Syria in the Last 24 Hours

In the course of the last 24 hours, the Russian aviation group in the Syrian Arab Republic has continued performing strikes against facilities of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra

In the course of the last 24 hours, the Russian aviation group in the Syrian Arab Republic has continued performing strikes against facilities of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra.

The Russian pilots carried out 55 combat sorties from the Hmeymim airbase engaging 60 targets in the Hama, Idlib, Lattakia, Damascus, Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor provinces.

Near Ziara (Idlib province), air reconnaissance means uncovered a terrorists’ hardware concentration area. After additional reconnaissance check conducted with the use of UAVs, the Command of the Russian aviation group made a decision to destroy the target.

Three infantry fighting vehicles and six SUVs equipped with large-caliber machine guns were eliminated by the strike.

Near Qastun (Idlib province), a large base of illegal armed groups with a command centre and a camouflaged ammunition depot was destroyed. The strike of a Su-24M with a high-explosive bomb caused detonation of munitions, which completely destroyed the object.

Near Hatla (Deir ez-Zor province), the Russian aviation destroyed a mini-plant manufacturing explosive devices and unguided rockets. A pinpoint strike of a Su-34 bomber eliminated the plant.

Also in Deir ez-Zor province, terrorists’ command and communication centres, which had been used to coordinate five armed groups in the region, were destroyed. The target was located in buildings of post office, which had been captured by the terrorists. The object was eliminated with a guided bomb dropped from a Su-34 bomber.

During the last 24 hours, the strikes of the Russian aviation resulted in elimination of the following targets:

  • 19 command centres of illegal armed groups;
  • 2 depots with ammunition;
  • a plant used for production of munitions and explosives;
  • 30 firing positions and concentrations of military hardware;
  • 9 underground fortified facilities.

After combat task performance, all the Russian aircraft have returned to the Hmeymim airbase.

Pinpoint strike against terrorists’ training centre near Jubb al-Ahmar, Hama province

Presence of different aircraft in the air space of Syria has increased recently

Recently, the presence of different aircraft in the air space of Syria has increased. These are civil airliners, military transport aircraft, combat aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles of different size including strike ones.

It is to be particularly mentioned that the Russian air group coordinates every flight with the Syrian service for air traffic control. All the other manned and unmanned aircraft with the exception of the civil airliners are present in the Syrian air space without any accordance and with their transponders switched-off.

It is not infrequent that there are over 30 aircraft in one area at the same time.  Undoubtedly, all that creates risks for aviation in the skies over Syria.

The Russian Ministry of Defence has repeatedly expressed its readiness to cooperate in the field of flight safety with all the states interested in the early elimination of the international terrorism in Syria.

It is to be reminded that the Military departments of Russia and Turkey have organized a direct hot line for prevention of unintentional air incidents in the sky of Syria. Moreover, such format of cooperation is active between the Command centre of the Israeli Air Force and the Flight control centre of the Russian Air Force in Syria.

Just this morning, the Russian Ministry of Defence has received the adopted memorandum from the American colleagues concerning the prevention of air incidents in the Syrian Arab Republic.

It is expected that the document will cover the activities of aviation of all the countries of the anti-ISIS coalition. The American party committed to notifying the adopted rules to their partners, which conduct activities in the territory of Syria.

The Russian Ministry of Defence considers the signing of such document an important step of great practical importance.

That is why the Russian Ministry of Defence considers it necessary to continue the joint work on resolve other important questions.

That includes first of all organization of operational cooperation in rescuing any pilots from any country in case of emergency in the sky of Syria. It will not be the matter of hours, but the one of minutes and seconds. Lives of people will depend on coordinated actions within such operations.

Unfortunately, the severity of the question is not understood by the American colleagues.

Russian, US Defence Ministries Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Prevention of Flight Safety Incidents

Based on SyAAF intelligence operatives data:

An airstrike targeting a secret HQ of what’s known as “1st Coastal Division” in Jabal al Akrad during a meeting.

The airstrike took out number of terrorists commanders.

Among the terrorists present in the meeting the traitor Basem Zamo, the high commander of the “1st coastal division”

Syrian Arab Army's photo.

SyAAF intelligence operatives confirmed the target was completely destroyed.

Syrian Arab Army

The Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir in a statement considered Iran to be an occupying force in Syria.

A little history lesson for the House of Saud, and their foreign minister:

Our brothers in Iran have been on Syrian soil since the 80s, they were never an occupying force, and never they will be.

This picture of Syrian Arab Army officers and their brothers in arms from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps upon Iranian officers completion of Scud missile training course in Syria.
However, lets not go back to the 80s, lets go to 2012, when the Gulf petrodollar states asked the Zionist entity to re-initiate the Arab peace initiative and agreed that the Zionist entity can skip the part where it says they should retreat from the occupied Golan Heights of Syria.

Let every son of Saud know that the honor Syrian and Iran have is something their money cannot buy, and is something they will never have.

Syrian Arab Army


No Russian land forces are fighting in Syria
20 October، 2015
Damascus, SANA

A military source told SANA on Tuesday that the army’s General Command affirms that reports alleging Russian land forces are fighting in Syria are baseless and mere propaganda.

The Russian military operations in Syria, which started September 30th, include only sorties against ISIS and other main terrorist groups. The airstrikes target their hideouts, commanding centers, weapons depots, training centers and vehicles used for fighting purposes.

Earlier on the day, the Russian Ministry of Defense dismissed as baseless the report of Reuters saying that Russian soldiers were killed in Syria and stressed that there are no Russian land forces participating in the Russian military campaign in Syria.

M. Nassr

10,000 gunmen turned themselves in to authorities
20 October، 2015
Damascus, SANA

Minister of State for Reconciliation Affairs Ali Haidar said that nearly 10 thousand gunmen turned themselves in to authorities in the last two years, adding that the so-called “free army” is not different from other terrorist groups.

In an interview with the Russian Sputnik News Agency published on Tuesday, Haidar stressed that over 6,000 gunmen turned themselves in to the authorities in Damascus during the past six months.

He highlighted that the Syrian state is resolved to fighting terrorism and that the latest efforts made by Syria’s allies will enable the Syrian Army free vast areas and that will constitute a springboard to free all the Syrian soil from terrorism.

The achievements of the last few weeks, the Minister said, saved months of work and strengthened the ability of the Syrian Army to put an end to the battle against terrorism.

M.Nassr/Mazen

Army kills members of ISIS and other terrorist groups in several areas
20 October، 2015

The army’s continued operations against terrorist organizations are resulting in more deaths among the terrorists’ ranks, in addition to the destruction of their hideouts and heavy armaments.

The Russian Air Force, in cooperation with the Syrian Air Force, carried out 55 sorties during the past 24 hours which targeted 60 terrorists’ sites in the countryside of Damascus, Lattakia, Hama, Idleb, Aleppo and Deir Ezzor provinces.

A military source told SANA that the airstrikes resulted in the destruction of 19 command centers for terrorists, 2 weapons depots, one workshop for manufacturing explosives, and 29 terrorist camps and bases.

The source said that 9 fortified positions, 3 armored vehicles, 6 vehicles equipped with heavy machines in al-Ziara village and a terrorist base in Hama countryside were destroyed by the airstrikes, along with one command and communication center and a workshop used by ISIS terrorists to make explosive devices and rocket shells in Hatla village in Deir Ezzor.

The source noted that large numbers of terrorists continue to flee due to the heavy losses among their ranks, particularly in Eastren Ghouta area in Damascus Countryside, which is causing a massive collapse in their morale.

Deir Ezzor

An army unit clashed with ISIS terrorists who attacked the Ceramic Factory in al-Mrei’iyeh village in eastern Deir Ezzor province, field sources told SANA.

Three of the terrorists were killed, while the rest managed to flee, the sources said.

Another army unit destroyed vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns belonging to ISIS terrorists in the village of Ayyash, Huweijeh, al-Mrei’iyeh, al-Jafra and in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor military airport.

ISIS terrorists positioned in al-Sheikh Yassin neighborhood on the eastern outskirts of Deir Ezzor city suffered heavy losses upon in personnel and equipment.

Aleppo

Army units established full control on Tal Sabe’en village and the area surrounding it in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province and established full control over al-Safeira in Aleppo’s southern countryside.

Earlier, an army unit killed all 20 members of a terrorist group in Kaferkar village in the southeastern countryside of Aleppo province, a military source said.

Another army unit, the source added, killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their weapons and ammunition in al-Sheikh Lutfi village on the southeastern outskirts of Aleppo city.

The army units, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, carried out operations against terrorists’ dens and positions to the east of al-Safeira, Tal Alam, Tal al-Sous, al-Amara and Deir Hafer, leaving many terrorists dead and their vehicles destroyed.

In the western countryside of Aleppo, an army unit left all members of a terrorist group dead or injured as it targeted it in al-Mansoura village to the west of Aleppo city.

A number of vehicles for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were destroyed in Tal Rifaat and Maarata in northern Aleppo.

The army units targeted in direct hits against hideouts and gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in al-Ameriyeh, al-Rashidin and Karm al-Jabal neighborhoods in Aleppo city, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

A terrorists’ hideout in Nazlit al-Zibdiyeh and a locally-made cannon (nicknamed hell cannon) in al-Mash’had neighborhood in Aleppo city were destroyed.

Homs

Syrian Army unit continued close in on terrorists in Teir Maala town in the northern countryside of Homs province, established control over a number of blocks of buildings in it.

The army also targeted hideouts for Jabhet al-Nusra terrorists in Jawalak, Sanbasil and Talbeseh, killing scores of terrorists and destroying a number of their vehicles.

In the far eastern countryside of the province, an army unit destroyed ISIS hideouts and concentrations in Ounq al-Hawa and Mas’ada, killing a number of ISIS terrorists and destroying their machinegun-equipped vehicles.

A number of ISIS terrorists were killed after an army unit targeted their hideouts in al-Bayaraat area in the countryside of Palmyra.

Damascus countryside

Syrian Air Force destroyed hideouts for terrorist organizations in al- Qalamoun area in Damascus countryside

Lattakia

Three leaders within terrorist groups were confirmed dead during the army operations in the northern countryside of Lattakia, according to the terrorist organizations’ social media pages.

The dead are the terrorist Kafi Fahd and another nicknamed Abu Libia of the so-called “Asifet al-Hazm Battalion” and the leader of “Sayyed al-Shuhadaa Hamzeh Battalion” who is nicknamed Abu Hamzeh.

3 children killed in Homs, 2 children injured in Aleppo in terrorist rocket attacks
20 October، 2015
Provinces, SANA

Four civilians, including two children, were injured by terrorists’ rocket shells fired at Saif al-Dawleh neighborhood in Aleppo city.

A Police Command source told SANA that terrorists positioned in al-Zibdiyeh neighborhood fired two rockets at Saif al-Dawleh, hitting Adham Mustafa and Tawfiq Oulabi schools.

The attacks injured two children, a female teacher and a cleaning worker, in addition to causing material damage to the two schools, according to the source.

Meanwhile in Daraa city, three children were killed in terrorist mortar attacks on al-Dahieh area.

A source at the province told SANA’s reporter that terrorists positioned in Daraa al-Balad area in the city fired two mortar shells on al-Dahieh residential area, claiming the lives of 3 children and injuring 6 others whose ages are between 6 and 15.

The source added that the attack caused material damage to the locals’ properties.

On a relevant note, members of “Jaish al-Islam” terrorist group fired a rocket shell on the residential Harasta suburb in Damascus countryside.

A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA reporter that the shell fell in Block B1 in the residential suburb, causing material damage to private properties, but thankfully the attack didn’t result in any casualties among civilians.

English Department

Russian Air Force continues targeting terrorists’ command centers and weapons depots in Syria
20 October، 2015
Moscow, SANA

The Russian Defense Ministry announced that the Russian Air Force aircrafts have destroyed a number of terrorists’ command centers in Damascus Countryside, Homs, and Aleppo provinces.

The Ministry’s official spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that a Russian Su24M bomber carried out an airstrike on a building where the leaders of the terrorist group known as “Failaq Omar” (Omar Legion) were based in Marj al-Sultan in the Eastern Ghouta area in Damascus Countryside.

Konashenkov added that Su24M bombers also destroyed two ammo depots and a workshop for manufacturing explosives used by ISIS terrorists in Damascus Countryside.

He said that Russian aircrafts also carried out a concentrated strike on a munitions depot for terrorists in Talbiseh area in Homs countryside at the exact time when the terrorists were receiving a new shipment of mortar rounds and machinegun ammo, adding that reconnaissance proved that the building was destroyed completely along with three shipments and weapons and munitions.

In Khan al-Assal in Aleppo countryside, a Su25 jet targeted a base for terrorists, which resulted in destroying their hideouts, tanks, and armored vehicles, noting that drone reconnaissance indicates that two tanks and 5 vehicles used by ISIS were destroyed.

Hazem Sabbagh

US Army Europe Commander Astonished by Russian Anti-ISIL Syria Campaign

TEHRAN (FNA)- The commanding general of the US Army in Europe, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, said Moscow had greater potential than he had imagined.

The commanding general of the US Army in Europe said he was astonished by Russia’s capacity to deploy its troops to Syria and start an anti-terror campaign in the country, Sputnik reported.

“I was one of those people surprised about their move in Syria. I’ve been watching them in Syria for some time now, but I thought they were so stressed with what they were doing that I didn’t realize they had a capacity also to pick up and move into Syria,” Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said in an interview with the Defense News weekly.

He made no forecasts on the duration of Russia’s airstrikes on the ISIL militants’ targets in the Arab state. It is related to possible combat losses, which is “inevitable,” according to him.

At the same time, he admitted that Moscow, perhaps, had greater potential than he had imagined.

Russia’s Sukhoi Su-25, Su-24M and Su-34 attack aircraft, with the support of Su-30 jets, launched precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that the time frame for Russia’s campaign in Syria will be limited to the Syrian army’s offensive.

Syrian Army, Hezbollah Tightening Noose on Kuweires Airport

TEHRAN (FNA)- A commander of Syria’s National Defense Forces elaborated on the objectives of the large-scale army operations in Aleppo, and explained the latest gains made by pro-government forces in the strategically important province, including the latest conditions of the besieged Kuweires military airbase.

The Syrian army backed by the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance and Iraq’s resistance forces launched massive military operations in Aleppo province, specially in its Southwest, concurrent with the army’s new operations in Hama and Lattakia provinces.

“The goal of these operations is to purge these regions of terrorists and continue advances towards the Lattakia province; if these operations succeed, the route connecting the terrorist groups in Aleppo to Lattakia and Idlib provinces will be cut off and supply of aids to them through the Turkish border will grow fully impossible,” the Syrian field commander, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for security reasons, told FNA on Monday.

Also according to the commander, if the mop-up operations in Southwest Aleppo, Northern Hama and Idlib ends with success, security will be established on the main route linking Central Syria, or the Damascus province, to the Northern parts of the country, or Aleppo, and accordingly dispatch of equipment and troops will be expedited, while terrorists in Eastern and Western Syria will be fully disconnected.

Kuweires Military Airport

Another goal of the operation is Kuweires airbase. The Syrian forces backed by Hezbollah forces have started operations in the Eastern countryside of Aleppo since two years ago in a bid to break the siege of Kuweires military airbase.

Hundreds of Syrian forces have been fully besieged at the Kuweires airport as a result of the occupation of vast areas surrounding the airport by the terrorists in the past two years.

The Syrian army troops advanced towards Kuweires airbase, and are now only less than 6 kilometers away from the besieged airport as mentioned above.

On Sunday, battlefield sources said that the Syrian armed forces, backed by the Russian warplanes, were pushing back the Takfiri terrorists from areas adjacent to the Kuweires military airport.

The march towards the strategic airbase started on Saturday. Following a series of battles, sources said yesterday that “the army had inflicted heavy casualties on the militants in areas near the Kuweires airport, killed tens of the terrorists and wounded dozens more”.

The Russian warplanes launched heavy airstrikes on ISIL positions in Al-Jaboul village to open the path for the Syrian ground forces to win back the village.

The Syrian troops killed dozens of the militants and took full control of the village which is close to the Kuweires military airbase.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists have besieged the Kuweires airport for over 2.5 years now, but the airport itself is under the Syrian army’s control.

The Syrian army’s helicopters supply foodstuff and other needs to the Syrian troops defending the airport.

As seen in the above map, the Syrian army and Hezbollah should go through regions that are under ISIL occupation from both sides before they can shake hands with their comrades and friends in Kuweires military airbase; and this has resulted in their inch-by-inch advance towards the rendezvous point.

Latest Battle Field Conditions in Different Fronts of Aleppo Province:

Southwestern Aleppo Province; Senobarat Seized Back; 10 Terrorists Held Captive

The Syrian army backed by resistance forces continued their advance in Southwestern Aleppo province and managed to capture the strategic Senobarat hilltops located to the Northwest of Al-Vazihi village; Senobarat hilltops overlook movements in areas under terrorists’ control, including Qarasi town.

On the other hand, the Syrian army and resistance forces backed by Russian fighter jets managed to purge Tal Qabli hilltops and al-Jaberia village of terrorists at midnight on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, the Syrian army and the resistance forces in their house-to-house search managed to arrest 10 terrorists who had hidden in several houses.

Eastern Aleppo Province; Winning Back Three Regions

The Syrian army and resistance forces have also been making continued gains in the Eastern countryside of Aleppo since Sunday midnight and managed to seize Tal Naqmous hilltops and Tal Sab’een village as well as the town of al-Moflesa. The Syrian forces are currently fortifying their positions in the newly-purged areas.

The Syrian forces also managed to seize the towns of al-Nasseriya, al-Howeija and al-Boqja on Sunday.

‘King of US TOW Antitank Missiles’ Killed in Russian Airstrikes in Lattakia Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian fighter jets’ continued operations against the terrorist positions across the coastal province of Lattakia left at least 40 militants dead, including Basel Zimmo (Abu Hamza) a senior commander known as the King of US TOW antitank missiles.

The Russian warplanes, on Monday midnight and early hours of Tuesday, targeted the hideout of the militant commanders in Jabal al-Akrad area by several missiles, in which at least 40 terrorists were killed and many others were injured.

Abu Hamza, a defected captain and Chief of Staff of Coastal Division, was trained by the US forces in Turkey to operate the US-made antitank missiles against the government forces in Syria.

Zimmo targeted many army tanks in Syria by TOW missiles and trained many militants to work with the TOW missiles.

On Sunday, the Syrian fighter jets bombed several headquarters, concentration centers, and vehicles of the terrorists in Qaraqfi mountain, North of Salma, Marj Khokha and Tertiah in the Northern countryside of Lattakia.

Scores of terrorists were killed in the air raids. A number of the militants’ hideouts and machinegun-equipped vehicles were also destroyed.

Takfiri Militants Suffer More Losses in Aleppo

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army troops continued their military operations against the Takfiri militants in the Northern Province of Aleppo on Tuesday, inflicting heavy losses on them.

The army killed a group of terrorists, and destroyed their weapons and ammunition in al-Sheikh Lutfi village on the Southeastern outskirts of Aleppo city.

The army, backed by the popular defense groups, conducted operations against terrorists’ positions to the East of al-Safeira, Tal Alam, Tal al-Sous, al-Amara and Deir Hafer, killing a large group of terrorists and destroying their vehicles.

The Syrian army also left all members of a terrorist group dead or injured in al-Mansoura village to the West of Aleppo city.

Meanwhile, a number of vehicles belonged to al-Nusra Front terrorists were destroyed in Tal Rifaat and Maarata in Northern Aleppo.

The Syrian forces also targeted al-Nusra terrorists’ concentration centers in al-Ameriyeh, al-Rashidin and Karm al-Jabal neighborhoods in Aleppo city, inflicting heavy losses on the Takfiris.