De Mistura Rules out Holding Direct Talks between Syrian Arab Republic Delegation and “Opposition”

GENEVA – The third session of talks held Thursday  between the Syrian Arab Republic delegation, led by Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, and the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura with the framework of the seventh round of the intra-Syrian dialogue, focused on the basket called fighting terrorism.

Technical meetings were also held between experts from the delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic and the delegation of de Mistura, SANA reported.

Earlier today, de Mistura ruled out holding direct talks between the Syrian Arab Republic delegation and the “opposition” during the seventh round of the intra-Syrian dialogue in Geneva.

Defense Minister visits army units in Damascus Countryside

Damascus Countryside – Upon the directives of the Commander-in-Chief of the army and armed forces-President Bashar al-Assad, Defense Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij paid a field visit Thursday to units of the army working in Damascus south-eastern Countryside, SANA reported.

During the field tour, Major General al-Freij met soldiers at their positions and conveyed President al-Assad’s appreciation and pride of their heroism, sacrifices and great achievements in the war against terrorism.

Al-Freij was briefed by field officers on the nature of combatant tasks performed by the Syrian army forces and the volume of success achieved and areas restored by the armed forces, hailing the efforts exerted by soldiers and officers to defend the homeland.

“Our battle against terrorism is continuous and the terrorist scheme against Syria is collapsing and retreating thanks to the steadfastness of the Syrian people who rallied around their army and leadership as well as the support provided by the friendly countries, particularly Russia, Iran and the Lebanese Resistance,” said al-Freij.

He wishes the soldiers to have a successful mission in performing their tasks to hunt terrorist groups and eliminate their remnants.

Syria, Iraq Facing Common Enemy: Iraqi Diplomat

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Iraqi Charge d' affaires to Damascus the Plenipotentiary Riad Hassoun Al-Taie has stressed that both Syria and Iraq are facing a common enemy represented in Daesh terror organization that has sought destroying the two states and the entire region,  which is the cradle of human civilization.

In a statement he made on behalf of the Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari during a press conference held at the Iraqi Embassy in Damascus on Thursday, al-Taie said the liberation of Iraq's Mosul from Daesh coincided with the Syrian Arab army's victories on this common enemy."

Three students martyred in a landmine explosion in Qamishli

Hasaka - Three students were martyred on Thursday due to the explosion of a landmine from the remnants of the ISIS terrorist organization in the southern countryside of Qamishli.

SANA said that a landmine from the remnants of the ISIS terrorists went off between the villages of Salihiyet Harb and Rahiyet Sawda, 20km to the south of Qamishli city, killing three high school students while they were on the way to an educational course.

Army air force destroys ISIS command center, kills a number of terrorists in Deir Ezzor

Deir Ezzor - The Syrian Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes against positions and gatherings of the ISIS terrorists in Deir Ezzor.

SANA said that the Syrian Air Force conducted concentrated bombardments, destroying a command center belonging to the ISIS terrorists in Marat village in the eastern countryside of the province.

“Syria, that Will Win” International photography exhibition kicks off in Moscow

MOSCOW – An international photography exhibition entitled “Syria, that will win” opened in Moscow with the participation of a large crowd of Russian, Syrian and foreign citizens residing in the Russian capital.

The exhibition is organized by the Regional and Social Fund for the Russian Spiritual Heritage Foundation of St. Paul and it includes 6000 photographs taken between March 2011 and March 2017, and parts of them were exhibited in other Russian cities, SANA reported.

Five people martyred, six injured in ISIS attacks with shells on Deir Ezzor city

Deir Ezzor – ISIS terrorists on Wednesday fired mortar shells on neighborhoods of the besieged Deir Ezzor city, claiming the lives of five people and injuring six others.

SANA said that ISIS terrorists targeted the neighborhoods of Harabesh and al-Qusour with mortar shells, where five people were martyred and six others got injured, in addition to causing material damage.