Syrian Front: Syrian Army, Defense Forces, Begin Siege of Terrorists in Southern Aleppo

Turkey Shells Syrian Government Forces in Latakia
Al-Nusra Front Seeks to Worsen Humanitarian Situation in Aleppo
Syrian Front: Da’esh Capture 11 Locations, Deploy 10,000 Troops in Aleppo, Launch Chemical Weapons Attack
Daesh Seizes 11 Localities on Syria-Turkey Border in Aleppo Province
Syria’s Aleppo Comes ‘Under New Shelling’ With Poisonous Gas
Chemical Weapons Used Against Civilians in Sheikh Maqsoud
Turkey Continues to Send Arms, Ammunition and Jihadists into Syria
Turkey Sends Special Forces to Aleppo City to Help Al-Nusra Terrorists Fight Kurds
Turkish Soldiers Enter Syria’s Northwestern Territories


Report of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (April 12, 2016)

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

Negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have been held with representatives of two inhabited areas of the Hama province.

The total number of settlements, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has remained 61.

Ceasefire agreements with field commanders of two armed formations (up to 300 men) active in the Damascus province have been held.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings has remained 47.

Results of ceasefire monitoring

The ceasefire regime has been observed in most provinces of the Syrian Arab Republic. Within last 24 hours, 4 ceasefire violations have been registered in the Latakia province.

Formations of Ahrar al-Sham grouping, which had claimed to belong to the opposition, continued shelling with mortars and multiple launch rocket systems against Jub al-Mgara, Aku Baer, Ain al-Ashara, and Shmaisa. Three citizens were killed and three ones received wounds of different severity.

Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Force did not make strikes on opposition 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

Working session with administration leadership of al-Qaryatayn (Homs province) has been held in the Russian Centre for reconciliation. Issues of recovering infrastructure of the city and providing humanitarian aid to citizens, who were returning to their houses, were discussed.

Humanitarian convoy for citizens of the Homs province is being formed.

Additional information

Within 24 hours, leadership of the Homs province have recovered 800 meters of electricity transmission lines in al-Qaryatayn, which had been liberated from terrorists.

In course of last 24 hours, militants of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist grouping took efforts to launch offensive on Akch Baer (Latakia province) after performing artillery shelling.

Having met strong resistance and suffered losses, terrorists retreated to positions, which they had kept before near Zaitunjik.

Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu held a teleconference with the leadership of the Armed Forces

General of the Army Sergei Shoigu also touched upon the issues of performing tasks by the Russian grouping in Syria.

The Defence Minister reminded that a mine-clearing detachment from the International Mine Action Centre of the Russian Armed Forces had been formed for clearing historical part of Palmyra from explosive devices.  The personnel is conducting engineer reconnaissance and clearing the area using modern robotic means. Special Forces are providing security of the detachment.

Since April 1, more than 30 km of roads, more than 182 hectares were cleared, 2987 explosive items found.

A field hospital is being deployed in Palmyra for providing medical assistance to the servicemen. It is fitted with modern medical equipment and capable to operate 30 days autonomously.

The Head of the defence department also paid attention to the V Moscow conference on International Security. The Conference will be held on April 27-28, 2016.

In accordance to Sergei Shoigu, about 500 delegates have already confirmed their participation. There are 17 Ministers of Defence, 14 Chiefs of General Staff and Deputy Defence Ministers. Fighting against terrorism will be the main issue for discussion.


Russia strongly condemns use of chlorine by Jaish al-Islam in Aleppo
12 April، 2016
Moscow, SANA

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova condemned the use of chlorine gas against civilians in Aleppo city in Syria by “Jaish al-Islam” terrorists, expressing Russia’s regret that the West refuses to react to the use of chemical weapons at the UN Security Council.

“Actually, militants from various radical groups only in 2016 used toxic substances several times as chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq. Now the Jaish al-Islam group has used chlorine in Aleppo, and it seems they aren’t even hiding this. Obviously we strongly condemn the use of chemical substances for military purposes whoever it is,
including non-government subjects” Zakharova said in statements on Tuesday.

She added that the use of chemical weapons by radical groups in 2016 in both Syria and Iraq proves that Damascus is not involved in such attacks, as accused by the West.

“The use of chlorine by Jaish al-Islam militants in Aleppo once again confirms what we’ve said numerous times that the blaming of Damascus and publications in the Western media of cases of using chlorine for military purposes, including against civilians, is actually the work of terrorist groups,” Zakharova said.

She referred to Russia’s repeatedly expressed concern that ISIS and other terrorist groups “have acquired great potential in war activities with the use of toxic substances in the region of the Middle East.”

“We regularly bring attention to this and put the question forward on the need for the UN Security Council to react to cases of chemical attacks by terrorists, in particular through amendments in the anti-terrorist goals mandate of the Joint Mechanism of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the investigations of incidents
using chemical weapons in Syria that was specially created in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2235,” she added.

Zakharova highlighted that Moscow is met with resistance by Western countries that “obviously don’t want to attract attention to this mechanism against Damascus’s alleged guilt in such instances by the official Syrian authorities.”

M. al-Frieh/H. Said


Russian Helicopter Crashes in Syria, “Not Shot Down”

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Russian military helicopter crashed in Syria during a mission near the city of Homs, the Defense Ministry’s press service reported Tuesday, insisting that the helicopter was not shot down.

“The Russian Air Force’s Mil Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter was involved in an accident and crashed in Syria’s Homs province, and the helicopter’s two pilots have died,” the ministry said.

Reports from the crash site indicate the helicopter didn’t come under fire, the press service noted, adding that immediately after the incident, Russian forces conducted a rescue operation, recovering the pilots’ bodies and taking them to the Hmeimim airbase.

Russian military said the cause of the incident is still unknown, however evidence show the incident possibly was a result of a human error or a technical fault.

“A group of experts has been sent to the site of the incident and began examining the chopper’s wreckage and the debris scattered in nearby areas. The cause of the accident is also being investigated,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Russia has been conducting a counterterrorist operation in Syria since September 30. On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to withdraw the main part of the air group from Syria.


Eighty-two civilians killed in Aleppo within a week

HMEIMIM (Syria), April 11./TASS/. Eighty-two civilians have been killed and 266 have been wounded in shelling of Syrian Aleppo by Jabhat al-Nusra gunmen in the past seven days, the head of the Russian center for reconciliation of warrying parties, Lieutenant General Sergey Kuralenko said on Monday.

“Jabhat al-Nusra, declared a terrorist organization recognized by the UN Security on May 31, 2013, continues provocations aimed at disrupting the cessation of hostilities regime in the Syrian Arab Republic,” Kuralenko said. “Most active combat activity of Jabhat al-Nusra is fixed in Aleppo province,” he added.

On April 7 and 8, Jabhat al-Nusra militants took the offensive, seizing two streets of the city. From April 3, terrorist groups of the organization have continued attacks on positions of government troops in the southwestern part of Aleppo province. Repelling the attack, the government troops have destroyed more than 250 terrorists, as well as two tanks and other hardware.

South and west of Aleppo, Jabhat al-Nusra has established full control over groups earlier named among the opposition. Despite measures taken to establish a ceasefire, Jabhat al-Nusra continues attacks on positions of Syrian army in the northern part of Latakia and in the south of Idlib province.

Armed groups of Jabhat al-Nusra try to worsen the humanitarian situation in Aleppo, establishing control over the road connecting Aleppo and Homs. More than 1,500 gunmen have been redeployed from other directions to strengthen the group’s forces in the area of Aleppo city.

Jabhat al-Nusra continues concentrating forces in the south and southwest of the city, concentrating there a group of up to 8,000 gunmen.

“Seeking to reduce the number of fatalities among civilians and prevent the destruction of residential buildings and facilities of city infrastructure, the government troops use artillery fire and airstrikes selectively,” Kuralenko said.

A ceasefire regime brokered by Russia and the United States on February 22 officially came into effect in Syria at midnight Damascus time on February 27. This does not cover terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, both outlawed in Russia, and other groups recognized as terrorist by the United Nations Security Council.

An hour before the ceasefire came into force, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution in support cessation of hostilities in Syria. The document was initiated by Russia and the United States and won support from all the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council.


61 Syrian settlements join reconciliation process

MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. As many as 61 settlements in Syria have by now joined the reconciliation process and signed ceasefire agreements with the Syrian authorities, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in a regular daily bulletin posted on the Russian defense ministry’s website on Tuesday.

“Reconciliation talks have been conducted with representatives from two settlement in the province of Homs,” the document says. “The number of settlements that have joined the reconciliation process is 61.”

According to the bulletin, ceasefire agreements have been reached with field commanders of two armed groups in the province of Damascus with an overall strength of up to 300 men.

“The number of opposition groups that have accepted ceasefire term has reached 49,” the document points.

Peaceful life returning to liberated Syrian cities, gunmen attempting offensives

Officers of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties held a working meeting with heads of administration of the settlement of Al-Qaratayn in the province of Homs to discuss issues of restoration of the city’s infrastructure and humanitarian aid deliveries to people returning to the city, the Russian center said in a regular daily bulletin posted on the Russian defense ministry’s website on Tuesday.

The center said it continues to form more humanitarian convoys for two settlements in the province of Homs.

A total of 800 meters of electricity transmission lines were restored in Al-Qaratayn in the past day, the center said. Syrian mine pickers cleared of mines a territory of 2.4 hectares. Local residents are working to restore their housing.

According to the Russian reconciliation center, gunmen of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group attempted an offensive in the settlement of Akch-Baer (the province of Latakia) after preliminary bombardment. Having encountered strong resistance from the Syrian government troops and having sustained losses the terrorists retreated to their initial position near the settlement of Zaytunjik.

Over past 24 hours, 4 ceasefire violations registered in Latakia province

The ceasefire is observed in the majority of Syria’s provinces. Over the past 24 hours, 4 violations have been registered in Latakia province, the Russian Center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in a statement posted on the website of the Russian Defense Ministry.

The units of Ahrar ash-Sham identifying itself as an opposition group “continued to shell the populated localities of Jubb al-Mgara, Aku-Baer, Ain al-Ashara and Shmaisa using mortars and improvised multiple rocket launchers.” The fire attacks have killed 3 persons, three civilians sustained injuries of varying severity, the statement says.

The Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force have not carried out strikes on the opposition armed groups that declared their intention to stop fighting and handed over information on their exact location to the Russian or U.S. reconciliation centers, the statement notes.

A ceasefire regime brokered by Russia and the United States on February 22 officially came into effect in Syria at midnight Damascus time on February 27. This does not cover terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, both outlawed in Russia, and other groups recognized as terrorist by the United Nations Security Council.

An hour before the ceasefire came into force, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution in support cessation of hostilities in Syria. The document was initiated by Russia and the United States and won support from all the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council.


Army units and Air Force destroy ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra positions in several areas
12 April، 2016
Provinces, SANA

The Syrian Army Air Force continued Tuesday striking gatherings and fortified positions of terrorist groups of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra.

Aleppo

The Syrian Air Force killed Tuesday scores of ISIS terrorists in strikes against their gatherings and destroyed their positions and vehicles, some equipped with machineguns, in Deir Hafer, Ereime and al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province, a military source told SANA on Tuesday.

Army air strikes also resulted in destroying a position for ISIS terrorists in Maskana town, some 100 km southeast of Aleppo city, in addition to hitting gatherings and vehicles of ISIS terrorists in Tal Sh’eir and west of Oweijel in the farthest northeastern countryside of the province.

In Aleppo city, army units conducted precise operations against dens of terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra in the neighborhoods of al-Marja, Karm al-Tahan, Qadi Askar, B’eideen and Karm al-Qatraji, destroying a number of mortar and artillery launchers which the terrorists use in shelling residential neighborhoods.

Idleb/Hama

The Syrian Air Force launched airstrikes against the fortified positions of terrorist organizations of Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement, Jaish al-Nassr, Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union, al-Sham Legion and Jund al-Aqsa
in Hama and Idleb, killing at least 17 terrorists.

According to the military source said air strikes that hit terrorist targets to the north of Saraqeb city in southeastern Idleb resulted in killing a number of terrorists and destroying many of their vehicles.

To the east of Idleb city, the army air strikes targeted fortified positions of Jaish al-Aqsa at Taftanaz Airport, killing a number of terrorists and destroying a vehicle equipped with a machine gun.

The army’s air force also targeted vehicle convoys and gatherings of terrorists from different groups joined under “Jaish al-Fatah” in the villages and towns of al-Inkawi, Kafar Nabbouda, Qleidin, Abdin, Tal Waset, Tal Jazoum, al-Qahira, al-Mansoura and al- Msheik in the northwestern countryside of Hama.

Sources on the ground told SANA that the Syrian airstrikes that hit targets for Jaish al-Nassr and Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement in Kafar Nabbouda killed 4 terrorists and injured 7 others.

The sources added that 5 terrorists were killed and a vehicle was destroyed in an airstrike against one of the supply routes of Jaish al-Nassr terrorists between al-Jissat village and Kafar Zita town.

8 more terrorists were confirmed dead as a result of airstrikes on centers for Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union, al-Sham Legion and Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement in the area surrounding Kafar Zita.

In the meantime, an army unit destroyed with two guided missiles a bulldozer and a BMP vehicle killing terrorists on board in al-Mansoura silos area.

In the eastern countryside of Hama, an army unit targeted with a guided missile a fuel tanker belonging to ISIS in Wadi al-Azib to the northeast of al-Sheikh Hilal village.

Homs

In the neighboring province of Homs, the Air Force destroyed fortified positions for ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations in Teir Ma’ale, Talbise, Deir Fuol, Ezzeddin, and the vicinity of Jizel oil field in the countryside of the province.

According to the military source, the Air Force also carried out sorties on ISIS gatherings in the north and east of Palmyra city and near Um Qbeiba village and west of al-Baredeh village in the eastern countryside. A number of terrorists were killed as their vehicles were destroyed.

Daraa

In the southern province of Daraa, units of the Army and Armed Forces foiled an attack for groups affiliated to terrorist organization of Jabhat al-Nusra against a military post in Daraa al-Mahata and destroyed two machinegun-equipped vehicles in the eastern countryside of Daraa Province.

The source told SANA that an army unit clashed with a terrorist group of Jabhat al-Nusra tried to attack a military post in al-Hammadin neighborhood , which resulted in destroying a terrorists’ position and killing a number of them.

Terrorists Mohamad Ahmad al-Hussein, and Ammar al- Yousef were identified among the dead.

Meanwhile, at the far east of the province, an army unit destroyed two machinegun-equipped vehicles for al-Nusra terrorists’ gatherings in Tal al-Sheikh Hussein, and Teloul Khleif.


Syrian Army Repels Al-Nusra Front’s Attack on Strategic Highway Near Damascus

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and popular forces thwarted an attack by the al-Nusra Front and its allied terrorist groups on a strategic highway linking Damascus to Quneitra in the Southern part of Syria.

The al-Nusra front terrorists tried to attack al-Salam Highway between Damascus and Quneitra, but the Syrian government troops pushed them back.

The al-Nusra Front attacked al-Salam highway from four different directions of Filat al-Azm, al-Khalil Farm, Marmala and al-Mansha al-Sanayeh.

The al-Nusra terrorists sustained heavy losses in the army offensives on their military positions.

Al-Salam highway is of high strategic importance which links Damascus to Quneitra and then to Dara’a provinces. It is known as triangle of death. The Syrian army managed to take back the region from the terrorists in March 2014.

In a relevant development earlier today, the Syrian Army troops and the National Defense Forces (NDF) cut off the supply line of the terrorists of the al-Nusra Front and Jeish al-Islam in Eastern Ghouta, forcing them to face shortage of ammunition and food supply.

The terrorist groups supplying line, connecting two towns of Tal Kurdi and Tal Sawwan, was stormed by the Syrian government forces.

The Syrian army and the NDF captured the lands between the two towns and along the road and cut off this import supplying line of the terrorist groups.

Scores of the terrorists were killed or wounded in the attacks.

Also on Sunday, the Syrian government forces stormed strongholds of al-Nusra Front and Faylaq al-Rahman terrorists and forced them to retreat from the Farms of Kanakri and Doumani Poultry near the town of Bala in Eastern Ghouta, which ended in the killing of at least seven terrorists and wounding of several more.

The Syrian Army also destroyed a network of tunnels used by terrorists to transfer supplies in Bala region.


Tribal Fighters Storm ISIL Centers in Raqqa

TEHRAN (FNA)- Ansar Jeish al-Souri, the pro-Syrian Army battalions of Raqqa province’s tribal forces, engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL terrorists, and inflicted a heavy death toll on them, battlefield sources said.

“Due to heavy attacks of the tribal forces that can be found in every battlefront in the Northeaster province the number of the ISIL forces in the city of Raqqa has been significantly decreased and most of them have moved to al-Mayadeen region in Deir Ezzur to scape to Iraq,” the sources said.

“The tribal forces and the Syrian army have advanced against the ISIL terrorists in Qabaqeb and al-Tim oil well and are pushing towards the city of Raqqa,” they further added.

A report said on Monday that one of the notorious leaders and the major Sharia Qazi (religious judge) of the ISIL terrorist group in the self-proclaimed caliphate’s capital of Raqqa was killed in an air attack.

Fawaz al-Hassan, known as Abu Ali al-Sharei, was killed in an air attack in the Northeastern city of Raqqa.

Al-Hassan was notorious for his harsh verdicts against the Syrian civilians and those members of the ISIL who tried to scape the battlefields.

In addition to the post of senior religious judge of the ISIL in Raqqa, al-Hassan led the religious court of al-Mansoureh since 2013.


Syrian Army Planning to Lay Siege on Aleppo City in First Phase of Large-Scale Operation

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops and their allies will concentrate on encircling the terrorist groups inside the Northern city of Aleppo in the first phase of their joint anti-terrorism operation in the province, military sources said.

“While terrorists of the ISIL and other militant groups are engaged in heavy infighting in the Northern part of Aleppo province near border with Turkey, the Syrian government forces and Russian have announced they will initiate a huge operation which aims to firstly encircle terrorist-held districts inside Aleppo city and eventually recapture them,” the sources said.

The military sources said earlier today that the commanders of the Syrian Ground and Air Forces, their allies and the Russian military advisors, in a joint meeting, coordinated the last steps of a large-scale operation in the Northern province of Aleppo to liberate the terrorist-held territories as soon as possible.

“The Large-scale operation to wipe out the militancy in Aleppo province is expected to start in the next 10 days,” the sources said, adding, “Fresh recruits in large groups are heading Aleppo from the coastal province of Lattakia.”


Forces Close to Access Only Supply Line of Terrorists South of Aleppo

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army and its popular allies made significant advances near the terrorist groups’ only supply route from Damascus province to Southern Aleppo.

“The Syrian Army’s 154th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division, the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Iraqi Harakat al-Nujaba have launched joint operations against al-Nusra Front, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Ajnad Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army in the surroundings of Jabal al-Eis, whose recapture will enable the government forces to gain fire control over the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5), which is used by the rebel forces to reinforce their fighters in Southern Aleppo,” battlefield sources said.

Reports said earlier today that the Syrian army pounded and destroyed the military positions of the Takfiri terrorists in the Southern part of Aleppo province.

The military positions of terrorist groups were razed down by the Syrian army and popular forces’ mortar and rocket attacks in the heights surrounding al-Eis town, Tal al Eis (al-Eis Hilltop), al-Zorba town and Western Khan Touman region in Southern Aleppo.

The Syrian army arrested 25 terrorists during its attacks on their positions in Southern Aleppo.