00:15 GMT +327 February 2017
    A Syrian girl holds her national flag bearing a portrait of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad

    'Thank you Russia!' - Residents of Liberated Syrian Towns

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    Syrian towns Nubl and al-Zahra in Northern Aleppo province had been occupied by the Free Syrian Army since July, 2012. After their liberation on the February 3rd and following improvement of their living conditions, residents are expressing their gratitude to Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

    Only about two weeks ago, the two strategically important towns were under the control of various rebel factions, including the al-Nusra Front. According to reports from locals, for more than three years they had to conquer fear and learn how to survive without enough aid, but with constant shelling in the background.

    The Syrian Army, backed by pro-Iranian militias and Russia, which has been conducting air strikes targeting Daesh positions in the country, was welcomed with open arms by the residents that support the Syrian government and Bashar Assad. Streets are now decorated with posters of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei along with photographs of the Syrian President beaming down from the front of the town hall in Nubl and hanging outside its main mosque.

    "Thank you Russia! Thank you Hezbollah! Thank you Iran!" a resident shouted on the street, as reported by CNN.

    According to the Syrian Red Crescent, it delivered humanitarian relief to Nubl and Al Zahra earlier this week. Reportedly, the living conditions have significantly improved there in just two weeks, with stores and markets becoming better stocked.

    This is a victory of great importance for the Syrian Army, as al-Zahra and Nubl are located between the Turkish border and parts of Aleppo that are controlled by insurgents. This leaves the terrorists in Northern Aleppo with no supply routes. The towns will become the main centers for military operations by government forces in the north of Syria.

    What's just as important is that the lifting of the sieges bolstered morale among pro-government forces, which now believe there are capable of winning back any territory, occupied by opposition.

    Russia continues carrying air strikes against terrorist targets across Syria, including those in Aleppo province.


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    • avatar
      the time for turkey and saudi arabia and qatar and the us is running out day by day
      the Syrian Army is gaining back more Syrian Motherland the only one that could stop
      would be a Turkey/Saudia/US-led-Invasion but if so it would be the beginning of broader
      Regional War witch could easy turn into a world war - Iran has said today " We will defend Damascus " i think everyone knows Iran is willing to go beyond its Borders to Defend
      Syria and the Syrian ! no doubt whatsoever !
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      No matter how small a town or a village it might be, the pictures of these moments will be etched in the patriotic subconscious of the people for centuries, that if you stick to your gun, someone will come to help, no matter how little, its the principle of morale that will make the difference at the end.
    • Ivan Buckeye
      Hope this works out for Syria and Russia. I think it will. It's an experiment for a new Russia and new Syria, or two countries becoming 21st century nations. The United States of America really hasn't strived towards changing old-guard ways and living, but the Russians sure have, especially since the fall of the U.S.S.R. Then there was the travesty of rabid capitalism. And so, now, here we are, with a Russia that is leaner and upgrading modes of economy and technology to be more self-reliant. China similar story. 21st century countries must go through this ring of fire, so to speak if they are to carry on into the future as a nation/people. European Union is another example. E.U. maybe going through this ring of fire in the form of renegade refugees who can hike and run from the middle east to Germany! That is absolutely hilarious! On foot! Bahaha! There is no way in hell that the E.U. has a leg to stand on...they can't even deal with unarmed people coming their way from two thousand miles away! E.U. is dead in the water.
    • avatar
      Government forces to begin new offensive in Syria’s Stalingrad

      The Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and Jabhat Al-Shamiyah have worn out their welcome inside the provincial capital of the Aleppo Governorate after a week of firing indiscriminate rockets and mortar shells into the government controlled districts of Al-Suleimaniyeh, Al-Midan, New Aleppo, Old Aleppo, Moukambo, Al-Khalidiyah, and Al-‘Aziziyah.

      According to a senior officer from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), a large number of soldiers that were participating in the northern Aleppo offensive have been transferred to the provincial capital in order to prepare for a major military operation to capture the strategic Layramoun District that is located to the northwest of Al-Khalidiyah and directly north of the Al-Zahra’a Association Quarter.

      The purpose of this military operation is to wedge the Islamist rebels inside the large towns of Haritan, Hayyan, and ‘Anadan in order to eventually encircle and besiege these areas near the provincial capital.

    • Ann
      Some wonderful news! THIS, I like to read about.
    • Ann in reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, was that sarcasm?
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      vendorin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, well, you tell me :)
    • Ann in reply toaltair451(Show commentHide comment)
      altair451, and she hasn't been raped, beheaded or blown to bits!
    • Ann in reply toart(Show commentHide comment)
      art, it also shows that sometimes, just sometimes, right wins over might. The west CAN be beaten, if they work together.
    • The whole of Syria should look like this:.

      The areas invaded by the Kurdish terrorists, who are a long established false flag covert war apparatus, of Zionist NATO, should also be destroyed and liberated. This is perhaps the only potential common interest shared by Syria, Russia, Iran, Iraq and Turkey.

      There should be no cooperation and establishment of legitimate status for any Kurd terrorist. One should not empower and benefit these Kurdish forces of terror.

      *** 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.***
    • Ann in reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9sixpack6t9, It would be if it came out of me.
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      artin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      highwire, you are using a sensational, lacerative, and misleading language to make a point that is correct in great scheme of things. Calling Kurds, "Kurd terrorists" not only is meaningless in the context of the issue you are referring to, it poisons any vision of this people.

      Kurds have never had a country of their own in the past despite great accomplishments. The whole concept of "Kurdistan" is artificial. I am not the right person to give a reason for that. But, what we can throw in the mix is that they are not 'a people' per se. For example, Kurds speak five languages, none of them is called "Kurdish". But people think Kurdish people speak Kurdish, thinking they are one people with one language. All those languages are part of a larger domain of Iranic languages and related to like Persian, Azeri, Guilaki, Talyshi, Arrani, etc. Kurds are where they are because ottomans won a war with Iran five hundred years ago, further moving them towards west and spread them in pockets like in Syria and middle and west Turkey.

      Kurds are very spiritual and culture conscious but not tribal. That might be a reason, on top of not being homogeneous, for failing to produce organizations that represents their cultural identity. That's where ideological opportunists like PKK tries to hijack a false leadership of a trapped people.

      I hear that Barzani mafia clique is actually Jewish, not Kurd, in cahoot with ISIS in smugging oil to Turkey; and yes Israel has been the main supply line for PKK. But since PKK does not represent Kurdish people, would not warrant calling Kurds terrorists and devoid of any rights.
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      artin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, of course, and the west hates to leave winner role models behind.
    • v76in reply toron(Show commentHide comment)
      ron, lol, I didn't want to say it but she is very pretty and I bet strong and brave.... a beautiful mix.
    • A = π r 2
      can't tell if it's the idea of a liberated Syria that's making me feel warm and fuzzy inside or the sight of the girl in the picture - both maybe
    • strong and brave.... a beautiful mix.

      and loving too.. she loves her mom very much.. emm.. everybody does too.. God bless Syria..!
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    • Marc Nonnenkamp
      The rest of the countries of the world should join Russia in this effort, and end the destructive policy of "regime change" in the Middle East.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      highwire, It has taken me awhile to recognize the reality of the Kurdish situation. But now I am wide awake to it. Better late than never as they say. Thanks for your input.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toart(Show commentHide comment)
      art, Thanks for your clarification. I will keep it in mind.
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