Uncertainty Widens for Southeast Impacts from Extremely Dangerous Dorian
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army prepared a safe passage for civilians to leave the terrorist-held areas in Southern Idlib and Northern Hama amid militants' attempts to take them hostage in Northern Hama.
An official source in the Syrian foreign ministry said that the army has set up a safe corridor in Souran region in Northern Hama after continued pressures by the terrorist groups in Northern Syria on the civilians.
The terrorist groups intend to prevent the Syrian army's advance in Hama and Idlib by using civilians as human shields after the Syrian army gained control over the strategic town of Khan Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib and laid full siege on the regions occupied by the militants in Northern Hama.
Meantime, the Arabic-language Dampress website reported that nearly 5,000 terrorists along with the Turkish army forces have been fully besieged in Murak [aka Morek] after the army surrounded 207sq/km of regions in Northern Hama.
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s spokesperson said earlier today that their forces had withdrawn to the southern part of the city; however, some opposition activists have [contradicted] these claims, saying that Khan Sheikhoun is empty.Yes, well, it doesn't look as if there was much to hang around for:
Since losing Talat Al-Nimr in northern Khan Sheikhoun, the militants were under nonstop missile and artillery strikes ...Anyhoo, the SAA right away got busy securing the city, looking for boobytraps, etc.
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BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – Anna News’ Oleg Blokhin released a new video on Tuesday that showed aerial footage of Khan Sheikhoun after the militants withdrew to the southern part of the city.
As seen in the footage below, the northern part of Khan Sheikhoun is ultimately a ghost town after the militants withdrew from this sector of the city.
Despite claims of the Syrian Army entering Khan Sheikhoun, a source from the military has denied these claims, adding that their troops are still outside the city.
Furthermore, HTS [Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham] has denied fully withdrawing from the city; instead, their spokesperson said they are currently in the southern sector of the city.
TEHRAN (FNA)- A massive Turkish Army military convoy destined for Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists in Khan Sheikhoun was stopped under air raids by Russian and Syrian warplanes on Monday.
Russia's Documents Center quoted special sources as saying that as soon as the Turkish military convoy arrived near Ma'aret al-Numan from Saraqib region to support Tahrir al-Sham's movement towards Khan Sheikhoun city, it faced warning airstrikes near Khan Sheikhoun and was forced to halt its movement.
The Turkish military convoy comprised 28 military vehicles, tanks, and trucks carrying different types of weapons, missiles, and military equipment as well as several armored personnel carriers.
Battlefield sources ... added that massive military convoys of the National Liberation Army affiliated to Ankara were also sent to the Southern battlefront of Idlib and Northern Hama from Afrin in Northern Aleppo to block the Syrian Army advances.
[...]From an Al-Masdar News report I linked to in the wee hours yesterday, I think the above passage refers to a massive convoy stuffed with fighters from the "Turkish-backed 1st Corps of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)." From the photo accompanying the AMN report the fighters looked like they were going on a picnic, and it seems they too were oblivious to the possibility of being bombed from above.
The Syrian Army’s advances come as terrorist groups are accusing each other of losing the regions in Idlib.Next time, remember about the airplanes.
Foreign Ministry official source: Turkish vehicles loaded with ammunition pass through borders and enter Khan Sheikhoun town in Idleb countryside to help the defeated terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra which affirms the unlimited Turkish support to terrorists.That's it; that's the Breaking News.
“The longer Damascus is excluded from certain areas of the country, the more facts are being created on the ground,” said Heiko Wimmen, project director for Iraq, Syria and Lebanon at the International Crisis Group. “Damascus has a lot of work to do in that respect, it could take a long time.”
However, it was far from certain that this development would lead to Syria being fractured as a state, Wimmen added by telephone. He pointed to the emergence of de facto zones of influence along the river Euphrates, with the Russian Air Force becoming dominant west of the river while the United States rules the skies east of it. This could end up making the Euphrates a dividing line inside Syria but that did not mean that the country would break apart along that line, Wimmen said.Pundita, not being a Middle Eastern Expert, asks this question: How many boxes of Kleenex would the U.S. and other Western NATO governments use up crying if Turkey met with a version of Dien Bien Phu in Syria?
The monetary authority said there was no noticeable outflow of funds from the Hong Kong dollar or from the banking system, based on their latest statistics and the financial-market situation.
Comprehensive official data on capital flows is available only with a delay of several months.
And any outflows would follow many years of funds moving the other way. In March 2018 the monetary authority said the city had seen some $130 billion in inflows since the U.S. began quantitative easing, or loosening monetary policy by buying assets, in 2009.
TransferWise—a London-based company that facilitates international bank transfers, primarily for individuals and small businesses—said it has seen a significant pickup in outbound flows from Hong Kong since the protests began.
The ratio of money moving into and out of Hong Kong was fairly consistent until a few months ago but has climbed as protests in the city intensified. TransferWise said that for every $1 that customers moved into Hong Kong in August, about $2.64 left the city.
Ken Cheung, chief Asian foreign-exchange strategist at Mizuho Bank, said the weakening of the Hong Kong dollar against the U.S. currency, despite their respective interest rates, was a worrying sign of capital outflows. He said a falling stock market could indicate some people were shifting money abroad.
The Hong Kong dollar has been pegged to its U.S. equivalent since 1983. The de facto central bank, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, lets the U.S. dollar trade between 7.75 and 7.85 Hong Kong dollars, and buys or sells greenbacks to keep the currency pair within those bounds.
The Hong Kong dollar traded at 7.8399 Friday, near the weak end of the band, even though interbank borrowing rates in Hong Kong are higher than their U.S. counterparts, which would usually help buoy the currency.
[...]So if you're looking for signs of gale-force warnings, you'd want to watch the price of the Hong Kong dollar. The caveat is that you'd need a pretty special barometer given Beijing's skill at currency manipulation. But if the outflows got big enough, the currency traders would have to throw in the towel and this would be the leading indicator to gauge how much faith Chinese have in their money.
Drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia’s sprawling desert on Saturday, causing what the kingdom described as a “limited fire” in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry.[...]
The Saudi acknowledgement of the attack came hours after Yahia Sarie, a military spokesman for the Houthis, issued a video statement claiming the rebels launched 10 bomb-laden drones targeting the field in their “biggest-ever” operation. He threatened more attacks would be coming.