Syrian Front: Victory at al-Qaryatain Blocks Da’esh Oil and Gas Exports, Supply Lines

Report of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (April 4, 2016)

General information on the application of measures for the reconciliation of opposing sides

Negotiations with representatives of an inhabited locality in the Hama province on joining the ceasefire regime have been continued.

The total number of settlements, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has remained 57.

Ceasefire agreement with a field commander of an armed formation active in the Aleppo province on joining ceasefire regime has been achieved.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings has reached 45.

Results of ceasefire monitoring

In general, the ceasefire regime in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic has been observed. In the course of last 24 hours, 4 ceasefire violations have been registered in the Latakia province.

Mortar shelling of units of the Syrian Armed Forces near Sandran, Shmaisa and Mazraat Omaro were continued.

Militants of Free Syrian Army carried out mortar shelling against Ain Saleimo from al-Ziyara. Two civilians were killed and four ones were wounded.

Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Forces did not make strikes on armed formations, which follow ceasefire regime and informed the Russian or American Centres for reconciliation about their location.

Humanitarian aid to the population of Syria

The Russian Centre has held a session with representatives of the Ministry for National Reconciliation of the Syrian Arab Republic. The sides discussed issues of providing humanitarian aid to the population of the Homs province.

Humanitarian convoys for citizens of Aleppo and three inhabited areas of the Hama province are being formed.

Additional information

Supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces the government troops have liberated al-Qaryatayn from ISIS militants.

Specialists of the International Mine Action Centre of the Russian Armed Forces started clearing infrastructure of Palmyra from mines. Within last 24 hours, the engineers have cleared 4 hectares of the historical part of the city. They have defused 108 explosive devices.

The Russian Centre continues receiving information from Fua citizens about mortar shelling. Within last 24 hours, the Centre has received information about two shellings performed from Binnish.

In course of last 24 hours, tension escalation has been observed in the northern and north-eastern suburbs of Aleppo.

This morning, Jabhat al-Nusra armed groups launched an offensive on positions of the government troops near Braidje al-Rih and Handrat after artillery shelling. There are wounded and killed servicemen of the Syrian troops.

Up to 200 militants, who were supported by artillery, attacked Kurdish detachments in Sheikh Maqsood from Ashrafiyah and al-Shababi at the same time in Aleppo. Six civilians including children were wounded.

Hailan, Azizi and Sheikh Najar suffered massive strikes. Living houses were destroyed. Eight civilians were killed, 12 ones were wounded.

The US Coordination Centre in Amman has been informed about combat actions in Aleppo, which had been launched by Jabhat al-Nusra.

Russian engineers started clearing roads to historical part of Palmyra

Combined detachment of the International Mine Action Centre of the Russian Armed Forces started clearing roads to historical part and suburbs of Palmyra from mines.

Russian sappers detected and defused improvised explosive devices, which had been put on roads, crossroads, in roadside constructions and objects of life sustainment (electrical substations, bakeries, hospitals). The specialists also detected parts of water pipe filled with explosive devices as well as improvised high-explosive and antitank mines with electric detonator.

Non-extracted explosives are eliminated with usage of special pressure charges.

In total, Russian engineers have detected and defused more than 120 explosive devices and cleared 1.1 km of roads from mines.

Russian engineers performed all tasks on mine-clearance and engineer reconnaissance wearing OVR-2 combined-arms mine-clearing suits.

According to the decision of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation has ordered to send specialists of the International Mine Action Centre to Syria for humanitarian mine clearance in the city Palmyra, which had been liberated from ISIS terrorists by the Syrian Army.

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation


Victory at al-Qaryatain ensures oil and gas pipeline security and blocking ISIS supply routes
4 April، 2016
Damascus, SANA

The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces confirmed Sunday that the army units, aided by the popular defense groups and backed by the Syrian and Russian Air Forces, restored security and stability to al-Qaryatain city and the farms surrounding it in southeastern Homs.

In a statement, the Army Command said retaking al-Qaryatain city is just another severe blow to ISIS terrorists, following their successive defeats in tens of villages and towns in eastern Aleppo, and most recently in Palmyra.

The statement described the military operation in al-Qaryatain as “precise” and “swift” during which large numbers of ISIS terrorists were killed after all their supply routes to the city were cut off and the overlooking mountains and hills controlled.

The Army Command said this achievement is of a great importance given the location of al-Qaryatain city as it links the northeastern countryside of Damascus with the eastern countryside of Homs

With this new achievement, it added, the oil and gas pipelines in the area will be secured and ISIS supply routes between al-Badiya (desert) and al-Qalamoun will be blocked.

The Army Command stressed in the statement that the Armed Forces and the popular defense groups are increasingly determined to go on with performing their mission with high spirits and absolute confidence in victory.

Information Minister: Restoring security and stability to al-Qaryatain important achievement on the road to vanquishing terrorism

Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said that restoring security and stability to al-Qaryatain is an important achievement on the road to vanquishing terrorism and those who conspired against Syria.

Al-Zoubi told the Syrian TV in a phone call on Sunday that this achievement is a follow up to the victories made in Palmyra and other areas, asserting that the Armed Forces are growing ever more determined to restoring security and stability to the entire country and ridding it of terrorism.

He said that ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and other terrorist organizations that operate under different name all come from one source: the Saudi-Turkish-American conspiracy against Syria.

M. al-Frieh/Qabas/H. Said / Hazem Sabbagh


YPG/YPJ launch operation against ISIS
April 4, 2016
NEWS DESK – ANF

As ISIS groups continue to attack the town of Ayn îsa and Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo city, combatants of YPG /YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defense Units) have conducted an operation against gang groups.

YPG Press Office has released a statement regarding the ongoing fighting in the territory of Rojava, West Kurdistan.

Accordingly, ISIS gangs launched an expansive attack from two sides targeting the town of Ayn îsa between 11.30-12.00 of April 3 and 05.00-05.45 of April 4. During the same day, gang groups also attacked the eastern side of Ayn îsa between 05.00-06.00 in the morning.

In the meantime, gangs affiliated to Lîwaa Sultan Murad, Ahrar Al-Sham, 16. Division, Lîwaa El-Fetih, Jaysh Al-Mucahidîn, Kombûna Festeqim Kema Emert Union and Nûreddîn Zenkî continue their attacks on Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo.

The statement reported that YPG/YPJ combatants launched an operation against a gang group preparing for an attack in the region of Seken Şikeyf. While YPG/YPJ forces hit the emplacements of gangs effectively, the number of casualties inflicted on gang groups couldn’t be verified.

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Syrian Front: Deadly Attacks Continue Against Civilians in Sheikh Maqsood (Aleppo)


Four civilans killed, others injured in terrorist attacks in Aleppo city
4 April، 2016
Aleppo, SANA

Four civilians were killed on Monday as terrorists breached the cessation of hostilities agreement by targeting New Aleppo area in Aleppo city with a number of rocket shells.

A source at Aleppo province told SANA’s correspondent that terrorists fired a number of shells from areas west of the city, with the shells landing in Manyan market in New Aleppo area, claiming two lives and injuring three people.

The source added that the attack also caused considerable material damage to a number of shops and two parked cars.

later, SANA reporter said that two civilians were killed and 5 other injured in a terrorist rocket attack on Salah al-Dein and al-Nayal neighborhoods in Aleppo city.

Hazem Sabbagh/Mazen


Army’s General Command: Army units foil an attack by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Aleppo countryside
4 April، 2016
Damascus, SANA

Army units in Aleppo clashed with terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and other Takfiri-linked organizations that attacked a number of military points and positions in Aleppo countryside.

“The army units defending those positions have foiled the attacks and inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorist organizations,” a statement by the army’s general command said on Monday.

It added that more than 400 terrorists, supported by armored vehicles, artillery and mortars, have participated in the attacks, aiming at breaking the army’s fortifications or cutting off Aleppo-Efrin road.

Mazen


Russian bomb disposal experts began dismantling landmines planted by ISIS in Palmyra
4 April، 2016
Moscow, SANA

Russian bomb disposal experts, in cooperation with engineering units from the Syrian Arab Army, began dismantling the landmines planted by ISIS terrorists in Palmyra city before their defeat.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the members of the engineering squad which formed by the International Mine Action Centre of the Russian Armed Forces have begun engineering reconnaissance and demining roads leading to the historical part of Palmyra city and its surroundings.

The ministry said that the Russian experts have discovered and rendered safe over 120 explosive devices and cleared about 1 kilometer of roads from explosive items, adding that the experts are using dogs and a variety of devices to detect mines and detonators.

The Ministry said that during engineering reconnaissance, specialists from the International Anti-Mine Center discovered and removed homemade explosive devices placed in asphalted roads, intersections, roadside buildings, and facilities including power substations, water pumping stations, bakeries and hospitals, noting that some of the explosive devices included pipe bombs anti-tank mines equipped with electric detonators.

The Ministry pointed out that those explosive devices that couldn’t be removed were disposed of via controlled detonation using special pressure charges after taking the necessary security measures.

Manar al-Freih / Hazem Sabbagh


The army foils ISIS attack on Deir Ezzor airport, continue targeting ISIS terrorists in Palmyra
4 April، 2016
Damascus, SANA

Army units foiled an ISIS terrorists’ attack against Deir Ezzor military airport from the eastern side on Monday.

A field source told SANA that the army units in the airport destroyed two ISIS heavy-bombed vehicles tried to move towards the airport from the two villages of al-Jaffra and al-Mureihya in the eastern countryside of the city.

The destruction of the two vehicles was followed by heavy clashes between the army and ISIS. Heavy losses were inflicted upon terrorists in personnel and weaponry while others were forced to flee away.

Meanwhile, a military source confirmed that a military unit destroyed 4 vehicles loaded with ISIS terrorists and ammunition in al-Jaffra together with another vehicle in al-Sina’a district in Deir Ezzor city.

The field source confirmed that scores of ISIS terrorists were killed and injured in a special operation for an army unit against their positions in Howijet al-Saqer area at the eastern outskirts of Deir Ezzor city.

Aleppo

A military source told SANA that Units of the army foiled an attack by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and other affiliated organizations on some military points and positions in Aleppo countryside, inflicting them heavy losses.

Homs

An army unit killed members of a terrorist group affiliated to the so called “Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movemnt” in Deir Foul village in the northern countryside of Homs.

Earlier, the Syrian army’s air force carried out intensive sorties on the gatherings of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organization in the surrounding of al-Qaryatain city and the eastern countryside of Palmyra.

The airstrikes destroyed terrorists’ hideouts and several vehicles which were equipped with medium and heavy machineguns nearby al-Qaryatain city, 85 km southeast of Homs City, a military source told SANA reporter.

The source added that the air forces also targeted terrorists’ positions and fortifications in al-Sawaneh al-Sharqiyeh village and Khneifis town, 70 km south of Palmyra City, destroying their equipment and vehicles.

Yesterday, several terrorists were killed and others were injured, their equipment and armament were destroyed as the Syrian army units targeted two terrorist groups gathered south to wells 101 and 105 in the direction of Shaer and northwest of Tolol Nizam in the eastern countryside of Homs province.


Iran Sends Commandos to Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Army has dispatched a number of its commandos to Syria to help the war-hit country with advisory assistance against terrorism, a commander said on Monday.

“Brigade 65 of Nohed (Special Airborne Forces) is a part of the Ground Force and we send its soldiers as well as other units as advisors to Syria,” Deputy Chief Liaison of the Army Ground Force General Ali Arasteh told Tasnim website.

He, meantime, explained that the dispatch of advisers from Iran is not merely confined to the Commandos of Brigade 65, adding that the brigade’s advisors have already been deployed in Syria.

General Arasteh had also said last month that Iran planned to deploy commandos and snipers in Iraq and Syria as military advisers.

“At some point we might decide to use our commandos and snipers as military advisers in Iraq and Syria,” he said.

General Arasteh said that the first group of commandos and snipers are being trained for the purpose and the country might decide to send them to Iraq and Syria in the near future.

Iran is providing Iraq and Syria with military advisory and humanitarian aid in their fight against terrorist groups.

Also in March, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani said Takfiri terrorism threatens all Muslims, and Iran has waged war on those terrorists that trade enslaved women and children.

“The fire of Takfiri and Takfirism has engulfed in homes of our Sunni brothers. Those behind this are under the illusion that they can bring Shiism and the Islamic Republic to their knees. More than anywhere else, Takfiri groups have targeted the sanctity of humanity and the Sunni world,” General Soleimani said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran.

General Soleimani then asked those behind the smear campaign to question Iran’s policy in its ongoing war on terror, “Is it adventurism if the Islamic Republic makes sacrifices to defend Muslims? Is it wrong for the Islamic Republic to battle a group that in just one region is buying and selling some 20,000 unfortunate enslaved young women? Is it wrong for the Islamic Republic to stand against the anti-Muslim current and stop the demolition of Mosques and Muslim holy sites?”

His remarks came after Iraqi Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Mahdi Ameen al-Bayati said the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group has sold more than 5,000 women and girls from Iraq’s Izadi Kurdish minority in their slave market.