The Daily Repot 18/10/2017
Yildirim: Despite the 7-year war in Syria, no political solution has been prepared.
Turkish Prime Minister Ben Ali Yildirim said on Wednesday that despite what is happening in Syria and the seven-year-old war, no political solution has been prepared to the arrive at a ceasefire.
He added, “We have formed with Russia and Iran a security belt and the principle is to preserve the unity of Syrian territory”.
Russia is trying to include the Christians of Qamishli for a conference in Hameemim.
An Assyrian political activist confirmed that Christians in the north-east of Syria would attend a Russian-held conference at the Russian military base of Hameemim on the Syrian coast, the AKI news agency quoted an Assyrian political activist as saying.
Suleiman al-Yousef told the agency that a meeting took place in the city of Qamishli, bringing together Russian generals from Hameemim, religious, political, civil, social and business figures of the Christian community, to ensure their participation in extensive meetings and conferences at the Russian base in the coming period.
A spokesman for the International Alliance reveals the number of fighters of Daesh.
Brigadier General “Ryan Dillon” spokesman for the International Alliance reveals the number of current fighters of Daesh, and the size of daily losses.
“Dillon” confirmed that the number of fighters of the organization is up to 6.5 thousand, including 800 in the province of Raqqa, after the surrender of 350 fighters in the province.
“Dillon” pointed out that the organization loses daily about 500 fighters, and 6 million civilians have been liberated from the grip of the organization over the past years, as well as the destruction of its networks and its funding capabilities and the destruction of the oil resources.
Fears of Imminent Massacre in Homs Central Prison as Regime Forces Prepare to Storm Facility.
Detainees at Homs Central Prison continued the riot they staged in protest over a decision by the Assad regime to transfer a number of detainees to the infamous Sednaya Prison north of Damascus after they were sentenced to six years’ imprisonment by the so-called Terrorist Court.
The prison inmates published a statement on social media sites expressing fear of possible retaliation by regime forces who are besieging the facility and trying to storm the prison cells using live ammunition and tear gas.
US Department of State notes significant success of Syrian ceasefire.
The ceasefire in southwestern Syria, brokered by the Russian and US presidents in Hamburg on July 7, was a success that allowed helping many Syrians, US Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters on Tuesday.
She added that the United States expects to keep searching for areas of cooperation with Moscow.
“That ceasefire has allowed coalition partners to go in there in that area, where the fighting has by and large stopped, and help bring in humanitarian assistance, and that is huge,” the spokesperson said.
“When we look at our overall relationship with the country of Russia, one of the things we intend to do is look for areas where we can see eye-to-eye. And where we can see eye-to-eye is defeating ISIS [terrorist group, outlawed in Russia – TASS],” the US official continued.
U.S. will help restore water, power to Raqqa after fall of Islamic State.
The United States will take the lead in helping to clear rubble and restore basic services after the fall of Islamic State in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.
“We will assist and take, essentially, the lead in bringing back the water, electricity and all of that,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a briefing. “But eventually the governance of the country of Syria is something that I think all nations remain very interested in.”
Mustafa Sijary: SDF Is The Colorful Terrorism.
The Head of the Political Bureau of the Mu’tasim Brigade, Mustafa Sijary, described the Syrian democratic forces SDF militant group with the colorful terrorism, after it could seize Raqqa city.
Sijary tweeted “in 2014, our people lived in the white and black terror, and in 2017 the colorful terrorism came” pointing out that the result is one, killing, slaughterin, destroying, displacing and demographic change.
Iran military chief of staff says not acceptable for Israel to violate Syria.
Iranian military chief of staff General Mohammad Baqeri said the Islamic Republic would not accept Israeli violations of Syria, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
“It is not acceptable for the Zionist regime to violate Syria anytime it wants,” Baqeri said during a visit to Damascus, according to IRNA.
Saudi Minister Visits Northern Raqqa With McGurk.
Syrian opposition activists published a picture on Tuesday for a The Saudi minister of Gulf Affairs Thamer Al-Sabhan northern Raqqa city.
The activists pointed out that the picture was captured during a non-revealed visit in Ain Eisa area, he was accompanied by the US special envoy in US-Led Coalition Brett McGurk.
From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel.
Iran’s military chief discussed ways to deepen cooperation with the Syrian military during a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, pledging to fight Israel and Sunni insurgents, Syrian state media said.
“We are in Damascus to assert and coordinate and cooperate to confront our common enemies, the Zionists and terrorists,” Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri said, referring to Israel and Sunni militants including Islamic State. “We drew up the broad lines for this cooperation.”
Israeli Air Force Forced to Act against Assad’s Army While Islamic State Attacks Southern Israel Again.
“…will not allow Iran and Hezbollah to turn Syrian territory into a forward operating base against Israel.”
Turkey's return riles Syria: It's 'blatant aggression'.
From Oct. 8-12, Turkish intelligence and special forces elements carried out reconnaissance in Syria north of Idlib and south of Afrin while maintaining contacts with Sunni opposition units that control the region. This preparatory activity was actually shaping an operational theater. Afterward, a Turkish detachment of about 100 commandos, 30 vehicles, and construction and military engineering equipment entered Syria.
An Oct. 13 statement from the Turkish military high command said Turkish troops that will serve in the Idlib de-escalation zone had begun erecting military observation posts, as specified during the peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan. That night, a second Turkish detachment, which was operating M60T Sabra and Leopard 2 tanks, entered Syria and began deploying at Sheikh Barakat, an 842-meter-high (2,762-foot-high) mountain that dominates Afrin.
The defeat of Isis in Raqqa will bring problems for the victorious Syrian Kurds.
The expected fall of Raqqa will mark the latest defeat for Isis as it loses its last urban strongholds in Syria and Iraq and reverts to being a guerrilla movement launching raids from hideouts in the desert. The siege of Raqqa started on 6 June and Isis fought skilfully against overwhelming odds until it now holds only a small enclave amid the ruins.
Success will bring problems for the victors as well as the defeated. The attackers in Raqqa are the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) , a mixed Kurdish-Arab force, but its military punching power comes from the YPG, the committed, well-organised and experienced Syrian Kurdish fighters linked to Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey. The SDF have shown that they are excellent ground troops, but they owe their sweeping successes not only to their undoubted military prowess but also the devastating firepower of the US-led coalition using bombs, missiles and drones.