Syria in the Last 48 Hours

Syria in the Last 24 Hours – October 24

A Syrian-Iraqi tribes meeting for activating cooperation against terrorism to be held
25 October، 2015
Damascus, SANA

The National Reconciliation Committee at the People’s Assembly discussed with a delegation of the Iraqi forum of tribes and clans on Sunday the preparations for holding an extensive forum for Syrian and Iraqi tribes.

The meeting is aimed at activating the role of tribes of the neighboring countries in achieving popular reconciliations and combating terrorism as their common enemy.

The delegation members stressed that the Iraqi people stand by the Syrian people in their war against the terrorist organizations.

They called for tackling some issues related to renewing the residence permits of the Iraqi nationals residing in Syria and other relevant matters.

Nizar al-Obaidi, who is heading the Iraqi delegation, highlighted the importance of forming a joint committee to prepare for holding the meeting of the Syrian and Iraqi tribes and clans.

For his part, Head of the People’s Assembly’s National Reconciliation Committee Omar Ousi stressed the necessity to enhance coordination and cooperation between people of Syria and Iraq in the face of the terrorism striking both countries.

M. al-Frieh/H. Said

The army eliminates several terrorist groups in various areas
25 October، 2015
Provinces, SANA

The army continued its large-scale operations against terrorist organizations in different provinces where it killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their weapons and vehicles as the competent authorities seized amounts of arms and ammunition in Hama.

Hama

A unit of the army destroyed a den of the so-called “Gathering of al-Ezza Brigades” to the south of al-Latamna town, 35 km to the north of Hama city, killing 7 terrorists at least, among them the self-claimed Field Commander terrorist Ahmed Bilal and terrorists Abu Suleiman al-Homsi, Ahmed Mansour and Moussa Bilal, Field sources told SANA on Sunday .

A unit of the army also destroyed a den of the so-called “Jund al-Aqsa” in concentrated operations carried out in the vicinity of al-Latamna town, killing one of the self-claimed leaders of the extremist organization, terrorist Mohammad Rashed, nicknamed “Abu al-Atir.”

Separately, four vehicles belonging to the terrorist organizations were also destroyed in a special operation carried out by the army against a convoy of terrorists’ vehicles that was moving to the east of al-Hamamyiat town, 33 km to the north of Hama City.

The Air Force carried out air raids against gatherings of ISIS terrorists in Arafeh village to the north east of Hama city and on axes and gatherings of terrorist organizations in al-Lattamneh and Latmin in the north western countryside of the province.

Dens of Takfiri terrorists along with terrorists, arms and ammunition were eliminated during the air strikes.

Meanwhile, Takfiri terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media pages that a number of their members were killed in the northern countryside of Hama.

Idleb

In Idleb countryside, a unit of the army carried out concentrated strikes against a convoy of vehicles belonging to “Jasih al-Fatih” terrorists near Slayyia village in Khan Sheikhoun, destroying two vehicles at least.

Aleppo

The army’s air force launched airstrikes against ISIS’ positions and gatherings in Um Arkilla village in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

ISIS’ dens were destroyed during the airstrikes

Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization acknowledged on its Twitter account on Saturday the death of the so called Abu Suliman al-Masri, the military leader of the organization in the area surrounding Tal al-Qarassi in the southern countryside of Aleppo.

Damascus Countryside

An army unit carried out a special operation against a gathering of terrorists from the so-called “Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union” in Daraya city in Damascus Countryside.

The military source told SANA that the operation was successful as it resulted in the death of all members of the targeted terrorist group, while their weapons and ammunition were destroyed.

An army unit, in cooperation with popular defense groups, eliminated a large number of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization in southwestern Damascus Countryside.

A military source told SANA that the clash took place in the surroundings of Harboun height west of Erneh town, and that it resulted in killing and injuring many terrorists and destroying their weapons and munitions.

Sweida

An army unit, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, targeted fortifications for ISIS terrorists in Khirbet Saada in the northeastern countryside of the southern Sweida province.

All the terrorists targeted were killed, and weapons and ammunition were destroyed.

Homs

Syrian Army units carried out operations targeting terrorists’ hideouts and concentrations in Homs province’s northern countryside, which resulted in destroying concentrations of terrorists in the town of Teirmaala and its surroundings 7km north of Homs city.

A military source told SANA that another army unit targeted positions of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the surroundings of al-Ameriye and Ein Hassan al-Jaboubi villages near Talbiseh, inflicting losses in personnel and equipment upon the terrorists.

Authorities seize huge amounts of ammunition in Daraa and Hama
25 October، 2015
Provinces, SANA

The authorities in Daraa province, in cooperation with the locals, seized huge amounts of various types of ammunition carried in a bus on Daraa international highway.

A source at Daraa Governorate told SANA that the ammunition was bound for the terrorist organizations in Damascus Countryside.

The source noted that the bus’s driver was arrested and referred to the authorities concerned for interrogation.

Amounts of arms and ammunition seized in Hama

The authorities in Hama, in cooperation with the locals, seized amounts of arms and ammunition inside one of basements in al-Faraya neighborhood south of Hama city.

A source at the province asserted that the authorities raided one of the houses’ basement in al-Farayah neighborhood and found a depot of arms and ammunition inside it.

The seized arms and ammunition included sniper, three automatic rifles and a launcher in addition to wads, gags, medicine, pouches and different kinds of ammunition, the source added .

On Saturday, Popular defense groups in Sweida province, assisted by the people of Kanaker area, seized a car loaded with a large amount of weapons and munitions in the western countryside of the province.

English Bulletin

Six civilians killed in terrorist attacks in Aleppo and Damascus countryside
25 October، 2015
Provinces, SANA

Three civilians were killed in a terrorist attack with rocket shells on Shihan residential area in Aleppo City.

A source at Aleppo Governorate told SANA that terrorists of the so-called “Shuhada Bader Brigade”, positioned in Bani Zaid neighborhood, last night fired rocket shells on citizens’ houses at the roundabout of Shihan residential area on the northwestern outskirts of Aleppo City.

The source indicated that 3 women were killed in the attack and three other civilians sustained wounds of varying severity, adding that the rocket shells also caused a material damage in a number of the citizens’ houses and their properties.

Later, a source at the Police Command told SANA that terrorist organizations fired rocket shells at al-Aziziye neighborhood in Aleppo city, and one of the rocket shells fell on the Latin Church in the neighborhood, causing damage to the church’s domed roof, but the shell didn’t’ break through it.

Damascus Countryside

Three civilians, one of them a child, were killed in a terrorist mortar attack that hit al-Wafideen Camp neighborhood in Damascus Countryside.

A Police Command source told SANA reporter that two mortar shells fired by terrorists from “Jaish al-Islam” landed in the neighborhood, located on the outskirts of Douma farms, killing two people and injuring six others.

One of the deceased victims was a child, while the injured included 4 other children aged 3-4 and two women, according to a medical source at al-Qtaifa National Hospital, and the medical source later reported that one of the injured woman succumbed to her wounds and passed away.

Earlier on Saturday, three civilians were killed and three others were injured in a terrorist attack with a rocket shell that fell on a residential building at al-Neel Street in Aleppo City.

English Bulletin

3 civilians killed, 3 others injured in terrorist rocket attack in Aleppo
24 October، 2015
Aleppo, SANA

Three civilians were killed in a terrorist rocket attack in al-Neel Street in Aleppo city on Saturday.

A source at Aleppo Governorate told SANA that a rocket shell fired by terrorists smashed into a building in al-Neel Street, killing three civilians and injuring three others, who were admitted to the University Hospital.

The same street was attacked by terrorists last Thursday with a rocket shell that left 4 civilians dead and 4 others wounded.

Five children wounded due to rocket shells in Quneitra
24 October، 2015
Quneitra, SANA

Five children were wounded due to terrorist attacks with rocket shells on Khan Arnabeh town in the northern countryside of Quneitra.

A source in Quneitra province told SANA that terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra who are positioned in Jubbata al-Khashab and Taranja village fired five rocket shells on Khan Arnabeh town, wounding five children.

The shells also caused material damage in the place, according to the source.

Manal

Russian Planes Strike Different Syrian Regions to Contain Terrorists

The Russian Aerospace Forces’ precise airstrikes on the Islamic State (ISIL) positions in Syria are conducted simultaneously in various regions in order to contain terrorists, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Maj. Igor Konashenkov told RT TV channel Saturday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik News) — On September 30, Russia began launching precision airstrikes against ISIL militant group positions in Syria at the request of President Bashar Assad.

Since the beginning of the aerial campaign, Russian Aerospace Forces have carried out some 934 strikes, killing 819 militants and destroying 363 of command centers and depots used by the terrorists.

“The main task is to hold down the actions of terrorist groups in Syria. Therefore strikes are usually carried out simultaneously in various parts of the Syrian territory,” Konashenkov said.

According to Konashenkov, terrorist command posts, underground bunkers, ammunition and fuel depots are top priority for elimination.

The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman also stressed that strikes are aimed only at confirmed Islamic State’s infrastructure positions.

According to the Russian General Staff, militants have begun a retreat due to Russian aviation airstrikes, having lost much of their weaponry and equipment on the contact line with the Syrian troops. Russian intelligence drones have increased sorties to track events.

Iraq, Russia Agree to Hit ISIL Militants Heading from Syria to Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Commission Hakem al-Zameli said that Baghdad and Moscow have agreed to hit ISIL militants heading from Syria to Iraq.

In a statement released on Friday, Zameli said that the joint data center between Iraq, Syria and Russia was still in its initial stage, noting that however, it has offered important intelligence information which helped end the battle in Beiji.

He further added that Syria offered important information about the position of ISIL terrorists.

“Iraq agreed with Russia, which leads the joint data center, to hit the ISIL militants heading from Syria to Iraq,” Zameli said, pointing out that this move would weaken the ISIL militants as it will cut off supply routes of the Takfiri insurgents.

Syrian Army establishes control over more areas in Aleppo and Quneitra
24 October، 2015

The army and armed forces on Saturday established control over more area in Syria, killing large number of terrorists and destroying their criminal weapons.

Aleppo

Units of the army and the armed forces, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, established full control over al-Jabboul village in the eastern countryside of the northern Aleppo province.

A military source told SANA that a unit of the army eliminated the last hotbeds of the ISIS terrorists in al-Jabboul village in the eastern countryside of the province.

The source added that establishing control over the village came after fierce clashes with the the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists as heavy losses were inflicted upon them in the personnel and the equipment.

The forces defending the Air Force Academy also destroyed a den of the ISIS terrorists and killed all terrorists inside it, and destroyed their arms, ammunition and equipment in the surroundings of the Academy at the international road leading to Raqqa province.

A number of dens and hotbeds of Jabhat al-Nusra and the ISIS terrorists were also destroyed in the surroundings of al-Nayrab Airport, Sharba’a and Rasm al-Ghazal in the continued operations carried out by the army in the southern and eastern countryside of the province.

Heavy losses were inflicted upon Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in operations carried out by the army against their hotbeds in the neighborhoods of Bani Zaid, Old Aleppo, al-Ramousa and al-Rashidin 4.

Meanwhile, the Takfiri terrorist organizations acknowledged on their pages on the social networking websites that a number of their members were killed including the self-claimed leader of the so- called “Thwar al-Sham Brigade” terrorist Mohammad al-Khatib, and the so-called “Director of the Local Council in Tal Hdaiyya village” terrorist Fadil Olaiwi and the self-claimed “commander in the battalion 1 in Hraitan city” terrorist Omar Shamta.

Quneitra

A military source on Saturday morning declared that full control was established over Dahret al-Kassar site in the northern countryside of the southern Quneitra province.

The source said in a statement to SANA that a unit of the army, backed by the popular defense groups, established full control over Dahret al-Kassar to the east of Tranja village after carrying out intensive operations against positions of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists as heavy losses were inflicted upon them in the personnel and the equipment and their remnants fled and left their arms and ammunition.

Meanwhile, field sources told SANA that units of the army, in cooperation with the popular defense groups in Harfa, Hadar and Khan Arnaba, carried out special operations against dens and positions of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the forests of Tranja, Jibbat al-Khashab and Ain al-Bida.

The sources asserted that positions and hotbeds of the terrorist organizations were destroyed in the operations.

Meanwhile, the Takfiri terrorist organizations acknowledged on their pages on the social networking websites that a number of their members were killed in the operations.

Damascus Countryside

Syrian Arab Army units made new advances in their ongoing military operations against terrorists in the villages of Nola, Bala, and Marj al-Sultan in Damascus Countryside, sources on the ground told SANA’s correspondent, adding that the army broke through the terrorists’ defenses and destroyed many of their hideouts and fortified sites along with the weapons and ammo they contained.

The sources said that an army unit destroyed a bulldozer and a car loaded with ammo that were used by terrorists in the farms of Bazina village, eliminating terrorists Mohammad al-Odat from Jordan, Ahmad al-Hindawi from Iraq, Mohammad Dalati, Mahmoud al-Shawwa, and Tassin al-Arouni.

Another army unit destroyed 3 cars used by terrorists from “Jaish al-Islam” in an operation near Barakat mosque in Harasta, which resulted in the death of terrorists Abdelrahman Za’al al-Mazazia from Jordan, Naji al-Yatim, Mahmoud al-Morestani, and Nawwaf al-Hasan.

Army operations also targeted terrorists’ hotbeds southeast of the Agricultural Research department in Douma city, killing terrorists Khaldoun al-Sawwas, Younes Awad, Fadi Ekra, Nihad al-Tayyed, Adnan Mahrous, and Ghassan Oyoun, while 30 more terrorists were either killed or injured after the army targeted their hideouts in Karm al-Rasas farms between Douma and Harasta.

In Masraba village south of Douma, an army unit targeted hideouts of Jaish al-Islam, killing terrorists Abdelhadi Ghannoum, Mansour Hatem, Fares Ghannoum, and Mahmoud Sweidan, in addition to destroying several vehicles, some of which were equipped with machineguns.

Earlier, an army unit targeted a hideout for terrorists in Daraya in Damascus Countryside, killing at least 7 terrorists and injuring others, mostly from the so-called “Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union”.

The terrorists Moaz al-Moadamani, Jamil al-Moadamani, Raed Hijazi, Abdul-Rahman Hammoud, Fayez Sharara and Mohammad Hinnawi were identified among the dead.

Hama/Idleb

The army’s air force launched a series of air strikes against dens and positions of terrorists from the so-called “Jaish al-Fateh” in Hama and Idleb provinces.

Gatherings of terrorists and vehicles equipped with machine guns were destroyed in al-Tamanaa town and Khan Sheikhoun city in the southern countryside of Idleb.

Three leaders within Jabhat al-Nusra, who are Abu al-Zubair al-Shami, Abu Dujana al-Ansari and Abu al-Nasr al-Jazrawi, were confirmed dead, according to the terrorist organizations’ social media pages.

In the northern countryside of Hama, dens and vehicles for terrorists were destroyed in the army airstrikes in the surroundings of Maarkaba village.

Lattakia

110 terrorists were killed or injured during the army’s operations against Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups in the northern countryside of the coastal Lattakia province.

The army’s air force intensified its sorties against terrorist positions during the past 24 hours, destroying supply routes and weapons and ammunition depots in Salam area and the villages of Bshirfeh, Tirtiah, Ekko and al-Mgheiriyeh.

Meanwhile, field sources said 53 terrorists were killed and 57 others were injured, most of those are foreigners, in various areas in Lattakia northern countryside.

The sources cited the names of some of the terrorists killed, including Kamal Sammo, who was leader of the so-called “Zou al-Nourain Battalion”, and Amer Omar, Khaled Omar, Mudtafa Sallo and Mohammad Khaled, who were all leaders within Jabhat al-Nusra.

Daraa

Terrorists suffered heavy losses in personnel and ammunition after army units had launched strikes against Jabhat al-Nusra positions and gatherings in Daraa al-Balad and Daraa al-Mahatta.

An army unit bombarded a gathering for terrorist organizations in the area surrounding the power station in the northeastern countryside of Daraa, killing and wounding all the terrorists who were gathered there.

Later on, a vehicle for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists was destroyed after the army hit their gathering in the area surrounding Makass al-Hajar in Daraa northwestern countryside, with several terrorists getting killed in the operation.

Meanwhile, terrorist groups acknowledged the death of 14 of their members in Daraa.

Three Senior Al-Qaeda Commanders Killed in Bomb Explosion in Syria’s Idlib

TEHRAN (FNA)- Three senior commanders of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front were killed in a bomb attack on the group’s meeting in the Northwestern province of Idlib.

The local activists identified the warlords as Abu Zubayr Al-Sham, Abu Dujana Al-Ansari and Abu Al-Nasir Al-Jazrawi.

Al-Jazrawi was a Saudi national and the highest ranking commander in this group of killed al-Qaeda emirs.

No one has thus far claimed responsibility for the bombing; however, al-Nusra and their affiliated-faction “Jund Al-Aqsa” have recently been the target of criticism from their allies in “Jeish Al-Fateh” (Army of Conquest) due to their unwillingness to combat the ISIL.

Syrian Army Seizes FSA Military Base in Golan Heights in Quneitra

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Armed Forces on Saturday morning stormed the 4th Battalion Base of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the Golan Heights and took full control over the base after fierce clashes with the FSA militants.

At sunrise on Saturday morning, the Syrian Army’s 90th Brigade of the 9th Armored Division, in coordination with Fouj Al-Joulani (Golan Regiment) and Liwaa Suqour Al-Quneitra (Al-Quneitra Hawks Brigade) of the National Defense Forces (NDF), launched a counter-assault at the 4th Battalion Base outside of the town of Taranjah, resulting in a series of intense firefights with the Free Syrian Army’s Southern Front Brigades.

The FSA has now lost all of their previous gains from the September offensive that put them in position to attack the Syrian government strongholds of Khan Arnabeh and Hadar inside the Golan Heights of the Quneitra province.

The Syrian Arab Army’s 90th Brigade and the National Defense Forces were able to impose full control over the 4th Battalion Base after they overran the Free Syrian Army’s defensive positions; this forced the aforementioned militants to withdraw to Tal Taranjah in order to regroup after their frontlines crumbled at the base.

According to a military source from the town of Hadar, the FSA militants have conducted a counter-assault since losing the 4th Battalion Base; however, they have yet to regain any territory lost to the Syrian Armed Forces this morning.

Syrian Bombers Pound ISIL Hideouts, Convoys in Hama Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian warplanes staged massive air offensives on ISIL’s strongholds in Hama province resulting in the destruction of militants’ equipment and supply convoys, provincial officials said on Saturday, adding that scores of the terrorists were also killed in the airstrikes.

The sources said that the ISIL Takfiri terrorists’ hideouts in Tal Mahsar village near al-Hamra town were targeted by the Syrian jets, in which the militants’ ammunition depots were destroyed.

In the meantime, the Syrian warplanes carried out airstrikes on ISIL hideouts in the villages of Rasm al-Tineh, Dabaret al-Dibeh, East of al-Sheikh Hilal, South of Ethria and Uqairibat in the Eastern countryside of the Hama province, leaving many terrorists killed or wounded and a long convoy of their military vehicles destroyed.

On Friday, a total of 45 militants were killed during a Syrian Army attack on an ISIL convoy in Hama province.

“Our armed forces successfully continue their advance, supported by the air force,” an army spokesman, General Ali Maikhoub said.

“An ISIL convoy of military vehicles was attacked near the town of Um Hadij, resulting in destruction of at least 23 vehicles and killing of 45 terrorists,” the general went on to say.

The ISIL militants suffered heavy casualties in Syrian fighter jets’ intensive bombing of their hideouts in several parts of Hama province on Friday.

The sources said that the Syrian warplanes bombed the ISIL gathering centers in Uqairibat village to the East of Salamiyeh city, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their vehicles and military equipment.

Syrian Army Kills Tens of Militants near Aleppo’s Air Force Academy

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tens of militants were killed or wounded in heavy clashes with the Syrian Army troops near the Air Force Academy on the outskirts of the city of Aleppo, local officials said Saturday.

The sources said that the militant groups suffered heavy casualties in the abovementioned clashes, and their ammunition depot, military equipment and vehicles were destroyed by the army heavy fire on their positions.

The Syrian Army and popular forces on Friday repelled massive attacks of the al-Nusra Front to seize control over the government forces’ supply route to the Northern city of Aleppo.

The al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front launched massive assaults against the positions of government forces to take control over the Khanasser Highway, but they failed due to the strong reaction of the Syrian army troops positioned in the area.

The attack began when al-Nusra conducted an assault on the Syrian army’s defense lines to the East of Al-Si’in to cutoff the road from the strategic town of Ithriya to the Khanasser Highway; if al-Nusra was successful in this military endeavor, they would have successfully positioned themselves to obstruct this important roadway, massdar reported.

Meantime, the Syrian Army announced on Friday that its troops, backed by Hezbollah fighters and Russian air support, have recaptured two other villages in Southwest Aleppo province, bringing the number of the villages liberated in the last two days to 14.

The army said that the militant groups retreated from al-Huweiz and al-Qarasi after their positions came under attack of the Syrian forces.

Syrian army troops, backed by the Russian air force, further advanced in ISIL-controlled territories towards the strategic Kuweires military airbase in Aleppo province, pushing back the terrorists 2 kilometers in overnight operations, while they were inching closer to the airbase for months.

The Syrian forces on Thursday entered the strategic town of Sheikh Ahamad which is located approximately 4 km away from the Syrian Army’s frontlines outside the Kuweires military airport.

Provincial officials said on Wednesday that the Syrian army and Hezbollah forces, with the Russian aerial backup, had launched a fresh series of joint operations against the militant strongholds to recapture Wadiha al Judaydah and Sheikh Ahamad areas just three kilometers far form Kuweires airbase to end the over two-year-long siege of the airbase.

On Monday, a commander of Syria’s National Defense Forces said 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 commander said on Monday that the Syrian-Hezbollah troops were less than 6 kilometers away from the besieged airport.

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 airbase.

The march towards the strategic airbase started on Saturday. Following a series of battles, sources said on Sunday 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 on the same day 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.

Two Other IRGC Members Killed in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Two other members of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed in Aleppo in the past two days.

Martyrs Mostafa Sadrzadeh, from Fatemiyoun Division, and Seyed Milad Mostafavi were killed in the Northern province of Aleppo while the Shiite Muslim mourners, dressed in black, took to the streets or gathered in mosques across Iran and other world states on Friday and Saturday to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein (AS), the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), whose sister’s shrine is in Damascus.

The IRGC forces were killed in battle against the Takfiri terrorists.

A top commander of Iran’s IRGC was also killed in clashes in Central Syria on Thursday night.

Brigadier General Reza Khavari, the senior commander of IRGC’s Fatemiyoun Division, was martyred in clashes with Takfiri terrorists in the Northern parts of the province of Hama, Central Syria, Thursday night while fulfilling his duty as a military adviser.

A sum of 7 other IRGC members, mostly from Ansar Corps, have been martyred in Syria in the last three days. Amin Karimi, a member of the IRGC’s Ansar Corps, has also been named among those killed in the last couple of days, although his military rank is not known.

IRGC Public Relations Chief General Ramezan Sharif told FNA on Friday evening that the IRGC has boosted the number of its advisors in Syria in recent days following government troops’ striking victories in multiple fronts across the nation.

Asked why the IRGC casualties in Syria are mostly ranking officers, he said Iran does not have combat troops in Syria and has only sent advisors to help the Muslim nation, who provide counseling services and strategies to the Syrian army commanders in the battlefield and from a very close range to the forefront. He reminded that low-ranking officers are not fit for such a vital job.

Also earlier on Friday, it was revealed that the bodyguard of Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been one of the latest IRGC casualties in in Syria.

Abdollah Baqeri Niyaraki was martyred while fulfilling his duty as military advisor in Syria’s Northern province of Aleppo.

Baqeri Niyaraki was an IRGC commander who served as a bodyguard of former President Ahmadinejad for some time. Niyaraki was a member of IRGC’s Ansar Corps.

His martyrdom came after three other IRGC war veteran commanders were killed during attacks by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Syria.

On October 13, two IRGC commanders, providing military counseling services to the Syrian forces in their fight against the Takfiri terrorists, were killed in Southern Syria.

Colonel Farshad Hasounizadeh, the former commander of IRGC’s Saberin Special Brigade, was martyred while fulfilling his duty as military adviser in Syria and fighting the Takfiri terrorists in the Muslim country.

Also, the former commander of IRGC Hazrat Hojjat 1 Brigade Hajj Hamid Mokhtar-band, nicknamed Abu Zahra, was killed in Syria.

Both Hasounizadeh and Mokhtar-band were IRGC war veterans and were martyred in Southern Syria. According to Iran’s military rules, those missed or killed in operation are promoted to a higher rank and that’s why in a few Persian-language sources, Colonel Hasounizadeh has been referred to as a General.

A few days earlier, a top IRGC commander Brigadier General Hossein Hamadani was martyred during an attack by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the outskirts of the city of Aleppo.

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 September 2014, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Gholam Ali Rashid announced that Iran’s military advisors are present in the friendly regional states to provide those nations with necessary military recommendations.

“Some of our commanders are in the field to give military advice to the Iraqi army, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Palestinian resistance movement,” Major General Rashid said, addressing a conference attended by a group of senior military commanders in Tehran.

84 wanted persons turn themselves in to authorities in Homs
24 October، 2015
Homs, SANA

84 wanted persons from Homs province on Saturday turned themselves in to the authorities so as they could have their legal status settled.

On October 13th, 258 wanted persons from Idleb, Hama, Aleppo, Hasaka, Deir Ezzor, Damascus and Damascus Countryside turned themselves in to the authorities to have their legal status settled.

R.J/Mazen