Syrian Front : Turkish Attack a Provocation, Providing Direct Support to Da’esh

Syrian Front : Turkey Shells Airbase Held by Kurds in Aleppo Province


Turkish shelling is direct support to terrorist organizations
14 February، 2016
Damascus, SANA

Foreign and Expatriates Ministry voiced the government’s strong condemnation of Turkey’s repeated attacks on the Syrian people and its transgression into the Syrian territory.

“Turkish artillery shelling of Syrian territory constitutes direct support to the armed terrorist organizations,” the Ministry told the UN Secretary General and the Security Council’s Chairman in two letters addressed to both officials.

It was referring to shelling by Turkish artillery based inside Turkish territory of Syrian land targeting Syrian Kurds and Syrian army sites.

The attack was launched on Saturday afternoon and continued on as the Turkish artillery also targeted the civilian populated villages of Maranaz, al-Malkieh, Minnegh, Ein Daqneh and Bazi, according to the letters.

The shelling came in response to the Syrian Arab army’s advance on military fronts in the northern countryside of Aleppo province and in a bid to boost the morale of the armed terrorist organizations, the Ministry clarified.

It went on citing Turkish attacks in more Syrian areas on the same day, saying that 12 pickups with DShK and 14.5 mm machine guns mounted on them had their way from the Turkish land into Syrian territory across Bab al-Salameh border crossing.

The Ministry noted that the pickups were accompanied with 100 gunmen, some of them are believed to be Turkish soldiers and Turkish mercenaries, adding that munitions supply operations into the Syrian Aazaz area continue.

The Turkish attacks, the letters said, were coupled with statements made by the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that confirmed Turkey’s blatant intervention in the Syrian affair and the continued Turkish support to Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Jabha al-Shamiya, Ahrar al-Sham and other al-Qaeda-linked terrorist organizations.

These statements, the Ministry said, officially attested to the Turkish regime’s premeditated acts of violating the Security Council’s resolutions related to combating terrorism.

The Ministry referred in its letters to the chiefs of the UN and the Security Council to the “irresponsible” actions of the Turkish regime that caused the recent Geneva intra-Syrian meeting to fail.

The Syrian government expresses strong condemnation of Turkey’s repeated attacks on the Syrian people and its transgression into the Syrian territory, calling these attacks “a gross violation” of the Syrian sovereignty and a flagrant breach of the UN Charter’s objectives and principles, the rules of the international law and the Security Council’s counterterrorism resolutions, the letters said.

Syria, however, stresses that it will maintain its legitimate right to respond to the Turkish crimes and attacks and to claim compensation for the damage caused, the letters added.

The Ministry also conveyed the Syrian government’s call on the Security Council to assume its responsibility to put an end to the Turkish regime’s classified crimes against the Syrian people and its repeated attacks against Syrian territory.

The government also demanded, according to the letters, that the Security Council work to compel the countries backing terrorism, including Turkey, to comply with its relevant resolutions on fighting terrorism and bring them to account for their unlimited support to the terrorist groups.

H. Said

Moscow: Turkey’s shelling of Syrian territories is open support to terrorism
14 February، 2016
Moscow, SANA

Russian Foreign Ministry expressed Russia’s deep concern over the aggressive actions of the Turkish regime against Syria.

On Saturday, the Turkish army started launching artillery shelling targeting villages in northern Aleppo province and mounts in the northern Lattakia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday that Turkish regime’s shelling of Syrian territories is an open support to the international terrorism and a violation of the UN Security Council resolution and the obligations taken upon by Turkey as a member state of the International Support Syria Group in Vienna.
“Russia supports introducing this issue to the UN Security Council so that the Security Council gives a clear assessment to Ankara’s provocative line creating a threat to peace and security in the region of the Middle East and beyond,” it added.

“According to available information, the Turkish side is continuing to simultaneously to help groups of jihadists and armed militants illegally enter Syrian territory to fortify the units of the al-Nusra Front and ISIS, as well as other terrorist organizations in battles… Injured militants are brought across the border into Turkey,” the statement continued to say.

Later, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that the international community and global mass media outlets that are expressing concerns about the humanitarian situation in Syria and leveling accusations at Russia are at the same time ignoring what Turkey is doing currently near the Turkish-Syrian borders, asserting that a humanitarian disaster is taking place in that area due to the Turkish actions, and attention must be called to this fact.

On a relevant note, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia started carrying out airstrikes in Syria because it could no longer tolerate the complacence shown by the US-led alliance that was allegedly established to fight ISIS.

Ryabkov said that ISIS poses a direct threat to Russian security, and that Russia’s partners in the BIRCS group were very understanding of its decision to launch its military operations in Syria.

On Sunday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and chief of the Security Councul slamming Ankara over the shelling and calling on the Security Council take measures to ensure security and “put an end to the crimes of the Turkish regime.

Saudi, Turkish and Qatari coalition aims to save ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations
14 February، 2016
Ankara, SANA

Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas asserted that the Saudi, Turkish and Qatari coalition aims at saving Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS terrorist organizations from the inevitable end in Iraq and Syria.

“Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar play important role in establishing these terrorist organizations and providing them with all kinds of support from the beginning of the crisis in Syria,” Demirtas told a group of journalists on Saturday.

He added that “the participation of the Russian air force in Syria tightened the noose on these terrorist organizations that can no longer carry out terrorist acts which they had done in Syria with a full freedom.”

On different level, Devlet Bahceli, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party Devlet Bahceli accused the regime of Recep Teyyip Erdogan of drawing Turkey to dangerous war to gratify the passions of Al-Saud and Al-Thani.

Reem/Barry


3 Syrian Democratic Forces Fighters Killed in Turkish Army Shelling
4 February 2016
Kurdish Question

The Syrian Democratic Forces made a statement today confirming that three of their fighters had been killed in shelling by the Turkish Army in Azaz, Northern Aleppo.

A statement by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) media centre said:

“Following the liberation of Deir Jamal and Menagh villages by the Syrian Democratic Forces from jihadist groups on Thursday (11 Feb 2016), the Turkish Army began shelling the area. The shelling began on Saturday (13 Feb) and continued this morning (14 Feb).

3 of our fighters were martyred in the shelling that occurred this morning.”


The army calls on gunmen to lay down weapons to have their legal status settled
14 February، 2016
Provinces, SANA

The Army and Armed Forces continued its counter-terrorism operations on Saturday, restoring security and stability to new areas, killing large numbers of terrorists and inflicting losses upon ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and other terrorist organizations in several areas.

Aleppo

An army unit, in cooperation with the supporting forces, restored security and stability to al-Tamoura village in the northern countryside of Aleppo province, a source on the ground told SANA on Saturday.

Intensive army operations were carried out during the past hours against fortifications of Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations in the northern countryside of Aleppo that resulted in restoring security and stability to al-Tamoura village, the source explained.

The village is located southwest of al-Zahraa area and it overlooks Hayyan town and the northwestern parts of Andan town.

Later, explosive devices and mines left behind by the terrorists in the village were removed.

Meanwhile, an army unit killed 9 terrorists and destroyed a vehicle for them in Abd-Rabbah Hill in al-Lairamoun area in northern Aleppo, while another unit killed three terrorists and injured others in the surroundings of Heddiyeh Hill in southern Aleppo.

Later on the day, the reporter said an army unit restored security and stability to Jub al-Kalb village located to the thermal station in the eastern countryside of the province after eliminating the remaining gatherings of ISIS terrorists in it.

Terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media pages that a number of their members were killed during army operations in Aleppo, including the military leader of the so-called “Fajr al-Sham Islamic Movement” named Nemr al-Shukri and another leader with the same group named Zakaraya Orfali.

Lattakia

Army units restored security and stability to some areas and strategic hills in the area surrounding Kansaba area in the north eastern countryside of Lattakia after inflicting heavy losses in personnel and munitions upon terrorist organizations.

A military source said in a statement to SANA that army units eliminated during an intensive operation the remaining gatherings of terrorists in Rweiset Khandaq al-Blat, Rweiset Jard al-Shouk, Rweiset Hareeqet Suleiman, al-Sweidiyeh Mountain, Rweiset Qteilbeh Houkeh, Kafarteh village, Hill 454 and 846 point, 55 kilometers to the north east of Lattakia.

The operations destroyed a number of dens and vehicles for terrorists before many of them fled away to the areas near the Syrian -Turkish borders.

Later, army units in cooperation with popular defense groups restored security and stability to Arah village and Point 515 in Lattakia northern countryside after ridding them of the remaining terrorist hotbeds.

Engineering units dismantled explosive devices which terrorists left behind to hinder the army’s progress.

Daraa

Army and Armed Forces units restored security to the eastern part of al-Bajabja neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa city after eliminating large numbers of terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra, including some of the terrorists’ leaders, and destroying their munitions and equipment, a military source told SANA.

Earlier, the source said the army carried out operations in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa city, which resulted in destroying terrorists’ hotbeds, bases, and vehicles in al-Bajabja neighborhood, the western part of al-Menshiye neighborhood, the surroundings of the air defense battalion, the old customs building, al-Bado alley, al-Karak neighborhood, and Wadi al-Zaidi.

An army unit carried out a precise operaiton which targeted terrorists’ concentrations in al-Naima town east of Daraa city, killing most members of a terrorist group there.

Terrorists acknowledged on their social media pages that the army operations in Daraa al-Balad resulted in the death of a number of their members including Wael Mohammad al-Masalmeh, in addition to reporting that a number of their leaders were killed when a landmine exploded and destroyed a car that was transporting them.

The dead terrorist leaders are Ahmad Fawzi al-Hamidi from Jaish al-Islam, Mohammad Abdelghani al-Hajji al-Mikdad from “Tahrir Bosra” birgade, Majed Mustafa al-Mleihan from “Maghawir al-Lajat” brigade, and Mohammad Abdullah al-Kasour al-Hariri from “Amoud Horan” squad.

Hama

An army unit clashed with ISIS) terrorists on the axis that extends from al-Rmaila village to al-Sathyiat Land in Salamyia area in the eastern countryside of Hama.

A military source told SANA that another army unit foiled an attempt by the ISIS terrorists to infiltrate into the surroundings of al-Rmaila village, killing 10 of them while others fled leaving their arms and ammunition behind them.

Sweida

Meanwhile, Units of the army carried out special operations against dens of ISIS terrorists in the northeastern countryside of Sweida province.

The army’s operations ended up with  destroying a gathering of ISIS terrorists in Rajam al-Dawla village and one of their cars on the outskirts of the Syrian Badiya “desert”.

Deir Ezzor

Army  unitsdestroyed dens and positions of the ISIS terrorists in intensive strikes carried out over the past hours against their gatherings in Deir Ezzor and its eastern countryside.

A field source told SANA that the strikes were carried out according to precise information about the gatherings and positions of the ISIS terrorists in the neighborhoods of al-Rashidyia, al-Hwaiqa, al-Hamidyia, the Old Airport, al-Ma’amel Roundabout and the surroundings of al-Rasafa neighborhood in Deir Ezzor City and in al-Mrai’ayia village in its eastern countryside.

The source added that the operations ended up with inflicting heavy losses upon the ISIS terrorists in the equipment and personnel, in addition to destroying varied arms and ammunition that were in their possession.

The army restores security to more areas in Lattakia and Homs, kills over 100 ISIS terrorists in Deir Ezzor
14 February، 2016
Provinces, SANA

An increasing number of terrorists have been killed in precise and pinpoint operations carried out by the army units and the air force in various areas across the country.

Lattakia

Army units, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, restored security and stability to the villages of Barrouma, Mazyan and Rweiset Hmeiroush in the northern countryside of Lattakia province, a military source announced on Sunday.

Meanwhile, units of the army also restored security and stability to villages of Majdal Kikhia, Sheikh Mustafa, Sheikh Ayoub and Ayn al-Ghazal in addition to the strategic points 679, 466 and 448 in Lattakia northern countryside.

The source described the operations carried out in those areas as “intensive, precise and swift” in which special tactics for mountainous and wooded areas were used.

Engineering units dismantled a number of explosive devices and mines which the terrorists had earlier planted among houses and at the villages’ entrances, the source said, noting that a number of terrorists were killed in the operations and the rest fled toward areas on the Turkish border.

In the same context, the army’s air force targeted vehicles and positions of terrorists, killing many of them, in Rweiset al-Malek, Dahret Ard al-Ghadr, Rweiset Wata al-Sendian, Rweiset al-Jouz, Nahshaba, al-Zweiqat, al-Sheikh Abdulla, al-Rweiseh Mountain, Abu Ali Mountain, al-Baidaa and Ard Qartab valley in the northeastern countryside of Lattakia.

Homs

In the same context, army units, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, established control over a number of strategic hills northeast of Mahassa in the southeastern countryside of Homs.

In the meantime, over the past 24 hours, the army’s air force carried out sorties against positions and gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and other Takfiri organizations in the northern countryside of the province.

The terrorists suffered heavy losses, with 6 of their positions getting destroyed in Teir Maala, Talbiseh and al-Rastan area.

A number of vehicles, some equipped with machine gun, and a rocket launching pad were destroyed in Ein Hussein village.

Army units destroyed a rocket launcher and three vehicles for ISIS terrorists in the eastern countryside of Homs.

Hama

The army’s air force destroyed sites and vehicles for ISIS terrorists in al-Rahjan village, 60 km east of Hama city, according to a military source.

The source said that gatherings of Jaish al-Fatah terrorists and several of their fortified positions were hit in army airstrikes in Kafar Nabbouda and al-Latamna towns, 35 km north of Hama city.

Centers and vehicles of various kinds were destroyed in the airstrikes.

Deir Ezzor

At least 100 ISIS terrorists were killed in army operations in the eastern Deir Ezzor province during the past 24 hours.

The army’s air force carried out sorties targeting ISIS positions and vehicles in al-Husseiniyeh village in the western countryside of the province. The positions and vehicles were destroyed, with terrorists around getting killed.

Several ISIS hideouts and vehicles, some of which are equipped with machineguns, were also destroyed in army airstrikes in al-Mrei’iyeh village in the eastern countryside, while an army unit eliminated a number of gatherings of ISIS terrorists in al-Sheikh Yaseen neighborhood in Deir Ezzor city.

Meanwhile, a source on the ground said an army unit targeted ISIS sites in the neighborhoods of al-Hamidiyeh, al-Aradi and al-Rushdiyeh, killing 71 terrorists and injuring 81 others.

Terrorist leaders were among the dead, according to the source.

Four more ISIS terrorists were killed in an army operation against their gathering in the vicinity of Deir Ezzor military airport.

A Libyan leader within the so-called “Deir Ezzor Airport Front” nicknamed “Abu Islam al-Baghdadi and five of his group’s members were confirmed dead in al-Hamediyeh neighborhood.

An army unit clashed with ISIS terrorists in the surroundings of al-Mrei’iyeh, killing 9 terrorists.

A number of gatherings of ISIS terrorists were hit in al-Hawi area, and a vehicle transporting 12 terrorists was destroyed on Mrat road in the eastern countryside of the province.

In the northern and western countryside of Deir Ezzor, more gatherings of ISIS terrorists were targeted in a precise operation near the Water Station in Mheimideh village and Sfeira Tahtani.

ISIS terrorists were also targeted in several operations in separate areas in al-Bukamal city, 130 southeast of Deir Ezzor city.

The operations resulted in destroying a23 mm machinegun in al-Kitf area and two vehicles equipped with machineguns and an ammunition depot near al-Masmakeh and al-Sinaa areas, in addition to destroying two vehicles, one of which equipped with machinegun, in al-Baghouz area.

Aleppo

A field source told SANA that units of the army restored security and stability to villages of Barhlin, Sin and al-Jdeidah in Aleppo eastern countryside.

earlier, the army’s air force destroyed positions, fortifications and vehicles equipped with machineguns belonging to ISIS terrorists in the villages of Burj Azzawi, al-Sin, al-Tanbar and Jeb al-Ali in al-Sfeira area the eastern countryside of Aleppo province.

ISIS terrorists suffered heavy losses during army operations against their sites in the villages of Tallet al-Shawaya, al-Tibeh, Barlahin and al-Sin in the northeastern countryside of the province.

Gatherings of terrorists and their vehicles were hit in army airstrikes in al-Ameriyeh village in Aleppo southern countryside.

An army unit targeted terrorists’ positions and fortifications in Souran village, destroying them and killing all the terrorists at the sites.

In Aleppo city, army units hit gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations in the neighborhoods of al-Rashidin, Bani Zaid, Karm al-Trab, al-Jandoul and al-Jalloum. A heavy cannon was destroyed in al-Mayser neighborhood.

Daraa

An army unit targeted gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Busra al-Sham city, 40 km to the east of Daraa city, destroying sites, vehicles and weapons, a military source told SANA.

Army operations in Daraa city resulted in destroying a mortar launcher and a fortified post for terrorists in al-Karak quarter, a hideout and a vehicle in al-Abbassiyeh quarter and another hideout near Busra Square in Daraa al-Mahatta neighborhood.

A number of terrorists were killed or injured in al-Nazihin Camp quarter.

Large amounts of munitions, including Israeli-made weapons, seized in western Sweida
14 February، 2016
Sweida, SANA

The authorities concerned in Sweida, in cooperation with the locals, seized on Sunday a vehicle loaded with large amounts of arms and ammunition in the western countryside of the southern province.

A source at Sweida Governorate told SANA that the vehicle was heading to the terrorist organizations operating in the eastern countryside of the neighboring Daraa province.

The arms and ammunition which were confiscated included 7 Israeli-made anti-tank rocket launchers, 62 shells, 128 RPG shells of different kinds, 43 120 mm mortar rounds, 42 82 mm mortar rounds and 100 23 mm machinegun bullets.

Earlier on Saturday, the authorities, in cooperation with the popular committees, seized hundreds of U.S. and Israeli-made anti-tank mines loaded in a pickup in the western countryside of Sweida. The weapons were bound for the terrorists in eastern al-Badiya (desert).

On January 20th, the authorities in Sweida foiled an operation to smuggle a large quantity of ammunition for medium-sized and heavy weapons from eastern Daraa to terrorist organizations in al-Badiya.

Mass grave of over 100 people killed by ISIS found in eastern Deir Ezzor
14 February، 2016
Deir Ezzor, SANA

A mass grave was uncovered in Mrat town in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor province containing tens of bodies of people who were killed by ISIS terrorists.

The grave, which was found by the town’s locals, consists of a trench in the “7th kilometers” area near Mrat town.

Local sources told SANA reporter that the remains of more than 100 people shot dead, including children, were buried in the mass grave.

A similar grave was found by the locals of al-Kishkiyeh town in the eastern Deir Ezzor in December 2014 that contained the remains of tens of people from al-Shei’tat tribe who were shot dead by ISIS terrorists.

Two people killed in a terrorist car bomb attack in al-Saan, Hama
14 February، 2016
Hama, SANA

Two people were killed in a terrorist car bomb attack at the eastern entrance of al-Saan town, 80 km east of Hama city.

A source at Hama governorate told SANA reporter on Sunday that the bombing, which took place at dawn, was carried out by an ISIS suicide bomber, who detonated a car packed with huge amounts of explosives.

The source confirmed that the attack claimed the lives of two people and left 8 others injured.