Syrian Front : Army Controls More Strategic Areas in Lattakia and Aleppo

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General Command: Control established over thermal station in Aleppo province
20 February، 2016
Damascus, SANA

The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces said Army and Armed Forces units established full control over the thermal station in Aleppo’s eastern countryside on Saturday afternoon.

In a statement, the General Command this achievement was made following a series of concentrated and precise operations and with support provided by the Syrian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces, adding that army units also restored security and stability to a number of towns in the province’s eastern countryside after destroying ISIS bases and concentrations in the area.

The General Command said the significance of this achievement lies in the fact that the thermal station is one of the most vital facilities in Syria as it provides Aleppo province and other provinces with electricity, and establishing control over it will restore life to Aleppo province.

The statement said this achievement follows a series of successes for the Armed Forces in Aleppo’s northern countryside and Lattakia’s countryside, proving once again that the Syrian Arab Army and popular defense groups are capable of defeating terrorism and eliminating it, in addition to proving the efficacy of the cooperation and coordination between Syria and its friends.

The General Command asserted that more achievements and victories are forthcoming, which will culminate in restoring security and stability to the entire country, concluding by reiterating its calls on all those who are carrying weapons to lay down their weapons, resolve their legal status, and return to their normal lives.

Hazem Sabbagh

Army units thwart terrorist attack against Family House axis, Aleppo countryside
20 February، 2016

The army restores security to more areas in northern Lattakia and eastern Aleppo
20 February، 2016
Provinces, SANA

The Syrian Arab Army went ahead Saturday in its crackdown against Takfiri terrorists organizations in different Syrian regions, destroying their positions and dens.

Lattakia

The army restored security and stability to a number of villages and strategic points in the northern countryside of Lattakia, a military source said on Saturday.

The villages are al-Hamrat, al-Deirouneh, Nahashba, Ain al-Qantara and Mahshaba, which are located in the surroundings of the strategic Kensabba town that came under the army’s control two days ago.

Other areas including Rweiset al-Kitf, Rweiset Taloukshi and Rweiset Wata al-Sindianeh and a number of strategic points are now in the army’s hands.

The source told SANA that the operations in those areas were carried out in cooperation between the army units and the popular defense groups and were preceded by intensive firing at the terrorists’ remaining positions.

Later, the explosive devices and mines planted by the terrorists were removed.

The army’s air force then continued airstrikes in the surrounding areas, destroying Jabhat al-Nusra sites in Kebaneh village near Kensabba town.

Aleppo

Full control was established over the Thermal Power Station and a number of surrounding villages in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

Army units defeated the remaining remnants of ISIS terrorist organization from the Thermal Power Station and the surrounding areas 30 kilometers to the east of Aleppo.

Army units restored security and stability to the villages of Treikiyeh, al-Zaalaneh, Balat and Tal Alam in the surroundings of the Thermal Power Station in al-Sfeira area after inflicting heavy losses in personnel and munitions upon ISIS terrorists.

Engineering units dismantled explosive devices and mines which the terrorists left behind in an attempt to hinder the army’s advance.

Earlier on Saturday, the army Air Force destroyed positions and vehicles of ISIS terrorists in the villages and towns of Maskaneh, al-Shemawiyeh, al-Madyouneh and al-Bab city in the eastern and north eastern countryside of Aleppo.

Army units inflicted heavy losses in personnel and munitions upon Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the villages of Fah and Souran in the northern countryside of Aleppo, the vital artery of terrorists.

Army operations in the western and north western countryside of Aleppo resulted in destroying gatherings and fortifications of terrorist organizations in al-Bawabiyeh, Shweihneh and Abu Shaiylam villages.

Meanwhile, terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media pages that a number of their members were killed including the so-called leader of Maaret al-Arteeq brigade which is affiliated to Nour Eddin al-Zinki movement, the nicknamed Badr Abdul-Qader al-Mustafa along with other terrorists.

In Aleppo city, during accurate operations army units eliminated hotbeds of Takfiri terrorist organizations and destroyed their vehicles and mortar launchers in al-Rashideen 1, 3, 4 and al-Layramoun area.

Homs

The army’s air force conducted a series of sorties targeted positions of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the countryside of Homs during the past 24 hours.

Several ISIS sites and vehicles transporting terrorists were hit in the surroundings of al-Qaryatain city and to the south of al-Mahasseh area in the southeastern countryside of the province, according to the military source.

ISIS terrorists in al-Buseiri area, located on Palmyra international highway, also suffered heavy losses in the airstrikes.

Gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were targeted by the air force in the villages of Teir Maala, al-Jassemiyeh and al-Ghajar and Talbiseh town in the northern countryside of Homs.

Two positions and three vehicles for terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra were confirmed destroyed in addition to 10 terrorists who were confirmed dead during the sorties that targeted their dens in al-Jasmiyeh village in Ain al-Nesr area 25 kilometers to the north east of Homs.

Idleb/Hama

A site and a vehicle for “Jund al-Aqsa” terrorist organization, which pledged allegiance to ISIS, were hit in army airstrikes in al-Tamaneh town in the southern countryside of Idleb.

Five terrorists were killed and 11 others were injured as a result, a military source told SANA on Saturday.

Gatherings of terrorists and several of their vehicles were also targeted in Kafr Sinjeh in the same countryside.

The army’s air force also targeted a gathering of vehicles for Jaish al-Fatah terrorists in Abu al-Duhour area in the east southern countryside of Idleb. The vehicles were destroyed in the airstrikes, according to the source.

In the northern countryside of the neighboring Hama province, the air force hit gatherings of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement in Kafr Zita town.

35 terrorists from Jaish al-Fatah were killed in army airstrikes on their hideouts in al-Latamneh, Atshan and Hur Bnafso.

Terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra operating in Hur Bnafso, al-Rawdeh and Talaf villages in the southern countryside suffered heavy losses in army airstrikes.

The terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media pages the death of what they identify as the leader of the central force of Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement who is named Sulaiman Adel Shanat.

Quneitera/Daraa

The Takfiri terrorist organizations acknowledged on their pages on the social networking websites that 18 of their members were killed in the countryside of Quneitra and Daraa over the past three days including a number of their leaders.

The Army units inflicted heavy losses in personnel and munitions upon Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Daraa.

Army units in Daraa launched concentrated strikes against dens and fortifications of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in al-Bajabjeh neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad.

The strikes destroyed a vehicle 23 mm, gatherings and arms and munitions for terrorists.

Damascus countryside

The army’s air force intensified strikes against positions of Jaish al-Islam terrorists in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside during the past few hours.

The source stressed that a number of sites and vehicles transporting terrorists and carrying weapons were destroyed in the towns of Bait Nayem and Otaiya, located in al-Nashabiyeh area in Douma.

Deir Ezzor

The army’s air force targeted in sorties, conducted during the past 24 hours, positions and movements of ISIS terrorists in al-Mrei’iyeh village in eastern Deir Ezzor.

The source confirmed to SANA that a number of sites and vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns were destroyed in the airstrikes, in addition to the death of many terrorists.

Kurdish Forces Cut ISIL Supply Routes from Iraq to Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Kurdish forces cut ISIL’s supply lines from Iraq’s Mosul to Southern Hasaka in Syria, media reports said.

The Kurdish forces also seized back Sulfur Gas Station and Ghuna oilfield in the Eastern part of al-Shadadi.

On Friday, the Kurdish forces laid siege to the ISIL-held al-Shadadi town.

The Kurdish fighters also captured ten villages, including Zahra Olia, Zahra Sofla and Um Hojra villages just three kilometers from al-Shadadi towns.

In a relevant development on Thursday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) in a striking attack in Northeastern Syria forced the ISIL terrorist group to retreat from vast regions in the Eastern parts of Hasaka Province.

The SDF and YPG won back the Assyrian-populated village of Al-Kharitah, also known as Gesaya, and four nearby villages around al-Hawl in Hasaka Province in a surprise attack as their other units have been striking hard at the ISIL, Al-Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham and other terrorist groups in the Northern parts of Aleppo province in Northwestern Syria in conjunction with the Damascus army, National Defense Forces and Hezbollah.

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.

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.

Earlier this week, YPG and SDF fighters 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 the Kurdish units of the SDF who entered the town from the North.

Army restores prominent and strategic areas in Lattakia northern countryside
20 February، 2016
Lattakia, SANA

The Syrian Arab Army has made a great achievement regaining control over several strategic areas in the northern countryside of Lattakia despite the ruggedness terrain of the area and the big numbers of the Turkish-supported terrorists who have been perpetrating atrocities throughout the past few years.

Three civilians injured in terrorist rocket attacks on village and town in Hama
20 February، 2016
Hama, SANA

Three civilians were injured on Saturday due to terrorist rocket attacks on the village of Joureen and the town of Tal Jadeed in Hama countryside.

A source at Hama Police Command told SANA’s correspondent said that terrorists fired several rocket shells at Joureen village in the far northwestern countryside of the province, injuring 3 civilians and causing material damage to locals’ private properties.

The source added that another rocket shell fired by terrorists fell in Tal Jadeed town in the countryside of Salamiya area, but thankfully it didn’t cause any injuries.

Hazem Sabbagh