almasdarnews.com – Major development: Syrian Army liberates last ISIS stronghold in central Syria
– The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has liberated the last Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold, ‘Uqayribat, in the central region of Syria, the elite ISIS Hunters reported tonight.
According to the report released by the pro-government unit, the Islamic State has left the area and the town of ‘Uqayribat is full secured.
Al-Masdar has reached out to the Syrian Arab Army for confirmation, as no official statement has been released by the military.
If true, this will be a major blow to the Islamic State, as central Syria will be fully under the control of the Syrian Arab Army.
almasdarnews.com – Rebel forces preparing to use chemical weapons in Daraa: Russian FM
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that the armed group Shabab al-Sunnah (Youth of Sunna Forces) is preparing to launch a chemical attack in the southern Daraa province of Syria, and to then place the blame on government forces, when speaking from Moscow, Thursday.
Zakharova stated that “a few rockets with chemical poisoning substances” are stored in the group’s weapons warehouse in the town of Busra al-Sham, in the Daraa district.
“The militia plan to use it on one of the settlements in the Daraa province and then to accuse government forces of chemical attacks against civilians,” she said.
Bashar al-Assad on the Future of Syria, “Failure of the West” and America’s “Deep State”. “Several Parallel Wars on Syrian Soil”
Speech by the President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad on August 20th, 2017 to the Syrian Diplomatic Corps
sputniknews.com – Syrian Armed Opposition May Participate in Astana Talks – Commander
The representatives of Syrian armed opposition are not excluding their participation in the upcoming Astana talks on Syrian reconciliation, according to Free Syrian Army (FSA) Chief of Staff Ahmed Berri.