The Russian General staff on the liberation of Deir ez-Zor | Colonel Cassad

The Russian General staff about the operation of unblocking Deir ez-Zor. It is worth noting that the operation was designed jointly by Russian and Syrian military. However, the high pace of operations in Eastern and Central Syria and more educated punches (compared to the campaigns of 2014-2015) to bypass and encircle the enemy, has long pointed to the fact that the specialists of the General staff are firmly are assisting the Syrian military. Hence increased speed of operations and reducing the effectiveness of enemy countermeasures.

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Patrick Cockburn on al-Qaeda’s resurgence in Syria | PODCAST

Al-Qaeda is creating its most powerful stronghold ever in north-west Syria at a time when world attention is almost entirely focused on the impending defeat of Isis in the east of the country. It has established full control of Idlib province and of a vital Syrian-Turkish border crossing since July. “Idlib Province is the largest al-Qaeda safe haven since 9/11,” says Brett McGurk, the senior US envoy to the international coalition fighting Isis.

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