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Syria accepts cessation of fighting actions on the basis of excluding ISIS and al-Nusra
23 February، 2016
Damascus, SANA

An official source at the Expatriates and Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that the Syrian Arab Republic accepts the cessation of fighting actions on the basis of continuing the military efforts for combating terrorism against “The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” (ISIS), Jabhat al-Nusra and other Al Qaeda-linked terrorist organizations according to the Russian-US agreement.

The source added that for ensuring the success of cessation of fighting actions on the scheduled day: Saturday 27/02/2016, the Syrian government affirms readiness to continue to coordinate with the Russian side for identifying the areas and the armed groups that are to be included in the cessation along the period it is in effect.

The source noted that the Syrian government stresses the importance of border curbing, halting support provided by some countries to the armed groups and preventing these organizations from boosting their capabilities or changing their positions as to avoid anything that may undermine this agreement.
It asserted that the Syrian government is adherent to the right of its armed forces to retaliate any violation committed by these groups against the Syrian citizens or its armed forces as well.

The source added that the government of the Syrian Arab Republic and through its acceptance the cessation of the fighting actions, stresses keenness on halting the bloodshed of the Syrians, restoring security and stability to the country in fulfillment of the Syrian people’s will of the territorial integrity of Syria, for which sacrifices of civilians and military personnel have been provided.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed that he agreed with US counterpart Barack Obama on a joint statement in the framework of International Syria Support Group to stop the military operations in the country.

US Department of State announced a Russian-US agreement on a statement that includes “plans to stop the military operations in Syria which exclude the Islamic State (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations.”

R. Milhem/ Barry


Russia: Center for monitoring cessation of combat activities in Syria established
23 February، 2016
Moscow, SANA

The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday that a coordination center was established at Hmaimim base in Lattakia countryside for the purpose of monitoring the cessation of combat activities and humanitarian aid distribution in Syria.

Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that the center was opened as per the Russian-American agreement on the cessation of combat activities of Syria, noting that the center has already begun its work.

Konashenkov added that its goals also include helping establish dialogue between representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition, with the exception of ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and other groups labeled by the Security Council as terrorist organizations.

He also said that opposition forces that are committed to the cessation of combat activities can contact the center around the clock via phone, and that assistance will be provided to those who approach the center to coordinate contact with the Syrian authorities.

Hazem Sabbagh


Syrian command agrees on the ceasefire agreement made by Russia and the United States, which will start on Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 at 00:00 hours.
The ceasefire will not include: ISIS, al-Nusra, and all terrorist organizations labeled by the UNSC or the agreement. The Syrian Armed Forces are coordinating with the Russian Armed Forces regarding in that matter.

Furthermore, the Syrian Arab Armed Forces will keep its right to retaliate to any violation made by any side toward its people, and its soldiers; and will not hesitate to defend itself, its borders, and its people.

Syrian Arab Army


A new batch of self protection squads graduated in Damascus countryside
23 February، 2016


 

12 civilians killed, several injured in terrorist attacks in Deir Ezzor & Aleppo
23 February، 2016
Deir Ezzor/Aleppo, SANA

Two civilians were killed and 14 others got injured on Tuesday due to terrorist mortar attack on al-Joura and al-Qusour neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor city.

A source at Deir Ezzor Governorate told SANA reporter that ISIS terrorists, positioned in al-Rashdia and al-Hawika neighborhoods, fired 5 mortar shells on the neighborhoods of al-Joura and al-Qusour, claiming the lives of 2 civilians, injuring 14 others and causing material damage to citizens’ properties.

Meanwhile in Aleppo city, five children were killed on Tuesday when terrorists fired rocket shells at a residential neighborhood.

A source at the Aleppo Police Command told SANA that terrorists fired on Tuesday evening a number of rocket shells on Jam’iat al-Zahra’a, a residential neighborhood in the city, killing five children, injuring five others, and causing material damage to public and private properties.

Later, 5 other civilians were killed, among them two children in a terrorist attack with mortars on al-Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood in Aleppo.


 

Syrian Army Wins 3 Strategic Regions in Aleppo Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army continued its advances in Aleppo province on Tuesday by taking back three key areas.

The army units seized back the strategic al-Hamam, Maqla and Uday regions on Khanaser highway in Aleppo province.

Scores of militants were killed and wounded in daylong tough battles along the Khanaser highway.

In a relevant development earlier today, the Syrian army announced that its soldiers and their popular allies have launched a new phase of large-scale operation to drive back the militant groups from the surroundings of the main supply line of the government forces from Hama to Aleppo.

“The Syrian army troops and the National Defense Forces, who captured a number of checkpoints along the Ithriya-Khanaser road, have launched a massive joint operation in both provinces of Hama and Aleppo to end the ISIL and Jund al-Aqsa’s control over chunks of the strategic road,” the army said.

“The Syrian Air Force and artillery units have provided very good coverage for the ground forces,” the army added.

Also, the army announced that a very intense battle is underway between the Syrian Army and its popular allies with the militant groups along the Ithriya-Khanaser road, adding that the government forces have recaptured several checkpoints in the region.

“The Syrian government forces have continued to hit the lines of defense of the ISIL and Jund al-Aqsa terrorist groups along the Ithriya-Khanaser road at Rasm al-Nafal and al-Syria Tel region towards al-Sa’an,” the army said.

“Despite recapturing a number of checkpoints along the Ithriyah-Khanasser Road, the Syrian army has been unable to recapture the most important villages under ISIL control, which has left them unable to reopen this supply route,” the army added.

Jund al-Aqsa is in control of Rasm al-Nafal; and ISIL is in control of Hawaz, Shillalah al-Saghireh, Raheeb, and Rawayheeb along the road.

The army kills and injures ISIS and al-Nusra terrorists, destroys their weapons and vehicles
23 February، 2016
Provinces, SANA

The Army and armed forces continued Tuesday combating terrorism and terrorists organizations of Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS as well as other terrorist groups affiliated to them throughout the country.

Daraa

Army destroys dens and vehicles for al-Nusra terrorists

Army units destroyed Tuesday dens and gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization and the so called “al-Muthana Islamic Movement” affiliated to ISIS in the southern province of Daraa.

A military source told SANA that an army unit destroyed s gsthering for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists as well as a number of their heavy machinegun equipped vehicles at the south side of al-Summaqiyat town in the south-western countryside of Daraa, while another unit killed a number of terrorists at the western neghbourhood of Busra al-Sham city some 40 kilometers to the east of Daraa the city.

Meanwhile another unit destroyed terrorists vehicle at al-Abbassiya district and a fortified position for the so called “al-Muthana Islamic Movement” at the south-eastern side of power station in Daraa al-Balad.

Hama/ Idleb

Fifteen terrorists killed in military operations

At least 15 terrorists were killed, most of the belong to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group that is leading the so-called al-Fateh Army linked to the Turkish and Saudi regimes, in military operations carried out in the countryside of Hama and Idleb provinces, a field sources said that.

The sources told SANA that army units ambushed a Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group in al-Qantara in the countryside of Salamyieh, to the east of Hama city.

Elsewhere, four terrorists at least were killed in the ambush and their weapons were destroyed while other terrorists fled to al-Badyia (desert area).

In Idleb countryside, field sources said that an army unit carried out an operation targeting a weapon cache, that belong to al-Fateh Army terrorists, in the village of Maaret Herme, where 10 terrorists gote killed and the weapons inside destroyed.

The terrorist Mohammad Ali al-Rashid was identified among the killed terrorists.

Homs

Units of the army carried out a series of strikes against dens of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and other Takfiri organizations in Tir Ma’ala and al-Mashjar al-Janoubi and in Talbeisah towns in Homs northern countryside, inflicting them heavy losses.

Meanwhile, the army’s operations in the surroundings of al-Shaer oil field in Homs eastern countryside ended up with destroying dens and gatherings of ISIS terrorists, eliminating a number of them.

Lattakia

Army restores security and stability to Ayn al-Ghazal and Maza’aleh villages and a number of strategic hills in the north eastern countryside of Lattakia

The army restored security and stability to Ayn al-Ghazal and Maza’aleh villages in addition to a number of strategic hills in the north eastern countryside of Lattakia after eliminating the remaining gatherings of terrorist organizations there.

A military source told SANA that the army units, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, carried out intensive military operations in the north eastern countryside of Lattakia during which they restored security and stability to Ayn al-Ghazal and Maza’aleh villages and a number of strategic hills.

Gov’t Forces Strike Militants’ Convoy of Vehicles at Hama-Aleppo Border

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army and popular forces stormed a column of the ISIL military vehicles heading to Aleppo province from Hama and destroyed at least 14 machinegun-equipped vehicles.

The pro-government forces engaged in a fierce clash with the militants after a long convoy of the ISIL terrorists carrying weapons, ammunition and fresh recruits driving on Ithriya-Khanaser road tried to cross Hama-Aleppo border.

Tens of the ISIL militants were killed or wounded and their vehicles were set ablaze in the army attack.

In relevant developments on Monday, a long convoy of the militant groups’ military vehicles in the Northern part of Hama was heavily bombed by the Syrian Army’s aircraft, inflicting major damage on the military column.

The Syrian fighter jets’ bombardments of a military column of the militants’ vehicles near the villages of Atshan and Skeik in the Northern territories of Hama province ended in the destruction of many vehicles, including heavy machinegun-equipped ones.

The militants also suffered a heavy death toll in the air raids.

Kurdish Fighters Marching on Militant Centers in Syria’s Aleppo

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG), backed up by the Syrian warplanes and artillery units, continued to advance against the militant groups in the key neighborhood of Ashrafiyeh in the Northern city of Aleppo.

The YPG forces pushed the militant groups back from their positions in Ashrafiyeh and took full control over Istiqameh Mosque, Younes Saba’avi school and several residential building blocks in a several-hour tough battle.

The YPG has deployed its fighters only 50 meters from another key neighborhood of Bani Zeid that is known as the largest stronghold of the militant groups in the city.

Reports said on Monday that the Turkish Army’s artillery units targeted concentration centers of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Northern part of Aleppo in a move to slow down the Kurdish fighters’ advances against the terrorist groups near its border with Syria’s Aleppo.

The Turkish artillery shelled the Kurdish strongholds in the newly-liberated town of Tal Rifat and the strategic Minaq airbase in the Northern part of Aleppo to prevent rapid advances of pro-government forces against Ankara-backed militants.

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.

Last week, YPG and SDF fighters prevailed over the terrorists in the highly strategic city of Tal Rifat in Northern Aleppo and captured the city.

Kurdish Fighters Push Militants Back from Positions in Aleppo City

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stormed the militant groups’ centers in the neighborhoods of the Northern city of Aleppo and captured more building blocks.

The YPG and SDF fighters pushed the Free Syria Army (FSA) back from a complex of houses in the neighborhoods of Bani Zeid in the Western part of Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood and inflicted a heavy death toll on the terrorists.

Reports said earlier today that the YPG, backed up by the Syrian warplanes and artillery units, continued to advance against the militant groups in the key neighborhood of Ashrafiyeh in the Northern city of Aleppo.

The YPG forces pushed the militant groups back from their positions in Ashrafiyeh and took full control over Istiqameh Mosque, Younes Saba’avi school and several residential building blocks in a several-hour tough battle.

The YPG has deployed its fighters only 50 meters from another key neighborhood of Bani Zeid that is known as the largest stronghold of the militant groups in the city.

Reports said on Monday that the Turkish Army’s artillery units targeted concentration centers of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Northern part of Aleppo in a move to slow down the Kurdish fighters’ advances against the terrorist groups near its border with Syria’s Aleppo.

The Turkish artillery shelled the Kurdish strongholds in the newly-liberated town of Tal Rifat and the strategic Minaq airbase in the Northern part of Aleppo to prevent rapid advances of pro-government forces against Ankara-backed militants.

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.

Last 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.

SDF Repels ISIL’s Heavy Attack near Tishreen Dam in Aleppo

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tens of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists were killed West of the Tishreen Dam in Northern Aleppo province in a massive, but fruitless, attack on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions in the region on Monday night.

The Kurdish fighters, backed by US coalition air support, fended off the ISIL’s attempted attack on SDF positions in Sa’din village, West of Tishrin Dam, and forced them back from the battlefield.

“Scores of terrorists were killed or wounded under the SDF heavy fire near the Tishreen Dam,” Source told FNA on Tuesday afternoon.

The source said that the last night’s attack of the ISIL militants was the third in less than seven days.

The Syrian Democratic Forces seized control of the Dam and almost a dozen villages in the nearby regions North of Aleppo province late December.

The Tishreen Dam is located on the Euphrates river at the border of Raqqa and Aleppo provinces.

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.

Gov’t Forces Preparing to Launch Imminent Operation at Lattakia-Idlib Border

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army announced on Tuesday that it has dispatched a large number of fresh forces to the Northeastern heights of Lattakia province near the border with Idlib province to join an imminent anti-terrorism operation.

“The Syrian Armed Forces have been transferring fresh soldiers to the Kabani front, where they are likely to launch an assault in the coming days to break the last line of defense of Jeish Al-Fatah militants in Lattakia,” the army said.

“In order to reach the rebel stronghold in Northwestern province of Idlib, the Syrian Armed Forces will have to capture the remaining heights overlooking the al-Ghab Plains from its Western side,” the army added.

“If the Heights of Kabani are captured by the government forces, then they will be in position to strike al-Sirmaniyah and then Jisr al-Shughour,” the army pointed out.

Military sources said on Monday that the Syrian army is preparing for large-scale operations to regain control of strategic strongholds and areas in Idlib.

“Syria’s army is laying siege on key regions in Idlib countryside in a move to pave the way for winning them back,” retired Syrian army General Nassar Kheir told FNA on Monday.

He reiterated that the Syrian army’s military operations start from Southern Aleppo province to Northern Hama in order to pave the way for seizing back Jisr al-Shughour.

The Syrian army and popular forces have made remarkable advance in Idlib province in the last few weeks after winning back different strategic regions and are now only several kilometers away from the provincial capital.

The Syrian army and its allies are now deployed in areas near Idlib city in the Northern parts of the country.

The remarkable advances were made after the Syrian air force pounded the gathering centers of the terrorist groups in the town of Khan Sheikhoun and the regions near Mardikh town on the outskirts of Idlib city.

59 wanted persons turn themselves in to get their legal status settled
23 February، 2016
Provinces, SANA

59 wanted persons from Damascus, Damascus countryside and Idleb on Tuesday turned themselves in to the authorities to have their legal status settled.

On February 10th, 135 wanted persons from Hama, Damascus, Damascus Countryside, Homs, Aleppo and Tartous turned themselves in to authorities to have their legal status settled.

R.J/ Barry