Syria: Gov’t Forces Preparing for Large-Scale Anti-Terrorism Operation in Idlib | Farsnews

Military sources in the Northwestern battlefield of the country underlined the Syrian Army and its allies’ full preparedness and their plan for carrying out a large-scale operation in the Southern part of Idlib province in near future.

The Syrian army and their allies, who imposed full control over the village of Ein al-Beidha at the border of Lattakia province and Idlib, have deployed their forces only 15 km from the strategic city of Jisr al-Shughour’s southwestern side.

In the meantime, Jabal al-Akrad (Kurds Mountain) has been flooded with soldiers from the Syrian army, testifying the government forces’ firm will to push towards North in Idlib territories.

These soldiers are preparing for what is likely to become the Syrian army’s epic return to Jisr al-Shughour after losing the city just 9 months ago.

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Syrian Army pushes downhill towards Turkish border | Al-Masdar News

On Monday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), the Syrian Marines, and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) – advanced further north in Jabal Al-Turkmen, seizing a number of small heights that overlook the Turkish city of Yayladagi in the Hatay Province.

In addition to their advance in Jabal Al-Turkmen, the Syrian Armed Forces continued their powerful assault along the Aleppo-Latakia Highway, pushing their way towards the strategic city of Jisr Al-Shughour in the Idlib Governorate.

Over the next few days, the Syrian Armed Forces are expected to intensify their ground assault in the Latakia Governorate’s northern countryside, as they attempt seize the remaining points along both the Idlib and Turkish borders.

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Turkey gives up on Obama, bristles over Syria deal | Roy Gutman

In a brazen advance, the People’s Protection Units or YPG not only dealt a major blow to Western- and Turkey-backed rebels that were safeguarding a supply route from Aleppo to Turkey, but pressed their own stated goal in the war: To unite separated Kurdish enclaves in northern Syria into a single unit, the nucleus of what its parent organization in Turkey, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, views as a future Kurdish state to be carved out of Syria and Turkey.

Ankara swiftly demanded the YPG abandon the territory it had claimed and began shelling the militia across the international border.

The U.S. State Department’s evenhanded response — admonishing both Turkey and the YPG and calling on both to back off — infuriated Ankara. “The only thing we expect from our U.S. ally is to support Turkey, with no ‘ifs’ or ‘buts,’” snapped Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on February 20.

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California Courts Demand Total Access to Email and Social Media Accounts | The Intercept

In January, I attended dozens of probation and sentencing hearings in San Diego’s main courthouse. The majority of defendants were told that there would be broad monitoring of their online lives, despite objections from defense attorneys. In one case, a judge told a pair of young co-defendants — a boyfriend and girlfriend who pleaded guilty to robbery — that their emails, cellphones, and social media accounts would be monitored to make sure they weren’t in contact with each other during their five years’ probation. A young woman convicted of felony DUI was told that her probation officer would be checking her email and social media to make sure she wasn’t drinking. As the judge told the DUI defendant, “Law enforcement needs to monitor your physical as well as electronic world.”

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Heavy Fighting Underway Between Kurdish Fighters, Terrorists in Raqqa | Farsnews

Battlefield sources in the Northeastern province of Raqqa announced that the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) alongside the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have engaged in heavy fighting with the ISIL terrorists in the Northern part of the province.

The Kurdish forces stormed the ISIL positions near the town of Tal Abyadh and inflicted major losses on the terrorists.

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Start of the Armistice | Colonel Cassad

Tonight, in Syria the truce officially began.

1. The UN security Council adopted a consistent resolution, which was supported by all members of the security Council and the question of agreements between the U.S. and Russia on Syria was finally legitimized.

2. From one o’clock in some areas the intensity of the fighting began to fade. In a statement, “green”, more than 100 groups wanted the ceasefire, according to Russian General staff, but the necessary papers are signed only by 17 of them.

3. Fighting against the Caliphate and “Al-Nusra” continued. Airstrikes of the Russian Federation on the “green” that have signatory documents are terminated. Control is exercised by the UAV.

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Heidegger’s Ghosts | Alexander Duff

Heidegger prescribes the retrieval of a lost authentic communal existence from behind history, by means of a revolutionary and future-oriented struggle against the smothering, conformist forms of universalism—an atavistic futurism of sorts. His political epigones differ on the particulars of this retrieved community—neither Heidegger’s German poetry, nor the Islamic Shi‘i identity of the Iranian Heideggerians, nor Dugin’s “Holy Rus” are widely adopted goals—but the structure is similar in each case. This should not be confused with traditionalism or conservatism, though contemporary far-rightists in this orbit sometimes identify as “Traditionalists.” Rather, the future orientation of this radicalism aspires to retrieve a new form of particularist communal existence from a past to which even tradition is blind.

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T-90 proves its survivability in Syria | VIDEO

A video surfaced in the internet of a missile attack on a T-90 tank on Syria’s territory. The tank survived a hit by a US-made anti-tank missile. According to the specialists, the incident suggests the T-90s advantages over Western tanks.

The video shows the moment in which a US-made TOW ATGM strikes the T-90. The incident took place west of Aleppo, in rural areas where the SAA has been actively fighting against the Islamic State. The missile was fired by some “Desert Hawk brigade which apparently is part of the “moderate opposition” or, more specifically, to the Free Syrian Army.

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The issue of the truce in Syria | Colonel Cassad

Therefore, the upcoming negotiations, Russia and Iran are likely to bargain with the US and Co. for as long as possible “transition period” during which Assad will remain in power until the matching suiting all reformatting Syria. US will naturally put pressure on Russia and Iran, so they forced Assad to leave immediately, but since this has not happened before, it is doubtful that this will happen after the changes have taken place at the front. While the United States will not retreat from the demands the immediate resignation of Assad to come to an agreement on the post-war settlement it will be difficult and the parties will continue to make do with situational compromises.

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Khanasser 26.02 | Colonel Cassad

By the evening of 26 February, government troops almost completely regained control of the road. In general, all that is left is the mopping-up operation and mine clearance, as well as to expand the zone of control along the route. Ultimately the attack of the Caliphate allowed it to win only a few days relief from the offensive in Raqqa and east of Aleppo. In March we will see how the Caliphate will be able to dispose of the time won .

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Security In Iraq, Feb 15-21, 2016 | Musings on Iraq

After a two year low in casualties the previous week, violence was back up to its normal level from February 15-21, 2016. The heaviest fighting continued in Anbar, while Baghdad was still the most dangerous province in the country. In Kirkuk and Ninewa the Islamic State also executed a large number of people, and there was an uptick in attacks upon the Peshmerga in the latter. This could be the face of violence in Iraq for the rest of the year with IS focusing upon terrorist attacks upon cities, and insurgent attacks in the rest of the country.

There were 130 reported attacks the third week of February. That was up from the 119 recorded the week before, which was the lowest amount since 2013. That dip was a pause in operations by the Islamic State after it launched a huge number of counter attacks after it lost Ramadi. Now security appears to be back to what it was before that.

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Khanasser 25.02 | Colonel Cassad

In general, the battle for Khanasser showed that the caliphate can achieve initial successes by surprise and tactical tricks, but in direct collision with the shock troops of the Syrian army with the support of Russian air power, The calpihate’s lack of heavy weapons and the lack of an entrenched defense, and in spite of the persistence in the defense, make it difficult for ISIS to hold captured positions.

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