Four car bombs have blown up this morning in different Syrian regions controlled by the government forces, the pan-Arab al-Arabiya television reports. It also says that two bombs went off near Tartus, on the coast, another one near Homs in the center of the country, and a fourth one in Sabbura, between the capital Damascus and the border with Lebanon. So far, there are seven victims, four of whom are government soldiers.
At least 23 people died in at least three different Syrian cities controlled by government forces: it was announced by the Syrian state television, which added that there are at least 55 injured. The attacks have hit the towns of Tartus and Homs, controlled by the government, and Hassakeh, in the hands of the Kurdish forces. In the latter, however, the regime’s authorities are still present.
It might be Isis’ violent backlash after they have lost territories on the border area between Syria and Turkey. The offensive in Ankara in Syria in fact, started on August 24, has deprived Isis of its control even over the last strip of occupied territory between Jarablus and Al Rai, in the northern province of Aleppo.
In recent months, it has lost nearly 50 percent of the territories under its control in Iraq. In Syria, these losses amounted to more than 20 percent, under the pressure of the forces loyal to the dictatorship of Bashar Assad, with the decisive support of Russia, Iran and of the Lebanese Shiite militiamen. Besides, in the north, the Syrian Kurdish militias were helped by the United States.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the jihadists were forced to retreat by Al Qadi and Tel Mizab, losing all territorial continuity with Syria. Still according to the Observatory, the rebels took control of three villages on Saturday 3 September.
Turkey, in recent days has increased the number of tanks on the terrain in northern Syria, in the operation against the Islamic Republic. The tanks have crossed the border near the Turkish city of Kilis. Heavy vehicles are supported by artillery, which continues to target Is stations.
The raid was conducted about fifty kilometers south-west of Jarablus, where, last week, Turkey launched the first major attack in Syria since the conflict. According to the Syrian rebels backed by Turkey, the offensive aims to put the area under pressure both from the east and from the west.
Whereas on the battlefield people shoot, in diplomatic seats they talk. The meeting everyone was looking forward to between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip preceded the opening of the final day of the G20 Hangzhou. For the second time in a short period, the two leaders find themselves face-to-face. In August, in St. Petersburg, Turkish President Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin got close after months of tension between the two countries (after the destruction of the Russian fighter in the Turkish airspace).
Failure to agree
No agreement on Syria was reached between the US and Russia, CNN reports, quoting a US source at the G20. CNN explains that the contacts between the American Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, on the sidelines of the G20 Hangzhou, have not led to an arrangement, starting with the ceasefire.