Syria in the Last 72 Hours

Syria in the Last 48 Hours : Russia Destroys 579 Terrorist Targets

Turkish Troops Enter Syria

Dozens of Foreign Journalists Tour Hmeymim Airbase



Russia denies claims that Turkey shot down Russian warplane
22 January، 2016
Moscow, SANA

The Russian Defense Ministry denied claims that the Turkish Air Force has shot down a Russian warplane, claims that were based off a video published on some websites.

In a statement on Friday, the Ministry said that all that was stated in the video in question is “absolute nonsense,” adding that all the Russian planes which are destroying terrorist infrastructure in Syria have safely returned to an air base.

Earlier, websites posted a video claiming to show ballistic missiles targeting a Russian warplane near Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey in the northern countryside of Idleb province.


The army establishes control over new villages and areas in northern Lattakia
22 January، 2016
Provinces, SANA

The army has made new advances in northern Lattakia, taking control over new areas, with army units in other areas destroying more positions and equipment of terrorist organizations.

Lattakia

Army units, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, established control over al-Kalouksi Mountain, Kitf al-Qamoua and the villages of al-Ghneimiyeh, al-Qalabea, Beit Sukkar, al-Oweinat, Khan al-Jouz, Beit Riha and Bradoun in the northern countryside of Lattakia province, killing and injuring more than 150 terrorists while more terrorist fled towards terrorists as their weapons and equipment were destroyed.

Army units also established full control over the villages of al-Swida, Beit Awan, Baladr and Reif Mkhtaro, the mountains of al-Swida and Sarkal and point 465 in the northern countryside of Lattakia, killing and injuring many terrorists and destroying their fortified sites, weapons, and munitions, while engineering units combed the areas that came under the army’s control, dismantling explosives and landmines planted by terrorists.

Later in the afternoon, army units and defense groups established control over the villages of al-Saraya, al-Jamousiye, al-Rayaneh, and al-Ghashmaliye, in addition to Barjasliye and al-Mran mountains. Combing these areas resulted in dismantling dozens of IEDs and uncovering an amount of rockets, including US-made TOW rockets.

Daraa

An army unit destroyed a terrorists’ den during intensive strikes against their gatherings to the south of al-Bajaja district in Daraa al-Balad in the southern province of Daraa.

Another army unit carried out operations against terrorists’ dens and fortified positions to the south of Aby Shibli Building, Busra Square and al-Massri Rotary in Daraa al-Mahta neighborhood, destroying their dens, vehicles and weapons.

Later, an army unit eliminated a terrorist group from “Alwiyat al-Furqan” terror organization in an ambush while the terrorists were attempting to infiltrate from al-Lajat area towards the province’s northern countryside.

Terrorist organizations acknowledged on their pages on social media sites the death of many of their members, including Ahmad Abad al-karim al-Ammar, Mohamed Ahmad Mahmoud al-Hariri and Hamdi Ghassan al-Kor.

Idleb

An army unit destroyed a mortar shells depot and 3 heavy-equipped vehicles belonging to terrorist organizations in Jabal ShahShabo in Idleb countryside.

Army operations targeted terrorists’ gatherings in al-Tamaniaa town and to the south of al-Khazanat in Khan Sheikhon area, inflicting heavy losses upon terrorists and destroying their weapons and equipment.

Hama

Army units launched intensive operations against the sites of the so called “Jaish al-Fateh” in Skik village and the towns of Kafr Zita and al-Latamina to the north of Hama city.

During the operations, a number of sites and large amounts of weapons were destroyed.

An army unit killed terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra in the area surrounding Hur Binfsih town to the southwest of Hama city.

Homs

An Army and Armed Forces unit targeted with concentrated fire the gatherings and movements of ISIS west of Palmyra (Tadmur) city and Rwaiset Abu al-Fawares in the eastern countryside of Homs province.

A military source said this resulted in destroying an armored vehicle rigged with explosives and in eliminating a number of terrorists.

In Homs’ northern countryside, an army unit eliminated a terrorist group in a precision operation targeting their hideout in Talbiseh town 13 km from Homs city.

Deir Ezzor

The Syrian Air Force carried out sorties on Friday which targeted ISIS positions and movements in the villages of al-Jafra, al-Jnaina, al-Jabe’a, al-Bghailiye, Mahmida, and around Ayyash village west of Deir Ezzor city.

A military source said the sorties resulted in destroying a large number of vehicles loaded with weapons and munitions and a number of ISIS hideouts and concentrations.

The source added that army units operating in Deir Ezzor city targeted with precision strikes ISIS hotbeds in al-Ummal and al-Sina’a neighborhoods, killing and injuring many terrorists.

Aleppo

The Syrian Air Force carried out sorties that resulted in destroying several hideouts and concentrations of ISIS terrorists in Arab, al-Bab area, Tadef town, and Baza’a village in Aleppo province, killing and injuring many terrorists and destroying their weapons and munitions.

A military source told SANA that airstrikes also targeted terrorists’ gatherings and fortified positions in Tal Hattabat, al-Mefelseh, and al-Dakouneh villages in Aleppo’s eastern countryside, killing and injuring many terrorists and destroying their munitions and equipment, in addition to destroying hideouts and concentrations of terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra in Kafr Hamra village at the northwestern outskirts of Aleppo city.

The source also said army units carried out special operations in the neighborhoods of Bani Zeid, Sheikh Saeed, and Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo city, killing and injuring many of them and destroying their equipment and fortified positions.

Russian General Staff: More than 6000 sorties hit terrorists’ sites in Syria since Sep 30
22 January، 2016
Moscow, SANA

The Russian General Staff announced on Friday that the Russian warplanes carried out more than 6000 sorties against terrorists’ sites since the beginning of the Russian military operation against terrorism in Syria.

Chief of Russia’s General Staff, Army General Valery Gerasimov said in a statement published by RT website that the Russian airstrikes significantly contributed to the decrease in the finances of ISIS due to the drop in the terrorist organization’s oil sales.

The Russian official added that the Syrian forces are launching intensive military operations and advancing on 10 axes by virtue of the Russian air strikes, stressing that ISIS will be defeated sooner or later.

On September 30th, the Russian air force started to carry out airstrikes against positions of the ISIS terrorist organization upon the request of Syria.



Army cuts off ISIS supply routes in Homs countryside
21 January، 2016


The army kills many terrorists, including leaders, destroys several centers in various areas
21 January، 2016
Provinces, SANA

The terrorist organizations are losing more of their members, weapons and equipment, including vehicles with machine guns mounted on them, in the course of the army’s continued operations in different areas across the country.

Sweida

An army unit launched on Thursday morning an operation against ISIS sites in al-Qassr village to the northeast of the southern Sweida city.

A military source told SANA that a whole gathering of ISIS terrorists was eliminated and 3 vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns were destroyed as a result of the operation.

Daraa

An army unit carried out special operations during the past hours in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa province, killing members of a terrorist organization on the road of al-Sadd and destroying a vehicle north of Wadi al-Zaidi.

A hideout and a vehicle loaded with arms and ammunition were destroyed in army operations against the hideouts of Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations in al-Karak al-Sharqi town.

Terrorist organizations admitted the death of a number of their members including terrorist Nader Ahmad al-Naser and Ahmad Mohammad al-Saadi at the Jordanian hospitals.

Homs

The army has inflected heavy losses upon terrorists of ISIS, destroying a number of their vehicles to the north of al-Maqale’e, Wadi al-Qaddahat in al-Bayarat in Homs eastern countryside.

Other army units destroyed dens and vehicles of terrorists in Tloul al-Sud, Rahoum to the east of Homs.

Idleb/Hama

An army unit killed more than 20 terrorists, including leader of a group within “Jaish al-Fateh” named al-Sheikh Ghali in Hzano village in Idleb province, a source on the ground told SANA.

Meanwhile, the terrorist Hassan Barabo, who is identified as being an “Emir” in “Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement”, was killed in Kafr Oweid village to the west of Maaret al-Nouman city.

Army units fired intensively at gatherings of terrorists in Ariha in Jabal al-Zawieh area, destroying a center in Kinsafra village and a hideout belonging to the so-called “Jaish al-Nassr” in al-Mouzara village.

In the neighboring Hama province, an army unit destroyed a center for terrorists from “Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement” and “Jaish al-Nassr”, a mortar shells depot and 3 vehicles in Jabal Shahshabo.

A gathering of terrorists from “Al-Izza Gathering” was eliminated and 2 vehicles, one equipped with a 14.5 mm machine gun were destroyed in Latmin village in the northern countryside of Hama.

Army operations against gatherings and positions of “Jaish al-Fateh” resulted in the destruction of a monitoring center in Lahaya village and a mortar launcher in Maarakaba in the northern countryside.

Aleppo

The army’s air force carried out many sorties on dens and gatherings of ISIS terrorists in Tadef, al-Bab, Ayn al-Jahsh and Aran and in Kfar Hamra village in Aleppo eastern and northern countryside.

The raids ended up with destroying vehicles, dens and weapons of the terrorists.

Deir Ezzor

The army’s air force killed a number of ISIS terrorists and destroyed their positions in al-Jaba’a and al-Jneineh villages in Deir Ezzor.

The raids also killed a number of the terrorists in al-Bghiliyeh, Sina’a and workers neighborhoods and Ayash village in the western countryside of the city.

Tank, mortar and artillery ammunition bound for terrorists seized in western Sweida
21 January، 2016
Sweida, SANA

The authorities concerned in Sweida foiled Wednesday night an operation to smuggle a large quantity of ammunition for medium and heavy weapons coming from the eastern countryside of the neighboring Daraa province and bound for terrorist organizations in the Syrian Badiya (desert).

A source at Sweida governorate said in a statement to SANA reporter that the seized ammunition included tank, mortar and artillery shells, noting that the ammunition were hidden inside a diesel tank mounted on a pickup.

The vehicle was seized in the western countryside of Sweida province.

Last October, the authorities seized a large quantity of arms and ammunition for terrorist organizations in an ambush on Salkhad-al-Mneizra junction in the southern countryside of Sweida.

Mortar and RPG rounds, machine gun bullets, grenades, incendiary chemical substances and other materials used for making explosives were confiscated in the operation.



In the course of the last day, aircraft of Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria performed 16 combat sorties engaging 57 objects of terrorists’ infrastructure

In the course of the last day, aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the Syrian Arab Republic have performed 16 combat sorties engaging 57 objects of terrorists’ infrastructure.

Because of bad weather conditions and in order to avoid risks for civilians, the Russian aviation carried out combat tasks only in the Latakia and Deir ez-Zor provinces.

Near Jebel al-Akrad (Latakia province), the Russian aircraft made 4 strikes against disjoined groups of militants, who were retreating under pressure of the Syrian governmental troops and patriotic opposition forces.

Near Hatla (Deir ez-Zor province), Russian Su-34 bomber performed a strike on a workshop, which was used by militants for fitting vehicles with explosive devices. The information about the workshop was received from the Syrian opposition representatives. The bomb strike caused elimination of the terrorists’ workshop with all its contents.

Near Meshia (Deir ez-Zor province), Su-34 bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces performed a strike on field artillery position of militants. The objective monitoring data confirmed elimination of 3 artillery guns.

Near Bgelia (Deir ez-Zor province), the Russian aviation carried out bomb strikes against militant’s missile artillery and POL depot. The objective monitoring data registered destruction of 2 rocket launching systems and detonation of the fuel, which had been stored in the depot.

Near Mreyah (Deir ez-Zor province), Russian aircraft carried out a strike on the ISIS field camp. The direct hits resulted in destruction of the command post and barracks with all their contents.


The Russian Armed Forces continue performing the humanitarian operation on providing assistance to civilians in regions of the Syrian Arab Republic, which had been blocked by terrorists.

Since January 15, transport aircraft of the Syrian Air Force has projected 50 tons of cargos with food products and articles of first necessity by the Russian P-7 parachute platforms.

At present time, the Russian party in cooperation with the Syrian forces is preparing another batch of humanitarian cargos for transporting to blocked Deir ez-Zor.


Syrian Army destroys 1662 terrorist targets since 27th of December
20 January، 2016
Damascus, SANA

The Military spokesman of the Syrian Arab Army affirmed on Wednesday that 1662 terrorist targets were destroyed during army’s airstrikes against the sites of terrorist organizations in the countryside of Damascus, Homs, Hama, Idleb, Aleppo and Deir Ezzor.

The spokesman said that the Syrian Air Force carried out since the 27th of Last December 481 sorties and destroyed 1662 terrorist targets including a command center with all terrorists inside it, 3 armored vehicles and a rocket launcher in al-Latamiana, Maarkaba,al-Tamaniaa and Akrab in Hama.

In Idleb, 4 terrorists’ positions, a factory for manufacturing explosive devices, a fortified position and number of heavy-equipped vehicles were destroyed during the sorties and dozens of terrorists were killed.

The spokesman noted that during the sorties, 3 fortified positions, 2 command sites and 3 armored vehicles were destroyed in Aleppo.

A command site in Douma, tens of vehicles in Homs countryside and Deir Ezzor were also destroyed.

The spokesman said that army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, continued operations and advanced in many areas taking advantage of the Russian and Syrian airstrikes.

He said that army launched early this month a wide military operation in the northern countryside of Daraa, establishing control over more than 60% of al-Sheikh Maskyn city and the areas surrounding it, including Tal al-Hash and all the 82nd brigade camp.

He added that the army established control over al-Bilalia village and the farms surrounding it in the Eastern Ghouta and continued to advance in Harasta farms to the east of the international highway.

The spokesman pointed out that army, aided by popular defense groups, restored stability and security to more than 15 villages in the eastern and southern countryside of Hama.

In Homs countryside, army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, reestablished control over the mounts of Mahin al-Kabier and Mahin al-Saghir, al-Mstwdaat area, Mahin town, and al-Hadath and Hawarein villages and the strategic hills in Mahsa- al-Qariatin Road.

In the eastern countryside of Aleppo, army established control over Aisha, Ayn al-Bida, Srib villages and the farms surrounding Srib and established control over the road of Nassr Allah – Ayn al-Bida villages towards Raqqa Road.

The spokesman said that army units forced out ISIS from the villages and farms of al-Abodia, al-Ajozia and al-Mltafta, inflicting heavy losses on the terrorist organization.

In Lattakia countryside, army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, established full control over Salma town, the hills and strategic points surrounding it and more than 20 villages and farms.

The spokesman said that army will continue carrying out its tasks till eliminating terrorism and restoring the stability and security to all Syrian areas.

Russian Aerospace Forces destroy artillery, command center, fuel depots for ISIS within 24 hours
20 January، 2016
Lattakia, SANA

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out 16 sorties targeting 57 terrorist targets in Syria within the past 24 hours.

Ministry spokesman Gen. Maj. Igor Konashenkov told journalists at Hmaimim Airport in Lattakia province that the Russian airstrikes were limited to Lattakia and Deir Ezzor provinces because the operation command has refrained from targeting terrorist positions in other provinces out of concern for civilians’ lives due to the unsuitable weather conditions in the area.

Konashenkov said Russian aircrafts destroyed a command center for ISIS in a precision strike on one of their field bases in the surroundings of al-Mariaiye town 10 km from Deir Ezzor city, in addition to destroying 3 artillery pieces in an airstrike on ISIS positions in the surroundings of al-Jnaina village, and artillery positions and a fuel depot in al-Bghailiye village, in addition to targeting a workshop used by terrorists in the surroundings of Hatla village.

As for Lattakia province, Konashenkov said that the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out four airstrikes, and that terrorists are retreating thanks to the operations conducted by the Syrian Arab Army in the province’s northern countryside.

He also asserted that the Russian Defense Ministry will continue its humanitarian operation in Syria, and that it’s gearing up to send a new batch of relief to Deir Ezzor city which is besieged by ISIS, adding that 50 tons of relief supplies were airdropped by an aircraft belonging to the Syrian Air Force on January 15th.

The army establishes control over strategic hills in eastern Homs, destroys 7 vehicles in Aleppo
20 January، 2016
Provinces, SANA

The army units have killed more members of terrorist organizations and destroyed their equipment and hideouts in continued operations in various areas across the country.

Homs

An army unit and the popular defense groups established control over a number of strategic hills and heights, including Thaniet Rashed, in the eastern countryside of Homs province and cut off ISIS terrorists’ supply routes from al-Mahasseh to al-Qaryatain, a military source announced.

Hama

Military source: An army unit kills 12 terrorists, destroys an armored vehicle between the German Camp and al-Sarmaniya in Hama north-western countryside.

Damascus countryside

Security forces destroyed a den for the terrorist organizations in Harasta in al-Ghouta, Damascus countryside.

Daraa

Army units destroyed a center for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and a vehicle moving in Bosra Square in Daraa al-Mahatta neighborhood in Daraa city, while another unit killed all members of a terrorist group in al-Sheikh Miskeen town, 22 km to the north of the city.

Aleppo

Army operations during the past 24 hours concentrated on positions of ISIS terrorist organization in al-Sbeihiyeh village in Aleppo province, where three vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns were destroyed.

Several gatherings for Jabhat al-Nusra-linked terrorist groups were targeted in al-Sheik Lutfi village and al-Rashidin area on the southern outskirts of Aleppo city. Four vehicles and a number of hideouts with arms and ammunition inside were destroyed as a result of the operations.

In Aleppo city, an army unit carried out a “precise” operation targeting gatherings of terrorists in Bustan al-Basha neighborhood, destroying three sites containing large amounts of arms and ammunition.

4 civilians killed, 5 others injured in terrorist rocket attack in Aleppo province
20 January، 2016
Aleppo, SANA

Four civilians were killed in a terrorist rocket attack on al-Safira town to the southeast of Aleppo city on Wednesday.

A source at Aleppo Police Command told SANA’s reporter that ISIS-affiliated terrorist groups positioned in al-Balat village targeted al-Safira town with a number of rocket shells, claiming the lives of 4 civilians and injuring 5 others, including a young girl, in addition to causing material damage to the citizens’ properties.

500 families start returning to al-Qadam in Damascus, 150 wanted persons have their legal status settled
20 January، 2016
Damascus, SANA

Final procedures for the return of 500 families back to al-Qadam area, located on the southern outskirts of Damascus, have been accomplished, SANA reporter said on Wednesday.

According to the local reconciliation in the area, the families will be able to return to their houses in the western and eastern neighborhoods in al-Qadam, the reporter added.

Later, the reporter announced that tens of families started entering the neighborhoods, and that 150 wanted persons in al-Qadam area had their legal status settled in the framework of the reconciliation.