'Victory is near,' Syria's Assad tells troops

'Victory is near,' Syria's Assad tells troopsSyrian President Bashar al-Assad told his troops on Wednesday they were close to winning the country’s seven-year civil war after inflicting a succession of defeats on rebels. Early last year, government forces held just 17 percent of national territory but a series of blistering offensives has since forced the rebels out of many of their strongholds, putting Assad’s government in control of nearly two-thirds of the country. “Our date with victory is near,” Assad wrote in an open letter to the rank and file.


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Who's Attacking Syria? US, Turkey and Israel Have Shot Down Assad's Warplanes

  1. Who’s Attacking Syria? US, Turkey and Israel Have Shot Down Assad’s Warplanes  Newsweek
  2. Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet as fighting escalates on edge of Golan Heights  Los Angeles Times
  3. Israel Shoots Down Syrian Jet Fighter  Wall Street Journal
  4. Israel Defends Itself by Downing Syrian Fighter Jet – but Won’t Interrupt Assad’s Return to the Border  Haaretz
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Hundreds of Syrian Rescuers Evacuated by Israel as Assad Tightens Grip on Rebel Areas

  1. Hundreds of Syrian Rescuers Evacuated by Israel as Assad Tightens Grip on Rebel Areas  Wall Street Journal
  2. Israel rescues Syrian volunteers stranded in border area  ABC News
  3. Syria conflict: Israel evacuates White Helmets  BBC News
  4. Syrian refugees cling to life on Golan Heights as Assad’s net tightens  The Guardian
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Israel warns Syrians away from frontier as Assad closes in

Israel warns Syrians away from frontier as Assad closes inBy Maayan Lubell and Tom Perry GOLAN HEIGHTS/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Dozens of Syrians approached the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to seek help or sanctuary from a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive, before turning back after a warning from Israel’s army. Tens of thousands of Syrians have thronged to the Golan in the past month, fleeing a rapidly advancing offensive which has defeated rebels across a swathe of territory near Jordan and Israel and generated pressure on both neighbors to extend aid. If you want us to be able to help you, go back,” an army officer on the Israeli side of a frontier fence, which is partly lined with minefields, told the crowd in Arabic through a megaphone.


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