Former Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Commander Confirmed Meeting With British Intelligence Representative

Support SouthFrontIllustrative image A former commander of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has confirmed that the group leader Abu Mohamad al-Julani met with Jonathan Powell, a representative of the British Secret Intelligence Service MI6. The Russian TASS news agency revealed the meeting in a report on May 31. The agency cited a diplomatic source in Moscow. A day later, former HTS commander Saleh al-Hamwi, commonly known as “As al-Seera fi al-Sham,” confirmed TASS report in a post on his Telegram channel. The commander was among the very first founders of the al-Nusra Front along with al-Julani, who later rebranded the group as HTS. In 2015, al-Hamwi was expelled from the group by the al-Julani. Nevertheless, he maintained contact with many of the group’s senior officials. According to al-Hamwi, the meeting was held four years ago. A commander of HTS known as Hussam al-Shafi, “Abu A’asha,” arranged the meeting. “A Russian news outlet confirms, and the British government does not comment, which is an acknowledgment,” al-Hamwi said on Telegram. “I revealed the meeting four years ago.” The meeting was reportedly aimed at the establishing of contact with international terrorist groups

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Military Situation In Syria On May 30, 2021 (Map Update)

Support SouthFrontClick to see full-size image On May 29, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 45 times: 25 – in Idlib province, 12 – in Latakia province, 8 – in Hama province On May 30, a car bomb explosion was reported in the city of al-Bab On May 29, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in Sallur area in northern Lattakia On May 29, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in Mansurah and Khirbat al-Naqus villages On May 29, the Russian military police and US forces conducted a military patrol in the vicinity of Malekiyah On May 29, SDF arrested four ISIS suspects in Jadeidat Akidat area MORE ON THE TOPIC: Support SouthFront

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Month Of Celebration Unearths Civilian Woes In Syria’s North

Support SouthFront To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK : Monero (XMR): 49HqitRzdnhYjgTEAhgGpCfsjdTeMbUTU6cyR4JV1R7k2Eej9rGT8JpFiYDa4tZM6RZiFrHmMzgSrhHEqpDYKBe5B2ufNsLBTC: bc1qw4cxpe6sxa5dg6sdwxjph959cw6yztrzl4r54sBITCOINCASH: qq3vlashthktqpeppuv7trmw070e3mydgq63zq348vOR CONTACT US : info@southfront.org Any sort of holiday or otherwise partial cessation of hostilities in the Middle East, and namely Syria, provides civilians with a rare chance of focusing on other issues. In the north and toward the central regions of Syria people took to the streets after a hike in fuel prices, attributed to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Two people were reportedly killed when SDF members opened fire on a protest, trying to disperse it. Along with the protests in Hasaka, demonstrations happened in Deir Ezzor, Amuda, Rmelan, Al-Maabadah, Qamishli and Dayrik districts. They were all against the increases in the prices for energy resources such as natural gas, diesel oil and gasoline. Two civilians were killed when the SDF stormed into As-Sawa village in Deir Ezzor western countryside. Just two days earlier, SDF members stormed into a number

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Republicans Question John Kerry's Reported 'Catastrophic and Disqualifying Recklessness' over Leaked Audiotape with Iranian Foreign Minister

“You don’t want your climate envoy undermining your closest ally in the region,” added Sen. Todd Young (R-IN). “Hopefully he’ll be explaining himself soon.”“It’s unfathomable that any U.S. diplomat, past or present, would leak intelligence to the world’s leading sponsors of terrorism at the expense of one of our staunchest allies,” exclaimed Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI). Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) said, “Biden should revoke Kerry’s access to classified information while the matter is looked into,” Politico reported. John Kerry defended himself on Twitter Monday night, “I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally false. This never happened – either when I was Secretary of State or since.” The reported leaked communication primarily focuses on “Zarif’s description of his rivalry with the influential and widely revered Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the late commander of the Guards’ elite Quds Force who the U.S. killed in early 2020,” Breitbart News reported. When the State Department was asked about the alleged conversations between Kerry and Zarif, spokesperson Ned Price declined to comment on the authenticity and accuracy of the Iranian official’s claims. “It was former U.S. Foreign Secretary John Kerry who told me Israel had launched more than 200 attacks on Iranian forces in Syria,”

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Protests In Afrin: Syrian Mercenaries Who Fought In Karabakh Ask For Salaries

Support SouthFrontIllustrative image Dozens of Turkish-backed militants, who fought as mercenaries for Azerbaijan in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh last year, have held a protest in the occupied Syrian area of Afrin to demand their “rights”. A video of the protest surfaced online on April 9. In the video, the militants, some of whom were disabled, acknowledge that they fought against Armenia. The militants go on to reveal that their salaries were stolen by Mohamad Jasim, also known as “Abu Amsha,” the leader of the Turkish-backed Suleyman Shah Division. [embed]https://youtube.com/watch?v=HCma2NpWxDc[/embed] “We fought with the Turkish state in Karabakh,” one of the protestors says in the video. “We have dead and injured. Abu Amsha stole our salaries, we are dying from hunger.” More than 2,500 Syrian mercenaries were deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh by Turkey, which backed Azerbaijan’s attack on Armenian forces in the region. The attack, which started on September 27, came to an end on November 9 with a Russian-brokered peace deal. According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 514 mercenaries were killed by Armenian forces during the heated battle. Syrian mercenaries were promised a monthly salary of

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