Jeremy Hunt Appointed as New UK Foreign Secretary, Replacing Boris Johnson

Former Health Minister Jeremy Hunt was appointed Monday as the UK's new foreign secretary following Boris Johnson's resignation earlier that day, according to Sputnik.

The office of UK Prime Minister Theresa May released a statement Monday saying, "The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs."

Johnson revealed Monday that the handling of the terms of Brexit was the underlying cause of his resignation.

Army destroys al-Nusra dens in Nabi’a al-Sakhir, surroundings of Quneitra city

Quneitra - An army unit on Monday carried out precise strikes against fortified positions and infiltration points of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and the affiliated terrorist groups in Quneitra southwestern countryside and in the surroundings of Quneitra city, inflicting heavy losses upon them in the personnel and equipment.

SANA said that an army unit carried out precise bombardments against dens and infiltration points of terrorist groups in the village of Nabe’a al-Sakher and in the surroundings of al-Quneitra city, killing scores of terrorists and injuring others, in addition to destroying their fortified positions.

Local sources told the reporter that over the past few days which have witnessed successive victories by the army in Daraa countryside and joining most of its villages and towns to local reconciliations, some terrorists who reject the reconciliation were fleeing away from Daraa countryside towards the western countryside of Quneitra.

SANA noted that the movements of terrorists are under protection of the Israeli entity and in coordination with the leaders of the terrorist organizations in the area.

Army units deployed in Zaizoun and Tal Shihab southwest of Daraa city

Daraa - Syrian Arab Army units on Monday were deployed in Zaizoun village and Tal Shihab town in Daraa province’s western countryside as part of the efforts to secure the towns and villages that joined reconciliations.

SANA said that army units were deployed in Zaizoun village and Tal Shihab town, which are located 20 km and 17 km southwest of Daraa city, respectively, and were met by a warm reception by the locals.

SANA added that engineering units are demining the area and canvassing it for equipment left behind by terrorists.

SANA said army units are being deployed in Daraa’s southwestern countryside to secure the area, particularly the borders with Jordan.

Syria, Iraq Working to Open al-Boukamal-al-Qaim Border Crossing

DAMASCUS- Speaker of People’s Assembly Hammoudeh Sabbagh affirmed that the Syrian and Iraqi peoples are connected to each other by deep-rooted and renewed relations and that the steadfastness of the two countries has thwarted Western and Zionist schemes in the region.

The Speaker remarks came during a meeting on Monday with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iraq to Syria, Saad Mohammed Ridha, according to SANA.

UK's Boris Johnson Resigns amid Split over Brexit

LONDON- The British government says Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has resigned, amid a widening split in the Cabinet over Brexit, according to Associated Press (AP).

Prime Minister Theresa May's office said May accepted the resignation on Monday and will announce a replacement soon.

A leader of the campaign to take Britain out of the European Union, Johnson was under pressure to act after the resignation of David Davis as Brexit secretary.

Davis quit late Sunday saying he could not support May's plans for close trade and regulatory ties with the bloc after the U.K. leaves the European Union next year.