Turkey Warns Syrian Government Against Supporting YPG

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday reasserted Turkey's sensitivity towards Syria's territorial integrity and warned Bashar al-Assad forces against supporting YPG/PKK in Afrin. Cavusoglu was speaking at a joint news conference with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in capital Amman, APA reported citing Anadolu Agency. He said: "If the government troops enter [Afrin] to … Continue reading Turkey Warns Syrian Government Against Supporting YPG

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Pro-Syrian Gov’t Forces to Enter Afrin ‘Within Hours’ – State Media

While Damascus has yet to comment on the information, a YPG official previously debunked claims that the Syrian army is set to enter the battle in Afrin. Syrian state television channel Ikhbariya reported that pro-Syrian government forces would enter Syria's Afrin area "within hours." "Popular forces will enter Afrin within hours," Ikhbariya said, citing its own … Continue reading Pro-Syrian Gov’t Forces to Enter Afrin ‘Within Hours’ – State Media

Ministerial Delegation Inspects Services Situation in Hasaka Province

Upon the directives of President Bashar al-Assad, a ministerial delegation inspected the services and living situation in the province of Hasaka and visited a number of state’s institutions. The delegation, which comprises ministers of Education, Health and Agriculture, has toured Qamishli National Hospital and was informed about the availability of medical services at the Hospital … Continue reading Ministerial Delegation Inspects Services Situation in Hasaka Province

Lavrov: Russia Concerned Over US Attempts to Break Up Syria

Lavrov called on the US not to "play with fire" in Syria and emphasized that the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity must be preserved. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has voiced concern that US actions in Syria are aimed at partitioning Syria and accused Washington of using the Kurds to undermine the Arab Republic's territorial integrity. "Such fears arise … Continue reading Lavrov: Russia Concerned Over US Attempts to Break Up Syria

Iran Has No Military Bases in Syria – Iranian FM Zarif

Iran has no military bases or military presence in Syria, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday. "No, we do not have them [in Syria]," Zarif told reporters when asked the relevant question. The statement comes amid Israeli and US officials' concern over alleged Iranian presence in Syria, a claim that Tehran has repeatedly refuted, however, admitting … Continue reading Iran Has No Military Bases in Syria – Iranian FM Zarif

Downing of Israeli F-16 ‘Strategic Strike Against the Enemy’ – Syrian Official

Earlier this month Syrian Air Defense Forces launched a strike against an Israeli F-16 fighter in response to the IDF's downing of a UAV, allegedly belonging to Iran. The downing of the Israeli F-16 fighter by the Syrian Air Defense Forces shows "an important shift in the rules of engagement imposed by Syria," Speaker of People's Assembly Hammouda Sabbagh said Sunday. "The … Continue reading Downing of Israeli F-16 ‘Strategic Strike Against the Enemy’ – Syrian Official

Damascus to Deploy Forces in Afrin – Reports

The Kurdish militias and the Syrian government have reached an agreement on the deployment of the Syrian Armed Forces in Syria's district of Afrin, Lebanese media reported on Thursday. The decision was made in order to protect the district and counter the attacks of Turkey or its allies in Afrin, Mayadeen broadcaster reported, citing a source with a knowledge of the … Continue reading Damascus to Deploy Forces in Afrin – Reports