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The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey, meeting in Moscow on 20 December 2016, agreed on the following.

1. Iran, Russia and Turkey reiterate their full respect for sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic as multi-ethnic, multi-religious, non-sectarian, democratic and secular state.

Syrian Communist Party (Unified)The following statement addressed to the member parties of the International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties was issued by the Syrian Communist Party (Unified) on Dec. 7, prior to the full liberation of Aleppo but as it became clear that the opposition would be defeated.

Dear comrades:

As is well known, our party, along with other progressive and patriotic parties of Syria, is struggling against what is nowadays considered one of most barbarous imperialist aggressions of the period since World War Two, a struggle against the most extremist and fundamentalist radical movements of this century like al-Nusra Front, ISIS and al-Qaeda which have been condemned internationally.

Syrian President Assad during the interview with Russian journalists. Photo: SANASyrian President Assad during the interview with Russian journalists. Photo: SANASyrian President Bashar al-Assad asserted that military operations will not stop after liberating Aleppo city from terrorists, and that pauses only happen in an area in which terrorists say that they are prepared to hand in their weapons or leave the area. In an interview given to Russia 24 and NTV channels that was broadcast on Wednesday, President al-Assad said that the recent attack by ISIS on Palmyra in large numbers and over a large area means that ISIS received direct support from states, and that the timing of this attack is linked to the battle of Aleppo, because they wanted to undermine the importance of liberating Aleppo and to to distract the Syrian Army and fragment its efforts in different directions, asserting that “as we liberated Palmyra in the past, we will liberate it again.”

SyriaThe General Command of the Army and Armed Forces announced on Monday that the effect of truce regime, which came into force at19:00 on September 12th 2016 under the Russian-US agreement has ended.

The General Command said in a statement that the truce regime was supposed to form a real opportunity to stop the bloodshed, but the armed terrorist groups turned a blind eye to the agreement and didn’t adhere to any of its terms.

SyriaThe General Command of Syrian Army said on saturday that US alliance aircrafts targeted at 5 PM on Saturday a Syrian Arab Army position in al-Tharda Mountain in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor Airport, causing losses in lives and equipment and clearly paved the way for ISIS terrorists to attack the position and take control of it. In a statement, the General Command said that this act is a serious and blatant aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic and its army, and constitutes conclusive evidence that the United States and its allies support ISIS and other terrorist organizations, stressing that this act reveals the falseness of their claims of fighting terrorism.

Interview with Bashar Al Assad. Foto: Prensa LatinaInterview with Bashar Al Assad. Foto: Prensa LatinaPrensa Latina transmits below the full text of the exclusive interview with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad:

PRENSA LATINA: Mr. President, thanks for giving Prensa Latina this historic opportunity of conveying your point of views to the rest of the world about the reality in Syria, because as you know, there is a lot of misinformation out there about your country, about the foreign aggression that is taking place against this beautiful country.

Mr. President, how would you evaluate the current military situation of the external aggression against Syria, and what are the main challenges of Syrian forces on the ground to fight anti-government groups? If it is possible, we would like to know your opinion about the battles or combats in Aleppo, in Homs.

President Assad: Of course, there was a lot of support to the terrorists from around the world. We have more than one hundred nationalities participating in the aggression against Syria with the support of certain countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar with their money and Turkey with the logistical support, and of course with the endorsement and supervision of the Western countries, mainly the United States, France, and the UK, and some other allies.

SyriaA military source said that army established full control over Palmyra city in the eastern countryside of Homs province. The source added that units of the Army and Armed Forces, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, on Sunday eliminated the last gatherings of ISIS terrorists in the city and destroyed their last hideouts. The army’s engineering units combed the city completely and dismantled the bombs and explosive devices planted By ISIS terrorists.

Russian FederationSyriaThe Syrian and Russian sides agreed, during a telephone call between President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to decrease the number of the Russian air forces in Syria.

“After the successes achieved by the Syrian Arab Army, in cooperation with the Russian air force in combating terrorism and the restoration of security and stability to many regions in Syria, with an increase in reconciliations in the country… the Syrian and Russian sides agreed, during a phone call between Presidents Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin to decrease the number of the Russian air forces in Syria to cope with the current field stage and the continuation of the cessation of hostilities,” Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic said in a statement published on its page on Facebook.

A Russian Sukhoi Su-24. Foto: mashleymorgan / flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) A Russian Sukhoi Su-24. Foto: mashleymorgan / flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) A Russian Su-24 fighter has been shot down in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. The TV station »Russia Today« quoted the ministry as saying in a statement that the plane hadn’t violated Turkish airspace, and it was at an altitude of 6,000 meters. The two pilots managed to eject from the downed jet, the ministry said, adding their fate is still unknown. The Kurdish news angency Firat stated that the jet has been downed by Turkish F-16's near a refugee camp in Yamadi village in the coastal province of Latakia on the Syrian side, which is located across Yayladağ district of southern Hatay province.

The Chief of the General Staff of Syrian Army and Armed Forces, Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayoub said following the Russian airstrikes against the »Islamic State« (IS) and other terrorist organizations, which have reduced the combat capabilities of the terrorists, the Syrian armed forces have taken the reins of military operations and formed well-armed and equipped human forces, mainly the »4 th Corps Storming«.

In a statement on Thursday, Gen. Ayoub announced that the Syrian armed forces started today a large-scale assault aimed at uprooting the gatherings of terrorists and expelling them from the areas and towns which have been suffering of the woes and crimes of terrorism.

Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo. Screenshot: YoutubeArchbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo. Screenshot: Youtube»US Senator John McCain protested saying that the Russians are not bombing the positions of the Islamic State, but rather the anti-Assad rebels trained by the CIA. I find these words are disturbing. They represent a blatant admission that behind the war against Assad there is also the CIA.« This is what Syrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo says to Agenzia Fides with regards to recent developments in the Syrian conflict, marked by the direct intervention of Russian military forces against the positions of the jihadi militias.

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