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Russian military police deployed to preserve peace in Aleppo

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A Russian military police unit is deployed to the city of Aleppo to provide security. Aleppo, one of the largest cities in Syria which was fully freed from insurgents and other radical groups earlier this week will continue its transitions to a peaceful life, Russian lawmaker Sergei Gavrilov told RIA Novosti.

“Taking into account that there are no local authorities in Aleppo at the moment, military police battalions will play a major role during the transition period since they provide security and enforce the law. But they will also have an impact on the training of skilled local personnel,” the lawmaker explained.

The military police battalion, manned entirely by professional soldiers, was deployed to the embattled Syrian city on Friday from the Hmeymim air base used by Russian military for its Syrian campaign only hours after law enforcement officers were brought to the war-torn Arab country from Russia.

On Friday, Russian state television and RT broadcasted footage showing the Russian military police unit’s arrival to Hmeymim air base. The video shows the aircraft carrying personnel taxiing on the runway at dawn. It then cuts to Russian law enforcement officers armed with Kalashnikov rifles disembarking the plane. They are then seen getting into a vehicle and driving away.

The Russian Ministry of Defense didn’t reveal the number of deployed soldiers, but according to some sources, their number is estimated to 300-400. The Russian military police in Syria has been tasked with assisting local authorities with upholding law and order. The unit will also focus on providing security to employees at the Russian Center for a reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria, experts engaged in removing IEDs from freed areas, medics at mobile hospitals and humanitarian convoys.

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Syrian Army poised to kick ISIL out of Hama

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Sweeping across the outskirts of the Syrian city of Salаmiyah, Syrian government forces are now poised to move against the last Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) foothold in Hama province.

Syrian army units aided by Qalamoun Shield Forces have managed to seize control of strategic elevated positions on the eastern outskirts of Salаmiyah and are now ready to advance on the town of Uqayribat – the last Daesh stronghold in Hama province.

A source in the Syrian military told Sputnik Arabic that “Syrian army and allied forces managed to secure elevated positions near the village of Salba. These positions allow the army to advance on Uqayribat and to shell Daesh militants entrenched in Salba.”

The source also said that this military operation was further complicated by the fact that the militants used tunnels and rocky terrain features in an attempt to halt the advance of the government forces.

Having secured the road leading to Salamiyah and Raqqa, the Syrian army is now getting ready to deal yet another blow to Daesh forces by liberating Uqayribat.

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Jack Holmes – the British sniper fighting ISIL

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Jack Holmes, who traveled to Syria to fight with the Kurdish YPG group against Islamic State, speaks to Sky News almost a year on from when he left his job as an IT worker to become a sniper.

Jack Holmes, 23, an IT worker from Bournemouth with no military training, already have spent almost a two years with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, the militia whose actions in north-eastern Syria have been supported by US-led coalition air strikes.

Jack was injured, hit on the upper right arm by a sniper during a ferocious gun battle with ISIS near the town of Tel Tamer.

Like many Western volunteers, they joined the YPG through social media and flew to Iraq, where they were taken to a ‘safe house’ for a few days before being smuggled across the border to Syria. ‘The training only lasted a few days and didn’t go much beyond learning to strip a Kalashnikov blindfolded,’ said Jack.

Today, take a look how he sees his efforts in Syria and overall conflict from his perspective.

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