West bears responsibility for chaos & terrorist attacks in MidEast and N. Africa – Lavrov
Russia’s foreign and defence ministers have been in Cairo, meeting with the Egyptian president to discuss counter-terrorism
Egypt’s airstrikes in Libya ‘very much justified’ – Arab League Secretary-General Gheit
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul Gheit said that he ‘understands’ why Egypt has reportedly carried out airstrikes on alleged militant camps in Libya, speaking to RT in Cairo, Monday. ‘We will not comment on inter-Arab relations, but I understand the Egyptian behaviour, I understand it,’ the Arab League chief said, and added that he believes the strikes were ‘very much’ justified.
US Drops Leaflets In Tanf To Warn Syrian Military Not To Advance, Orders Retreat
by Brandon Turberville, Actvist Post:
In a blatant but not altogether surprising display of arrogance and aggression, the United States recently dropped leaflets on the al-Tanf road, warning the Syrian military to halt its advance toward Tanf and demanding a retreat.
According to reports both by Leith Abou Fadel of Al-Masdar and from SouthFront, the leaflets were dropped after the Syrian military had advanced to the Shehmi area, which is located about 55km from the city of Tanf. The leaflets not only warned the SAA to stop advancing but demanded that it withdraw to the Zaza triangle.
The images can be seen at the SouthFront website in the article “US-Led Coalition Drops Leaflets Warning Syria Not To Approach Al-Tanf Town.”
According to local sources cited by SouthFront, the leaflets contained sectarian expressions.
Syrian TV reported that the SAA has managed to advance in and around the Scientific Research area of the eastern desert of the Suweida countryside. The Syrian military was also able to repel an attack launched by the Western-backed terrorist group known as the Free Syrian Army in the same area.
In addition, SouthFront has reported that the “US-led forces” used Switchblade suicide drones in order to target the SAA positions with Grad missiles south of Zaza.
The move toward Tanf is significant because it puts Syrian military forces moving toward U.S. and U.K. Special Operations Forces stationed at the same location.
The base, located at al-Tanf, has been operational for around a year.
The area is of substantial strategic importance to the regime, as controlling it would help re-establish a road link with Iraq to the south.
In June 2016, Russian jets, providing top cover for the Syrian military, bombed the base. No casualties were reported.
In April, the base reportedly came under attack from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
The UK government refused to comment in line with its long standing policy relating to Special Forces operations.
The US has reportedly warned against further encroachment on the base and it remains unclear how foreign troops would respond to contact with Syrian forces.
The precise disposition and number of UK forces in unknown though they are likely to be either British Army personnel from 22 SAS or Royal Marines from the SBS – Britain’s so-called ‘Tier 1’ operators. Other units that operate under the same ‘no comment’ umbrella include the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG), formerly the 1st Battalion of The Parachute Regiment, which supplies additional troops to SF operations and the shadowy Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR), which provides expert close surveillance capabilities.
The possibility of a direct Syrian clash with US/UK forces and thus a Russian clash with US/UK forces is now becoming very real as the Syrian government does not seem ready to allow the US and UK to simply invade and occupy any more territory than they already have.
By now, it should be clear that the presence of the FSA in the Tanf area is nothing more than ruse designed to provide a tar baby for the Syrian military to fire upon – going under the guise of “moderate rebels” – which will then allow the West to scream that Syria is attacking moderates, violating agreements, and threatening American soldiers, and thus justify some type of U.S./U.K. reprisal.
Still, it appears that Syria and its Russian allies may be reaching the end of their patience with America’s arrogant invasions and chest thumping in Syria. The obvious strategy for the Syrian military is to lift the siege of Deir ez-Zour and retake Raqqa before America, Kurds, or America’s Kurdish terrorist forces are able to do so and thus begin choking the ability of terrorists to move back and forth, supply, and direct military efforts against the Syrian government. After the immediate goal is reached, the SAA will be tasked with surgically removing the cancer inflicted upon the country by the United States.
Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 andvolume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 1000 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST atUCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.
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Syrian War Report – May 29, 2017: Situation Escalates At Syrian-Iraqi Border
Syria: SAA makes fresh gains in Deir ez-Zor Governorate – reports
Forces of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reportedly made fresh gains in the battle against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate, Monday, as the fighting for the area continues between the SAA, their allies and IS.
Iraqi forces reach Syrian border, pushing to free key town
from Press TV:
Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi in Arabic, are pressing forward to liberate a key town, west of the embattled city of Mosul, from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, after arriving at the Syrian border and establishing their control on a series of towns and villages in the area.
According to the Arabic-language al-Sumeria television news agency, the paramilitary fighters, consisting of some 40 mainly Shia Muslim groups, reached the Syrian border in the north on Monday, and are further tightening the noose around Daesh in the strategic town of al-Ba’aj.
“The Hashd al-Sha’abi forces just reached the Iraqi-Syrian border,” announced Secretary General of Iraq’s Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri on Monday, adding that their fighters were already stationed in the border village of Um Geris.
Earlier in the day, the pro-government forces liberated the two villages of Taro and Wadi al-Midar, both located west of al-Qahtanyia area, which was completely freed on Sunday.
The two villages are also located north of the flashpoint town of Ba’aj, which, according to Sheikh Sami al-Masoudi, another Hashd al-Sha’abi leader, “is a strategic town for Daesh as it is the last supply line,” linking the terror group with war-torn Syria.
Masoudi, whose remarks came shortly before Ameri’s announcement of reaching the Syrian border, added that as soon as the PMU forces reached the border, they “will erect a dirt barricade and dig a trench to derail Daesh move.”
The Hashd al-Sha’abi forces, backed by the air force, launched a major offensive last Monday to liberate Ba’aj and its surrounding villages and areas from the grips of Daesh, trying to reach the Syrian border and cutting the vital supply line of the terror group, whose days are numbered in Mosul, their last urban bastion in the Arab country.
The PMU forces reportedly number more than 100,000 fighters. Iraqi authorities say there are between 25,000 and 30,000 Sunni tribal fighters within their ranks in addition to Kurdish Izadi and Christian units.
The fighters have played a major role in the liberation of Daesh-held areas to the south, northeast and north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, ever since the terrorists launched an offensive in the country in June 2014.
Daesh losing more ground in Mosul
Iraqi forces on Monday launched a fresh wave of offensive against the remaining Daesh terrorists, holing up in Mosul’s Old City.
“Our units are continuing to advance… and entered al-Saha al-Oula and al-Zinjili and al-Shifaa neighborhoods and the Republican Hospital,” announced Iraq’s Joint Operations Command (JOC) spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool.
Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, fell to Daesh in 2014, when the terrorist group began its campaign of death and destruction in Iraq, making the city its de facto capital in the Arab country.
Since October 2016, Iraqi army soldiers and allied volunteer fighters have been leading a major operation to recapture Mosul. They took control of eastern Mosul in January and the push for the western side, separated from the east by the Tigris River, commenced in February.
Latest figures show that Daesh has control of less than 10 percent of the city, mainly in the north of the densely-populated Old City. However, the liberation of the last militant-held patches proved more difficult than previously expected, as Takfiri terrorists have dug in among civilians and are fiercely fighting back with explosive-laden vehicles, booby traps, mortar fire and snipers.
Furthermore, army tanks and heavy vehicles are incapable of passing through the Old City’s narrow and maze-like streets.
Rasool also noted that the Iraqi aircraft had dropped thousands of leaflets over the Old Mosul and several other areas of the city overnight, “urging citizens to leave toward our security forces.”
Hundreds of thousands of people have already been displaced by the fighting in Mosul, and the figure is likely to mount as Iraqi forces close in on the last Daesh-held enclave in the city.
Meanwhile, Staff Lieutenant General Abdulghani al-Assadi, a high-ranking commander of Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), announced that the Iraqi forces had managed to liberate 49 residential buildings from the grips of Daesh. He added that 119 Daesh terrorists had also been killed in the operation.
“Daesh terrorists are directly targeting civilians,” Assadi further noted, adding that to save more lives, the security forces had provided a number of transporting vehicles to evacuate as many civilians as possible from the battle grounds to safe zones.
Also on Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited some liberated areas of Mosul and met with the Iraqi troops in the area.
The full liberation of Mosul would spell the end for the Iraqi half of Daesh’s so-called caliphate.
Iraq’s PMU forces reach Syrian border
Iraq’s popular mobilization forces, battling Daesh terrorists West of Mosul, have reached the country’s border with Syria.
The paramilitary force, also known as the PMF, is facing Kurdish-held areas of Syria. The PMF’s commander Hadi Al-Ameri says the volunteer forces will start a new operation on Tuesday to clear the Syria border from terrorists. According to Ameri, the Iraqi troops will head southwards to the town of Qaim. The strategic town lies opposite the Syrian city of al-Bukamal where the Syrian army and Hezbollah are fighting to recapture territory from militants. Earlier on Monday, the PMF announced the recapture of the key town of Ba’aj and a number of villages between Mosul and the Syrian border from Daesh. Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi has paid a visit to the frontline in Mosul. Meanwhile, inside the city the battle to liberate the few remaining districts under Daesh’s control continues.