Syrian Front : Russia Performed 444 Combat Missions, Destroyed 1593 Terrorist Targets

Syrian Front : Strategic Aleppo City of Tel Rifat Liberated
Syrian Front : Turkish Attack a Provocation, Providing Direct Support to Da’esh
Syrian Front : Turkey Shells Airbase Held by Kurds in Aleppo Province
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on Turkish Attack
Syrian Ambassador to Russia Accuses US of Airstrike on Hospital in Idleb
February 4 -11: Russian Air Forces Destroy 1,900 Terrorist Facilities in Syria
Syrian Front : Forces Liberate Aleppo Heights


On February 10-16, aircraft of the Russian aviation group in the Syrian Arab Republic performed 444 combat sorties engaging 1593 terrorists’ objects

On February 10-16, aircraft of the Russian aviation group in the Syrian Arab Republic have performed 444 combat sorties engaging 1593 terrorists’ objects in the provinces of Deir ez-Zor, Daraa, Homs, Hama, Latakia and Aleppo.

In the course of the last day, the government troops and forces of the patriotic opposition have liberated more than 100 square kilometers including 7 inhabited areas in the north and northwest of Syria.

Since the beginning of the month, more than 800 square kilometers and 73 inhabited areas have been liberated from terrorists in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The Syrian authorities are establishing peaceful life in all towns and villages. The civilians are receiving humanitarian aid. Electricity, water and communication services are being recovered. Local security agencies start working at the liberated areas.


After the framework agreements aimed at finishing of combat actions in Syria had been reached last week, terrorist groupings have immediately become more active in the south and especially in the north of the country.

Territorial tensions between illegal armed groups, which were located in the southwest of the Aleppo province and in the northwest of the Idlib province, have become more intensive.

Near Aleppo, terrorists are evacuating their families to the north of the province, to the Turkish border because of the complicated situation. However, in general, only injured militants are crossing the border with no restriction because of border control tightening by the Turkish authorities.

Alongside, weapons, munitions and reinforcements are delivered to militants in Idlib and Aleppo over the Turkish-Syrian border at nighttime.


Since the end of the last week, Turkey has been conducting massive artillery strikes of large-caliber artillery against the Syrian government forces as well as units of the patriotic opposition in border areas.

Means of the objective monitoring data registered more than 100 artillery shots against bordering inhabited areas in the Aleppo province.

Ankara has launched an aggressive information campaign in the leading world media agencies against Russia in order to prevent the loss of control over the northern and northwestern parts of Syria. There the Turkish leadership has been absolute landlords for the last years.

Since yesterday, the Russian Defence Ministry has received lots of accusations from the Turkish leadership, their allies and controlled branches of famous organizations.

Yesterday, during his visit to Ukraine, the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu even came to the point of speaking about alleged strike performed by Russia from the Caspian Sea with the BALLISTIC MISILLE against a hospital in the Idlib province.

It is to be stressed that the Caspian Flotilla has no warship capable of performing such launches of ballistic missiles.

Moreover, in the course of the previous day, the number of messages of the Western media concerning allegedly engaged non-military objects and victims of the Russian aviation in Syria was growing as a snowball. From one hospital in Idlib in the morning to 5 hospitals and even several schools by the end of the day.

Not only in Idlib, but in Azaz (Aleppo province) too.

To achieve significant public response, all the engaged hospitals were reported as being “supported” by representatives of the “Doctors Without Borders” organization.

Then, to achieve the maximum likeness with the incident of destruction of a hospital in Kunduz (Afghanistan) by the American aviation, right on cue, the word “supported” was forgotten.

By the evening live television broadcasts, the bombed objects transformed in “hospitals of “Doctors Without Borders”.

First of all, it is to be claimed that only Turkish authorities new about the fact that there had been hospitals of the “Doctors Without Borders” organization in Idlib and Azaz by the previous day. There is no information concerning these establishments anywhere including the website of the “Doctors Without Borders”.

Moreover, messages concerning the allegedly destroyed hospitals and schools in Azaz dated February 10 can be simply found on the website.

In other words, this fabrication had been prepared but not realized the day before the meeting of the heads of foreign ministries of Russia and the USA in Munich, the results of which, as the Russian Defence Ministry assumes, are so opposed by Turkey.

In the message dated February 15 concerning the allegedly destroyed hospital in Idlib, there is no photo or video of this building: neither undamaged nor destroyed. By the way, “Doctors Without Borders” document their activities very thoroughly with photos and videos in all countries.

It is to be emphasized one more time: neither Syria, nor Idlib or Aleppo; it was the Turkish city of Gaziantep near the border with Syria.

By the way, that was the city where, by a strange coincidence, the largest training camps had been organized under the aegis of the Turkish secret services for militants arriving into the country from other countries including CIS who were then sent to Syria to fight within terrorist groupings.

If anybody in the Turkish Republic thinks that the Russian party does not guess that, they should not indulge in illusions.

Both messages concerning the allegedly destroyed hospitals and schools in Azaz dated February 10 and Idlib dated February 15 have the same origin – “Gaziantep. Turkey”.

The information concerning the place where these fabrications had been made has been published, apparently due to negligence of authors or editors of the website.

In conclusion, it is to be reminded one more time, that the Russian Armed Forces jointly with the partners have deployed a multi-level reconnaissance system which provides acquisition of true information 24 hours a day concerning the activities of terrorists on the territory of Syria and some of the country’s neighbours.

All the strikes on the terrorists’ objects are carried out only after multiple check of the received data and coordination of actions to exclude risks for civilians.

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

Russian Minister of Defence General of the Army Sergei Shoigu met his Iranian colleague

Today, the Minister of Defence of the Islamic Republic of Iran Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan has met the Russian Minister of Defence General of the Army Sergei Shoigu within the official visit to Russia. Previously, he had been received by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

The ministers discussed the implementation of the Intergovernmental agreement on military cooperation which had formed the basis of the Russian-Iranian interaction in this field.

The parties confirmed mutual interest in raising the efficiency of activities held by the defence departments in order to develop troops and forces of two countries.

The parties positively assessed the reached cooperation level in military and military-technical fields between the countries and planned future steps on its successive development.

Moreover, the sides shared their opinions concerning topical issues of security in the Middle East and Central Asia.

The meeting was held in the friendly atmosphere. The parties confirmed mutual interest in further development of multipurpose cooperation between the defence departments.

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation


Russian pilots have no goal except to help those fighting terrorists in Syria
16 February، 2016
Moscow, SANA

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on Turkish Attack

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Tuesday that the main goal of the Russian airstrikes in Syria is supporting the Syrian forces and others who are fighting ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and other terrorist organizations.

In a press statement on Tuesday, Zakharova said that Russia’s goal in Syria is to fight terrorism, adding that the Russian pilots have no goal but to support the Syrian army, popular protection units, and fighters of the moderate nationalist opposition against ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and other terrorist organizations.

Zakharova denied accusations against Russia which claimed that the Russian aircrafts target positions that are not for terrorists, emphasizing that the Russian strikes adhere to what had been agreed upon at the meeting of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) in Munich.

Zakharova added that it is strange to hear about countries that bomb hospitals in Afghanistan and supply a party with cluster bombs to hit civilian sites in Yemen saying they care about people’s lives, in a clear reference to the United States.

Regarding towns north of Syria, Zakharova explained that some international parties appealed to Russia not to approach a corridor around 100 km wide on the Syrian-Turkish borders in the surrounding of Azaz town, noting that later it became clear that the intention behind it was only to ensure that this part of the borders can be used to continue supplying ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and other terrorist organizations with arms and munitions from the Turkish side.

The Russian spokeswoman said “After all this, the Turkish leadership’s statements about respecting sovereignty of the states in the region and territorial integrity seem strange,” noting that the Turkish forces are present on Iraqi territory without permission from Baghdad, and now Turkey is trying to choose who must be on this spot or that one in Syria.

Zakharova called all partners of Russia to comply with the resolutions issued by the meeting of the ISSG in Munich with precision, in addition to calling for the full implementation of UN Security Council resolution no. 2254, and adherence to the principles agreed in the framework of the Vienna formula which constitute a realistic basis for the political settlement in Syria to serve the interests of all Syrians without exceptions.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concern about the aggressive acts by the Turkish regime towards Syria, considering that the Turkish shelling of Syrian territories is a support for international terrorism and a violation of Security Council resolutions.

Qabas / Hazem Sabbagh


SyAAF took out an ISIS 12-truck convoy on al-Jnenea/al-Husainea axis in Dair al-Zoor

Syrian Arab Army

The Syrian Army units are inside the Thermal Power Plant in Eastern Aleppo.

The units lead by Commander Colonel Suhail al-Hassan penetrated ISIS defenses and took the battle inside. However, the plant is not yet completely secured.

This plant is one of the largest power plants in Syria, it is the major electricity supplier for the city of Aleppo and its countryside.

The Syrian government left the plant neutral in the beginning of the crisis, deploying only 50 security forces, the highest rank there was a Captain, as a sign to leave the plant, and such infrastructure out of the conflict.

However, the Western backed terrorists known as “moderates” by the west entered the plant in November 2013. After that, these terrorists showed their true colors and cut electricity off the city of Aleppo to pressure the Syrian forces to withdraw. Then most of these fighters pledge loyalty to ISIS, thus leaving ISIS in control of a plant, which if detonated can kill ~25 thousand people.

Further updates when available.

Syrian Arab Army


Ara village in Lattakia countryside…Witness on crimes of the mercenaries of Saudi Arabia’s and Erdogan’s regimes
16 February، 2016\


Army restores security to different areas across the country, inflicts heavy losses upon terrorists
16 February، 2016
Provinces, SANA

Units of the army and the armed forces on Tuesday continued to launch wide-scaled military operations against dens and positions against the Takfiri terrorist organizations across the country, inflicting heavy losses upon them in the arms and personnel.

Lattakia

Army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, restored stability and security to Basour valley and Ain al-Ghazal mountain in the northern countryside of Lattakia, a military source told SANA.

Earlier, a military source said that army units, in cooperation with the backing forces, restored security and stability to Balla and Shalaf villages in the province’s northern countryside, with the army eliminating terrorists’ hotbeds and fortifications in the two villages, inflicting heavy losses upon them before many of them fled towards the Syrian-Turkish borders.

The source clarified that engineering units of the army dismantled explosives planted by terrorists to hinder the advance of the army units.

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

Hama, Idleb

Field sources affirmed that the army killed at least 6 terrorists and destroyed their dens in special operations in Lahaya and al-Tamana’a villages in Hama and Idleb countryside.

Homs

Units of the army destroyed dens for ISIS terrorists and vehicles, some of them equipped with heavy machine guns, in Tloul al-Sud, Mintar and Jabal al-Rmeili in Homs south-eastern countryside.

The army units also inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorists in the villages of Rajm al-Qasr, Habra and al-Maqal’e in Tadmur countryside, killing a number of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Talbesah too.

Damascus countryside

Units of the army restored security and stability to a number of farms and surrounding points in Tal Farzat to the west of Nashabiyah and a number of farms near al-Blaliyah in eastern Ghouta of Damascus countryside.

Deir Ezzor

The army’s air force destroyed 12 vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns between al-Jneineh and al-Husseiniyah in Deir Ezzor countryside.

Quneitra

Army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, thwarted terrorist organizations’ infiltration and attack attempt towards Kroum Jebba, al-Ajraf and eastern al-Sammadaniya in the countryside of Quneitra.

Terrorists Fleeing to Turkey as Syrian Army Advances in Lattakia Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of Takfiri terrorists are trying to cross the border into Turkey after losing vast territories and tens of their comrades in a massive offensive of the Syrian Army troops and popular forces in the Northern parts of Lattakia province.

The terrorist groups sustained major losses in the battlefronts as the Syrian army and its allies are hunting them down in the Northern territories of Lattakia province.

Tens of terrorists have been killed and dozens more have been injured in heavy clashes with the Syrian troops in Northern Aleppo in the recent weeks as the army conducted massive assaults to win back more villages and towns in the region.

The Syrian government forces have had eye-catching victories in Lattakia in the recent weeks.

Earlier today, the Syrian Army and National Defense Forces (NDF) managed to liberate more areas in the Northern regions of Lattakia province from militants’ grip, military sources said on Tuesday.

According to the sources in the region, the pro-government forces, keeping on their advances against the terrorists’ positions forced them to retreat from the village of Shalaf, establishing control over the village located in the Southwestern part of Kinsibba in the Northern parts of Lattakia province.

During the operation, the pro-government forces also captured a local ancient castle on the strategic hills overlooking the Shalaf village as militants sustained heavy casualties and their military hardware was destroyed by the Syrian soldiers and their allies.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Syrian Army and their popular allies liberated more areas in Northern Lattakia, including two major towns.

The sources on the ground said the progress by the Syrian army forces made as they aim to push their way into the city of Kinsibba and regaining the control of the key city in rugged areas of Lattakia province.

Meanwhile, informed sources said the Syrian Army’s artillery units pounded militants’ positions in the two cities of Kinsibba and Bdama in Northern areas of Lattakia, inflicting heavy losses on the militants in the towns.

In a recent development in the Northern province, the Syrian Air Force carried out several combat flights over the terrorist groups’ concentration centers in the Northern territories of Lattakia province and targeted them heavily.


 

Russia to Launch Airstrikes on Turkish, Saudi Troops in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Former Head of Russia’s Federal Security Service Nikolai Kovalyov warned Turkey and Saudi Arabia against sending ground troops to Syria, saying that Russian warplanes are likely to launch airstrikes on their positions if they deploy in the war-torn country.

“The Turkish and Saudi officials are well aware that in case of deployment of their forces in the Syrian territories, the Russian air force will likely bomb them,” Kovalyov, also a member of the State Duma’s security and resistance to corruption committee, was quoted as saying by al-Mayadeen news channel on Tuesday.

“If the Saudi and Turkish ground forces enter Syria, they cannot be distinguished from the terrorists and Russia will act upon the demand of the legal Syrian government,” he added.

His remarks came after Saudi Arabia and Turkey said they plan to send ground forces to Syria.

The idea of Riyadh’s possible participation in ground operations in Syria was first raised on February 4 by Ahmed Asiri, a spokesman for the Saudi Defense Ministry.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia are also both part of an effort to create an alleged “Islam Army,” ostensibly aimed at combating terrorism in the region and consisting of 34 Sunni Islam nations.

Almost the entire range of extremist and terrorist groups are supported by Saudi Arabia and Turkey, with their key commanders and leaders being Saudi nationals. ISIL, Al-Nusra and other extremist groups pursue the same line of ideology exercised and promoted by Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism. Hundreds of Saudi clerics are among the ranks of ISIL and Al-Nusra to mentor the militants.

Wahhabism is now the only source of the textbooks taught at schools in the self-declared capital of the ISIL terrorist group, Raqqa, in Northeastern Syria resembling the texts and lessons taught to schoolgoers in Saudi Arabia. The Wahhabi ideology, an extremist version of Sunni Islam that is promoted almost only in Saudi Arabia, sees all other faiths – from other interpretations of Sunni Islam to Shiism, Christianity and Judaism – as blasphemy, meaning that their followers should be decapitated as nonbelievers.

Early in February, the Saudi Defense Ministry said it stood ready to deploy ground troops to Syria to allegedly aid the US-led anti-ISIL, also known as Daesh, coalition.

Riyadh has been a member of the US-led coalition that has been launching airstrikes against Daesh in Syria since September 2014, without the permission of Damascus or the United Nations. In December 2015, Saudi Arabia started its own Muslim 34-nation coalition to allegedly fight Islamic extremism.

Daesh or ISIL/ISIS is a Wahhabi group mentored by Saudi Arabia and has been blacklisted as a terrorist group everywhere in the world, including the United States and Russia, but Saudi Arabia.

Damascus, Tehran and Moscow have issued stern warnings to Riyadh, stressing that the Saudi intruders, who in fact intend to rescue the terrorists that are sustaining heavy defeats these days, will be crushed in Syria.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem warned that any ground operation in Syria without Damascus’ approval is an “act of aggression”, warning that the Saudi aggressors “would go back home in coffins”.

In Tehran, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said Saudi Arabia doesn’t have the guts to send its armed forces to Syria.

“They claim they will send troops (to Syria) but I don’t think they will dare do so. They have a classic army and history tells us such armies stand no chance in fighting irregular resistance forces,” Jafari said.

“This will be like a coup de grâce for them. Apparently, they see no other way but this, and if this is the case, then their fate is sealed,” he added.

Jafari, said this is just cheap talks, but Iran welcomes the Saudi decision if they decide to walk on this path.

Aleppo: Kurdish Fighters Capture Vast Areas, Kill Senior Militant Commander in Tel Rifat

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Kurdish fighters, known as the People’s Protection Units (YPG), continued to advance against the militant groups in the Northern part of Aleppo near the newly-liberated city of Tal Rifat and won back five more villages after killing a top militant commander in the strategic city overnight.

“The Kurdish fighters drove the militant groups back from their positions in the villages of Ahras, Ein Daqnah, Sheikh Halal, Masqan, Sawama’a Jabraein and Kafar Naya after pushing the terrorists back from Tel Rifat in Northern Aleppo province last night,” sources said.

“Hakim Hadbah Abu Ali, one of the senior commanders of Jeish al-Fatah terrorist group in the Northern battlefields of Aleppo, was killed in the battle with the Kurdish fighters in Tal Rifat,” the sources added.

“The militant groups left behind scores of dead and wounded members and fled the battlefront to evade more casualties,” they went on to say.

“In the meantime, the Syrian army and its allies seized back a key village in the Eastern part of Aleppo province,” the sources said.

On Monday night, the YPG, who have recently bonded with the government, prevailed over the terrorists in the highly strategic city of Tal Rifat in Northern Aleppo and captured the city.

The 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 Tal 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 Tal 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 Tal 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 the 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 on Monday that the Syrian army once again deployed the Russian T-90 tanks against the terrorists in Aleppo Front in Northern Syria.

Terrorists Agree to Surrender Key City to Kurds in Lieu of Safe Passage

TEHRAN (FNA)- Opposition sources in Syria’s Northern Aleppo province announced on Tuesday that the Takfiri terrorists have offered a deal to the Kurdish fighters to surrender the city of Marea in exchange for a safe passage.

The Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) have agreed with an offer of the Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham groups to allow them to leave Marea for Sandef without any clashes and surrender Marea to the Kurdish fighters.

The deal was brought up after the striking advances of the Kurdish troops in Northern Aleppo province in the last few days.

Earlier today, the YPG continued advancing in the Northern part of Aleppo province and seized back one more key village in the Southern side of the newly-liberated city of Tal Rifat.

The YPG forces alongside other Kurdish fighters, including the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), drove the militant groups back from the village of Kafr Naseh in a several-hour battle.

The Kurdish fighters are now engaged in a tough battle in some parts of Kafr Naseh to hunt the rest of the terrorists.

Scores of the militants have been killed or severely wounded in the battle in Tel Rifat region – that includes a strategic city and tens of villages – in the last several days.

The Kurdish fighters also are trying to persuade the militant groups to lay down their arms and turn in themselves to the YPG or SDF forces.

With the capture of Tal Rifat and its nearby lands and villages, including Kafr Naseh, the Kurdish fighters have approximately reached the ISIL-held territories in Northeastern regions of Aleppo province.

On Monday night, the YPG, who have recently bonded with the government, prevailed over the terrorists in the highly strategic city of Tal Rifat in Northern Aleppo and captured the city.

The 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 Tal 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 Tal 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 Tal 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 the 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”.

The Syrian army once again deployed the Russian T-90 tanks against the terrorists in Aleppo Front in Northern Syria on Monday.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Kurdish fighters won back five more villages after killing a top militant commander in the strategic overnight.

“The Kurdish fighters drove the militant groups back from their positions in the villages of Ahras, Ein Daqnah, Sheikh Halal, Masqan, Sawama’a Jabraein and Kafar Naya after pushing the terrorists back from Tel Rifat in Northern Aleppo province last night,” sources said.

“Hakim Hadbah Abu Ali, one of the senior commanders of Jeish al-Fatah terrorist group in the Northern battlefields of Aleppo, was killed in the battle with the Kurdish fighters in Tal Rifat,” the sources added.