"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)

Lübnan Marunîleri / Yasin Atlıoğlu


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Syrian Forces Supported By Russian Aerospace Forces Encircle And Destroy 1,500 ISIS Members Entered From Iraq- South Front

Syrian government forces supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces have finished an operation to encircle and destroy over 1,500 ISIS members that have entered Syria’s Deir Ezzor province from Iraq, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Saturday.

Konashenkov added that ISIS and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) “have suffered biggest losses in recent months.”

According to a text statement of the defense ministry, between September 19 and 29 Russian airstrikes killed 2,359 militants, including 16 field commanders, and injured about 2,700 others. The airstrikes also destroyed 67 outposts, 51 ammunition depots, 27 battle tanks, 21 rocket launchers and nearly 200 specialized vehicles belonging to terrorists.

Russia’s operation in Syria two years on -victory over terrorism is near- TASS

MOSCOW, September 30. /TASS/. Two years ago today Russia declared it was beginning an anti-terrorist operation in Syria and its aerospace group dealt the first strikes against facilities and forces of the terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State (outlawed in Russia). Two years on the operation is entering the final phase. That victory over the terrorist forces is near is well-seen in the latest statistics available: Syria’s government army enjoying Russian air support has regained control of 85% of the country’s territory

Russia’s efforts played a tangible role in achieving a situation where fragmented and conflicting groups of the armed opposition presented a common front in the struggle against terrorists. Over the past year Aleppo has been cleared of terrorists and control regained of Palmyra. Akerbat - the militants’ major command center - has been stormed, which allowed for launching an offensive towards Deir ez-Zor. By now the three-year-long siege of that city has been terminated and the Syrian military are conducting security sweeps in its residential areas and suburbs.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Aleppo recovers but not as regime claims- Zaman al-Wasl

Rubble still covers the area, abandoned buildings with no doors or windows. This is how Aleppo's industrial zone of al-Lyramon looks like after regime recaptured it more than a year ago.

Regime media makes it look otherwise. The news transmitted by regime media of al-Layramon industrial zone which specializes in manufacture of textiles and food shows its economic recovery following 7 years of war. 

As the media of the regime used to exaggerate their approach, the number of factories that started operating in al-Layramon area doubled from one embroidery factory (Samir Asheji) - according to confirmed sources - from about a thousand former establishments to five factories. However, SANA State agency reported a possible return of about 60 facilities to work and production in the near future.

“About 5,000 facilities restarted operations, "thanks to the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army" and to the Governor of Aleppo, Hussein Diab,” SANA reported.

Army repels ferocious ISIS attack on Deir Ezzor-Palmyra highway- SANA

Deir Ezzor, SANA – Army units repelled a large-scale ISIS attack on the international Deir-Ezzor-Palmyra highway in the Syrian Badia.
According to SANA reporter, groups of ISIS terrorists launched over the past hours a fierce assault against points of the army units protecting the international highway in al-Shoula and Kabajib area.
Covered by military warplanes and helicopters, the army units and the allied and supporting forces confronted the attack, leaving deaths and losses in the terrorists’ ranks, the reporter said, adding that the army units are now working on clearing the area of the fleeing ISIS terrorists to fully secure the highway.
In the meantime, fierce clashes erupted between the army units, backed by the Air Force, and ISIS terrorists in Huweijet Saqr and on the axis of Khsham and Hatla Fouqani, while the army’s Artillery targeted movements and hideouts of ISIS in Hatla and the neighborhoods of al-Rushdiyeh, al-Huweiqeh, al-Ardi, Knamat and Khsarat.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Syrian-Jordanian Meetings to Reopen Nasib Border Crossing- Sharq al-Awsat

Jordanian-Syrian meetings have been taking place over the last few days to discuss the subject of reopening the Nasib Border Crossing, said sources in Jordan.

Consultations are being held away from media spectacles-- results and arrangements will be made clearer next October, sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The Nasib Border Crossing is an international border crossing between Syria and Jordan. It is one of the busiest border crossings in Syria and is situated on the Damascus-Amman international highway.

Sources pointed out that reopening the crossing is a move representing common interest for both Jordanian and Syrian parties and that its resumption is clearly linked to border security implications.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In Lebanon, "it's the Syrians' fault"- Al-Jumhuriya

“It’s the Italians’ fault,” goes the common Lebanese expression, used to justify failure to resolve a certain challenge or, more often, to ridicule officials similarly passing on the buck for their own shortcomings. It refers to the Battle of Beirut in 1912, when the Italian navy bombarded Ottoman forces, wreaking havoc and destruction on parts of the Lebanese capital. Yet the chaos created by the cannons of the Giuseppe Garibaldi and Francesco Ferruccio were as nothing compared to the manner in which the Lebanese dealt with most future disasters over the ensuing years, most recently the Syrian refugee crisis.
Now well into its sixth year, the Syrian refugee crisis remains inadequately addressed by the Lebanese government, whose various lukewarm responsive measures have been inversely proportional to its extremely vocal demands to magically be rid of one million registered refugees. Every year, the Lebanese establishment uses the pulpit of the UN General Assembly to further pursue this policy, which while projecting a façade of empathy and kindness is ultimately laced with hatred and xenophobia against everything non-Lebanese, whatever that may mean.
Last week, Lebanese President Michel Aoun addressed a room full of world leaders at the UN, most of whom could play a positive role in assisting in Lebanon’s refugee predicament, either by offering much needed additional funds, or potentially by agreeing to host some of the refugees. Aoun, however, had other plans in mind. His insipid speech purposely lacked concrete proposals and avoided practical solutions, demanding instead the immediate return of the refugees to Syria. According to Aoun—an ally of both Iran and the Assad regime—given that 85% of Syria has allegedly now returned to the fold of “the state,” it is completely safe for all Syrian refugees to return at once.

Üniversite Kanununda Yeni Düzenlemeler Yapıldı- SANA

ŞAM – Cumhurbaşkanı Beşşar el Esad üniversiteler kanunun iki maddesinin yeniden düzenlenmesini öngören 2017/282 sayılı yasama kararını onayladı.
Üniversiteler kanunun 117. ve 171. maddelerinin yeniden düzenlenmesini öngören yeni yasama kararı, üniversiteler arası ve benzer bölümler arasında geçişi kolaylaştırıyor.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Four injured in mortar attacks by armed groups in Damascus- SANA

Damascus, SANA – Four persons were injured as mortar shells fired by armed groups on al-Mleiha road and Bab Sharqi area in Damascus, in a new violation of de-escalation zone agreement in Eastern Ghouta.
A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that armed groups positioned in Eastern Ghouta on Saturday afternoon targeted with two mortar shells al-Mleiha road and Bab Sharqi area in Damascus, injuring four persons, in addition to causing material damage.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Army establishes control over new villages in western countryside of Deir Ezzor- SANA

Provinces, SANA-Army units established control over new areas in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor in the framework of their continuous operations to root out ISIS terrorist organization from the province.
SANA reporter said that army units continued their operations against ISIS sites and fortifications in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor, establishing control over the villages of Halbia, Zalbia and al-Qasabi and the archaeological sites in them.
The reporter added that army’s engineering units are combing the villages in order to dismantle IEDs and booby traps planted by ISIS terrorists before they were killed or fled towards their sites in the desert.
The reporter added that army units continue to advance successfully towards Maadan city, about 70 km west of the city of Deir Ezzor, amid a collapse among terrorists’ ranks.
An army unit chased the remnants of the fleeing terrorists in the northern countryside of Hama, killing a number of them and destroying a tank
Army units restored control over Mzin al-Baqar, al-Mushirfa al-Shamalia, Rasm al-Tawil, Joret al-Nazal and Mesaied  to the east of Jub al-Jarah in the eastern countryside of Homs, killing a number of terrorists.