SDF battles ongoing in al- Bagouz, Maduro challenges adversaries with biggest maneuvers

The battles of Syrian Democratic Forces SDF continue against IS mercenaries in al-Bagouz town which is considered the last stronghold in east of Syria. In conjunction with the talk of a Russian-Turkish agreement on the launch of a military operation in Idlib.


On Tuesday morning, Arab newspapers touched upon the battels of SDF against IS and the situations in Idlib.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: A "street war" in al-Bagouz town between SDF and IS

Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper touched upon the battles of SDF against IS that al-Bagouz al-Fawqani town, east of the Euphrates River in the northern countryside of Deir –ez-Zor, affiliated to al-Sousa district near the Iraqi border, IS' militants are fighting fiercely for the last stronghold they control.

500 meters away, the organization's militants can be seen moving from one place to another. The battle takes place in the eastern neighborhoods of the town. The leadership of the Syrian Democratic Forces attributes the delay of the battle to the presence of civilians on the front lines of the fighting.

According to Mustafa Bali, Head of the Media Office of the Syrian Democratic Forces, between 500 and 600 fighters remain, along with hundreds of civilians inside the besieged neighborhoods. The organization's elements are surrounded by the four sides. "Most of those who surrendered in al-Bagouz town during the past two months or were arrested were of foreign nationalities," he said. "These remaining fighters are likely to be foreign nationals as well."

Al-Hayat: Russia and Turkey agree on "decisive measures" to provide security in Idlib before Sochi summit

On the situation of Idlib, Al-Hayat newspaper published three days ago about the summit of the guarantor heads of the Astana in Sochi, southern Russia, Turkey and Russia intensified their military and security contacts to reach understandings to the leaders of the two countries as well as Iran.

The battels of SDF are still eradicating IS in the last pocket east of the Euphrates, the Commander of the Central Military Command, Joseph Votel, is expected to begin withdrawing his country’s troops from Syria in a matter of weeks, but he has linked the timing of withdrawal with the situation on the ground

The Russian and Turkish defense ministries stressed in a statement after talks between the defense ministers of the two countries, Sergey Shoygu and Hulusi Akar in Ankara, on the need to take decisive action to provide security in a demilitarized zone in the Syrian province of Idlib. The statement pointed out that despite the provocations, the importance of continuing cooperation between the intelligence and the armed forces of the two countries "for peace and stability in Idlib" was emphasized, the parties stressed in the statement «the need to take decisive action to ensure security in the Idlib demilitarized zone.

At the beginning of the meeting, Shoygu hoped to reach an agreement on the main issues on Syria. He said: "I hope that before the Russian-Turkish-Iranian summit, on February 14, we will be able to coordinate our actions in Syria."

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Signs of a Russian-Turkish operation in Idlib

Al-Sharq al-Awsat published that "Russian signs of support for limited military operation in north-western Syrian have emerged, after Moscow announced that Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar agreed in Ankara, on Monday, to take decisive measures to stabilize the situation in Idlib.  

This comes before the meeting between Russian-Turkish-Iranian summit in Sochi, next Thursday, to discuss the files of Idlib and arrangements north-east of Syria after the US withdrawal.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Moscow had proposed that Russia and Turkey launch a joint operation to expel the militants from Idlib, pointing out Ankara's rejection of the process and preferring to seek a solution that included isolating militants. Despite the provocations, we stressed the importance of continuing and necessary partnerships between the intelligence and the armed forces of the two countries to bring peace and support stability in Idlib," a Russian statement said after the ministers' meeting.

After talks with Shoygu, Akar moved to Washington to discuss arrangements in northwestern Syria and implement Washington's decision to withdraw its forces from eastern Euphrates.

Al-Arab: Dahlan agrees with Abbas to reject Warsaw

In the Palestinian issue, "said Mohammed Dahlan, leader of the Reformist Movement within the Palestinian Fatah movement, that the Warsaw Conference, which is scheduled to be held on Wednesday and Thursday in the Polish capital Warsaw, does not serve the Palestinian cause, in reference to what promotes that the administration of the American President Donald Trump will present her vision of peace, known as the "Century Deal." The conference, called by the Trump administration, cannot be seen as a forum that can serve our national cause in something. "

Al-Hayat: Egypt is concerned about Turkey's moves in Africa in general and Libya in particular

On the Turkish issue, Al-Hayat newspaper published that the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry expressed his concern about the role of Turkey in some African countries, especially Libya, Shokry said in statements from Addis Ababa, where Egypt took over the presidency of the African Summit held in Ethiopia, Some African countries, especially in Libya, are "worrying" and should in no way extend to other countries on the continent."

Middle East: Maduro challenges opponents with «biggest maneuvers»

"The besieged Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, has challenged his adversaries by launching the biggest military maneuvers the day before yesterday," he said. "We are a peaceful people, but no one will try us... Let Donald Trump get out of Venezuela! Let his threats get out... Here, there are armed forces, there are people to defend the homeland. "The Russian Site Sputnik said on Monday, Maduro arrived before the start of the maneuvers to the northern state of Miranda to look at military equipment, including "Russian-made rocket launchers" used by the Venezuelan armed forces.



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