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Syrian War Report – Jan. 29, 2019: Hundreds Killed In Clashes Between Pro-Iranian, Pro-Russian Forces

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Syrian War Report – Jan. 29, 2019: Hundreds Killed In Clashes Between Pro-Iranian, Pro-Russian Forces

A fake-news story about large-scale clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Iranian factions in Syria is making jitters in English- and Russian-language mainstream media outlets. According to these reports citing anonymous sources and each other, “the pro-Russian Tiger Forces and 5th Assault Corps” clashed with “the pro-Iranian 4th Division” near the villages of “Shahta, Bredidg, Innab and Haydariye” in northern Hama.

Most of the reports claimed that there were casualties among the sides providing “precise” numbers varying from a dozen to 200 fighters from the both sides. No source was able to provide details into how clashes had started but the versions are varying from “some differences” to “a campaign to limit Iranian influence”.

Most of the media outlets presented these reports as some kind of breaking news. However, in fact, this is a week-old story. First such reports appeared in several pro-militant social media accounts and a local media outlet, al Modon Online. Later this rumor was reposted by anti-Assad, anti-Iranian and anti-Russian bloggers also citing anonymous sources to show the story look more reliable. By January 29, this rumor has reached large mainstream media outlets, but no evidence has appeared to confirm this kind of developments. However, the lack of factual data was ignored because this story is contributing to the US-Israeli-backed media efforts designed to undermine cooperation between Iran and Russia or at least to show that there are significant tensions between the sides.

The similar situation was observed in 2018 when various mainstream media outlets and even top US leadership like President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo were claiming that “hundreds” of “Russian fighters” were killed by the US-led coalition in the province of Deir Ezzor. Both of these stories demonstrate how media forgery could reach the wide international audience and start being repeated as facts despite zero evidence supporting them.

On January 27, Russian forces launched at least three surface-to-air missiles at unidentified aerial objects near the Hmeimim airbase. According to local sources, at least 3 UAVs apparently launched from the Idlib de-escalation zone were intercepted.

The Syrian Arab Army deployed reinforcements at frontlines near the Idlib de-escalation zone and carried out a series of artillery strikes on militant positions in northwestern Hama and southern Idlib on January 28 and 29.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces continue to claim dozens of casualties among ISIS members in the Euphrates Valley. However, a few remaining ISIS positions remaining there are still not captured.

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  • Mehmood Mayet

    Excellent

    • Hisham Saber

      In your dreams Turk. Turkish soldiers in Syria are in for some hellish times ahead.

      • Mustafa Mehmet

        From whom?

        • PJ London

          Pretty much everyone.
          YPG, US, Russian, Syrian, and any in the northeast or north west who feel like taking a pot-shot.

        • Hisham Saber

          You will see. Just wait. They will leave with their tails between their legs.

          The worst thing that happened to Arabs and the Islamic Ummah is the God forsaken Ottomans.

          • Mustafa Mehmet

            Your best time was under ottoman rules. After ottoman nothing but trouble

          • Hisham Saber

            You Turks sold us out. You handed Palestine to the British. That bastard Kamal Attaturk was an atheist. You burned libraries all across the Arab world, to keep people illiterate so you could rule over them easier. You lost every war against the Orthodox Slavs. You were fooled by France and Britain. You lost all wars and we are paying the price for that now. So go away. Turkey is a dysfunctional country. And your dreams of joining the European Union will never happen. They laugh right at your faces, and yet you still beg them to let you in. Pathetic.

          • Mustafa Mehmet

            Your best time was with ottoman do respect your old master. you Arab joined forces with English Lawrence and start attacking ottoman forces. your English friends sold you to Israel they created Israel . we don’t forget how Palestinian traitor , Massacre our army. Kemal ataturk was a great leader. So learne your history properly. magot

  • Hisham Saber

    Zionist dreams. This bit of fake news right out of Mossad headquarters. Pro Russian and Pro Iranian troops have never been coordinated and allies as they are now. They are essentially fighting the same cause, and will continue to do so.