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  • Syria: Moscow tells US not to hit its forces in Deir Ezzor

    MOSCOW issued a stern warning to Washington yesterday, saying that it has deployed special forces alongside Syrian troops in Deir Ezzor province and will retaliate if they come under fire.

    Russia’s Defence Ministry said that the US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have...

    Friday 22nd Sep 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

  • Syria: Jihadists launch offensive as army expands bridgehead

    FOREIGN jihadists launched a major offensive in central Syria yesterday even as the army expanded its bridgehead across the River Euphrates.

    The al-Qaida-linked Hetesh alliance attacked the heavily fortified town of Ma’an in Hama province, south of the insurgent stronghold of...

    Wednesday 20th Sep 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

  • Syria: Eastbound army set to cross river Euphrates

    THE Syrian army was poised to strike across the Euphrates river yesterday in its race to reach the Iraqi border before US-backed Kurdish forces.

    The army took Jafrah, outside Deir Ezzor on the river’s west bank, surrounding Isis fighters stuck in districts of the city freed from...

    Wednesday 13th Sep 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

  • Syria: Riyadh ‘backs ceasefire’ for militants that it funds

    RUSSIAN Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said yesterday that Saudi Arabia backs a ceasefire by the jihadist groups it funds in Syria.

    Speaking in Syria’s southern neighbour Jordan after talks with Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Mr Lavrov said that Riyadh supported the...

    Tuesday 12th Sep 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

  • Syria: Army breaks Isis’s grip on besieged city of Deir Ezzor

    SYRIAN government forces shattered the Isis siege of Deir Ezzor and the city’s military airport at the weekend, pressing forward to attack the extremists’ positions in the Thardeh mountains.

    Army units advanced from the recently liberated town of al-Malha to the Panorama...

    Monday 11th Sep 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

  • Syria: Fighting continues around Deir Ezzor

    THE Syrian army fought to consolidate its lifeline into the eastern city of Deir Ezzor yesterday, after breaking the nearly four-year siege by Isis.

    Government troops advanced east along the main M20 motorway route from Palmyra to the city on the River Euphrates, clearing the town of...

    Thursday 7th Sep 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

  • Syria: Fleeing Isis fighters pushed towards army by US planes

    THE US-led coalition admitted bombing fleeing Isis gunmen on Wednesday to force them back towards the advancing Syrian army.

    Some 330 Isis gunmen — including 26 travelling by ambulance— and a similar number of their civilian relatives were evacuated from an area straddling...

    Friday 1st Sep 2017

    posted by James Tweedie in World

  • Syria: Army starts ‘final assault’ to cut Isis Homs supply lines

    SYRIAN government troops launched what they termed their final assault yesterday to cut off the last Isis supply line to the region north of Sukhna in Homs province.

    Soldiers stormed the Al-Dahk mountains in the northern countryside of Sukhna, sparking fierce clashes with Isis...

    Wednesday 23rd Aug 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

  • Syria: Pro-Assad forces take more ground in war for Deir Ezzor

    SYRIAN and Russian forces dealt new defeats to Isis across the country yesterday in their push to lift the siege of Deir Ezzor.

    Breaking through to the Isis-surrounded eastern city and the oil-rich province of the same name is seen as the key to defeating the death cult and ending the...

    Tuesday 22nd Aug 2017

    posted by James Tweedie in World

  • Syria: Four civilians killed by shells after Assad warning to West

    SHELLING killed four civilians in Damascus yesterday after President Bashar al-Assad ruled out detente with Western nations until they end support for extremists.

    Shortly after Mr Assad delivered his speech, shells landed at the entrance to the Damascus Fair, killing four people and...

    Monday 21st Aug 2017

    posted by James Tweedie in World