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Jul 12 2021

What is the story of the deployment of Turkish troops at Kabul Airport?

According to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, the airport has been under Turkish military control for the past six years, and the main topic of recent US-Turkish talks on Afghanistan is their continued presence at Kabul Airport. The United States recognizes the importance of Kabul Airport in maintaining the activities of foreign embassies, including its own. Turkish troops will also be deployed to secure the routes between these areas and the area around the airport.Details and the number of Turkish troops have not been released, but some US officials stated that Defense Ministry officials have requested that 600 to 1,000 …

Jul 8 2021

Turkish Soldier Killed, Three Others Wounded In Attack On Syrian Border

Support SouthFront Turkish forces are seen at Mount Barsaya in northeast of Afrin, January 28, 2018 / Khalil Ashawi / Reuters On July 7, cross-border firing by unidentified gunmen in Syria’s northeastern region, where Kurdish forces are in control, killed a Turkish service member. The gunfire targeted a Turkish military vehicle patrolling near the border town of Senyurt in the southeastern Turkish province of Mardin. According to a statement by Mardin’s governor office, the driver, identified as infantryman Cihan Ciftcibasi, was severely wounded and three other service members sustained light injures when the vehicle then overturned. Ciftcibasi died of his …

Jul 7 2021

Syrian Army Shelled Turkish Post, Destroyed Militants Missile Launcher In Greater Idlib (Video)

Support SouthFront Illustrative image. On July 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled the vicinity of a Turkish military post near the town of Qoqfin in the southern part of Syria’s Greater Idlib. The shelling, which didn’t result in any losses, was likely a response to recent ceasefire violations by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of Greater Idlib, and its allies. These factions continue to receive military support from Turkey. A day earlier, the SAA responded to attacks by HTS and its allies by destroying a Kornet anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launcher situated near the town of …

Jul 7 2021

Turkey To Send Syrian Mercenaries To Afghanistan: Monitoring Group

Support SouthFront Illustrative imageUntidwswtled.jpg Turkey is making preparations to deploy some of its Syrian proxies in Afghanistan, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on July 6. According to the London-based monitoring group, Turkey has already agreed with the leaders of its proxy factions in Syria on the deployment process. The Turkish intelligence will oversee the deployment and cherry-pick the militants who will be sent to Afghanistan. The militants, who are being promised a monthly salary of $2,000-3,000, will be deployed in the capital Kabul where they will secure Hamid Karzai International Airport and key government buildings. Last month, …

Jul 4 2021

In Video: SDF Fighters Hit Turkish Forces Fortifications, Vehicles In Northern Raqqa With Guided Missiles

Support SouthFront Illustrative image, source: sdf-press.com On July 4, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its fighters had carried out a series of operations against Turkish forces in northeastern Syria. A video of the operations shows seven strikes with anti-tank guided missiles on fortifications and vehicles of Turkish forces near town of Tell Abyad in the northern countryside of Raqqa. According to the SDF, eight militants were killed in the operations, which also saw the destruction of two trenches, two thermal surveillance cameras, two military vehicles and a battle tank. [embedded content] The SDF said that the operations were …

Jul 2 2021

Syrian Authorities, Turkish-Backed Militants Swap Prisoners Under Russian-Brokered Deal (Video, Photos)

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image. Source: RT. On July 2, Syrian authorities and Turkish-backed militants swapped prisoners as a part of a deal that was brokered by the Ministry of Defense of Russia and backed by Turkey. The prisoners swap took place on the Abu al-Zandin crossing which links Turkish-occupied areas in northern Aleppo with areas held by Syrian government forces. The United Nations and the Red Crescent oversaw the deal. Turkish-backed militants released five soldiers and officers of the Syrian Arab Army who were captured on different occasions. The freed captives were identified as Fahim Youssef Hamdan, …

Jul 1 2021

Albania Becomes Turkey’s Newest Bayraktar Customer

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On June 29th, Turkish “drone magnate” Baykar revealed another customer of its Bayraktar TB2 combat UAV. Its none other than powerhouse Albania. Albania is the latest customer interested in striking a deal to procure this particular combat drone, which is already owned by Azerbaijan, Qatar, Ukraine and will be delivered to Poland under a recently inked deal. The combat drone has been operated by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in Syria and Libya in various roles, from neutralizing enemy air defense systems or securing airports along with its being used by Azerbaijan’s army …

Jun 30 2021

Azerbaijani Su-25 Warplane Test-Fired Homegrown Guided Bomb During Military Exercises In Turkey (Video)

Support SouthFront Screen grab from the Azerbaijani MoD footage. Azerbaijan has test-fired a guided bomb jointly developed with Turkey during the Anatolian Eagle-2021 exercise in central Turkey. Two Su-25 and two Mig-29 warplanes of the Azerbaijani Air Force as well as units from Qatar, Pakistan and the NATO are taking part in the military exercise which began at the Turkish military’s 2nd Main Jet Base Command near Konya city on June 21. The exercise will end on July 2. On June 29, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan shared footage from the exercise showing a Su-25 fighter jet test-firing the …

Jun 28 2021

Turkey To Push Outwards From Idlib, As SAA Rains Punishment

Support SouthFront To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK : Monero (XMR): 49HqitRzdnhYjgTEAhgGpCfsjdTeMbUTU6cyR4JV1R7k2Eej9rGT8JpFiYDa4tZM6RZiFrHmMzgSrhHEqpDYKBe5B2ufNsLBTC: bc1qw4cxpe6sxa5dg6sdwxjph959cw6yztrzl4r54sBITCOINCASH: qq3vlashthktqpeppuv7trmw070e3mydgq63zq348vOR CONTACT US : [email protected] Greater Idlib is as volatile as ever, with the Syrian Arab Army, along with Russian support punishing every ceasefire violation of the al-Qaeda affiliates in the region. It is yet unknown if the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will begin a larger military operation anytime soon, as one has been expected for a while. On June 27th, the SAA …

Jun 28 2021

New-Age Cosmopolite: Former Al-Qaeda Commander Granted With Turkish Citizenship After Ukrainian One

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image Ankara has given “former” al-Qaeda commander Manar Al-Shami Turkish citizenship. As Turkish politicians continue to talk about deporting Syrian refugees back to Syria, former al-Qaeda commander Manar Al-Shami gets Turkish citizenship. pic.twitter.com/3x09Prx8XU — Lindsey Snell (@LindseySnell) June 26, 2021 Turkey has long supported the al-Qaeda-affiliated so-called “moderate opposition” in Idlib, which mostly comprises Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de facto ruler of the Syrian region. Rebranding a number Syrian factions as the Syrian National Army (SNA), critics say Turkey has incorporated extreme jihadist groups into the SNA. Turkey had supported the rebranding of …

Jun 27 2021

Syrian Arab Army Fire Inflicted More Losses On Militants In Greater Idlib

Support SouthFront Illustrative image On June 27, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled militants’ positions in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib in response to recent ceasefire violations. According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the army targeted a number of towns and villages in the al-Zawiya Mount in the southern Idlib countryside as well as in al-Ghab Plains in the northern countryside of Hama. The SAA shelling led to some losses. A militant, identified as Yusuf Firas Qassim, was killed in the town of Fatterah in the al-Zawiya Mount. The ceasefire in Grater Idlib was brokered by …

Jun 25 2021

Turkish Forces To Attack Manbij In Northern Syria: Monitoring Group

Support SouthFront Illustrative image. The Turkish military and its proxies are preparing a large offensive on the Syrian town of Manbij and its surroundings in the northern Aleppo countryside, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on June 25. Manbij is currently held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The US-backed group liberated the town from ISIS after a fierce battle in 2016. According to the SOHR, the Turkish military and its proxies are making preparations and collecting information for the operation. “The operation may begin after the upcoming Eid al-Adha, at the end of July or even later,” …

Jun 25 2021

Greater Idlib: Syrian Army Shells More Turkish Posts Following Ceasefire Violations

Support SouthFront Illustrative image. On June 25, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled three posts of the Turkish military in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib. In the morning, the army shelled two Turkish posts in the northern outskirts of the government-held town of Saraqib in southern Idlib. No human losses were reported. However, a gathering of Turkish military vehicles was hit, according to the London-based for Human Rights. A few hours later, the SAA artillery pounded a third Turkish post near the town of Qmenas, also in southern Idlib. There were no losses, however. Click to see full-size map. …

Jun 24 2021

Turkey’s Bayraktar Akıncı Drone Spotted With Heavy Guided Bomb (Photos)

Support SouthFront Akıncı combat drone of Bayraktar at Teknofest, 17 September 2019, By Wikimedia user (CeeGee). Turkey’s drone manufacturer Baykar has begun testing a dogmatically-made heavy guided bomb on the Bayraktar Akinci combat drone. On June 23, Baykar Chief Technology Officer Selçuk Bayraktar, shared photos of the first mass-produced version of the drone, the Akinci S-1, carrying a single HGK-84 bomb in its underbelly hardpoint. ❝Şimşek gibi bir semte atıldık yedi koldan,Şimşek gibi Türk atlarının geçtiği yoldan… ❞⚡ Bugünden;#AKINCI PT2 ve S1’in eğitim, test uçuşlarından…#MilliTeknolojiHamlesi ✈️🐳🚀🌍🇹🇷 pic.twitter.com/epToB17Vap — Selçuk Bayraktar (@Selcuk) June 23, 2021 Developed by Turkey’s TÜBİTAK-SAGE, the HGK …

Jun 24 2021

Turkey’s Attempt At Military Self-Sufficiency Now Includes Automated Turret

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image Turkey’s efforts to modernize its military might with indigenous equipment are all-encompassing, as developments in every domain are on-going. Turkey’s state-controlled military electronics company Aselsan unveiled the first of what will become an upgraded armored combat vehicle used by the military. In the first phase of the upgrade program, Aselsan will modernize 133 vehicles, lengthening their life span and survivability. The first batch of vehicles is part of a whole convoy of more than 2,000 produced by FMC Nurol Savunma Sanayi between 1989 and 2003 under license from the U.S.-based company FMC Corporation. …

Jun 23 2021

Instant Karma For Al-Qaeda Affiliates In Syria’s Greater Idlib

Support SouthFront To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK : Monero (XMR): 49HqitRzdnhYjgTEAhgGpCfsjdTeMbUTU6cyR4JV1R7k2Eej9rGT8JpFiYDa4tZM6RZiFrHmMzgSrhHEqpDYKBe5B2ufNsLBTC: bc1qw4cxpe6sxa5dg6sdwxjph959cw6yztrzl4r54sBITCOINCASH: qq3vlashthktqpeppuv7trmw070e3mydgq63zq348vOR CONTACT US : [email protected] The situation in Northern Syria remains as volatile as ever, with the Syrian Arab Army exchanging fire with militants in the Idlib governorate. On June 20, five munitions fired from the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib by militants hit the government-held town of Jurin in the al-Ghab Plains in the northwestern countryside of Hama. The munitions landed …

Jun 23 2021

SAA Artillery Shelled Turkish Military Posts In Greater Idlib, Wounding Turkish Soldiers (Photos)

Support SouthFront Illustrative image. On June 23, at least two Turkish service members were wounded in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib by Syrian Arab Army (SAA) fire. The Turkish service members were wounded when the army artillery shelled their post which is located on al-Barden hill in the vicinity of the town of Kansafra in the southern Idlib countryside. The post’s fortifications were also damaged as a result of the shelling. Enab Baladi and several other Syrian pro-opposition news outlets said that the Turkish post was targeted with Russian-made 2K25 Krasnopol 152 mm laser-guided shells. These claims are …

Jun 22 2021

The Taliban Rush At Full Tilt To Capture More Strategic Districts In Afghanistan

Support SouthFront To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK : Monero (XMR): 49HqitRzdnhYjgTEAhgGpCfsjdTeMbUTU6cyR4JV1R7k2Eej9rGT8JpFiYDa4tZM6RZiFrHmMzgSrhHEqpDYKBe5B2ufNsLBTC: bc1qw4cxpe6sxa5dg6sdwxjph959cw6yztrzl4r54sBITCOINCASH: qq3vlashthktqpeppuv7trmw070e3mydgq63zq348vOR CONTACT US : [email protected] The US pullout from Afghanistan is moving according to plan, while the Taliban are capturing district after district. On June 21st, Taliban fighters took control of a key district in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province, encircling the capital of the same name. Fighting around the Imam Sahib district began late on June 20th and by midday the next day, …

Jun 22 2021

Turkey, Iran And Afghanistan Foreign Minister, Discuss Taliban Issue

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image A trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan was held in Antalya, Turkey on June 20th. “Started last day of Antalya Diplomacy Forum with a trilateral meeting with Javad Zarif and Haneef Atmar,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted. Afghan Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar described the meeting as “first & very successful.” In a tweet, he termed it a “crucial mechanism” to coordinate combined efforts for peace, security, counter-terrorism, and economic cooperation. The three-day Antalya Diplomacy Forum brought together political leaders, diplomats, opinion makers, and academics. Turkish Foreign Minister …

Jun 22 2021

Ukraine Prepared For Joint Space Program With Turkey

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image Ukraine can carry out many joint projects with Turkey in the field of space as in the defense industry, the head of the State Space Agency of Ukraine said. In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Volodymyr Taftay evaluated Ukraine’s space program and the possibilities of cooperation between Ankara and Kiev in the field of space. Kiev is quite open to cooperation, and together with Ankara they could reach success in space. He also said they would like to visit the Turkish Space Agency in the second half of this year and discuss opportunities …

Jun 21 2021

Turkey Successfully Tests Its Home-Made Atmaca Anti-Ship Missile

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On June 18th, Turkey’s indigenous anti-ship missile ‘Atmaca’ successfully sank a decommissioned ship in a fire test. Mavi Vatanımızın Çelik Kılıcı ATMACA Gemisavar Füzemiz, bugün envantere girişi öncesi gerçekleştirilen son test atışında ilk kez bir gemi hedefini tam isabetle vurmayı başardı. 🇹🇷 Türk Silahlı Kuvvetlerimize ve Donanmamıza hayırlı, uğurlu olsun. pic.twitter.com/XVPXhTGgTI — Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) June 18, 2021 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan boasted of the success. “The steel sword of our Blue Homeland, ATMACA anti-ship missile hit the target (a real ship target for the first time) with pinpoint accuracy in …

Jun 20 2021

Turkey’s Secret Plan To Invade Greece And Armenia

Support SouthFront Illustrative image A plan for a simultaneous Turkish invasion of both Greece and Armenia was prepared by Turkey, according to the secret documents of the Turkish General Staff. According to these documents, the plan called “CERBE” was prepared in 2014 and updated in 2016. According to the Nordic Monitor, “Turkey was inspired by the name of its secret war plans for the eastern Mediterranean, from a significant victory Ottoman naval machine against a fleet of Christian alliance that strengthened Turkish rule in the Mediterranean.” Click to see full-size image Click to see full-size image Click to see full-size …

Jun 20 2021

Azerbaijan Got Caught Supporting Al-Qaeda-Linked Jabhat Al-Nusra In Syria – Report

Support SouthFront Illustrative image It should be noticed that the Center for Middle East and Central Asian Studies was created by a Russian politician and is hardly perceived as an objective source of information. There is a probability that the received information was submitted biased. However, when officially published, the ‘secret correspondence’ may become another proof of close ties between the HTS and its foreign allies. Written by Khaled Iskef. An investigation conducted by the Center for Middle East and Central Asian Studies revealed the involvement of Azerbaijani intelligence in supporting Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria, in coordination with Turkey. The …

Jun 19 2021

Kurdish Forces Targeted Turkish Base Near Al-Bab, Destroyed Military Bulldozer

Support SouthFront Illustrative image, fighters of the Afrin Liberation Forces. Via the Hawar News Agency (ANHA). On June 19, Kurdish forces targeted a Turkish military base near the village of Hazwan to the northwest of the town of al-Bab in the northern countryside of Syria’s Aleppo. A Liebherr military bulldozer was destroyed as a result of the attack. Some Kurdish sources also claimed that a MRAP [Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected] vehicle of an unidentified type was also destroyed. Nevertheless, this is yet to be confirmed. تدمير تركس للجيش #التركي في #حزوان بمدينة #الباب بعد إستهدافه من قبل ميلشيات pkk المتواجدة في …

Jun 18 2021

In Video: PKK Drone Bombed Turkish Military Post In Iraqi Kurdistan

Support SouthFront Screen grab from the PKK’s drone attack video. On June 16, the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) released a video of recent drone attack on a post of the Turkish military in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. The attack, which took place on May 5, targeted a military post on the Zendura hill in the Metina region. An unidentified drone threw two improvised small-diameter munitions at the post. The strike was not very accurate. In the last few months, a number of similar attacks targeted Turkish military posts in the Kurdistan Region. The PKK also targeted several military bases and …

Jun 18 2021

Turkey’s Turn To Test Its Luck In The ‘Graveyard Of Empires’

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image After the Soviet Union’s failure in the not-so-distant past, and the United States’ failure right now, it is Turkey’s turn to attempt and ‘save’ Afghanistan. The U.S. and Turkey have agreed to a plan for the Turks to continue providing security at the airport in Kabul, U.S. officials said. Jake Sullivan, President Biden’s national security adviser, told reporters Thursday that both sides had made a “clear commitment” on the security of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. “We are feeling good about where we are in terms of the planning with the Turks …

Jun 17 2021

Northern Syria’s Endless Back-And-Forth

Support SouthFront To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK : Monero (XMR): 49HqitRzdnhYjgTEAhgGpCfsjdTeMbUTU6cyR4JV1R7k2Eej9rGT8JpFiYDa4tZM6RZiFrHmMzgSrhHEqpDYKBe5B2ufNsLBTC: bc1qw4cxpe6sxa5dg6sdwxjph959cw6yztrzl4r54sBITCOINCASH: qq3vlashthktqpeppuv7trmw070e3mydgq63zq348vOR CONTACT US : [email protected] In northern Syria’s back and forth, it seems as if the triangle of Turkey – Kurdish Groups – Syrian Army are taking turns attacking each other. On June 15, two people were killed and four others were wounded in yet another blast in the Turkish-occupied Syrian area of Afrin in northern Aleppo. The blast was reportedly caused by …

Jun 16 2021

Turkey Arrested Senior ISIS Commander During Intelligence Operation In Syria

Support SouthFront Kasim Guler, aka Abu Usame al-Turki. Source: the Anadolu Agency. The Turkish National Intelligence Organization, MİT, has arrested a senior Turkish commander of ISIS during a recent operation inside Syria, the Anadolu Agency announced on June 15. According to the state-run news agency, the MİT launched an operation to capture Kasim Guler, also known as “Abu Usame al-Turki,” after it discovered that he was plotting a large-scale terrorist attack in Turkey. Guler was preparing to enter Turkey illegally to prepare the attack when he was apprehended by Turkish intelligence agents. “After a period of surveillance, the MİT nabbed …

Jun 16 2021

Syrian Artillery Hammered Another Turkish Post In Greater Idlib (Videos, Photos)

Support SouthFront Illustrative image. On June 16, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) hammered a Turkish military post in the southern part of the Greater Idlib region. According to several pro-opposition sources, including the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, several shells landed in the vicinity of the post, which is located in the town of Sarjah in the al-Zawiya Mount. No casualties or material losses were reported as a result of the shelling, which was most likely a response to Turkey’s military support to Greater Idlib militants. مقطع فيديو يظهر قصف مدفعي لقوات نظام الأسد على محيط النقطة التركية في قرية …

Jun 15 2021

Turkey ‘Colonizes’ Iraqi Kurdistan. Kurdish Factions Fly At Each Other’s Throats

Support SouthFront Illustrative Image Written by Hedwig Kuijpers On April 23, the Turkish military launched its latest military operation in Iraqi Kurdistan, against archenemy the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party). This time the forces of Iraqi Kurdistan (the Peshmerga) are also playing a role. Some Kurds already fell victim to the bullets of other Kurds. And the risk of a large-scale intra-Kurdish conflict is growing by the day. Operation Claw-Lightning is a cross-border military operation that Turkey launched on April 23, 2021. Turkey claims that the operation is directed against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to eliminate terrorism in the Kurdish …

Jun 15 2021

Turkish Military Mobilization In “De-Escalation” Zone In Syria

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Written by Khaled Iskef. The Turkish forces continue to mobilize their soldiers alongside the militias affiliated with them on the battle fronts with the Syrian army within the “de-escalation” area in northern Syria. On June 14, major movements of Turkish military columns were spotted moving to the fronts in the northern countryside of Latakia and the Al-Ghab Plain in particular. The sources confirmed that military crowds represented by more than 15 armored vehicles and a truck transporting Turkish soldiers had headed to the battlefronts in the Al-Ghab Plain in the countryside of Hama, while other military …

Jun 15 2021

Erdogan-Biden Meeting: Turkey Wants To Take Lead In Afghanistan

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On June 14th, US President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a meeting, which was categorized as “good”. Both leaders confirmed their willingness to restore strained ties and increase cooperation. “In our meeting with Mr. Biden, we constructively handled issues that we differ on as well as areas of cooperation. We agreed to keep Turkey-U.S. dialogue channels open just like how strategic partners and allies do,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said after meeting Joe Biden in a closed-door meeting earlier in the day during the NATO summit in Brussels. “We …

Jun 14 2021

Ankara Prepares To Plunge Syria’s North Into Pandemonium

Support SouthFront To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK : Monero (XMR): 49HqitRzdnhYjgTEAhgGpCfsjdTeMbUTU6cyR4JV1R7k2Eej9rGT8JpFiYDa4tZM6RZiFrHmMzgSrhHEqpDYKBe5B2ufNsLBTC: bc1qw4cxpe6sxa5dg6sdwxjph959cw6yztrzl4r54sBITCOINCASH: qq3vlashthktqpeppuv7trmw070e3mydgq63zq348vOR CONTACT US : [email protected] Turkey has not said its last in northern Syria, as the situation appears to be escalating. On June 12th, at least 22 people, mostly civilians, were killed in heavy shelling in the Turkish-occupied city of Afrin. At least 35 were injured in the attack. The bombing of the city of Afrin also caused huge material damage to civilian …

Jun 13 2021

Turkish Forces Preparing To Launch Attack In Northwestern Hama, Northern Lattakia

Support SouthFront Turkish army vehicles and military personnel are seen near the Turkish-Syrian border on October 12, 2019. IMAGE: Reuters / Murad Sezer Militants in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib are preparing to launch a large-scale offensive against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on two different fronts with direct support from the Turkish military, RusVesna.SU reported on June 12. According to the Russian news outlet, the militants, led by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), will attack in northwestern Hama and northern Lattakia. Click to see full-size image. In preparation for the offensive, the Turkish military stepped up ammunition shipments …

Jun 13 2021

Turkish Drones Struck Kurdish Enclave Following Deadly Rocket Attack On Afrin (Photos)

Support SouthFront Illustrative image. On June 13, a series of Turkish strikes hit the Syrian town of Tell Rifaat and its outskirts in the northern countryside of Aleppo. The town is controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Russian Military Police also maintain a fairly large presence near the town. Turkish combat drones were spotted over Tell Rifaat during the strikes. The Rojava Media Center said that the drones carried out the strikes. Nevertheless, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that the drones were only correcting Turkish artillery fire. #gallery-1 …

Jun 12 2021

Iraq Threatens To Shoot Down Turkish Fighters, Drones Over Its Territory

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Written by ThomasST. Iraqi ultimatum to Turkey: ” We will shoot down your F-16. Leave immediately ” An important piece of information was provided by the Russian media aviapro (LINK), as it states in an article that the Iraqi President asked Turkey to immediately stop the Turkish military operation in the country. “After Turkey arbitrarily launched a military operation against the Kurds on Iraqi soil, the President of the country reacted quite harshly to Erdogan’s actions and the Iraqi Ministry of Defense threatened to use Pantsir-S against Turkish F-16 fighters and against Bayraktar TB2.” What preceded …

Jun 12 2021

Al-Nusra Militants Storm Idlib Museum, Smash Ancient Statues

Support SouthFront Illustrative Image Written by Khaled Iskef. The militants of Jabhat al-Nusra stormed the Idlib Museum, and destroyed a number of antiquities, statues and mosaic paintings. Local sources said that the Uzbek jihadists belonging to Al-Nusra had destroyed statues and monuments in the museum, without revealing their motives. Al-Nusra has seized the museum since it imposed its control over Idlib in 2015. No official clarification is issued regarding the incident. According to the sources, the museum has become vulnerable to systematic thefts and looting since the Al-Nusra took control of the city, as its leaders captured Syrian antiquities and sold …

Jun 12 2021

Greater Idlib: Turkish Military Pushed Artillery To Frontlines, Syrian Army Responded (Video, Photos)

Support SouthFront FILE IMAGE: aa.com.tr The Turkish Armed Forces have developed heavy artillery right on the frontline with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, RusVesna.SU reported on June 11. Aerial footage shared by the Russian outlet show several T-155 Fırtına self-propelled 155 mm howitzers on a frontline in southern Greater Idlib. Syrian opposition activists revealed that the artillery were deployed in the town of Qarqor in northwestern Hama. [embedded content] #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid …

Jun 11 2021

A Day Of Reckoning In Syria’s Idlib

Support SouthFront To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK : Monero (XMR): 49HqitRzdnhYjgTEAhgGpCfsjdTeMbUTU6cyR4JV1R7k2Eej9rGT8JpFiYDa4tZM6RZiFrHmMzgSrhHEqpDYKBe5B2ufNsLBTC: bc1qw4cxpe6sxa5dg6sdwxjph959cw6yztrzl4r54sBITCOINCASH: qq3vlashthktqpeppuv7trmw070e3mydgq63zq348vOR CONTACT US : [email protected] It has been a long time coming, and it seems that an escalation in Greater Idlib might be on the way. After frequent ceasefire violations by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other terrorist groups of the so-called “moderate opposition”, the cup seems to be spilling over. On June 10th, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian support began …

Jun 11 2021

Battle In Greater Idlib Continues: SAA Artillery Pounds Turkish Forces

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Late on June 10, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) targeted Turkish forces on two fronts in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib. The army artillery shelled a Turkish post near the town of al-Bara in the southern countryside of Idlib. At the same time, Syrian soldiers launched anti-tank guided missiles at a Turkish bulldozer and a vehicle near the town Qarqor in the northwestern Hama countryside. No casualties were reported as a result of the SAA strikes, which were a response to the shelling of government-held areas by Turkish forces. Click to see full-size map. Source: …

Jun 10 2021

Greater Idlib Escalation: Turkish Forces Shelled Syrian Army In Response To Assassination Of Al-Qaeda Commanders

Support SouthFront Image: aa.com.tr On June 10, the Turkish military and its proxy, the Syrian National Army (SNA), shelled government-held areas in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib in response to the assassination of three commanders of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The Turkish shelling targeted positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in southern Idlib and northwestern Hama. No casualties or material losses were reported. “The artillery of the Turkish military and the SNA targeted military positions of regime forces with more than 80 shells in different areas in the countryside of Hama and Idlib,” …

Jun 10 2021

Russia Loses Soldier In Northern Syria, As Maintaining The Ceasefire Proves Fatal

Support SouthFront To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK : Monero (XMR): 49HqitRzdnhYjgTEAhgGpCfsjdTeMbUTU6cyR4JV1R7k2Eej9rGT8JpFiYDa4tZM6RZiFrHmMzgSrhHEqpDYKBe5B2ufNsLBTC: bc1qw4cxpe6sxa5dg6sdwxjph959cw6yztrzl4r54sBITCOINCASH: qq3vlashthktqpeppuv7trmw070e3mydgq63zq348vOR CONTACT US : [email protected] In a rare incident, a Russian patrol unit came across a landmine, which could have been a pre-planned attack on a convoy. One Russian serviceman died as a result of the incident. The attack took place near the Turkish-occupied village of al-Assadiyah in northern al-Hasakah. A Russian military unit was patrolling the frontline that separates Turkish forces from …

Jun 10 2021

Turkey builds a new military post in Idlib

The base is near the front line with Syrian army and Kafr Nubl town (where Syrian army forces stationed). Field sources said that Turkish army created trenches around the new base. This is the second Turkish military post in al-Barah village and surrounding area. Turkish Army positioned several tanks, heavy trucks of logistics and ammos near the base. It seems the reason of erecting this base is due to high tension between Syrian Army and militants and arrival of Syrian Army reinforcement in the area. On April 24, Turkish Army also erected a military post in the Ziyadiah village in …

Jun 10 2021

In Continuation Of The “Turkish Policy”: Turkish Housing Associations In Aleppo Countryside

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Written by Khaled Iskef. The Turkish forces started the process of building housing associations in the district of Jenderes in the Afrin countryside, north of Aleppo, in order to settle the militants there after offering them for investment and sale, which falls within the context of the “Turkish policy” followed by Turkey in the areas under its control. Sources revealed that the Turkish authorities had started a project to build two housing associations around the villages of Kafr Safra and Hajj Hasna, so that the houses of these two associations will be “residential villages”, which will …

Jun 9 2021

Israel Defense Forces Strike Syria, As Netanyahu Struggles To Remain

Support SouthFront To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK : Monero (XMR): 49HqitRzdnhYjgTEAhgGpCfsjdTeMbUTU6cyR4JV1R7k2Eej9rGT8JpFiYDa4tZM6RZiFrHmMzgSrhHEqpDYKBe5B2ufNsLBTC: bc1qw4cxpe6sxa5dg6sdwxjph959cw6yztrzl4r54sBITCOINCASH: qq3vlashthktqpeppuv7trmw070e3mydgq63zq348vOR CONTACT US : [email protected] Israel’s political situation is proving quite precarious for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As a result, he’s struggling to prove that he’s required at the lead, since Tel Aviv’s enemies will allegedly flourish if Netanyahu is not there. Late on June 8th, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) struck various targets in southern and central Syria. According to Syrian media, air …

Jun 9 2021

Afrin Liberation Forces: 12 Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Aleppo

According to the group, in the first three days of this month, a series of operations were carried out in the northern suburbs of Aleppo province to target Turkish troops, which resulted in the death of 12 of them. In one of these attacks, a convoy belonging to the Turkish army was targeted on the outskirts of Afrin, as a result of which a number of Turkish troops were killed and wounded. The Afrin Liberation Forces also targeted a group of Turkish soldiers in the village of Basufan, killing four Turkish soldiers and wounding four others. The Afrin Liberation Forces …

Jun 8 2021

In Video: Turkish Forces Pound PKK Fighters In Northern Iraq

Support SouthFront Two more fighters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were killed by Turkish forces in northern Iraq, the Turkish National Defense Ministry reported on June 8. Turkish forces have carried out an air operation in the Gara region, according to the Twitter account of the Ministry. “No place is safe for terrorists! As a result of the coordinated work of our Turkish Armed Forces and the National Intelligence Organization, 2 PKK terrorists detected in the Gara region in northern Iraq were neutralized by the successful air operation of our Air Force.” – the statement reads. Teröristler için hiçbir …

Jun 8 2021

U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan Half Complete, Taliban Gains Momentum (Photos, Videos)

Support SouthFront Source: ISWNews The US has completed more than 50% of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to the US Central Command. The withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan started on May 1. Future updates on the withdrawal process will be less specific because of the “operational security reasons & to preserve force protection,” according to the CENTCOM statement. According to the CENTCOM reports, 500 S-17 military transport aircraft had already been removed from Afghanistan, while about 13 thousand units of American equipment were transferred for recycling. On May 7, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg claimed that the alliance …

Jun 7 2021

Northern Syria’s Tug Of War Keeps On With The Ranks Thinning On All Sides

Support SouthFront To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK : Monero (XMR): 49HqitRzdnhYjgTEAhgGpCfsjdTeMbUTU6cyR4JV1R7k2Eej9rGT8JpFiYDa4tZM6RZiFrHmMzgSrhHEqpDYKBe5B2ufNsLBTC: bc1qw4cxpe6sxa5dg6sdwxjph959cw6yztrzl4r54sBITCOINCASH: qq3vlashthktqpeppuv7trmw070e3mydgq63zq348vOR CONTACT US : [email protected] Northern Syria is in a state of renewed chaos, as both civilians are in the streets, and the Kurdish groups are clashing with Turkey and the factions it backs. Late on June 5, fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) attacked positions of the Turkish-backed militants near the town of Ras al-Ain in northeastern Syria. SDF fighters …

Jun 7 2021

Kurdish Forces Released Footage Of Deadly Attack On Turkish Troops In Afrin

Support SouthFront ALF fighters, illustrative image, By: Hawar News Agency (ANHA) On June 7, the Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF) claimed responsibility for a recent attack in the occupied Syrian area of Afrin that claimed the life of a Turkish service member. During the attack, which took place on June 3, ALF fighters targeted two vehicles and a post of the Turkish military and its proxies in southern Afrin with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). A Turkish service member and two Turkish-backed Syrian militants were killed as a result of the attack. The ALF released footage showing the ATGM strike that targeted …