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    • Syringe pills
      Last update: 22:15 07.03.2018
      22:15 07.03.2018

      Half a Million 'Captagon' Drug Tablets Were Found on Syrian Border

      During Syrian conflict, 50 percent of the world's amphetamine seizures happened in the Arabian Peninsula, it is known that Daesh terrorists are addicted to the 'chemical courage.'

    • The Field Training Week in southern Israel, part of the IDF Infantry Instructors course, includes individual and group drills, navigation practice, sleeping in the field and camouflage trainin
      Last update: 21:56 07.03.2018
      21:56 07.03.2018

      US Senators Introduce Bill Authorizing Military Assistance Over 10-Years to Israel

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Senator Marco Rubio said in a statement on Wednesday that he and Senator Chris Coons introduced a bill authorizing military aid for Israel over the next ten years as per the new memorandum of understanding signed by Washington and Tel Aviv in 2016.

    • Daesh  terrorists pass by a convoy in Tel Abyad, northeast Syria (File)
      Last update: 21:35 07.03.2018
      21:35 07.03.2018

      Daesh's Revival? Media Reveals the Terrorists' Grand-Offensive Plans in Syria

      Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) has reportedly regrouped to kick off an all-out offensive against al-Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor, where major oil sites are located, according to Al-Masdar News. The media outlet surmised that the US-backed Syrian forces could be the first to fall victim to the terrorist advance.

    • State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017
      Last update: 21:00 07.03.2018
      21:00 07.03.2018

      E Ghouta Crisis: While Slamming Russia, US Fails to Notice Beam in Its Own Eye

      The US State Department's narrative of Moscow and Damascus' failing to adhere to the provisions of UN Resolution 2401 clearly contradict facts on the ground. Meanwhile, it has turned out that the areas where the resolution remains largely neglected and people are not getting much needed humanitarian aid are those controlled by the US.

    • Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud
      Last update: 20:30 07.03.2018
      20:30 07.03.2018

      Test-Run State Visit for Future Saudi King as Britain Seeks to Deepen Ties

      Mohammad Bin Salman’s first UK visit as heir to the Saudi throne comes as the country faces multiple crises in the region and condemnation for its actions internationally.

    • In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, file photo, a Kurdish fighter, known as a peshmerga, yawns as he stands guard on the frontline in Sinjar, Iraq
      Last update: 18:45 07.03.2018
      18:45 07.03.2018

      Germany to Extend Training of Kurdish Peshmerga Forces - Defense Ministry

      BERLIN (Sputnik) - The German Defense Ministry will continue training Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq, the ministry's spokesperson Frank Faehnrich said on Wednesday.

    • Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, search for survivors following reported government airstrike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Tishrin, on the northeastern outskirts of the capital Damascus
      Last update: 18:37 07.03.2018
      18:37 07.03.2018

      Fake News Alert: Media Stirred Over White Helmets' 'New' Horror Movie

      Pictures allegedly showing the White Helmets' filmmaking studio in Syria's Eastern Ghouta have appeared on social media, prompting numerous news agencies to assume that the group is producing another "documentary" movie about the "atrocities" of the Syrian government.

    • A general view taken from a government-held area in Damascus shows smoke rising from the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the Syrian capital following fresh air strikes and rocket fire on February 27, 2018
      Last update: 18:33 07.03.2018
      18:33 07.03.2018

      US State Dept Spokesperson Says Astana Peace Process for Syria Has Failed

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Wednesday that the Astana peace process for Syria has failed and questioned Moscow's commitment to a ceasefire in the Damascus enclave of Eastern Ghouta.

    • Men inspect damage after an airstrike on the rebel held besieged city of Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria April 7, 2017
      Last update: 18:17 07.03.2018
      18:17 07.03.2018

      Turkey Calls for 24-Hour Ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta - Presidential Spokesman

      ANKARA (Sputnik) - Ankara is taking measures to extend the Eastern Ghouta ceasefire in Syria from 4-5 hours to 24 hours a day, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said.

    • A rebel fighter carries his weapon inside a damaged building on the forth day of the truce, on al-Rayhan village front near the rebel held besieged city of Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria January 2, 2017
      Last update: 18:00 07.03.2018
      18:00 07.03.2018

      Syrian Army Advancing on Militant Defenses in Eastern Ghouta - Reports

      The Syrian army is conducting an attack on the militants' defensive line in the village of Masraba in Eastern Ghouta in an effort to slice the rebel enclave in two as they intensified a campaign to deal the opposition its biggest defeat since 2016.

    • Raqqa
      Last update: 17:51 07.03.2018
      17:51 07.03.2018

      Local Syrians Form Militia to Evict US-Backed Forces From Raqqa – Reports

      US-backed Kurdish-dominated forces, who control much of northern Syria and large swathes of the oil-rich eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, are facing increasingly high levels of resistance from Arabs living in cities and villages they hold, especially in areas which aren’t predominantly Kurdish.

    • A U.S. soldier stands near Syrian children on a road that links to Raqqa, Syria, Wednesday, July 26, 2017
      Last update: 17:34 07.03.2018
      17:34 07.03.2018

      US-Led Coalition: No Indication of Civilian Casualties From Strike in Raqqa

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US-led coalition fighting the Daesh terror group in Syria and Iraq has found no solid evidence that civilians were killed when it launched an airstrike on a school in the Iraqi city of Raqqa in March 2017, a spokesperson for Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve's Public Affairs Office told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    • US forces, accompanied by Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters, drive their armoured vehicles near the northern Syrian village of Darbasiyah, on the border with Turkey on April 28, 2017
      Last update: 15:23 07.03.2018
      15:23 07.03.2018

      Turkey Urges US to Prevent YPG Redeployment From Syria's Manbij to Afrin

      ANKARA (Sputnik) - Ankara urges Washington to prevent redeployment of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) from Syria’s Manbij to Afrin, Ibrahim Kalin, the spokesman of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Wednesday.

    • In this image from video provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launches a tomahawk land attack missile in the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, April 7, 2017.
      Last update: 14:08 07.03.2018
      14:08 07.03.2018

      US Considering New Attack on Syrian Gov't - National Intelligence Chief

      A potential decision by Washington to take new military actions against Damascus would mark the second US strike on Syria in less than a year.

    • Damaged buildings are seen in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria February 25, 2018
      Last update: 13:27 07.03.2018
      13:27 07.03.2018

      Even Attacks on Jabhat Al-Nusra Were Stopped During Ceasefire in Syria's Duma

      GENEVA (Sputnik) – The attacks on the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group were stopped on Monday during the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Syrian town of Duma in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta, a diplomatic source told Sputnik.

    • A humanitarian corridor between Damascus and East Ghouta near the Al Wafidin refugee camp in Syria
      Last update: 12:42 07.03.2018
      12:42 07.03.2018

      Thousands of Syrians Flee Damascus Due to Intense Militant Shelling

      In response to the Syrian Army’s offensive in Damascus’ east Ghouta pocket, Islamist militants have intensified shelling on areas of the city under the government’s control, deliberately targeting cafes, restaurants, schools and residential areas, in addition to governmental buildings.

    • Migrants and refugees crowd in a line as they wait for their registration at central registration center for refugees and asylum seekers LaGeSo (Landesamt fuer Gesundheit und Soziales - State Office for Health and Social Affairs) in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.
      Last update: 12:15 07.03.2018
      12:15 07.03.2018

      Germany's Right-Wing AfD MPs Visit Syria Hoping to Repatriate Refugees

      The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) parliamentarians have embarked on an extraordinary trip to assess the situation in Syria and boost the party’s hopes of sending back half a million Syrian refugees from Germany.

    • The Black Sea Fleet's landing craft Nikolai Filchenkov in Sevastopol
      Last update: 08:57 07.03.2018
      08:57 07.03.2018

      WATCH Fully Loaded Russian Ship Reportedly Heading to Syria

      Observers spotted a Russian Navy Tapir-class LST (Tank Landing Ship) crossing through the Dardanelles near the Turkish seaport of Canakkale, en route to Syria on March 6, the Mynet Internet platform reported.

    • A boy walks near damaged buildings in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, March 1, 2018
      Last update: 07:34 07.03.2018
      07:34 07.03.2018

      Russian Military Reports Tense Situation in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The situation in Syria is gradually normalizing, the number of violations is decreasing, however, the situation in Eastern Ghouta remains tense, chief of the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation Maj. Gen. Yury Yevtushenko said Tuesday.

    • Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) of Turkey attending the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul, October 10, 2016
      Last update: 05:39 07.03.2018
      05:39 07.03.2018

      Putin Discusses Situation in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta With Erdogan

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed situation in Eastern Ghouta in the context of the UN Security Council’s resolution on the Syrian ceasefire in a phone conversation with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kremlin’s press service said in a statement.