Yesterday, pro-Turkish Olive Branch forces captured the imperative tactical point of Mount Bersaya after serious fighting with the YPG. The clashes left several dead and wounded on both sides. At the southern slope of the mountain, rebel militias also captured the Yezidi village of Qastal Jundu (Qestele), which was defended by a YPG trench.
The prospects for success of the Turkish military and allied rebel groups in the three day-old Operation Olive Branch (called Hunting the Wolves by the SDF) are not good. This assessment is based on troop strength, fighting style, and terrain.
Today the combined Syrian Army units of the Tiger Forces (from the south) and Republican Guard (from the northeast) captured eight more villages from the rebels north of Abu Duhur Airbase. This move has two purposes: to secure the northern perimeter of the base to protect it from counterattacks, and to allow Abu Duhur town to be attacked from three directions.
Formed in November of 2013 in Damascus governorate, Faylaq al-Rahman is one of the larger groups operating in East Ghouta representing the declining, more moderate section of Syrian rebellion. Faylaq al-Rahman was created by the merger of Liwa al-Bara (Bara Brigade) and Liwa Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (Abu Musa al-Ash’ari Brigade) under the leadership of defected Syrian Arab Army captain and leader of Liwa al-Bara Abdul Nasser Shmeir (Abu Nasr).
Sunni Cretan Greeks are a small community mainly located in the town of Al-Hamidiyah, Tartous governorate. In 2004 according to the Syrian Central Bureau of Statistics Al-Hamidiyah had a population of 7400, Sunni Cretan Greeks constituting around 3500 of town’s population. Al-Hamidiyah is located about 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) north of Lebanese border and 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) by car from Tripoli (Al-Mina), Lebanon another town where Cretan Muslims can be found. Cretan Muslims are composed of converted Cretan Greeks and Turks that settled on the island during Ottoman control.
Some might be surprised at the title, mostly because it is never mentioned in the news and because it is a fairly unknown fact that Syria has an island, it actually has a total of five islands; Arwad, Al-Abbas, Al-Faris, Al-Faniyas and Maqrud, but only Arwad is inhabited and it will be the focus of this article. Continue reading
This article will deal with the specific issue of the water scarcity crisis of Aleppo (since December 2016) that affects more than 1.5 million people. The article will deal with the current crisis as well as the previous cases during the SCW.