Syria in the Past 72 Hours

Syria in the Last 24 Hours

Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Andrei Kartapolov summed up the results of the actions of the Russian air group in Syria for the last month

A month has passed since the start of operation of the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The time has come to sum up certain results. In total, aircraft of the Russian air group have performed 1391 combat sorties engaging 1623 terrorist objects.

That includes:

  • 249 different command and communication centres;
  • 51 terrorist training camps;
  • 35 plants and workshops equipping cars with explosives;
  • 131 ammunition depots;
  • 371 strong points and fortified positions;
  • 786 field camps and different bases.

The intensiveness of combat actions of the Russian aviation in Syria remains at the high level.

The airstrikes of the Russian aircraft caused considerable changes in the situation in Syria. Terrorists suffered significant loses.

The logistic and control systems of illegal armed groups, which had been built for recent years, were disrupted.

Main command and communication centers were rendered inoperative. The largest bases supplying terrorists with armament fuel and ammunition were destroyed. Infrastructure used for terrorists’ training was eliminated.

The ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra lost the initiative and were forced to defensive tactics all over the frontline. Stability of control over illegal armed groups was disrupted. This was ensured by elimination of 28 odious terrorist leaders. Thus, in the course of the last two days, four such persons were eliminated in al-Ghab area (Idlib province).

Suffering great losses, terrorists are trying to reinforce their units with new militants.

Terrorists are taking efforts to project their reserves from Iraq and other neighbouring countries to the Aleppo province where the most massive reinforcement takes place. However, the level of training and morale of the reserve units is rather low. That is why the militants, who are surrounded or under fire of the Syrian Armed Forces in several districts, are trying to escape by declaring themselves to be members of so-called “moderate opposition” while their leaders stop paying them money because of their cowardice and reluctance to fight.

To obtain political and financial support from abroad, the leadership of several illegal groups forming part of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist grouping decided to reject their symbols and to join the Harakat Ahrar ash-Sham, which was considered to be a member of “moderate opposition” by the West.

Moreover, in the Hama province, field commanders of the Jabhat al-Nusra illegal armed groups decided to unite with the ISIS because of the offensive operation of the Syrian Army.

A number of well-trained terrorist groups became uncontrolled in most combat areas.

Heads of illegal armed groups resorted to unprecedented severe measures in order to stop desertion of militants.

Executions of prisoners and hostages by militants has become routine. The latest case – the public execution of 17 Al-Ghurabaa’s militants, who tried to leave the combat zone for Jordan territories – was held in Han Shih (suburbs of Damascus). Civilians were forced to watch the execution. All the action was filmed for further distribution among other groupings, which operated near Damascus and other regions.

The map shows regions, which had been under control of the Syrian Armed Forces before the strikes of the Russian Air Force against the ISIS illegal armed groups.

Air strikes of the Russian aviation gave the Syrian Army opportunity to carry out offensive operations in the Aleppo, Lattakia, Idlib, Homs, Damascus provinces and to make the terrorist leave vast territories.

In the course of the last three weeks of combat actions, the Syrian Army has liberated more than 50 large inhabited areas, about 350 square kilometers. The civilians started returning to their homes in several towns and villages.

Thus, near Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces liberated 19 settlements. The governmental forces repelled all the terrorists’ counterattacks and continued their offensive at Kwaires in order to unblock it completely.

In Lattakia province, militants were driven out of 9 settlements. Intense battle for Salmia town is taking place in the plain area.

In the central part of Syria, the governmental forces liberated 12 towns in the Hama province. The Armed Forces are pressing the attack in the northern direction.

In the Homs province, offensive operations of the governmental forces and militia units resulted in obtaining control over Sanasil town and full blockage of large illegal armed groups in several inhabited areas such as Al-Dar al-Kabirah, Deir-Semali, Teir Maalah. They are about to be eliminated.

Near Damascus, intense fighting is continued in the Eastern Guta district.

The Armed Forces reached significant success near Douma and Nulah.

In the Jobar direction, the governmental forces continue carrying out offensive operations in order to surround illegal armed grouping of the militants concentrated in the area.

Despite significant losses, the illegal armed groups continue holding positions, which had become strong areas with vast underground tunnel system and different fortifications within the last few years.

Taking into account the fact that the combat actions are being held around inhabited areas, the Syrian Armed Forces minimized the usage of aviation and artillery in order to save the infrastructure of the cities and prevent casualties among civilians.

However, it is early to talk about complete victory over terrorists in Syria. Despite significant desertion and losses, terrorists continue resisting the governmental forces. The Syrian Armed Forces curbed all their counterattacks inflicting heavy losses on illegal armed groups.

After a month has passed, it is still very difficult to get the essence of the ambitions and actions of the so-called Syrian “moderate opposition”.

Before the threat of occupation of the country by international terrorist forces, all the patriotic forces must unite and to act within the common front against the common enemy. But unfortunately, that has not happened yet.

The Russian Ministry of Defence has repeatedly said about the readiness to cooperate will all the Syrian units fighting against the ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists. That relates to the Free Syrian Army.

We are ready for cooperation with the patriotic opposition in any format including one within the Joint information centre in Baghdad. The Russian Defence Ministry guarantees that all the obtained information received from the Free Syrian Army and other moderate formations concerning the objects of the ISIS and the Jabhat al-Nusra will be examined and the facilities will become primary targets for engagement by the Russian aviation.

In order to prevent possible incidents with aircraft of the coalition in the air space of Syria, the Russian Ministry of Defence has arranged cooperation with the American party in strict accordance with the signed memorandum. Twice a day, (in emergency situations – more frequently) the direct contact for discussion of security problems is arranged according to the scheme prescribed in the document.

Returing once again to the so called indiscriminate strikes of the Russian aviation in Syria.

In spite of the fact that the General Staff fully and rapidly informs the public about the activities of the Russian aviation in the Syrian Arab Republic, western media publish on an almost daily basis new fabrications accusing the Russian party of indiscriminate strikes.

In spite of the fact that the General Staff fully and rapidly informs the public about the activities of the Russian aviation in the Syrian Arab Republic, western media publish on an almost daily basis new fabrications accusing the Russian party of indiscriminate strikes.

They have come to such thing that the number of Russian strikes, which supposedly destroyed hospitals, mosques, residential houses and historical monuments, overrides the total number of hit made by the Russian aviation against terrorists.

Verified evidence and facts confirming this stovepiping are traditionally abscent.

As evidence, they present another photo collage or video footage of some ruins without reference to the place and time of the certain event.

Thus, the western media published another “hoax” concerning the Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque supposedly demolished by the Russian strikes in Jisr al-Shughur (Idlib province).

Today the real picture is shown by the means of objective monitoring.

The photo, which was made yesterday on October 29, 2015, show this mosque.

The photo show in detail that the mosque suffered no damage.

That is why all the so-called revelations published by a number of respected publications is nothing but just a simple fabrication, which has no real factual basis.

I address once again to the western partners, which are trying to accuse the Russian Defence Ministry of indiscriminate strikes.

We know that every single moment spacecraft and reconnaissance aircraft are surveying the actions of the Russian Air Force in Syria.

That is why if the military departments of the NATO countries and other states want to accuse the Russian party of something, they have the opportunity to present all the specific facts and documents as the Russian Ministry of Defence does.

For 24 hours, aircraft of the Russian air group in the Syria have performed 71 combat sorties engaging 118 terrorist objects

For 24 hours, aircraft of the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic have performed 71 combat sorties engaging 118 terrorist objects in the Idlib, Homs, Hama, Aleppo, Damascus and Lattakia provinces.

The Russian aviation continued detection and elimination of caravans with armament and ammunition.

The strikes were also carried out against uncovered infrastructure of militants, which had been preserved and carefully camouflaged earlier. These are bases, transfer points, strong points of terrorists as well as command centres.

The number of sorties has increased. That is connected with the augmented number of reconnaissance data and targets of terrorist infrastructure confirmed through different channels.

This fact is the convincing answer for different anonymous sources in the foreign media, which can afford to make statements concerning insufficient technical serviceability of the Russian aircraft.

It is to be emphasized once again that the Russian aircraft at the Hmeymim airbase are all-weather planes and all the services of the Russian air group work coherently, reliably and efficiently.

Analyzing the methods of work of foreign colleagues on this topic and pre-empting another stovepiping it is to be mentioned that there is enough equipment, POL materials, ammunition and anything necessary for further effective combat task performance.

Passing to the actions of the Russian aviation against the terrorist infrastructures in Syria.

Near Salma (Lattakia province), unmanned aviation uncovered a militants’ command and communication centre with a large ammunition depot outside it. After additional reconnaissance of the target, Su-24M bombers made a strike resulting in complete destruction of the object.

Near Tel-Mregan (Aleppo province), a Su-24M bomber made a strike against a terrorist strong point.

The object was used by terrorists for carrying out control over the highway, by which ammunition and armament were delivered to militants.

As a result of a direct hit of an air bomb, the strong point and the covering automobile vehicles equipped with AA artillery systems ZU-23 were destroyed.

In the suburbs of the Misraba (Damascus province), the Russian aviation engaged a command centre of one of units of the Jaysh al-Islam terrorist grouping.

The pinpoint air strike destroyed the command and communication centre and disrupted the control over the militants’ illegal armed groups in that area.

In the Al-Ghab plain (Idlib province), a Su-25 attack aircraft eliminated a hidden logistic centre of terrorists, which stored munitions, armament and materiel.

Direct hit of an air bomb at a heavy truck, which was being loaded with munitions, eliminated both truck and the whole depot.

Objective monitoring data confirmed the full destruction of the object as well as another three heavy trucks of terrorists well-hidden 500 metres away from the facility.

That shows the radius of dispersion of fragmentations resulting from the detonation of munitions.

Near Talbiseh (Homs province), a strike was made on a command centre of the Jabhat al-Nusra grouping.

Terrorists had equipped a control centre in a two-storey building, near which there were four off-road vehicles with large-caliber machine guns and a mortar.

After additional reconnaissance check by unmanned means, a pinpoint strike with a guided bomb dropped from a Su-34 bomber destroyed the facility and the automobile vehicles.


Airstrike against a terrorist fortified strong point (Hama province)

Airstrike against a militants’ strong point situated on the highway between Hama and Aleppo

Airstrike of Su-25 attack aircraft on a militants’ fortified position (Hama province)

Airstrike against a terrorist fortified strong point (Hama province)

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation


Women of the NDF

Army establishes control over new areas, air strikes inflict heavy losses upon terrorists
31 October، 2015

Army and Armed forces carried out on Saturday wide military operations, establishing control over new area, targeting terrorists’ dens in several areas around the country where many terrorists were killed or injured and their weapons were destroyed.

Aleppo

Army units established control Saturday over the villages and towns of Maraen, Hamimeyeh, Hamidah, Hamidi, al-Meshrfeh and al-Sabhiyeh on the southwestern side of Aleppo city, inflicting heavy losses upon terrorist organizations in personnel and equipment, and is still pursuing the rest on them who fled in the area, a military source told SANA.

Earlier on Saturday, the Syrian air force destroyed dens and hideouts of “Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham” (ISIS) terrorist organization in the towns of Maskana, al-Sheikh Ahmad and Um Arkila in the countryside of Aleppo northern province,

Homs

The army air force destroyed vehicles the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists, some equipped with machineguns, killing and injuring a number of them in the army operations against their hideouts and gatherings in the village of Khanaifis in the countryside of Palmyra, and the villages of Rasm al-Sabaa and Gzaileh in the eastern countryside.

In the northern countryside of Homs Central Province, The army air force targeted the terrorist’ gatherings and hideouts in the villages and towns of al-Ghanto, Tal Abu al-Sanasel, al-farhaniyeh, Talbiseh and Tair Maala.

The army also destroyed a number of Jabhat al-Nusra-linked terrorist organizations’ headquarters, hotbeds and vehicles, some equipped with machineguns.

Hama & Idleb

The army air force targeted the hideouts and gatherings of the so-called Jaish al-Fateh terrorists in the villages and towns of al-Latameneh, skaik, al-Mestriha, Tal Hawaqs, Wadi Jafar and in the surroundings of al-Tawbah School in the northern and northwestern countryside of Hama and Idleb provinces.

A number of terrorists were killed and injured, mostly of Jabhat al-Nusra, and their vehicles, some equipped with machineguns, and amounts of weapons and ammunition were destroyed in the army operation.

The army also killed and injured a number of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist s, destroying their machineguns-equipped vehicles in operations against their hideouts in the villages of Rasm Amoun, Rasm al-Tineh and al-Hamdaniyeh in the eastern and northeastern countryside of the two provinces.

In the eastern countryside of Idleb, the army destroyed the hideouts and vehicles, some equipped with machineguns, of the terrorists of the so-called Jaish al-Fateh in Maarat al-Nua’man.

Damascus countryside

10 terrorists killed and injured in Damascus Countryside by army bombardment

An army unit bombarded the gatherings and hideouts of the so-called al-Itehad al-Islami of Ajnad al-Sham terrorists in Daraiya in Damascus countryside.

The army bombardments killed and injured ten terrorists of the so-called al-Itehad al-Islami of Ajnad al-Sham, among them terrorists nickenamed Abu Qutaibah and Abu Dajaneh, in addition to Bassam Nouh, Ali al-Masri and Fadi Abu al-Rish.

Army units advanced on the axes of their operations in the Eastern Ghouta after destroying fortifications and defense lines for terrorist organizations and killing a number of their members.

Army units in cooperation with popular defense groups carried out intensive operations in Housh Admal village and its farms in al-Nashabiyeh area to the south of Eastern Ghouta.

Army units achieved new advance during the operations on Marj al-Sultan axis after destroying terrorists’ fortifications and killing a number of them.

Field sources said that a unit of army eliminated terrorists’ hotbeds in the buildings of Mercedes and Peugeot firms for cars on Harasta highway and inflicted heavy losses in personnel and munitions upon terrorists from the so-called Jaish al-Islam in the southern farms of Harasta.

Daraa

A unit of the army established control on 22 buildings to the south of the national Hospital in Daraa al-Mahata after eliminating dens of the terrorists there.

Meanwhile, an army unit destroyed a terrorist command center, killing all terrorists inside it in Daraa al-Balad area in the southern Daraa province.

An army unit also eliminated Jabhat al-Nusra and other Takfiri terrorist organization’s hotbed to the south of the vicinity of the electricity company in Daraa al-Mahata.

The source added that a number of terrorists were killed and injured and their heavy machinegun-equipped car was destroyed in an army unit operation against their den on al-Ghariyat road in the northeastern countryside of the province.

Meantime, the terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media websites the killing of a number of their members, among them terrorist Mohammad Zaki al-Dagher.


A girl killed, another injured in terrorist mortar attack in Damascus

31 October، 2015
Damascus, SANA

A girl was killed and another was injured in a terrorist mortar attack on the residential neighborhood of al-Qusour in Damascus city.

A police command source told SANA Saturday that terrorists of the so-called Jaish al-Islam fired a mortar shell on al-Qusour neighborhood, killing a girl and injuring another.

Earlier, the terrorist organizations positioning in the eastern Ghouta , among them the so-called Jaish al-Islam and al-Rahman Legion targeted the residential neighborhoods in Damascus and its countryside with 20 mortar shells, killing a civilian and injuring 12 others and causing material damage to the citizens’ properties and cars.

Russian Air Force destroyed 1,623 terrorist targets since beginning of its operations in Syria
30 October، 2015
Damascus, SANA

The Russian Air Force, in cooperation with the Syrian Air Force, has carried out 1,391 sorties targeting sites for ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations within the past month, a military source told SANA.

The source said that the sorties, 291 of which were carried out during nighttime, resulted in destroying 1,623 terrorist targets, including 249 command centers, 51 trianing centers, 35 workshops for manufacturing explosives and munitions, 371 fortified sites, and 786 camps and field bases.

The Russian airstrikes, which commenced on September 30th, have been carried out in a precise manner and did not claim any civilian lives, the source asserted, adding that as a result of these airstrikes, ISIS and al-Nusra have lost any tactical initiative and have been forced to resort to defensive tactics after they suffered massive losses in their navigation systems, provisioning, vital command centers, communication stations, and infrastructure.

The source went on to point out that with the support of the Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army mounted an offensive during the past three years in the provinces of Aleppo, Idleb, Lattakia, and Homs, during which it established control over 50 towns, villages, and neighborhoods, 19 of them in Aleppo province alone.

Due to the losses they suffered, leaders of Jabhat al-Nusra in Hama province joined ISIS, the source said, adding that al-Nusra has replaced its emblems and flags with those of “Ahrar al-Cham Islamic Movement” in order to solicit political and financial support from certain states.

It should be noted that Ahrar al-Cham is another terrorist organization that operates under the banner of “Jaish al-Fateh” terrorist organization, and it embraces the same Takfiri Wahabi mentality as other groups like ISIS and receives funding and arms from Saudi Arabia.

The source concluded by noting that in order to curb the escalating tendency among terrorists to flee, something which has become common as a result of the losses they are suffering, terrorist leaders have executed dozens of terrorists who had attempted to flee Syria, like what happened in Khan al-Sheih area where 17 terrorists who had attempted to flee Syria were executed.

According to intelligence reports, Turkish, Qatari, and Emirati planes transported more than 500 terrorists from ISIS from Syria to Aden airport to have them take part in the Saudi alliance’s aggression against the people of Yemen.


Units of the Syrian Arab Armed Forces captured 50 terrorists alive in the South.

The terrorists were identified as ISIS’ special forces accourding to a Syrian military intelligence source who spoke to Novosti.

The group of terrorists was surrounded, and after their commander was killed they surrendered to Syrian Army units.

According to SAA’s military intelligence, number of the terrorists were trained in an ISIS training facility in the Northeast, in Dair al-Zoor, while others confessed that they were trained in the Western part of Syria at a camp in “al-Dar al-Kaberea” where they were specifically trained against Syrian Army methods of securing strategic structures.

Syrian Arab Army

More terrorists killed in army operations
30 October، 2015
Provinces, SANA

The army units targeted terrorist organizations in various areas across the country, killing more of their members and destroying their vehicles and weapons.

Damascus Countryside

An army unit killed 9 terrorists from “Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union” in Daraya in Damascus countryside, a military source said.

Two Palestinian terrorists named Ayham al-Salem and Mohammad Maslamani were among the dead.

Army units killed a number of terrorists during concentrated operations against dens of Jabhat al-Nusra and Jaish al-Islam in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus Countryside.

Army units restored control over new blocks of buildings and destroyed fortified positions belonging to Jabhat al-Nusra during army’s continuous operations on Nawla and Marj al-Sultan axes to the south of Eastern Ghouta.

An army unit destroyed a vehicle equipped with a machinegun and a bulldozer to the south of Marj al-Sultan Airport and killed many terrorists, including Omar al-Najar, Ryad Sror, Fadi al-Sawah, Munier Rahma and Walid Khaizaran.

In Douma area, army units launched concentrated strikes against the hideouts of Jaish al-Islam, killing many of its members, including Ghazwan Mubayed, Mohamed Swidani, Abdulrahman Makansa, Said Basha, Nihad Sakras, and Ahmad Shihada.

An army unit carried out an accurate operation against terrorist organizations, killing Mashari al-Hussini, Salim Abad al-Salam, Safwan Dogmush, Salim al-Jroudi and Mohamed Saab.

Daraa

An army unit killed all members of a terrorist group in a series of concentrated strikes against their movements to the west of Mzeirib town in the northwestern countryside of the southern Daraa province.

Another army unit targeted terrorists’ concentrations in Mukhayam al-Nazihin neighborhood in Daraa city, carrying out a precision operation that resulted in killing all members of a terrorist group and destroying their weapons and munitions.

Also in Daraa city, two army units destroyed two concentrations of terrorists completely, one in Daraa al-Mahata area, and the other west of the old customs building in Daraa al-Balad area.

Sweida

In the neighboring province of Sweida, an army unit in cooperation with popular defense groups carried out an operation against a den belonging to ISIS’ leaders in Tal Ishyhib al-Janoubi in the northeast countryside of Sweida.

The operation caused the destruction of the den with all terrorists and weapons inside it.

The army destroyed a vehicle for ISIS terrorists in al-Qaser village in Sweida countryside.


Civilian killed, 12 others injured in terrorist mortar attacks in Damascus and its countryside
30 October، 2015
Damascus, SANA

A civilian was killed and 12 others were injured on Friday after terrorist groups targeted residential areas in Damascus and its countryside with 20 mortar shells.

A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that terrorists targeted al-Salehia neighborhood in Damascus with a mortar shell, killing a citizen and injuring 4 others.
Earlier, 3 civilians, including an 8-year-old child, were injured and 6 vehicles were damaged by 2 mortar shells that hit al-Qasaa neighborhood.

2 citizens were injured and material damage was caused to citizens’ possessions as a result of targeting al-Abassyin area with 6 shells.

5 others shells landed in al-Qasaa neighborhood and the area surrounding al-Sofania Park in Bab Touma neighborhood, causing only material damage to the cars which were parked in the area.

The source added that 3 citizens were injured when a mortar shell hit al-Mawasim Square in al-Zablatani area.

In al-Fayhaa Sport City, a football playground was damaged when a mortar shell landed in it.

According to the source, 4 shells hit al-Seil, and Harasta and caused only material damage.

A civilian killed and a child injured in terrorist mortar attacks in Harasta Suburb
29 October، 2015
Damascus Countryside/Damascus, SANA

A civilian was killed and a girl child was injured in terrorist mortar attacks on Harasta Suburb near Damascus on Thursday.

A source at the Police Command told SANA that five mortar shells, fired by terrorists from the so-called “Jaish al-Islam”, landed in a number of neighborhoods in Harasta Suburb, killing a civilian and injuring a girl child.

The terrorist attacks also caused material damage to a number of the citizens’ houses and other properties.

Material damage due to terrorist mortar attacks on Damascus

Material damage was caused to citizens priorities due to terrorist mortar attacks on al-Adawi area in Damascus.

A source at the Police Command told SANA reporter that 8 mortar shells launched by terrorists located in Eastern Ghouta landed in the area surrounding Dar al-Shifaa Hospital and al-Adawi highway, causing material damage to number of cars and buildings in the area.

The army destroys terrorists’ vehicles, foils infiltration attempts in southern region
29 October، 2015

More terrorists are getting killed as the army units continued operations against their positions, backed by the army’s air force that left many of the terrorist organizations’ hideouts and vehicles destroyed.

Quneitra

Army units, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, repelled Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists who infiltrated into the surroundings of al-Baath city, Khan Arnaba town, Dahret al-Kassara and Tal Ahmar in the southern Quneitra province.

Field sources told SANA that clashes erupted with the infiltrating terrorists, who were forced to flee to the villages of al-Hamidiyeh, Ofania and Jabata al-Khashab, leaving their weapons behind after several of them were killed.

Another army unit hit a vehicle for terrorists on al-Hamidyeh-al-Hurriyeh road. The sources said the vehicle was completely destroyed, with all the terrorists on board it killed.

Daraa

An army unit targeted Wednesday night a gathering of terrorists to the south of Khirbet Ghazala town, 20 km to the north of Daraa City.

The operation left a number of terrorists dead or wounded and a vehicle equipped with a heavy machinegun destroyed, a military source told SANA.

Another army operation took place in Atman town in the northern countryside of Daraa province where all members of a terrorist group were killed or injured and their arms and ammunition were destroyed.

The military source added that army units continued targeting positions of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Daraa al-Balad neighborhood in the city of Daraa, destroying several of their hideouts in separate areas in the neighborhood.

Sweida

An army unit, aided by the popular defense groups, targeted Wednesday night an ISIS position including vehicles equipped with machine guns in Khirbet Saad in the northeastern countryside of the southern Sweida province.

Scores of terrorists were killed in the operation and many of the vehicles were destroyed or damaged.

The army has been monitoring the Badia (desert) area which shares borders with Jordan and Iraq to prevent infiltration attempts by ISIS terrorists.

Hama/Idleb

At least 37 terrorists were killed during the army units’ continued operations in the countryside extending between Hama and Idleb with a cover from the Air Force.

Field sources said in statements to SANA that the terrorist Ismael Hanoura, one of the leaders within “Ahrar al-Sham Movement” was killed during operations on Khanaser-Atherya axis in the eastern countryside of Hama province.

The terrorists Hassan Yamani and Hamdi Saqour were killed in clashes between the army units and terrorist groups from “Jaish al-Fateh” in Skeik area in the northern countryside of Hama.

In Idleb countryside, a command center for terrorists in Kansafra village was destroyed during a special army operation in which at least 23 terrorists were killed.

Eleven other terrorists were killed during army operations that targeted Jabhat al-Nusra dens in Kfarsijneh and Maaret Hermeh villages, 60 km to the south of Idleb city.

Several dens were destroyed and at least three vehicles with arms and ammunition on board were destroyed during the operations.

Aleppo

The army’s air force raided dens of ISIS terrorists in al-Sheikh Ahmad, Kweris and Dir Hafer and in the surroundings of the Air Force Academy in the eastern and northern countryside of Aleppo.

The army airstrikes destroyed several vehicles, equipped with various kinds of machineguns.

An army unit also inflicted heavy losses in personnel and equipment upon ISIS terrorists in operations that targeted their dens in eastern Assfira, Al-Taiba and Um Arkila in the surroundings of the Air Force Academy too.

In Aleppo city, the army eliminated cells of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Assakhour, Ramouseh, Karm Houmid and Karm al-Tarab.

Deir Ezzor

Army units defending Deir Ezzor military airport destroyed a car bomb for ISIS and killed many of its members.

Field sources told SANA that terrorist groups belonging to ISIS terrorist organization tried to infiltrate to the area surrounding the airport using a number of vehicles, including a car bomb.

The sources added that an army unit destroyed the vehicle with a missile before it reached the airport fence.

Army units clashed with ISIS terrorists who tried to reach the fence, leaving a number of them dead or injured while the rest fled away.

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Syrian Troops Win Back Strategic Areas in Homs

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian army troops liberated the Eastern part of the towns of Jawalek and Sinaysil in Homs province from the control of the Takfiri militants, and inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists, reports said Thursday.

The Syrian army, backed by the National Defense Forces, retook full control over the Eastern part of the towns of Jawalek and Sinaysil in Homs, killing scores of terrorists and destroying their weapons and vehicles.

On Wednesday, the Syrian army intensified its military operations against the Takfiri militants in the Province of Homs, leaving at least 10 terrorists dead.

The army killed 10 terrorists, and destroyed a vehicle equipped with a heavy machinegun in al-Masharee’ area in the Northern countryside of Homs on Wednesday.

Hundreds of Militants Flee As Massive Operations Start in Homs

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army, backed by the country’s fighter jets and Russian warplanes, launched large-scale offensive on the Takfiri militants’ positions in Homs province, forcing hundreds of terrorists to flee.

Hundreds of Takfiri terrorists fled their positions in Homs province as the Syrian army, backed by airstrikes, staged a large-scale offensive on the positions of the militants, sources said Thursday.

Syrian army troops liberated the Eastern part of the towns of Jawalek and Sinaysil in Homs province from the control of the Takfiri militants, and inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists, reports said Thursday.

The Syrian army, backed by the National Defense Forces, retook full control over the Eastern part of the towns of Jawalek and Sinaysil in Homs, killing scores of terrorists and destroying their weapons and vehicles.

Earlier reports said the Syrian army killed tens of the ISIL terrorists in Homs province.

The Syrian forces killed scores of ISIL terrorists in the vicinity of the city of Palmyra in Homs.

The Syrian army killed tens of ISIL terrorists in fresh battles in Homs before launching ots massive operations to capture the ancient city of Palmyra (also known as Tadmur) in the province, reports said Thursday.

An intelligence source disclosed on Wednesday that the Syrian Army, popular force and the Russian Air Force are coordinating to launch a joint massive operation to win back militant-held Palmyra city in Homs province.

The commander of the Syrian ground force, National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Russian air force are reviewing the last steps of their joint operation to recapture the ancient city of Palmyra from the ISIL terrorists.

Army Inflicts Heavy Losses on Militants in Key Provinces

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army backed by Hezbollah fighters and Russian air force fighter bombers destroyed the terrorists’ positions in Aleppo, Hama, Daraa, Lattakia, Damascus and Sweida over past 24 hours.

Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were wounded in the Syrian army’s military operations across Syria on Wednesday.

Aleppo

Fierce clashes resumed between the ISIL terrorists and the Syrian forces near Air Force Academy and al-Sfeira in Aleppo countryside that resulted in the killing and wounding of a large group of militants, field sources said on Wednesday.

The sources said that the Syrian army repelled the ISIL attack near Air Force Academy and killed tens of the terrorists in its counter-attack.

Meantime, the Eastern parts of al-Sfeira witnesses the army’s crucial operation against the ISIL, whose members left behind dozens of dead and wounded comrades and retreated from the battlefront.

On Wednesday, the Syrian army launched another phase of its crucial operations to tighten noose around the Takfiri militants in Aleppo province, inflicting heavy losses on the militants in the early hours of the new round of fighting.

The army targeted terrorist positions in the neighborhoods of Salah Eddin, al-Lairamoun and al-Azamiyeh in Aleppo city.

The army also targeted terrorists from al-Nusra Front and the so-called “Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement” and “Nour Eddin al-Zanki Movement” in Khan al-Assal and near Bashkoui village in Northwestern Aleppo, destroying a number of their vehicles, some equipped with machineguns.

Hama

A long convoy of the militants’ vehicles at Khanasser-Ithriyah road in Hama province was targeted by the Syrian Army, resulting in the destruction of most of the vehicles, provincial sources announced on Wednesday.

The militant convoy carrying weapons and ammunition came under attack of the Syrian forces in the Southern part of Hama province earlier today, leaving a number of the terrorists dead or wounded.

Also in the past 24 hours, the Syrian army intensified its mop-up operations in the province of Hama, killing at least 10 terrorists, including a senior commander.

The army conducted a military operation against a hideout of terrorists from the so-called “Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union” in al-Latamneh town to the North of Hama city, killing at least 5 terrorists, including the terrorist ringleader, Akram Ali al-Mahmoud.

Meanwhile, the army destroyed a hideout of al-Nusra Front terrorists in al-Hbeit village on the border between Idlib and Hama, killing all the terrorists who were inside it. An armored vehicle was also destroyed.

Separately, the army targeted concentration centers of terrorists from the so-called “Jeish al-Islam” in the farms between al-Latamneh and Maarkaba village, killing several Takfiri militants.

Abu Abdo al-Hamwi, Abu Samer al-Hamwi, Yousef Abdo, Abu Saeed al-Hamwi and Adu al-Darda’ al-Hamwi were identified among the dead terrorists.

Also, the Syrian Armed Force, with the aerial backup of the Russian fighter jets, pushed back militants from Salamiyah-Raqqa highway in Hama province, and retook full control over the strategic route, local sources announced on Wednesday.

The sources said that the Russian warplanes carried out several sorties over the militants’ positions near the Salamiyah-Raqqa highway and hit them hard with their bombs and missiles, later the Syrian soldiers stormed the terrorist groups’ defense lines to take control over the highway.

The Syrian army troops seized back the highway after fierce clashes with the Takfiri terrorists.

Salamiyah is a city and district in Western Syria, in the Hama province. It is located 33 km Southeast of Hama, 45 km Northeast of Homs.

Daraa

The foreign-backed Takfiri militants acknowledged the death of a large group of them as the Syrian army struck a heavy blow at the terrorists in Daraa province on Wednesday.

Terrorist groups acknowledged on their social media pages the death of a large group of their members, including Rami al-Safadi, in Daraa.

Reports said the Syrian army destroyed a vehicle belonged to al-Nusra Front terrorist group and killed all the terrorists on board on the road between the Meteorology Department building and al-Sad in Daraa al-Balad neighborhood in Daraa city.

The army also destroyed a number of terrorists’ positions and supply routes in Daraa al-Balad.

All members of a terrorist group were also killed or injured in a military operation against militants’ positions in Atman town in the Northern countryside of Daraa.

Lattakia

The Syrian Army announced on Wednesday that its artillery units shelled heavily the positions of the militant groups in the mountains near Selma town in the coastal province of Lattakia.

The terrorists’ gathering centers in Nuba mountain came under heavy shelling of the Syrian army’s artillery, the army sources said, and added that the terrorists suffered significant damages on their military equipment in addition to heavy death toll.

Provincial sources said on Sunday that over 110 members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, including at least five commanders, were killed or wounded in the Syrian warplanes’ operations in the Northern parts of Lattakia province.

The sources said that the Syrian air force intensified its sorties over terrorist positions, destroying their supply routes and ammunition depots in Salam area and the villages of Bshirfeh, Tirtiah, Ekko and al-Mgheiriyeh.

Sources added that 53 terrorists, mostly foreigners, were killed and 57 others were injured in various areas in Lattakia Northern countryside.

Kamal Sammo, who was leader of the Zou al-Nourain Battalion, and Amer Omar, Khaled Omar, Mudtafa Sallo and Mohammad Khaled, who were all leaders within al-Nusra Front, were killed in the Syrian air attack on the group’s positions in Lattakia province.

Damascus

Different parts of the strategic province of Damascus were the scenes of heavy clashes between the militants and the government forces, field sources said, adding that the army has gained the upper hand in the fight against extremist groups in Damascus countryside.

The positions of al-Nusra Front and Jeish al-Islam terrorists were attacked by the army troops in both Eastern and Western sides of Ghouta, ending in killing and wounding of many militants, sources said.

A large depot of Nusra ammunition was targeted and exploded by the army artillery in the Southern side of Erbin town.

Jeish al-Islam centers were hit hard by government forces in farms of Mesraba village, resulting in the killing and wounding of several terrorists.

The militant groups also suffered heavy casualties in army operation in al-Ajami in the Vicinity of al-Sawa in Harasta.

Darayya’s al-Jameyat district also witnessed heavy clashes between the army soldiers and the militants of Ajnad al-Sham, in which scores of the terrorists were killed.

Sweida

The Syrian army launched a fresh round of operation against the militant centers in Tal Asheihib al-Shamali in the Southern province of Sweida, pushing them back form their defense lines, provincial officials said on Wednesday.

The sources said that dozens of militants were killed and their military equipment and vehicles were exploded in the army’s offensive on their camp.

Russian Jets Hit 118 Terrorists’ Targets in 1 Day

Russian fighter jets have carried out 71 sorties and hit 118 terrorist targets in Syria’s provinces of Idlib, Homs, Hama, Aleppo, Damascus and Lattakia over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

“Russian air group’s aircraft in Syria have conducted 71 sorties and hit 118 terrorist targets in Idlib, Homs, Hama, Aleppo, Damascus and Lattakia in the past 24 hours,” the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman said.

The number of sorties the Russian Aerospace Forces are conducting has grown due the increased number of confirmed intelligence data on terrorist infrastructure in Syria, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

“Russian air group’s aircraft in Syria have conducted 71 sorties and hit 118 terrorist targets in Idlib, Homs, Hama, Aleppo, Damascus and Lattakia in the past 24 hours,” the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman said.

The number of sorties the Russian Aerospace Forces are conducting has grown due the increased number of confirmed intelligence data on terrorist infrastructure in Syria, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

“As you see, the number of sorties has grown due to the increased amount of intelligence data on terrorist infrastructure targets confirmed via various channels.”

Russian Su-24M jets destroyed a terrorist command center with a communication center and a major ammunition depot near Salma in the Lattakia province, he said, adding that unmanned aerial vehicles had uncovered the target.

“As a result of an Su-24M airstrike the object was completely destroyed.”

The Russian Aerospace Forces also hit a Jaysh al-Islam terrorist command center with a communication center in the Damascus province, Konashenkov said, adding that the coordination of militants in the region has been disrupted due to the strike.

The Russian aviation also launched airstrikes on camouflaged terrorist bases in Syria.

Terrorists Give up Fight as Syrian-Russian Forces Storm Militant Positions

TEHRAN (FNA)- Some 166 wanted Takfiri militants surrendered to the Syrian authorities across the country as the Syrian army and Russian air force raided terrorists’ positions and continued advances on Wednesday.

Over 150 wanted militants have surrendered to the Syrian authorities as the army troops, backed by Russian air support, gained a faster momentum in their march on terrorist-held regions.

According to military sources, 49 militants from Damascus, Quneitra and Hama turned themselves in to the Syrian authorities.

Meanwhile, 117 gunmen gave up fight and turning themselves in to authorities of Homs province to be pardoned.

Also on Monday, 118 wanted Takfiri terrorists surrendered to the Syrian authorities in Aleppo as the army troop and Russian fighter jets continue to advance against the militants and a major battle is in the offing in the region.

The Syrian army troops, backed by Hezbollah forces and Russian warplanes, have made major advances in their fight against the Takfiri terrorists across the Arab country in recent weeks.

Following the Syrian-Russian joint operations, thousands of militants have also fled Syria to Jordan, Turkey and Europe.

War Raging in Hama

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army killed dozens of terrorists in military operations in Hama province, informed sources said.

The Syrian army targeted militants’ positions in Kafr Zita town in Hama, killing tens of terrorist.

On Wednesday, Syrian fighter jets bombed militants’ strongholds in Kafr Zita.

Also on Wednesday, the Syrian air raids destroyed ISIL terrorists’ positions in the vicinity of Ithriya and al-Tanahej Mountains in the countryside of Hama.