Syria Daily: Regime Faces Attacks from ISIS, Rebels

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Failaq al-Rahman image of a tunnel bomb explosion in Ein Tarma near Damascus, September 27, 2016

Islamic State counter-attacks in Deir ez-Zor Province, rebels claims killing of dozens of regime troops in and near Damascus


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The Assad regime’s military faces questions about its effectiveness, even after recent advances backed by foreign forces and Russian airpower, after attacks by both the Islamic State and rebel factions on separate fronts in Syria on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Islamic State, which has been pushed back into parts of Deir ez-Zor Province this summer by a pro-Assad offensive, counter-attacked on three fronts yesterday. ISIS claimed that one of the assaults cut the main road between Deir ez-Zor city and Palmyra in central Syria, while another is threatening to retake the town of Sukhna in eastern Homs Province, captured by pro-Assad forces in early August.

The ISIS outlet Amaq said that operations including suicide bombers had also captured two Russian troops. The Russian Defense Ministry, citing an official at the Hmeimim air base in western Syria, rejected the claim.

Observers noted ISIS reports of the capture of other, smaller towns and villages. The group appeared to have retaken territory along the Euphrates where Russia had built two pontoon bridges and close to where a Russian general was killed — the highest-ranking Russian fatality since 1991 — last weekend.

The Assad regime’s military maintained that it had thwarted the attack on the road and the town of al-Shoula, “They received a blow and did not succeed.”

But the pro-Assad site al-Masdar acknowledged the ISIS advance: “The Syrian Arab Army’s elite forces departed from the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate to western Deir ez-Zor after suffering several setbacks to the so-called Islamic State terror organization.”

A vocal pro-Assad activist tweeted about the defeats along the road between Homs and Deir ez-Zor Provinces:

The pro-Assad offensive, including Iranian units and Iranian-led foreign militias, broke ISIS’s three-year siege of Deir ez-Zor city and the nearby military airport last month and moved into western sections of Deir ez-Zor city. ISIS is now concentrated along the Euphrates River between Deir ez-Zor city and Mayadin to the south, along the Iraqi border.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have also moved into Deir ez-Zor Province this month, advancing to the north and east of Deir ez-Zor city. The advance has complicated the military position, however, with the prospects of clashes between the pro-Assad forces and the SDF, headed by the Kurdish YPG militia and backed by the US.

See Syria Daily, Sept 26: Claim — Russia Bombs Kurds-Led SDF for 2nd Time Near Deir ez-Zor

The Islamic State attacks came as an audio was released of the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s first statement in almost a year. The self-styled caliph exhorted members to keep fighting in both Iraq and Syria.

Report: Rebel Attack Near Damascus Kills Dozens of Regime Troops

In the Damascus suburbs, the rebel faction Failaq al-Rahman claimed the killing of dozens of regime troops in operations which included two tunnel bombs on Wednesday.

The attacks in Jobar in northeast Damascus and in nearby Ein Tarma are on a front where pro-Assad forces have failed for months to break rebel resistance despite the support of Russian airstrikes and heavy bombardment.

A Russian correspondent acknowledged 45 regime fatalities while Failaq al-Rahman said 50 troops were killed.


As Russia Bombs Idlib, Putin and Erdoğan Promote “De-Escalation Zone”

Even as Russian and regime warplanes bomb opposition-held Idlib Province in northwest Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promoted a “de-escalation zone” on Thursday.

Since renewing airstrikes on September 19, Russia and the Assad regime have killed more than 150 people across Idlib, knocking out civilian sites such as hospitals, civil defense centers, and power stations.

See Syria Daily, Sept 28: More than 150 Killed in Russian-Regime Bombing of Idlib

But Erdoğan said after talks in Ankara that he and Putin agreed to “pursue more intensely” the implementation of the de-escalation zone.

Russia, Iran, and Turkey agreed earlier this month in talks in the Kazakh capital Astana on the zone. Rebel leaders also supported the accord, only to be target in the Russian-regime attacks over the past 10 days.

Putin said yesterday, “De facto, the necessary conditions have been created for the end of the fratricidal war in Syria, the final defeat of terrorists and the return of Syrians to a peaceful life and their homes.”

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  1. #Jazira_Region: On 28 Aug, founding congress for Democratic Conservative Party held in Qamishli in advance of elexs hawarnews.com/%d8%a7%d9%86%d… https://t.co/JLyNiVHJHa https://t.co/3A2GqEpkAM
    https://twitter.com/ver_scholl_en/status/903077029050023940 8/30/2017

    . كلمة الشيخ الشيخ حميدي دهام الهادي بالمؤتمر السابع لحزب الاتحاد الديمقراطي
    Speech of Sheikh Hamidi Dham Al Hadi at the Seventh Conference of the Democratic Union Party.
    https://translate.google.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfFgjjZ2D04 9/28/2017

    In Northern Syria, Kurdish and Arab forces have made major gains against the Islamic State in Raqqa, the capital of their purported Caliphate. The most significant Arab contingent fighting Isis comes from one of the largest tribes in the Middle East – the Shammar.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAmEUqxetiQ 9/22/2017

    • “founding congress for Democratic Conservative Party held in Qamishli”

      No problemo. Send the Âsâyeŝ to pick them up for not putting Ojalan’s picture above all. They must be imperialists. Thanks to the demi-God Ojalan, we will stop all imperialists.

  2. Despite alleged aggressions between the Syrian military and Syrian Democratic Forces both battling the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Monday he was willing to discuss with Syrian Kurds “some sort of self-management” within the borders of the state.
    http://www.newsweek.com/russia-says-syria-war-will-end-soon-help-turkey-673939 9/28/2017

    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Thursday, September 28, […] “We welcome and support the Syrian government in its efforts for achieving national reconciliation and creating comfortable conditions for the existence of representatives of different ethnic and religious segments of society within one Syria,”
    http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/247056/ 9/28/2017

    Democratic Northern Syria Federation has answered Syrian Foreign Minister’s remarks on “negotiations”, saying […] “We evaluate the Foreign Minister’s statement on readiness for negotiations with Kurds as a belated but positive step as we believe that the only way to a solution for Syrian crisis is negotiations.

    We as Democratic Northern Syria Federation are ready for negotiations.”
    https://anfenglish.com/rojava/northern-syria-answers-damascus-we-are-ready-for-negotiations-22376 9/27/2017

    • I love that “Democratic Northern Syria Federation” DNSF — I bet all those Syrian Baathists and socialists have a fit everytime they hear this name. And they would say – But we have total freedom in southern Syria – even legitimate free and open elections for Assad. Why are you selling northern Syria to the Americans and Israel? You should sell it to the Russians and Iranians!

      • I bet all those Syrian Baathists and socialists have a fit everytime they hear this name.

        They probably appreciate the efforts they are putting in fighting ISIS and hope the SDF are taking care of the area they currently occupy before the SAA takes it back.

  3. I would think that any non-jihadist Syrian rebel has come to the realization that their best bet is to join the SDF as they are guaranteed to be free of Assad in northern Syria. The FSA should stop romanticizing that snake Erdo’an and join SDF before it is too late. Even kick the Turks out and hand over Al-Bab to SDF in return for local autonomy. It must really suck to leave their ancestral villages and tribes, farms and homes, and have to move to northern Syria, but still better than being overrun by Iranian and Hezbollah Barbar-ian hordes who commit torture and murder, rape and looting, indiscriminately as they establish control. Let Assad keep the left half of Syria. Eventually his foreign colonialist backers are going to run out of money, and he will stop paying his henchmen, and be murdered.

  4. “A Russian correspondent acknowledged 45 regime fatalities while Failaq al-Rahman said 50 troops were killed.”

    So this is why all of a sudden Russia decided to bombard the civilians of Idlib and killed 200 men, women, and children in one night. A city that is hundreds of miles away from an of the battlefields. War crimes by these war criminals masquerading as “But we have European heritage”.

    So courageous and humanitarian of these Russian troops. Too scared to enter the ground battle with their garbage weapons, so precision bomb people’s homes and apartments 500 miles away.

  5. With the collapse of ISIS, how is Putin going to explain to his useful idiots around the world that the people he is still bombing into pieces, a thousand kilometer away from any battlefield, are part of the ISIS terror group? A crime that he has gotten away with until now.

    • Impotent vodka-swelled russians randomly bombing Al-Bukamal after Abu Bakr boys´s shift into berserk mode. Only the yankee superior war machine and seemingly unlimited resources can match ISIS´s die-hard followers (just compare epic ISIS resistance to the miserable collapse of Gaddafi´s regime or Saddam´s).

      Dozens of civilians were killed and wounded in a new massacre by the Russian and Assad aircraft in Al-Bukamal today:

      http://en.deirezzor24.net/dozens-of-civilians-were-killed-and-wounded-in-a-new-massacre-by-the-russian-and-assad-aircraft-in-al-bukamal-today/

      • Only the yankee superior war machine and seemingly unlimited resources can match ISIS´s die-hard followers

        It was the Ruskies/Assad/Iran/Hezbollah who defeated ISIS and liberated 75% of Syria. They will soon liberate the rest.

        FYI. The US is doing plenty of massacring in Syria and Iraq, though that doesn’t seem to bother you.

        • Accidentally hitting civilians and mistaking them for combatants happens in all battlefields. The US is not bombing civilians 1000 km away from battlefields as the Russians are doing.

          Assad has not taken over 75% of Syria. DNSF is about 40% of Syria and is protected by NFZ. And southern Syria is another 10% that he does not own.

          • Accidentally hitting civilians and mistaking them for combatants happens in all battlefields.

            As I have repeatably pointed out, its not an accident when it keeps happening.

            The US is not bombing civilians 1000 km away from battlefields as the Russians are doing.

            Russia re not doing that either.

            Assad has liberated over 75% of Syria. DNSF is about 15% % of Syria and is protected by a deconfliction zone with Russia’s cooperation. Will be dissolved once the SAA turn to reclaim it.

            • There has been some rare incidents. And then there are ISIS’s helpers, including women, who do get killed being in the combat zone. But the Russians are bombing homes and apartments and children a 1,000 km away from any battlefield. Not 25 meters from the battlefield. If you can’t see the difference is because you have lost all sense of humanity.

              • The US is bombing homes and apartments and children in 8 countries including weddings and funerals. If you can’t see that it’s because you have lost all sense of objectivity.

              • Why would they want to bomb a wedding party? Because of course it was a mistake. How many times has this happened? While SAA and Russia are bombing, maiming, and sometimes gassing, and killing children on a daily basis.

      • These are collective punishment to tell people there that if they don’t surrender, they will get more indiscriminate bombing of their homes and apartments. And the UN and all the dozens of “Human Rights Watch” leftwing jerks and Marxists NGOs are fast asleep, turning a blind eye to these atrocities. These are not atrocities, they say, because it is not done by the US. If it is Muslim on Muslim or Russians on civilians, then they are legitimate, according to these self-righteous pompous and elitist low-lives.

        • These are collective punishment to tell people there that if they don’t surrender, they will get more indiscriminate bombing of their homes and apartments.

          You yourself said admitted a few days ago that this is precisely what happened in Raqqa and Mosul and dismissed criticism on the basis that wars are dirty and imperfect followed by the inevitable complains about left wingers and Marxists yadi yadi yadi.

          Truly impressive how you are able to pirouette so deftly.

          • Collective punishment is when you target civilians.

            What happens in Raqqa and Mosul is that a few people, mostly helpers to ISIS refuse to evacuate, and then become human shields to ISIS. Then sometimes they are mistaken for ISIS and bombarded.

            Very different.

            How much education do you think one needs to understand the difference between “targeting civilians 1000 km away from the battlefields” and “unintentionally or negligently mistaking civilians for combatants in the battlefield”?

            • Collective punishment is when you target civilians.

              The US has always used collective punishment as they did in Fallujah. The conflict began when a number of Blackwater contractors were killed and the US went crazy by inflicting collective punishment which then escalated and got out of hand.

              The only difference Kazemi is that you automatically ascribe malevolent motives to those you don’t like while cling to the belief that US motives and noble and pure.

    • Whenever Barbar and Andre disappear from the forum, you know things are not going well for SAA and the Rooskies. Right on cue …

      What are you talking about? Things are going great. The war is over and over 75% of Syria is back in Assad’s hands. The attack by ISIS has been crushed.

      There’s plenty fo cleaning up to do of course and pockets of resistance still nee to be dealt with, but the SDF will soon have to move aside and join with Assad or be wiped out

      • Assad doesn’t even control 50% of Syria. Qaryateyn just revolted against WSNF (western syria nazi fascism). DNSF will join with the southern rebels and Druze and Assad will be limited to Damascus and Latakia with no natural resources.

        • Assad now controls 75% of Syria. The Qaryateyn battle is just ISIS dead enders holding o for dear life.
          DNSF will collapse the minute the US withdraws it’s support. The southern rebels have always been useless and ineffective.

          • You keep on saying that. But Assad doesn’t control southern Syria or Norther Syria or Idlib. That is 60% of Syria he does not control. He just controls some cities under military regime. The minute he lets go, it is another rebellion all over again. Nobody will invest a penny in Syria under these circumstances.

    • Its simple. Putin can bark as much he likes but reality is simple. Russia doesnt have the military capability and stretch of the US. Not even close. And these are the results.

      • The results are that in 2 years Russia had completely upended US plans for Syria.

        1. Regime change – kaput
        2. Balkanization of Syria – kaput
        3. Saudi-Qatari pipeline – Kaput

        Russia’s military capability is such that the US could never defeat them. Hell, the US can’t even put a military base out of operation for more than 24 hours

        • So funny and wrong. Mathis and others have decided to support a democratic DNSF. They have established a NFZ for the SDF and Kurds.

          1. Regime change – Assad has lost half of Syria.
          2. Balkanization – yes and federation is a very good idea. Too bad you are ignorant on poli-sci.
          3. Saudi popeline – Lol. Why should Saudi Arabia build a pipeline and deliver oil at 3 times the cost? They never seriously wanted a pipeline. Tanker shipment much cheaper. Besides, KSA can always get a pipeline through Israel or Egypt. Why would they ever want Syria?

              • Ah, you were not aware of this. Problem with Syrian pipeline is that when it gets to Tartus, it must be put on a tanker or LNG container. While there are existing pipelines from Iraq to Turkey to Europe that do not have to loaded on tankers. And Turkey is a major consumer so they don’t have to ship far to be able to deliver some of the oil and gas.

                Tartus is a dead-end. Building an LNG terminal costs $8 billion. Why would anyone finance that when Assad can’t even keep his hometown next to Latakia safe from bombardment?

          • And the pipeline through Syria, only discussed and not negotiated, was for natural gas and not oil. KSA does not export natural gas. With LNG technology, it became cheaper for Qatar to export LNG than to build a pipeline.

            • And the pipeline through Syria, only discussed and not negotiated, was for natural gas and not oil.

              Umm yes, I know. But the KSA has major interests in cutting Iran out of the European market by backing the pipeline from Qatar

              With LNG technology, it became cheaper for Qatar to export LNG than to build a pipeline.

              No.Qatar LNG is the cheapest in the world, but still more expensive than a pipeline, but the point is that it does not cut out Iran from the European market.

              • Lol – Iran barely sends any gas to Europe, as it is a tiny pipeline, and competes with Russia and Russia will never allow Iranian gas in Europe.. All its gas must go through Turkey, and Turkey uses that gas. Qatar is the major shipper of LNG to Europe and Asia.

                A pipeline is cheaper for in-land delivery. With access to the sea, LNG is much cheaper than pipelines that can be cut at any moment anywhere by anyone. It is impossible to build gas pipelines in the Middle East. There is no security.

              • It is true that Iran sends little gas to Europe, but once the pipeline is completed, it will be much more competitive. It does not compete with Russia and Russia is one of the main investors.

          • Who cares what Mathis and others have decided? If there is a deconfliction zone for the SDF and Kurds it’s only because they came to an agreement with Russia.

            1. Regime change – Assad has lost half of Syria.

            Wrong. Assas has liberated 75-85% of it and growing. What’s more his leadership is not remotely threatened.

            2. Balkanization – yes and federation is a very good idea. Too bad you are ignorant on poli-sci.

            Balkanization is not Federalization. Assad has agreed to offer autonomy to the Kurds. Hope that helps

            3. Saudi popeline – Lol. Why should Saudi Arabia build a pipeline and deliver oil at 3 times the cost?

            It’s not about oil, it’s about Qatari gas and the primary aim is to cut Russia and Iran out of the European market. And yes, they, along with the US, seriously wanted that pipeline. Israel is not an option.

            • Russian de-confliction agreements are not worth the paper they are written upon, as you know. The only reason Russia respects DNSF is because of the US NFZ. Try to start living with the realities. Mathis and McMaster are no Susan Rice and Benjamin Rhodes.

              Assad never agreed to a federal Kurdistan. Where do you get such fake narratives?

              Russia will never allow Iranian gas in Europe. A pipeline from KSA to Israel will do wonders. Or from KSA to Egypt. The only reason there is none is because it is uncompetitive to shipping. You still live in the 1960s when a lot of pipelines were built.

              • Whatever you think of Russian de-confliction agreements, they are all the US has. There is no NFZ anywhere, which is why the US is still talking about the possibility of one.

                The Russians have no respect for the DNSF which is why they bombed the crap out of then on the 18th of September. Where was yor imaginary NFZ then?

                <i Assad never agreed to a federal Kurdistan. Where do you get such fake narratives?

                I said autonomy
                https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/syria/1.814494

                Russia have no problem with Iranian gas going to Europe. They will share in a slice of the pie with Iran.

                The only reason there is none is because it is uncompetitive to shipping. You still live in the 1960s when a lot of pipelines were built.

                Wrong. The reason Russian gas is so much cheaper than anything else is because it’s piped.

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