The Syrian army has successfully repelled Al-Nusra-led counterattacks in the hills of Latakia province, preventing jihadists from regaining positions which they had lost to the government and national militia forces’ advances last month.
While Ankara claims its ongoing military crackdown only targets terrorists, civilians often fall victim to the offensive – and not just in Turkey’s Kurdish-populated provinces, but also across the border in Syria where people suffer from cross-border shelling daily.
The US should do everything it can to stop the terrorist flow from Turkey to Syria, Russia’s envoy to the UN told the Security Council. Vitaly Churkin also voiced concern over the jihadist buildup around Aleppo, as it threatens the nationwide ceasefire.
Civilian casualties are on the rise in the northeastern Syrian town of Qamishli, which is next to the Turkish city of Nusaybin. The area has been locked in Ankara’s intense anti-terrorist operation against Kurdish militias for months. It has also impacted Kurds in Syria.
After intense fighting with a conglomerate of Islamist militants, the Syrian army has managed to recapture positions in Latakia province’s Turkmen Mountains, that had been previously lost to terrorists’ attempt to secure the border with neighboring Turkey.
A new trove of documents, obtained by an RT Documentary crew who recently uncovered details of illicit ISIS oil business with Turkey, sheds light on jihadists’ lucrative trade of looted antiquities along their well-established oil and weapons transit routes.