A spokesman for a U.S-backed force fighting the Islamic State group in Syria says intermittent clashes are taking place with the militants remaining in the last speck of IS-held territory in the country’s east.
The “is in its final days, with is pinned down to an area of around a quarter of a square mile. That’s the update reporters received Saturday from the commander of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, Jia Furat.
He said theof Baghuz Fawqani had not yet fallen, but his ground forces were holding fire and moving forward cautiously because so many civilians remain trapped as human shields.
Military officials say they severely underestimated the number of civilians inside that village when they launched the offensive to crush the last remnants of the so-called caliphate one week ago
Israel confirmed early Monday that its military attacked Iranian targets in Syria, in a rare statement on such an operation.
The military’s statement was issued hours after Israeli missile defenses intercepted an incoming missile over the Golan Heights in the wake of rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport.
The Israeli military initially had declined to comment on the airstrike, though it said a rocket fired at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system.
Israeli warplanes have used Lebanon’s airspace recently to strike deep inside Syria, including attacking a warehouse near Damascus International Airport earlier this month, according to Syrian state media.
President Trump announced Saturday morning he was heading to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where the remains of four Americans killed inon Wednesday will be returned.
Speaking at Sunday’s weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said: “In the last 36 hours, the air force has attacked Iranian warehouses with Iranian weapons in the Damascus International Airport. The total sum of the last attacks prove that we are more determined than ever to act against Iran in Syria exactly as we promised.”Netanyahu, who also serves as Israel’s Defense Minister, made the statement while addressing outgoing Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.
The Coalition has liberated territory in Syria that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) formerly controlled, but the campaign against ISIS is not over, Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Dana W. White said. The process of returning U.S. troops home from Syria has begun as the campaign transitions to its next phase.
The United States will continue working with its partners and allies to defeat ISIS wherever it operates, White said.
In 2014, the U.S. military and our Coalition partners began the fight against ISIS in Syria. Since that time:
- The Coalition has liberated more than 20,000 sq. miles of previously held ISIS territory in Syria.
- More than 3 million innocent civilians have been liberated from ISIS’ barbaric cruelty and fear.
- The 79-Member global coalition to defeat ISIS is an unprecedented collection of nations aligned in a common counterterrorism cause. (74 nations, 5 international organizations)
- Executed a successful by, with, and through campaign with the Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) who sacrificed more than 1,600 warriors alongside 6 members of the international Coalition in the fight against ISIS in Syria.
- As of September 2018, 36 high value targets have been eliminated and more than 700 foreign terrorist fighters from more than 40 countries are in SDF custody.
Russian state television says Defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu in a phone call to his Israeli counterpart has said Israel is responsible for the shooting down of a Russian military aircraft over Syria.
The Russian military said on Tuesday that the reconnaissance aircraft was brought down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean late on Monday, killing all 15 people on board. It said the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in northwestern Syria.
The Syrian state media says the series of explosions was caused by an electrical fault at an ammunition depot in the area.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) and Syria state television reported a “military source denies the exposure of the Mazzeh Airport to any Israeli aggression and the sounds of explosions that were heard resulted from explosion of an ammunition depot near the airport because of electrical failure.”
At least 39 people – including 12 children – have been killed in a blast that brought down a building in Syria’s mainly rebel-held north-western province of Idlib, reports say.
The building in the Sarmada town is said to have contained munitions belonging to an arms trafficker.
Dozens of people are still missing, a monitor and correspondents say.
Idlib is the last major rebel-held area, and is expected to be the next target for Syrian armed forces.
In recent months, the Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran, has made major advances in its offensive against a number of rebel and jihadist groups across Syria.
JERUSALEM — Israel’s military says Iranian forces based in neighboring Syria fired about 20 projectiles at Israeli positions in the Golan Heights.
Air raid sirens went off shortly after the Syrian state news agency and activists reported rocket fire from Israel into southern Syria just before midnight Wednesday.
The Israeli Defense Forces said it believes the rockets were launched by special forces in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says aircraft flew over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, adjacent to southern Syria. There are no immediate reports of airstrikes.
The military compound that was hit is located about 10 miles south of the Syrian capital city of Damascus, western military sources said.Syrian TV reported that it was an Israeli airstrike and that Syrian air defense systems shot down two missiles.
The attack happened in Kisweh, according to the official news agency SANA, about an hour after President Trump’s announcemed that he would be pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal.
The order from the Kremlin came as the United Nations was trying to revive peace talks to stop the conflict, which has created a humanitarian catastrophe.