joint airstrikes against the Syrian regime following an alleged chemical attack in eastern Douma.

“I curse those who carried out this massacre,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, adding that he welcomed Western airstrikes in retaliation as “appropriate.”

Both Tehran and Moscow have deployed military forces to Syria to back up Assad in his now seven-year-old war against anti-government opposition fighters.

Ankara has called for Assad’s removal throughout the war and supported moderate opposition groups, but also is in close contact with Moscow and Tehran in recent months in an attempt to find a solution to the conflict.

 Source: Daily Sabah

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israel doesn’t seek war with Iran – Netanyahu

Posted: 01 May 2018 03:38 PM PDT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday defended his dramatic "revelation" regarding Iran's "lies," dubbed "old news" by former CIA Director Michael Hayden, while asserting that he does not seek a military confrontation with the Islamic Republic.

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Netanyahu reiterated his claim that Iran was “brazenly lying” about its nuclear ambitions prior to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

But when pressed on Israel’s own nuclear capability, the prime minister repeatedly refused to directly answer the question and only said that he did not seek war with Iran.

“I’ll tell you one thing, we’ve never called for the annihilation of any country,” Netanyahu told CNN’s “New Day” host Chris Cuomo. “Nobody is seeking that kind of development.”

Netanyahu accused Iran of being “the one that’s changing the rules in the region” and indirectly prompting other countries to seek nuclear weapons.

“It’s interesting that the nuclear arms race that I predicted would unfold once this deal was signed because everybody knew that they were just kicking the can forward for a few years and as time passes Iran will get a nuclear arsenal,” he said.

“Now you hear other countries in the region saying 'We want nuclear weapons, too.'”

Earlier this week, Netanyahu said in a televised address that Israeli intelligence had obtained files proving Iran had no intention of complying with commitments in the 2015 deal.

Netanyahu has faced accusations that it revealed little that was not already known by the international community.
Asked on “New Day” whether Netanyahu had revealed any new information on the issue, ex CIA director Michael Hayden said the material divulged was “fundamentally old news.”

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations’ watchdog monitoring Iranian nuclear activity, announced in 2015 that there was no evidence indicating that Iran carried out any activity related to the development of nuclear weapons after 2009.

The IAEA reiterated its position on Iran’s nuclear program on Tuesday.

The JCPOA was signed by the European Union, Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, including Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany, on July 14, 2015.

The deal stipulates that Tehran pledge not to develop or acquire nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of sanctions imposed against the country.

Source: Sputnik

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

ISIS terrorists carry out gruesome execution of Syrian soldier in Yarmouk Camp

Posted: 01 May 2018 10:55 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) continued their reign of terror in the Yarmouk Camp this week, as their terrorists carried out another ruthless execution of a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldier.

Using similar tactics deployed in Iraq, the Islamic State strapped the Syrian soldier with explosives around his helmet and then dropped him head first off of a building.

The soldier was identified by the Syrian Arab Army as Shadi ‘Issa; he was fighting the terrorist group in the Yarmouk Camp before his capture.

This latest execution marks the second time in the last four days that the Islamic State has carried out a gruesome killing of this sort.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Armenia: Yerevan awaits as parliament votes for new PM

Posted: 01 May 2018 10:41 AM PDT

Thousands gathered outside of the Armenian parliament in Yerevan during the vote for a new prime minister in an extraordinary session on Tuesday.

People flooded the streets of the Armenian capital carrying national flags and posters.

Head of the opposition ‘Way Out’ [Yelk] Fraction Nikol Pashinyan had been nominated for the post of Prime Minister, becoming the sole candidate.

Armenians have been on the streets since April 13, after the ruling RPA nominated former President Serzh Sargsyan for the prime minister’s post.

On April 23, Sargsyan stepped down after a few days in his new post amid massive actions against his premiership.

Source: Ruptly

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iran vows ‘surprising’ response to Israel amid nuclear deal tensions

Posted: 01 May 2018 10:30 AM PDT

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Khatami has commented on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement that Israel’s intelligence had obtained thousands of documents proving that Tehran has been secretly developing a nuclear weapons program.

On Tuesday, Khatami slammed Netanyahu’s speech as “Israel’s provocative actions” and promised that Tehran would take actions in response.

“This is our warning to the regime occupying Jerusalem and its supporters – stop your dangerous behavior. The Iranian response will be surprising and you will regret it,” Khatami stressed, as cited by Haaretz.

The comment comes after Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif mocked Netanyahu’s remarks on Twitter, saying that Israel’s revelations came in the run-up to the Trump administration’s planned announcement regarding the Iran nuclear deal on May 12.

Netanyahu stated on Monday that Tehran had been cheating despite signing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), by continuing to develop its nuclear weapons for future use. Israel has obtained about 100,000 files allegedly proving that the nuclear program had a military dimension called the “Amad Project,” despite Iran being obliged to maintain a strictly peaceful program under the agreement.

The revelations come amid heightened tensions over the JCPOA, with the US administration considering withdrawing from the deal. President Trump has commented on Netanyahu’s speech, saying that he hasn’t rule out Washington leaving the accord. At the same time, France, the United Kingdom and Russia have called for the preservation of the agreement.

Meanwhile, Israel on Tuesday invited teams of experts from Germany, the United Kingdom and France to examine Israel’s intelligence on Iran's nuclear program. A high-ranking Israeli source also told Sputnik that Benjamin Netanyahu had informed Russian President Vladimir Putin about the data and invited a team of experts to assess the documents.

Source: Sputnik

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Fresh footage shows Syrian Army troops liberating Hajar Al-Aswad’s western farms

Posted: 01 May 2018 10:20 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Palestinian allies scored a big advance in Hajar Al-Aswad on Tuesday, liberating several areas that were under the control of the Islamic State (ISIS).

Led by their 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard and 9th Division, the Syrian Arab Army liberated all of Hajar Al-Aswad’s western farms, giving them full access to the town from nearby Al-Qadam.

As shown below, the Syrian Army was able to overwhelm the Islamic State terrorists in Hajar Al-Aswad’s western farms, forcing them to withdraw to the nearby street blocks in order to evade capture.

Since making this advance, the Syrian Army and their Palestinian allies now find themselves on the verge of seizing many of Hajar Al-Aswad’s western neighborhoods.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian, Palestinian forces push into the heart of ISIL’s southern Damascus stronghold

Posted: 01 May 2018 09:59 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Palestinian allies continued their large-scale offensive inside the key town of Hajar Al-Aswad today.

Backed by heavy airstrikes from the Russian Aerospace Forces, the Syrian Arab Army and their Palestinian allies managed to liberate the Al-Alaf area and Al-Bassel Garden, which are both located in northwestern Hajar Al-Aswad.

Following this advance, the Syrian Army and their Palestinian allies continued to press further into Hajar Al-Aswad, reaching new street blocks in this strategic town.

Tonight’s operation was led by the shock troops of the Syrian Arab Army’s 9th Division; they arrived a few weeks back after spending a short period of time in Dara’a.

 

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syria: Convoy of evacuated militants en route from Yarmouk to Idlib (video)

Posted: 01 May 2018 09:25 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Footage filmed from the village of Al-Eisin the southern country side of on Tuesday showed buses carrying militants and their families as their evacuation from the Yarmouk camp to the Idlib province began hours earlier.

The evacuation follows the Syrian government’s evacuation deal with the Hayet Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) militant group.

According to the Syrian state news agency, the Syrian government reached an agreement with the Hayet Tahrir al-Sham group, which allowed them and their families to relocate out of the area into the opposition-held northwestern Idlib province.

 

 

Source: Ruptly

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

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Breaking: Morocco severs ties with Iran over support for Polisario Front

Posted: 01 May 2018 09:20 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Morocco has decided to sever ties with Iran over their alleged support for the Polisario Front, the Moroccan Foreign stated on Tuesday, as reported by the Reuters News Agency.

Morocco will be immediately closing their embassy in Tehran and expelling the Iranian ambassador in Rabat, the Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said.

Bourita would then accuse both Iran and Hezbollah of training and supporting the Polisario Front.

 

Morocco claimed Western Sahara after colonial Spain left, but Polisario fought a guerrilla war for independence for the Sahrawi people until a U.N.-backed ceasefire.

 

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israel, Iran moving closer to open warfare: US officials

Posted: 01 May 2018 08:52 AM PDT

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:50 P.M.) – Senior U.S. officials said that Israel seems to be preparing for war against Iran as airstrikes against Iranian troops in Syria intensified.

“On the list of the potentials for most likely live hostility around the world, the battle between Israel and Iran in Syria is at the top of the list right now,” said one senior U.S. official.

The same officials confirmed that Israeli  F-15s jets struck an Iranian base in the Syrian province of Hama, killing and injuring scores of Iranian troops, including officers.

The airstrikes targeted Iranian surface-to-air missiles recently delivered to a base that houses Iran’s 47th Brigade.

The presence of Iranian troops in Syria has been a serious worry for Israel since Iran sent forces to help Syria’s Assad in his fight against the Islamist rebel groups across the country.

Since 2012, the Israeli military has admitted carrying out more than 100 strikes against Iranian troops, bases or weapon convoys intended for the Lebanese resistant Hezbollah group.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Israeli F-15 jets bombed Syrian military bases in Aleppo, Hama: report

Posted: 01 May 2018 08:50 AM PDT

Arms depots in the vicinity of the Syrian cities of Hama and Aleppo were attacked in the early hours of Monday with “hostile rockets,” a military source told Sputnik.

The Israeli military has declined to comment on the strikes.

Three US officials told NBC News on condition of anonymity that Israeli F-15 jets attacked the military facilities after Iran had moved its anti-aircraft missiles there.

The media earlier reported that Syria’s 47th Brigade base in the Hama district, a military facility in northwestern Hama and a facility north of the Aleppo International Airport were targeted in the strikes.

 

 

 

Source: Sputnik, NBC

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Aid convoy reaches Deir Ezzor [+ Photos]

Posted: 01 May 2018 07:20 AM PDT

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:20 P.M.) – A convoy of humanitarian aid has made it to the eastern city of Deir Ezzor as clashes between the Syrian Army and US-backed militia stopped.

Up to 12 trucks carrying various basic materials reached the villages of Marrat, Mazloum, Hatla, Khisham and Tabiyah. The aid was originally provided by the UN’s World Food Programme and distributed by Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).

Clashes re-erupted between the Syrian forces and US-backed Kurdish fighters when the government troops recaptured 5 villages before retreating from them later on.

Zen Adra | AMN

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Residents of freed Syrian town queue up to volunteer for army service

Posted: 01 May 2018 06:07 AM PDT

Volunteers in the Damascus suburban region of Eastern Qalamoun are looking forward to freeing the rest of their country from armed militias.

The Syrian Army has opened recruiting centers in recently-freed towns and cities in Eastern Qalamoun in Rif Dimashq governorate, with queues of volunteers forming at mobile recruiting stations in the town of al-Rugaib, a Rossiaya Segodnya correspondent on the scene reports.

Al-Rugaib representative Muhammad Tukman told the correspondent that people’s enthusiasm was understandable.

“You know, Eastern Qalamoun was under the control of the militants for a long time, and today, when our soldiers and the Russian military drove them out of here, we decided that we could no longer sit on the sidelines,” Tukman said.

“You can see how many people have come here today; no one forced them. It’s their personal initiative. We know that there are still places in Syria where militants are present, but we are not going to tolerate them anymore, and want to make sure that our country is freed of this contagion,” the official added.

Recent video footage out of Al-Rugaib has shown militants departing the area under the watchful eye of Syrian forces and Russian military police in accordance with a ceasefire agreement. An estimated 5,500 militants and their families have left the region, heading for an area of northern Syria under rebel control.

Syrian and Russian forces entered Eastern Qalamoun on April 25, arriving in the settlements of al-Dumayr, Jayrud and Al-Rugaib, and others, where they have been met with cheering crowds of civilians.

Syrian troops have been finding vast stocks of rebel weapons and ammunition in the area, many of them made in Israel, the US, and NATO countries.

Eastern Qalamoun’s civilian population is celebrating their liberation from a rag-tag collection of Islamist militants including Jaysh al-Islam, a coalition of Islamist militia once controlling pockets of territory in Damascus and Rif Dimashq governorates. The Syrian military wrapped up an operation to clear Eastern Douma last month, prompting the militia and their families to evacuate to areas still under rebel control in the country’s north.

 

 

 

Source: Sputnik

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian airstrikes hammer ISIS in southern Damascus as Syrian, Palestinian troops advance

Posted: 01 May 2018 05:52 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – The Russian Aerospace Forces have been working overtime, today, launching many airstrikes over the southern corridor of Damascus.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Russian Aerospace Forces have launched nonstop airstrikes over Hajar Al-Aswad and the Yarmouk Camp this afternoon, paving the way for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Palestinian allies to advance against the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists.

These airstrikes have proven to be most effective in western Hajar Al-Aswad, as Syrian Arab Army troops were able to seize all of the remaining farms separating the town and Al-Qadam.

The Syrian Army and their Palestinian allies are now pushing deep into Hajar Al-Aswad in a bid to force the Islamic State terrorists to agree to surrender their positions.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Rival jihadi groups in northern Syria exchange prisoners

Posted: 01 May 2018 05:46 AM PDT

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:45 P.M.) – Hundreds of prisoners have been released by warring jihadi groups in northern Syria as per a deal to end months-long of bloodshed.

The al-Qaeda-linked Hay’at Tahrirr al-Sham released up to 186 rebel fighters from Jabhat Tahrir Souriya alliance who were captured earlier during clashes between the two rival groups, including a senior commander dubbed Abu Azzam Saraqib.

In return, 220 jihadists from the ultra-conservative HTS were set free by the JTS alliance.

This comes as both groups reached an agreement after bloody clashes for more than two months which have claimed the lives of hundreds from both sides.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkey: Istanbul’s May Day rally marred by clashes and arrests

Posted: 01 May 2018 05:43 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – International Workers' Day (May Day) rallies in Istanbul saw demonstrators clashing and being detained by police in the district of Besiktas on Tuesday.

Riot police were ordered to prevent protesters from entering Taksim Square, which local authorities had announced would be closed to any demonstrations on May 1. Roads leading to Taksim Square were also shut off, according to local media.

Supporters of the People’s Liberation Party (HKP) took part in the demonstration, along with the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK).

Labour Day is marked around the world with strikes, protests, commemorations and celebrations.

Source: Ruptly

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Iran’s Supreme Leader warns US, allies ‘if you hit, you will be hit back’ after Syria attack

Posted: 01 May 2018 05:31 AM PDT

Supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Khamenei threatened the United States and its allies during a Monday speech to workers leading up to International Workers' Day. The remarks came in response to a Sunday attack on a base in Syria that killed a number of Iranians.

Khamenei told a crowd of “thousands of laborers and entrepreneurs” from across Iran that the United States is trying to pit Muslims against one another, according to the leader’s official website. “The US incites the Saudis in order to create conflict in our region. Why don’t they incite the Zionists? Because they want Muslims to fight against Muslims,” Khamenei reportedly said.

Sunday night, an airstrike on was conducted against the 47th Brigade of the Syrian Arab Army, a unit made up of Iranian forces and forces from Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based international army that has been fighting for the government in Syria. The attack hit a military base somewhere between Hama and Homs killing 18 Iranians, according to the Jerusalem Post. However, Israeli newspaper Haaretz, citing an official from the Iran-Hezbollah-Syria coalition, said 16 people were killed, including 11 Iranians.

Nobody has taken responsibility for the attack on the 47th Brigade and the Pentagon has denied knowledge of any operations in the area. However, many in pro-government circles have accused Israel of conducting the strike.

The attack comes just a few days after Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations told the Security Council that Iran has 80,000 Shiite “extremists” under its command in Syria and less than a month after Syria’s T-4 airbase was struck, killing seven Iranians. Israel was also blamed for that attack but did not own up to it publicly, Sputnik reported.

“It was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets — both facilities and people,” an IDF member told the New York Times, although the paper retracted the comment after protests from IDF officials.

The strike against the 47th Brigade was also just a day before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned, alongside US President Donald Trump, that he has evidence of an active Iranian nuclear production scheme, which would be a violation of the country’s nuclear agreement with the US and five other world powers. Trump is expected to refuse to reauthorize the agreement, thereby shattering the deal, as Iranian officials have stated they will pull out as well if the United States does, Sputnik News previously reported.

Khamenei said that the US’ grand scheme includes equipping countries hostile to Iran. “If these countries are wise, they won’t get involved in a conflict against Iran. But, if they enter a war with Iran, they will certainly be struck down and defeated,” he said. “The Americans want to avoid the costs of confrontation with the system created by the Islamic Revolution.”

Referring to attacks on Iranian forces in Syria, Khamenei said “I previously mentioned during the term of another US president, the time of hitting and escaping is gone; now, if you hit, you will be hit back. They know that if they attack, they will receive stronger counterattacks.”

Khamenei stressed the contributions of workers several times in the speech. He said that today, a war against Iran is being conducted by the US Treasury Department — the agency responsible for issuing sanctions — and that Iran could fight back by investing in its economy and creating jobs.

Khamenei said that everywhere the US has a presence, it has worsened the security situation. “For the same reason the presence of the US in Western Europe must be obliterated, they must leave our region. The one who must leave is the US, not the Islamic Republic. We are from this region: the Persian Gulf is our home; West Asia is our home,” Khamenei declared.

Source: Sputnik

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US, French military convoy enters Manbij in northeast Aleppo (video)

Posted: 01 May 2018 05:22 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – A joint US-French military convoy entered the town of Manbij in northeast Aleppo this week, despite reports of a potential Turkish-led operation to expel the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

According to a statement from the Manbij Military Council Spokesperson, Sharfan Darwish, the US and French troops in northern Syria are preparing to open a joint military base in this town located in Aleppo’s northeastern countryside.

Video below shows the French and US troops heading towards Manbij:

These latest reports come just days after the Turkish Foreign Minister stated that he was working with his US counterpart to force the SDF to leave the Manbij.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Bad day for ISIS in southern Damascus as Syrian, Palestinian forces score major advance in Hajar Al-Aswad

Posted: 01 May 2018 05:02 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) forces in southern Damascus are in serious trouble as they find themselves losing large chunks of territory to the Syrian and Palestinian troops in the Yarmouk Camp and Hajar Al-Aswad.

Led by their 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Army and their Palestinian allies launched a massive assault on Hajar Al-Aswad from three different axes this afternoon.

This massive assault would result in a major advance by the Syrian Army and their Palestinian allies in the western axis of Hajar Al-Aswad.

According to a military source in Damascus, the pro-government forces managed to liberate all of the farms separating Al-Qadam and Hajar Al-Aswad, paving the way for their troops to reach the first buildings in the Al-Sharakis Neighborhood.

The Syrian Army and their Palestinian allies are now attempting to advance to the Al-Hurriyah School, which is currently being used by the Islamic State as a command-and-control center.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: Syrian, Palestinian forces begin Yarmouk Camp offensive

Posted: 01 May 2018 04:50 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside a large number of Palestinian fighters, launched their long-awaited Yarmouk Camp offensive.

Backed by heavy airstrikes from their Russian allies, the Syrian and Palestinian forces began the attack by storming the eastern axis of the Yarmouk Camp District this afternoon.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian and Palestinian forces have already managed to liberate several areas, including the buildings that overlook the Martyrs Graveyard near the Al-Taqadum neighborhood.

Intense clashes are now ongoing between the pro-government forces and Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists, as the former looks to retake this imperative district in Damascus’ southern corridor.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Breaking: US Coalition kills 20+ civilians in northeast Syria attack – monitor

Posted: 01 May 2018 04:36 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition carried out a deadly bombing in the province of Al-Hasakah, today, killing and wounding scores of civilians caught in the middle of their attack.

According to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the U.S. Coalition bombed the small town of Tal Jaber near the Iraqi border, killing over 20 civilians as a result of the attack.

Pro-opposition activists on social media would later claim that most of the casualties were from one family, who was sleeping in their apartment building in Tal Jaber when the U.S. Coalition bombed the area.

The U.S. Coalition has not commented on this bombing.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Over 40 hostages reportedly released by militants from Alawite town in Idlib

Posted: 01 May 2018 04:27 AM PDT

At least 42 hostages were released in the settlement of Estabraq in the province of Idlib, local media reported on Tuesday.

According to the SANA news agency, the hostages were released as part of the agreements reached between Damascus and militants, under which the latter must allow the evacuation of some 1,500 people from the settlements of Fua and Kefraya as well as free 85 people held in Estabraq.

The government must, in turn, ensure evacuation of militants operating in the Yarmouk camp located south of Damascus.

The Syrian army is currently engaged in liberating the Damascus neighborhoods from militants. The last stronghold of Daesh* and Jabhat Fatah al Sham* terrorists is located to the south of Damascus in the area of the Yarmouk refugee camp.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US-backed SDF commander assassinated in Raqqa countryside

Posted: 01 May 2018 04:20 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – One of the highest ranking commanders of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) was assassinated in vehicle, today, by unknown assailants in rural Raqqa.

Ahmad Koubani was reportedly traveling along the Tabqa-Jarniyah Road in rural Raqqa when masked men on motorcycles opened fire on vehicle, killing him instantly.

No group has claimed responsibility for the assassination.

Recently, SDF commanders have been the targets of several assassination attempts in the Raqqa and Hasakah provinces, as tensions with the local Arab tribes continue to grow.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US-backed forces to resume offensive against ISIS in Deir Ezzor

Posted: 01 May 2018 04:00 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Tuesday morning that their troops would resume their offensive against the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Deir Ezzor countryside.

This statement by the Syrian Democratic Forces’ command comes just days after their troops came under attack by the Syrian military in the eastern countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate.

Earlier this year, the SDF were on the offensive against ISIS in eastern Deir Ezzor; however, the Turkish-led Afrin operation forced them to redeploy troops to this front in order to aid the YPG fighters there.

The SDF will likely concentrate on the Islamic State’s presence near the Syrian-Iraqi border, which has been the location of the terrorist group’s recent expansion.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Turkey: May Day rally sees clashes, arrests in Istanbul

Posted: 01 May 2018 03:49 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:35 P.M.) – International Workers' Day (May Day) rallies in Istanbul saw demonstrators clashing and being detained by police on Tuesday.

Supporters of the People’s Liberation Party (HKP) took part in the demonstration, along with the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK) labour union.

Roads leading to Taksim Square – the traditional site of demonstrations – were closed, according to local media.

Labour Day is marked around the world with strikes, protests, commemorations and celebrations.

Source: Ruptly

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Russian Navy transports more military equipment to Syria

Posted: 01 May 2018 03:42 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Russian Navy recently made another large delivery of military supplies to Syria, adding to their already significant amount of weapons in the country.

According to the Bosphorous Observer’s Yoruk Isik, the Russian flag ship RORO Sparta III crossed the Bosphorous Strait in order to head towards their destination at the Port of Tartous.

The Russian Navy has made this long trip from their port-city of Novorossiysk to the Port of Tartous on a number of occasions this year.

Typically, the Russian Navy transports heavy military cargo that is later delivered to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

Syrian, Palestinian forces advance in ISIL’s southern Damascus stronghold (photos)

Posted: 01 May 2018 03:24 AM PDT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Palestinian allies continued their military operations inside the strategic town of Hajar Al-Aswad, yesterday, targeting several areas under the control of the Islamic State (ISIL).

Led by their 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies pushed further into Hajar Al-Aswad from the town’s western axis, liberating many buildings that were under the control of the Islamic State terrorists.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Army managed to capture most of the farms that separated the Al-Qadam District and Hajar Al-Aswad.

The source added that the Syrian Arab Army and their Palestinian allies also killed at least eight Islamic State fighters, while also destroying more than ten trenches and tunnels.

The Islamic State’s defenses in Hajar Al-Aswad are expected to collapse once the Syrian Army takes control of both the western and southern axes of the town, as these areas are the location of the terrorist group’s main defensive lines.

The photos below show the Syrian Army’s 105th Brigade in action in Hajar Al-Aswad yesterday:

Photo credit: Wassim I
Photo credit: Wassim Issa
Photo credit: Wassim Issa
Photo credit: Wassim Issa
Photo credit: Wassim Issa
Photo credit: Wassim Issa

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source

US denies carrying out April 30 attack on Syria

Posted: 01 May 2018 03:08 AM PDT

The United States “has nothing to do” with reported strikes on targets in Syria early on April 30, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said.

“We had nothing to do with the strike last night,” Mattis told reporters.

On Monday night, the Syrian government army in the provinces of Aleppo and Hama was subjected to a missile attack. According to some reports, ammunition depots were attacked. A number of media outlets reported the deaths of more than 26 Shiite fighters under the leadership of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

However, the Iranian Tasnim news agency, citing an unnamed source, has denied the fact of missiles hitting Iran’s base in Syria, saying that “all these reports over attack on an Iranian military base in Syria and the martyrdom of several Iranian military advisers in Syria are baseless.”

According to he Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the attack is likely to have been an strike conducted by the Israeli military.
Speaking to Sputnik, a spokeswoman for the Israeli Defense Forces, however, has declined to comment on missile strikes against several Syrian government military bases.

There have been no official statements from the Syrian government on the incident yet. It is also not known yet who struck at the Syrian army’s warehouses.

Source: Sputnik

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source