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Syria army launches 2nd military operation against Idlib

15 Nov 2019; MEMO: Syrian regime forces yesterday launched their second military operation against the southeast of Idlib, aiming at regaining full control over the war-torn province.

Russia’s Sputnik reported that the Syrian forces were able to take control of Idlib’s Tal Khaznah and Lobidiyah towns following “heavy air strikes backed by the Russian air forces.”

US troops at Syria base say they’ll keep pressure on IS

A BASE IN EASTERN SYRIA (AP) — At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and prevent the extremists from resurging or breaking out of prisons.

Russia deploys helicopter patrols along Syria, Turkey border

9 Nov 2019; MEMO: On Friday Russian forces deployed helicopters to patrol the Syrian-Turkish borders along the area where Turkey carried out the operation to evacuate People’s Protection Units (YPG) terrorists, Russian news agency, Interfax, reported.

According to Interfax, the Russian helicopter patrols aim to protect Russian military police working on the ground.

Russian helicopters will patrol Syria's north daily

TABKA, November 8. /TASS/: Russian Aerospace Defense Forces will carry out patrolling missions in Syria's northern provinces daily, pilot Dmitry Ivanov told reporters on Friday.

"We have started fulfilling special tasks on aerial patrolling of northern provinces of the Syrian Arab Republic. Aerial patrolling will be carried out on several routes and will be performed by groups of helicopters in pairs at the altitude of 50-60 meters," Ivanov said.

Syrian army, Kurdish forces cooperate against Turkey-backed rebels

DAMASCUS, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian army and the Kurdish forces cooperated on Thursday and retook a village from the Turkey-backed rebels in northern Syria, an incident that marked military cooperation between both forces against the Turkey-led offensive in northern Syria, according to a war monitor.

The Syrian army and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured the village of Um Shaifeh in the countryside of Hasakah province following intense battles with the Turkish forces and the Turkey-backed rebels, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syrian Army Reaches Oil Fields In Kurdish-Held Areas

DAMASCUS, Nov 6 (NNN-SANA) – The Syrian army, on Tuesday, deployed in new areas, rich in oil fields, in the countryside of Hasakah province in northeastern Syria, the latest progress in the overall deployment of the Syrian army, in Kurdish-held areas near the border with Turkey.

The Syrian army entered the area between Qamishli city and the Rmelan area, that is rich in oil and gas, in Hasakah countryside.

Meanwhile, a military officer said, the army’s entry to the oil fields is the first, since losing the area in 2012.

US Troops’ population in Syria ‘unchanged’ despite announced withdrawal

6 Nov 2019; MEMO: The number of American troops in Syria remains “stable and unchanged” three weeks after the US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal announcement, a US official said on Monday.

“Trump’s decision to protect the oil fields in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ez-Zor has forced the Pentagon to send reinforcements to that area at a time where US soldiers were moving away from areas near the Syrian-Turkish border,” the official told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Turkey blames Kurdish militia after deadly bombing in Syrian town

3 Nov 2019; MEMO: A car bomb killed a dozen people and injured 30 on Saturday in a market of a Syrian border town that Turkish-backed forces seized last month, prompting Ankara to blame the Kurdish YPG militia it had targeted in its incursion.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said pro-Turkey fighters and civilians were among the dead and injured in Tel Abyad. Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu Agency said 13 were killed after a “bomb-laden vehicle” exploded.

Joint Turkey-Russia Patrols Start In NE Syria

ANKARA, Nov 2 (NNN-ANADOLU) – Turkish and Russian troops launched their first joint patrol in northeastern Syria, as reconnaissance of the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from the region, as part of a deal that halted a Turkish offensive in the area.

“First Turkish-Russian joint patrols with the ground and air units are underway, east of Ad Darbasiyah in northeastern Syria, as agreed between Turkish and Russian presidents in Sochi on Oct 22,” the Turkish Defence Ministry said in a statement.

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