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23 January 2018
Syria oppositon meets with United Kingdom ambassador ahead of meeting with UN SecGen António Guterres
Philippines' troops urged to be prepared for another Marawi-type opt. Defense Sec confirms continued arrivals of foreign fighters in Mindanao.
SAA and allies have moved closer to Abu Dhuhur village and airport
Russian officials recently rejected a US/coalition request via the de-confliction hotline to strike ISIS targets just outside the 55km de-confliction zone surrounding At Tanf, Syria, a key strategic base used by US troops, an official from the coalition fighting ISIS tells CNN
The correspondent of "Hama now": Russian air raids with incendiary bombs targeting the town of Abu al-Dhuhur and its airport south of Idlib.
Libya: Outgoing National Conference "bloc 94" calls on the House of Representatives to issue an election law.
Jordan allows humanitarian aid delivery into Rukban refugee camp which sits inside 55km de-confliction zone surrounding US/coalition At Tanf Garrison, on the Syria-Jordan border
2 week ago
Russian Navy reportedly fired multiple cruise missiles against Abu Al Duhor air base in Idlib
Libya: Municipality of Jalo have reached an agreement on the enumeration of expatriate workers and pledged support to security services.
Protesters in El Gtar, in Tunisia's Gafsa Governorate, have closed the road linking Gafsa to Gabes, burned tires, and forced the trucks transporting phosphates to dump their loads in the middle of the road to protest rising prices.
This evening clashes occurred between protesters and security forces in Ettadhamen and El Intilaka, in Tunisia's Ariana Governorate (Greater Tunis).
Protests on rising prices and increasing taxes extend to several towns in Tunisia
2 week ago
Man was killed in clashes between security forces and demonstrators in Tunisia
The dreaded month of January in Tunisia. (Unconfirmed) reports of a first casualty in Tebourba.
Today, protests occurred throughout Tunisia, including in the governorates of: - Kasserine (Cité Ezzouhour, Cité Ennour, Thala, Feriana, and Sbeitla), - Kairouan (Bouhajla and Oueslatia), - Sidi Bouzid, - Kef (Sakiet Sidi Youssef), - Manouba (Tebourba), - Mahdia (Melloulèche)
Clashes and rock throwing also broke out between protesters and security forces. In Tebourba, Manouba Governorate, a youth involved in the protests died (cause unclear) and several security officers were injured. Another officer was hospitalized in Kasserine.
Clashes and rock throwing also broke out between protesters and security forces. In Tebourba, Manouba Governorate, a youth involved in the protests died (cause unclear) and several security officers were injured. Another officer was hospitalized in Kasserine.
Israel lists 20 activist groups to be denied entry over BDS boycott
Mashad Monday peaceful protest outside taxation office, security forces disperse crowd.
This evening, protests for development and employment broke out in Bouhajla and Oueslatia, in Tunisia's Kairouan Governorate.2 week ago
This evening, protests for development and employment broke out in Bouhajla and Oueslatia, in Tunisia's Kairouan Governorate.
After tracking by Coalition aircraft, an airstrike was carried out which resulted in the killing of 3 ISIS, one of them being the Tigris Governor. SWAT from 38th Regiment was sent to clear the area and confirm the kills.
Syrian Army and it's allies also captured Umm Tamakh today in Idlib countryside
SAA captures the villages of Abu Tahiha, Harmala, Karatin, and Al-Mushrefa in southern Idlib.
SAA and allies shelling Irbin an Harasta with surface-to-surface missiles
Government aircraft drop warnings to opposition fighters around the frontline in Harasta yesterday, saying to put down their weapons before it is too late.
2 week ago
The Eritrean president will visit Egypt tomorrow to meet president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
A service member with @CJTFOIR died today in a non-combat-related incident. "The service member's name and the circumstances surrounding the death will be released at the discretion of the pertinent national authorities"
Mashhad: Activists posting video of a protester writing "Death of Dictator" in graffiti in the middle of a busy square
2 week ago
Russian MP Klintsevich blame U.S in attempt to attack Russian objects in Syria
Video: Houthis missile hit Saudi F-15 jet over #Sanaa.
2 week ago
Security Forces gun down militant in central Kashmir
Video of the protests this afternoon in Cité Ennour, in Tunisia's Kasserine Governorate.
Video of the protests this afternoon in Cité Ennour, in Tunisia's Kasserine Governorate.
Part of the footage of downed Saudi Tornado jet in Saada province Yemen
Houthis showing their ambush of downing an Saudi F-15
Ahvaz, SW Iran Naderi St. Activists saying massive crowd no longer fearing security forces
Harasta city in Eastern Ghouta Jan 8, 2018: 3 civilians injured and massive losses in properties caused by +150 artillery shells, +40 surface-to-surface missiles, and 43 airstrikes targeted neighbourhoods and outskirts of the city.
Houthis to Deputy UN Envoy: We will cut off navigation in the Red Sea if the escalation of the coalition continues
Explosive device exploded near the court building in the city of Al-Dana, Idlib
Sudanese students stone police on third day of bread price protests
Russian air raids on the villages of Farwan and Al Barsah in South Idlib countryside
2 week ago
Clashes between security forces and Palestinian youth at Al-Ram villages, as latest throw rocks
2 week ago
Israeli army soldiers stationed at a checkpoint near the Ma'arat Hamachpelah - Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron arrested a 30 year old Palestinian female after a knife was found between her belongings.
Pics showing location of downed/crashed Saudi "Tornado" jet in Saada province in Yemen
VP Pence traveling to Middle East in 11 days: Egypt, Jordan, Israel; First trip for Pence, was planned for December , got rescheduled twice after Jerusalem + Tax vote
At least 2024 people arrested for Iran Protests, according to Iran authorities. Just OFFICIAL numbers. and this is with o 5 provinces that have not provided any info yet. Tehran: 486; Markazi: 396; Hormozgan: 177; Golestan: 170; Isfahan: 160; Hamedan: 150; Khorasan Razavi: 138; Gilan: 120
Government Axis Forces are 11 Kms away from Abu Dhuhur Airbase
Iraq bans Erbil-based Kar Group from operating Kirkuk oil fields
Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday
Safe detonation of IEDs and mines found near areas used by TAF for reinforcements enroute to their observation points
"No callsign" aircraft is operating N-W to Aleppo
160 fighters graduate in western Tabqa countryside and join the Second Regiment of the SDF in Tabqa.2 week ago
160 fighters graduate in western Tabqa countryside and join the Second Regiment of the SDF in Tabqa.
160 fighters graduate in western Tabqa countryside and join the Second Regiment of the SDF in Tabqa.
SAA Roll through Idlib. Msta-b 152mm, T-62M, BMP-1 and an MT-LB
Iran Protests go on in Tehran
Russian Mod released pics of an armed drone with bomblets neutralized during last attack on Khmeimim Airbase. Reportedly guided by GPS and able to fly up to 100 km
Ltamenah: More than a hundred rocket-propelled grenades, artillery and mortar shells from the government checkpoints hit the city and near by fields today
Ltamenah: More than a hundred rocket-propelled grenades, artillery and mortar shells from the government checkpoints hit the city and near by fields today
2 week ago
Russian defense Ministry said, the engineering solutions used to attack Hmeymim and Tartus could be obtained by the Syrian rebels "only from one country with high technological capability"
Bitcoin is an asset, not a currency - Israel's central bank
Egyptian security source: 3 gunmen killed and wounded two recruits during raids in central Sinai
2 week ago
Sudanese asylum seeker Munir Mohammed and pharmacist Rowaida El-Hassan have been found guilty of plotting an Islamic State-inspired attack
Microbus station/garage is completely restored and is back to service.
Microbus station/garage is completely restored and is back to service.
Russian Mindef: defense of Khmeimim Air Base successfully foiled attack on base using multiple UAVs
Tunisian protesters staged a march today in downtown Sidi Bouzid to denounce price increases and the new tax policy. Participants included union members and representatives of civil society organizations. Additional marches are planned for the coming days.
The people of al-Rasheed IDP camp, northwest of Raqqa, complain about the conditions in the camp.2 week ago
The people of al-Rasheed IDP camp, northwest of Raqqa, complain about the conditions in the camp.
The people of al-Rasheed IDP camp, northwest of Raqqa, complain about the conditions in the camp.
Footage of the situation in Atimeh IDP camp.
Footage of the situation in Atimeh IDP camp.
Aleppo Office of the Syrian Democratic Council in Sheikh Maqsoud held a meeting to prepare for the establishment of a 'Council of Sheikhs and Notables in Aleppo city'.
Aleppo Office of the Syrian Democratic Council in Sheikh Maqsoud held a meeting to prepare for the establishment of a 'Council of Sheikhs and Notables in Aleppo city'.
2 week ago
Russia denies losses in attacks on its bases in Syria
Several casualties among civilians including children aftermath warplanes carried airstrikes targeting Kafr Batna town
Russian Defense Ministry to Reuters: Gunmen attacked military bases in Syria with drones
8 ISIS militants said killed in clashes with Egyptian police in Sinai
Maltepe Municipality on their truck seized by SDF in Deir-ez-Zur: There is no connection between the truck in Syria and our Municipality. We have applied to the judicial authorities and our lawyers are following this matter closely.2 week ago
Maltepe Municipality on their truck seized by SDF in Deir-ez-Zur: There is no connection between the truck in Syria and our Municipality. We have applied to the judicial authorities and our lawyers are following this matter closely.
The Yemeni National Army controls Jabal al-Hammam in Lahj with the support of coalition aviation
Following Cabinet meeting, Deputy PM and Gov't Spox Bekir Bozdağ says the government will propose extending the state of emergency for another three months2 week ago
Following Cabinet meeting, Deputy PM and Gov't Spox Bekir Bozdağ says the government will propose extending the state of emergency for another three months
SDF-backed Tabqa Council to confiscate empty homes and gives ultimatum for tenants to evacuate if homeowner is not in SDF areas, either that or they will be paying rent to council instead of owners. Council says homes to be given to SDF dead's families.
Footage shows Syria government troops launching Joulan missiles vs Douma and Harasta today. So far, 18 civilians killed and dozens wounded in attacks.
National Electoral Commission in Egypt: Call for voters in Egypt to elect the President of the Republic by the end of next March
Christians of Tabqa who have left the city have chastised the Council for "taking over" their homes, saying YPG/SDF aren't living up to their own propaganda of "Protecting minorities and Communal living"
16 civilians dead as result of raids on Eastern Ghouta today
Photos from Sinjar and Sheikh Baraket
CJTF-OIR Spox: SDF continue clearing pockets of ISIS resistance in mid-Euphrates River valley. SDF gaining ground with coalition support - 9 strikes yesterday took out multiple ISIS militants, VBIED, HQs, and other military targets.
2 week ago
UK FM says reiterated to Palestinian foreign minister that Jerusalem should be shared capital of Israel and Palestinian state
Heavy shelling on Mudayra, many wounded
"400 women have been arrested in Izeh alone," the BBC reports quoting witnesses in Khuzestan. Many have been arrested.
Israeli army Soldier Injured as his Car Hit by Stones in Ramat Beit Shemesh
No material damage or loss in life in RPG attack. Search continues to find the attacker
East Damascus: scores of airstrikes by SyAF while Rebels deny siege on Harasta Base was lifted. Heavy clashes resumed on Jobar and AinTerma fronts.
Aftermath of large explosion which targeted the 6-floor building in Idlib and crater in front of it. Rescuers suggest it was an airstrike and not a car bomb.
4 Civilians Killed in Madayra as result of airstrikes
Many civilians were injured after 3 airstrikes by Assad warplanes targeted Arbin neighborhoods in Eastern Ghouta.
An airstrike hits Doma city in Eastern Ghouta Rural Damascus Syria
2 week ago
Rescue crews wrestle to tame China oil tanker fire; body of mariner found
All options on table for Iran on nuclear deal - FM spox: IRNA
Unknown person fired a RPG at a Turkish Army vehicle while convoy was passing through Zarzita village west of Daret Izza
Jordanian intelligence foiled a terrorist plot aimed at public security
Another 25-ton aid package delivered from Ingushetia to Syria, via Hmeimim, distributed directly by Ingush military police as part of Russia's Islamic outreach efforts in Syria.
Radio Furat FM is working now on the preparations for the opening of the radio center, which is under the experimental broadcast, which will take a week.
Radio Furat FM is working now on the preparations for the opening of the radio center, which is under the experimental broadcast, which will take a week.
Syrian Army Captured: 1-Burtuqalah 2- Farijah 3- Juhman 4- Duwadiyah 5- Ray Al-hawa 6-Abul Eleij 7-Jubb Al-Qasab 8- Maksar Tahtani 9-Maksar Fawqani 10-Harmalah 11-Bashkun 12-Harjalah After Control A'jaz, Idlib
East Ghouta: FSA forces repel government attempt to break into Jobar neighborhood frontlines, rural Damascus
2 week ago
Government Axis Forces have captured Ajaz, Kharbat Abu Aniya, Kharbat Yashut, Abu Tahiha, Farja, Mardkhana,Al-Juhman, Al-Dawudiyah, Rubaa Al-Hawa, Abu Aleej, Jubb Al-Qasab, Maksar Al-Fawqani, Maksar Al-Tahtani, Bashkun from Syrian Opposition Forces
Turkish army vehicle exploded in Zarzita village west Aleppo, unknown how.
All riots leaders identified, arrested: judiciary official
Tuz was subject to several mortar attacks this morning. Another message posted an hour ago.
Uploaded by a resident of Tuz Khurmato an hour ago, a mortar struck the roof of his home.
Netanyahu Calls for Shutdown of UNRWA
Many civilians injured by 3 airstrikes by warplanes on Arbin city
Russian airstrikes killed the doctor Ahmad al Shehada along with several members of his family in near Jarjanaz town in Idlib suburbs
Two migrants dead, 290 rescued off Libyan coast
Police hunt for PhD student who joined Hizbul Mujahideen2 week ago
Police hunt for PhD student who joined Hizbul Mujahideen
Afghan intelligence forces arrest three robbers who carried out deadly raid on currency exchange in Jalalabad city: officials
Heavy aerial bombardment targeting Jarjanaz since earlier morning
2 week ago
Infighting between YPG/SDF members near Suske/Savsak
Turkish Army sent more reinforcements to the observation points in north Idlib region.
Iraqi Parliament establishes committee to investigate Tuz Khurmatu events
SDF/YPG taking vulnerable Arab women and sending them to an indoctrination centre in Rmaylan as part of the effort to cement their rule over the areas of Syria it holds
Water Trucking project in the vicinity of Al-Raqqa city at Rmaila Neighborhood
Two Arab-Israeli citizens arrested on suspicion of planning attack in Israel in name of Islamic State
A car bomb defused by Turkish security forces in front of the courthouse in the city of Azaz.
2 week ago
One gunman killed in the encounter which ensued after firing on police party in Zuhama, Chadoora of Budgam district. Jammu And Kashmir
Syrian Army and allies captured A`jaz village north of Kafrayya, Idlib
2 week ago
Jammu And Kashmir: Firing on police party at Zuhama, Chadoora of Budgam district.
Eight children among 21 killed in #Syria strikes: monitor
2 week ago
Turkish opposition party MHP decides to not nominate candidate for presidential elections
Qassemi denies report on EU-Iran meeting on unrest in Iran
Iran's president @Rouhani ir says no authority is impeccable, and everyone can be criticized. He also says that people's demands are not just economic, but also political, cultural and social.
Idlib : A Russian warplane fired thermobaric missiles at the northern part of Khan Sheikhoun.
The Kurdish self-government issued a resolution banning the use of wireless devices among civilians, humanitarian organizations, charities and private hospitals in the city of Manbij and its suburb
2 week ago
German FM @sigmargabriel says he will " invite" Iran FM @JZarif Zarif to discuss the Iran Protests
SyAAF Mi-17 over Idlib.
Warplanes carried out airstrikes targeting a displaced family in Kansafra villages in Idlib city, father and son killed, mother and her other 3 children wounded. SCD teams are worked to retrieve the dead and rescue the wounded
Yemeni media says their forces shot down an F15 jet over Sanna an hour ago
In Sarmada, Idlib, HTS gunmen detained 8 media students after they attended classes indoors, in opposition to HTS dictate to shutter the university until its administration is surrendered to HTS.
2 week ago
Iran'ian activist @MahmoudianMe in Tehran says one of the detainees of the Iran Protests, Sina Ghanbari, 23y old man, died in Evin prison for unknown reasons. He says he heard about this from a number of detainees who were released on Sunday.
Sons of the Tribal Area in Rural Idlib statement accusing HTS of withdrawing from areas such as Sinjar in the face of the Assad government, despotism and betraying the Revolution and the Syrian people
Libya's state oil firm wins two rulings, calls for reopening Ras Lanuf refinery
Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) reinforcements allegedly sent to S. Idlib countryside to counter recent rapid government gains toward Abu Duhur AB
Many civilians injured, including children after 12 airstrikes targeted Arbin city in Eastern Ghouta.
12 dead in the bombing carried out by Russian aircraft on the countryside Idlib
Libya: 2 soldiers killed in an explosion in Central Benghazi
SE. Idlib: village of Jarjanaz (E. MaaretNuman outskirts) hit by 2 Russian incendiary raids tonight.
KRG concerned with Iran's 'baseless' claims of plotting protests with CIA, wants good relations
Ahvaz capital of Khuzestan Province IRGC and paramilitary force of Basij and special forces are patrolling the streets after successive massive protests since the beginning of #Iranprotests
SAA captured Harasta mills
Iraqi command again talking about sending additional military forces to stop tribal fighting in Basra
SE. Idlib: RuAF carried out incendiary raids near Sinjar tonight
Warplanes carried out incendiary ammunition airstrikes targeting Jarjanaz town tonight. Southern Idlib countryside
Syrian Army Breaks the siege of Army vehicles Base. First group of Syrian Army units entered the Base
In capital Sana'a, Yemen, Saudi fighter jets roar over the sky
SCD teams in Idlib are still in response, until not final numbers of victims and injured at Least more than 25 have been killed and many injured
Surveillance camera shows enormous blast targeting a building reportedly used by Ajnad Kavkaz in Idlib. The attack partly collapsed the 6-floor building. 30+ killed and 10s of injured including many civilians. Work ongoing to extract bodies from rubble.
Turkish Army released a brief footage of 1st Monitoring Base, on the hill west of Salwa in Idlib region.2 week ago
Turkish Army released a brief footage of 1st Monitoring Base, on the hill west of Salwa in Idlib region.
Inside Sinjar village which was captured this morning by SAA, Tiger Forces and Allied Forces
Despite some gains made by Government, backed by T-72 Shafrah and heavy shelling they failed to reach Harasta Vehicle base on 4th day of counter-offensive.
SDF fighters foiled an IS attack in the Al Bahrah village this evening, killing 27 IS members. They shot down 3 drones and seized weapons and ammunition
A seaweed was observed off Rabat in #Morocco this morning. Photo Mohamed Amine Elmahfoudi.
1 student killed, 1 opposition leader arrested and 6 newspapers seized in Sudan amid fierce protests against bread prices that more than doubled this week after gov't halted grain imports
Israel to ban 20 activist groups from entering country over their support for boycott of Jewish state.
A huge explosion has shook a Idleb city tonight, More than 10 casualties among civilians including children. SCD teams are working quickly to retrieve the dead and rescue the wounded
Water truck belonging to Istanbul Maltepe Municipality found by SDF in Deir Ezzor
Water truck belonging to Istanbul Maltepe Municipality found by SDF in Deir Ezzor
Syrian activists say at least 18 people are killed by a car bomb in Idlib, country's largest rebel-held city
Syrian Kurdish official: US is preparing to recognize Democratic Federation of Northern Syria as an "alternative to [Syrian government]" and to recognize SDF as the national army of the new entity in post-ISIS Syria
Syrian Kurdish official: US is preparing to recognize Democratic Federation of Northern Syria as an alternative to [Syrian government] and to recognize SDF as the national army of the new entity in post-ISIS Syria
A police car burning in the city of Manbij
Vehicles and tools delivered from Coalition to the Civil Council of Raqqa in Ayn Issa.
A fighter (Qasim Jarkas) of SDF killed due IED explosion in Raqqa city.
Picture of total destruction in the Faculty of Literature in Raqqah city.
Tiger Forces showing video from inside AbuDuhur
18th March Division commander was assassinated in Daraa, he participated in Bunyan al-Marsous offensive capturing al-Manshiya neighbourhood
6 PKK Members was killed in Kani Rash Village, Northern Iraq.
2 week ago
Turkish Armed Forces is setting up field hospitals in areas near the YPG-held region of Afrin
Libya arrests Egyptian who joined IS in Benghazi
Jaysh Alaza downed an Russian Drone while at al-Latamenah town
Houthi air defenses shoot down Saudi Tornado warplane over north Yemen
Normal life returns to the Industrial Zone of Raqqa after removing all mines and IEDs left behind by ISIS.
Iran bans English in primary schools after leader's warning
E. Damascus: Faylaq Rahman's fighters storming government 2nd defense line during Harasta battle and smashing barrier with T-72.
Families of those that were affected by ISIS rockets fired from Syria attended a ceremony in the Turkish city of Kilis to commemorate the 23 Turkish citizens that lost their lives (and 109 wounded) in the attacks2 week ago
Families of those that were affected by ISIS rockets fired from Syria attended a ceremony in the Turkish city of Kilis to commemorate the 23 Turkish citizens that lost their lives (and 109 wounded) in the attacks
Ahmed Shafiq announced through Twitter he is not to run for the upcoming Egyptian presidential elections
More than 30 airstrikes so far targeting Harasta town
Footage: Russian air strike on the city of Kafr Zita in Hama province.
Footage: Russian air strike on the city of Kafr Zita in Hama province.
FSA al-Rahman Corps state they have made progress in the clashes in Eastern Ghouta area, broke through the second defense line of pro-Government forces near the Vehicle Management Complex
ISIS claim from Mosul,- this time assasination of a spy in Oreibi neighborhood
Photo taken at the entrance of the Dahani Ghuri district of Baghlan, Afghanistan. The Taliban has put up a board welcoming visitors to the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan"
2 week ago
A senior Western official told al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper that the US is planning to unveil a new strategy for the SDF-held areas of Syria, which may include some form of diplomatic recognition.
A US-made Humvee flying the flag of the Islamic State was seen driving in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. While some suggest IS militants were escorted by security forces, others claim the Afghan National Security Forces displayed the flag after a successful operation against IS.
The Israeli Shin Bet says an Israeli was injured after being stabbed on a Tel Aviv beach
Violent clashes between the tribes of Khawlan Tayal and Al-Houthi militia southeast of the capital Sanaa
HTS closed the building of faculties of Informatics Engineering, Media and Arts in al Dana city in Idlib suburbs
Warplanes renew raids on residential neighborhoods in Arbeen and Harasta East Gouta
E. Damascus: heavy bombardment (airstrikes and IRAM rockets) on Duma town despite Jaish Islam not involved in Harasta battle.
First death in the protests in Sudan against rising bread prices Al-Zubeir Ahmad Al-Sukairan, a student, was shot by security forces in Geneina in West Darfur province
E. Damascus: 4th Division's Golan launchers targeting Harasta and Irbeen with a wave of IRAM rockets.
Saed Charity establishing camps to host displaced civilians from Hama2 week ago
Saed Charity establishing camps to host displaced civilians from Hama
Geolocation confirms strategic village of Sinjar (last imp. crossroads before Abu Duhur Airbase) is under government control since this morning.
One child was killed, others injured after 2 airstrikes and +5 artillery shells targeted Arbin city in Eastern Ghouta.
2 week ago
Member of Hamas's armed wing dies in 'accidental explosion'
Major General Mahmoud Ali: The United States is behind the recent attack on the Khmeimim Air Base operated by Russia
Air bombing on the city of Douma in the eastern Gouta
Warplanes carried out airstrikes targeting Kafr Zeita town, unknown casualties among civilians so far.
Warplanes carried out airstrikes targeting Douma city now. Eastern Damascus countryside
Air raids on the village of Abad and artillery shelling of the Assad forces on the villages of Bluzieh and Saraj Fara Rural Southern Aleppo
Service Committee continues clearing campaign in Rumailah neighborhood, Raqqa
Service Committee continues clearing campaign in Rumailah neighborhood, Raqqa
SAA capture Abo Tuhayjah, Nibaz al-Qibli, Nibaz al-Shamali and Ramlah in southern Idlib
Syrian Army captured Nabaz Al-Qibli - Nabaz al-shamali - Ramlah - Saraa - Suray`a - Judaydah, Idlib
Mass exodus of civilians from villages around Sinjar this morning as Government took control of this area under Astana auspices.