Syria in the Last 24 Hours

Syria in the Last 24 Hours


For the last two days aircraft of the Russian air group in Syria performed 85 combat sorties engaging 277 terrorist objects


In the course of the last two days aircraft of the Russian air group in Syria have performed 85 combat sorties engaging 277 terrorist objects in the Aleppo, Damascus, Lattakia, Hama, Homs and Idlib provinces.

As a result of actions of the Russian aviation, the Syrian governmental troops unblocked the Kwaires airfield in the Aleppo province.

The airfield had been surrounded by the ISIS illegal armed groups for over two years.

The data with coordinates of firing positions and strong points of terrorists who had surrounded the airfield have been received from representatives of the Syrian opposition and confirmed by the Information centre in Baghdad.

In the Syrian province Aleppo, local inhabitants actively support the Syrian governmental troops.

Thus, Near Tel Mamo, a severe battle took place between the local inhabitants and the militants of the Ahrar ash-Sham grouping. Terrorists suffered significant losses.

In the course of the last several days, the Russian party has been conducting active additional reconnaissance and checks through several information channels concerning the targets provided by the Syrian opposition.

As a result of these activities, delivery of armament and ammunition for terrorists near Aleppo and Idlib cities was prevented.

That gave the opportunity to the governmental troops to defeat 7 terrorist units of total man strength of 900 people near Aziziyah, Kafer Haddad and Tel Mamo settlements. Having lost the fighting ability, the survived units left these combat areas.

45 km to the south of the Tadmor city (Homs province), a Su-24M bomber made a strike against an ISIS concentration of armoured vehicles uncovered by UAVs. The airstrike resulted in destruction of 3 tanks and 2 infantry fighting vehicles of terrorists.

In the suburbs of Mahin (Homs province), a Su-34 bomber destroyed a large underground ammunition depot of the Jabhat al-Nusra illegal armed group. The coordinates of that object were received from the Syrian opposition.

After the information had been checked, an aviation strike with BETAB-500 concrete-piercing bomb was made causing ammunition detonation and complete destruction of the target.

The Russian aviation performed a strike against a concentration area of the ISIS vehicles and ammunition depot fitted with mines and artillery shells in Bir Qassab (Damascus province). The ammunition depot and four off-roaders of terrorists were eliminated.

Near Kafr Zita (Hama province), a direct hit with an air bomb dropped from a Su-24M bomber destroyed a mortar battery of the Jabhat al-Nusra illegal armed group.

Using the data obtained from the Syrian opposition, confirmed by the Command of the Syrian Armed Forces, the pinpoint strikes of the Russian aviation carried out in the course of two days ruined terrorists’ plans on attack at the Hama city. This information was confirmed by Russian UAVs.

Thus, in spite of offensive, terrorist units acting in the suburbs of Murek are trying to erect fortifications and arrange mine obstacles to stop the Syrian governmental troops.

Today almost 50 media representatives arrived at the Hmeymim airbase to familiarize themselves with actions of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria


Today a group of journalists has arrived at the Hmeymim airbase in the course of a press-tour organized by the Russian Defence Ministry. The journalists come from 12 countries of America, Europe and Asia.

Almost 50 media representatives will familiarize themselves not only with combat operations conducted by the pilots of the Russian Aerospace Forces, but also with preparation for missions, organization of everyday life, combat aircraft maintenance, and combat sorties.

The Russian Defence Ministry presented to the foreign journalists the objective monitoring data received from the unmanned aerial vehicles concerning the results of combat operations carried out by the Russian aviation against militants’ infrastructure on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation


Terrorist mortar attacks in Damascus Countryside and Aleppo claim six lives
11 November، 2015
Damascus Countryside/Aleppo, SANA

One person was killed and others were injured in a terrorist mortar attack on al-Wafideen Camp neighborhood, located to the north of Damascus.

A source at the Police Command told SANA Wednesday that two mortar shells fired by terrorists from the so-called “Jaish al-Islam” smashed into the building of the Military Housing Establishment in the neighborhood.

The source confirmed that the attack left one person dead and 9 others injured.

The source added that 2 other mortar shells fell in the “14” neighborhood in al-Wafideen Camp, injuring 4 citizens, 3 of them women, who were rushed to al-Qtaifeh National Hospital for treatment.

In Aleppo city, terrorists targeted al-Ashrafieh neighborhood with rocket shells, killing five civilians and injuring 20 others.

A source in Aleppo province said in a statement to SANA that the terrorist attack claimed the lives of five civilians including a young girl and injured 20 others, noting that the number of casualties is likely rise due to the serious injuries of some of the victims.

The attack caused material damage to a number of cars, buildings and shops, the source added, explaining that the rockets were fired from Bani Zeid neighborhood where hundreds of members of terrorist organizations are holed up, mostly from the “Shohada’a Badr brigade” which is affiliated with Jabhat al-Nusra.

Army spokesman: The army advances in many areas, carries out 75 sorties on terrorist sites
11 November، 2015
Damascus, SANA

Spokesman of the Army and Armed Forces said on Wednesday that army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, achieved new progress in the war against terrorist organizations in Lattakia and Aleppo countryside while the army’s air force carried out scores of sorties that destroyed 150 targets in the northern, eastern and central regions.

“The army has expanded its control to the south of Harasta Road and established control over al-Mahalij area to the south of Marj al-Sultan and its farms in Eastern al-Ghouta after inflicting heavy losses upon terrorists,” the Spokesman said.

Army units destroyed 2 command centers of terrorist organizations in al-Abasyia and al-Arbae’en neighborhoods in Daraa al-Balad and eliminated members of terrorist groups, who infiltrated from al-Karak and Um Walad village towards al-Aslaha village in the countryside of Daraa and Sweida, according to the Spokesman.

” The army also inflicted heavy losses upon terrorist organizations in Atman, the eastern neighborhood of Busra al-Sham, the west of Harit al-Bajaja, al-Jumruk al-Qadim, Abu al-Nassr Villa, Beir Um al-Daraj, Qtifan Square, the south of Agriculture Bank and in the area surrounding Journalists’ building in Daraa al-Balad,” The spokesman added.

In the central province of Homs, the Army spokesman affirmed that the army’s operations ended up with destroying dens of Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS terrorists in Tir Ma’ala, Mahin, Unk al-Hawa, Tadmour – al-Bayarat Road, al-Hilalia Farms, Mahras al-Deik, Howsh al-Zabadi, al-Amiria, Ayn Hussin al-Janobi and al-Shomaria mountains.

He pointed out that the army units killed more than 15 terrorists and injured many others who infiltrated from Sneisil towards Jborin town and From Um Sahrij village towards Maksar al-Hissan.

The army units also killed dozens of terrorists, injured many others and destroyed their fortified sites and positions in concentrated strikes against them in Kafr Zita, Ekirbat, Sarja and al-Sayad.

In Aleppo countryside, the spokesman said that army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, succeeded in breaching the defenses of the ISIS terrorist organization and broke the blockade on Kawiris Airport after heavy clashes, adding that the achievement is part of a series of successful operations that ended up with establishing control over Tal Na’am, Nou’ima, al-Nasseryeh, Jdeida, al-Jabboul, Tal Sab’in, al-Sheikh Ahmad, Kwairis Shamali and Kwairis Janoubi, al-Jahizia Housing and the Academy Air Force.

The spokesman continued to say that the army reestablished control over al-Makhala and tightened its grip upon terrorist groups in al-hadir village, noting that army units, aided by the popular defense groups, continued their operations after establishing control over more than 250 Km² in the southwest countryside of Aleppo.

The spokesman added that army units are advance in the northern countryside of Lattakia province, establishing control over hills and important points at Camp al-Alman, Ketf Hassoun, and Ketf Dibeh.

Meanwhile, the army units positioned at Deir Ezzor Airport killed dozens of ISIS members who were trying to infiltrate from the eastern side of the airport, destroying 9 of their vehicles equipped with machineguns.

The Spokesman pointed out that the army’s air force carried out 75 sorties that destroyed 150 targets in the northern, eastern and central regions.

He affirmed that 3 ISIS’ sites in al-Jabria, Dikwana and South and east of Kawiris and more than 15 vehicles were destroyed in addition to their sites in Tal Faouri and Tal Ahmar in Aleppo countryside, a number of fortified sites belonging to Jabhat al-Nusra in Mourk, Lahyia, Kafr Nboda, al-Habit, al-Latamina and Atshan in Hama, 20 armored vehicles of ISIS in the area surrounding Mahin and to the east of Bayaarat-Tadmour in Homs countryside.

ISIS suffers more losses in several provinces
11 November، 2015

The army continued operations against positions of ISIS and other terrorist organizations all over the country, inflicting heavy losses upon them in personnel and equipment.

Deir Ezzor

Syrian army air force targeted ISIS gatherings and concentrations in al-Mari’yeh, east of Deir Ezzor city, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their vehicles and weapons.

Meanwhile, army units killed 11 ISIS terrorists in operations in a number of areas in Deir Ezzor eastern countryside.

Aleppo

The army’s air force destroyed positions and vehicles for ISIS terrorists in the the villages and towns of Erbid, Deir Hafer, Ain al-Jamajma, Kabana, al-Sin, Teb Ghabsheh, Wadiaa and al-Bab city in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province, a military source told SANA on Wednesday.

Homs

The Syrian Arab Army’s Air Force directed intensive strikes at dens and gatherings of ISIS terrorists in the eastern and southern countryside of Homs province.

A military source told SANA that based on accurate information and surveillance of terrorists’ movements and positions, the Air Force destroyed a gathering for ISIS terrorists along with their vehicles which were equipped with machineguns in al-Qaryatain city at the outskirt of the Syrian Badiya (desert), 85 kilometers to the south east of Homs.

The Air Force carried out sorties against ISIS gatherings and dens in Maheen village in the southeastern countryside of Homs, destroying them along with the terrorists, arms, and vehicles inside them.

Air strikes also targeted the movements and fortified sites of ISIS terrorists in Oum Sahreij and al-Shendakhieh al-Janoubieh to the north of Homs, inflicting heavy losses in personnel and munitions upon terrorists.

Hama/ Idleb

An army unit destroyed a mortar and a rocket launching pad and killed 13 terrorists who were rigging them to the north of Maan village in the northern countryside of the central Hama province.

Sources on the ground told SANA that the terrorist Asaad al-Eriyan, who is and “Emir” in “Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement” as his vehicle, equipped with a 23mm machine gun, was hit to north of Maan village.

Another army unit destroyed terrorists’ positions and an armored car in the northern part of the village, killing a number of terrorists, including Ahmad al-Saeed, Khaled al-Raayan, Mohannad al-Qteish and Mohammad Ahmad al-Marae.

Gatherings of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and Jaish al-Fateh organizations were targeted in Kafer Zita town, where 4 vehicles were destroyed and at least 7 terrorists were killed.

An army unit completely destroyed a hideout for terrorists from the so-called “Jund al- Aqsa” in al-Latamneh town, 35 km northwest of Hama city.

In the same context, a military source told SANA that the army’s air force targeted Jabhat al-Nusra positions in the villages of Atshan, al-Lahaya, Kafer Nabbouda and Morek city in the northern countryside of the province.

Many terrorists were killed and a number of centers and vehicles equipped with machine guns were destroyed.

In Idleb province, the sources said an army unit targeted hideouts for Jaish al-Fateh terrorists in al-Hbeit town, injuring 13 terrorists.

Daraa

Army units in Daraa destroyed dens of terrorist organizations and inflicted heavy losses in personnel and munitions upon them.

In the eastern countryside of the province, an army unit carried out concentrated operations targeting the movements of terrorist organizations after monitoring them in al-Sheikh Husein hill and Toloul Khleif near Oum Walad village which is close to Sweida province, according to a military source.

The source said the operations resulted in killing a number of terrorists, most of which were from Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, and destroying their gatherings and fortifications.

Army units also eliminated hotbeds of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and other terrorist organizations in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa city.

Nasrallah: Breaking blockade on Kwairis Airport shows strength of Syrian Army
11 November، 2015
Beirut, SANA

Secretary General of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, asserted on Wednesday that breaking the blockade on Kwairis Military Airport in Aleppo countryside and inflicting heavy losses on terrorists sent a clear message to everyone that showed the resilience, strength, determination, and vigor of the soldiers and officers of the Syrian Arab Army.

In a speech on occasion of Martyr Day, Nasrallah said that this major victory, which came after a blockade that lasted for years, has great significance, particularly in relations to those who attempted to defame and slander the Syrian Arab Army and those who doubted its effectiveness and capability.

He pointed out to the high combat capability displayed by the force which advanced tens of kilometers towards the airport, heedless of the ambushes, landmines, and IEDs that ISIS terrorists tried and failed to use to halt the army’s advance.

Nasallah said these facts on the ground send a message to the United States and its pawns and allies that they must forget about the military option and move towards a realistic political solution that doesn’t include stymieing or arrogant preconditions, adding that this applies in Syria, Yemen, and any other place.

Russian Air Force targets 277 terrorist targets in Syria in 48 hours
11 November، 2015
Damascus, SANA

The Russian Air Force, in cooperation with the Syrian Air Force, carried out 85 sorties and targeted 277 terrorist targets in the provinces of Aleppo, Damascus Countryside, Lattakia, Hama, Homs, and Idleb within the past 48 hours, a military source told SANA.

The source said the sorties resulted in destroying 23 command centers, 17 munitions and weapons depots, 90 fortified sites equipped with firepower and technical equipment, and 147 reinforcement and supply areas for terrorist organizations.

The source added that a munitions depot for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization was destroyed completely in Idleb countryside, along with vehicles used by ISIS including 3 tanks and two armored vehicles 45km south of Palmyra (Tadmur) city and an underground munitions depot in the surroundings of Maheen in Homs countryside.

In Lattakia’s northern countryside, the airstrikes destroyed a base for Jabhat al-Nusra which contained mortar launchers along with two machinegun-equipped vehicles, while in Damascus Countryside the Russian Air Force destroyed a concentration of vehicles used by ISIS in Beer al-Qasab area.

The airstrikes also destroyed a command center for Jabhat al-Nusra in al-Hader area in Aleppo countryside, killing the terrorist field leaders inside, in addition to destorying mortar launchers used by Jabhat al-Nusra in Kafr Zeta area in Hama countryside.

The source noted that Jabhat al-Nusra has switched from the offensive to the defensive and laid down retreat plans as a result of the Russian airstrikes and of the operations conducted by the Syrian Arab Army on the ground.

Russian raids foiled plans of terrorists to launch a large attack on Hama
11 November، 2015
Hmeimem, SANA

Spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov announced that the Russian air force raids in Syria during the last two days have led to foiling plans of terrorists to launch a large attack on Hama.

“Due to the accurate strikes of the Russian air force, the Syrian government forces succeeded in break the siege on Kwairis airport in Aleppo which was besieged by the Islamic Sate (ISIS) groups since more than two years,” General Konashenkov said at a press conference held on Wednesday at Hmeimem Air Base.

He affirmed that the data about the sites of gunmen and their fortified centers around the airport was revealed by representatives from “the Syrian opposition.”

Konashenkov said that the Syrian army has succeeded in defeating 7 groups of nearly 900 terrorists in al-Azizya, Kafr Haddad and Tal Mamou where their remnants left their sites.

“The Russian warplanes carried out 85 sorties against 277 sites for terrorists in Aleppo, Damascus, Lattakia, Hama, Homs and Idleb countryside,” Konashenkov added.

Syrian Army Moving to Win Control of Another Strategic Airbase

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army launched operations to win back control over a second airbase after its groundbreaking victory in the battle against ISIL in Aleppo that ended up with the removal of a 2.5-year-long siege of the Kuweires airbase on Tuesday, with military sources announcing on Wednesday that the second target is Marj al-Sultan Airbase in Damascus.

Military sources said the Syrian army and National Defense Forces (NDF) have already won control over the village of Nawleh near the strategic Marj al-Sultan Airbase, and killed a large number of Jeish al-Islam and al-Nusra Front Takfiri terrorists.

“The pro-government forces are now in control of 80% of the territories South the strategic airport,” the source told FNA on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the Syrian army continued to advance against the Takfiri terrorists in Eastern Ghouta and retook strategic areas from the foreign-backed militants.

The Syrian troops took full control over al-Mahalej area, to the South of Marj al-Sulatn, and the farms surrounding it, a military source said.

Yesterday, the Syrian army, popular forces and Hezbollah forces, backed up by Syrian and Russian air force, lifted the two and a half-year-long siege of Kuweires military airbase after killing hundreds of ISIL terrorists.

Unconfirmed reports said the groundbreaking victory was gained under the leadership of Iran’s renowned Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani.

The Syrian troops and Hezbollah forces rolled into the Kuweires airport at the end of their daylong last phase of massive operations.

Heavy clashes were underway around the Kuweires airport since Tuesday morning and the Syrian army was defusing ISIL’s minefield before they could reach their friends in the base.

There are unconfirmed reports from the battlefield about witnessing Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani leading the battle.

Sources from both sides of the war said General Soleimani was the top field commander and has been leading the CentCom of the Syrian army-NDF-Hezbollah at least for the last two days.

FNA is unable to confirm or reject these reports independently.

The Syrian army, the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Hezbollah combatants, backed up by Russian warplanes, launched the last round of their over one-month-long joint operations against the ISIL terrorists’ positions in Eastern Aleppo near the Kuweires airbase Tuesday morning, and won full control over the strategic Aleppo-Raqqa Highway.

The attack started from multiple directions and ended up in cleaning up several villages from ISIL. Hundreds of the ISIL militants were killed or wounded in the operations.

In the next stage, Syrian and Russian Air Forces massively targeted the last strongholds of the ISIL militants around the Kuweires airbase.

In addition to the Syrian and Russian airstrikes, the artillery and mortar units of the army also shelled the ISIL strongholds to weaken their defense lines as much as possible to lay the ground for the combatants of Hezbollah, the army soldiers and the National Defense Forces to launch the final phase of their joint operations to lift the siege on Kuweires airbase.

Intelligence sources said hundreds of ISIL militants were fleeing the Kuweires region to safer areas to save their lives after suffering heavy casualties in the joint massive attack of the Syrian Army and Hezbollah with the Russian air backup.

After cleaning the region, the pro-government troops had to defuse a minefield planted by the ISIL before they could reach the gates of airbase.

Hundreds of Syrian forces were under a tight siege at the airbase as a result of the occupation of vast areas surrounding the airport by the terrorists.

When under the siege, the Syrian army’s helicopters supplied foodstuff and other needs to the Syrian troops defending the airport.

Syrian Forces Close to Take Back Strategic Homs-Damascus Highway

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army and popular forces won back an important checkpoint in Eastern Damascus province, and took the initial step to seize back full control over the Damascus-Homs highway.

Syrian army troops and National Defense Forces (NDF) regained Sherri checkpoint in the Southern side of the Damascus-Homs highway after the militant groups’ concentration centers in the Eastern Ghouta came under intensive attack by the government troops.

The Syrian army has now deployed forces very close to the strategic Damascus-Homs highway.

On Tuesday, the Syrian army continued to advance against the Takfiri terrorists in Eastern Ghouta and retook strategic areas from the foreign-backed militants.

The Syrian troops took full control over al-Mahalej area, to the South of Marj al-Sulatn, and the farms surrounding it, a military source said.