Russian Defense Ministry: Syrian Civil War Ended, Combting ISIS And Al Qaeda – Main Focus

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Russian Defense Ministry: Syrian Civil War Ended, Combting ISIS And Al Qaeda - Main Focus

On Wednesday, Russian Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu announced that the civil war in Syria has de-facto ended because the success of the de-escalation zones initiative. Shoygu emphasized that the de-escalation agreements allowed to focus on fighting terrorist organizations like ISIS and al-Qaeda.

The defense minister made this  statement during a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Yacoub Sarraf. Shoygu stressed the importance of the Russian-Lebanese cooperation and warned that the instability could reach Lebanon.

“I would like our Western partners… finally to separate the moderate opposition from terrorists and stop rendering assistance across the board,” Shoygu said.

In another development, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the joint observation center in Jordan began its work on Wednesday.

The center will include officials from Russian, the USA and Jordan, and it will monitor the ceasefire in the southern Syria de-escalation zone witch includes Draa and Quneitra. The site will also allow to provide humanitarian aid to civilians.

The southern Syria de-escolation zone was established on July 9. Daraa and Quneitra are witnessing complete calm.

However, the Free Syrian Army didn’t yet take any action against ISIS-affiliated Jaish Khaled bin Al-Walid in the western Daraa countryside.

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  • Expo Marker

    God bless Sergei Shoygu for leading the fight against terrorism in Syria and Jurod Arsal.

  • Trustin Judeau

    Well he is right . There is no civil war . It is anti terrorist operation against different terrorist elements – ISIS,HTS, TIP and more

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      Yes , I concur you can’t agree with him more than that , these groups have always been Daesh terrorists , Idlib’s leading faction is the same as ISIS/Al Qaeda there are no differences in their philosophy and ideology. They are all rebranded terrorists in my book and none are even remotely interested in politics in Syria since it now relies on a multi party system , which all still seem to support Assad as their leader.

    • Dejan

      There are reports that HTS wants break ISIS pocket, can SAA reppell that attack if it is true?

      • Solomon Krupacek

        maybe it is hoax, but allegedly:
        HTS captured a SAA Checkpoint in Sheikh Hielal, now towards Jani Bariyah and Wadi al Lozaib

      • Jan Tjarks

        Al-Qaeda (HTS) and Deash attacked the road connection to Aleppo. It was a more than obvious target, which I mentioned long before. However, NDF being in charge, seems to have dealt with it successfully so far. It would have been surprising if they wouldn’t have anticipated an attack exactly in this area anyway.

        • Michael Qiao

          I come to the conclusion that this is ISIS’s battle of the bulge, as not only in central Syria are they trying to defeat the SAA, ISIS also amassed an offensive with everything they have including what’s left of the elite Inghimasi in southern Syria which was spearheaded by what I see from about a dozen cars
          https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/pictures-syrian-army-trouble-isis-launches-biggest-offensive-ever-southern-syria/

          • Jan Tjarks

            Indeed, the last desperate attempts to turn the table. For central Syria it makes sense, trying to achieve at least something before the forces are bleeding out anyway. Tough times for both sides, slugging it out.

            But in the end, it will only make the takeover of central Syria easier, once this desperate assault has been fought back. SAA already pushing counter offensives into the pocket(s) shows, that Daesh and Al-Qaeda can cooperate as much as they want, it’s too little, too late. Not even having King Tigers overwhelming and blocking the roads in the middle of winter.

            Instead, Daesh will only take the heat of the SAA. Even if the road is taken, there is no doubt that SAA will retake it sooner or later anyway. Al-Qaeda will have to deal with the outcome too, once Daesh is finally done it will be their turn to take the real heat.

          • Michael Qiao

            yes, and then today there is a counter attack in the Euphrates, but tiger forces are already on its way there, they are sending in their remaining good soldiers to the front lines. If this offensive fails then the SAA’s way is cleared just like the battle of the bulge in world war 2

          • Jan Tjarks

            That counter attack means nothing, beside delaying the inevitable. It’s splitting the Tiger forces, having some effect in central Syria, but the connection of the two forces around Sukhna will nullify the effect a lot.

            This assault is brought forward by those forces which were collecting up there from fleeing other areas. As such, this force is not strong or rested, quite the opposite.

  • Jan Tjarks

    There was a civil war? Never saw anything like that. No matter which news we look at, it always were mercenaries from foreign states which started this conflict, pretty much always miss-labeled as terrorists. That indeed some native tribes were included later on is a matter of what happened after the initial conflict started. The majority never fought the government in Damascus.

    That doesn’t mean that the government would have a clean sheet, but it is quite unlikely that the worst government in Damascus would have cost as many lives as this conflict already did. Not to speak about the economical destruction. It is quite clear, that the “riots” in the beginning were induced by foreign powers too, pushing their on agenda.

    It was, from the beginning, a war against mercenaries, which most likely got promised their share of land within the borders of Syria and Iraq.

    The good news is, that means that Daesh is on the verge of collapse and Al-Qaeda being aware that they stand no chance against SAA when Daesh is finished. So far, I remained careful if Daesh would be done already, but this news rather indicates that Daesh is no operational threat. Now, probably it’s more of an annoyance to be dealt with, being depleted of its forces by the latest events and spent.

    It will be very interesting to see how Syria will fare in the future. Hopefully, it can restore its territorial integrity. The government in Damascus will have to deal with a bigger challenge than ever before. Waging war is not a challenge, waging peace and prosperity is and will be for the real challenge for the torn country, making sure, the guns, once laid down, won’t be picked up again.

    Daesh will remain a threat, they might be done on the battlefield, but they are not done as an organisation itself, having plenty of retreat options. It won’t be possible to seal of all retreat options, catching the rats fleeing the sinking ship.

  • Jan Tjarks

    It seems something has a problem with my posting marking it as spam all the time, reposting until the support is finally able to work on the oldest comments being marked, which have the funny “Thanks, we’ll work on getting this corrected.” announcement, for more than 18 days for the oldest comments being marked. I’m rather no impressed by the moderation I have to admit.

    There was a civil war? Never saw anything like that. No matter which news we look at, it always were mercenaries from foreign states which started this conflict, pretty much always miss-labeled as terrorists. That indeed some native tribes were included later on is a matter of what happened after the initial conflict started. The majority never fought the government in Damascus.

    That doesn’t mean that the government would have a clean sheet, but it is quite unlikely that the worst government in Damascus would have cost as many lives as this conflict already did. Not to speak about the economical destruction. It is quite clear, that the “riots” in the beginning were induced by foreign powers too, pushing their own agenda.

    It was, from the beginning, a war against mercenaries, which most likely got promised their share of land within the borders of Syria and Iraq.

    The good news is, that means that Daesh is on the verge of collapse and Al-Qaeda being aware that they stand no chance against SAA when Daesh is finished. So far, I remained careful if Daesh would be done already, but this news rather indicates that Daesh is no operational threat. Now, probably it’s more of an annoyance to be dealt with, being depleted of its forces by the latest events and spent.
    It will be very interesting to see how Syria will fare in the future. Hopefully, it can restore its territorial integrity. The government in Damascus will have to deal with a bigger challenge than ever before. Waging war is not a challenge, waging peace and prosperity is and will be the real challenge for the torn country, making sure, the guns, once laid down, won’t be picked up again.

    Daesh will remain a threat, they might be done on the battlefield, but they are not done as an organisation itself, having plenty of retreat options. It won’t be possible to seal of all retreat options, catching the rats fleeing the sinking ship.

    • Tudor Miron

      What Shoigu means is that all the tribal and most local forces that got involved in that long war on the side opposing Damascus did sign reconsiliation deals with government. Now it’s practically only mercenaries left and that means that ideological (civil) war is de facto over. Foreign powers did manage to get many locals into fighting and apart from pure headchoppers there were a lot of locals fighting against Assad. It’s about over now. War against terrorism (actiuve part) will go on untill there’s no Syrian land occupied by heart eating scums.

    • SOF

      Once Daesh and the terrorists in the Idlib region are done, the problem remains in the northeastern half of Syria across the Euphrates River with the SDF and Kurds who are US-backed. Those guys will be the US Deep State’s access card to continue harassing Assad’s forces for more time to come. Perhaps Russia will quietly let Iran’s Hezbollah and IRGC fighters deal with them in time.

    • PZIVJ

      Jan Tjarks “It seems something has a problem with my posting marking it as spam all the time”
      If you do to many edits on a post the Disqus software could flag it as possible spam.
      SF does not do very much moderation. I hope this helps.

      • Jan Tjarks

        Lol, 40 posts for one article is a tiny little bit much. =)

        If someone spams, than he won’t edit his posts, but he will make many spam posts instead … that logic.^^

        Editing means, that you change grammar or typos, with other words. A software taking out such comments only destroys the comment section instead …

        Probably, half a dozen of my comments got flagged, which I already wrote off, as they are not up to date anymore anyway.

        • PZIVJ

          Post Script:
          I recall that when I viewed the article the next day, I almost fell out of my chair laughing. All the posts around mine where listed as deleted,
          it looked like I was having a discussion with nobody! :D

  • Solomon Krupacek

    i wrote already yesterday, there was lood of vodka in russian army :))

    or shoygu try to play parody :)

    • BL

      Shut up kike

      • Solomon Krupacek

        :DD

    • Nigel Maund

      More gobbledegook from the specialist in this rubbish.

      • Solomon Krupacek

        you, sour-brained animals never understand humor :P

        • Nigel Maund

          Humour???? By the way, can you read and write in English so we can follow your humour?….:)

          • Solomon Krupacek

            My serious answer i put niw, is on 1st place. Hopely in enough good english, that you are able to understand. :)

          • Solomon Krupacek

            for you, englishfascist übermensch:

            http://www.grammar.com/humour_vs_humor

  • Igor Dano

    Civil war Mr. Minister?
    Never!
    Financed from abroad
    Incited and instigated from abroad
    Declared vested interests from SA Qatar, Israel and US.
    Controlled and steered from abroad
    Supplied from Broad
    It was a Judeo-US agression, like Lybia.
    A full disagreement from me on that part.

    Turkey played maybe the most dirty role. Being a useful idiot of those above, turks tried to make money via smuggling of iraqi and syria oil, smuggling people into eu, receiving briebes from eu not to smuggle the people, smuaggling weapons. Bastards.

  • hvaiallverden

    Yeah, what comes next, the uISISa have stated their goal, right in the open, now, and not that this changed anything, but its the back room deals we dont know much about, yet.
    But Kurdistan, aka Israel 2.0 is my ges, the reason for this “ISIS” collapse, where the Imperial banana republic is changing it to be about protecting the poor Kurd’s birth as an “nation”..
    And all the “security” it needs, of course, provided by the Impisses storm tropes,

    What to do then, yeah, interesting times indeed, and we have now, NothingButYahoho, ricocheting in the back ground, with their demands, and we know whom and what they want, and even they are in the open, now.
    And where Israel High (yeah, most lightly) Cort, just decided that Occupiers in the Palestinian territories can confiscate the land/house/farm from the terrorists (yeah, where are the leftis, have anyone seen any, huh, I cant remember one at all), aka the Palestinians since it is the cause of the inconveniences and trouble it apply on the scums that have invaded and steeled another mans land.
    This is chutzpah on its purest form.
    Yeah, and this scums is running the freak show, known as the WH in the District of Criminals in the Imperial Banana republic uISISa.

    And not an word of course in the western MSM.

    I just wounder, whom is been thrown under the buss this time, someone, as always have to pay.
    And how, much an scumbag the Hero in Iraq turned out to be, just another western lap dog.
    Why am I not even supriced any more, that I find disturbing.

    yeah, the shoa must go on.
    Just watch the scam and Israeli ass spreader Trump, drools in the now open asylum called American Politics and MSM, where “Nazi” is the hate/spin object numbero ono, while people is been slaughtered an mass, in lands and wars nobody cares about.
    Yeah, how, humane, isnt it, Attila the Hun is an peacefully and humble hippie, compared to the present scums running the show, the wars, and the MSM is happy, having their head choppers loose in the Arab world and in our world as the Payed Provo’s aka Leftis are, chopping the Media.
    Yeah, what could possibly go wrong.

    peace

  • Solomon Krupacek

    Clear message in the language of diplomacy: Russia will not support to take back territories which control “moderate” rebels inclusive kurds.