This Week In The Middle East: Baghdadi Still Alive? Daesh sundered south of Damascus, Russian pilots killed.
3 May 2018 - 18 Iyyar 5778 - 18 مایس - ئایار - - Shaban 18 1439
This Week in the Middle East is a bi-weekly column edited by Revan Filiaexdeus and published on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We draw our information from a wide network of citizen reporters who are often the very ones fighting these conflicts. Our reporting aims to be as objective and fact-based as possible. The opinions expressed herein belong solely to the author.
A note on terminology: We refuse to use any such terms as "Islamic State", "the Caliphate", "ISIS", or "ISIL" when referring to the terror group. Instead, we use the derogatory term Daesh, an abbreviation from the transliterated Arabic.•مایس - ئایار
The Syrian Arab Army and it's allies have taken control of Younis Hospital and the related telephone exchange building in the eastern regions of al-Hajr al-Aswad. This is part of an ongoing campaign by Assad forces against Daesh, seeking to wholly eliminate any traces of the terror group within it's borders.
Daesh continues to have strongholds in Syria east of Palmyra in the regions just south of As Suknah and along the Euphrates River. The group also has operative cells throughout Iraq.
Tensions in Syria rise as government forces continue to focus on Daesh. Meanwhile, the increasingly Turkish-backed rebel forces continued to push south along the road towards Hama and Homs.
Daesh has claimed several attacks this week, including a landmine explosion in Arishah, Kurdistan that killed three and wounded seven. Twenty seven people are dead and thirteen injured in attacks claimed by the terrorists across Iraq.
While on trial in Baghdad, a Daesh officer close to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi claimed his last meeting with the self-proclaimed caliphate leader was in July of last year.
In Syria, the heaviest fighting against Daesh has taken place in Mukhayyam Yarmuk just south of Damascus. Syndicated footage of the action below:
The United States Defense Secretary has said, We do not want to simply pull out before the diplomats have won the peace. You win the fight, and then you win the peace.”
In other news, a Russian jet crashes near the Syrian coast; two pilots were killed.
Chair -- Revan M. Filiaexdeus
Revan Filiaexdeus is a freelance journalist and social activist who has been following the Syrian Civil War since it's origins in the Arab Spring of 2010. He is passionately dedicated to an objective covering of these events, facts-based war reporting and proactive, humanitarian peacework for the ultimate benefit of the human race as a whole.