ISIS/ISIL conflict in Syria/Iraq (No OpEd, No Politics)


delft

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Breaking: Syrian Army captures strategic hilltops overlooking Idlib countryside
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on December 16, 2015

Moments ago in the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade of the Republican Guard – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Qurdaha, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and Muqawama Souri (Syrian Resistance) – imposed full control over the hilltops of Point 793 and Shayr Al-Sahaab after clashing with the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

According to a military source from the 103rd Brigade in Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains), the Syrian Armed Forces seized Point 793 and Shayr Al-Sahaab after they advanced east from their positions at Jabal Al-Kaft, which is located on the border of the Idlib Governorate.

The capture of Point 793 and Shay Al-Sahaab means that the Syrian Armed Forces are officially overlooking the strategic town of Al-Sirmaniyah in the Idlib Governorate; this aforementioned town is the key to capturing the rebel stronghold of Jisr Al-Shughour and the Al-Ghaab Plains.

Earlier today, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade captured the Al-Nuba Mountains (Jabal Al-Nuba) after a week long battle with Jabhat Al-Nusra; these mountains separate Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains) and Jabal Al-Akrad (Kurdish Mountains) from one another in the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside.
 

Jura

General
During the major press conference today, at one point Mr. Putin was asked if (in Latakia a permanent) Russian Base is needed, and his lengthy answer ends with what I literally translate as:
"What for would we need that base? If we want to get somebody, we will. There could be some reason for it,
(still refers to the base)
we should think about it. It's not necessary to take root there."

(I took it from the entry
12:51
of the online report at:
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AssassinsMace

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This Saudi anti-terror coalition coincides with Presidential candidates expressing popular opinions that ousting Assad in the face of ISIS would make things worse. That probably doesn't sit well with the Saudis since they want Assad out. The Saudis showing no concern for ISIS doesn't help them in an American Presidential election.
 

Jura

General
some of you might remember "kot ivanov" maps of Donbass from last summer (I sure do, as at first I did the fatal mistake of ignoring them LOL) and here goes the first edition for Syria:
(should be "clickable"; if it's not working, you can try
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directly)
 

Jura

General
since
Wednesday at 8:37 AM
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...
interestingly, I haven't seen any specific info since then from those directions, nobody boasting ... (until then there had been about a dozen of announcements from that area daily in the sources I follow) ... did both sides assume defensive positions maybe?

by the way at first I didn't understand why, on videos I had seen, TOW missiles were spent on buldozers ... later I noticed anti-tank ditches around villages south of Aleppo

EDIT
I even checked the weather now, cloudy, 50 F or so
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FORBIN

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So good look daddy with 4 bombs of 250 kg free fall ofc :rolleyes: :=)
45 years old MiG-21 takes off to drop the self-made bombs on ISIS positions Deir Ez Zor

Less " politically correct " with Russia and Syria ... and sometimes...
Syria: At least 11 civilians killed, more than 30 wounded in today's Russian airstrikes on the Islamic State-held (IS) city of Al-Bāb.
 
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Jura

General
What do omryadoye and shel mean?
I believed you asked about
  • отрядов which here means Military Units (отряд would formally be Platoon, but who knows how for example ISIL troops are organized), and
  • чел. which here means Fighters
For example you can see
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close to Lebanon border, somewhere in the middle of Damascus - Homs line; the map puts ISIL (ИГИЛ) in this area: up to 10 Units, 850 Fighters
EDIT
by the way how the author could know? :)
Are there other words we should notice?
if you retype here (any way you can) what interests you, I'll try to figure it out, as I did above
 
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Jura

General
while I slept
After Years of War in Syria, U.N. Passes Resolution on Talks
terrible pictures inside of the New York Times link
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a moment ago I listened to Mr. Lavrov (short vid inside of
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the BBC:
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the Guardian:
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EDIT
why not to quote IRNA :)
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