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Syrian Army completes encirclement of militants, Turkish Army in southern Idlib

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has completely cutoff the militants from all supply lines in southern Idlib and northern Hama, a source from the military told Al-Masdar this evening. According to the military source, the Syrian Arab Army forces at the Khan Sheikhoun front has met up with the troops near the town of Al-Ta’manah; thus, completing the encirclement of…

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Iraqi Security Source: Hashd Al-Shaabi Base in Salahuddin Bombed by US Aircraft

The US launched an airstrike on a Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces) base in Salahuddin province, causing a big fire in the region, an Iraqi security source said. The Arabic-language al-Ma’aloumeh quoted the source as saying that the Tuesday fire at Salahuddin airbase occurred after the US attack on one of Hashd al-Shaabi bases. He added that the US aircraft fired…

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Syrian Army Close to Full Siege on Areas Controlled by Terrorists in Northern Hama

The Syrian Army continued its advances in Southern Idlib around Khan Sheikhoun city, and it is now close to lay a full siege to areas under the control of the terrorists in Hama, the Arabic-language media outlets said. The Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency reported that the Syrian Army engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorists East…

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Idlib: Residents of Khan Sheikhoun Torch Photos of Tahrir Al-Sham’s Ringleader Al-Jolani As Army Takes Control

Civilians in the city of Khan Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib have set on fire the photos of Ringleader of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) Abu Mohammed al-Jolani after the Syrian Army entered the city and defeated the terrorist group, the Arabic-language media outlets reported. The Arabic-language Al-Mayadeen TV news channel released a video quoting…

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Idlib: Ma’aret Al-Numan Residents Preparing for Syrian Army’s Imminent Arrival

The local population in Ma’aret al-Numan in Southern Idlib are preparing themselves for the imminent entry of the Syrian Army troops into the city, a Syrian parliamentarian said, adding that the people are eagerly waiting for the army’s military takeover. “The next target of the Syrian Arm’s military operations is Ma’aret al-Numan after imposing full control over Khan Sheikhoun,” Syrian…

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Iran to scrap rial for good as parseh becomes small currency unit

The rial, the currency unit used consistently in Iran for almost a century, will be totally abandoned once the country introduces a redenomination. Iran’s new small unit of currency under toman will be named parseh and not rial, as previously reported in the media, based on the terms of a bill sent by the government to the parliament on Wednesday. “Iran’s…

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In southern Yemen, a wearing-away of Saudi Arabia’s coalition

A separatist group in Yemen that is backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has attacked and overtaken two military camps belonging to militants supported by Saudi Arabia, even as their patron countries are ostensibly in one alliance. On Tuesday, militia from the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) group seized two military camps near Zinjibar, the capital of Yemen’s southern…

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Turkey provides clear, support to terrorists in Syria’s Idlib: President Assad

President Bashar al-Assad has censured Turkey over sending a military convoy to Syria’s embattled northwestern province of Idlib, stressing that the move clearly shows that the Ankara government is offering generous support to Takfiri terrorists who have lost ground amid government forces’ push to retake the last militant-held area in the country. Speaking in a meeting with a visiting Russian…

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Yemeni air defense forces shoot US-built Saudi-led drone in Dhamar

Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from the Popular Committees, have intercepted and targeted an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the Saudi-led military coalition while flying in the skies over Yemen’s southwestern province of Dhamar. The media bureau of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, citing the spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree, announced in a statement that Yemeni air defense…

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Rouhani warns intl. waterways won’t be secure as before if Iran oil exports cut to zero

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has downplayed US threats to completely halt Iran’s oil exports, saying international waterways won’t be safe like before if the Islamic Republic can’t sell its crude. “World powers know that in case of complete sanction of [Iran’s] oil [sales] and bringing down Iran’s oil exports to zero, international waterways cannot enjoy the security like before, so…

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