During the last 24 hours, aircraft of the Russian air group continued airstrikes against ISIS infrastructures in Syria
In the course of 24 hours, on October 16, aircraft of the Russian Air Force made airstrikes on command centres, workshops manufacturing munitions as well as firing artillery positions, depots with armament, ammunition and reserves of military equipment of the ISIS terrorist organization.
Russian aviation performed 36 combat sorties from the Hmeymim airbase engaging 49 ISIS facilities in the Hama, Idlib, Lattakia, Damascus and Aleppo provinces.
The strikes of the Russian aviation resulted in elimination of the following targets:
11 command and control centres of illegal armed groups;
a plant manufacturing improvised explosive devices;
3 firing artillery positions of militants;
9 depots with ammunition and armament;
2 bases of combat vehicles;
15 field camps and terrorist bases;
8 fortified areas and defensive positions.
Near Salma (Lattakia province), a Su-24M bomber engaged a single building with a training base of terrorists. According to the reconnaissance data, in the building, foreign instructors prepared ISIS militants for sabotage war against the districts liberated by the Syrian army, as well as suicide bombers. Along with engineer training, the terrorists were taught to legalize among the civilians and refugees. The building also contained a workshop for production of improvised explosive devices. The direct hit of an air bomb resulted in total destruction of the building.
Near Talbiseh (Homs province) a large terrorist ammunitions depot was eliminated. The hit was made at the moment when a new batch of mortar mines and munitions as well as small arms was being delivered to the object. After the strike, the detonation of ammunition started. According to objective monitoring data confirmed destruction of 3 heavy trucks at the object.
In the suburbs of Damascus, Su-24M aircraft destroyed two ammunition depots and a workshop manufacturing improvised explosive devices for the ISIS terrorists. Precision strikes completely destroyed the objects.
Near Khan Al-Asal (Aleppo province), Su-25 attack aircraft engaged militants’ base destroying terrorist shelters as well as concentration of tanks and armoured vehicles. According to the objective monitoring data, two tanks and five infantry fighting vehicles of the ISIS militants were destroyed.
The new tactics of the militants, which include dispersing of ammunition depots and command centres, remain unsuccessful. All the newly-made ISIS infrastructural facilities are being detected by the Russian means of reconnaissance are immediately destroyed. It is to be mentioned that significant assistance is rendered by the inhabitants of those areas, which are temporarily under militants’ control. They inform the Syrian intelligence about the terrorist activities.
After receiving such information, the Command of the Russian air group checks it and makes the decision concerning the engagement of the facilities.
Thus, near Marj al-Sultan, Su-24M bomber engaged a command centre of the “Faylak Omar” illegal armed group. According to the Syrian intelligence, the militants, who formed part of the group, were responsible for a number of terrorist attacks in the Homs and Damascus provinces.
The strike resulted in destruction of the building.
After the task performance, all the Russian aircraft returned to the Hmeymim airfield. It is to be emphasized that the Russian unmanned aerial vehicles continue situation monitoring in the sky over Syria.
Pinpoint strike with BETAB-500 concrete-piercing air bombs on a bunker of ISIS terrorists in the Lattakia province.
Precision strike with a KAB-500 air bomb against a militants’ command centre in the Idlib province.
The Syrian Arab Armed Forces seized full control over the Al-Amal Farms in the Golan Heights.
Units of the 90th Brigade, along side the Golan Regiment and Al-Quneitra Hawks Brigade of the National Defense Forces, launched an attack on NATO backed militants in the Al-Amal Farms located north of the Tal Al-Ahmar in the Golan Heights in Quneitra, which is near the demilitarized zone with the Zionists’ controlled Syrian Golan Heights, with success.
It is known that the Zionists treats injured al-Nusra front terrorists from Syria in their hospitals; and they provide logistic support for terrorists, and even step in directly to protect them in certain locations.
Hundreds of terrorists killed in army’s operations in different areas
17 October، 2015
The Syrian Army and Armed Forces, supported by the Russian Air Force, killed on Saturday large numbers of terrorists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, making more progress in different areas across Syria.
A military source confirmed that the Russian Air Force, in cooperation with the Syrian Air Force, carried out 36 sorties which targeted 49 ISIS targets during the past 24 hours in the rural areas of Idleb, Hama, Lattakia, Damascus, and Aleppo provinces.
The source told SANA that the sorties resulted in destroying 11 command centers for terrorists, a workshop for manufacturing explosives, 3 artillery emplacements, 9 weapons and ammo caches, and 8 fortified sites.
The source said the sorties resulted in destroying a building used for training terrorist suicide bombers and a weapons and ammo cache in Salma area 50km north of Lattakia city.
The airstrikes also resulted in destroying 3 large trucks in Talbiseh in Homs province’s northern countryside, along with two ammo depots, a workshop for manufacturing explosives, and a command center for terrorist organizations in Marj al-Sultan in the Eastern Ghouta area in Damascus countryside, in addition to two tanks and 5 armored vehicles near Khan al-Assal in Aleppo.
A least 300 terrorists killed in Lattakia countryside
Hundreds of terrorists were killed and others were injured in the continued operations carried out by the army, backed by the Syrian army air force, in the northern countryside of the coastal Lattakia province.
A military source told SANA that the operations carried out by the army, backed by the popular defense groups, last night and on Saturday morning, targeted terrorists’ dens in Salam area and the mountains surrounding Jib al-Ahmar, 48 km to the north east of Lattakia City.
The source added that at least 300 terrorists were killed in the operations, in addition to destroying many of their vehicles and dens with all the arms inside them.
Field sources told SANA reporter that among the killed, terrorist Fakher Ahmed Souhioun, Mohammad Salim Souhioun, Ahmed Omar Arab, Ahmed Sino, Khaled Hamad and Khaled Fatou.
Meanwhile, the Takfiri terrorist organizations acknowledged on their pages on the social networking websites that heavy losses were inflicted upon them in the personnel and the equipment as they published tens of the names of the killed terrorists including the self-claimed military commander of the so-called “1st Costal Brigade” terrorist Khaled Aous, nicknamed “Abu al-Walid.”
The Syrian Arab Army’s Air Force carried out airstrikes targeting fortified sites and movements of terrorists from ISIS in the villages and towns of Qseir al-Qard, al-Buqjiye, the surroundings of al-Jabboul, al-Radwaniye, Huwaijina, Istabl hill, and Sab’een hill in the northern countryside of Aleppo province.
A military source told SANA that the airstrikes resulted in the death and injuring of terrorists and in destroying a number of vehicles, some of which were equipped with machineguns.
In Aleppo city, army units targeted terrorists’ hideouts in Salaheddin, Bani Zeid, Bustan al-Basha, Bustan al-Qasr, and al-Sakhour, leaving many terrorists dead or injured.
The source went on to say that the army units defending the Air Force Academy carried out concentrated attacks on ISIS concentrations in the area, killing and injuring many terrorists and destroying their vehicles.
Later, a military source told SANA that army units, in cooperation with local defense groups, established control over the areas of Balas, al-Zahmoul hill, al-Dabaghat, and al-Shahid hill in Aleppo’s southwestern countryside, inflicting heavy losses in personnel and equipment on terrorists in those areas.
In a series of airstrikes, the Syrian Air Force targeted ISIS positions in Oqeirbat town and the villages of Abo Khanadeq, Qasr Shawi, Qasr al-Hawm, al-Hazm and Arafa in the eastern and northeastern countryside of Hama province.
The military source confirmed in a statement to SANA that dozens of ISIS terrorists were killed or injured and their vehicles transporting weapons and ammunition were destroyed.
In the northwestern countryside, the Air Force also targeted hideouts for terrorists from the so-called “Jaish al-Fateh” in al-Ankawi and al-Ziara villages, destroying vehicles with machine guns mounted on them.
Units of the army and the armed forces, backed by the Syrian army air force, carried out concentrated airstrikes against dens and positions of the Takfiri terrorist organizations in the northern and eastern countryside of the central Homs province.
A unit of the army killed a member of terrorists and destroyed one of their stores of ammunition in Um Sharshouh village.
The source added that a number of the terrorists’ machinegun-equipped vehicles were destroyed in intensive bombardments carried out by an army unit against their positions to the north of Tal Abou al-Sanasel in the surroundings of Jabbourin.
Meanwhile, units of the army carried out precise operations against dens and positions of the terrorists in the villages and towns of Ghajar Amir, al-Ghantou and Talbisa, killing a large number of them and destroying their weapons and ammunition.
Other army units eliminated a number of terrorists and injured others in al-Hadar village and destroyed a vehicle equipped with a heavy machinegun in Khatamlo.
In the eastern countryside, the Syrian army air force destroyed machinegun-equipped vehicles belonging to the ISIS terrorists and killed a number of them in sorties carried out on Saturday morning against their dens in the surroundings of al-Shaer oil field.
The army’s air force destroyed dens and vehicles for ISIS terrorists in Jabal al-Nusrani and the area surrounding Palmyra city in Homs eastern countryside.
Army units carried out a series of concentrated operations in the town of Nola and its farms in al-Nashabiye area of the Eastern Ghouta part of Damascus Countryside.
A military source told SANA that the operations allowed the army to advance into the town and establish control over a number of building blocks in the town, eliminating many terrorists, and destroying hideouts and fortifications, in addition to uncovering tunnels used by terrorists to move around and transport weapons and ammo.
Terrorists’ social media pages acknowledged the death of many of their members in Marj al-Sultan area in Damascus Countryside, including Mohammad Sarhan aka Jarrah, who was a “military commander” for Jabhat al-Nusra in Eastern Ghouta, and Shadi Khalaf.
Units of the army positioned at Deir Ezzor Airport killed 18 of the ISIS terrorists over the past 24 hours.
Field sources told SANA that among the killed terrorists, a self-claimed leader from the ISIS Abu Yusuf al-Iraqi along with 15 terrorists from his group, in addition to terrorist Ahmed Abboush and terrorist Siraj Eddin Jasem al-Eiada.
The sources added that a vehicle and varied ammunition belonging to the ISIS terrorists were destroyed in the clashes in the surroundings of the airport.
An army unit targeted terrorists’ positions in Tafas city in the northwestern countryside of the southern Daraa province, leaving a number of terrorists dead or wounded.
Another army unit killed terrorists, mostly from Jabhat al-Nusra, and destroyed their weapons and equipment in precise operations against their positions in the surroundings of Atman town at the northern entrance of Daraa city.
Later, a number of terrorists were killed and others injured in an army operation against their gathering in al-Sheikh Miskeen town. Among those injured was Nidal Hassab Bardan, leader of a terrorist group.
An explosive device went off in a car in Saida town in Daraa eastern countryside, wounding Mohammad al-Majarish, one of the most-wanted Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the area.
An army unit in cooperation with popular defense groups clashed with terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and Thwwar Souria Front in Khan Arnabeh and Harfa who sneaked towards a military checkpoint in the northern countryside of Quneitra.
A number of terrorists were killed and others injured in the operation.
The Syrian army’s artillery fired shells at the dens and hideouts of terrorists in the villages of Ofania, Dahret al-Kassar and Taranja, killing a number of terrorists and destroying weapons and ammunition.
IRGC Commander: 100,000 Volunteer Forces Organized in Syria
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari announced that 100,000 popular forces have been prepared in Syria to fight against the terrorist groups, highlighting martyred IRGC Commander Brigadier General Hossein Hamadani’s role in mobilizing these troops.
“Martyred Brigadier General Hamadani played an important role in convincing the Syrian officials, including President Bashar al-Assad, of the importance of organizing people as the only way to save Syria,” Jafari said in an interview with the state TV on Saturday.
“Today, we are witnessing the organization of 100,000 Syrian people to fight against insecurities and Brigadier General Hamadani played an effective role in this regard,” he added.
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan stressed that the country’s military experts and advisors were taking preparatory actions that would end up in the complete annihilation of the Takfiri groups, including the ISIL terrorists, in Syria.
Dehqan made the remarks in a ceremony in Tehran to commemorate martyrdom of Brigadier General Hamadani, who was killed in Northern Syria on October 9.
He referred to the new joint operations plan of Iran, Syria, Iraq and Russia to destroy the ISIL, and said, “At present, we are witnessing start of new developments in Syria, thanks to the efforts and measures adopted by martyr Hamadani.”
“God willing, these developments will pave the ground for the full annihilation of the Takfiri groups,” Dehqan said.
General Hamadani was killed in Northern Syria while providing military counseling services to the Syrian forces in their fight against the Takfiri terrorists.
“Brigadier General Hamadani was martyred during an attack by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the outskirts of the city of Aleppo while fulfilling his duty as military advisor and defending the holy Shiite shrines in the country,” the IRGC said in a statement on October 10.
General Hamadani was in Syria to render military advice to the Syrian army and popular forces in their fight against the ISIL terrorists in the Arab country.
In relevant remarks on Monday, Major General Jafari underlined that the terrorist groups in Syria would sustain great losses in coming days.
“We will witness great victories in Syria in the next few days,” Jafari said.
Noting that the security of Western Asia, including Iran, is dependent on Syria and the resistance front, he said, “We should support this front with all our power.”
Jafari also warned that the “arrogant powers in the region are after overthrowing the ruling system in Syria to extend their influence in the Muslim states”.
Russian air force makes 36 sorties, hits 49 ISIS targets
17 October، 2015
The Russian Aerospace Force has conducted 36 sorties over the past 24 hours, hitting 49 ISIs targets in the Syrian provinces of Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Damascus, Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday. As a result, 11 ISIS command and operation centers have been destroyed.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman Igor Konashenkov, on October 16 the Russian aviation launched strikes on underground hideouts, operation centers, home-made weapon production plants, firing positions, artillery, munition warehouses, ammunition and material supplies of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
A factory for explosives, 3 firing positions, 15 field camps and terrorist bases, two military equipment bases, nine munition warehouses and eight fortified regions and defense positions have been destroyed.
He added that a Su-24M bomber hit a single building with a training base of terrorists near Salma in Lattakia province. According to the reconnaissance data, in the building, foreign instructors prepared ISIS militants for sabotage acts as well as suicide bombers.
A large terrorist ammunitions depot was eliminated, the military spokesman said. Three heavy trucks were also destroyed at the sight.
“In the suburbs of Damascus, Su-24M aircraft destroyed two ammunition depots and a workshop manufacturing improvised explosive devices for the ISIS terrorists. Precision strikes completely destroyed the targets,” he added.
He added that near Khan Al-Asal in Aleppo province, Su-25 attack aircraft hit a terrorists’ base, destroying terrorist shelters as well as concentration of tanks and armored vehicles. According to the objective monitoring data, two tanks and five infantry fighting vehicles of the ISIS militants were destroyed.
Civilian killed in terrorist IED blast in al-Mazzeh, Damascus
17 October، 2015
Terrorists detonated an explosive device in al-Mazzeh area in Damascus city on Saturday evening, claiming the life of one civilian.
Sources at the Police Command said that terrorists had planted the IED in a bicycle parked in al-Sharif al-Radi square in the residential area of al-Mazzeh, and that the blast claimed the life of one civilian and injured several others.
A source at al-Muwasat Hospital said that 5 civilians, one of them a child, were admitted to the hospital after sustaining injuries of varying severity in the attack.
Senior Al-Qaeda Leader Killed in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi-born Sanafi al-Nasr, senior al-Qaeda leader and strategist, was killed in an airstrike in Aleppo province in Syria.
A source revealed that al-Nasr along with two other Takfiri terorist group’s members, Saudi Abdul Malik al-Jazrawi and Moroccan Abu Yasir al-Maghrebi, was reportedly killed by an airstrike in Aleppo province in Syria.
Al-Nusrah Front has released a photo showing a car struck by an airstrike in Al-Dana, West of Aleppo. The terrorist group has also published a picture of the bodies of the dead Takfiri militants, but has not verified their identities.
Abdul Muhsin Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Sharikh, known as Sanafi al-Nasr, was born in the Saudi town of al-Shaqra in Riyadh. He led al-Qaeda’s “Victory Committee”, which is responsible for developing and implementing al-Qaeda’s strategy and policies. Al-Nasr was an important power broker and a strategic thinker in al-Qaeda terorist group in Syria.
The Syrian armed forces and the Hezbollah fighters, with Russia’s air backup, have started large-scale clean-up operations to haunt the remaining members of the militant groups across the Aleppo province.
Hours ago, the Syrian soldiers gained control of Al-Huwayjinah in Aleppo, leaving a group of militias dead and wounded, while Russian warplanes launched airstrikes over militants’ positions near al-Zarba Village In Aleppo Countryside.
The Syrian army troops and Lebanese Hezbollah forces on Friday regained full control over the towns of Hadadin al-Gharbiyeh and al-Kassarat and al-Madajen areas in the olive farms in the Southern parts of the Aleppo city.
The Armed units and the Lebanese Resistance, with Russia’s air backup, also recaptured the villages of Abtayn, and Qala’at Al-Najam, along with the Defense Battalion Base and the farms surrounding it in their operations against Takfiri terorists’ positions in the Southern flanks of Aleppo.
Meanwhile, the Syrian troops seized back Al-Vazihi village in Aleppo countryside in fierce clashes with the Takfiri terrorists, and killed tens of militants and dozens more injured in army’s operation.
Damascus Welcomes Russia’s Decision to Set up Military Base in Syria
Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riad Haddad welcomed Moscow’s decision to set up a joint base for naval, air and ground forces in Syria.
“We welcome any Russian wish to open military bases in Syria. No one is opposed to such agreements between the parties, Russia and Syria. It is more likely to be opposed by terrorist groups that are in Syria,” Haddad said in an interview with Interfax.
He was commenting on the announcement of Deputy Chief of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff Gen. Andrei Kartapolov that Russia will open a joint naval, air and ground base in Syria to fight ISIL militants.
When asked whether it means that Russia could send its troops to Syria or whether the ground operation will be continued by the Syrian army, the ambassador said, “This is up to Russia.”
Haddad said the exact date of the base opening is not known yet.
It has been assumed the future base will open either at the current materiel technical base in Tartous or in Lattakia.