‘First official recognition’: US admits Al-Nusra uses chemical weapons in Syria

The US Department of State admitted that militants linked to Al-Nusra Front are carrying out terrorist attacks using chemical weapons in Syria. Russia’s defense ministry says it’s the first admission of its kind.

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Agreed Advance: Turkey backs military op in Idlib together with Russia & Iran

Turkey has also launched a military operation against terrorists. It’s targeting former Al-Nusra Front militants in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.
The move follows Turkey, Russia and Iran reaching a de-escalation deal for war-torn Syria last month.

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Anti-Terrorist Raid: US not answered who its special forces fight in Syria

The Russian military has launched airstrikes on terrorist positions in Syria’s Idlib and Deir ez-Zor provinces.
The strikes targeted ISIS and Al-Nusra Front outposts, destroying military equipment and arms depots. Earlier, Reuters published an article claiming Russian strikes had hit US-backed rebels in Deir ez-Zor province. However, the Russian Ministry of Defense has released satellite images showing US special forces, and their allies, camped inside former IS strongholds.
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RAW: SAA recaptures northern Hama for the first time since 2016

Elite troops within the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) managed to capture a rebel stronghold in northern Hama during heavy combat with anti-government militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) on Thursday. Tiger Forces and two brigades of the 4th division retook the town of Taibat al-Imam, breaking through opposition forces’ defensive line and establishing control in the area for the first time since 2016. HTS is an organisation consisting of various militant groups including the former al-Nusra Front.

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RAW: SAA seize control of strategic town in counter-offensive against Tahrir al-Sham militants

Led by Tiger Forces special unit and assisted by Russian airpower, the battle for the town of Souran in northern Hama province lasted for nearly ten hours.
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham is an organisation consisting of various Jihadist groups including the al-Nusra Front.

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6 suspected ISIS & Al-Nusra Front recruiters arrested after St. Petersburg attack

Six suspected ISIS and Al-Nusra Front recruiters, said to come from Central Asian countries, were detained in St. Petersburg days after the blast in the city’s Metro. President Putin says any post-Soviet country could be the target of a terrorist attack.

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Battles between Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists & rebels escalate in northern Syria

Fighting is escalating in northern Syria between Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists and rebels from other factions. The first to attack were fighters from the Fatah al-Sham Front, previously known as Al-Nusra Front. The group issued a statement saying its attacks on opposition groups were to prevent a ‘conspiracy’ against it.

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SAA’s offensive in western Damascus continues, reportedly reaching the gates of militant-held area

The offensive was launched on December 24 after Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra Front) militants refused to leave the area disarmed through a safe passage to the Idlib Governorate.

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Syrian Arab Army continues advancing in western Damascus

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops continued their offensive in the Wadi Barada area of Damascus, targeting checkpoints under control of militants of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra Front).
The offensive was launched after the anti-government militants refused to leave the area disarmed. SAA has reportedly made advances in the area, resulting in the capture of two strategic points in the district.

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