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Senior MP Describes Buffer Zone as Turkey's Pretext to Deploy in Northern Syria

Senior MP Describes Buffer Zone as Turkey’s Pretext to Deploy in Northern Syria

(FNA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker lashed out at the Ankara government for seeking a buffer zone in Northern Syria, saying Turkey is just seeking to stretch its power to a war-stricken neighbor.

“Turkey has proposed creation of a buffer zone in Northern Syria in a bid to confront the threats which are the outcome of its own tactical and strategic mistakes,” rapporteur of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told FNA on Friday.

He underlined that Turkey has so far been the biggest supporter of the ISIL, but it is now trying to suppress the Kurds and disintegrate Northern Syria by showing that it is fighting the ISIL.

On Thursday, Iran’s foreign ministry voiced opposition to the creation of a buffer zone in Syria as violation of the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty by foreign states, and said such measures will further make the regional conditions critical.

“Creation of a buffer zone inside Syria is a violation of the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian told FNA.

“Some solutions should be found so that the international rights are not violated,” he added.

“There is no need to make the regional conditions more critical with such unnecessary measures,” Amir Abdollahian said.

His remarks came after certain media reports claiming that the Turkish forces are ready for military intervention in Syria under the pretext of creating a buffer zone to protect the Turkish borders against the threat of the terrorist groups.

In October, Syria’s Foreign Ministry rejected foreign powers’ talk about imposing a buffer zone on Syrian soil.

“The Turkish attempts to establish a buffer zone on the Syrian soil is a flagrant violation to the charters of the UN and international law,” the ministry said in a statement.

It added that “Syria totally rejects the establishment of a buffer zone on any part of its terrain under any pretext and also rejects the foreign military intervention on its soil”.

The ministry stressed that the Syrian government would take all necessary measures to protect its national sovereignty and the unity of its territories after consulting with other countries.

The statement came as Turkey had been floating the idea of setting up a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the borders under many pretexts, mainly to solve the issue of the Syrian refugees on Turkish soil.

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Influential Lawmaker Warns against Erdogan’s Plot to Disintegrate Syria

(FNA) – Vice-Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mansour Haqiqatpour warned against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s scenario to disintegrate Syria by proposing creation of a buffer zone in the Northern parts of the country.

“What Erdogan is trying to do is a dangerous scenario for disintegrating Syria,” Haqiqatpour told FNA on Friday.

He noted the Turkish president will make a big mistake by creating a buzzer zone in Northern Syria and he will also have to pay a heavy price for his mistake.

Haqiqatpour said that Erdogan who has been a staunch supporter of the ISIL is now trying to prepare the conditions for suppressing the Kurds and separate Northern Syria from the rest of the country through his buffer zone plan.


Vice-Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mansour Haqiqatpour

On Thursday, Iran’s foreign ministry voiced Tehran’s strong opposition to the creation of a buffer zone in Syria as violation of the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty by foreign states, and said such measures will further make the regional conditions critical.

“Creation of a buffer zone inside Syria is a violation of the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian told FNA.

“Some solutions should be found so that the international rights are not violated,” he added.

“There is no need to make the regional conditions more critical with such unnecessary measures,” Amir Abdollahian said.

His remarks came after certain media reports claiming that the Turkish forces are ready for military intervention in Syria under the pretext of creating a buffer zone to protect the Turkish borders against the threat of the terrorist groups.

In October, Syria’s Foreign Ministry rejected foreign powers’ talk about imposing a buffer zone on Syrian soil.

“The Turkish attempts to establish a buffer zone on the Syrian soil is a flagrant violation to the charters of the UN and international law,” the ministry said in a statement.

It added that “Syria totally rejects the establishment of a buffer zone on any part of its terrain under any pretext and also rejects the foreign military intervention on its soil”.

The ministry stressed that the Syrian government would take all necessary measures to protect its national sovereignty and the unity of its territories after consulting with other countries.

The statement came as Turkey had been floating the idea of setting up a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the borders under many pretexts, mainly to solve the issue of the Syrian refugees on Turkish soil.

Senior Lawmaker: Turkey Seeking to Suppress PKK on War-on-ISIL Pretext

Senior Lawmaker: Turkey Seeking to Suppress PKK on War-on-ISIL Pretext

(FNA) – A senior Iranian legislator underlined that Turkey’s 180 U-turn to fight the ISIL Takfiri terrorists is an unreal move to have an excuse for fighting PKK militants.

“Turkey, by creating a buffer zone in Northern Syria, is seeking to fight the PKK under the guise of fighting the ISIL,” member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Nozar Shafiyee told FNA on Friday.

He reiterated that Turkey does not have any problem with the ISIL because the Takfiri terrorist group is Ankara’s protégé.


Member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Nozar Shafiyee

Earlier today, Rapporteur of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini lashed out at the Ankara government for seeking a buffer zone in Northern Syria, saying Turkey is just seeking to stretch its power to a war-stricken neighbor.

“Turkey has proposed creation of a buffer zone in Northern Syria in a bid to confront the threats which are the outcome of its own tactical and strategic mistakes,” Naqavi Hosseini told FNA.

He underlined that Turkey has so far been the biggest supporter of the ISIL, but it is now trying to suppress the Kurds and disintegrate Northern Syria by showing that it is fighting the ISIL.

On Thursday, Iran’s foreign ministry voiced opposition to the creation of a buffer zone in Syria as violation of the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty by foreign states, and said such measures will further make the regional conditions critical.

“Creation of a buffer zone inside Syria is a violation of the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian told FNA.

“Some solutions should be found so that the international rights are not violated,” he added.

“There is no need to make the regional conditions more critical with such unnecessary measures,” Amir Abdollahian said.

His remarks came after certain media reports claiming that the Turkish forces are ready for military intervention in Syria under the pretext of creating a buffer zone to protect the Turkish borders against the threat of the terrorist groups.

In October, Syria’s Foreign Ministry rejected foreign powers’ talk about imposing a buffer zone on Syrian soil.

“The Turkish attempts to establish a buffer zone on the Syrian soil is a flagrant violation to the charters of the UN and international law,” the ministry said in a statement.

It added that “Syria totally rejects the establishment of a buffer zone on any part of its terrain under any pretext and also rejects the foreign military intervention on its soil”.

The ministry stressed that the Syrian government would take all necessary measures to protect its national sovereignty and the unity of its territories after consulting with other countries.

The statement came as Turkey had been floating the idea of setting up a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the borders under many pretexts, mainly to solve the issue of the Syrian refugees on Turkish soil.

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Young Kurdish Women on Front Line against DAESH in Syria


(CCTV+) ~ A troop of female fighters has become a major force combating Islamic State (IS) extremists in the predominantly Kurdish region of northeast Syria.

Commonly known by its Kurdish acronym, YPJ, the Women’s Protection Units is a women-only and pro-Kurdish militia set up in 2012 as a female brigade of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the main Kurdish military forces in Syria.

The group, in tandem with other Syrian Kurdish military forces, has been pushing west from the northeastern city of Hasakah for the past month to repel IS militants from the thin strip of land it controls along the Syrian-Turkish border.

In the ranks of the YPJ, many fighters are in their early twenties or even younger when they were recruited to fight against extremist insurgencies.

The women undergo weeks of military training including basic training on how to use AK-47s, heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other heavy weaponry.

Nineteen-year-old Roj Anas is a sniper in the ranks of the YPJ militia.

“First you should steady the rifle and find the balance point, then estimate the range and predict the direction in which an enemy is heading. Suppose you have figured out how far away your enemy is, you take aim and watch how he moves. After you learn about his movement, you shoot. In this way you can always succeed,” said Anas, while demonstrating how to use a sniper rifle.

She added that patience is the key to becoming a good sniper and that they usually train for hours or days to learn how to stay concentrated.

Anas said she was in high school before being recruited 18 months ago and trained to be a sniper on the front line. To this day, she still remembers the fear she felt at the moment she realized she would have to fight in the battlefield.

“Back then, I was very afraid and I thought I probably would never come back. We were here for two days before the fighting started and we kept asking each other, ‘What are we supposed to do? What should we do when confronting Daesh?’ I felt terrified from the bottom of my heart,” Anas said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

But months of fighting has turned her into an experienced sniper, she said, adding that she has lost many companions to the war.

“I remember one time when Daesh was quickly withdrawing and we had conquered almost every part of that region except a school. There was a container filled with explosives and as we charged forward, it exploded. I heard many people screaming. Some of them were killed on the spot. And the saddest thing is, one of my friends died holding my hand,” said Anas.

She said that even though they are young, all the fighters have made their wills and are ready to die.

According to official statistics from the YPG, there are currently a few thousand troops in the women’s wing, and of the 40,000 to 50,000 Kurdish troops in Syria, about 35 percent are women, most of whom are not married.

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Syrian army, Hezbollah retakes grounds from DAESH in Zabadani

(PressTV News Videos) ~ More gains are made by Syrian government forces backed by Hezbollah resistance fighters against foreign-backed militants in Zabadani region on Syria-Lebanon border.

As Mohamad Ali our correspondent in Syria reports more ground is falling to resistance forces in the region.

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