The Continued Expansion of Territory Under the Syrian Army’s Control

Details of Syrian Army Military Op in Raqqa

An officer of the Syrian Army revealed details of the military operation to liberate the city of Raqqa in an interview with Sputnik Arabic.

According to him, the offensive has been launched from several directions at once.

“We’ve already managed to take under control 1,500 square kilometers of territory, hundreds of farms, a village, 400 oil wells, which were used by terrorists to sell oil to Turkey,” the army spokesman said in an interview with Sputnik Arabic.

He also noted that the Syrian government forces managed to achieve a strategic breakthrough by closing the transport connection between Raqqa and the eastern part of Hama province for Daesh terrorists.

Commenting on the success of the Syrian forces, the officer stressed that the Russian Air Forces provided considerable assistance to the Syrian Army and attacked the columns of Daesh terrorists.

“The Syrian army is preparing for an operation to regain control of the al-Tabqa air base [located in Raqqa province]. Russian aviation will provide assistance from the air,” the officer said.

In his turn, a representative of Kurdish self-defense forces, Nuri Mehmud, told Sputnik that Daesh is using Raqqa residents as human shields.

“Daesh terrorists are surrounded. Therefore, they use civilians as human shields, as they repeatedly did [before]. Because of the presence of civilians in Raqqa, our forces have to act very carefully. They move forward very slowly as we want to avoid civilian casualties. At the same time, we continue to conduct operations to save civilians from the captivity of terrorists. So far, we have managed to save tens of thousands of people from Daesh,” Mehmud said.

Raqqa has remained under Daesh control since 2013, and is considered the de facto capital of the terrorist group. The Syrian Armed Forces have been fighting on Raqqa’s outskirts for several months.

On Sunday, the Iraqi armed forces retook another terrorist-captured city, Mosul in northern Iraq, where the creation of Daesh was first declared in 2014.

Syrian Army’s Control Range Expanded after Recent Advances against Terrorists in South

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops continued to hit the terrorist groups’ defense lines in Northeastern Sweida and managed to capture five strategic hills, expanding the pro-government forces’ control over vast regions in Syria’s Badiyeh (desert).

The army soldiers managed to drive terrorists out of six villages and five strategic hills in Northeastern Sweida and restored security to the entire liberated territories.

A field commander, meantime, reported that with the recent advances against the terrorists, specially after imposing control over Tal al-Asfar and its surrounding hills, the army men restored security to all the military areas and civil facilities in the region, mainly to the military airport.

The commander further said that the army forces pushed terrorists back from vast regions in a short period and chased them up to the depth of Badiyeh, adding that the army has increased its control over vast areas.

Local media reported on Tuesday that the army troops continued their anti-terrorism operation in the Southern part of the country and drove militants out of 300sq/km in Sweida province, liberating 15 towns, villages and hills.

The Syrian state news agency reported that the army troops launched their anti-terrorism operations from Northeastern Sweida and managed to impose full control over the towns an villages of Deir al-Nasrani, Rajm al-Baqar, Salman hills, al-Fadeen hills, Tal (hill) Asqar, al-Shahib, Northern and Southern hills of al-Shahib, al-Mofrateh, al-Mofrateh hill, Shanwan, al-Saqiyeh, al-Qasr, Tal Banat Ba’eir, Khebrat al-Sa’ad and Tal al-Sa’ad.

A number of terrorists were killed or wounded and their military vehicles and one of their operation rooms equipped with modern communication devices were destroyed in the attacks.

The Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi reported said that the army forces imposed control over 300sq/km land and are just 18km away from their comrades who have advanced against militants from Eastern Damascus.

ISIL Commanders Fleeing Deir Ezzur Following Intensified Chaos in Terrorist Front

TEHRAN (FNA)- Local sources in Eastern Syria reported that a number ISIL field commanders have fled the battlefields after increasing chaos in the terrorist front in Deir Ezzur.

The sources said that after suffering heavy defeats and casualties in battle with the Syrian Army troops in Deir Ezzur in the recent days, a new wave of chaos has covered the terrorist front in the Eastern city.

The sources said that a number of ISIL commanders, including Hamed al-Nouri nom de guerre Abu Hamzeh al-Qar’ani, the deputy commander of ISIL’s Hasaba (security-monitory forces) in al-Ashareh and two more commanders from Kazakhstan fled the city.

In the meantime, a number of ISIL terrorists have been killed or wounded in infighting among the group members.

The sources added that a group of residents of the town of Hajin in Eastern Deir Ezzur attacked the Hasaba command center, killing a terrorist and wounding two others.

In relevant developments in the Eastern province on Monday, a large number of civilians took to the streets in a town near Deir Ezzur Province’s border with Iraq and clashed with the ISIL terrorists as the Syrian Army troops and Hezbollah fighters were rapidly advancing against ISIL in Eastern Homs to lift the siege on Deir Ezzur.

Local sources in the town of Albu Kamal reported that a group of young men burned 2 ISIL vehicles and a bus in the town and killed one of the terrorists.

The development came a day after three other terrorists were killed and their car was burned at the hands of locals of al-Kataf area on the outskirts of Albu Kamal.

The sources also announced that a state of turmoil and confusion still prevails among ISIL terrorists, where clashes erupted among ISIL groups in the area of al-Souar, which led to the injury of ISIL commanders, including Abu Mosaab al-Falastini and Abu Omar al-Australi.

In the meantime, the Russian and Syrian fighter jets intensified air raids on ISIL’s strongholds as army ground troops were advancing towards the last stronghold of ISIL in Eastern Homs that was considered as a gate to Deir Ezzur province.

Chinese Takfiri Terrorists in Hard Conditions in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Members of al-Turkistani terrorist group who have come to Syria from China’s Turkistan region to participate in the war against the Arab country are experiencing hard conditions these days in Idlib province.

According to the Lebanese Arabic-language al-Madan news website, the recent tensions erupted between Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the al-Nusra Front) and Ahrar al-Sham terrorist groups have made al-Turkistani leaders and field commanders to put their forces on alert.

Also, another issue which makes the Turkistanis concerned is the terrorist and suicide operations by Jund al-Aqsa terrorists which have killed 2 members of the group in recent days.

Meantime, many members of Turkistani are students who have come from China’s Turkistan region and were studying in Egypt and a large number of these students have been detained by the Egyptian security forces, leaving the terrorist group in a complicated and bad situation now.

Late last month, websites close to the terrorist groups disclosed that Ahrar al-Sham, Faylaq al-Sham, Jeish al-Izzah, Turkistani party and Liwa al-Tamkin will soon start a new front called Tahrir al-Syria Front.

Al-Nusra terrorists have been attacking positions of other terrorist rivals across Northwestern Syria.

Kurdish Fighters, Turkey-Backed Militants Engage in Fierce Clashes in Northern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Kurdish fighters and the Ankara-backed militant groups exchanged heavy fire and further engaged in a fresh round of clashes in Afrin region in Northern Aleppo, local sources reported.

Turkey-led militants attacked the village of Sheikh Issa, East of the strategic town of Tal Rifat, but Kurdish forces managed to stave off the terrorists’ attack.

A well-informed source who requested anonymity said that the clashes inflicted heavy casualties on both sides.

The source further added that with regard to the importance of Tal Rifat for Ankara and its affiliated militants, they have attempted several times to take control over Tal Rifat to pave the ground for the occupation of the town of Afrin.

Reports said earlier today that the army sent fresh reinforcements and more military equipment to a region that borders the Syrian town of Afrin Northwest of Aleppo province that is under the control of the Kurdish fighters.

The Turkish-language Anadolu news agency quoted security sources as saying that fresh forces and the convoy of military equipment have arrived in Kilis region in the Southern part of the country to provide back up for the Turkish soldiers that deployed at the border with Syria.

The news agency said that the Turkish army’s equipment, includes six military vehicles that have transferred to Kilis under severe security measures.

The agency added that the newly-arrived forces are to support the Turkish units in Musa Bili border region located opposite to Afrin region in Northern Syria.