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Iran to transfer Afghan militia out of Syria in message to Biden: report

Iran transferring Afghan militia as part of policy with new US administration, according to Syria TV report

In a sudden and unexpected move from Iran, whose policies indicate its adherence to what it considers the "gains" it has achieved in Syria, its Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has announced Tehran's intention to expel members of the Afghan ‘Fatemiyoun’ militia from Syria and return them to their country. The move comes despite Zarif previously acknowledging the Fatemiyoun militia as the most powerful Iranian-affiliated militia in Syria, reports Syria TV.

Russia announces more successful weapons tests in Syria

Dec 07, 2020

Photo: A scene from Idlib following Russia's and Assad's 'weapons tests'

Article from 'Syrian TV' news site. Original (in Arabic) below

A senior Russian military official has announced that Russian forces have successfully used Kalashnikov drones in Syria, the latest of a long series of weapons to be ‘tested’ in Syria by Moscow mostly against Syrian civilians, as documented by local and international human rights networks.

Regime insiders report Republican Palace tensions that are difficult to "patch up"

Dec 02, 2020

Syrian tycoon and former senior Assad regime official Firas Tlass has reported claims from regime insiders of tensions between Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asmaa, which the insiders say are difficult to “patch up.”

Tlass, the son of former Assad regime defence minister Mustafa Tlass, who now lives in exile in Europe, asked in a post on Facebook: “Will the Russians intervene to control things? I don’t know".

Iranian militias besiege a Russian convoy in Albu Kamal as tensions grow

Dec 01, 2020

Following the expulsion of ISIS from the city of Albu Kamal in Deir Ezzor governorate, the town on the Syrian-Iraq border has seen a growing presence of Iranian militias, who have imposed their full control there due to its vital geographical location on the road used by Iran’s forces in travelling to and from Syria via Iraq.

For the past few months, Russia has been trying to expand its regional sphere of influence in the Syrian-Iraqi border area at the expense of the Iranian militias, in line with Russia's plan to extend its control over strategic areas in Syria.

Same script as Syria: Kremlin-allied Belarus considers 'terrorism' charges against protesters

Oct 29, 2020

Prosecutors in Belarus are reportedly considering whether to bring terrorism charges against several protesters for crimes allegedly committed during the recent demonstrations against the country's Kremlin-backed dictator Alexander Lukashenko.

During an appearance on the state-owned Belarus 1 channel on Wednesday, Belarusian Prosecutor General Andrey Shved said, "There is a war going on, which over the past few weeks, has taken on radical forms - extremely radical."

Russia quits UN system aimed at protecting hospitals, aid in Syria

Jun 26, 2020

Russia has quit a United Nations arrangement that aimed to protect hospitals and humanitarian aid deliveries in Syria from being hit by the warring parties, according to a UN note to aid groups seen on Thursday.

The Russian move comes after an internal UN inquiry in April found it was “highly probable” that the Syrian regime or its allies carried out attacks on three healthcare facilities, a school and a refuge for children in northwest Syria last year.

Russia tightens last ring of European containment

By Muhittin Ataman

No sweet victory for Assad as economy collapses and U.S. sanctions hit

Just last year, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad seemed on the brink of crowning military victories by easing his diplomatic isolation and recovering more of Syria without a bullet being fired.

Not only had the U.S.-allied Kurdish PKK invited Assad’s forces back to the northeast, but businessmen from the once hostile United Arab Emirates visited Damascus to scout out investment opportunities and regional trade had started to pick up.

Russian-backed Palestinian ‘Al-Quds Brigade’ kills Assad security forces in attack on Iran-linked Deir el-Zour checkpoint: report

Jun 23, 2020

Gunmen affiliated with the Russian-linked Palestinian ‘Al-Quds Brigade’ militia on Monday carried out an attack on an Assad regime Military Intelligence Division checkpoint south of Deir el-Zour, killing and wounding a number of regime personnel.

Call Syria reported that the militiamen attacked the Hreibsha checkpoint on the Damascus-Deir Al-Zour highway after military intelligence personnel stationed there stopped an ambulance carrying Al-Quds Brigade personnel who had been wounded earlier in a landmine explosion in the southern rural area of Deir el-Zour countryside.

The Caesar Act and what awaits Syria

By Ali Cinar, TRT World

As the world continues its fight against Covid-19, the suffering in Syria, and some of the bloodiest years in the Middle East, do not abate. We are facing the fact that half a million people have been killed by Assad, and 6.5 million Syrians have been forced into displacement by the conflict.

Neither the United Nations nor the European Union has been able to take the desired steps for the Syrian crisis. Several countries thousands of kilometers away have tried to divide Syria for their own agendas.

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