Late on March 29, ISIS prisoners started a mutiny in the Geweran Prison south of the city of al-Hasakah in northeast Syria.
A large force of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the local security forces, known as Asayish, was quickly dispatched to contain the mutiny. The force was deployed in the outskirt of the prison as well as in the nearby neighborhood of Geweran, likely to prevent any prisoner from escaping.
Several local sources reported that combat helicopters of the U.S.-led coalition are now flying over the prison’s building and firing flares.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), at least 3,000 terrorists are being held in the prison, which is being run by the SDF with support from the coalition.
While the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the SDF has retaken control of the prison, some other sources said that a few prisoners have managed to break out.
On March 15, some ISIS inmates attempted to flee the Geweran Prison. However, the attempt was thwarted by security forces. Back then, local sources reported that at least ten terrorists were shot and killed inside the prison.
Turkish forces are seen in a convoy on a main highway between Damascus and Aleppo on August 29, 2018. (AFP)
The Turkish military is preparing to repair and fortify the M4 highway in Syria’s Greater Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on March 29.
According to the UK-based monitoring group, a convoy consisting of 15 vehicles, carrying engineering equipment and construction materials, has entered the northwestern region.
“Logistical preparations are being made to repair the road, remove the remnants of war and anything that could threats joint Russian-Turkish patrols in a short period that will not exceed the first half of this year,” the SOHR’s report reads.
On March 5, Russia and Turkey agreed to conduct joint patrols on the M4 highway, which links the port city of Lattakia with Aleppo city.
The highway is currently blocked by opposition supporters and radical militants that are working to sabotage the Russian-Turkish agreement. These “protesters” have already foiled two attempts by Russian and Turkish forces to patrol the highway.
After failing to open the M4 for Russian forces, Turkish forces conducted at least nine patrols along the highway on their own.
Early on March 29, the U.S.-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) carried out an air landing operation in the southern al-Hasakah countryside.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the operation targeted ISIS cells in the town of al-Twaymin near al-Shaddadi. The entire town was reportedly combed by coalition and SDF troops.
“The landing operation coincided with sorties of coalition helicopters, flares were also dropped in the sky to comb the area where ISIS cells are highly active,” the SOHR said in a report.
The monitoring group said the operation was carried out in response to a recent attack that targeted SDF fighters in al-Twaymin.
The attack took place on March 25. ISIS cells captured two Kurdish fighters in the town. The fighters were immediately decapitated. The terrorist group’s news agency, Amaq, released photos of the horrific crime on March 29.
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Earlier this week, spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Mariya Zakharova, warned that ISIS is still active in the U.S.-occupied part of northeast Syria, questioning the effectiveness of coalition forces.
Al-Twaymin attack is an example of how ISIS cells in northeast Syria are becoming bolder by the day. The coalition and the SDF are yet to take serious action to neutralize these cells.
Turkish Boeing 737 AEW&C MESA Peace Eagle in Seattle, September 6, 2007. By Wikimedia user Seattle Aviator
The Turkish military is using E-7T Peace Eagle airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to support its ongoing operations in Libya, the 218 TV revealed on March 29.
Citing an unmanned source, the Libyan channel said E-7T aircraft are commanding Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operating in the country.
The E-7T AEW&C is based on the Boeing 737. The aircraft is equipped with Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar, which has a range of up to 600 km and can perform electronic intelligence (ELINT) tasks. The Turkish Air Force (TAF) operates four aircraft of this type.
Turkish E-7Ts have not been seen over Libya, so far. However, on March 27 a Peace Eagle was spotted flying off the western coast of Cyprus.
The Houthis announced on March 29 that they had carried out the “largest ever” special operation against Saudi Arabia. In an official statement, the group’s spokesman said “sensitive” targets in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, were targeted with Zulfiqar missiles and Samad-3 suicide drones
The Houthis’ Air Force and Missile Force also targeted economic and military targets in the southern Saudi provinces of Jizan, Najran and Asir. Many Badir-1 artillery rockets and Qasef-2K suicide drones were used in the attack.
“We promise the Saudi regime with painful and hurtful operations if it continues its aggression and blockade on our country,” the group’s spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, said in the statement.
The spokesman said that the operation was carried out to commemorate the beginning of the Yemeni war’s sixth year and in response the Saudi-led coalition recent aerial attacks.
Earlier, the Houthis revealed the Badir-1 artillery rocket as well as the Samad-3 and Qasef-2K suicide drones. However, the group is yet to provide details on the Zulfiqar missile.
Saudi Arabia announced in the late on March 28 that a missile and a rocket were intercepted by its air-defense means Riyadh and Jizan, which confirms
Late on March 29, Turkish-backed militants attacked several positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern Raqqa countryside.
The attack was carried out by the 20th Division of the so-called Syrian National Army (SNA). SDF positions in the vicinity of the town of Sayda, on the strategic M4 highway, were the main target of the attack.
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Suhib Jabber, a spokesman for the 20th Division, told the Nedaa Syria outlet that many fighters of the SDF were killed or injured in the attack. A truck-mounted 23 mm machine gun and other vehicles were also destroyed, according to the spokesman’s claims.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed that heavy clashes took place near Sayda, revealing that the Turkish military also shelled SDF positions in the area. However, the monitoring group didn’t report any losses.
Sayda is located near the town of Ain Issa which hosts a coordination center between the SDF and the Russian Military Police. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) also maintains many positions around the town. Earlier this month, the army reinforced its positions there.
The U.S.-led coalition announced on March 29 that it had handed over the K1 Air Base in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk to the country’s Ministry of Defense.
Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the coalition, said that the move was pre-planned and a result of the recent success against ISIS.
“Today, Coalition troops transferred $1 million of property as they depart Operation Inherent Resolve compound inside K1 Iraqi Air Base. This long-planned move was coordinated with the Iraqi government,” the spokesman said, adding “The ISF [Iraqi security forces] are successful against ISIS, Coalition troops will support from fewer places w/ fewer faces.”
Around 300 service members of the U.S. Army and Navy are known to be deployed in the K1 Air Base. All of them will be departing the base.
Today, @Coalition troops transferred $1 million of property as they depart the @CJTFOIR compound inside K1 Iraqi Air Base. This long-planned move was coordinated w/ @IraqiGovt. The ISF are successful against ISIS, Coalition troops will support from fewer places w/ fewer faces. pic.twitter.com/pgeqrbi8cF
The Turkish military is planning to form a joint force with its proxies in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, Baladi News reported on March 29, citing sources with knowledge of the plan.
According to the sources, the Turkish military will form five commando brigades, three with the National Front for Liberation (NFL) and two with the Syrian National Army (SNA). These brigades will be “jointly” commanded by Turkish and Syrian officers.
Each one of the five commando brigades will consist of 1,500 Turkish soldiers and 1,500 Syrian militants. The new force will supposedly be named the Special Commandos Force (SCF). Training will reportedly be held in military facilities inside Turkey.
“The formation, which will have around 9,000 Syrian personnel, will be tasked with operations if the Russian-Turkish ceasefire was violated,” a source told the pro-opposition outlet.
Other sources claimed that the new force will actually work to implement the agreement, by securing the M4 highway. The strategic highway links the coastal city of Lattakia with Aleppo city in northern Syria.
The formation of a commando force of this scale will for sure challenge the influence of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other al-Qaeda-affiliated
Polat was allegedly a member of Turkey’s far-right group, the Grey Wolves. He reportedly fought in Syria, taking part in the attack on the Kurdish area of Afrin in 2018 and later in battles in the northern Lattakia
Security Chief of Ahrar al-Sharqiyah, one of the biggest factions of the so-called Syrian National Army (SNA), was killed on March 28 by the Free Syrian Police in the Turkish-occupied city of al-Bab in northern Aleppo.
According to several opposition sources, personnel of the Free Syrian Police, a law enforcement body backed by Turkey, were patrolling al-Bab to close shops, cafes and restaurants as a part of a plan to face the coronavirus pandemic when they were confronted by the Ahrar al-Sharqiyah’s Security Chief Elyui al-Sayah.
Al-Sayah, known by his nom de guerre Abu Rasul, engaging in a firefight with the policemen, who killed him and injured some of his militants.
In response to the death of al-Sayah, Ahrar al-Sharqiyah launched a large-scale attack inside the city of al-Bab targeting checkpoints and centers of the Free Syrian Police. The group’s militants even attempted to storm a hospital, looking for injured policemen.
The Turkish-backed group released a statement in the name of the SNA, vowing to avenge Abu Rasul and another slain militant, Mohamad Zarur.
“We are the SNA promise to hold the killers responsible,” the statement reads.
Abu Rasul photo on the right side, Mohamad Zarur on the