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UK-RU Cooling It and Syria Sitrep

End of Isolation: Britain Asks Putin for Help in Middle East – German Media
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As Great Britain has now invited Russia to participate in the fight against terrorism, the West seems to have realized that confrontation with Russia has no good endings. However, both countries are organizing major military maneuvers to preserve the facade of the conflict and not to give the impression of weakness, DWN wrote.
The West has realized that Russia’s isolation is ineffective, especially when it became clear that America has not achieved any positive results in Syria, DWN reported.
Britain and Russia have announced their intention to cooperate closely to solve the Syrian crisis. Prime Minister David Cameron and Vladimir Putin have agreed to a meeting between senior security advisers of both countries, the newspaper reported, referring to a statement of the British government.
The activities of the Islamic State and the Syrian civil war were the main topic of the half-hour phone call, the government’ s spokeswoman said.
However, according to the newspaper, both countries do not want to reveal the turnaround in their relations too quickly. Thus, they are conducting military maneuvers that recall the days of the Cold War.

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Al-Nusra Front Defeats ISIL in South
May 26, 2015
TEHRAN (FNA)- The infighting between rival terrorist groups continued in several parts of Syria in the last 24 hours, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) lost its positions to the Al-Nusra Front in the Southern parts of the country.
The ISIL terrorists withdrew from the town of Sahm Joulan in Western Dara'a as the Al-Nusra Front attacked the ISIL's positions in that town.
Tens of terrorists from both sides were killed in heavy clashes.
The ISIL's defeat from Al-Nusra Front in  Southern Syria came as the Takfiri terrorist group was also pushed back from vast territories in the North.
Also in the past 24 hours, the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance fighters made massive gains in the province of Idlib and took control over hilltops near the strategic city of Jisr al-Shughour in Northwest.
The army and Hezbollah forces tightened their grip over the last hilltops under Al-Nusra Front control before winning back Jisr al-Shughour. Almost the entire city is under terrorists' control.
Yet, parts of the Jisr al-Shughour, including its Hospital, have remained under the Army's control despite the terrorist group's numerous heavy offensives to win control over these few pockets of resistance. Earlier this week, the Syrian army started massive operations to prevent the terrorists from capturing the Jisr al-Shughour Hospital.
Nearly 200 Syrian soldiers are protecting Jisr al-Shughour hospital against the terrorists.
Meantime, the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance fighters took Qabe'a and Naqqar mountains Northeast of Nahle barrens in the Eastern Lebanon Mountain Range from the Takfiri militants.
The Hezbollah fighters destroyed a military vehicle of al-Nusra Front Takfiri terrorist group, leaving scores of gunmen killed and injured.
On May 15, Hezbollah declared full control over al-Qalamoun mountains on the Eastern border with Lebanon, after driving out Takfiri militants of al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist groups from Moses Hill, the highest peak in the area.
Elsewhere, the Syrian government forces continued to tighten noose around the Takfiri militants in Daraa province, leaving a group of them dead and injured.
The army killed and injured a number of terrorists, and destroyed a vehicle with all terrorists on board after monitoring their movement in al-Kark al-Sharqi village in the Northeastern outskirts of the Southern province of Daraa, sources said Monday.
Meantime, dozens of the foreign-backed Takfiri militants were killed in military operations targeting their positions in the province of Homs.
The army destroyed a number of hideouts of terrorists of al-Nusra Front in the Northern outskirts of Homs province.
The army clashed with terrorists of al-Nusra Front, the so-called "Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement", "Jaish al-Tawhid", "Homs Legion", "Ahl Sunna wal Jama’a" and "Ajnad Homs" while they were trying to infiltrate from al-Ghajar village to Ahraj Kafr Nan on the direction of Jabbourin village, 7 km to the West of Talbisa city.
Scores of Takfiri militants were killed in the clashes. Terrorists' arms and ammunition were also destroyed.
Elsewhere, the Syrian Armed Forces raided the ISIL terrorist group's gathering centers in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur and pushed them back from their positions, provincial sources confirmed.
The sources in the Eastern battlefields said that the ISIL fighters' strongholds in the nearby areas of Deir Ezzur Airport were raided by the army men, who forced the rebels to retreat from the fighting area.
The sources went on to say that the army also killed or wounded several fighters in al-Mohassan and al- Mari’yeh and seized their depot of ammunitions and weapons.
Meantime, the Syrian army pressed ahead with its military campaign against the Al-Nusra Front on the outskirts of Quneitra, claiming the lives of scores of terrorists.
The army troops tightened their noose over al-Nusra terrorists in the areas of al-Samadaniye, al-Gharbiye, Oum Batina, and al-Mshairfeh in Quneitra and killed large groups of the militants.
Elsewhere in Syria, the terrorists sustained heavy toll in the region of al-Qasr, as the Syrian soldiers made more gains in Sweida.
Meantime, the Syrian Kurdish Forces have successfully defended their positions against the ISIL terrorists and have pushed them back from Rojava and Kaniye, informed sources in the Northern and Northeastern parts of Syria announced.
The sources said that intense clashes between the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), and the ISIL insurgents took place in the Kurdish town of Sere Kaniye, Northeastern Syria.
Also, military sources in the Northwestern province of Idlib confirmed that at least 300 terrorists were killed in the Syrian Army's operations to retake full control over the captured city of Jisr al-Shughour and its nearby areas.
The sources said that over 300 fighters were killed and hundreds more were injured during the army’s raids to break the almost month-long siege on the National Hospital of Jisr al-Shughour.
Meantime, the Syrian Special Forces killed or wounded tens of insurgents in the neighborhoods of the Aleppo city and its countryside, informed sources in the Northern battlefields announced.
The sources told the FNA that the Syrian army men stormed the concentration centers of the rebel groups in al-Sheikh Saeed, al-Sukkari, Zeitan, Bashkwi, Deir Jamal, Mayir, al- Ashrafyeh, Aziza and near the air force academy, and killed or wounded several of their fighters.
Thanks to Fars News


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