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  1. Insurgents hit a Russian FROGFOOT with a MANPADS, pilot punches out, tries to evade insurgent patrol on foot, when cornered is wounded in shootout, suicides with hand grenade, insurgents distribute video, Russians declare him a national hero;
  2. Assad militia troops launch attack near US troops, are visited for 3 hours by Coalition aircraft, and ~100 hostiles KIA;
  3. Russia continues to deny last week’s CW attack;
  4. Argument continues over Russian effort to consolidate Assad regime position in Syria;
  5. Israeli AF hits targets in Syria;
  6. More on repression in Iran;
  7. Turkish campaign against Kurds continues;
  8. Air campaign in Afghanistan escalates.

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Russia, Assad bomb 20 towns in Syria, use chemical arms – media | UNIAN

Russia, Assad bomb 20 towns in Syria, use chemical arms – media. View news feed in world news for 05 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Russia strikes back as Syrian rebels take credit for shooting down fighter jet, killing pilot – The Washington Post

Moscow says “precision weapons” killed 30 militants in northern Syria, where a surface-to-air missile brought down the jet Saturday.

‘This is payback for our guys!’: Russian pilot shot down in Syria holds off insurgents before blowing himself up with a grenade — Meduza

On February 3, for the first time in Russia’s military campaign in Syria, Moscow lost a Su-25 ground-attack aircraft. Militants linked to the al-Nusra Front terrorist group, which is currently at war with Bashar al-Assad’s regime, shot down the Russian aircraft with a shoulder-launched missile. Pilot Roman Filipov ejected, but blew himself up after he reached the ground, in order to keep himself from enemy hands.

Russians Mourn Pilot Killed In Syria

Tens of thousands of people have attended the funeral of a Russian Air Force pilot who died in Syria last week.

Russian pilot kills himself to avoid capture in Syria | Daily Mail Online

Major Roman Filipov had ejected from his fighter jet after being hit with a missile from a  portable surface-to-air system in Idlib, Syria, and detonated a hand grenade rather than give himself up.

Russia Bombs Syria Rebel Strongholds After Jet Is Shot Down

Anti-Assad fighters say airstrikes have hit homes and hospitals.

Russian Su-25 pilot killed in Syria never been citizen of Ukraine – journalist | UNIAN

Russian Air Force Major Roman Filippov, a pilot of Russia’s Su-25, who was killed after his jet had been downed in Syria, was never a Ukrainian citizen. “He is a Russian career military who was transferred to Crimea from the Russian Federation and became a member of the 37th mixed aviation regiment (under command of Colonel Oleg Terebunsky),” Ukrainian journalist Yuriy Butusov wrote on Facebook. “The regiment is based in Hvardiyske in occupied Crimea. The information of the Russian Defense Ministry, spread by the Russian Novaya Gazeta newspaper that Filippov was a former Ukrainian defector, is not true,” Butusov said.

Russian Su-25 downed in Syria: Russia’s top gun Filippov killed in Syria never had Ukrainian citizenship, – journalist. PHOTOS+VIDEO (Viewer discretion advised!) (05.02.18 12:18) « Incidents | Censor.NET

05.02.18 12:18 – Russia’s top gun Filippov killed in Syria never had Ukrainian citizenship, – journalist. PHOTOS+VIDEO (Viewer discretion advised!) It is easy to belie the fake news spread by the Russian media about alleged Ukrainian citizenship of Su-25 pilot who was shot dead in Syria after his jet was brought down on Feb. 3. View news.

Syrian militants down Russian fighter jet, kill pilot

Al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria downed a Russian fighter jet on Saturday and killed its pilot after he ejected from the plane and landed on the ground in the embattled northwestern province of Idlib. The pilot resisted being captured and fired at the militants who then shot and killed him, according to one of the militants and Syrian monitors.

Pilot from Crimea operated Russian Su-25 downed in Syria – 112 – Pilot from Crimea operated Russian Su-25 downed in Syria –

Former Ukrainian pilot operated the Russian jet that was downed in Syria, – 112

Russian jet downed and pilot killed by Syrian militants – NBC News

Syrian militants downed a Russian fighter jet and killed its pilot in northwest Syria on Saturday, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported.

Russia Confirms Warplane Downed Over Syria, Pilot Dead

The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that an Su-25 close-support military aircraft was shot down over Syria on February 3 and the pilot was killed.

Russia Condemns Site For Revealing Salary Of Pilot Killed In Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry has criticized an independent news website for publishing the average salaries of members of the military after a Russian pilot’s plane was shot down over Syria.

U.S. reportedly kills more than 100 Russian, Syrian-backed fighters in 3-hour military blitz | UNIAN

U.S. reportedly kills more than 100 Russian, Syrian-backed fighters in 3-hour military blitz. Current news and events for 09 February from UNIAN Information Agency

US-led coalition strikes kill pro-regime forces in Syria – CNNPolitics

The US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria conducted air and artillery strikes against pro-regime forces in Syria on Wednesday, killing an estimated 100 pro-regime fighters, according to a coalition statement.

US airstrikes on pro-regime forces are latest turn in Syrian War – CNN

With airstrikes on pro-Assad forces in Syria, the US showed that a regime attempt to recover territory east of the Euphrates will draw a powerful retaliation.

U.S. Says It Notified Russia Before Massive Attack On Pro-Syria Forces

The Pentagon says U.S. commanders notified Russian counterparts of an air and ground assault on pro-Syrian fighters in response to an attack on U.S. allied militias in eastern Syria.

Vladimir Putin’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Moment – To Inform is to Influence

Russia’s highly-touted peace conference to end the war in Syria was an utter debacle. BY NEIL HAUER | FEBRUARY 6, 2018, 4:53 PM SOCHI, Russia — The Russian government billed the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, which it held last week in the Black Sea city of Sochi, as a watershed moment in the Syrian conflict. The summit was designed to…

On Northern Syria Front Line, U.S. and Turkey Head Into Tense Face-off – The New York Times

The New York Times traveled with two U.S. generals to a northern Syria city where armed conflict between the Americans and Turks is now a possibility.

Russia Takes the Lead in Syria While Afghanistan War Is ‘Worse Than It’s Ever Been,’ Former U.S. Defense Chief Says

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. military “can’t fix the problems in Afghanistan” and Russia “really holds the cards” in Syria.

US just detailed its plan to kick Assad out of Syria by treating the country like North Korea | Business Insider

Tillerson Set To Visit Middle East Amid Rising Tensions In Syria

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to the Middle East amid rising tensions over heightened violence in Syria.

How Russia Plans to Influence Syria’s Future | The National Interest

Can Russia translate victories on the battlefield into long-lasting influence in the Middle East region?

U.S., Russia Clash Again At UN Over Alleged Syrian Chemical Weapons Use

Russia and the United States have clashed at the United Nations Security Council over allegations the Syrian government has again used chemical weapons in rebel-held areas of the country.

Americans In ISIS: Some 300 Tried To Join, 12 Have Returned To U.S. : Parallels : NPR

Some have risen to senior positions, others died in the fighting and many remain unaccounted for, according to a report. Twelve returned, but none has carried out an attack on U.S. soil.

‘Extreme’ Suffering in Syria as Government Steps Up Bombing – The New York Times

More than 80 people were killed in rebel-held areas amid carnage that the United Nations called “outrageous” and an international failure.

A ‘dramatic deterioration’ in Syria as the war intensifies and suffering spikes – The Washington Post

The U.N. appeals for a cease-fire to allow emergency aid amid spiraling violence that shows the Syrian war is far from over.

UAWire – Russian Embassy in Damascus comes under mortar fire

The building of the Russian trade mission came under mortar fire in Damascus. The building was seriously damaged, reported the Russian Foreign …

As Russia carves up Syria, US may be drawn into war | New York Post

It turns out trying to stay on the sidelines of the Syrian civil war may be the very thing that drags us into it with both feet. For three weeks now Turkish…

‘Man, she’s pretty’: Behind Syrian rebels’ gruesome murder of a female Kurdish fighter – Syria –

The joyful mutilation of the corpse of the female Kurdish fighter is part of the process of oppressing the Kurds, and of women who dare to go out to battle

Remaining two members of British ‘Beatles’ Islamic State execution group captured by Kurds in Syria

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, members of an Islamic State execution group dubbed The Beatles, have reportedly been captured by US-allied Kurdish militia fighters.

Iran Jails ‘Nuclear Spy’ For Six Years

Tehran’s prosecutor says an unnamed person has been sentenced to six years in prison for relaying information about Iran’s nuclear program to a U.S. intelligence agent and a European country.

Iranian Says Secure Nuclear Deal Before Talks On ‘Other Issues’

A senior Iranian official says the West must ensure that the 2015 nuclear deal is a success before his country can begin to discuss other issues affecting the Middle East region.

Putin, Erdogan Discuss Military Coordination In Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to strengthen coordination between the countries’ military and security services in Syria, the Kremlin says.

Russia supplies arms to Kurds against Turkey – OSINT group | UNIAN

Russia supplies arms to Kurds against Turkey – OSINT group. View news feed in world news for 06 February from UNIAN Information Agency

Stop Turkey’s Bombardment Of Our People – Defense One

What is happening now in Afrin is in clear defiance of all international laws, norms, and values. We will fight. But we shouldn’t have to.

Iranian Christians Appeal Convictions By Islamic Court

Three Iranian Christians are due to appear before Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court on February 4 to appeal against their 2017 convictions on charges of “conducting evangelism” and carrying out …

Compulsory Veils? Half of Iranians Say ‘No’ to Pillar of Revolution – The New York Times

A government study found that 49.8 percent of Iranians consider the Islamic veil a private matter. The report pits President Hassan Rouhani against hard-liners.

Syria says Israeli warplanes attacked its military near Damascus – Business Insider

The Israeli air force has said it has struck arms convoys of the Syrian military and Lebanon’s Hezbollah nearly 100 times since the war in Syria began.

Syrian state media: Air defenses respond to new ‘Israeli aggression’ – Arab-Israeli Conflict – Jerusalem Post

Reports by unofficial media in Syria say that the target of the Israeli attack was an Iranian base in the Jamaraya region.

Syria: Israel launched missiles at military targets | Israel News | Al Jazeera

Air raids were carried out by Israeli warplanes in cross-border attack from Lebanese territory, Syrian military says.

Report: Israel Aiding Egypt With Covert Air Strikes on Sinai Terror Targets

Israeli jets and helicopters have carried out a covert campaign with over 100 airstrikes against Islamic State terrorists in the Sinai.

Israel and Egypt’s growing ties in Sinai – The Washington Post

Reports appear to confirm that the Israelis carried out airstrikes in Egypt with Cairo’s blessing.

Turkish offensive against Kurds in northern Syria sparks anger in border towns – The Washington Post

As Turkey presses its offensive against Kurdish militants in northern Syria, frontier towns are caught between the region’s warring rivals.

Turkey Is now Trading Artillery Fire with Pro-Regime Forces in Syria | Al Bawaba

&nbsp;Turkey and Syria have begun firing at each other near AleppoThe confrontation marks an escalation in the Syrian warThe de-escalation agreement continues to erodeThe Syrian regime is also

Two Turkish Leopard-2 main battle tanks were destroyed in Syria – Defence Blog

ISIS propagandists have released pictures of the strikes on Turkish Leopard-2 main battle tanks in Syria. ISIS has targeted two Turkish Leopard 2A4s near Syria’s northern city of Al-Bab, making it the third anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) strike on Turkish Leopards in two days. Military experts believe that the tanks were hit with the Soviet-produced Fagot or Konkurs anti-tank guided missile system. Earlier, Turkish troops in Syria, have lost the Leopard 2A4 tank, which was hit by an antitank guided weapons system near of Al-Bab. As a result of the missile hit, four armor crewmen were wounded. German-made Leopard 2A4 tanks operated by the Turkish Armed Forces have been deployed to Syria for the first time since the start of Turkey’s Euphrates Shield incursion. The quantity of deployed Leopard 2A4s could be estimated at around 50 tanks.

Turkish offensive against YPG Kurds in Arifin, Syria wins broad support – The Washington Post

The public rally around the operation, stirring nationalist sentiment and giving a boost to Erdogan.

As Trump Wavers on Libya, an ISIS Haven, Russia Presses On – The New York Times

In the absence of a coherent American policy for Libya, Russia is gaining influence in one of the most dangerous parts of the world.

Trump Leans Toward Qatar in the Saudi Spat | The National Interest

Only by clearly and visibly identifying Qatar as a partner and friend can Washington hope eventually to ease the Saudis and others toward some form of reconciliation.

Russia and Saudi Arabia put aside differences to forge energy pact

Moscow and Riyadh in unlikely alliance in face of threat from US shale boom

PLO to demand UN Security Council recognize Palestine within 1967 borders – Palestinians –

The Palestine Liberation Organization will also formulate a plan for disengaging from Israel in terms of security and economics

With Eyes on the Indian Ocean, New Players Rush into the Horn of Africa

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally published by The Interpreter, which is published by the Lowy Institute, an independent, nonpartisan

US Air Force B-52 drops record number of precision bombs on Taliban | Fox News

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress dropped a record number of precision guided bombs on Taliban over the past 24 hours in Northern Afghanistan, the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said in a statement Tuesday.

US expands air campaign to northern Afghanistan | TheHill

The U.S. military has opened a new front in its air war in Afghanistan, announcing Tuesday a series of airstrikes in the northern part of the country.

Afghanistan: U.S. Should Maintain Troops There | National Review

America’s strategic aims are served by maintaining troops in Afghanistan, even if a clean victory is impossible …

U.S. Shifts More Air Assets To Afghanistan, Calls It ‘Main Effort’

The United States has started shifting combat and intelligence-gathering air assets to Afghanistan as the battle against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group is winding down in Iraq and Syria, a …

U.S. Forces Strike Taliban, East Turkestan Islamic Movement Training Sites > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article

U.S. forces conducted air operations to strike Taliban and the East Turkestan Islamic Movement training facilities in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province, the commander of NATO air operations in Afghanistan said.,