«Hayat Tahrir al-Sham» and the representatives of the armed Syrian opposition are fighting each other in the west of the Syrian province of Aleppo. The terrorists captured the countryside to the west of Aleppo. They are trying to take control over the settlement of Attar. According to »Al-Mayadin TV» — Syrian air forces are operating in the area — they are attacking the positions of the terrorists. As it was noted earlier, »Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham» occupied all the main settlements and facilities of their former «allies» over the past 24 hours, thus forcing them to surrender or flee to the territory of the pro-Turkish militants in the former Kurdish region of Afrin.
The leader of the Kurdish self-defense forces, Sipan Hemo, presented to Moscow and Damascus his plan of restoration of the Damascus influence over the Kurdish-controlled territories after Syria recognizes the local government, »Al Shark al-Awsat» newspaper reports. A high-ranking delegation led by Sipan Hemo visited the Hmeimim airbase a few days after the United States announced their retreat from Syria. Also, according to the newspaper, the delegation visited Damascus and Moscow in order to receive «guarantees» from Russia, RIA NEWS reports. It is noted that the Kurds agree to postpone a political solution to the conflict and the adjustment of the constitution of Syria to a later date.
In March, Iranian warships will head to patrol the Atlantic Ocean, specifically — the US coast, RIA NEWS reports while citing the country’s military department. The entry of those ships into the Atlantic Ocean will be a countermeasure in response to the presence of the US Navy in the Persian Gulf. It was noted that the newest Iranian destroyer “Sahand” will be presented in that flotilla. On 21st of December, 2018, a group of US Navy ships led by USS John S. Stennis, a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, entered the Persian Gulf.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the peace treaty between Tokyo and Moscow will have a positive impact on the regional stability, and it will also benefit the United States. “I think this will be a plus for the United States” — TASS quotes his words. In January, Shinzo Abe will visit Moscow, where he intends to “promote the negotiations on the peace treaty” and discuss the issue of the transfer of the Russian Kuril Islands to Japan.
On 5th of January, at about 9 pm, an explosion took place on the third floor of an apartment building in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. According to the eyewitnesses — the explosion was tremendous. A dead body was seen on a window opening. According to the preliminary data — it was a grenade explosion. 2 people died as the result. According to the channel »112 Ukraine», which quoted eyewitnesses — one of the victims of the explosion allegedly called for help before his death. Bomb disposal experts, police and the military are working together at the site of the incident.
In the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous region, at the Priobskoye oil field, on Sunday night, a fire occurred in the evaporation furnace. The fire covered an area of 300 square meters. It was assigned the third, increased level of complexity. The firefighters evacuated 16 people from the site. By the morning, the fire was completely eliminated. No one was hurt.