Saturday, 12 March 2016

Syria / Turkey News - 03/22/2016

Cizre Kurds accuse Turkish forces of civilian massacre (EXCLUSIVE)

Harrowing accounts of an alleged massacre of dozens of Kurdish civilians in the southeastern Turkish town of Cizre have been collected by RT’s William Whiteman, who traveled to the area following reports of a brutal military crackdown on the population

RT crew films destruction in Kurdish town Cizre after Turkish military crackdown

An RT crew has traveled to the Kurdish town of Cizre – the scene of a brutal crackdown launched by the Turkish military. The crew filmed the devastation wrought on the town, amid accusations the Turkish government is guilty of civilian massacres and waging genocide against the Kurds.

SyrianGirlPartisan reveals the truth about the U.S., Saudi Arabia and their partnership with ISIS

Syrian Army, Allies Advancing Towards Aleppo-Raqqa Border
Syrian Army, Allies Advancing Towards Aleppo-Raqqa Border
TEHRAN (FNA)- Military sources said that the Syrian Army troops and their popular allies have significantly advanced against the ISIL terrorists in the Southeastern parts of Aleppo province and are moving towards the Euphrates and its nearby regions in Raqqa province.
"The Syrian army, Liwa al-Quds (Jerusalem Brigade), the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Kataebat al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions have secured the Southern bank of Al-Hamourat Lake in Southeastern Aleppo, while also making a substantial advance towards al-Maskanah Plain," the sources said.
"Al-Maskanah Plain is located along the Western bank of the Euphrates River (Lake Assad part), near the Jirah Military Airport and the Tabaqa Dam and Military Airport," the sources added.
"The area around Lake Assad is deeply entrenched with ISIL fighters and it has barely been threatened by any force in the last two years – so the Syrian Armed Forces will have their hands full," they said.
On Thursday, one of the main headquarters of the ISIL terrorist group was captured by the Syrian army and popular forces in the Northern province of Aleppo.
Durahim hill was one of the biggest military bases of the ISIL in the Northeastern parts of Khanasser town whose full control was won back by the Syrian forces.
Before the achievement, the Syrian army, volunteer troops and Hezbollah managed to retake full control of five villages near the town of Khanasser in Aleppo.
The Syrian army continued its advances in the Northern province by taking back the villages of Zabad, Touba, al-A'la, al-Hayat al-Saqira and al-Hayat al-Kabira in the Northeastern parts of the strategic town of Khanasser.
Tens of ISIL militants were killed and wounded during the operations and their vehicles and weapons were destroyed.

Syria: ISIL Militants Retreating towards Raqqa under Heavy Offensives of Gov't Forces

TEHRAN (FNA)- The recent victories of the Syrian Army and the popular forces in the Southeastern territories of Aleppo province have left no choice for the ISIL but to pull forces back from the battlefields to neighboring Raqqa province, battlefield sources said.
"Over the past few days, the ISIL defense lines in Southeastern Aleppo has completely collapsed as government troops keep pushing towards ISIL in Raqqah province," the sources said.
"Within days, government troops recaptured the Khanasser-Aleppo road; meanwhile, ISIL forces lost hundreds of their fighters. Subsequently, the ISIL now suffers from inadequate manpower in the region. Meanwhile, the 4th Mechanized Division has received reinforcements from elsewhere in the Aleppo governorate," the sources added.
"The ISIL has now set up a new defensive line East of Jabboul Lake. By doing so, ISIL commanders intend to prevent the Syrian army from capturing Deir Hader, Tabqa Airbase and Jirah Airbase," the sources said.
"If the aforementioned sites are lost to the Syrian government forces, ISIL will be expelled from Northern Syria and will be forced to set up a desperate last stance defense at Raqqa city itself," the sources went on to say.
Raqqa is the self-proclaimed capital of the ISIL.
On Thursday, the Syrian army and popular forces, supported by Hezbollah fighters, restored full security to the last chunk of Khanasser-Aleppo-Ithriya road.
The Syrian Army and Hezbollah fighters stormed the positions of ISIL militants across the vitally strategic road connecting Hama's Ithriya to Aleppo's Khanasser and seized its full control in November.

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