Devs Mar 21 >Idlib-Hama axis:intense clashes broke out on Thursday between SAA & Jaysh Al-Izza, several casualties on both sides >Idlib:RuAF strikes HTS positions inside the Jisr Al-Shuhour District and Al-Ghaab Plain region in SW Idlib >SOHR:US-led coal killed 200 civis that were hiding in last IS stronghold on March 19. SDF banned media from entering Baghuz on March20&21 in order to burry the bodies >National Guad:1300+ Dagestanis are fighting inside Syria >Russian MoD makes surprise visit to Syria to send Assad message from Putin >MIGA:Trump calls on US to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights >Netanyahu:Israel has ‘freedom to act’ against Iran inside Syria >Tensions are growing between HTS and Faylaq al-Sham in the Idlib de-escalation zone. >Venezuelan authorities arrest US-proclaimed president’s chief of staff Roberto Marrero. US,UK,UN Human Rights office expressed concern&called for release >AFGHANISTAN:3010 civilians were killed, 7,500 wounded over past year as a result of military actions and terrorist attacks >Ceasefire vilations are being reported in Hudaydah city and its vicinity. Saudi-led forces shelled Durayhimi with 10 mortar shells.
>Russian air force planes land in Venezuela carrying troops: report
CARACAS (Reuters) - Two Russian air force planes landed in Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100 troops, according to a local journalist, amid strengthening ties between Caracas and Moscow.
A flight-tracking website showed that two planes left from a Russian military airport bound for Caracas on Friday, and another flight-tracking site showed that one plane left Caracas on Sunday.
The report comes three months after the two nations held military exercises on Venezuelan soil that President Nicolas Maduro called a sign of strengthening relations, but which Washington criticized as Russian encroachment in the region.
Reporter Javier Mayorca wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the first plane carried Vasily Tonkoshkurov, chief of staff of the ground forces, adding that the second was a cargo plane carrying 35 tonnes of material.
An Ilyushin IL-62 passenger jet and an Antonov AN-124 military cargo plane left for Caracas on Friday from Russian military airport Chkalovsky, stopping along the way in Syria, according to flight-tracking website Flightradar24.
The cargo plane left Caracas on Sunday afternoon, according to Adsbexchange, another flight-tracking site.
A Reuters witness saw what appeared to be the passenger jet at the Maiquetia airport on Sunday.
It was not immediately evident why the planes had come to Venezuela.
Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Russia’s Defense Ministry and Foreign Ministry did not reply to messages seeking a comment. The Kremlin spokesman also did not reply to a request for comment.
The Trump administration has levied crippling sanctions on the OPEC nation’s oil industry in efforts to push Maduro from power and has called on Venezuelan military leaders to abandon him. Maduro has denounced the sanctions as U.S. interventionism and has won diplomatic backing from Russia and China.
In December, two Russian strategic bomber aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons landed Venezuela in a show of support for Maduro’s socialist government that infuriated Washington.
Maduro on Wednesday said Russia would send medicine “next week” to Venezuela, without describing how it would arrive, adding that Moscow in February had sent some 300 tonnes of humanitarian aid.
>We have two principal demands,” Kobane said. “One is that our autonomous administrations here be preserved and accorded legal status. The second is that the SDF be preserved. The security of the territory east of the Euphrates River should be left to the SDF. These are our red lines. We are willing to engage in all kinds of negotiations with the regime on this basis.”
>Reuters reporting that two Russian air force planes landed in Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100 troops, according to a local journalist, amid strengthening ties between Caracas and Moscow. Take it with a grain of salt, someone on 4fuck posted it. Here's the link: http://archive.fo/qTFWQ
>>213684 >how come there is a difference of mindset between non golan druze and golan druze? the ones in the golan have family and cultural connection with Syria. they also have to stay (publicly) loyal just in case it will be returned one day, otherwise they'll get mukhabarat'd. >you can cross the border? i though it was a korea style no man's land zone due to the tensions between syria and israel about the golan Druze can, mostly for: >During the 1970s, a few residents of Majdal Shams received permission to cross the ceasefire line into Syrian-controlled territory, either to rejoin relatives or attend university in Damascus. During the 1990s, large numbers of residents began to receive permission to cross the ceasefire line to conduct religious pilgrimages or attend university. A small number of women also applied to cross the ceasefire line and marry Syrian men. This crossing program was the subject of the film The Syrian Bride.
>Rockets fell on the area north of Tel Aviv. This came after last night's air strikes on #Gaza https://twitter.com/RisboLensky/status/1110082140035796992 >Israel will respond with force to a rocket attack that hit a residential area north of Tel Aviv, injuring 7 people, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said >The projectile, fired early in the morning on Monday, hit a house in the residential Sharon area, northeast of Tel Aviv, leaving seven people wounded, including two infants who suffered light injuries, the emergency services reported. Why doesn't Israeli AD work all of a sudden?
>Pics: Large parts of eastern Suwayda were combed after a Daesh group was spotted west of Tulul al-Safa a few days ago. While combing the areas, the units discovered a Daesh hideout, eliminated 1 Daeshi and seized some weapons >Video released by the Syrian Ministry of Defense showing several killed Daesh's during the combing process https://youtu.be/ZFRVrlMn1kQ
>>213963 Does Daesh really control that territory in the Homs badya though? I mean do they really still control those two oil wells? I fucking doubt it because everybody's been saying that they have no more territory. They may have an insurgent presence, but is it really accurate to show them still in control of land, of those two oil fields?
>>214046 They don't control shit, SAA has combed the desert many times, they just have an effective insurgent presence in the desert. The oil fields (actually a gas field) are definitely SAA controlled.
>>214113 I agree, the wikipedia crowd are autistic because the Syrian MoD never announced the capture of the gas field. In reality though all the deserts in Iraq and Syria shouldn't be colored at all besides the roads and points of interest in them because nobody really controls the deserts.
>>214095 >Naser al-Hariri: We must now abandon differences with the regime and work to solve the Golan problem https://twitter.com/Press_Alaaahmad/status/1110623892408811521 Ay yo hol up >National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary secretary-general in the Istanbul based coalition Are the T*rks, dare i say it, trying to reconcile the NLF with ASSad?
>>214134 You're welcome. >I wonder if I should add in stripes though, to signify heavy presence Meh, imo you shouldn't bother inventing a new rule for only this area when it could be applied on so many other places.
Wew, that took some time. Doing research and finding that even more districts are contested (some even as long as several years!), and adding them into the wiki warmap so I can shitmap. Spring offensive is in full swing. >If someone makes a video out of these Shitmupdates, make the following disclaimer before the vid: "Note: this war was heavily underreported and thus districts that are shown to be freshly under control of any faction or contested may have been this way for a long time."
>>214154 Do the Toubou militias really control the southeast of the country though? If I remember correctly Haftar took back everything from them, and I don't really see any landmarks or anything in your map (even the grid that signifies a rural presence). Is it really accurate to show them still in control of that area?
>A Spanish court says assailants who broke into North Korea's Embassy in Madrid last month later fled to the U.S. >According to new documents unsealed on Tuesday, the perpetrators of the attack included a U.S. citizen and another resident. The leader of the plot fled via Lisbon to Newark, N.J., and offered stolen material to the FBI in New York.
>According to the source, more than ten Syrian Arab Army soldiers were abducted this week while traveling along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway. >The soldiers were reportedly ambushed by the terrorist group and taken to an unknown destination in the vast desert region of eastern Homs. Guess that's why the NDF launched this operation: >>214182 Figured there was something odd about combing the desert so close to the highway. >At the same time, another three Syrian Arab Army soldiers were killed this week after their vehicle struck a landmine at the town of Al-Ghabra in eastern Deir Ezzor. >The landmine that killed the Syrian Arab Army soldiers was planted by the Islamic State fighters that were fleeing the town last year. http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=34.538945&lon=40.911713&z=14&m=bs&show=/18053717/Ghabrah
>>214282 >HEY LOOK !! >IT'S THE SEROK PANZER APO !!
>Developed by the most competent apoist enginiggers: >Highly reactive armour and latest ARENA like kurdish made system >Spongebob camo, to make it stealth and as visible as Batman the dark knight in the middle of the dark night >LMAO HOW CAN TÔRKS EVEN COMPETE???
>latest titanium aerodynamic treads, as light as possible to make it the least air resistant as possible >very STRONG and performant steel composite reactive armor with the latest anti ATGM Biji-YPG smoke screen system that would make the M1A2 Abrams look like plastic toys >HIGH FOV 360° view system with the highly capable thermoghraphic camera absolutely not stolen from uncle Ammar's shop in Diyarbakir (in occupied KURDISTAN her biji biji azadi kurdistani, fuck fascist Tôrks, fuck you osmanlihilafet1453 don't ever talk to me or my gf's sons ever again) >Made by oppressed KURDS, pls help KURDS they are fighting on behalf of Hûmûnity >HOW CAN FASCIST TORKISH ARMY'S L*OPARDS EVEN COMPETE??? >t. ypgay faggay
>>214294 Not sure Update 5: I can now fully confirm that Israeli warplanes stuck a target\s near or inside the Skiekh Najjar industrial area in the outskirt of Aleppo city. Air launched cruise missiles were used in the strike.
>>214297 >What's interesting is the claim that theyre launched from the east… Which can only mean they came from SDF areas, which can only mean one of two things: 1. They flew through Jordan, up through Iraq, and came into SDF areas. 2. They flew Turkey, and down into SDF areas.
>>214300 If it's IAF, option 1 definitely. It's a long ass flight though, which is why i'm leaning towards not IAF. >>214304 >how the Kurds managed to make a tank that looks shittier than a WWII New Zealander tank The bell curve strikes back.
#Syria: as more details are slowly emerging on targets hit tonight by #Israel, local sources report area of Tell Shugheib was also bombed. Region was known at least in 2016-17 to host many #IRGC-linked troops.
It is speculated that the weapons cache/depot targeted this evening was the staging ground from Fajir-5’s to be converted into precision missiles destine for #Hezbollah in #Lebanon and #IRGC affiliated militants in #Syria. Non precision for #PIJ more than likely.
>>214316 >they didn't need to refuel during operation Opera Did i claim that they did somewhere? We don't know what planes were used yet, F-16's with maxed out external fuel tanks are kind of lacking in the stealth department nowadays. >it was a longer stretch than aleppo Depends what route you take, flying along the Syrian border in Jordan, Iraq and SDFistan is just as long.
>>214334 yeah and i pointed out that israelis weren't afraid of big hauls, since you said that it was too long of a flight to suggest israeli involvement >>214306 >It's a long ass flight though, which is why i'm leaning towards not IAF.
never meant to show that they can refuel since that wasn't part of your statement
>>214346 >you said that it was too long of a flight to suggest israeli involvement Does "leaning towards" mean "absolutely convinced" in your dictionary? >>214348 Maybe i am maybe i'm not, there's one i'm not though, and that's wrong.
I'm sorry, but did the IAF already lose? Oh, that's right. The Civil War isn't even over yet. In fact, it's only 2019. Does not having the Iranian withdrawal at 2019 count as a loss? Is that what you're saying? Because if you're saying that I can assure you that you're wrong. Why would you make this general when the war is still on? The Israels are still playing right now and they have been the best airforce in the Middle East for how many years now? They're playing one of the worst armies in the Middle East who just happen to have a lead because they're feeding off the energy of Putin and Iran. But you know what? They still fucking suck. The Israel are one of the best fucking airforces in the world, they destroyed 500 Warehouses last year and would of kicked out Iran if Putin didn't cuck us from Greater Israel. Maybe you should shut the fuck up before you make retarded generals like this. You know why? Because you're going to be embarrassed when the IAF wins and someone bumps this generals. Oh look at that, the Israelis just blew up another ammo storage north of Damascus, just like we did last year. Are you a fucking drunk? Are you retarded? Are you autistic? You are a fucking idiot and you should never make a general on this board again and I'm fucking serious. I almost have a feeling you're the only guy making all these anti-Israeli topics because you're a faggot hater who doesn't like the IDF because they're good. Fuck you, be good at something in YOUR life and then maybe try to troll these fucking generals on the board, like I give a fuck. It's so easy to spot out your threads now, you're a retard. Always doing stupid shit like this. Why don't you try to be a good poster? Just for once? For once in your fucking life try not to make a topic like this. That's just you, you're always right at getting it wrong. Fuck you. You are nothing.
Man, the more research I do on various districts in Afghanistan, the more white my Shitmap becomes and the more purple my Districtmap becomes. >mfw all these gainz, I CAN'T HANDLE THEM IN A PLACE LIKE THIS
Afghan Shitmupdates Every day, this map looks better after doing research and putting in contested districts! So far, I've researched >Herat >Sar-e Pul >Jowzjan >Balkh >Takhar >Badakhshan >Nimroz >Kandahar >Wardak I'll research Kabul, Nuristan, Panjshir, Kunar, Laghman, Kapisa, and Parwan over the course of tomorrow and the next day.
https://twitter.com/RisboLensky/status/1111967046324158469 >According to @Shamshadnetwork #Taliban besieged #ANDSF units in Tarinkot area. Their supplies has to be delivered by air because all roads are cut off #Uruzgan #Afghanistan >The Taliban have reached their endgame in Uruzgan and are laying siege to the provincial capital as preparations for the storm
>>214728 11/10 Although I've mapped out ANA gains before - in the form of provincial capital districts not being contested (Sar-e Pul, Sheberghan) and Taliban-controlled districts becoming contested (Marjah).
>MFW I suddenly realize Idlib OP hasn't started yet because it will be solely part of the grand SAA-YPG offensive on all (T)FSA regions to come, meaning Idlib AND Efrin, Al Baba, Azaz, Jarabalus! (Hatay not included) >>214850 >Hatay included as TFSA jej
Nothing is happening, the war has ended. (really?) >I-Idlib S-SOON lads !!!1 Dx DDD: B T F O (as usual) T…..F F…..T O F T B
DEAD KHOMEINIST TERRORISTS EVERYWHERE LMAO (wew) HOW CAN ASSadist (lel i laughed) UNTERMENSCHEN (= subhumans) EVEN ECOMPETE? (lol they can't) >muh Hezbollah >muh SAA >muh SyAF (kek) escorting SAA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA (haha i'm really laughing) daily (daily) reminder (to remind you) that only commies (communists) support ass*d the degeneracy promoting untermensch backed by khomeinist child rapists Don't forget that this cuck gets bombed by the jews without even bothering trying to counter them (and that pootin doesn't give a fuck lmao)
/sg/ subhumanic ass*dists BTFO B T F O
U S U A L S…….A U…….U A…….S L A U S U
The same faggots (yes, faggots) who said that idlib will happen (lol they got BTFO) and got bombed by rebels while later saying that it was nothing. the same claiming that there is an alliance between ayy lmaos, israel, USA, KSA, ISIS, AQ, EU, Israel, Ukraine, Turkey, Israel, FSA, Koweit, Jordan and Israel against ASSad and ir*n (they are stupid).
subhumanic khomeinist subhumans are subhumanic subhumans
The same weebshit NEETs that larp as nazis while they support commies and make "russian liberation" jokes.
stay mad, assmadists stay mad, assmad
and don't forget >HuGE >HuGe >ToMoRoW wiLL Be BuSy DaY foR RePorTErS >ToMoRoW wiLL Be BuSy DaY foR RePorTErS >HyPE? >HypE?
fuck al bolandi, fuck al irani, fuck the triggered pole, fuck al fingoli, fuck al baathist bongi, fuck pedro al mexiki, and FUCK YOU ALL
i hope trump and macron bomb more khomeinist terrorists
I had too much to do today to tackle Baghlan. It'll have to wait until tomorrow. >inb4 I put it off yet another day Afghan Shitmupdates - rare gov't gains edition >fighting in Sholgara of Balkh >gov't counteroffensive in Arghanj Khwa of Badakhshan >fighting in Jawand of Baghdis
#Syria: Tiger Forces mourning death of most prominent commander of storm group "Taha Regiment" today on Greater #Idlib front, apparently killed w/ at least another fighter by #HTS' #Konkurs (#ATGM) strike
Breaking: Russian Air Force launches heavy airstrikes over western Idlib
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a flurry of airstrikes over the western region of the Idlib Governorate, today, targeting several areas under the control of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies.
Using their Sukhoi jets, the Russian Air Force reportedly bombarded Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions in the Jaba Al-Zawiya region, which has long been under the control of the jihadist rebels.
Afghan Shitmupdates Baghlan was easier than I expected and I did preliminary research on Kandahar. Tomorrow I'll research Kandahar more thoroughly, then Samangan. After that, I'll tackle Hazarajat whenever I get the chance.
Also with regards to Libya are you sure the Touhou militias still control the extreme south of the country? There's not even any markers on the map for them anymore, IIRC Haftar ended up capturing all their lands
>>215304 Russia may offer China and Turkey the new Su-57 stealth jet
Last week, Rostec director of international cooperation and regional policy Viktor Kladov was quoted by Jane’s Defense Weekly as saying that in the coming weeks, Russian President Vladimir Putin may sign off on sales of the Su-57E, an export variant of Sukhoi’s new Su-57 stealth fighter.
Hey Doc, what are your thoughts on Bouteflika resigning and how it bodes for Algeria's future? Yes, I'm aware he was old as fuck and probably wasn't gonna live to the 2020s, but the military seems to have been the party that instigated his resignation so could we see Algeria come under official military rule? I remember you saying that Algerians look down upon Islamists due to the civil war of the 90s, but is it completely out of the question for them to try something to appear relevant? Or has Algerian security thoroughly shredded them? And what do you think the West will do about his resignation? What would be the course of action you would expect them to take in Algeria, if any?
>>215310 >fat Evangelical retard thinks Turkey is going to invade still lmao they can just infiltrate a bunch of moderate beheaders that are already sympathized by people in the region thanks to Kurdish dumbassery and the region will go to hell
>>215311 >Hey Doc, what are your thoughts on Bouteflika resigning and how it bodes for Algeria's future? honestly i didn't expect so from the establishment, i thought they'd push him till he's dead then replace him with an interim president until they can figure out another placeholder puppet >but the military seems to have been the party that instigated his resignation duh, they're the one who put him in charge after the coup in the 90's, they've always been in charge so could we see Algeria come under official military rule? officially? no they're smart enough to avoid such unnecessary direct rule when they can get a civilian puppet to do their bidding >I remember you saying that Algerians look down upon Islamists due to the civil war of the 90s, but is it completely out of the question for them to try something to appear relevant? Or has Algerian security thoroughly shredded them? they always try, lately during the protest they tried to ride the wave to get some popularity but all in all they've been neutered and the only reason they're still allowed is to better control them (as in it's easier to anticipate their moves when they're in the open with official political parties than if they were working underground). All of their members are under close surveillance so the only type of islamist that there is is the morsi type (ie soft version) >And what do you think the West will do about his resignation? don't know, after what we've seen in libya i thought they'd put more pressure on Algeria, but since Algeria is more open to the west than libya i think they don't see it as a priority for regime change™ and would rather focus on softer influence through trade and diplomacy >What would be the course of action you would expect them to take in Algeria, if any? my best guess would be another puppet set in place by the military establishment in order to continue as it was with bouteflika (ie the military leadership calling the shots on important issues and letting smaller politicians be independent in their decision making for less important issues) thus making the west continue it's non interventionist approach and leaving Algeria alone
>>215445 the point is >why the fuck would they point out that specific barrier so being thorough i also come up with the only thing that could make sense in this case, there could other explanations but i don't see any rn never said that "israeli can never bomb syria, SAA AA stronk", but that's a weird thing to point out
>>215448 ok, sorry i misunderstood ya. >>why the fuck would they point out that specific barrier your'e right, I don't know, probably just beefing up their press release so it sounds more serious and "thorough" I guess. don't forget ISI are israeli company, so I bet they receive intel from the IDF despite them being a civilian company - in order to create good PR. it's "strange" how they always pinpoint the specific locations hit to a building level so quickly everytime.
>>215451 btw i thought it would be a good idea to have al irani set a paypal account in order to send him some money to help him during these hard times does he post on the other place? if so, could you tell him about this idea if you catch him there
>>215343 Missed this in the rush to pump out Shitmaps, sorry. >honestly i didn't expect so from the establishment, i thought they'd push him till he's dead then replace him with an interim president until they can figure out another placeholder puppet What do you suppose had to have changed? >duh, they're the one who put him in charge after the coup in the 90's, they've always been in charge >officially? no they're smart enough to avoid such unnecessary direct rule when they can get a civilian puppet to do their bidding I see. >they always try, lately during the protest they tried to ride the wave to get some popularity but all in all they've been neutered and the only reason they're still allowed is to better control them (as in it's easier to anticipate their moves when they're in the open with official political parties than if they were working underground). All of their members are under close surveillance so the only type of islamist that there is is the morsi type (ie soft version) So something like Israel and Hamas? >don't know, after what we've seen in libya i thought they'd put more pressure on Algeria, but since Algeria is more open to the west than libya i think they don't see it as a priority for regime change™ and would rather focus on softer influence through trade and diplomacy That's what I was figuring as well, thanks for the confirmation. >my best guess would be another puppet set in place by the military establishment in order to continue as it was with bouteflika (ie the military leadership calling the shots on important issues and letting smaller politicians be independent in their decision making for less important issues) thus making the west continue it's non interventionist approach and leaving Algeria alone So more status quo.
>>215468 >What do you suppose had to have changed? not sure, either the establishment got smarter during the pas decade after realizing what happened to gadaffi and bashar, or maybe nothing changed and my expectation were too low >So something like Israel and Hamas? pretty much, but even more neutered than hamas, thay can't even sneeze without the intelligence services knowing it the real threat (read AQMI/ISIS) don't operate in the civilian life (as in mixed with the regular population/sleeper cells), they're in a semi nomad style working far from civilization in order to not be under such hard surveillance >So more status quo. hopefully
>>215470 The conflicting reports of Brigade 27 base under GNA and LNA control were because the LNA briefly captured it but then the GNA immediately recaptured it. In fact, the entirity of the coastal road between Tripoli and Zawiya is under GNA control, the head of the GNA presidential council even took a selfie there to prove it
>>215555 Yeah Brigade 27 base is definitely under GNA control. Here
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-libya-security-idUKKCN1RH0SK >But they failed to take a checkpoint about 30 km west of the capital in a bid to close the coastal road to Tunisia. An LNA-allied militia withdrew overnight from so-called Gate 27, leaving it abandoned in the morning, a Reuters reporter said. >In another setback, forces allied to Tripoli took 145 LNA fighters prisoner in Zawiya, west of Tripoli, a western commander, Mohamed Alhudair, told Reuters. An LNA source confirmed 128 had been captured. >Sixty vehicles had also been seized, Alhudairi said.
>>215585 well Mizrahi (and to an extent many Sepharadi too) are basically Arab Jews. they became Arabized over a long time living under Arab rule, so it makes sense the genetic makeup is pretty much the same. in fact they like to play the race card when it suits them. ironically enough they are usually right-wing/anti arab themselves (68% of Likud voters are Mizrahim). especially Moroccans, which is quite funny since they always like to brag about Morocco. I dunno, some sort of weird denial of their self-identity.
>>215587 >in fact they like to play the race card when it suits them der ewige mizrahi, jewing his fellow jews also i remember you telling me that in terms of social behaviour it was something along the lines of ashkenazi>sepharadi/ethiopian>power gap>mizrahi is that right? btw how does an israeli knows if he's dealing with an arab or a mizrahi from the looks? or does it not matter because mizrahi are so bad that they're treated like arabs?
>>215588 >ashkenazi>sepharadi>mizrahi>power gap>ethiopian is more like it. skin color is still the thing that matters the most and all above groups aren't fond of the darker ones. >btw how does an israeli knows if he's dealing with an arab or a mizrahi from the looks? there's subtle differences that you pick up, Arabs have slightly different looks, and they dress differently. >or does it not matter because mizrahi are so bad that they're treated like arabs? kek, nah, you gotta remember they make around half the population. they feel comfortable, the discrimination is mostly in lucrative positions aka tv/police/unis/docs/artists etc. in day to day life there isn't much bias. society has also become quite intertwined due to the idf where everyone serve together anyway.
>>215610 Syrian Army’s first attempted advance in western Aleppo fails to yield any gains
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a surprise assault against the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in the western part of Aleppo city last night.
Led by the 4th Division and Republican Guard, the Syrian military began the assault by attempting to bypass Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions at the eastern axis of the strategic Aleppo Scientific Research Center.
A fierce battle would ensue between the two warring parties at the Scientific Research Center; this would result in some casualties for the Syrian Arab Army and the militant forces.
However, the Syrian Arab Army was unable to make any progress at this front as the militants managed to foil the main assault on the Scientific Research Center.
>>215575 >>215574 You talked to him on dicksword? What did he say? You know if it's correct to assume him in this area pic related? >though he said 30 ms from the front this is the area between coast and international airport.
Iran’s top military commander says the country and its neighbor Iraq have agreed to cooperate in the area of air defense to fend off the challenges facing their respective air spaces.
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri made the announcement to reporters following a meeting in Tehran with his visiting Iraqi counterpart, Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanimi, Tasnim News Agency reported on Sunday.
The cooperation, Baqeri said, will be aimed at confronting aerial threats.
The meeting addressed “the integrated defense of Iran and Iraq’s skies, because we might sense threats coming from the direction of [our] western borders,” he added.
“Accordingly, it was agreed that the countries’ air defense sectors work together and more coordination be made in this regard,” the Iranian commander said.
Baqeri said the two sides also agreed on potential training cooperation, the transferring of Iran’s defensive experiences to Iraq, and joint military exercises. Agreements on these, he added, will be finalized during a future visit by the Iraqi military chief.
Ghanimi was in the Iranian capital as part of a delegation accompanying Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi. On Saturday, the delegation met with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. Baqeri cited the Iraqi commander as saying that Baghdad would be exercising stricter control on the United States’ military presence on its soil.
The American forces are only there to train Iraqis and their activities are under the Iraqi Army’s oversight, Baqeri added, citing al-Ghanimi.
>Violent clashes between the LNA and the GNA in the vicinity of Alsaraj and Dribi south of the capital. >Libyan army spokesman: Our armed forces on the outskirts of the Farnaj area in Tripoli. Libya >LNA within the area of Al-Khala now
Breaking: Russian Air Force unleashes hell over northwestern Syria
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:10 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force unleashed a massive assault across northwestern Syria this evening, targeting several areas controlled by both the jihadist and Turkish-backed rebels.
Among the towns targeted by the Russian Air Force tonight was the Jaysh Al-Izza stronghold of Kafr Zita, which is located just south of the Idlib Governorate’s border.
>>215858 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibb1_GWiFx8 LNA airforce in action! Seems a lot of airforce action today. >The French presidency: We had no prior knowledge of the military operation in Tripoli and we do not have a secret agenda in Libya why would he say this?
>tfw when i finally, ''finally'' found the /sg/ bunker >the wars bretty much over better late than never i guess also, bravo on picking the absolute ''last'' place i ever wouldve looked.
can anyone pill me on what exactly has been happening in the golan since the orange nigger recognized it as part of pissrael? i have a sneaking suspicion that this has to do with the cianigger/deepstate stake in the oil there, namely those on the board for the """NJ""" based but thoroughly israeli energy company "genie energy" ticker GNE on US markets. this motion stinks to me of these rats protecting their investments. this gives any number of wectern nations cassus beli to send troops or more likely, PMCs to (((protect the newly israeli territory))).
pics related judging by the suspicious buy volume spike back in june 18 right as oil and the rest of the US market started getting BTFO and the subsequent run that its been on in spite of oil approaching its YoY lows since oct, it seems that this idea of giving the golan was in the talks for a while.
i wonder what happened to make them so confident? i mean damn near every oil trader got ''out'' of speculative energy investments end of last summer as oil was looking topped out. and its not like the war has gone great for the cianigger coalitions since then. so why such ups on the chart? really odd imo
thoughts? like i said, im incredibly behind on all this syria stuff as most other /sg/s are either deda or completely incomprehensible due to being saturated with shitposts
>>216080 i was operating under the assumption that the westernization/bad translation of the various factions names, coupled with the alphabet soup acronyms are there to ''make'' it incomprehensible jibberish. if its hard to follow along at a glance, thats often more than enough to ensure that the majority doesnt even bother to look into it.
>>216086 I’m split on giving any of the sides green, which is tied to the big man up stairs. Hafter obviously doesn’t deserve it and shouldn’t be allowed to have green because of his treachery and CIA stoogery. The rabble are even further from Ghadaffi and can’t have it either. Personally I use blue for the collective retards, and red for LNA/HoR
>>216082 I unironically don’t ‘now why they would bother covering anything up, I support HoR but Hafter is a shitbag and spent 30 years as an American stooge only to destroy his nation. Neither side is against America or pro Russia and I don’t get it. (LNA is pro Egypt through)
>>216056 >Golan oil sorry to disappoint, and I'd love to be proven wrong in the future, but it pretty much turned out to be nonsesne. arab media is still quoting the original 2015 PR from Genie when they said they found shitload of oil, but the sixth (and last) drill made by Genie last year failed and they stopped all works there. it was basically a PR stunt to get more investor money (they have other drilling projects across the country). there's probably *some* oil reserves there but it's shit quality (shale) and not economical to extract and process.
also all the ecofags started protesting it as it involves fracking.
So I doubt Trump's decision had anything to do with it. p.s. the Golan plateau extends to Syria, if there's anything in the Israeli controlled part it's quite likely there's some in the Syrian part as well.
don't think it has far-reaching importance though.
If you wanna know the real reason, pic related makes it easy to understand:
"Strategic importance of Golan Heights
Control of Golan Heights is critical to both Israel and Syria and the reason lies in its topography. The area borders Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. The Heights gives a view deep into Syrian territory, including Damascus, which lies just 60 km to the north. From the heights, one can also look deep into Israel.
This is why Syria was able to bombard Israel using artillery and the reason why it wants to retain control over the Golan Heights. From the top, Israeli military can keep an eye on any defense movement emanating from the Syrian side, to prevent an encore of the 1967 surprise attack.
Another reason is Mount Hernon. The tallest mountain in the area rises to a height of 2,743.2 meters and is home to the Israeli winter ski resort. More importantly, it remains a source of fresh water collected in the natural catchment area that feeds into the Jordan River. The river in turn caters to around 30% of Israel’s water needs.
The land in the lower regions is very fertile, unlike other parts of the region, and Israel has been developing the area for crop cultivation and vineyards. The Sea of Galilee has been an important source of fresh water for Israel and so it was reluctant to hand back the eastern shores to Syrian control."
tl;dr obi-wan irl.
>>216171 won't be long now, they (Gantz) actually thought they won yesterday. public getting more and more disgruntled. grinding closer to a civil clash. if the police doesn't get his ass in a few months there'll be chaos.
>>216174 Nope, there's still 3 Indictments against him waiting for a hearing. he said he won't resign regardless thus further infuriating the leftist base. since they can't seem to beat him in election that's pretty much their only remaining hope. otherwise he will be PM until he dies.
While in Damascus SAA discovered weapons cache hidden for over a year; in Northeast #Syria SAA units discover mass graves near #Mayadin, a town once occupied by FSA gangs and later by ISIS before SAA liberated it in 2017.
>Sudanese Armed Forces announces overthrow and arrest of President Bashir and establishment of a military council to administer the country's affairs for a period of two years. Sea ports, airports and land borders closed for 24 hours. State of emergency declared for 3 months. https://twitter.com/sayed_ridha/status/1116310825382268928
>>216256 >isn't sudan more or less pro west? Bashir was the first "arab" leader to meet Bashar though. >army seemed fed up with the big place of mercenaries and being basically a vassal to KSA Fed up, how?
>>216324 Interesting, didn't knew about it. mutts&ivans is a one thing, chinks on the other hand are rather quiet on African topic. And yeah Pingu, I know that the whole may-mays of change is for another group to seize the power, question remains who will it be.
>>216260 >>216258 by fed up i meant that the role of the army in the local politics could be seen as challenged by the increasing influence of mercenaries they wouldn't want any politician to use private armies to oust the army's tight grip over the country
>>216403 >2001&2016 Damn, they're done for a while now. In other news >Egypt suspends Suez Canal crossing for Iranian oil vessels sailing to Syria. Sisi being a hoe of the Great Babylon, but of course..
>>216413 here are some few ibn auf (vice president) announces that bashar has been arrested and thousands of protestors continue their sit-in The forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change reject the statement of the army and hold the sit-in millions celebrate the rescue (as in intervention of the military to oust bashir) with military music The army is uprooting the regime and arresting al-Bashir
>>216324 >>216325 btw, wouldn't it be in the interest of egypt to get sudan in it's sphere of influence in order to have a better leverage against ethiopia in their nile dam conflict? watch out for that plot twist in the future, sisi may try something
>>216319 oh sorry i didn't see you marked me in the post in my opinion it seems that the army is trying to seize power or at least capitalize on the protest to get a better influence over the country while the people wanted to get rid of the old establishment are they (the army) doing in on their own or are they doing it with the help of foreign powers (who help spark the protest) who will seek to get certain privileges granted for them in exchange of their help? maybe, especially when you consider this isn't the first time the west took a particular interest in sudan, they already did so by heavily shilling for the separation of south sudan also good to note that russian mercs had a certain presence in the country before (siding with bashir and helping him to deal with protests https://www.unian.info/world/10404057-russian-mercenaries-help-put-down-sudan-protests-media.html) so maybe they're trying to cock block russian expansion in sudan with the help of corrupt sudanese generals
>>216932 Syrian media report that Shaam al-Assad, the president's niece, not only came first in the national equestrian championship, but in second place too. Here she is, straddling two steps on the winners' rostrum ..
>>217311 His last post: >Checked Yemen, nothing. >Imma fuck off to play vidya for the night, >I'll do more Shitmupdating tomorrow. >See you around. That was 11 days ago, I'm a little bit goncerned that he an heroed, bu we've had false alarms before so idk. >Canastan Is he the neet that always used to get the first post?
>>217320 I visited Europe with my family when I was about 11. In Rome there was a nigger dressed up as a gladiator. He asked if we'd like a photo and we said "yes." Thinking it was very nice of him. But then after we took it, he demanded money from us. We refused but it got very ugly. His actions, that fateful day, made me racist.
>>217321 If the nigger had even just two brain cells to rub together, he would have asked for money beforehand and likely would have gotten some. But, this is a nigger we're talking about. The odds of that happening are slim to none.
>>217321 Based highwayman, I remember getting told about gypsie scams when I went there with my folks ages ago. Even then there were nogs on the street selling stuff and Arabs/Turks selling street food in Paris to tourists, I mean come on, at least going to McDonalds is a power move.
>>217603 i don't understand, every day we keep hearing about how far right (yeah i know it consist of mainly kosher nationalists) poland is becoming yet there isn't a single branch/minority group of redpilled nationalists?
>>217604 Those are mostly individuals, scattered throughout the country or living abroad. Maybe smaller groups in towns in the eastern Poland, western part is blue-pilled af. Remember, where there are 3 Poles there are 4 opinions. Also, everyone has a price.
>>217607 Sure… if only you knew how bad things really are. As someone noted, Notre-Dame has burned in France, and Poles are yelling at each other because of it. I have no fucking hopes for this nation. Unless it's grabbed by the throat by the strong hand. Far chance tho.
>>217609 here how it goes: person A said: hurr I bet da jooz/mudlimez did it! person B said: no it was an accident person C said: I agree with A person D said: I agree with B person C(D): well fuck you and your opinion, you retard! person E: well fuck you both! that's how it really went!!! A lot of pure retardation and hate on both sides. That's why I am not even going to do a single thing when God's Chosen People will ask for those 65 billion and later for the land. Because my subhuman countrymen never fucking learn. And they never will.
>>216170 >but the sixth (and last) drill made by Genie last year failed and they stopped all works there >probably *some* oil reserves there but it's shit quality (shale) and not economical to extract and process. >sorry to disappoint au contraire i love hearing about cunts like this losing everything get fucked dick cheney >also all the ecofags started protesting it as it involves fracking. lel >was basically a PR stunt to get more investor money as is most of the market tbh
>>216173 >"Strategic importance of Golan Heights very intradasting anon thank you
>>217624 Exactly my point. And yeah we kinda have a lot of unironical feedora tipping atheists, boomers mostly. Offshot of previous system. Can't wait for them to die out. I need to pay more attention to zoomers in here. Gotta visit my old HS. Welp, off to confess my sins, been a while.
>>217624 >you can't be person F in this context obviously not in the context of the hypothetical conversation, person F isn't arguing with anyone, he isn't even in the conversation at all, I just called him person F
You've probably heard, but Notre-Dame of Ile-de-France and al-Aqsa mosque burned at the same time. I'm not saying some Hugo guy knew it will happen, but it's highly symbolic. Maybe it's not interesting from the perspective of following the Syrian conflict, nevertheless if French prosecution announces it's got nothing to do with Muslim fags in France, the consequences for France/it's foreign policies might be quite wild. Libya too.
>>217720 ? I said Saleh not Suheil, I remember when he tried to coup the Houthis he got fucking shot and there was a pic of him after he got shot and someone made a thonk meme off of it, do you have that?
>>217811 Issue has been widely discussed of late with countless images of cars queuing in front of gas stations. The Nov 2018 OFAC tightening of sanctions on imports of petroleum products has dealt a severe blow to govt ability to source these products
>>217871 We resolutely refute the fabrications of a number of Israeli media that Russian representatives allegedly removed from #Syria the remains of Mossad agent Eli Cohen, who was executed in #Damascus in 1965.
>>218231 >>218204 >Iranian Foreign Minister's proposal to hand over the areas on the Syrian-Turkish border to the Assad government >Turkish patrol destroyed by SDF woah, am I allowed to start attempting to get my hopes up for potentially belieivng in the possibility of a likeliness of habbenings in Syria finally?
According to a Syrian Army source in eastern Syria:
The SDF has allegedly brought hundreds of reinforcements towards the Syrian Army’s lines near the future of Albukamal and Al-Mayadeen. He claims this move by the US Coalition is an attempt to expel the Iranian Forces from the area, especially after the IRGC were designated a terrorist group. This attack would also block Iran from the international highway
>>218293 E. #Syria: 1st photos showing aftermath of battle vs #ISIS E. of #Sukhnah. Al-Quds Brigade claims it broke siege on group of soldiers sent to find back bodies of 1st group killed 2 days ago. Last pic is IS spoil (#NDF vehicle).
📸 Liwa Al-Quds was able to lift an #ISIS siege on two battalions, as latter were on a search mission for #Syria|n Colonel Nader Saqr & his unit from #SAA 18th division who were lost in Kawm/Taybah region in #BadiaSham. (19 April 2019)
>>218447 SAA lost more than 20 soldiers today in two separate attacks in northern Hama and western Aleppo. Both attacks were carried out by internationally-recognized terrorists groups. They were launched from positions near observations posts of the NATO's Turkish military.
Russia to Lease Syria's Tartus Port For Economic Purposes - Russian Vice PM
The naval port of Tartus in Syria will be given for lease to Russia for 49 years during the forthcoming week; it will be used for economic and logistical purposes, Vice President Yuri Borisov told journalists on Saturday after meeting with Syria's President Bashar Assad.
>>218454 >>218458 some dead nusrats as well >#Syria: #HTS lost 3 Inghimasis today during raid on Regime position in W. #Aleppo. Current death toll on Regime side is 19 (Rep. Guard mostly) incl. a Lt Colonel.
Syrian Arab Army units on Friday destroyed hideouts and vehicles for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in retaliation for their breaches of the de-escalation zone agreement in Idleb.
New’s reporter said that following careful recon operations, army units targeted hideouts and fortified positions of Jabhat al-Nusra with concentrated artillery and rocket strikes in the towns of Jarjanaz, Talmens, Tahtaya, and Oum Jalal in the southeastern countryside of Idleb.
The reporter said the strikes resulted in destroying hideouts and vehicles for the terrorists and inflicted losses upon them.
Macron meets Syrian Kurds, promises to keep up support
Macron assured the SDF representatives, who were not named, of the “active support of France in the fight against [IS] which continues to be a menace for collective security,” AFP reports, citing the presidency.
https://www.rt.com/news/457147-eighth-blast-hits-sri-lanka/ >Three more people have died in a new explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s largest city, shortly after some 160 people lost their lives in seven blasts that hit luxury hotels and Catholic churches during Easter celebrations. >163 >8 blasts so far hopefully that animu nigger is one of them
>Trump Endorses an Aspiring Libyan Strongman, Reversing Policy
President Trump on Friday abruptly reversed American policy toward Libya, issuing a statement publicly endorsing an aspiring strongman in his battle to depose the United Nations-backed government.
The would-be strongman, Khalifa Hifter, launched a surprise attack on the Libyan capital, Tripoli, more than two weeks ago. Relief agencies said Thursday that more than 200 people had been killed in the battle, and in recent days Mr. Hifter’s forces have started shelling civilian neighborhoods.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement a few days after Mr. Hifter’s militia began its attack that “the administration at the highest levels” had made clear that “we oppose the military offensive” and “urge the immediate halt to these military operations.” Most Western governments and the United Nations have also condemned the attack and demanded a retreat.
Mr. Trump, however, told Mr. Hifter almost the opposite, the White House said Friday.
A militia leader who has given himself the title of Field Marshal, Mr. Hifter, 75, has long sought to portray his fight for power over Libya — including his advance on Tripoli — as a battle against “terrorism.” In the statement on Friday the White House said Mr. Trump had called Mr. Hifter on Monday to endorse that campaign.
Mr. Trump called “to discuss ongoing counterterrorism efforts and the need to achieve peace and stability in Libya,” the White House said in the statement. “The President recognized Field Marshal Hifter’s significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources, and the two discussed a shared vision for Libya’s transition to a stable, democratic political system.”
Analysts said Mr. Trump’s endorsement would embolden Mr. Hifter and hamper United Nations efforts to call for a cease-fire. It could also increase the likelihood that his regional sponsors like Egypt or the United Arab Emirates might intervene on his behalf, as each has in the past in Libya.
The policy reversal came as a surprise in part because Mr. Hifter’s forces also appear to be losing ground. His promises of a quick victory have proved false, and his forces appear outmaneuvered by those aligned against them. Most analysts say that he has little hope of exerting his authority over all of Libya any time soon, so his continued campaign may only prolong the country’s instability.
In the meantime, the battle for Tripoli has now diverted the attention of most of the Libyan militias that had been engaged in combating the fighters of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, said Frederic Wehrey, an expert on Libya at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
“It is nuts,” Mr. Wehrey said of Mr. Trump’s statement. “Even judging by the hard-nosed American goals of stabilizing the flow of oil and combating terrorism, this is completely shocking.”
Mr. Trump’s endorsement is the clearest evidence yet of his preference for authoritarianism as the best response to the problems of the Middle East, a sharp departure from the professions of support for democracy by previous American presidents of both parties.
Although this is not the first time Mr. Trump has praised an Arab strongman, his expression of support for Mr. Hifter appears to be the first time that Mr. Trump has embraced an aspiring authoritarian who is not yet in power and may never get there.
A former general under Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and also a former C.I.A. client, Mr. Hifter had been living in exile in the United States but returned to Libya during the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011. He first declared his intention to seize power in 2014, when Libya’s nascent transitional government was struggling to establish its authority over freewheeling militias around the country.
Mr. Hifter vowed to rid Libya of Islamists of all kinds, and he quickly attracted support from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. All three had aligned themselves in a regionwide campaign to crush the Muslim Brotherhood-style political movements that had appeared poised to ride Arab Spring elections to power.
Mr. Hifter has never shown a willingness to accept any civilian authority. But “he fits to a T the kind of leader Trump likes to support,” said Andrew Miller, deputy director for policy at the Project on Middle East Democracy.
Even with the extensive backing of his foreign supporters, though, Mr. Hifter has often struggled for military gains, taking three years to control the city of Benghazi. Although he now controls most of eastern Libya, his surprise advance on Tripoli has united the powerful militias from the western cities of Misrata and Zintan against him.
“I don’t think Hifter can do it,” said Lisa Anderson, a political scientist who has studied Libya and who was the president of the American University in Cairo during the uprisings of 2011. Although he may present himself as a strongman, she said, “he can’t actually control that part of the country and he will continue to face existential challenges there for the foreseeable future.”
>>218645 >Both sides supported by US >Due to GCC pressure and certain allowances from Haftar, US is now backing the LNA. Well what did you expect. The game was rigged here from the beginning . The Russians tried carve out a piece for themselves by backing the "Secular & Moderate LNA" but it seems they got played hard. Would be funny if the Russians start backing GNA now. Wonder how niggas would spin that if it were to happen.
>>218646 Well it's not like Gaddafi-loyal elements of LNA can make yet another coup de etat, this time for Junior's favor. A man can dream, at least. >The game was rigged here from the beginning It's never not…
>>218648 >Well it's not like Gaddafi-loyal elements of LNA can make yet another coup de etat, this time for Junior's favor. A man can dream, at least. You never know what might happen in the future. What you hope for might just take place.
>>218667 >Trump offered him support wowowowo easy there buddy. THis phonecall was now near a week ago (6 days I believe), and Trump wishin support is different that actual support AND all Trump really seemed to have told Haftar is that he is hoping for stability so the oil can continue pumping. :) >Yup, that's him I haven't checked any msm, do they know who did this and why? I would honestly be disappointed if it was solely mudshits REEing and not some Sri Lanka island ethnic civil war rising again.
>>218668 Reports are too early. I'd guess either Muslims or Tamals. and yeah, by support, I just meant that that's now the main side he hopes will win, but you're right, no confirmation of any real physical support as of yet (but one can only hope)
>>218669 >I just meant that that's now the main side he hopes will win Why care about what backtracking, Israel-Cuck Trump says, he will get played in the end by the machinations of the US State in the end, and they (CIA, CENTCOM, w/e) are playing both sides of this war seemingly, to ensure they win no matter the outcome.
>Saudi Arabia, UAE grant $3 billion of support to Sudan
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Sunday they had agreed to send Sudan $3 billion (2.3 billion pounds) worth of aid, throwing a lifeline to its new military leaders after protests led to the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir.
The two countries will deposit $500 million with the Sudanese central bank and send the rest in the form of food, medicine and petroleum products, their state news agencies said in parallel statements.
“This is to strengthen its financial position, ease the pressure on the Sudanese pound and increase stability in the exchange rate,” the Saudi Press Agency said.
It is the first major publicly announced assistance to Sudan from Gulf states in several years.
The two Gulf states have ties with the head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, through their participation in the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.
Sudan has been suffering from a deepening economic crisis that has caused cash shortages and long queues at bakeries and petrol stations.
>Libya PM Says Foreigners Are Arming Strongman’s Tripoli Push The leader of Libya’s internationally recognized government said foreign backers have been arming strongman Khalifa Haftar since he launched an offensive to take the capital, Tripoli, and warned of a proxy war.
Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj declined to identify the countries. But states including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russia have provided weapons in the past to the leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army, the country’s largest and most organized force.
The offensive, launched about two weeks ago, has stalled on Tripoli’s outskirts, and efforts to mediate a truce have been unsuccessful. Sarraj says he won’t negotiate until Haftar withdraws his forces, and that he’s disappointed by the muted international reaction to the assault.
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to Haftar last week, recognizing his role in combating terrorism, as Washington and Russia stymied a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire.
Analysts said the language suggested a reversal by Washington, which had initially demanded the withdrawal of Haftar’s forces. But Sarraj said in an interview on Monday that the U.S. administration informed him it remains opposed to the assault.
“We deal with statements from the State Department and direct contacts with the American administration and the message is very clear: They are not pleased with the attack on Tripoli," he said.
Without a quick resolution, the conflict threatens to turn into a proxy war pitting Haftar’s backers against countries such as Qatar and Turkey that have supported Sarraj and allied militias in Misrata, about 120 miles (190 kilometers) east of Tripoli.
"Weapons and equipment have not stopped reaching Haftar, before and after the offensive," Sarraj said. Asked about the possibility of a proxy war in the North African OPEC state, he replied, “Of course there are fears.”
Libya, which is split between his Tripoli-based Government of National Accord and the rival administration in the east that backs Haftar, is under a United Nations arms embargo, and Sarraj voiced frustration with the militia commander’s alleged advantage.
"The aggressor party has open channels to import weapons and equipment and all types of technology while the Government of National Accord cannot defend itself," Sarraj said, referring to his own administration. "How do you expect the Government of National Accord to commit to this and not think of alternative options to defend itself?"
Sarraj did not say whether he and his allies were receiving support. The LNA accuses Turkey and Qatar of backing his forces.
Haftar’s offensive came as a complete surprise, the prime minister said. The two men had been preparing to meet in Libya on the week of the offensive ahead of a planned UN-sponsored conference on April 14. The campaign -- which Haftar has cast as a fight against terrorist groups -- began while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting Tripoli.
>>218687 From the US side, as we see it is just Trump talking without even checking with his administration to see how he should think, something we have seen numerous times in the past, most notably when he differed from Tillerson on North Korea. On the Russian side we see the typical "let's be nice to both sides and see who ends up with the upper hand" strategy, which makes a muddy but manageable situation at times as we have seen in Syria when they seemingly play with all parties, Syrians, Turks, Iranians, and most importantly Israelis. I don't care much for that strategy, it has its benefits but I think being lukewarm in between individual entities creates confusion for all involved. For sure the Russians will always have a preferred party to default to like they bow to the Israelis in Syria-related issues. I guess the biggest question on who the Russians will side with most on the Libya issue is who do the Israelis like most, and since that method is America's position as well, how do you paint a picture that you are still opposed to the Americans even though your preferred country in all mid-east matters is the same one? And to go further than that, they will string Hafter along as long as they can before it becomes a problem for them. We see their typical "lets send the Wagner boys in to help the LNA" this isn't surprising, Wagner troops are expendable mercs, and if they get killed or do something out of line the Russians will claim ignorance and confirm that they have nothing to do with the Russian government, which technically speaking is true, but in reality everyone knows the truth. Of course the Russians may eventually attempt to set up a dialogue in Libya between the LNA and GNC, mirroring the Sochi talks, although I don't see them having the sway to accomplish much in the same way they did by using this strategy in Syria. Of course the UN will be able to factor more heavily in any future dialogue, being that they directly and openly back the GNC, and the Russians will abstain votes and attempt to pass resolutions "in favor" of the LNA without going so far as to totally alienate the GNC at the same time. Maybe the real method to Russia's goals in any of these situations is just to sow as much confusion and doubt as to who they really side with without having to answer to the consequences, without having to be totally committed to one entity or another, and then when one of those parties ends up victorious the Russians slide in and demonstrate that they were acting in the best interests of whoever wins the conflict had their backing the whole time. Me saying this critically of the Russians isn't to say what the US does in these situations is any better, honestly I think if either America or Russia gave a shit about any of these countries in any humanitarian sense they would back off and let the stronger party be the victor without any help, either way you look at it people are going to die and someone is going to have to suffer. We both should stop using these countries and people like so many melanin enriched chess pieces, but that will never happen because there is no gain that can be controlled by either country, we both seek to have a guiding hand in any future economic benefits, so we can dictate the terms without needing to rely on the chess pieces to make up their own minds. >>218811 I would have torn that heresy down if I was in that store. Disgusting.
>ISIS claim raid on Masa'ada village in western Ba'aj to target Iraqi Tribal Hashd militia, leading to the latter fleeing and the militants blowing up 2 houses, 1 belonging to the village mukhtar and the other of a "spy":
>>218869 I kind of figuring that. He has to fool southern rednecks to think he's going to MAGA instead of MIGA. He isn't going to start a war, as most dumbass southerns have their kids in the military.
S. #Syria: eliminations of ex-Rebel leaders continue in #Daraa prov. Former commander of Jaish Moataz Billah (#FSA Southern Front) was shot dead tonight in Muzayrib (he worked as Regime security officer). 2nd ex-leader belonging to same (defunct) group assassinated past 72 hours
#Syria: newly born "Saraya Qasioun" claims a second IED attack in #Damascus which destroyed a car & killed the driver (said to be belong to State Security). Evidence shows this official was previously tracked by the group.
>>219061 Islam isn't even a very good form of fascism. Look at the """rebel""" muslim groups for proof of that. Every Muslim is a child-fucking dishonest and untrustworthy savage who'll stab your back and rape your daughter as soon as you let him, unless he's too pants-wettingly terrified of what you'll do to him and everyone he actually loves to even consider fucking with you. Every Muslim dreams of being on top and/or getting away with working against the collective and top dogs for their own benefit. No mind touched by Islam's vile tendrils can be saved. Deus vult, purge the wicked, turn the land into cheap housing, solar panels, and factories.
>The new proxy war in Syria: Iran and Turkey vs. Saudi Arabia and Russia
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – As if the Syrian Conflict couldn’t get any more complicated, a new proxy war is brewing between several foreign powers in the northern part of the country.
Speaking from Damascus on the condition of anonymity, a government source told Al-Masdar that two new alliances have emerged in northern Syria, with one led by Iran and Turkey and the other Saudi Arabia and Russia.
According to the source, Turkey and Iran have forged a pact to not only carry out a joint operation in northern Iraq, but also, potentially, in northern Syria.
Meanwhile, Russia and Saudi Arabia are attempting to work out a deal that would see the Syrian government and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces reach a peaceful settlement.
Saudi Arabia maintains close ties with several Arab tribes allied to the SDF, including the Shammar Tribe, who arguably the most powerful tribe in northern Syria.
Syrian Oil Crisis
Iran is the biggest foreign supplier of oil to the Syrian Arab Republic; however, due to the ongoing sanctions against both countries, Tehran has been unable to send their oil tankers to the ports in Latakia and Tartous.
Enter Turkey, who, depsite being opposed to the Syrian government, is working with Tehran to possibly find an alternative way to ship oil to Syria.
According to the source, one way to get Iranian oil to Syria is through Turkey’s western ports.
Iran is allowed to ship oil to Turkey as long as their tankers do not deliver anything to Syria.
In turn, the Syrian government would pay money to transport the oil from Turkey through the rebel-held areas.
The source pointed out that following the Iranian Foreign Minister’s visit to Damascus last week, he immediately flew to Ankara where he met with his Turkish counterparts to deliver messages from the Syrian government.
Saudi Arabia is aruably one of the most powerful countries in the Middle East and one of the key peace brokers in nearly every conflict in the region.
Russia, who maintains a strong relationship with the Gulf kingdom, has often relied on the Saudi government to facilitate peace talks between the countries in the Middle East.
The Saudi government is also at odds with Turkey and Qatar, especially after the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October.
Seeing an opportunity to possibly end the hostilities between the Syrian and Saudi governments, the Russians are facilitating a potential rapproachment between Damascus and Riyadh.
The Syrian government needs reconstruction funds and they need Saudi Arabia’s influence to possibly broker a deal with the U.S.
While Syria is a close ally to Iran, they have faced incredible opposition from Turkey and Qatar, who are arguably the two biggest supporters of the Syrian government’s enemies.
Turkey, Iran, and Qatar have their own alliance in the Middle East, which is mostly focused on the Palestinian cause.
However, Syria has benefited little from this alliance, and with the ongoing fuel crisis and lack of reconstruction funds, they may choose the path set forth by the Russians.
Russia and Turkey
The armed forces of Russia and Turkey are currently working together to maintain peace in northwestern Syria.
However, the Russian military is reaching its breaking point, especially with the ongoing presence of rebel groups inside the demilitarized zone.
The rebel groups were supposed to withdraw from the demilitarized zone last October, per the September 17th Sochi Agreement – they have refused to do so.
Turkey contends that the Syrian military is to blame for the violence because they attack the rebel groups that refused to adhere to the Sochi Agreement.
Both the Syrian and Russian armed forces hold the rebel forces in violation of the agreement and consider any jihadist presence in the demilitarized zone as a clear breach of any deal.
With Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s latest attacks in northwestern Hama and western Aleppo, it is very likely that the Syrian government, with help from Russia, will carry out an operation to clear these areas.
The Syrian government has a difficult decision to make, one of which could alter the course of the war.
According to the source in Damascus, the government sees the prospects of rapproachment with Saudi Arabia as more alluring than joining Iran in a coalition of countries sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Muslim Brotherhood was at war with the Syrian government for several years until they were forced into exile following the Siege of Hama in 1982.
Both Qatar and Turkey have lended their support to the Muslim Brotherhood during the Arab Spring and to the Syrian opposition.
Saudi Arabia and their Gulf allies view the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization; this is also the case with Egypt, who the Syrian government has relied on for third party talks.
The Syrian government’s potential decision may not sit well with Iran, but at this juncture in the war, the sanctions and lack of funding are taking a toll on Damascus.
>Iran Guard ship spotted off Libyan coast A ship with ties to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has been monitored off Libya’s western city of Misrata, the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) has said.
“The vessel is involved in suspicious activities,” Ahmad Al Mesmari, the LNA spokesman said in televised remarks.
This month, the US designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group, imposing massive-ranging economic and travel sanctions on the powerful military arm of Tehran. The sanctions also cover companies and individuals dealing with the corps.
Misrata is under the control of a Tripoli-based government, supported by Qatar and Turkey, which are allies of Iran.
The ship is owned by an Iranian company, which is also under US sanctions, according to media reports.
The vessel, whose cargo is unclear yet, arrived at Misrata five days after it left a port in Bulgaria.
The LNA forces, commanded by Libya’s military strongman Khalifa Haftar, have been fighting for three weeks against militias linked to the Tripoli government in order to seize the capital and expel terrorist groups there.
Iran is increasingly under international pressure to stop its destabilising acts in the Arab region.
On Monday, the US declared ending sanctions waivers for Iranian oil imports as part of Washington’s stepped-up campaign against the Tehran regime.
>>219192 >>219191 >thoughts you guys stayed somewhat neutral toward iyy-ran The policy remains the same. Neutrality between Iran and Saudia. Working with both but not taking sides or supporting just enough to not piss off the other. The prime ministers is currently trying to improve relations with neighboring countries to get business going. What he wanted to say was that both of our countries land has been used against one another by non state actors, in an effort to reduce tensions(feb 13 attack in Iran which they blamed on Pakistan while from our side this was the statement* released by the Foreign ministry just before the Prime Ministers visit to Iran) and improve relations considering this was the statement released by the Foreign ministry just before his visit to Iran.
>#Libya-in this thread, 7 videos published by @LNASpox claiming to show Americans fighting alongside #GNA in #Tripoli. Videos do show #US SOF, at least 1 seem to show #GNA fighter, but can just as easily be from the anti-#ISIS campaign in #Sirte. Interesting nonetheless. Video 1 https://twitter.com/Oded121351/status/1121705536150482944
Damn, what a depressing month: Internet goes down at the hotel I'm staying in (place is a damn clusterfuck because the management is dogshit), then I lose my job because cutbacks and had trouble finding another job until last week. Then my computer starts acting up, then I had to get a new charger for it since the old one quit working.
But everything's back in order now. Hopefully I'm back for a long time. Shitmaps are being updated. I'll start with Libya, then I'll tackle Afghanistan tomorrow since I wanna play sum vidya after updating Libya and Yemen Shitmaps.
>China, Russia, U.S. reach consensuses on Afghanistan issue At the second trilateral consultation on Afghanistan held in Moscow, Chinese Special Envoy Deng Xijun, Russian Presidential Representative Zamir Kabulov, and U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and its ongoing peace process.
The three parties emphasized that they respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and the country's right to choose its own path of development, and called on foreign militaries to withdraw from the country in an orderly and responsible way as part of the peace process.
They said they recognized the strong desire of the Afghan people for a comprehensive ceasefire and urged all to take immediate and effective measures to reduce violence.
The three representatives also called on the Taliban to prevent recruitment, training and fund-raising by terrorist groups and to expel all terrorists, and encouraged peace talks between the Taliban and a representative Afghan delegation involving the government.
They suggested the Afghan government and the Taliban should take all necessary measures to wipe out the threat of drugs in the country.
The three parties also agreed to continue their consultations, and to decide via diplomatic channels the time and participating countries for the next meeting in the Chinese capital of Beijing, in a bid to further promote the Afghan peace process, for which they will stay in contact.
>>219440 >Joint Statement on Trilateral Meeting on Afghan Peace Process
The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Russia, and China on the occasion of the Trilateral Meeting on the Afghan Peace Process.
Representatives of the United States, China, and Russia met in Moscow on April 25, 2019, and exchanged views on the current status of the Afghan peace process. The three sides reached consensus on the following:
-The three sides respect the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Afghanistan as well as its right to choose its development path. The three sides prioritize the interests of the Afghan people in promoting a peace process.
-The three sides support an inclusive Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process and are ready to provide necessary assistance. The three sides encourage the Afghan Taliban to participate in peace talks with a broad, representative Afghan delegation that includes the government as soon as possible. Toward this end, and as agreed in Moscow in February 2019, we support a second round of intra-Afghan dialogue in Doha (Qatar).
-The three sides support the Afghan government efforts to combat international terrorism and extremist organizations in Afghanistan. They take note of the Afghan Taliban’s commitment to: fight ISIS and cut ties with Al-Qaeda, ETIM, and other international terrorist groups; ensure the areas they control will not be used to threaten any other country; and call on them to prevent terrorist recruiting, training, and fundraising, and expel any known terrorists.
-The three sides recognize the Afghan people's strong desire for a comprehensive ceasefire. As a first step, we call on all parties to agree on immediate and concrete steps to reduce violence.
-The three sides stress the importance of fighting illegal drug production and trafficking, and call on the Afghan government and the Taliban to take all the necessary steps to eliminate the drug threat in Afghanistan. The three sides call for an orderly and responsible withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan as part of the overall peace process.
-The three sides call for regional countries to support this trilateral consensus and are ready to build a more extensive regional and international consensus on Afghanistan.
-The three sides agreed on a phased expansion of their consultations before the next trilateral meeting in Beijing. The date and composition of the meeting will be agreed upon through diplomatic channels.
> another day, another motto #LNA video showing its exceptionally well-equipped unit with EOTechs on railed AKs This seems to be a specific unit potentially designated as "SOF" (other well-equipped units appeared but not this level), but never specifically named https://twitter.com/Oded121351/status/1122199684041322499
>>219499 well they are returning to old strategies. In the latest issue of AL Naba news letter they were instructing members on methods they used before the formation of the caliphate. Even mentioned old videos for better understanding.
>>219443 Thanks Pingu. Giro district is definitely Taliban-controlled but RisboLensky told of an ANA counterattack at Dashti Qala and Al Khanum the very next day (yesterday), and multiple accounts claim Murghab district has been cleared out by the gov't today.