07:21 GMT +327 February 2017
    Syrian army tanks enter a village near the Kweyris military air base, in the east of the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, after they took control of the surrounding villages from Daesh militants .file photo

    Duel in the Desert: Syrian Army Assaults Daesh in Deir ez-Zor Province

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    The Syrian Army and the country's National Defense Forces have reportedly managed to drive Daesh militants out of more areas in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, regaining control of several strategic heights.

    More territories in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor have been retaken by the country's army and the National Defense Forces (NDF), which also managed to regain control over a spate of strategic heights in the province, according to the Iranian news agency FARS.

    "Daesh withdrew forces from its positions near al-Ruwad heights after the army and the NDF stormed them and killed many of the terrorists. Al-Ruwad heights and its surroundings are now under full control of the Syrian government forces," FARS quoted army sources as saying.

    The past few weeks have seen the Syrian troops crack down on Daesh positions across Deir ez-Zor province, where scores of militants have been killed and many more are wounded.

    Syrian army's special operation in Douma, a Damascus suburb
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    Syrian army's special operation in Douma, a Damascus suburb


    The sources said on Sunday that the army had tracked and targeted a Daesh explosive-laden armored vehicle in the province's west before the jihadist group could detonate it.

    "ISIL (Daesh) had managed to hit a government position near the village of Ayyash with an armored vehicle, loaded with huge quantities of explosive materials, but the army soldiers targeted the car before the terrorists group could explode it," the sources said.

    In a separate development on Sunday, more militant group strongholds were reportedly obliterated by the Syrian Army and the country's air force in eastern and western Ghouta to the east of the capital Damascus.

    According to the sources, "the Syrian fighter jets, for their part, bombed the militant groups' bases and gatherings in Jobar," which also claimed the lives of several militants. Jobar is an inner suburb of Damascus located between the city and a key thoroughfare, Almotahalik Aljanobi Street, which connects with the M5 highway leading north to Homs.

    Adding to the Syrian Army's anti-Daesh effort is Russia's air campaign, which was launched on September 30, when more than fifty Russian warplanes, including Su-24M, Su-25 and Su-34 jets, commenced precision airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria at the behest of Syrian President Bashar Assad.


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      I know that it might sound like I am a bit grisly, but I wouldn't mind knowing what just is the body count of those whom the earth should have spit out at their births. This might be different it if was a real war, but that would take one nation rising up against another. That is not the case here, unless we want to use Turkey as the epicenter. but then that would leave out Saudi and they should be accounted for in all of this as well. And hiding behind the word "coalition" is not going to relieve any of those nations, headed by the US, from being held accountable for one innocent life lost. Only God seems to have those numbers and they will come up again when those responsible have to stand before him when their country is called out. And even if the numbers are more than the sands in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, southeastern Ukraine, there won't be any need for God to say, "Hold all calls for those present." War may be hell, but the lead up to being pronounced Hell bound will be the most frightening moments that a man will ever know. There will be no excuses and no negotiations. It will be the most final hour and the Nobel Peace Prize will be irrelevant. "For from him and through Him and to Him are all things."
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      armorin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, these are good, solid, true words of wisdom and reason. That's why we are on Earth: to know, love , and serve God.
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      marcanhaltin reply toarmor(Show commentHide comment)
      armor, The sagfest place to be today, is to stand with Him even if it is out on the waters of a storm driven sea.
    • When are the NATO Terrorist SDF, FSA, PKK, Kurds and Kurdish Peshmerga going to be attacked, liqidated and the lands they hold liberated to Syrian (Iraq & Iran) Govenment control?

      Let us not focus too much on the NATO distracting Phantoms and forget the NATO Hydra Monster Projects that we can see.

      The SDF, FSA, PKK, Kurds and Kurdish Peshmerga NATO Hydra Monster Heads pose greater threats and should be destroyed first.

      You should look at and cut off both hands of the NATO magician. Daesh-IS is the distraction NATO wants you to see while the trick is done with the other hand: SDF, FSA, Kurds and Kurdish Peshmerga. Do not fall for this old magicians trick, destroy both hands.


      *** Free Viktor Bout and All Pro-Russians, tortured, missing, murdered and or falsely imprisoned, in USA and NATO Secret Prison Axis, Account For All, Remember and Lawfully Avenge All Forevermore.**
    • Mark Gewissin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)

      This article presents a good overview of the traditional Russian Orthodox perspective on war. I'll quote only the concluding paragraph here as relevant to the conversation, but the entire article is well worth reading:


      "In conclusion, Orthodoxy’s distinctive stance on peace, war and violence does not view war as unambiguously good or holy. Orthodoxy has neither a crusade ethic nor an explicit just war theory. Instead, the church tolerates war as an inevitable, tragic necessity for the protection of the innocent and the vindication of justice. The canons of the church suggest a period of repentance for those who have killed in war, which indicates both that taking life is spiritually damaging and that bloodshed falls short of Christ’s normative way of non-resistant, non-violent love. Peacemaking is the common vocation of all Christians, but the pursuit of peace in a corrupt world at times inevitably requires the use of force. In such circumstances, the church provides spiritual therapy for healing from the damaging effects of taking life. In every Divine Liturgy, the church prays for the peace of the world and all its inhabitants, and participates in the heavenly banquet of the kingdom to which all – soldier and pacifist alike – are invited."
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      jameskeesin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)


      Who will spend time counting those scumbags? They are scattered around on the field.
    • Blackiein reply toMark Gewiss(Show commentHide comment)
      Mark Gewiss,
      Hi again,
      So we can say that the saying "Christ died for you and your sins", may mean what you have quoted there. That it is not in vain.The old and true Catholics did not have a grey area. The Redempterist Father instructed me it is either Black or White. It is either right or wrong, and your soul and spirit will guide and protect you in this.
      However, if as your text says, "the pursuit of peace in a corrupt world sometimes inevitably requires the use of force", the grey area is there again.
      It is not quite as bad as with the crusaders or the jihadists, but the door to war is open again.
      Luckily, orthodoxy is not as strong in Russia, and we have many Tolstoyites who are full pacifists.
      That leaves the Americans and the 6th century pagans newly arrived in Europe to worry about!
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      marcanhaltin reply tojameskees(Show commentHide comment)
      jameskees, As I said, it might appear grisly, but it is the larger figures of the purported number involved that interests me. With "scores being killed or injured", I guess I would like to "keep score", if you will. Sounds dumb, I know and I am not even an accountant by trade. So, there you go. And thanks for the video feed!
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      marcanhaltin reply toMark Gewiss(Show commentHide comment)
      Mark Gewiss, Thanks again, Mark. I will ponder over the pontiffs pontificating pursuit of the problem of peacemaking. :-) I appreciate your being on this site.
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