Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: The Russian warplanes carry out about 40 raids on the town of Kafar Nabboda, while the violent clashes continue in the northern countryside of Hama and Sah al- Ghab
Hama Province: The Russian warplanes carried out at least 40 raids on the town of Kafar Nabboda in the northwestern countryside of Hama since this morning, amid ongoing clashes between the regime forces, backed by Hezbollah and NDF, against the rebel and Islamist factions in the town of Kafar Nabboda. They also carried out other air raids on the town of Kafar Zita in the north of Hama. The regime warplanes carried out several raids on the township of Aqayrabat in the eastern countryside of Hama. They also struck places in the towns of al- Mansoura and Tal Waset.
The Islamist factions targeted by mortar shells the regime forces’ positions in the village of Atshan, information reported casualties. Read more
October 13, 2015 by sks
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The usual blood-letting continued today
Warplanes shell the southern countryside of Idlib
Idlib Province: Warplanes believed to be Russian carried out airstrikes on areas in al-Latamneh town and its surroundings in the southern countryside of Idlib, no information about casualties.
Hama Province: A fighter in a rebel battalion from the town of al-Ziyara in Sahl al-Ghab at the northwestern countryside of Hama was killed during the clashes against the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them in the city of Aleppo.
Washington Kurdish Institute: Defense Units’ Operational Movements in Aleppo Aims at Neutralizing Al-Nusra, Ahrar Ash-Sham Terrorist Attacks
ALEPPO, Syria (October 11, 2015) – Members of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra terrorist group continue to launch consecutive attacks on the Sheikh Maqsood District of the city of Aleppo, Syria.
On the night of October 9 in that area, combined forces of the People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) led a counter-attack assault operation against terrorists’ movement. Minor, short-term clashes were exercised in the region once the operation was conducted around the Castello Road, northern Aleppo; enemy forces’ possible dead or wounded were not immediately reported.
In the early hours of October 10, the Defense Units targeted multiple units of terrorist elements who were on the movement in place near Bostan Pasha Area, Aleppo. During the course of this initiative which was specifically carried out by valiant combatants from the Women’s Defense Units, a military vehicle of the Al-Nusra terrorists was destroyed in effect, enemy’s casualty numbers are yet to be verified.
In the evening of October 10, a separate operation by the Defense Units aimed at the Ahrar ash-Sham terrorists positioned in the Bostan Pasha Area of the city. The attack was completed near a HQs of the group and enabled Defense Units to damage an armed vehicle of the enemy without confirming any casualties on the hostile side.
A rebel fighter gestures as he shoots his weapon during clashes with forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on the frontline of Aleppo’s Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Hosam Katan
Reuters: Russia steps up air strikes against Assad opponents in Syria
BEIRUT/MOSCOW – Russia said on Saturday it had stepped up its bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria, while local observers said several of the air strikes had hit areas in western Syria where the hardline group has little presence.
Russia, a top ally of President Bashar al-Assad, started bombing in Syria on Sept. 30 saying it was targeting Islamic State and other opposition groups, a campaign that has drawn Moscow deeper into Syria’s more than four-year-old conflict. Read more
ANF: Life brought to a halt in Ankara as thousands join the general strike
While the two-day general strike witnessed large participation across Turkey, thousands of people and workers took to streets in Ankara where Saturday’s twin blasts claimed the lives of over a hundred people and left as many wounded. Read more
Guardian: US freezing of Syrian rebel training scheme shows western disarray
As Russia continues its airstrikes, decision to ‘pause’ troubled programme caps grim few weeks for US policy on Syria
The US decision to “pause” its troubled $500m (£326m) programme to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State (Isis) is yet another move highlighting western disarray and failure as Russia continues its airstrikes, which western governments say are supporting Bashar al-Assad. Read more
Smoke rises after what activists said were cluster bombs dropped by the Russian air force in Maaret al-Naaman town in Idlib province, Syria October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
ANF: Footage of explosive-laden truck captured by YPG
Over a hundred members of gang groups have been killed as part of the cleansing operation started by YPG/YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defense Units) in the wake of the offensive launched by the gangs in Mount Kizwan, Garê and Bedi areas.
Defense Units have also seized a large quantity of ammunition belonging to the gang groups, which include a pick-up truck loaded with explosives. Read more
9News: Turkey PM says no concessions on borders
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says only two Russian air strikes in Syria had targeted Islamic State jihadists and warned that Ankara won’t make any concessions on its border security.
Stressing that Moscow was making a “big mistake” by escalating the Syrian conflict, Davutoglu added that it was hard to predict what might happen if Russian warplanes violated Turkish airspace again.
Refugees and migrants arrive on a overcrowded dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast, October 5, 2015. REUTERS/Dimitris Michalakis
Reuters: EU seeks Turkey help to block migrant flows, offers cash
BRUSSELS – The European Union wants more Turkish cooperation with Greece and other EU neighbours to stem migration flows and in return is ready to offer more funding for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Turkey, according to an EU plan published on Tuesday.
The draft action plan was presented to President Tayyip Erdogan by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday, during a visit to Brussels by the Turkish leader. Officials on both sides said the document would form the basis of further negotiations to address the migrant crisis.
“Erdogan agreed to the principles, which is why today we could make it public,” said one senior EU official involved in the talks. “President Juncker has now sent officials to Ankara to start negotiating the details,” the official said. Read more
YPG take control of a transition route used by Al-Nusra in Aleppo
YPG/YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defense Units) have taken control of a main transition route of Al-Nusra near Shêxmeqsûd (Sheikh Maqsoud) neighborhood of Aleppo.
According to reports from the region, Defense Units have seized control of the road between El-Cendol and Seken El- Shiqeyif over which gang groups transported their ammunition.
On the other hand, YPG snipers have targeted the Al-Nusra gangs between Cendûl Square and Seken El- Shiqeyif at around 03:00 last night. Three members of the gangs were killed and a DshK-laden vehicle was destroyed in assassination actions. Read more
The soldiers will reportedly join Syrian government forces for ground fight while Russian warplanes attack from air
As Russia has started airstrikes in Syria, hundreds of Iranian soldiers preparing to join government forces in a major ground offensive have reportedly arrived in the country in the past 10 days, sources told Reuters on Thursday. Read more
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