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Russian Antonov-26 transport plane crashed in Syria ! 32 Died

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https://fighterjetsworld.com/2018/03/06/russian-antonov-26-transport-plane-crashed-in-syria-32-died/

Russian Antonov-26 plane Crashed near Russian military's Hmeimim Air Base in the Syrian province of Latakia resulted in killing of all 32 people aboard including 26 passengers and six crew members , he Russian Defense Ministry said.
According to the ministry, the aircraft crashed near Hmeimim air base at 3 pm on Tuesday when landing, hitting the ground 500 meters short of the runway.
According to the preliminary information, a technical malfunction led to the aircraft crash
This is not the first time that an An-26 has crashed in Syria. In January 2015, an aircraft operated by the Syrian armed forces crashed while landing at the besieged Abu al-Duhur military airport in the Idlib Governorate.
An-26 is a military transport aircraft, capable of carrying up to 38 people excluding the crew, and some 5500 kilograms in cargo.
 

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Saudi Arabia has announce that it will deploy troops to Syria in a part of wider coalition to replace the US troops after Trump decision to withdraw from Syria.

The question here is what would the Saudi main role/target/objective in Syria?
 
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Saudi Arabia has announce that it will deploy troops to Syria in a part of wider collation to replace the US troops after Trump decision to withdraw from Syria.

The question here is what would the Saudi main role/target/objective in Syria?
More importantly whether it would be
1) KSA troops
1)OR Troops from recently formed IMA
 

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More importantly whether it would be
1) KSA troops
1)OR Troops from recently formed IMA
Absolutely is going to include other countries as well. I just hope that doesn't become another headache for us but at a certain point we must get rid of the infected finger before the disease spread to the rest of the body. Its not a small thing to do and we will face consequences but at least we get out with something, get experience and put an end to the madness happening in Syria by both parties Assad and the rebels. Both have to stop this. Iran and Hizbo will have to pay dearly for what they have done. Russia is another story and we can make out a win win deal.
 

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Absolutely is going to include other countries as well. I just hope that doesn't become another headache for us but at a certain point we must get rid of the infected finger before the disease spread to the rest of the body. Its not a small thing to do and we will face consequences but at least we get out with something, get experience and put an end to the madness happening in Syria by both parties Assad and the rebels. Both have to stop this. Iran and Hizbo will have to pay dearly for what they have done. Russia is another story and we can make out a win win deal.
US is dragging ...I doubt it will be productive
 

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Its going to be muddy for sure. Hopefully we all stay out but seeing that animal butchering his people makes really sick.
Indeed, but i think arm resistance has exacerbated the situation for civilians
 

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Putin Says Doesn't Rule Out Full-scale Assault on Syria's Idlib
Saturday, 27 April, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the Tsinghua University’s ceremony at Friendship Palace in Beijing, China April 26, 2019. Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool via REUTERS

Russia's President Vladimir Putin called Saturday for continuing the fight against terrorism, however, he noted that launching a full-scale assault on militants in Syria’s Idlib province was unpractical for now.

Putin said the presence of civilians in parts of Idlib where militants were also active meant the time was not yet ripe for full-scale military operations, Reuters reported.

“I don’t rule it (a full-scale assault) out, but right now we and our Syrian friends consider that to be inadvisable given this humanitarian element,” Putin stated.

Russia and Turkey brokered a deal in September 2018 to create a demilitarized zone in the northwest Idlib region that would be free of all heavy weapons and militants.

According to Reuters, Ankara is concerned about potential refugee flows from Idlib in the event of a military operation, and wants to retain its influence there.
 

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Militant Attacks Kill Several Pro-regime Fighters in Aleppo
Saturday, 27 April, 2019


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Two opposition groups have launched an attack on pro-regime forces killing at least 22 and wounding 30 others in the northern province of Aleppo early on Saturday, a war monitor said.

Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack was launched by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Al-Qaeda-linked Hurras al-Deen group.

The attacks in the southern and southwestern countryside of Aleppo province were launched shortly after midnight and triggered clashes that continued until dawn, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman noted.

Eight militants were killed, he added.

Russia aircraft also carried out strikes in neighboring Hama province early on Saturday, killing five civilians, the Observatory said.

Also on Friday, Russian strikes killed 10 civilians in Idlib and Hama provinces, it added.

 

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Astana Meeting Fails to Agree on 'Constitutional Committee'
Saturday, 27 April, 2019

Foreign Ministers, Sergei Lavrov (C) of Russia, Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) of Turkey and Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, attend the international meeting on Syria in Astana, Kazakhstan, March 16, 2018. (Reuters)

Moscow - Raed Jaber

The new round of Astana Talks, held in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan, saw no progress in the main issue which guarantor countries, Russia, Turkey, and Iran were hoping to achieve.

The organizers were forced to announce the parties' failure to reach an agreement on the constitutional committee and the dispute remained regarding six names in the list of civil society.

The guarantor countries sponsoring the cease-fire in Syria (Russia, Turkey, and Iran) announced that the talks will continue to resolve points of contention, and in a final statement confirmed their commitment to a political process led by the Syrians.

The statement reiterated the parties’ determination to implement the agreements on the stabilization of the situation in Idlib’s de-escalation area and agreed to include Iraq and Lebanon in Astana Talks as observers.

It reaffirmed their commitment to moving forward with the political process led by Syrians and supervised by the United Nations, in line with Security Council Resolution 2254.

The parties also agreed to expedite the work to launch the constitutional committee as soon as possible in line with the Syrian national dialogue conference in Sochi.

The next round of consultations on the establishment of the committee will be held in Geneva, indicated the statement, adding that the parties affirmed their full readiness to contribute to the efforts of UN’s Special Envoy.

Russian President's envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, noted that in the process of the formation of a constitutional committee on Syria, there remain several “unclear points”.

He indicated that the participants of the Astana process hope to help the special envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Syria Geir Pedersen with the process of its formation and launch.

The Syrian government, the armed opposition factions and those supporting the parties can agree to form a constitutional committee in the coming months, according to the Envoy.

Diplomats from Russia, Iran, and Turkey will meet with UN negotiators in Geneva to further discuss the matter, adding that the issue was “in its final stage.”

He said that participants also discussed the return of refugees to Syria and assisting the Syrian people in reconstruction.

The Special Envoy noted that before the meeting, the participants did not expect to have an agreement on the Constitutional Committee, but to continue the good discussions with the Syrian government, and the Syrian opposition.

“I am looking forward also to meeting with Turkey, Russia, and Iran in Geneva, and as you know they have accepted my invitation and I am looking very much forward to those discussions.”

Asked by the press about the formation of the constitutional committee, Pedersen expressed his belief that progress has been achieved, adding that he will continue his consultations with the government, and with the opposition and of course also with other international parties.

At the same time, the Special Envoy indicated that it is difficult to say the states are close to reaching a solution, but the important thing is to reach an agreement and begin the peace-building process in Syria.

Head of the Syrian opposition delegation to the Astana talks Ahmed Tomah pointed out that the discussion on the constitutional committee was “the most important in the round of talks.”

He explained that there are two very important issues relating to the commission: finalizing the names with only six names haven’t been agreed on, and the procedural process relating to the presidency of the committee, how decisions will be made, voting process and mechanism.

During the meeting, Iran, Russia, and Turkey renewed their refusal of US recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.

In the joint statement, the three countries strongly condemned the US move, saying it “constitutes a grave violation of international law, particularly the UN Security Council resolution 497, and threatens peace and security in the Middle East.”

The talks also saw bilateral and trilateral meetings discussing the situation in Idlib against the backdrop of the failure to implement the Idlib de-escalation area.

According to the statement, they also agreed to take concrete steps to reduce violations in the Idlib de-escalation area, without determining the steps.

Head of the Iranian delegation Ali Asghar Khaji said negotiations on Syria would continue until reaching a political settlement.

The guarantor states agreed to continue their consultations on the situation in the north-east of Syria and emphasized in this regard that security and stability in this region can only be achieved on the basis of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.

 

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Under the above title, Vladimir Mukhin, in Nezavisimaya Gazeta, wrote about the transformation of the conflict in Syria into a war with Iran, and the use of Israeli airfields by the US-occupied territories in Syria to bomb Aleppo.



On the eve of his short visit to Moscow, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the main topic of his talks with Vladimir Putin was the Syrian issue.



Prior to the visit, Israeli media published details of the March 27 rocket attack on facilities in Aleppo, Syria. It was reported that the strikes targeted Iranian positions in the areas of Sheikh Najjar and Jabarin, as well as on the Nyairb Air Base, from two different directions. In addition to strikes from Lebanese airspace, for the first time in the entire Syrian campaign, IDF aircraft operated from the area occupied by the Americans in eastern Syria.



According to the website avia.pro, quoting Israeli sources, that “Israeli electronic surveillance devices revealed that Syrian air ......................Continue reading...
 

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