Christof Lehmann – Western – Saudi “Kurdistan” Strategy Foiled by Syrian and Iraqi Army
The Syrian Arab Army conducts successful counterinsurgency operations throughout the country. Also, the Iraqi military has some success in limiting the effect of the primarily Saudi Arabia backed wave of terror that has been unleashed against the country, and Iraqi troops help securing the Syrian border. A renewed and intensified wave of violence was expected in August and September. Iran´s leadership warns against attempts to cast the entire region into civil wars.
The general strategy of the foreign-backed insurgencies has according to several analysts as well as regional leaders, shifted towards the creation of civil wars throughout the region, including Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. Last week, the Iranian head of state, Ayatollah Khamenei warned the people of the region against foreign-backed attempts to create civil wars, and he especially called on the people of Iraq and of Egypt to be vigilant.
Press TV – Foreign militants killed in Western Syria
Syrian Army troops have killed twelve terrorists, including foreign militants from Jordan, Kuwait and Morocco, in the country’s western coastal province of Latakia.
The militants were killed in clashes in Latakia’s northern suburbs in the villages of Obin, al-Hanboushiyeh and Prophet Isaiah Mount, the state-run SANA news agency reported on Tuesday.
According to a Syrian Army source, a Kuwaiti sniper, a Jordanian terrorist and 9 Moroccan terrorists were among the dead.
Moreover, large amounts of ammunition and weapons were destroyed in the course of the operations, the unnamed source said.
almanar.com.lb – Russia: No Geneva II Talks before October
A proposed international peace conference on Syria that aims to bring together President Bashar al-Assad’s allies and the opposition will probably not happen until October at the very earliest, a top Russian official said.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said additional preparatory talks for the meeting will be held between Moscow and Washington at the end of August, and that the diplomatic schedule was already busy for September.