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International Military Review ~ 09 December 2015

On Dec.9, Russia for the first time hit ISIS targets in Syria with cruise missiles launched from a submarine in the Mediterranean Sea. The 3M-54 Kalibr missiles were launched from the Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine “Rostov-on-Don”. According to the Russian Defense Minister, the missiles targeted the terrorists’ ammunition warehouses, mine production plant and the oil infrastructure in the territory of Raqqa.

In the past three days, the Russian Air Forces have carried out over 300 sorties hitting 600 terrorist targets. All sorties were performed with the backing of Su-30 fighter jets.

The pro-government sources argue that tens of terrorists were killed in clashes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the militant groups along the Damscus-Homs highway on Tuesday. Thus, the Syrian forces expanded its control on the Eastern side of the Damascus-Homs highway in Harasta.

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On Tuesday, the SAA, Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Harakat Al-Nujaba launched an offensive on the towns of Al-Zorba and Barqoum clashing against Al-Nusra, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-Islam. The clashes are continuing in the both towns. If the Syrian forces capture Al-Zorba, they will be able to cutoff the militants’ supply route from Idlib to Aleppo. This operation is a part of the largest offensive of the Syrian forces which is aimed to secure the whole Aleppo-Damascus highway.

Since the start of the Russian military operations in Syria, the pro-government forces have been incrementally advancing in directions of the main strategic areas which allow to control crucial parts of the Syrian logistical infrastructure. It allows the Syrian forces to take advantage on terrorists in the manoeuvre capability while the loyalists already have advantage in the fire power, intelligence and coordination.


International Military Review ~ 08 December 2015

ISIS militants launched a full-scale offensive on the villages of Ayyash and Bgelia after the US-led ‘anti-ISIS’ coalition’s airstrikes against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in this area. On Sunday, the US-led ‘anti-ISIS’ coalition poundend the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the province of Deir Ezzor. 1 soldier was killed and half dozen others were wounded. According to the reports, the military camp belongs to the SAA’s 137th Artillery Brigade in the village of ‘Ayyash was a main target of the US warplanes.

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On Monday, the SAA launched an offensive in Jabal Al-Akrad and took control of Burj Al-Qasab. several It allowed the pro-government forces to capture several key locations earlier controlled by Al-Nusra, the Free Syrian Army and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham in the Latakia province. They are the village of ‘Ikko located near the town of Kabani, and the villages of Bouz Al-Khirbat, Beit Fares, and Al-Mughayriyah. It allows the SAA and its allies to advance on Kabani.

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On December 7, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi reiterated the withdrawl of Turkish troops from northern Iraq within 24 hours. Turkey were invited by the Kurdish Regional Government, with no coordination or communication with Baghdad. It has since said it will replace existing troops in Iraq that number a few hundred, with as many as 2000 soldiers. The Iraqi security forces and the Shi’ite militias are overstretched with their fight against ISIS and they have little presence in this Peshmerga controlled area. It can only be speculated that how Iraq will respond to the Turkish invasion once the 24 hour ultimatum expires.

The Kuwaiti al-Rai news website quoted an informed diplomat as saying that the US is attempting to gather the forces called by Washington as moderate opposition in one region to create a foothold for the militants’ further expansion in Syria. According to the report, US-supported militants have entered Southwestern Syria which shares borders with Jordan. The reports were rejected by Amman.

SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence remembers when Russia started air raids on terrorists in Syria over two months ago, some 3,000 terrorists escaped through the border with Jordan. Earlier in May, US defense officials said that at least 400 US military military advicers were ready in Turkey and Jordan to start training of over 3,000 anti-Syria militants to join fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.


International Military Review ~ 07 December 2015

Last weekend, aproximately 1,100 additional troops arrived to the Syrian Government stronghold of Al-Safira in order to intensify their military operations near the strategic towns of Al-Hadher and Tal Al-‘Eiss in the Aleppo province. According to the field reports, the Syrian troops was moved to Aleppo from the the town of Ras Al-Bassit in northwest Latakia.

Now, the pro-government forces including Hezbollah and Iraqi paramilitary units are advancing in the southern Aleppo countryside.

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On Moday, the pro-government forces captured the villages of Zeitan and Al-Qala’jiyah near the strategic city of Khan Touman after a series of firefights with Al-Nusra, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.
The villages of Zeitan and Al-Qala’jiyaj are lcoated approximately 1km east of the Aleppo-Damascus highway which is the most important supply line in the region.

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In the western countryside of Palmyra, the SAA supported by Hezbollah, Liwaa Imam ‘Ali and the National Defense Forces have imposed control over the strategic Palmyra-Homs Highway after intense clashes with ISIS.
According to the field reports, the pro-government forces captured the villages of Al-Bayarat and Marhatten and are now in 4km away from the western walls of Palmyra.


International Military Review ~ 06 December 2015

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) supported by the National Defense Forces (NDF) continued its advance along the Turkish border in the Latakia province’s northern countryside. Following the heavy clashes against the al Nusra and Free Syrian Army militants, the Syrian forces took control of Zahiyah Tower, near the Turkish border-crossing. The government troops are continuing the advance along the Turkish border.

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The Syrian forces targeted terrorists’ concentration centers in the neighborhoods of al- Rashidiya, al-Hwaiqa and al-Sheikh Yassin in Deir Ezzur. Early reports said 11 terrorists were killed and, at least, 34 others were injured in the attacks. The main clashes were observed at the city of Inkhil, and the towns of Zimrin and Simlin in Dara’a.

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A strategic village of Marhatan near Palmyra in the Homs province has been purged of the militants in a massive military operation. Earlier, the Syrian troops engaged in heavy clashes with ISIS militants in al-Biyarat region. The pro-government sources argue that the ISIS militants suffered heavy loses.

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Some 200 wanted militants from Zabadani region and Madaya in Damascus province turned themselves in to the authorities on Saturday. The Syrian government has vowed to pardon all those who lay down arms voluntarily. Another reason has been the Russian air raids which impact the terrorists’ fighting spirit negatively.


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European Political Review, 7/12/2015

UAF GenStaff issued a statement claiming the war continues and will continue until Crimea is reclaimed by Ukraine, with the UAF ready to resume offensive operations at any moment. This statement followed the escalation of the situation in Donbass resulting in a number of exchanges of fire between UAF and DPR troops along the front lines.

Aside from the Donbass, Ukrainian forces displayed the highest level of activity in the vicinity of Crimea. There were reported clashes between Azov and Right Sector troops, with each group being under the influence of alcohol and thinking the other to be Russian forces. Nonetheless, it marks serious tensions among the Ukrainian paramilitary groups which could lead to an open confrontation in some cases.

Some 7,000 demonstrators gathered in Montenegro’s second largest city of Niksic on Nov. 29, calling on Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic to step down over his proposal for the country to join the Western military alliance. A similar anti-government rally, attended by some 2,000 protesters, was also held in the capital, Podgorica. Montenegro has been the scene of such anti-government protests in the past few weeks. NATO formally invited Montenegro into the alliance on Dec.2.

On Dec.3, workers in Greece held the second general strike to protest austerity measures being imposed by the Syriza (“Coalition of the Radical Left”) government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The General Confederation of Greek Workers, or GSEE, said in a statement calling for a rally in Athens. The protest drew about 15,000 demonstrators, according to police estimates.

The Constitutional Court of Spain on Wednesday declared unconstitutional a resolution by the Parliament of that proposed a plan for the region’s independence from Spain by 2017. The resolution was approved by Catalonian lawmakers in November, and stated that Parliament would take the “necessary steps” to effect the separation from Spain in a peaceful and democratic manner and in a way that would empower citizens.

Danish voters have decided against adopting cross-border policing measures with other EU members in a move that means Denmark now risks losing its access to Europol, Europe’s crime and intelligence-sharing agency. In the wake of the Paris attacks last month, Denmark’s center-right government tabled proposals for the country to surrender some of its opt-outs from EU home affairs legislation, saying it would help Danish security services.

Denmark has an arrangement with the EU—similar to that of the U.K. and Ireland—making it exempt from EU crime and justice legislation such as migrant quotas, which are intended to be compulsory for other members.



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