TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army continued mop-up operations South-East of Aleppo, driving the terrorists out of the only stronghold that was still under ISIL’s control in the province.
The Syrian army troops conducted military operations against the last remaining ISIL stronghold in Aleppo province that is represented by a belt of fortified villages buried in a mountainous semi-desert landscape to the Northeast of the strategic town of Khanasser.
The army soldiers could retake control of the town of al-Jadideh in the Eastern parts of Khanasser.
They also continued operations in the Northeastern parts of Khanasser, recapturing the towns of Rasm Askar, Al Atshaneh and Sharimeh.
The army troops, meantime, won back control of three strategic hills in the region.
The Syrian army troops’ advances against ISIL in the Southeastern parts of Aleppo province have paved the ground for the pro-government forces’ great military achievements along the road that connects Aleppo to Hama province, well-placed army sources said Wednesday.
The sources said that the Syrian pro-government forces will soon end one of their hardest battles against ISIL in Badiyeh (desert) East of the road that connects the town of Khanasser in Southeastern Aleppo to the town of al-Salamiyah in Hama province.
They went on to say that given the importance of the region and ISIL’s strong resistance, tough battle is now underway in the battlefront.
The sources further said that the ISIL has been relocating its forces from Raqqa countryside to the surroundings of Khanasser-al-Salamiyah road, the only supply line of the army to Aleppo city, to make the strategic route insecure.
In the meantime, the army soldiers have been fighting terrorists to foil ISIL’s penetration attempts from Khanasser and to force the terrorists to retreat from the vital road of Khanasser, the sources said, adding that upcoming military achievements of the army will end ISIL’s attempts to decrease the pro-government forces’ pressure on Eastern Homs and Southwestern Raqqa.
The sources went on to say that with the restoration of full security to the road to Aleppo, the army will be capable of dispatching fresh forces to other battlefields to support their comrades in Southern and Eastern Syria.
Field sources also said on Wednesday that the Syrian Army troops’ advances in Aleppo and Raqqa provinces and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces’ victories in Raqqa have put the ISIL terrorist group on the brink of complete collapse in the Northern parts of the country.
The sources said that as the Iraqi forces are taking the last steps towards the full liberation of Mosul city, the ISIL’s capital in Iraq, the Takfiri terrorists are experiencing their worst days in Northern Syria.
As the liberation of Raqqa city will no doubt be a demoralizing loss for ISIL, the battle often overshadows the Syrian Army’s ongoing operations along the Aleppo-Raqqa road, the sources went on to say.
They added that for the ISIL, losing Raqqa city doesn’t mean the end of their so-called ‘caliphate’ in Northern Syria; “however, the loss of the Ithriya-Salamiyah Highway does”.
Over the past years, the ISIL group has used the highway to transport provisions to their forces in Eastern Aleppo and Western Raqqa, and if the Syrian army manages to capture it, the terrorists are left with no supply route to the Maskana and Khanasser plains or the Western bank of the Euphrates River.
The sources underscored that if the ISIL loses Raqqa city and Ithriya-al-Salamiyah road their presence in Northern Syria will come to an end.
Syrian Army Wins Back Control of All Tunnels of Terrorists in Eastern Damascus
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army has imposed control over all the tunnels that were once used by the terrorists in Eastern Damascus, a field source said, adding that the first stage of their operations in the region is complete now.
The source said that the army has completed an important part of its goals by capturing the town of Ain Tarma and “all the tunnels dug by the terrorists on the basis of Israeli plans and designs”.
“Meantime, the Syrian army intends to separate the towns of Jobar, Zmalka and Ain Tarma from each other and advance inside the districts in Eastern Damascus in a way that the terrorists are left with no other option but retreating towards the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus,” he added.
The source also said that the army has demolished the terrorists’ bases, 4 operations rooms and several other targets, including a number of arms and ammunition depots as well as the logistics sent from Harmaleh passageway to the militants, in artillery and missile attacks against the terrorists’ bases and positions in the towns of Ain Tarma, Jobar and Zmalka.
Relevant reports said on Wednesday that the Syrian army troops continued their anti-terrorism operations in Eastern Damascus, stretching their chain of security around the capital and its countryside.
Sources reported that the army soldiers, backed up by the artillery and missile units, engaged in fierce clashes with Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in Ein Terma and drove them out of 18 positions and building blocks near the petrol station, killing and wounding a number of terrorists.
They added that the army men also went through numerous buildings and reached the Ein Terma conjunction area that is located next to the al-Kheir market place.
Another field source said that the army units have continued operation in the region to separate Jobar district from Eastern Ghouta to reinvigorate security of the capital after carrying out cleansing operation in Jobar.
Al-Nusra’s Defense Lines Shattered in Quneitra after Failed Attacks against Army
TEHRAN (FNA)- Terrorists’ defense lines have collapsed as the Syrian army started clashes with al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in Quneitra.
The Syrian army soldiers engaged in heavy clashes with al-Nusra terrorists who had attacked the army positions near al-Ba’ath city in the outskirts of Quneitra.
Simultaneous with Israeli fighter jets’ attacks against the army positions in Quneitra, the al-Nusra could advance in the region again but the Syrian troops regained control of the lost areas in counter attacks.
A military source said that the Syrian army has seized back control over all the regions occupied by the terrorists in collaboration with Israel in the past few days, adding that they are now in control of the situation in the region.
He added that over 50 terrorists have been killed and 150 others wounded during the recent clashes.
Two al-Nusra commanders namely Tariq Mansoud Mohammed Shahadat and Abu Osameh were killed and a large number of vehicles, weapons and military equipment of militants were smashed during the clashes.
Also, the Syrian army’s artillery and missile units targeted the al-Nusra terrorists’ positions and moves in several points, including the Public Relations building in Quneitra, al-Elm square at the Eastern entrance of the city and in Western al-Samadaniyeh.
Another military source reported that after the army resumed clashes with al-Nusra near al-Ba’ath city, the terrorists retreated towards al-Hamidiyeh and Western al-Samadaniyeh regions in a disorganized fashion.
Also, on Tuesday, the Syrian army warded off another offensive by al-Nusra Front in Quneitra, inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists.
The army forces engaged in heavy clashes with the al-Nusra terrorists who had attacked regions near Eastern al-Samadaniyeh in the Southern parts of al-Ba’ath city in Quneitra, repulsing their offensive.
Meantime, the army’s artillery and missile units targeted the terrorists’ moves in the region, killing a number of militants, including two of their field and military commanders.
Also, a military source said that clashes near al-Ba’ath city have left 45 terrorists dead and 130 others wounded, adding that Israel has transferred the al-Nusra’s injured militants to its hospitals and a number of Hebrew-language media have released reports about it.
Army Sends Special Forces, Advanced Military Equipment to Hama
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army dispatched a large number of its special forces and state-of-the-art military equipment to accelerate anti-ISIL operations in Eastern Hama.
A large convoy of reinforcements comprised of Desert Hawks arrived in the Eastern territories of Hama province to take part in the anti-ISIL military operation in Eastern Salamiyah.
A military source said that two other convoys of Desert Hawks will also join the Syrian soldiers soon to start the new phase of the operations in Hama.
The source added that a number of T-90 tanks have also been sent to Hama to be used for anti-ISIL operations.
Days ago, hundreds of fresh forces arrived in Eastern Hama to help the Syrian army in its anti-ISIL campaign, as pro-government forces started the first phase of an offensive to liberate Uqayrabat town, the main bastion of the Takfiri terrorists in the region.
The Syrian and Russian forces, backed by Damascus and Moscow aircraft, carried out a large-scale joint operation in Hama province to hit ISIL’s defense lines East of the town of al-Salamiyah in the weekend and early this week.
According to reports, pro-gov’t forces have begun first phase of its military operation to liberate the Eastern countryside of al-Salamiyah, which has been under the ISIL control for more than two years.
Based on reports, the Russian Special Forces, backed by Moscow Air Force, also participated in the military operations in Eastern Hama.
Liberation of Uqayrabat region is a main objective of the Syrian and Russian forces’ operation in Eastern Hama, as Uqayrabat is considered ISIL’s main stronghold in the province that is located along the terrorist group’s main supply route to the Raqqa province.
Syrian Army Advances from Palmyra towards Deir Ezzur
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and Hezbollah forces continued their joint military operations in Eastern Homs towards Deir Ezzur, expanding the range of their advances and regaining control over important points in Eastern Palmyra (Tadmur).
The army troops and their allies recaptured several key areas after clashes with the ISIL terrorists 10km away from the Eastern parts of Arak gas field located in Arak-al-Hayl highway in Eastern Palmyra.
Meantime, a military source reported that the army and Hezbollah forces have inflicted huge losses on ISIL militants and destroyed their weapons and military equipment.
According to a source, the ISIL terrorists ultimately withdrew towards al-Hayl gas field in order to avoid their increasing death toll.
The source said that the Syrian army is now trying to advance in the Eastern part of Arak gas field, adding that military operation in this area has been difficult due to ISIL’s stiff defense lines.
The Syrian army on Tuesday had also launched anti-ISIL military operations in the Eastern parts of Homs, regaining control over new regions and extending the range of its advances towards Albukamal in Deir Ezzur.
The army units regained control of al-Zaliyiat district near Hamimeh region between Homs and Deir Ezzur.
The Syrian soldiers also could retake control of a three-kilometer area in the Northern parts of Power Plant 3 in Eastern Zahr al-Aba and Southeastern Palmyra.
Meantime, a military source said that the Syrian troops have advanced from the Power Plant 3 in the depth of Badiyeh (desert) region towards Power Plant 2.
Since Zaliyiat area is under the control of pro-gov’t troops, the Syrian army will continue its military operation towards Albukamal crossing, which is considered ISIL’s lifeline between Syria’s Deir Ezzur province and Iraq’s Anbar province.
The military source also said that after the recent advances, the Syrian army forces are now stationed 15km away from the Western borders of Deir Ezzur province and 90km away from Deir Ezzur city.
Also, other army units are advancing from Arak-Hazm al-Sawaneh pivot and are now deployed 20km away from al-Sukhnah-Deir Ezzur highway.
Military experts say the recent advances of the Syrian Army troops at border with Iraq towards the ISIL-held town of Albukamal were of vital importance, showing that the pro-government forces will soon drive terrorists out of the war-hit country.