Syrian Front : Strategic Aleppo City of Tel Rifat Liberated

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Syrian Kurds, Backed up by Russian Air Force, Liberate Strategic Aleppo City of Tel Rifat

TEHRAN (FNA)- Kurdish forces known as the YPG, who have recently bonded with the government, prevailed over the terrorists in the highly strategic city of Tel Rifat in Northern Aleppo and captured the city Monday night.

The People’s Protection Units (YPG) who enjoyed the Russian air backup prevailed the terrorists’ positions from the Western direction and shook hand with other Kurdish troops who entered the town from the North.

The YPG Kurds have recently bonded with the Damascus government. The Syrian army sent several arms cargoes to the YPG troops in the Northeastern province of Hasaka and trained the first group of Kurdish volunteer forces in the provincial capital city of Hasaka last week.

FNA battlefield dispatches said Monday night that heavy clashes are underway on the Eastern outskirts of the city as Ahrar al-Sham terrorists and groups of Al-Nusra Front – that have just arrived in Northern Aleppo via the Turkish territories – are retreating from their positions.

The Kurdish fighters, backed up by the Russian fighter jets, Syrian army artillery units and popular forces launched the assault on the terrorists in Tel Rifat in two fronts.

The first units of the YPG engaged in clashes with the terrorists from the Western direction of the strategic town North of Aleppo province, while other units started an attack from the Northern flank.

The first group arrived at the Western gates of the town on Sunday, while the second group had to purge several small towns and villages to open up the path to Tel Rifat and, hence, arrived in the Northern parts of the city on Monday.

The second groups of Kurdish fighters approaching the strategic town from the North comprised of YPG and SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) units.

The SDF that is comprised of mainly Kurdish fighters as well as a few hundred Syrian Arab dissident forces have received trainings from the US and have been provided with scanty US-coalition air support in their battles in Raqqa province in Northeastern Syria; but in Northern and Northwestern battlefronts, they have been operating alongside the YPG and received the Russian air backup in their Aleppo wars that started with the conquest of Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates early in February.

Assisted by the Syrian army – that has along with popular forces and Hezbollah conquered almost all militant-held regions in Eastern, Southern, Western and Northwestern Aleppo province – and Russian air support, the Kurdish forces fighting against the terrorists in North-Northeast Aleppo province have been making striking advances against the Al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and ISIL terrorists in February.

“The militant groups have been surprised by the rapid offensive of the Kurdish fighters and have been pinned down behind their defense lines in Tel Rifat,” sources from the Western flank told FNA on Sunday.

“The Russian warplanes carried out several combat sorties over the militants’ position in the around the town and destroyed their defense lines,” they added.

Later on Sunday, the Kurdish fighters, backed by Russian fighter jets, engaged in intense clashes with the terrorist groups at the Western entrance of the strategic town and captured several building blocks.

To hinder to slow down the rapid advances of the Northern units, Turkey relocated hundreds of terrorists from Idlib province to Aleppo via its soil in the weekend.

“At least 400 militants were transferred to Northern Aleppo to help the terrorists who are losing the ground to the Kurdish fighters who are backed by Russian air force,” Arab media outlets disclosed on Sunday.

In addition, the Turkish army started days of nonstop pounding of the Kurdish fighters in Northern Aleppo on Friday to pin them down specially in the North and prevent them from shaking hands with other Kurdish troops fighting in the Northern Aleppo town.

The Turkish army shelling has targeted both Syrian army positions in Northern Lattakia and Kurdish fronts in Northern Aleppo and continued for four days now.

Several villages in vast areas of Afrin in Northwestern Syria came under artillery shelling by the Turkish army and terrorist groups all throughout Sunday.

The Turkish army, Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham pounded the villages of Marimin and Anab in Afrin region on Sunday. Residents of Marimin and Anab said that their villages were hit with over numerous rockets and 30 artillery shells today.

Report said on Saturday that Turkey’s army shelled Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions near the city of Azaz in Northwestern Syria. Turkish forces started shelling an airbase and a village, recently captured by Kurds, in Aleppo province in Syria.

A Kurdish official confirmed that the shelling targeted the Minaq air base located South of Azaz in Aleppo province.

“Turkish forces started shelling People’s Protection Units [YPG] positions on the territory of the Minaq airbase,” a YPG spokesperson told the Arabic-language TV channel, Al-Mayadeen on Saturday.

Turkey vowed on Sunday that it would not allow the pro-government forces in Syria to capture the militant-held city of Azaz close to its border.

On Monday, the Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG), enjoying Russian air backup, continued to advance against the militant groups in the Northern part of Aleppo province and stormed the militant groups’ defense lines near the small town of Kaljabrein in the surroundings of Tal Rifat, killing, at least, 40 terrorists.

The Russian fighter jets have played significant role in the recent victories of the Kurdish fighters in the province.

The Kurdish fighters seized control over Kaljabrein-Tal Rifat road and killed one of the commanders of Jeish al-Fatah, nom de guerre Ismayeel Naddaf.

Later on Monday, a main line of supply of the terrorist groups to Tal Rifat was cut by the heavy mortar shelling of the YPG forces.

“The YPG forces, deployed on the road of Ein al-Daqnah to Kaljabrein, pounded a road connecting Tal Rifat to the towns of Azaz and Marea in the Northern part of Aleppo province, leaving the militants in Tal Rifat with no way towards its Northern side,” sources said.

Sources also said “both the Kurdish fighters and the terrorists have been targeting each other by their artillery shelling since the early hours of this (Monday) morning”.

A report said earlier today that the Syrian army once again deployed the Russian T-90 tanks against the terrorists in Aleppo Front in Northern Syria.


 

Syrian Army Repels Militants’ Massive Offensive North of Aleppo

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army troops thwarted the terrorists’ large-scale attack on government forces’ lines of defense in the Northern part of Aleppo province, military sources said.

Scores of the militants were killed or wounded after their attempts to prevail over the defense lines of the Syrian army positions in Tal al-Madhafah in the Southern part of Handarat were repelled by the army men.

The militants’ military grid also sustained major damage in the failed attack.

Reports said a few hours ago that a main line of supply of the terrorist groups to the strategic town of Tal Rifat in the Northern part of Aleppo province was cut by the heavy mortar shelling of the Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG).

“The YPG forces, deployed on the road of Ein al-Daqnah to Kaljabrein, pounded a road connecting Tal Rifat to the towns of Azaz and Marea in the Northern part of Aleppo province, leaving the militants in Tal Rifat with no way towards its Northern side,” the sources said.

“In the meantime, a tough battle is underway in the Western entrance of Tal Rifat between the Kurdish fighters and the militants,” the sources further added.

“Both the Kurdish fighters and the terrorists have been targeting each other by their artillery shelling since the early hours of this morning,” the sources went on to say.

Syrian Army Wins Back 2 Key Villages, Strategic Hilltop in Aleppo

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army continued its advances in Eastern Aleppo by seizing back two strategic villages and their surrounding areas in fierce clashes with the militants.

The army units took full control of al-Tayyeba village and its surrounding farms.

The Syrian army also won back Abu Zaneh village, Abu Zaneh hilltop and the surrounding farms which are only 300 meters from the thermal power plant.

Taking back al-Tayyeba and Abu Zaneh villages which are very close to Aleppo thermal power plant will pave the way for taking it back from the militants.

Earlier today, the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) targeted the militant groups’ positions in the Eastern part of Aleppo province and forced them to retreat from their defense lines in at least two villages.

The Syrian pro-government forces, in a several-hour battle, pushed back the militant groups from the villages of Barhlin and al-Jdeidah.

The militants suffered a heavy death toll and their military hardware also sustained major losses.

Reports said earlier today that the militant groups operating in the Northern part of Aleppo province pulled their forces back from one more strategic village under the heavy attacks of the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

The YPG fighters continued to advance against the terrorist groups in the Northern battlefields of the country and seized back the village of Ein al-Daqnah in the Eastern side of the village of Minaq in a several-hour battle.


 

The army continues combating terrorism throughout the country
15 February، 2016
Provinces, SANA

The Syrian Arab Army,backed by the Syria air force, continued Monday fighting terrorism across the country, destroying terrorists’ positions, vehicles and gatherings in different provinces.

Homs

The Syrian army air force last night and on Monday morning carried out strikes against positions and vehicles of ISIS terrorists and other Takfiri organizations in the countryside of Homs province.

A military source told SANA that the army air force destroyed positions and vehicles belonging to ISIS terrorists in the villages of al-Rik, Abu Tirraha and Unq al-Hawa.

The source added that ISIS terrorists suffered heavy losses in personnel and equipment in airstrikes carried out by the army air force against their hotbeds and positions in Palmyra City, al-Kassarat area and al-Qaryatain village in the eastern and southeastern countryside of the province.

In the northern countryside, the army air force destroyed positions and vehicles of ISIS terrorists in intensive bombardments against their fortifications and gatherings to the east of al-Ghantou village and Um al-Rish village.

Aleppo

Army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, restored stability and security to Masqan and Ahrad villages in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

Earlier, Army units established control over al-Tiba village and its farms in Kwairis Sharqi area in Aleppo’s eastern countryside, eliminating the remaining ISIS terrorists in it, a military source told SANA.

The source said engineering units combed the village and its farms and dismantled explosive devices left behind by the defeated terrorists.

The source also stated that security and stability were restored to the village of Kafr Naya 25 km north of Aleppo city.

Meanwhile, sources on the ground said army units carried out operations targeting movements and fortified positions of ISIS terrorists in the surroundings of the thermal power station in al-Tiba village, destroying 12 machinegun-equipped vehicles.

Over the past 24 hours, units of the army and the armed forces in Aleppo carried out intensive operations against dens and fortifications of terrorist organizations in a number of neighborhoods in Aleppo City.

Units of the army destroyed gatherings of terrorist organizations in concentrated strikes carried out in the neighborhoods of Bab al-Nayrab, Karm al-Qatirji, al-Sheikh Khedr and al-Ansari.

Terrorists’ hotbeds, arms and ammunition were also destroyed in the strikes and a number of them were killed.

Hama

The Syrian army air force carried out intensive sorties on the gatherings of ISIS terrorist organization in many villages in the eastern countryside of Hama province, inflicting heavy losses on terrorists in personnel and equipment.

The sorties resulted in destroying gatherings, positions and vehicles equipped with machineguns in the villages of Jana al-Albawi, Abu Hbeilat, Abu al-Hanaya, Salba and Ukeirbat.

Idleb

In Idleb countryside, the army air force targeted gatherings for Jabhat al-Nura and other terrorist organizations in Abu al-Duhour, 50km southeast of Idleb city, destroying vehicles equipped with different machineguns.

A number of vehicles loaded with arms and equipped with machineguns for Jaish al-Fateh terrorist organization were destroyed in army airstrikes in Kefr Uweid village in the southwestern countryside of Idleb province.

At least 20 terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra, Jaish al-Fateh and al-Izza gathering were killed and scores others were injured during air strikes against their dens in al-Lattamneh, Abu al-Duhour and al-Hamediyeh towns.

Deir Ezzor

While in the eastern province of Deor Ezzor, the Syrian army inflicted heavy losses on ISIS terrorists in personnel and equipment in air strikes in Deir Ezzor countryside during the past 24 hours, according to the military source.

The Syrian air strikes targeted ISIS hideouts and hotbeds in al-Bagheiliya village, 6km west of Deir Ezzor city, destroying a number of vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns.

The army air force destroyed ISIS vehicles and gatherings in al-Mrei’eiyeh village and west of Deir Ezzor military airport.

Lattakia

Army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, restore stability and security to Rweiset al-Jalta, Ard al-Qarm, Dahret al-Kroum and the Point 665 in Lattakia northern countryside.

The source said that army continued advancing and destroyed the last gatherings of terrorist organizations in these areas, while terrorists fled away towards Syrian-Turkish borders.

The army’s engineering units dismantled a number of explosive devices and landmines which terrorists planted earlier in the area to prevent the army’s advance.

The Syrian Air Force destroyed positions and vehicles for terrorist organizations in Kenseba town and its suburb and in the villages of Ain al-Qantara, Qal’et al-Tuyal, al-Sheikh Yousef, and Rewesit al-Moqnas in the northern countryside of Lattakia province.


 

Terrorists target journalists with rocket in Lattakia countryside
15 February، 2016
Lattakia, SANA

Terrorists fired a rocket at a media delegation consisting of correspondents and reporters from a number of media outlets who were covering the army’s counter-terrorism operations in Lattakia countryside.

SANA’s correspondent, who was part of the media delegation, said terrorists fired a heat-seeking guided missile at reporters and photojournalists who were in Ara village 55 km northeast of Lattakia city.

He said the attack caused material damage in the area, but fortunately none of the journalists were harmed.

Hazem Sabbagh


 

Turkey shells YPG targets in Syria for 3rd day
15 February، 2016
RT

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu said on Monday Ankara will not allow the town of Azaz in northern Syria to fall to the Kurdish YPG forces and promised the “harshest reaction,” if the group attempts to re-take the city.

“YPG elements were forced away from around Azaz. If they approach again they will see the harshest reaction. We will not allow Azaz to fall,” Davutoglu told reporters aboard his plane bound for Ukraine, Reuters reported.

He said the Turkish military would render Syria’s Menagh air base “unusable” if YPG forces do not retreat from the area, which they previously captured from Islamist militants. He warned the YPG not to move east of its Afrin region or west of the Euphrates River.

Turkish security forces hit Kurdish militia targets in Syria for the third day in a row Monday. A Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman said the strikes came after a border security outpost was attacked in the morning.

“Today our border security outpost in the Hatay area at the Syrian border was attacked. Retaliation shots were fired in return,” spokesman Tanju Bilgic told reporters.

News has also come in that missiles hit a children’s hospital, a school and other locations in Azaz, killing more than 14 people, according to a medic and two residents who were cited by Reuters. Speaking at a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Davutoglu claimed that a “Russian ballistic missile launched from the Caspian Sea” hit both the school and the hospital.

Syrian Ambassador to Russia Accuses US of Airstrike on Hospital in Idleb

Meanwhile, a Turkish security official speaking with Reuters said seven Russian missiles struck a hospital.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday that Turkish strikes on Syrian territory breach the UN Security Council’s resolution, and called on Ankara to cease immediately the ongoing “military provocations.”

“Starting February 13, Turkish artillery amassed on the border with Syria is hitting on a massive scale the Syrian residential areas recently freed from the terrorists by government and Kurdish forces,” the Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement said. “There are multiple reports of people killed and injured among the civilians; the infrastructure and residential buildings have been destroyed.”

“In the meantime, according to incoming information, the Turkish side continues to indulge an unlawful infiltration of fresh armed jihadi and mercenary groups into Syria, set to reinforce Jabhat Al-Nusra, Islamic State and other terrorist groups’ units who suffered casualties in the battle.”

Kurdish YPG militia and moderate units of the Free Syrian Army re-took the town of Azaz earlier in February, previously held by Al-Nusra Front militants.

On Saturday, the Turkish Army launched a massive shelling attack on Kurdish targets near the city of Azaz in northwest Syria, including an air base recently retaken from Islamist rebels. It also hit Syrian forces across the border, according to media reports.

Speaking on Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu threatened Syrian Kurds with military action, saying that if there is a threat to Turkey, “we will strike the PYD [Kurdish Democratic Union Party] like we did Qandil,” referring to a violent bombing campaign waged by Turkey against the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) in its Qandil mountain stronghold in northern Iraq.

Later in the day, the Syrian government sent an official letter to the UN, strongly condemning Turkish actions and describing it as supporting terrorist groups.

“In addition, Turkish artillery bombarded the towns of Maraanaz, al-Malikiyah, Minagh, Ain Dakna and Bazi Bagh, which are home to the civilian population,” the complaint addressed to the UN Secretary General and the UN Security Council said.

The letter added that 12 trucks mounted with heavy machine guns and carrying around 100 fighters entered Syrian territory from Turkey through the Bab al-Salam checkpoint on Saturday. The claim was later denied by the Turkish government.

“It’s an absolutely unacceptable situation – what’s going on there on the Turkish-Syrian border. Syria complained to the Security Council, and provided all the materials on this issue. We will definitely support raising this issue in the Security Council,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told RT on Monday.

“The international community and the global media is so concerned about the humanitarian situation in Syria, about accusing Russia in doing this or that and they paid no attention toward what’s going on not far from or just on the Turkish-Syrian border and what Turks are doing there and the humanitarian situation there – it’s a disaster.”
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Washington and Paris have called on Turkey to cease its massive artillery bombardment against Kurdish targets and de-escalate tensions on all sides.

“We are concerned about the situation north of Aleppo and are working to de-escalate tensions on all sides,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. “We have also seen reports of artillery fire from the Turkish side of the border and urged Turkey to cease such fire.”

Referring to comments from US State Department spokesman John Kirby, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said Ankara is “shocked” by remarks from Washington that put Turkey in the same basket as the Kurdish YPG group. Kirby urged both Turkey and the Syrian Kurds to focus on tackling a “common threat” from Islamic State militants.

Bilgic added Turkey will not seek permission to fight against “any terrorist organizations.”

The French Foreign Ministry also urged Turkey to halt the artillery strikes on Kurdish areas in Syria.

“France is worried about the deteriorating situation in the region of Aleppo and the north of Syria. We call for the cessation of all bombardments, those of the regime and its allies on the entire territory and those of Turkey in the Kurdish zones,” Paris said in a statement.


 

Kurdish Fighters Cut More Supply Routes of Militants in Aleppo

TEHRAN (FNA)- A main line of supply of the terrorist groups to the strategic town of Tal Rifat in the Northern part of Aleppo province has been cut by the heavy mortar shelling of the Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG), battlefield sources said minutes ago.

“The YPG forces, deployed on the road of Ein al-Daqnah to Kaljabrein, pounded a road connecting Tal Rifat to the towns of Azaz and Marea in the Northern part of Aleppo province, leaving the militants in Tal Rifat with no way towards its Northern side,” the sources said.

“In the meantime, a tough battle is underway in the Western entrance of Tal Rifat between the Kurdish fighters and the militants,” the sources further added.

“Both the Kurdish fighters and the terrorists have been targeting each other by their artillery shelling since the early hours of this morning,” the sources went on to say.

A report said earlier today that the Syrian army once again deployed the Russian T-90 tanks against the terrorists in Aleppo Front in Northern Syria.

“The deployment of the Russian T-90 tanks in the ongoing battles against the terrorist groups in Aleppo province has given the Arab country’s army the upper-hand in the war against the foreign-backed terrorists,” the army said.

“The YPG forces have infiltrate into the militants’ defense lines in the Western entrance of Tal Rifat and have thus far captured several building blocks inside the town,” the sources said.

Earlier reports said that the YPG continued to push back the militant groups in the Northern part of Syria’s Aleppo province and entered a key village after several hours of fierce clashes.

The YPG fighters left no safe place for the militants in Kafr Naya East of Kafin and forced them to retreat from the village.

Scores of the terrorists were killed or wounded and their military grid also sustained major losses.


 

Ceasefire Agreement: Goal Is to Retake Syria

Official Statement of the International Syria Support Group

TEHRAN (FNA)- It didn’t work in Yemen. It won’t work in Syria either. Despite that, Powers have agreed on a ceasefire on Syria, which is expected to take effect next week.

Which means fighting is continuing, especially when it comes to Russian airstrikes and Syrian military gains on the ground backed by popular forces and Iranian military advisors. After all, this is not about partitioning Syria or giving territory to the foreign-backed terrorists. This is still about retaking Syria come what may.

Little wonder the terrorist groups and their patrons insist the deal will “never work” and complain about the terms of the pact. They express particular annoyance that Russia is allowed to continue its air campaign at all, even with the deal limiting them to airstrikes against ISIL and Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front. It would’ve been unthinkable, however, for the ceasefire deal to oblige an end to attacks on ISIL and Al-Qaeda.

Little did they forget what is going on in Syria is not a civil war. The deal is not structured to serve the purposes of regime changers, and certainly it is not about unilaterally installing them as the new government. In fact, it’s unsurprising they aren’t totally on board. Well, they should be:

Just hours before the ceasefire deal was announced, President Bashar al-Assad welcomed the efforts to get peace talks going with opposition, while saying that such deals would not distract from the effort to fight the internationally-recognized terrorist groups.

Ultimately, Assad went on to announce that the goal is to defeat all manners of terrorism and extremism in a bid to reunite all of Syria, meaning the Real War on Terror in alliance with Iran, Russia and Lebanon’s Hezbollah is going to take “a long time.”

In other words, the Alliance is not planning to give up any part of the country, and that they will continue to present reunification of Syria as their ultimate goal, which sits well with international law and the United Nations Charter. As for those dreaming of troop deployment, particularly Turkey and Saudi Arabia, in a desperate attempt to turn the situation in favour of the terrorist goons, President has warned that Syria would “confront” invading armies.

Meaning, real war on all manners of terrorism and extremism in Syria is still far from over. What’s more, Russian and Iranian officials and military commanders have already warned that in alliance with Syria and Hezbollah they would continue the fight and take direct action if Damascus and other Syrian cities come under attack from terrorists and their backers.

So the international community will have to work harder than this in the upcoming Syria talks in order to find a peaceful solution to the crisis. This also means Tehran and Moscow don’t trust the regime changers – the War Party and its regional vassals – unless they prove they can be trusted. Which means before anything else they have to stop supplying arms and harbouring extremist outfits.

Until then, Tehran, Russia, Syria and Hezbollah will resort to any possible means to protect the elected government of Syria and its territorial integrity. This shouldn’t come as surprise:

The US and its coalition are not serious in the fight against ISIL or even interested in Syria talks. They support ISIL in Syria and fight ISIL in Iraq, which is apprehensive. The US-led coalition is not inclusive and they cannot and won’t defeat ISIL for obvious reasons.

It is with this background and understanding that the people of Syria say they want to see the Alliance take on ISIL and Al-Qaeda in their country – ceasefire agreement notwithstanding. And why not. As admitted by the Pentagon, they are winning the war anyhow.