Syrian forces have dealt stinging blows to Turkish-backed Takfiri militants in the southern environs of the northwestern province of Idlib as tensions in the conflict between Ankara and Damascus have soared to a dramatic level after dozens of Turkish troops were killed in air raids in the region.
Syrian government forces, backed by allied militants from popular defense groups, have managed to establish full control over a strategic region in the southern countryside of the country’s northern province of Aleppo from the al-Qaeda-linked militants.
Russia says a number of its troops have been killed during attacks launched by militants from Turkey’s de-escalation zone in Syria’s Idlib province, where an intensified offensive is underway by the Syrian army forces against foreign-backed militant outfits.
The Syrian army has given Takfiri foreign-backed militants holed up in Saraqib city of the country’s embattled northwestern province of Idlib a chance to lay down their weapons and surrender, as it further tightens the noose around the extremists in their last major bastion.
Hundreds of militants have killed 71 soldiers in an attack on a remote military camp in Niger near the border with Mali, an army spokesman says, in the deadliest raid against the Nigerien military in living memory.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his administration had released three prominent Taliban members in an effort to get the militants to liberate two university professors — an American and an Australian — they abducted three years ago.
Distraught families urged authorities to let them view the bodies of victims of an ambush near a gold mine in Burkina Faso, as dozens of workers who could have been caught in the attack remained unaccounted for on Friday.
(Robert Inlakesh is a journalist, writer and political analyst who has lived in and reported from the occupied West Bank. He has written for publications such as Mint Press, Mondoweiss, MEMO and various other outlets. He specializes in the analysis of the Middle East, in particular the Palestine-Israel issue. He also works for Press TV as a European correspondent.)
The Malian military says its troops have killed around 50 militants in a counterterrorism operation, during which dozens of the soldiers captured in deadly attacks by terror outfits last month were also rescued.