​​​​​​​Astana round ignites (De-escalation), Oglu vows to fight policy of cult of personality  

After the fourteenth round of Astana, the news of the Syrian regime's control over the Idlib and Hama countryside is conflicting. As the battles intensified in Libya, where the Libyan army led by Haftar became at the gates of Tripoli, meanwhile, former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu launched a new party aiming to oppose the policy of "cult of personality".

​​​​​​​Astana round ignites (De-escalation), Oglu vows to fight policy of cult of personality  
14 December 2019   07:15

On Saturday morning, the Arab newspapers touched upon the situation in the so-called "De-escalation" areas, in addition to the Libyan situation, and on the internal Erdogan crisis.

Al-Arab: Conflicting news about the approaching Assad's forces to control Hama, Idlib

The Arab newspapers published on Saturday on the Syrian issue dealt with several topics, the most prominent of which was the situation in the so-called De-escalation areas, and in this context, Al-Arab newspaper said, "The fighting continues between the Syrian regime forces and the opposition in De-escalation areas in the provinces of Idlib and Hama in accordance with the Astana agreement that was included by Russia. Turkey and Iran.

There are conflicting statements and news between the two parties to the conflict over who controls these areas, while the Syrian regime announced that there has been broad progress in attacks on the fronts of Idlib and Hama provinces, sources from the (Syrian opposition) say the opposite by refuting what the Syrian army leaders acknowledge.

In this regard, a military source from the Syrian opposition announced, on Friday, the failure of the Syrian government forces to achieve progress in attacks on the fronts of Idlib and Hama provinces, while a source close to the government forces said that progress had been made.

On the other hand, government forces backed by Russian aviation say that they have come close to controlling the Hama and Idlib countryside after focusing their efforts since last November with the support of the Russian aviation to achieve a field victory in these areas to reach the Aleppo Damascus road in the Maa' rat al-Numan area in the eastern countryside of Idlib.

This inconsistency comes in the Syrian regime and opposition narratives, just two days after Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed, on Wednesday, at the conclusion of a new round of Astana's talks on the Syrian crisis, to implement understandings among themselves about the situation in Idlib governorate (northwestern Syria) and establish stability in Northeast, reject separatist aspirations, and fight against what they described as hardline.

According to the latest figures released by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the death toll has increased since the start of the escalation in the areas of "De-escalation" since last April, to 4,775 people, including 1,224 civilians.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: The battle for Tripoli is heating up ... and Haftar's forces are on the outskirt of it


On the Libyan issue, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said, "The Libyan National Army forces, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, are at the gates of the capital, Tripoli, with the battle for control of all its hubs intensifying.

A senior official in the National Army said that the army units “have already started storming the capital, Tripoli, in accordance with the instructions of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the Commander in Chief,” while Faiz al-Sarraj, head of the UN-backed government of Accord, spoke about the resilience of his forces, which he denied retreating in fighting battles continuing for the ninth month in a row.

The official added in a brief statement to al-Sharq Al-Awsat, who did not want to be named, that "all axes of combat for the army are mobile, and the zero hour has been announced and the armed forces will implement the instructions issued by the Commander in Chief."

In addition, the Military Information Division, affiliated with the National Army, announced that the air defense platforms of the armed forces targeted a Turkish pilot plane, and shot it down in the sky of operations, specifically in the axis of Ain Zarah, south of Tripoli.

Emarat Al Youm: Ahmed Davutoglu launches a new party opposed to "cult of personality" in Turkey

On the Turkish issue, Emarat al-Youm newspaper said, "The former Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmed Davutoglu, the former ally of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, launched a new party yesterday, he said that he aims to oppose the policy of" cult of personality ", and pledged the country's return to parliamentary democracy and expand the base of rights and freedoms, And a few days after Erdogan's former ally, Deputy Prime Minister and former Economy Minister Ali Babacan, announced that he would launch his party in the coming weeks.

"As a party, we reject the style of politics in which personality and negative employees are worshiped," said Davutoglu, standing under a huge banner bearing the image of the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, during a ceremony for the launch of the party in Ankara.