Syrian troops regain control of village they lost to rebels

The village which the Syrian government recaptured, Kfar Nabudeh, is in the southwestern edge of Idlib. (File/AFP)
Updated 26 May 2019
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Syrian troops regain control of village they lost to rebels

  • Syrian state TV said the forces recaptured the village from members of Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham group
  • Last month’s violence violated a cease-fire deal set by Russia and Turkey

DAMASCUS: Syrian state media say government forces have regained control of a northwestern village, just days after losing it to militants.
State TV says troops captured Kfar Nabudah on Sunday from militants, including members of Al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham group.
Government forces first captured Kfar Nabudah on May 8, then lost it on Wednesday. The village is located on the southwestern edge of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in the country.
The opposition’s Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian government forces carried out scores of airstrikes, and used barrels bombs and artillery shells to retake the village.
The latest round of violence erupted late last month, wrecking a cease-fire brokered for the area by Russia and Turkey and raising fears of a wider government offensive.


Turkey’s Erdogan sees Russian S-400s coming from July: NTV

Updated 28 min 14 sec ago
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Turkey’s Erdogan sees Russian S-400s coming from July: NTV

  • “We discussed the S-400 subject with Russia. Indeed the S-400 issue is settled,” he said

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he expected Russian S-400 missile defense systems to start arriving in Turkey in the first half of July, broadcaster NTV reported on Sunday, a development set to fuel tensions with NATO ally Washington.
“We discussed the S-400 subject with Russia. Indeed the S-400 issue is settled,” Erdogan was cited as telling reporters on his plane returning from a visit to Tajikistan. “I think they will start to come in the first half of July.”