(DAMASCUS) SANA REPORT: Despite the difficult situation that Syria is going through, we have stood committed to our membership in the Chemical Weapons Convention,” Syria’s official news agency quoted Mekdad as saying in a meeting with ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions on Thursday evening #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.17: He added, “Syria and many other countries have acknowledged that the states which supported and funded armed terrorist groups in Syria, particularly the United States, France, Germany and Britain, will use the Syrian chemical file and the OPCW to achieve their hostile goals against Syria.”

FM Mekdad: US, allies have turned OPCW into a tool to pursue anti-Syria objectives: BUT Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Faisal Mekdad has categorically dismissed the new report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), stating that the United States and its allies have turned the international watchdog into a tool to pursue their political goals against Damascus’

Friday, 16 April 2021 8:48 AM  [ Last Update: Friday, 16 April 2021 11:42 AM ]

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

Mekdad noted that Syrian government forces continue to score remarkable victories in their battles against the Takfiri terrorist groups, emphasizing that the troops have never used chemical warfare even in toughest operations against the foreign-sponsored militants.

OPCW likely to repeat claims about chemical weapons use in Syria: Russian diplomat

OPCW likely to repeat claims about chemical weapons use in Syria: Russian diplomatA senior Russian diplomat warns against attempts to incriminate the Damascus government and Syrian army troops at the OPCW over alleged chemical weapons use in the war-ravaged country.

He went on to say that certain Western countries have established the OPCW’s so-called Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) in order to produce reports, which best suit their anti-Syria agenda.

“The French-Western draft resolution, which is to be presented at the 25th meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons later this year, is a new chapter in the series of conspiracies against Syria,” Mekdad pointed out.

The top Syrian diplomat finally called on the OPCW member states to support Damascus and counter the politicization of the organization’s activities by some Western countries.

A report by the OPCW’s so-called investigative arm claimed on Monday that Syria’s air force had dropped a chlorine bomb on a residential neighborhood in the terrorist-controlled Idlib region.

The report further asserted no one was killed when the cylinder of chlorine gas, delivered in a barrel bomb, hit the al-Talil neighborhood in the city of Saraqib in February 2018.

The Syrian foreign ministry, in a statement published on Wednesday, said the OPCW’s “misleading report,” written by “an illegitimate and incredible team,” fabricates “facts” to incriminate the Damascus government.

Syria rejects ‘fabricated’ OPCW report on alleged 2018 gas attack in Saraqib

Syria rejects ‘fabricated’ OPCW report on alleged 2018 gas attack in SaraqibSyria dismisses as “false and fabricated” the results of a probe by the OPCW into an alleged chemical attack in Saraqib in February 2018.

“This report has included false and fabricated conclusion which represents another scandal for the OPCW and the inquiry teams that will be added to the scandal of the reports of Douma incident in 2018, and Ltamenah in 2017,” it said.

Moscow and Damascus have on many occasions said members of the so-called White Helmets civil defense group stage gas attacks in a bid to falsely incriminate Syrian government forces and fabricate pretexts for military strikes by the US-led military coalition.

The group claims to be a humanitarian NGO but has long been accused of collaborating with anti-Damascus militants.

On April 14, 2018, the US, Britain and France carried out a string of airstrikes against Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack on the city of Douma, located about 10 kilometers northeast of the capital Damascus.

'External pressure behind OPCW altering facts on Douma attack'

‘External pressure behind OPCW altering facts on Douma attack’Retired US army colonel Lawrence Wilkerson says international organizations such as OPCW at times come under pressure from certain countries to “alter the facts.”

Washington and its allies blamed Damascus for the Douma attack, a charge the Syrian government rejected.

Western governments and their allies have never stopped pointing the finger at Damascus whenever an apparent chemical attack takes place.

This is while Syria surrendered its stockpile of chemical weapons in 2014 to a joint mission led by the United States and the OPCW, which oversaw the destruction of the weaponry. It has consistently denied using chemical weapons.

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(BRUSSELS) EU Parliament Report: Despite whistleblower leaks casting doubts on the OPCW’s findings, is determined to enforce the organization’s anti-Assad line on Syria. MEP Mick Wallace was accused of spreading “fake news” when he spoke out #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr,17: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has taken an intense interest in Syria’s civil war, and has accused President Bashar Assad of deploying chemical weapons against his own people on several occasions. Its conclusions have twice been used to justify US military action against Syria, and a new OPCW report on Monday found “reasonable grounds” to suspect that a Syrian Army helicopter dropped chemical weapons on the town of Saraqib in 2018.

EU Parliament session gets chaotic as MEP accused of ‘fake news’ for daring to question OPCW on whistleblower scandal (VIDEO) Russia slams ‘disgraceful’ ban on founding OPCW chief speaking at UN Security Council on Syria, PUBLISHES his speech unilateraly

15 Apr, 2021 18:54 

EU Parliament session gets chaotic as MEP accused of 'fake news' for daring to question OPCW on whistleblower scandal (VIDEO)

The OPCW’s reports are good news for Western interventionists, but the organization is not without its critics and the chief must ‘find the courage to address’ Douma coverup allegations, says group including 5 senior ex-officials of watchdog

Mick Wallace, an Irish MEP, is among them. When OPCW Director-General Fernando Arias addressed the European Parliament Subcommittee of Security and Defence on Thursday, Wallace accused the OPCW of squashing evidence that Assad may not have been behind one particularly heinous 2018 attack in Douma, near Damascus.

“Why will you not heed calls from renowned international figures…to meet with all the investigators?” Wallace asked Arias. “This problem is not going away. Are you going to investigate all aspects in a transparent manner?”

He is far from a lone crank. Whistleblower testimony and internal documents suggest that the OPCW suppressed “key information about chemical analyses, toxicology consultations, ballistics studies, and witness testimonies” relating to the Douma attack, in order to “favor a preordained conclusion,” in the words of one panel of skeptics. A scientific paper challenging the OPCW’s conclusion was shelvedfollowing an outcry from Bellingcat, and one director within the OPCW worried that were the truth to get out, it could aid Russia, an ally of Assad. Furthermore, while multiple whistleblowers have come forward to dispute the OPCW’s findings, more have been “frightened into silence,” one claimed last year.

Wallace also accused Arias of ignoring a false leak,” made to the BBC and the NATO-affiliated Bellingcat, which he claimed was used to discredit former OPCW Director-General José Bustani, who disagrees with Arias’ blaming of Assad for the Douma attack.

Yet before Arias could respond, subcommittee chairwoman Nathalie Loiseau stepped in to do his job for him. Loiseau apologized to Arias for Wallace’s tough questioning, and accused the Ireland South MEP of peddling “fake news.” 

“I cannot accept that you can call into question the work of an international organization, and that you would call into question the word of the victims in the way you have just done,” she scolded Wallace.

“Is there no freedom of speech being allowed in the European Parliament any more,” Wallace shot back, “today you’re denying me my opinion!”

Wallace’s microphone was then cut, and Arias allowed to speak. However, the OPCW chief did not directly address his questions. Instead he thanked the other MEPs present for their “words of support,” and reiterated his claims that Assad’s government is responsible for “a humanitarian catastrophe of massive proportions.”

Though Loiseau apparently wanted to shield Arias from Wallace’s uncomfortable questions, skepticism within the OPCW goes all the way to the top. Former Director-General Bustani has accused the organization of “potentially fraudulent conduct in the investigative process,” a position that saw him banned from addressing the UN Security Council on the issue last year.

The whistleblower scandal has been mostly ignored by the mainstream media, with only a handful of alternative outlets picking up the story.

From Loiseau’s position though, dissent within the parliament is undesirable ahead of the OPCW’s ‘Conference of the States Parties’ in The Hague next week. Ahead of Wallace’s questioning, Loiseau reminded MEPs that a vote will likely be taken at the conference to suspend Syria’s voting rights within the organization, likely accompanied by other “punitive measures.”

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(SYRIA) JUST IN: Takfiri terrorists in are being transferred to Yemen to join the ranks of Saudi forces and mercenaries fighting Yemeni forces in the strategic central province of Ma’rib, Lebanon’s according to al-Akbar newspaper #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewReport – Apr.05: The report said the Saudi command center in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden has even instructed the al- #Qaeda warlord in Abyan to secure the entry points for terrorists arriving from Syria and other countries.

Terrorists in Syria transferred to Yemen to aid Saudi-led forces in Ma’rib: Report: ‘Citing Yemeni intelligence sources, the paper said al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants are waiting for terrorists from Syria to arrive in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan’

Sunday, 04 April 2021 10:23 AM  [ Last Update: Sunday, 04 April 2021 10:34 AM ]

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Saudi-backed militants loyal to Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi get into position during clashes with Yemeni armed forces and their allied fighters from Popular Committees in Ma’rib in central Yemen, on March 4, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Security and intelligence sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said AQAP terrorists have been tasked with transporting the incoming militants and their weapons to Ma’rib.

Saudi aggressors looking for escape from Yemen quagmire: Minister

Saudi aggressors looking for escape from Yemen quagmire: MinisterThe Yemeni defense minister says Saudi Arabia is looking for a way to get out of the Yemen quagmire.

For the past two weeks, al-Qaeda terrorists have been deployed in vast areas off the coast in Abyan under the command of a high-profile militant identified as Salem al-Shina, with the operations being coordinated with the Salafist Islah Party amd the Saudi command center, the report said.

According to local sources, al-Qaeda terrorists are roaming publicly in the areas of Wadi Hamra, Yahmas, al-Maraqasha and al-Wazi’, and have repeatedly met with senior Saudi military figures at their barracks.

According to al-Akhbar, al-Qaeda terrorists launched a series of attacks last week on the positions of Southern Transitional Council (STC) separatists in order to secure the arrival of fellow militants from Syria.

Over the past few weeks, Ma’rib has been the scene of large-scale operations by the Yemeni troops and allied Popular Committees fighters, who are pushing against Saudi-led mercenaries and militants loyal to Yemen’s former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and its other regional allies, launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Yemen’s former president back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah movement. 

Yemeni armed forces advance further towards heart of Ma’rib

Yemeni armed forces advance further towards heart of Ma’ribYemen’s army and Popular Committees liberate more areas from Saudi-led forces in the countryside of the west-central Ma’rib Province’s capital.

The Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

The Saudi-led military aggression, meanwhile, has left more than 200,000 Yemenis dead, and displaced millions of people.

It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases across the country.

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(DAMASCUS) #Syria War Report: As legacy media again bleat the unsubstantiated “Syria is bombing hospitals” chorus of its war propaganda songbook, let’s pause to review the relatively unknown (but verifiable) reality of terrorists bombing hospitals in Syria #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.26: Following recent allegations of a hospital being targeted Al Atarib, western Aleppo, the US State Department repeated the claim, in spite of any clear evidence to back it up:

Western media quick to accuse Syria of ‘bombing hospitals’ – but when TERRORISTS really destroy Syrian hospitals, they are silent: after but instead, reports rely on highly questionable sources like the White Helmets, the USAID-funded Syrian American Medical Society and theusual unnamed “witnesses” and (clearly impartial!) “rebel sources,” as per a Reuters’ report on the recent claims:

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24 Mar, 2021 19:24 

Western media quick to accuse Syria of 'bombing hospitals' - but when TERRORISTS really destroy Syrian hospitals, they are silent

US sanctions are part of a multi-front war on Syria, and its long-suffering civilians are the main target

In fact, Reuters even acknowledges being unable to verify the authenticity of videos purporting to show “a ward damaged and civil defence rescuers carrying bloodstained patients outside.”

Let’s recall that Idlib is occupied by Al-Qaeda in Syria – a fact emphasized (as I wrote) by the US’ own former special envoy, Brett McGurk, who deemed the northwestern Syrian province the “largest Al-Qaeda safe-haven since 9/11.” ….Syrian Army says Israeli jets targeted Damascus countryside after Iran warned of repercussions

The presence of Al-Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups makes it impossible for independent, neutral bodies to assess what is going on.

Facts matter, they say. But really, not so much when it comes to war propaganda.

In Sarmada, Idlib countryside, one of the targets was a Tahrir al-Sham (Al-Qaeda in Syria) fuel market, the smuggled fuel tankers obliterated.

A White Helmets video supposedly filmed in Al-Atarib alleges a hospital was bombed there. It indeed shows what looks like a medical facility covered in dust, and a lot of bulky men of fighting age. Glaringly absent are women or normal looking civilians.

Given the White Helmets’ penchant for working only in areas controlled by terrorist factions, working with them and even numbering among them, dabbling in organ trade, and having lied many times in the past, the video proves nothing.

There is, on the other hand, a precedent for “hospitals” or medical centres being weaponized by terrorists. And not just once or twice, but repeatedly in terrorist-occupied areas throughout Syria.

I’ve seen them in Aleppo and eastern Ghouta.

The Eye and Childrens’ Hospitals, a large complex in eastern Aleppo, was militarized and occupied by terrorists including the Tawhid Brigade, Al-Qaeda and even IS (Islamic State, formerly ISIS). Prisoners were held, and tortured, in nightmarish prisons and solitary confinement cells deep below. 

As journalist Vanessa Beeley noted, in eastern Ghouta, medical centres, “provided treatment almost exclusively to extremist armed factions.” They were also built underground, “linked by a vast maze of tunnels that snaked below most of the districts controlled by the armed groups, providing cover for the fighters during SAA [Syrian Arab Army] military campaigns.” (An aside, see one of these massive tunnels in Douma, at the location of the underground “hospital.”)

In Idlib, a “hospital” that the New York Times claimed Russian warplanes bombed in May 2019 was a cave used as a terrorist headquarters. Another fortified cave in Khan Sheikhoun was well-stocked with weapons, medical supplies and gas masks, and a prison with solitary confinement cells.

In areas liberated from terrorists, the Syrian Army routinely finds such caves, with tunnels connecting terrorist bases so they can avoid moving above ground.

In the past, Russia has provided satellite imagery when the question of a building allegedly being bombed arose. Until we have conclusive evidence either way, it is a question of he said, she said, although common sense (and the history of such lies) points to more media fabrications.Also on rt.com Israel violates international law anew, again bombing Syria…to further indifference of Western media

Hospitals bombed, media yawns

Since the media and pundits clearly care so much about Syrian hospitals being bombed, and even destroyed, it’s worth reviewing some of the major hospitals damaged or destroyed by terrorist factions.

However, unsurprisingly, not a lot of information is available. The following is a partial list, with me filling in details from attacked hospitals that I have gone to.

  • The September 2012 Free Syrian Army (FSA) bombing of and complete destruction of Al-Watani Hospital in Qusayr, Homs province. 
  • The September 2012 FSA bombing and complete destruction of two hospitals in Aleppo.
  • The December 2013 FSA & Al-Qaeda bombing and complete destruction of Aleppo’s Al-Kindi hospital, one of the largest and best cancer hospitals in the Middle East.
  • The April 2015 FSA bombing and siege of the National Hospital in Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib.
  • The May 2016 IS horrific multiple suicide bombings in Jableh (andalso in Tartous the same day), including inside Jableh’s National Hospital.
  • The May 2016 attack outside Aleppo’s Dabeet maternity hospital, a missile hit a car parked outside, which then exploded, killing three women at the hospital and injuring many more. 

I went to Aleppo in July 2016 and spoke with the director, who confirmed his hospital was gutted in the blast, and noted that a week later terrorists’ mortars hit the roof of the hospital, destroying the roof and injuring construction workers.

In May 2018, before Daraa was fully liberated, I went to areas which were under fire from terrorists (including the day I went), and took a perilous high speed ride in the taxi I had hired in Damascus to the state hospital, down a road exposed to terrorist sniping from less than 100 metres away.

The hospital was battered and partially destroyed from terrorists’ mortars, and mostly empty of patients. The director showed me destroyed wards (dialysis and laboratory), and off-limits areas due to high risk of sniping (gynecology, operations, blood bank, nursing school, children’s hospital).

When I returned to Daraa in September, after the region was liberated, the hospital was full of patients, since it was finally possible to access without risk.

Behind the hospital, roughly 50 metres away, I saw a building when I was told had been occupied by terrorists. Hence the extreme risk of being sniped while inside the hospital.

I never saw any Western outlet speak of this hospital, although it serviced civilians and was quite visibly partially destroyed.

In November 2016, I met Dr. Ibrahim Hadid, former Director of Kindi Hospital, who said that he wanted medical colleagues and institutions to exert some of the concern they have for “hospitals” allegedly bombed in terrorist areas.

They, and Western corporate media, have done the opposite, of course.

Another chemical song and dance routine?

Meanwhile, Russia is warning of a possible new staged chemical provocation by Tahrir al-Sham in Idlib.

The Russian Center for Reconciliation says, “militants are plotting to stage a fake chemical attack near the settlement of Qitian,” to again accuse the Syrian government of using chemicals on the people.

As anyone following the war on Syria knows, although the West desperately wants to prove Syria committed one or more chemical attacks, it has failed, to the point where even OPCW experts spoke out, contradicting the claims.

As I wrote last week, in spite of incessantly lying about Syria for ten years, Western (and Gulf) media, pundits and politicians steam ahead with more lies – recycled accusations and war propaganda.

So, it is likely the “hospitals bombed” theme will surge anew, and then the “chemical attacks” theme. And then maybe we’ll have another new Bana al-Abed to ask Biden to bomb Syria or “holocaust” Idlib…

On and on it goes, ceaseless war propaganda in its 10 years since the war in Syria began, and Western media & pundits are still eager to keep it going

The irony is of course, as I feel the need to make clear nearly every time I write, those script-readers claiming that Syria (and Russia) are bombing hospitals, or using chemicals, or whatever lie is next recycled, don’t actually care about the lives of Syrians. 

If they did, they would stop whitewashing terrorism in Syria, aid the country and its allies in liberating Idlib and the Aleppo countryside, stop pillaging its oil, leave Syria, and lift the sanctions.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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(SYRIA) JUST IN: At least seven civilians, including a child, were killed Sunday in an attack by the Bashar Assad regime on a hospital in northwestern province of Idlib #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.21: The Assad regime once again has carried out a brutal attack on innocent civilians,” the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a written statement:

Assad regime attack on hospital kills 7 civilians in Syria’s Idlib: ‘Five innocent civilians, one of whom is a child, were killed by the regime’s artillery bombardment on a hospital in Idlib’s Atareb,” the ministry said in its initial reaction.

by DAILY SABAH:

Last Update: Mar 21, 2021 3:39 pm:

A view of the damaged hospital building in Atareb, Idlib, northwestern Syria, March 21, 2021. (Courtesy of the Defense Ministry)

“The regime, which again carried out crimes against humanity, also injured 10 civilians,” the statement added.

Later, it was reported that seven civilians were killed and at least 14 medics were injured.

According to the White Helmets Syria civil defense group, the attack also caused serious infrastructural damage, putting the hospital out-of-service. Teams from the civil defense group took the injured to the nearest hospital.

The Idlib de-escalation zone was forged under an agreement between Turkey and Russia. The area has been the subject of multiple cease-fire agreements, which have been frequently violated by the Assad regime and its allies.

Most recently, a fragile truce was brokered between Moscow and Ankara in March 2020, in response to months of fighting by the Russia-backed regime. Almost a million people have fled the Assad regime’s offensive, yet the regime still frequently carries out attacks on civilians, hindering most from returning to their homes and forcing them to stay in makeshift camps.

Syria’s war has killed more than 387,000 people and displaced millions since beginning in 2011 with the regime’s brutal repression of anti-government protests.

First Turkish air strikes on Kurdish zone in Syria in 17 months: monitor

March 21, 2021 02:52

BEIRUT: The Turkish airforce conducted its first strikes in 17 months against a zone in north Syria held by Kurdish militia on Saturday night, a monitor said.
“A Turkish fighter jet has struck military positions of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Saida village in Ain Issa countryside… which caused loud explosions,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.
This was the first aerial raid since “Operation Peace Spring,” it added — an October 2019 military campaign launched by Ankara and its Syrian allies against the SDF in northern Syria.
That operation, interrupted after two accords negotiated by Ankara with first Washington, and then Moscow, allowed Turkey to seize control of a “safe zone” inside Syria around 120 kilometers long and 32 kilometers deep.
The village of Ain Issa, however, remained in the hands of Kurdish forces.
The air strikes come the same day as “violent clashes” and “intensive rocket fire” on the frontlines of Ain Issa district between SDF forces and Turkish-backed factions, the SOHR said, adding there had been confirmed casualties.
“Clashes between the two sides have been going on for the last 24 hours… Turkish forces have had difficulty advancing since the SDF destroyed a Turkish tank,” the director of the SOHR, Rami Abdul Rahman, told AFP.
The Syrian Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units, which form a vital component of the SDF, are considered by Turkey to be a “terrorist offshoot” of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party.
But they have also been a key ally to the United States and others in the battle against the Daesh group in Syria.

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(SYRIA) JUST IN: Two bomb blasts killed at least seven people and wounded scores on Tuesday in areas of northwest Syria near the Turkish border, witnesses and police sources said: Five people were killed and 20 wounded, some critically, in a blast that exploded at a road junction on the outskirts of the city of al Bab, north of Aleppo province, they said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: Two blasts kill seven in Syrian rebel-held northwest near Turkish border: A few hours later, at least two civilians was killed and 17 wounded in a car blast in the city of Afrin, a mainly Kurdish area which Turkish forces and their Syrian allies took from the Kurdish YPG militia in 2018: Videos posted on social media showed footage of mangled cars and extensive damage to an industrial area with fires burning: Reuters could not immediately vouch for their authenticity: Civil defence officials said the death toll was expected to rise:

#Syria Report: At least seven people have been killed & dozens wounded in two bomb blasts on Tuesday & at least five people killed and a further 20-wounded some critically in another bomb blast close to Aleppo Reuters.Com/

Reuters Wire News, [Nov 24, 2020 at 17:16] https://t.me/reuters_news_agency/48822

The two cities, which Turkey administers with the help of Syrian Arab rebels it backs, have in the last year been frequently hit by bombings detonated in crowded civilian areas: Turkey and its rebel allies accuse the YPG of carrying out the blasts that have killed dozens in the mainly Arab populated towns near the border under their control, saying their goal is to make them ungovernable and sow fear among civilians: There was no immediate comment from the YPG, which has denied previous accusations of attacks on civilians. It says it only targets Turkish soldiers and their allies in a guerrilla campaign to drive out “occupiers”………….The YPG says Ankara wants to drive out Kurds and settle Arabs:

Turkey regards the YPG as a terrorist group tied to the PKK inside its own borders, and has staged incursions into Syria in support of Syrian rebels to push it from the Turkish frontier: Ankara now retains a large military presence in the area deploying thousands of troops in the last rebel enclave:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………….Published: Nov.24: 2020: 17:11:57

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(BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:25 P.M.) – JUST IN: In a new confrontation between the Russian and American forces in northeastern #Syria, two U.S. helicopters were filmed provoking a Russian patrol that was being carried-out by police units in the region #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.19: “Russian choppers confront US helicopters after new chase in northeast Syria: video” ………..There has been no immediate comment from the Russian Defence Ministry or the Pentagon on this new incident:

Confrontation between Russian & American choppers in #Syria was filmed and circulated across social media

By News Desk • 19 September 2020″
Video: Link: https://t.me/almasdarnews1/14176 This video footage, which has been circulating since September 16, documents the intervention of two Russian Mi-35 and Mi-8 helicopters in the incident, forcing the American Apache to retreat:

” This development comes after northeastern Syria witnessed several incidents over the past months, but the new provocation by the United States indicates that it has changed its tactics in the confrontation.”…………….”The video clip filmed from the air was circulated on social media and showed two American AH-64 Apache helicopters accompanying the Russian military police convoy while carrying out a patrol in the Al-Hasakah Governorate.”

There has been no immediate comment from the Russian Defense Ministry or the Pentagon on this new incident:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Sept.19: 2020:

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(LAHORE, Pakistan.) #Honour Killing Report: Palestinian Authority Pardons or suspended sentences for murders as Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic murderers, who get off lightly now after another woman is hacked to death with an axe #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.13: #Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings…………………..Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.” ……..Until the encouragement Islamic law gives to honor killing is acknowledged and confronted, more women will suffer:

Pakistan: Muslim hacks his sister to death with an axe for contracting a love marriage

“Woman axed to death over love marriage,” Express Tribune, June 11, 2020 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

OKARA: A man axed to death his sister for contracting love marriage……………….The deceased woman was living in Lahore and she had come to visit her parents………………………Police claimed to have arrested the accused an hour later and seized the murder weapon as well………………Reportedly, Saima Bibi, a resident of Baman Zirin village of Ravi got married to a young man named Azam on which her brother Shafqat got upset.He was unhappy with his sister’s marriage….

On Tuesday, Saima Bibi had come to the village from Lahore to visit her parents where her brother Shafqat took the opportunity to kill her with an axe and then fled away….…………………..Police arrested the accused an hour after the incident.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: June.13: 2020:

(BAGHOUZ, Syria.) LATEST: US-backed SDF forces attacked the last #Daesh stronghold amid what they are calling a final push to clear the jihadist group from the war-torn country with airstrikes targeting weapons depots after 500-fighter surrendered on Tuesday #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Mar.11: A CNN team in Syria witnessed airstrikes, explosions and mortar fire in Baghouz after the operation by the Syrian Defense Forces began about 6 pm local time: SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said on Twitter Sunday that its forces were engaged in “direct violent clashes” and that its planes were targeting weapons depots.

Men suspected of being ISIS fighters wait to be searched by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces after leaving Baghouz last month.

Men suspected of being ISIS fighters wait to be searched by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces after leaving Baghouz last month: 

Earlier Sunday, Bali tweeted that “the timeline … for ISIS to surrender themselves is over” and that SDF forces were ready to “finish what is left in ISIS hands.” 

At its height, ISIS controlled huge swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq: The US-led coalition has been working for years to oust the group from cities and towns: It was not clear Sunday how many fighters and civilians remained in the half-mile-square pocket under ISIS control in Baghouz.

Before the recent offensive started last month, SDF officials estimated that 1,500 civilians and 500 ISIS fighters remained, but as the assault got under way it became clear that the actual number was much higher: On Tuesday about 500 ISIS fighters surrendered to SDF forces. The militants were among a wave of people fleeing fighting in the village, near the Iraqi border, which has been pummeled by US-led coalition airstrikes in recent weeks.

Syria: medical and rescue centers were targeted at least 8 times tonight by SyAF in town of Saraqeb. 3 of them are damaged. Just 6 days ago Al-Hayat Hospital hit tonight gave birth to triplet #Syria https://syria.liveuamap.com/en/2019/9-march-syria-medical-and-rescue-centers-were-targeted-at – CNN’s Kareem Khadder, Scott McWhinnie and Adam Dobby contributed to this report Published: March.11:2019: 

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(ANKARA, Turkey.) JUST IN: US LEAVING #Syria Erdogan MOVES IN as heightened activity starts in postponed military operation on the Kurdish YPG Turkey Demiroren News Agency (DHA) reported on Sunday, adding that some 100 vehicles including mounted pickup trucks and weaponry had made their way to the area #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Dec.23: The heightened military activity comes days after President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would postpone a planned military operation on the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria after the United States decided to withdraw from Syria; DHA said the Turkish convoy, headed toward the border district of Kilis, located in the southern province of Hatay, included tanks, howitzers, machine guns and buses carrying commandos: Part of the military equipment and personnel are to be positioned in posts along the border while some had crossed into Syria via the district of Elbeyli, DHA said #AceNewsDesk reports 

Turkish Foreign Minister: Ankara welcomes the decision of Washington to withdraw its troops from Syria #Syria https://t.me/liveuamap/4937

Elbeyli is located 45 kilometers (27.96 miles) from the northern Syrian town of Manbij, which has been a major flashpoint between Ankara and Washington. In June, the NATO allies reached an agreement that would see the YPG ousted from the area but Turkey has complained the roadmap has been delayed: Reuters could not independently verify the reason for the reinforcements and Turkish officials were not immediately available for comment. 

Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey will take over the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria as the United States withdraws its troops, adding that the planned operation would target the YPG, as well as Islamic State: Ankara considers the U.S.-backed YPG militia a terrorist organisation and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency in Turkey since the 1980s.

Turkey has carried out two operations in Syria, dubbed “Euphrates Shield” and “Olive Branch”, against the YPG and the Islamic State in northern Syria. 

Reuters: Reporting by Yesim Dikmen; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Kirsten Donovan: BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The Turkish military will fight the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) after the U.S. military withdraws from Syria, the Associated Press reported, citing unnamed US and Turkish officials, that Donald Trump had decided to withdraw American troops from Syria after a phone conversation with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish President Recep […]Source: AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز – The Arab Source via AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز http://bit.ly/2GCdzo0
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#SyriaCrisis #IslamicState group killed at least 40 U.S.-backed Syrian fighters, captured several alive and regained areas they lost earlier this month in eastern #Syria near the Iraqi border in some of the most intense fighting in weeks, a war monitor and an agency linked to IS said Saturday #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.28: Members of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have been on the offensive since early September under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition to capture the last pocket held by IS in SyriaFriday’s fighting that lasted until the early hours of Saturday began when IS, taking advantage of a sandstorm, launched a counteroffensive against SDF positions east of the Euphrates river in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour that borders Iraq, activists said #AceNewsDesk reports 

Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, said they have no confirmation of exact figures “as both sides are taking casualties.” He called it a “difficult fight.” “The sandstorm allowed an ISIS counterattack, which was surprising given the conditions, but now the air is clear and the Coalition will continue to increase air and fire support to assist our partners,” Ryan said using a term to refer to IS.

Rami Abdurrahman who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that since Friday IS has killed more than 60 SDF fighters, wounded others and captured at least 20: He added that some 100 SDF fighters have fled the battlefield as the extremist group has carried out suicide car bomb attacks.

The Observatory and the Deir Ezzor 24 activist collective said IS fighters captured the village of Sousa that they had lost control of earlier this week: The IS-linked Aamaq news agency said that more than 40 SDF fighters were killed and posted a video of six gunmen captured alive.

An SDF official did not immediately respond to inquiries sent by The Associated Press: The Observatory said that the fighting continued until early Saturday and that IS gunmen attacked SDF positions on the eastern banks of the Euphrates river in east Syria…………………The last pocket held by IS in Syria is home to thousands of civilians caught in the crossfire with nowhere else to go.

Brett McGurk, the White House envoy for the war against IS, told a conference in Bahrain on Saturday that “the military mission in Syria is the enduring defeat of ISIS.” He said he expected IS would be defeated over the coming months……….“It is very difficult because we are in the last stages, where almost every ISIS fighter is a suicide belt,” McGurk said. “It’s very difficult fighting but we will get it done.”

Last week, U.N. humanitarian official, Jan Egeland said in Geneva that some 15,000-people including IS fighters and their families live in the area: “A lot of civilians there are being attacked from all sides,” Egeland said.

McGurk said that the U.S. and the SDF are holding some 700 foreign fighters in Syria, adding that they are determined that “these people cannot get out of Syria to threaten our homelands or yours: He said the coalition is working with some countries to make sure that “we could try to repatriate these people.”

While the process is underway, McGurk added, the U.S. is working to ensure that they are housed in a facility inside Syria that meets international standards “so that these people cannot commingle and repeat any of the problems that we’ve seen in the past.”

SDF spokesman Kino Gabriel told the Kurdish ANHA news agency on Friday that an international tribunal should be set up to try the foreign IS fighters his group is holding: He said that the SDF has apprehended more than 700 non-Syrian IS fighters in addition to their families.

Sources: N. Syria: Turkish artillery shelled this morning area of Zur Maghar, E. of Jarabulus (SDF-YPG-held territory). NE. Aleppo. #Syria https://t.me/liveuamap/4678 – https://t.me/liveuamap/4676A Turkish military convoy of 20 heavy and armored vehicles enters Idlib, northern Syria, to the Turkish military base in Morek, north of Hama. #Syria Youssef reported from Cairo. Via FoxNews.Com/ 

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Press Review: US & Russia eye Iran retreat in #Syria and Russian mogul seeks Rothschild aid and may become one of the key issues for discussion during a full-fledged meeting between Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump, Nezavisimaya Gazeta says #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Experts believe a good impetus for the meeting may be an agreement on southern Syria: How things unfold in this area would indicate that here the positions of Russia and the United States coincide, the paper writes #AceNewsDesk reports

Top stories in the Russian press on Tuesday

Sources from the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper say the US is ready to pull out the opposition from the southern areas and even dismantle its Al-Tanf base in exchange for the withdrawal of Iranian and pro-Iranian forces. The point of contention is how far the forces controlled by Tehran should retreat:

If no full-fledged summit between the two presidents is held, they will have a chance to briefly meet in Buenos Aires this fall at the G20 forum, Maxim Suchkov, an expert at the Russian International Affairs Council and head of the Moscow bureau of Al-Monitor, said. One of the major problems is the presence of US forces to the east of the Euphrates River, the expert noted.

“As far as I understand three key issues have been announced – Syria, Ukraine and strategic stability, this means extending or not extending the treaties on reducing strategic offensive weapons, and short-and intermediate- range missiles. It will be more difficult to agree on Ukraine as well as on strategic stability,” Suchkov stressed. It is unclear whether the Americans will enter talks with a joint stance, according to the expert.

Another problem is whether Iran is ready for a compromise. It remains an enigma if Russia has secured Iran’s guarantees that the forces loyal to Tehran will leave Syria’s southern areas, the paper says.

RBC: Sanctioned Russian tycoon seeks Rothschild’s assistance

Oleg Deripaska’s En+ group, which controls assets from energy to aluminum and mining, has hired French-British investment bank Rothschild to find investors who could buy the assets of the holding owned by the sanctioned Russian billionaire.

Hiring Rothschild as an agent to find a buyer of En+ assets is a demonstration that Deripaska is ready to make concessions to the US, partner of NAFCO Law & Tax Advisers company Irina Mostovaya told RBC.

The participation of an international agent as an independent party makes it possible to lower the risks of noncompliance with the US Treasury Department’s demands that Deripaska should be deprived of control in the company, and ensure that persons and companies affiliated with the tycoon do not become new owners of the assets. Meanwhile, Rothschild shoulders serious reputational risks in this deal, Mostovaya cautioned.

It’s hard to imagine an investor, who could have the guts to buy shares from Deripaska now, Corporate Ratings Group Director at ACRA analytical rating agency Maxim Khudalov told the paper. He did not rule out that the Kremlin could make a political decision to lure an investor.

Khudalov expects that Deripaska won’t meet the deadline to sell off his share in En+ by August 5, but it won’t be a problem for the US Treasury Department to extend the deadline. “Now, we see that US sanctions against Russian businesses aren’t getting unanimous support from the Europeans anymore, especially after President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU,” Khudalov said. Rusal’s foreign clients may step up pressure on the US Treasury Department because they do not want to lose lucrative business. However, it may take nearly a year to lift the sanctions against Deripaska’s companies, he noted.

Kommersant: No breakthrough expected at Singapore-hosted US-North Korea summit

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced its readiness to launch inspections at North Korea’s nuclear facilities within several weeks if an agreement on these checks is reached at the June 12 meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Russian and Korean experts told Kommersant that the parties are expected to achieve some sort of an agreement, but no major breakthrough is expected.

Vasily Kashin, senior research fellow at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told the paper that the June 12 meeting would become “an introduction to endless talks.”

Most likely, the sides will ink a symbolic document that the Korean War has ended de jure, said Vladimir Khrustalev, an expert in non-proliferation. “This is a beautiful project allowing everyone – Pyongyang, Washington and Seoul – to declare themselves as winners,” he told the paper.

Expert of South Korea’s ASAN Institute for Policy Studies Go Myong-Hyun believes that Kim Jong-un should meet Donald Trump halfway, otherwise the domestic political climate in the US won’t permit a second meeting. “If Kim makes concessions, Donald Trump will declare his victory and may allow South Korea and China to provide North Korea with humanitarian assistance.” According to the expert, this will ease the economic situation in North Korea.

“Sanctions will remain in force, but maybe the US will stop blacklisting those vessels which smuggle goods into North Korea,” he said.

Izvestia: Foreign investors return to Russian market

Panic among foreign investors over new US sanctions against an array of Russian companies did not last for long, Izvestia writes. In early April, foreign investors rushed to pull 19 bln rubles ($306.7 mln) out of the Russian stock market, but by the end of the month non-residents brought back more than 60% of their investments (12 bln rubles, $194 mln). According to the experts, interviewed by the paper, this was attributed to the calming of sanctions rhetoric and simultaneous oil price growth.

Fundamentally, the Russian market is attractive and that’s why foreigners quickly regained their positions, Darya Zhelannova, an analyst at Alfa Capital, told Izvestia. When the US Treasury Department explained the terms for lifting sanctions against Russian aluminum giant Rusal, investors understood that this was a single measure, she explained.

Foreign investors are behaving rather pragmatically, Head of the analytical department at Loko-Invest Kirill Tremasov told the paper. Most investments were poured into the shares of raw materials exporters, whose revenues grew alongside oil prices while the ruble continued depreciating, he noted.

The interest in Russian assets will continue rising provided that there are no external shocks, Zhelannova noted. Foreign investors still prefer Federal Loan Obligations (OFZs), Russia’s sovereign Eurobonds and shares of oil and gas companies, the expert said.

Izvestia: Moscow suggests UNSC reforms meet developing world’s interests

The United Nations Security Council should meet modern-day realities and more countries should become permanent members, Gennady Gatilov, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva, told Izvestia. There is no consensus on this issue among members now, he said, noting that any reform should ensure that all world regions are represented.

“The Security Council’s reform is a vital issue, but the solution to it demands the agreement of 100% of the permanent members of the Security Council. Now, none of the proposed options have been supported,” the diplomat elaborated.

An imposed decision, which won’t be backed by a significant number of countries, would split the global community, Gatilov noted.

“Of course, we should prevent this since our goal now is to unify efforts in the Security Council to solve important issues facing the international community. Until now, no decision on expanding the Security Council which would suit all countries has been found,” he emphasized.

One reform proposal is the cancellation of veto rights by the UNSC permanent member-states. The French Foreign Ministry told Izvestia that Paris is calling on all five permanent members to give up their veto right if mass crimes are concerned. However, Russia is against this option.

Moscow has been calling for its BRICS partners, India and Brazil, to be granted permanent membership, but not everyone backs this proposition, former UN Deputy Secretary General Sergey Ordzhonikidze told the paper.

TASS Press review: US, Russia eye Iran retreat in #Syria and Russian mogul seeks Rothschild aid https://t.co/5LEKjeJNnv © EPA/STR https://t.co/z44oNn7HZD: TASS is not responsible for the material quoted in the press review

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#Brittius says keep a watch if Syria lights up, Russia, Syria, North Korea, Iran, all are involved: China remains an open problem however, North Korea, and Iran could be involved: That would mean that China jumps in, to the axis the rest of the world forces on two fronts, leaving the US southern border and Alaska open, as it was, during WW2 #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.11: This is a News & Views on todays #Syria situation developing minute by minute and we have added a ‘ Live Feed ‘ on here: AceTwitterNews.WordPress.Com/ publishing as it happens when it happens and what the world is saying #AceNewsDesk reports

#Brittius says ……..Keep watch on that. If Syria lights up, Russia, Syria, North Korea, Iran, all are involved. China remains an open problem however, North Korea, and Iran could be involved. That would mean that China jumps in, to the axis: It splits the rest of the world forces on two fronts, leaving the US southern border and Alaska open, as it was, during WW2. China is too serious a threat. China has unlimited manpower to throw into any fight…………..The UN remains mute and impotent…………….The International Court, too, is a bunch of buffoons: China knows that and will look to exploit it to the maximum…………I believe President Trump is ill advised, and lacks the intelligence to adequately handle the matter should things go hot and become a shooting war ……Editor says more updates soon but don’t forget check out the ‘ #Syria Live Feed ‘

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#TonyTran2015 says USA is now facing the age old tactics by China: Understanding the Strike-then-Consolate Tactic #AceNewsDesk reports

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#SyriaCrisis WHO says 500 patients showed symptoms of gas attack in Douma over the weekend BUT did not CONFIRM OUTRIGHT that a ‘ Chemical Weapons Attack ‘ had taken place but cited reports: AND OPCW plans what they term as a ‘ fact finding mission ‘ as a number of countries voice opinions w ithout facts to back them and Eurocontrol warns passenger airlines to exercise caution in the eastern Medite rranean region due to the possible launch of airstrikes on #Syria within the next 72 hours.— Haidar Sumeri #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.11: A delegation set to consist of 10 experts will soon head to Syria to investigate the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, the head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told Turkish media on Wednesday: Local sources and NGO’s working in the area said that at least 70 people were killed and dozens of others were injured in Saturday’s alleged chemical attack by Assad regime forces in the eastern Ghouta town of Douma near Syria’s Damascus #AceNewsDesk reports

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director General Ahmet Üzümcü speaking during a news conference in The Hague October 9, 2013. (Reuters Photo)
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director General Ahmet Üzümcü speaking during a news conference in The Hague October 9, 2013. (Reuters Photo) DAILY SABAH WITH DPA ISTANBULOPCW’s Douma probe could take a month to materialize, chemical watchdog head says Published 22 hours ago

The results of the investigation could take a month to materialize, Ahmet Üzümcü, a Turkish career diplomat and the director-general of the OPCW, said in an interview with Turkish broadcaster NTV.

The experts on the mission will conduct interviews with the alleged victims and collect samples to be examined at the OPCW’s laboratories.

Üzümcü said that the OPCW initially looked into the seriousness of the chemical attack claims after the attack and concluded that they are serious.

At first there were claims of chlorine gas use in the attack, and then allegations on nerve agent use emerged, Üzümcü said, adding that they have been setting up a team and preparing to ask for permission for a probe in the area when the regime invited them to Douma.

After the WHO says 500 patients showed symptoms of gas attack in Syria: The U.N. health agency says reports from its partners indicate some 500 patients showed signs of exposure to toxic chemicals following shelling on the Syrian town of Douma over the weekend: The World Health Organization says patients at health facilities showed “signs of severe irritation of mucous membranes, respiratory failure and disruption to central nervous systems of those exposed.”

A WHO statement Wednesday did not confirm outright that a chemical weapons attack had taken place: WHO also cited reports about the deaths of more than 70 people who sheltered in basements, saying 43 of those people who died had shown “symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals.”

Eurocontrol warns passenger airlines to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean region due to the possible launch of airstrikes on #Syria within the next 72 hours.— Haidar Sumeri (@IraqiSecurity) April 11, 2018:

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(LONDON) Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh Case: Two Britons accused of being Islamic State members and suspected of killing at least 27 and torturing many more in Syria & Iraq have complained they will not get a fair trial because the UK government has stripped them of their citizenship and it puts them at risk of ‘ rendition and torture ‘ as the argument goes on about which country will finally bring them to justice #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Mar.31: Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, from west London, were captured in #Syria in January: They are accused of being the last two members of an IS foursome dubbed ‘the Beatles‘ because of their UK accents………..The pair also said the murder of IS hostages was “regrettable” In an interview with Associated Press from northern Syria, Elsheikh said the “illegal” withdrawal of their UK citizenship put them at risk of “rendition and torture”. Being taken to any foreign land and treated in any way and having nobody to vouch for you,” he said………”When you have these two guys who don’t even have any citizenship… if we just disappear one day, where is my mum going to go and say where is my son?”……..He said he could have “no fair trial when I am ‘the Beatle’ in the media” #AceNewsDesk reports

Reuters Alexanda Kotey (left) and El Shafee Elsheikh were captured by Syrian Kurdish forces

Murder of Hostages

US officials believe ‘the Beatles’ IS cell beheaded more than 27 Western hostages and tortured many more…………Kotey told the Associated Press that he “didn’t see any benefit” to the killings………..”It was something that was regrettable,” he said………He also said many people in IS would have opposed the murders “on the grounds that there is probably more benefit in them being political prisoners”……….The other two cell members – also from west London – were Mohammed Emwazi, nicknamed “Jihadi John”, and Aine Davis.

Mohammed Emwazi, Aine Davis, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikhunknown/HO via Met Police, Kotey, HandoutLeft to right: Mohammed Emwazi, Aine Davis, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh

Emwazi, who was the alleged ringleader and appeared in videos showing hostages being beheaded, was killed by a drone strike in 2015.

Davis was convicted of being a senior IS member and was jailed in Turkey last year.

Among the captives thought to have been killed by the cell were British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, who were beheaded.

Last month, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the two remaining suspects in the ‘Beatles’ gang should go on trial.

She said the US and UK are in talks about what to do with the two men.

Seven known victims murdered by IS jihadist group

Both Kotey and Elsheikh are designated terrorists by the US, which says they have used “exceptionally cruel” torture methods.

UK defence minister Tobias Ellwood said he believed the men should be tried in an international criminal court.

The families of some of the victims also said the pair “should face trial”.

Bethany Haines, David Haines’ daughter, said she hoped they die a “slow, painful death”.

Two British men accused of being in the Islamic State ‘Beatles’ gang say they will not get a fair trial: BBC News https://ift.tt/2E8q1Fm

Original story of their capture as reported in February: The American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces captured two notorious British members of an Islamic State (ISIS) insurgent cell commonly dubbed “The Beatles” and known for beheading hostages, a U.S. military official said Thursday: The official said that El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey were captured in early January in eastern Syria……………..The two men are among four members of the ISIS cell that captured, tortured and beheaded more than two dozen hostages including American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and American aid worker Peter Kassig. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details of the Syrian capture:

The State Department has imposed sanctions on both men: They are believed to be linked to the British terrorist known as Jihadi John, the masked ISIS militant who appeared in several videos depicting the graphic beheadings of Western hostages…………..Their capture was first reported by the New York Times.According to the U.S., Elsheikh traveled to Syria in 2012 and first joined al-Qaida’s branch there, and then later joined IS. The State Department, in imposing sanctions on Kotey last year, said he likely engaged in executions and torture, including electronic shock and waterboarding, and recruited several British nationals to IS………………….According to military officials, the two men represent just a small portion of the hundreds of foreign-born IS terrorists from a number of nations that SDF fighters have captured or killed since October 2017.U.S. officials did not provide any other details of the capture, but said the U.S. government with its coalition partners on the disposition of detainees held by the SDF……………….They said those discussions are private and no additional information would be given.Sotloff was kidnapped in August 2013 after crossing into Syria from Turkey. He was killed on Sept. 2, 2014, and a video was distributed around the world documenting his death. Foley, another American journalist, had been killed a month earlier by the Islamic State. Kassig was an American aid worker captured by Islamic State militants in 2013 while delivering relief supplies to refugees in Syria: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/08/us/politics/britons-detained-american-hostages-syria.html

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#SyriaCrisis (10:42 A.M.) – On Saturday morning, another Turkish military convoy entered northwest Syria bringing with it the forces and equipment required to set up yet another observation base #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Mar.17: According to sources, the new Turkish Army military site will be established just north of Aleppo city atop the mountain of Jabal Anak near the small rebel-controlled city of Anadan: Turkish forces began establishing military observation points in northwest Syrian at the beginning of 2018 as part of a deescalation scheme brokered between Moscow and Ankara aimed at reducing violence across the region #AceNewsDesk reports

The establishment of such sites by the Turkish military come immediately after the Syrian Army concluded its Idlib-Aleppo operation against ISIS and other militant groups: Turkish forces begin to set up new base just north of #Aleppo city https://t.co/Kfeh5sMNgX #Syria #Turkey Al-Masdar News March 17, 2018

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(BEIRUT, LEBANON.) JUST IN: (11:10 P.M.) – Minutes ago, Jaysh Al-Islam published a statement claiming that their forces struck a Syrian Army chopper over the East Ghouta region of Damascus #AceNewsDesk report s

#AceNewsReport – Mar.16: According to the statement, Jaysh Al-Islam fighters fired an anti-aircraft missile from their OSA system, scoring a direct hit on the Syrian Army chopper #AceNewsDesk reports

However, the Jaysh Al-Islam statement did not clarify whether or not the Syrian Army chopper went down – the Syrian military has not confirmed corroborated these claims:

The OSA surface-to-air system was captured by Jaysh Al-Islam in 2013, when their forces managed to capture a Syrian Air Defense base in the East Ghouta.

More details to come…Jaysh Al-Islam claims anti-aircraft missile struck Syrian chopper in East #Ghouta https://t.co/3AMy512b4O #Damascus #Eastghouta #Syria Al-Masdar News March 16, 2018

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#SyriaCrisis Report: Two children reach army points after their parents were martyred by terrorist forces while leaving Ghouta via a Russian humanitarian backdoor due to continuous attacks civilians cannot leave the this corridor FM Zaharova said Friday: The terrorist organizations on Saturday prevented civilians from leaving Ghouta via safe corridor established during the period of the truce between 09:00 a.m. and 02:00 p.m. in a step by terrorists to use the families as human shields #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Mar.04: Civilians cannot leave the region through a humanitarian corridor created by Russia because of continuous attacks, she said speaking at a news conference in Moscow: Four five-hour humanitarian pauses called by Russia began today in Eastern Ghouta at 9 a.m. (0600GMT) A full-scale military operation in Eastern Ghouta is inevitable and necessary, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zaharova said on Friday #AceNewsDesk reports

Briefing by Foreign Ministry Official Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, March 2, 2018 http://www.mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/3106032BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:47 P.M.) – 03/03/18: Moments ago, vanguard forces of the Syrian Army scored a major advance inside rebel-controlled areas of Damascus’ East Ghouta region, seizing the militant stronghold towns of Uataya, An-Nashabiyah and Hazrama: The victory was achieved after an entire day of heavy clashes between the Syrian Army and rebel forces of the Jaysh al-Islam faction near to and inside Uataya.

In the end, superior firepower in the form of tanks, artillery and airstrikes would propel Syrian troops to overrun all militant defense lines and strong-points within the town…….By this advance, the Syrian Army virtually isolated the towns of An-Nashabiyah and Hazrama from all other militant-held areas within East Ghouta and de facto split to the insurgent pocket into two……..However, when the Syrian Army entered An-Nashabiyah and Hazrama, it found the towns to be completely bereft of insurgent fighters who had fled both settlements in the final hours of the Uataya battle to avoid being encircled:

Two children reach army points, their parents martyred while leaving Ghouta
Damascus countryside, SANA- Terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra and other groups affiliated to it targeted with shells and bullets the safe corridor, established to allow civilians top leave Ghouta: The terrorists prevent civilians from getting out of Eastern Ghouta in order to keep them hostage and exploit them as human shields.

SANA reporter in al-Wafidin Camp said that the terrorist organizations fired two mortar shells and bullets against the safe corridor after two hours of the start of the truce between 09:00 a.m. and 02:00 p.m., asserting that no civilian has left from the passage till now: For the fifth consecutive day, a truce between 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. has started to allow the civilians to leave Ghouta as units of the Syrian Arab Army, in cooperation with authorities, have adopted logistic preparations to receive the families and transport them via ambulances and public vehicles to the pre-accommodated make-shift centers in al-Dweir in Damascus Countryside.

The terrorist organizations targeted on Friday the safe corridor during the truce with a number of shells and prevented any civilian from leaving, while two children managed to escape from Ghouta despite shooting them by the terrorist groups as they reached the army points and doctors and psychologists are treating them:

The two children said that their parents were martyred after the terrorist organizations shot them while they were escaping Douma towards the safe corridor to al-Wafidin Camp, but they managed to reach the army points and were transported to the make-shift center in the Camp: Terrorist organizations still prevent civilians from leaving Ghouta via safe corridor of al-Wafidin Camp: Last night, a boy and a girl managed to escape #EasternGhouta through a humanitarian passage under severe fire of “moderate terrorists” lionized by British media. Retweet to spread the truth! pic.twitter.com/bBRJx1lzIj Russian Embassy, UK March 3, 2018

The terrorist organizations on Saturday prevented civilians from leaving Ghouta via safe corridor established during the period of the truce between 09:00 a.m. and 02:00 p.m. in a step by terrorists to use the families as human shields

SANA reporter in al-Wafidin Camp said that the period of truce started at 09:00 a.m. for the fifth consecutive day to allow the civilians exit the area: The report added that units of the Syrian Arab Army, in cooperation with authorities, have adopted logistic preparations to receive the families and transport them via ambulances and public vehicles to the pre-accommodated make-shift centers in al-Dweir in Damascus Countryside: H. Zain/ Mazen

Syrian Army seizes 3 rebel strongholds across east #Damascus in one fell swoop during massive all-out assault https://t.co/tSAA8DOfbo #SAA #Syria— Al-Masdar News March 3, 2018: #Nusra recaptures 50 towns in #Idlib and #Aleppo from rival Islamist militia amid huge counter-offensive – Map update https://t.co/yagokYmHet #Syria— Al-Masdar News March 3, 2018

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REPORT: New Face of Terrorism: A new report has found out that at least 5,600 #Daesh (ISIL) terrorists have returned to their countries, including the US and UK, as the terror group loses ground in Syria and Iraq #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.25: 5,600 #Daesh terrorists return to their countries, including US, UK: Report: As they are ousted from #Syria and #Iraq they come home ….God help the countries accepting them back #AceNewsDesk reports

PressTV: http://ptv.io/2Ttj The US-based think tank Soufan Center published a report on Tuesday saying that those returning home will be a security challenge for years to come……They include half of the estimated 850 people that left the UK to join ISIL and also 400 of the 3,417 fighters from Russia; 760 of the 3,244 from Saudi Arabia; 800 of the 2,926 from Tunisia; and 271 of the 1,910 from France…….This is while Moscow announced on Tuesday that less than five percent of the Syrian territory remains under the grip of #Daesh terrorists as government forces, backed by Russian air power, press ahead with an offensive to drive the Takfiri outfit out of its main stronghold in eastern Syria……….The Soufan Center’s report says the flow of foreign fighters came to a virtual standstill in late 2015, as the terrorist group began to suffer defeats and states implemented better measures to prevent travel……“Although there is disagreement over the threat that returning foreign fighters may present to their countries of residence or origin, or to other countries they pass through,” the report says…….Returnees may be particularly vulnerable to contact from people who were part of the network that recruited them, or appeals for help from ex-comrades in arms……“In addition to losing large swathes of its occupied lands in Syria, Daesh has also been pushed out of Mosul, Iraq’s third largest city”.……..Thirty-three US states have reported returns over the past two years………..The UK has also been hit with a series of terrorist attacks over the past few months……..London announced in January last year that around 800 Britons had gone to fight with Daesh or other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq………..#Daesh took control of swathes of land in Iraq and Syria over the past three years with some 20-thousand foreigners joining the terrorist group in the two countries………The head of the UK Security Service, MI5, reported toBBC last week that fewer than expected of the 800 Britons who joined ISIL had returned recently and that at least 130 had been killed……….Those who were still in Syria and Iraq might not now attempt to come back because they knew they might be arrested, Andrew Parker said……….The US and European countries are also believed to be the main suppliers of arms and other assistance to the terrorists, effectively feeding terror that is returning to affect themselves #AceNewsDesk reports are provided by Sterling Publishing & Media News

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MOSCOW: MOD: Planes from Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, armed naval ships preparing to strike #Syria militants on #Aleppo outskirts – Interfax – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Oct.08: Monitors of marine traffic say Russian Navy’s flagship Admiral Kuznetsov, carrying 15 aircraft, has arrived in eastern Mediterranean – Independent http://ind.pn/2eAD2L3

Russian defense ministry source: Planes from Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, armed naval ships preparing to strike Syria militants on Aleppo outskirts – Interfax

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