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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  Dima on Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:18 pm

    Ivan Sidorenko ‏@IvanSidorenko1 11 hours ago
    #Syria Latakia SAA Navy Seals



    I think its the SAA "navy seals" that are spearheading the offensives in the mountainous Latakia region. More pics in the links below

    https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/677390177740972032
    https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/677388501562859520
    https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/677389295313920001
    https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/677389541188177920
    https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/677390602053550080
    https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/677390871222964224

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  Dima on Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:21 pm

    JohninMK wrote:
    Cyberspec wrote:

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    SAA unit receiving new gear
    Wow, SAA troops wearing helmets. That's a good start.
    I cant see any pics. Can you repost it?

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  Dima on Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:28 pm

    Syrian Reporters in Tartous

    Ivan Sidorenko ‏@IvanSidorenko1 9 hours ago
    #Syria Lattakia Syrian Photos from this morning.


    https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/677404784505323520

    #Syria Tartous Syrian Reporter's on the Russian cruiser Moskva
    https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/677410140971225088
    https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/677410408999858176
    https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/677425301073338368

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  Dima on Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:44 pm

    Leith Abou Fadel ‏@leithfadel Dec 15

    Our martyrs from Aleppo - Sunnis, Christians, and Shi'i all fought and died bravely for their city. Rest in peace.


    Leith Abou Fadel ‏@leithfadel 5 hours ago
    Islamist governor of Idlib was killed as the SAA & Hezbollah intensify their operations in southern Aleppo:
    http://www.almasdarnews.com/article/islamist-governor-of-idlib-killed-as-the-syrian-army-and-hezbollah-intensify-operations-in-southern-aleppo/

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  zg18 on Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:02 pm

    Israel and Turkey are restoring relations, as a part of a deal Erdogan is going to expel Hamas leaders from Turkey and ban organization`s work.

    Hamas deserves this after stabbing allies in the back.



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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:13 pm

    zg18 wrote:Israel and Turkey are restoring relations, as a part of a deal Erdogan is going to expel Hamas leaders from Turkey and ban organization`s work.

    Hamas deserves this after stabbing allies in the back.



    Ironically Hamas is a de facto member of the Muslim Brotherhood, like Turdogan's AKP party. Hamas backstabbers are now getting backstabbed by a bigger backstabber.

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  Cyberspec on Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:18 pm

    Dima wrote:
    JohninMK wrote:
    Cyberspec wrote:

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    SAA unit receiving new gear
    Wow, SAA troops wearing helmets. That's a good start.
    I cant see any pics. Can you repost it?

    You posted the same pic in post No 75

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    Jaysh al-Islam launches counter-offensive at Marj al-Sultan Airport in rural Damascus
    http://www.almasdarnews.com/article/jaysh-al-islam-launches-counter-offensive-at-marj-al-sultan-airport-in-rural-damascus/

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  George1 on Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:52 am

    Syrian Army Makes Headway Against Militants in War-Ravaged Aleppo

    A whole array of Daesh and al-Nusra terrorist strongholds have reportedly been destroyed by the Syrian Army in the country's northern province of Aleppo.

    The Syrian Army has destroyed a range of Daesh and al-Nusra militant strongholds in the country's northern province of Aleppo, according to the Iranian news agency FARS.

    The militants' positions were eliminated in several neighborhoods of the city of Aleppo, including al-Lairamoun, al-Firdous and Bani Zaid on Thursday, sources said.

    Additionally, the Syrian troops managed to destroy militant strongholds in the districts of al-Maasaraniyeh, al-Sheikh Lutfi and Bustan al-Basha in Aleppo. Scores of terrorists were reportedly killed in the fighting.

    In another development on Thursday, the Syrian forces eliminated Daesh fortifications in the villages of Najjara and al-Jaberiyeh in Aleppo's eastern areas, according to sources.

    Also, dozens of al-Nusra Front terrorists were killed after the army targeted their positions in Khan al-Asal on the western outskirts of the city of Aleppo.

    Wednesday saw the Syrian forces fire missiles and artillery shells at Daesh positions in southern areas of Aleppo province; dozens of militants were reportedly killed and wounded in the attacks.

    The destruction of Daesh strongholds in Aleppo came shortly after the Syrian army launched major offensives in the country's key provinces of Hama, Homs, Damascus, Idlib and Dara.

    Adding to the Syrian Army's anti-Daesh effort is Russia's air campaign, which was launched on September 30, when more than fifty Russian warplanes, including Su-24M, Su-25 and Su-34 jets, commenced precision airstrikes on Daesh  targets in Syria at the behest of President Bashar Assad.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20151218/1031939118/syria-army-daesh.html#ixzz3ueX7BNu0


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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:46 pm

    A major move if true

    In a dramatic move, Germany is set to become the first western nation and NATO member to break ranks and begin cooperating with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and set up an intelligence agency branch in Damascus.

    Although there has been no official announcement, anonymous sources quoted in the German Bild newspaper, confirmed that the federal government is keen to establish a branch of its Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in Damascus in an effort to counter Daesh, also known as ISIL.

    The source said a decision on the move to renew ties with the Syrian intelligence agencies could be made as early as 2016 and may even involve reopening the German embassy in Damascus, which was closed in February 2012, when the German ambassador was withdrawn. The BND is reported to be anxious to quickly set up as a so-called Residentur in the Syrian capital, with a view to permanently stationing staff there.

    There has been a long history of intelligence-sharing between Berlin and Damascus, which Germany believes is an important partner in the fight against radical Islamists. Diplomatic relations were broken off in 2012 when, the then Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle expelled the Syrian ambassador from Germany. The German ambassador to Damascus was withdrawn and the embassy closed for safety reasons.


    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20151218/1031955727/germany-assad-cooperation-bnd-intel-branch-damascus.html#ixzz3ufjDYW2c

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  DerWolf on Fri Dec 18, 2015 3:55 pm

    The US is reconstructing a disused airbase in the province of Hasakah in northeastern Syria in order to land fighter jets and supply planes there, according to reports.

    US Air Force specialists are working to reconstruct and equip a disused airbase in northern Syria, the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar has reported.
    Abu Hajar airport is located in Hasakah province in northeastern Syria, which is under the control of Kurdish People's Defense Units (YPG). The Syrian government has not given the US permission to have a base in Syria or carry out airstrikes there.
    According to the report, for around two months US experts have been in the region developing the airfield, which hasn't been used since 2010. It has a 2.5 km runway which can be used by fighter jets to carry out airstrikes, and to bring in military supplies.
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    The news follows a previous report that US and Kurdish forces are cooperating on the construction of a 10 hectare military airbase in Hasakah, south of the town of Rimelan. At the end of November it was reported that two US helicopters has flown over Rimelan, and landed eight US military specialists at the airports.
    In August, the US began launching airstrikes against Daesh from Incirlik airbase in Turkey, after the Turkish government reluctantly gave permission for the operation following months of negotiations. Before that, US forces flew to Syria from the Muwaffaq Salti air base in Jordan, and from more distant bases in Qatar and elsewhere in the Persian Gulf.

    http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20151218/1031939698/us-airbase-construct-north-syria.html

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  Dima on Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:12 pm

    Its shows the fight from the terrorists side, not a pro-terrorists site though...



    Maraj Al Sultan airbase clashes with SAA....these terrorists are very well trained and looks professional, i couldn't understand much....but from 3.20 you see the terrorists launching a coordinated surprise attack from the flank or from the rear on probably a SAA position and later on in the video the cowardly terrorists shooting the already dead/fallen guys...

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  Dima on Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:20 pm

    Ivan Sidorenko ‏@IvanSidorenko1 14 hours ago
    #Syria #Aleppo #SouthernAleppo a Iraqi Militia Leader with children in Southern Aleppo Countryside.


    Rook ‏@2Rook14  Dec 16
    PHOTO: SAA T-72 w/ cage armour & steel plates incl steel chains & BMP-1 near Marj As Sultan HAB. Damascus



    Leith Abou Fadel @leithfadel

    Before the alleged "sarin attacks" in rural Damascus two years ago, the journalist @stevensotloff reported on this


    https://twitter.com/leithfadel/status/677495577706369024


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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  Dima on Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:26 pm

    Tiger Forces & other hero's honored by the Russian Govt.

    Ivan Sidorenko ‏@IvanSidorenko1 19 hours ago
    Russian Deputy Defense Minister honors a number of #SAA Leaders & Heroes led by Colonel Suheil al-Hassan

    https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/677589495244570624


    Rook ‏@2Rook14  2 hours ago
    #Syria: PHOTOS: #Russia'n Navy Nanuchka-class corvette "Mirazh" 617 in Port Tartus.
    https://twitter.com/2Rook14/status/677860356732141568

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  Dima on Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:53 pm

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  Dima on Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:56 pm

    JohninMK wrote:A major move if true

    In a dramatic move, Germany is set to become the first western nation and NATO member to break ranks and begin cooperating with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and set up an intelligence agency branch in Damascus.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20151218/1031955727/germany-assad-cooperation-bnd-intel-branch-damascus.html#ixzz3ufjDYW2c

    DerWolf wrote:The US is reconstructing a disused airbase in the province of Hasakah in northeastern Syria in order to land fighter jets and supply planes there, according to reports.

    http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20151218/1031939698/us-airbase-construct-north-syria.html

    Both are not good news or development. Western powers should never be trusted. They come in displaying good intentions, but penetrate to do damage at a time of their choosing.

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:22 pm

    Solncepek wrote:

    Is this a Coptic/Orthodox church in Damascus?

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:39 pm

    OK so all those rumours are untrue then................

    WASHINGTON, December 18 (Sputnik) — The reports claiming that the US Air Force is rebuilding an airbase in the Syrian province of Hasakah in order to land fighter jets there are not true. The United States has no plans for the construction, US Defense Department spokesman Maj. Roger Cabiness told Sputnik on Friday. “This is not true. We are not tracking anything like this planned or currently going on,” Cabiness said.

    Earlier it was reported that the US is considering the reconstruction of a disused airbase in the province of Hasakah in northeastern Syria in order to land fighter jets and supply planes there.

    Abu Hajar airport is located in Hasakah province in northeastern Syria, which is under the control of Kurdish People's Defense Units (YPG). The Syrian government has not given the US permission to have a base in Syria or carry out airstrikes there. According to media reports, for around two months US experts have been in the region developing the airfield, which hasn't been used since 2010. It has a 2.5 km runway which can be used by fighter jets to carry out airstrikes, and to bring in military supplies.


    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20151218/1031973014/pentagon-syria-bases-claims.html#ixzz3uhOWqn1U

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  Morpheus Eberhardt on Fri Dec 18, 2015 8:39 pm

    JohninMK wrote:OK so all those rumours are untrue then ...

    There weren't "all those rumors", were they? I think the story had just been made up yesterday?

    On a practical note, I think everybody can do himself/herself a favor by totally ignoring the "Sputnik", not that Sputnik started this one though. It's a shame that Sputnik is getting away with using the name "Sputnik".

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  DerWolf on Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:01 pm

    Yesterday 12 F-15 were disslocated from Turkey to UK. And today...

    Exclusive: NATO agrees Turkey air defense package, seeks 'predictability'


    NATO allies agreed on Friday to send aircraft and ships to Turkey to strengthen Ankara's air defenses on its border with Syria, the alliance's chief said.

    Diplomats said the package is partly designed to avoid more shoot-downs of Russian planes.

    Envoys to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization approved the plan and must now decide what military assets to send to Turkey, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Reuters, stressing that it was a defensive measure.

    "We have agreed on a package of assurance measures for Turkey in view of the volatile situation in the region," Stoltenberg said, although he avoided any reference to Russia's military involvement in Syria and its air incursions.

    Given that Turkey already has a formidable air force, NATO diplomats and military experts say the alliance's involvement is to minimize the risk of any repeat of Turkey's Nov. 24 shooting down of a Russian warplane that flew into Turkish airspace.

    That was the first known incident of its kind since the Cold War and the most serious of several air incursions since early October, leaving relations between Turkey and Russia at their lowest ebb in recent memory. Moscow has retaliated with sanctions and called it a "hostile act".

    Due to be assembled in the coming weeks, the package will include NATO's AWACS surveillance planes and what Stoltenberg described as "enhanced air policing, and increased naval presence including maritime patrol aircraft."

    The ships will be provided by Germany and Denmark, which are exercising in the eastern Mediterranean.

    AWACS monitor airspace within a radius of more than 400 km (250 miles) and exchange information via digital data links, with ground-based, sea-based and airborne commanders.

    Asked if this was about managing Turkey's airspace with more caution than Ankara has shown in the past, Stoltenberg said: "This will give us a better situational awareness ... more transparency, more predictability and that will contribute to stabilizing the situation in the region and also calm tensions," Stoltenberg said.

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    Spain has also agreed to extend its Patriot surface-to-air missiles along Turkey's border to shoot down any missiles from Syria's conflict fired into Turkish territory. Germany and the United States recently removed their batteries from the area.

    NATO diplomats worry Ankara is too aggressive and that further incidents could escalate the situation after Russia moved its modern S-400 air defense system into Syria that can hit missiles and aircraft from up to 400 km.

    It has also upgraded its strike aircraft with SU-34 fighters.

    While NATO allies do not dispute Ankara's version of the facts, they also are keen to engage Russia in talks to avoid incidents that could flare from Moscow's aggressive patrolling of alliance air borders around Turkey, the Baltic states and the North Sea.

    Diplomats said the United States and European allies are in the awkward position of urging Ankara to do more against Islamic State in Syria - including sealing a section of the border crossed by fighters and oil smugglers - while encouraging it to avoid further incidents with Russia and to keep alive a peace process with the Kurds in southeastern Turkey.

    "We are concerned about the military build-up in the region," Stoltenberg said, and said he hoped NATO could repeat the same kind of air policing done in the Baltics, "without incidents and accidents".

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-nato-exclusive-idUSKBN0U123520151218

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  Erk on Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:06 pm

    DerWolf wrote:Yesterday 12 F-15 were disslocated from Turkey to UK. And today...

    Exclusive: NATO agrees Turkey air defense package, seeks 'predictability'


    NATO allies agreed on Friday to send aircraft and ships to Turkey to strengthen Ankara's air defenses on its border with Syria, the alliance's chief said.

    Diplomats said the package is partly designed to avoid more shoot-downs of Russian planes.

    See how NATO tries to twist the situation to try and make it look like Turkey are the victims. NATO have poor ethics.

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:05 pm

    Erk wrote:
    DerWolf wrote:Yesterday 12 F-15 were disslocated from Turkey to UK. And today...

    Exclusive: NATO agrees Turkey air defense package, seeks 'predictability'


    NATO allies agreed on Friday to send aircraft and ships to Turkey to strengthen Ankara's air defenses on its border with Syria, the alliance's chief said.

    Diplomats said the package is partly designed to avoid more shoot-downs of Russian planes.

    See how NATO tries to twist the situation to try and make it look like Turkey are the victims. NATO have poor ethics.
    Also no mention as to what will replace the 6 F-15C interceptors.

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  flamming_python on Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:00 am

    Morpheus Eberhardt wrote:
    JohninMK wrote:OK so all those rumours are untrue then ...

    There weren't "all those rumors", were they? I think the story had just been made up yesterday?

    On a practical note, I think everybody can do himself/herself a favor by totally ignoring the "Sputnik", not that Sputnik started this one though. It's a shame that Sputnik is getting away with using the name "Sputnik".

    Sputnik News reminds of Pravda.ru. Not quite as ridiculous, but still.

    Either way there's nothing better, at least in terms of English-language Russian media.

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  flamming_python on Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:06 am

    Erk wrote:
    DerWolf wrote:Yesterday 12 F-15 were disslocated from Turkey to UK. And today...

    Exclusive: NATO agrees Turkey air defense package, seeks 'predictability'


    NATO allies agreed on Friday to send aircraft and ships to Turkey to strengthen Ankara's air defenses on its border with Syria, the alliance's chief said.

    Diplomats said the package is partly designed to avoid more shoot-downs of Russian planes.

    See how NATO tries to twist the situation to try and make it look like Turkey are the victims. NATO have poor ethics.

    As long as they keep Mad Dog Erdogan on a leash, I could care less about the words, public pronouncements or anything else. NATO has shown that they're not looking for an escalation with Russia, and that's satisfactory for me.

    Russia's mission in Syria is not to wage war against Turkey, it is to wipe out all terrorists in the quickest time possible - which I hope it will do and without any further distractions or impediments from the outside.

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #5

    Post  JohninMK on Sat Dec 19, 2015 1:20 am

    Meanwhile in New York, from a long article, the last para

    On Friday afternoon, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution reaffirming the commitment to a political transition in Syria. The resolution includes a timeline for a UN-supported political transition process to begin within six months, and sets a target of 18 months for new Syrian elections and constitutional reform.


    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20151219/1032002291/everyone-agreed-syria-transition.html#ixzz3uin1FRwH

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