Syria in the Last 24 Hours

Several ISIL Commanders Killed in Popular Uprising in Deir Ezzur

TEHRAN (FNA)- Local sources in Deir Ezzur reported that several senior ISIL commanders have been killed by angry people residing in the province.

The sources said that the people’s uprising in al-Mayadeen city in Deir Ezzur killed several ISIL leaders, including Amir Zakat al-Mayadeen nom de guerre Abu Maryam and the preacher of ISIL mosques in Deir Ezzur named Abu Fatemeh Maqrebi.

Meantime, the Syrian army units launched artillery and missile attacks on ISIL positions and moves in al-Sana’a district near the passageway of the village of al-Jafrah, destroying a military vehicle and killing and wounding all terrorists inside.

Also, the army forces deployed in Deir Ezzur airbase blew up a BMP vehicle of the ISIL near al-Tharda mountain by missile and artillery fire.

Local sources said on Monday that 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 are 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 have 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 are advancing towards the last stronghold of ISIL in Eastern Homs that is considered as a gate to Deir Ezzur province.

Army air force destroys ISIS command center, kills a number of terrorists in Deir Ezzor

13 July، 2017
Deir Ezzor, SANA

The Syrian Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes against positions and gatherings of the ISIS terrorists in Deir Ezzor.

SANA’ reporter in Deir Ezzor said that the Syrian Air Force conducted concentrated bombardments, destroying a command center belonging to the ISIS terrorists in Marat village in the eastern countryside of the province.

The reporter added that the air force intensively bombarded dens and gatherings of the ISIS terrorists in al-Tharda area, the surroundings of the Regiment 137, the Khasarat neighborhood and in the villages of al-Husseiniya, al-Bughailiyia and Khsham, inflicting heavy losses upon them in the personnel and equipment.

At the southern axis of Deir Ezzor, army units clashed with ISIS-affiliated terrorist groups, killing a number of terrorists and injuring others.

Over the past few hours, army units, baked by the army air force, destroyed vehicles, ammunition depot and two positions of the so-called “military administration” of the ISIS at the crossing of al-Halabyia in al-Husseiniya, and in the village of al-Bu Omar, the surroundings of the Airport , al-Maqaber “cemeteries” area and in al-Jubailiyia.

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Defense Minister visits army units in Damascus Countryside

13 July، 2017
Damascus Countryside, SANA

Upon the directives of the Commander-in-Chief of the army and armed forces-President Bashar al-Assad, Defense Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij paid a field visit Thursday to units of the army working in Damascus south-eastern Countryside.

During the field tour, Major General al-Freij met soldiers at their positions and conveyed President al-Assad’s appreciation and pride of their heroism, sacrifices and great achievements in the war against terrorism.

Al-Freij was briefed by field officers on the nature of combatant tasks performed by the Syrian army forces and the volume of success achieved and areas restored by the armed forces, hailing the efforts exerted by soldiers and officers to defend the homeland.

“Our battle against terrorism is continuous and the terrorist scheme against Syria is collapsing and retreating thanks to the steadfastness of the Syrian people who rallied around their army and leadership as well as the support provided by the friendly countries, particularly Russia, Iran and the Lebanese Resistance,” said al-Freij.

He wishes the soldiers to have a successful mission in performing their tasks to hunt terrorist groups and eliminate their remnants.

In turn, the soldiers stressed determination and readiness to sacrifice their souls in defending the country and restoring security and stability to all Syrian territories.

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Syrian, Russian Fighter Jets Destroy ISIL Ammunition Cache in Deir Ezzur

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian and Russian air forces launched massive strikes on ISIL position and moves in Deir Ezzur, destroying an arms and ammunition depot of the terrorists and killing a number of militants in several sorties.

The airstrikes also targeted ISIL positions in al-Sana’a, al-Arafi and al-Kanamat districts in Deir Ezzur as well as the power company and al-Tharda mountain in the Southern parts of the city.

Also, the ISIL bases near Deir Ezzur airbase, the cemetery and al-Jabileh regions were attacked, resulting in the full destruction of an ammunition cache.

The Syrian warplanes also bombed ISIL positions in the two villages of Ayash and Shamitiyeh in Northwestern Deir Ezzur and the village of Marat in Eastern Deir Ezzur, destroying the terrorists’ base and killing a number of them.

The Syrian and Russian air forces also launched several airstrikes on regions near Deir Ezzur airbase, areas near al-Tharda mountain in Southwestern Deir Ezzur and districts near the Brigade 137 base in the Western parts of the city, inflicting toll and damage on the terrorists.

In a relevant development on Wednesday, two command centers of ISIL were destroyed in the Syrian Air Force’s combat flights over ISIL’s positions in Deir Ezzur province, military sources confirmed, adding that the raids inflicted major losses on the terrorists.

The army aircraft struck ISIL’s defense lines and movements in al-Huweiqa region, al-Maqaber (cemetery) region, al-Tayem region, in the town of al-Mouhassan, the neighborhood of al-Hosseiniyeh, the village of al-Baqalilyeh, Panorama base, Hatlah neighborhood, and the regions of Mart and Mazloum, destroying a command center known as ISIL’s military base in the village of Bou Omar in Eastern Deir Ezzur and another command center in al-Jabileh neighborhood containing arms and ammunition.

A military source said that tens of ISIL terrorists, including two senior commanders, were killed in the attacks.

The source further added that the army soldiers engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in the Southern and Western directions of Deir Ezzur city and near the airbase, leaving a number of militants dead and wounded.

Syrian Troops Advance in Extensive Areas in Badiyeh

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army forces continued military operations from Eastern Damascus towards Badiyeh (desert), regaining control over a 200-sq/km region.

The Syrian soldiers continued military operations from their positions in a checkpoint named France in al-Zalaf region in the Southeastern parts of Damascus towards East, and they could advance 21km towards al-Jarin mountain.

A military source said that the Syrian army units retook control of a 200-sq/km area, adding that a number of terrorists were killed and wounded in the clashes with the army.

The Syrian army forces continued the second phase of al-Fajr al-Kobra (the Grand Dawn) anti-terrorism operation in Badiyeh (desert) on Monday and managed to impose control over several heights in regions near al-Seen military airport.

The army men kicked off the second phase of al-Fajar al-Kobra operation South of the road that connects al-Seen airbase to Zaza region and managed to advance against terrorists from Tal 9hill Deco towards Tal Roqeileh, Tal al-Baqar and Tal al-A’saf and the regions of Khirbet al-Ambashi and al-Kera’ah.

The army soldiers further drove terrorists out of the mountain between Tal Deco and Tal Roqeileh up to Tal Risheh.

The army units also won back Tal Risheh Dam, Jabal (mount) Mahkoul, Baer Makhour and Jabal Sis South of al-Seen airbase.

The Army had managed to secure over 5,000 square kilometers of the Syrian Desert from the clutches of ISIL during the first stage of al-Fajr al-Kobra operation that is the largest swathes of land won back from ISIL since 2011 and includes Southern Homs.

In the meantime, the army forces managed to foil terrorists’ plan to join Badiyeh (desert) al-Sham to Badiyeh of Homs to Eastern Qalamoun, repelling ISIL’s threats to al-Seen airport.

Syria’s Special Forces Start Operations to Capture Last ISIL Stronghold in Homs

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army’s Tiger Forces alongside other pro-government forces started special military operation to take back the strategic town of al-Sukhnah in Eastern Homs province.

The special forces started their military operations from the Southern parts of Raqqa.

Syrian special troops plan to expand Southward from the key town of Resafa in order to press ISIL’s positions as far South as Sukhnah in the Eastern parts of Homs province.

As the Tiger Forces are pushing South to Homs province, it will allow their allies from the Desert Hawks Brigade to blitz the ISIL’s positions in the Eastern parts of Hama province.

Meantime, the Syrian army forces continue massive operations from Western al-Sukhnah – the Eastern parts of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) – towards the last ISIL stronghold in Homs.

The Syrian army units and Hezbollah fighters also continued their operations to reach the strategic town of al-Sukhnah, the Takfiri terrorist group’s last defense lines directly West of the city of Deir Ezzur, deploying their forces just a few kilometer away from the vital bastion.

A field source announced the Syrian troops’ massive operation in Eastern Homs and Hama, saying that driving the ISIL out of Aqayrabat and al-Sukhnah means the end of the terrorist group’s presence in Central Syria.

According to earlier reports, the Syrian Special forces deployed in Southern Raqqa and the Army soldiers deployed in Eastern Homs were preparing to launch a joint anti-ISIL operation to drive terrorists out of the strategic town of al-Sukhnah that is considered as the main gate to Deir Ezzur city.

A battlefield source said the Syrian Special Forces are not looking to increase their presence in Raqqa province; “instead, they have plans to push South from the town of al-Rasafeh in Southern Raqqa towards al-Sukhnah in Eastern Homs”.

The source added that the Syrian Armed Forces plan to launch their offensive from two different fronts in order to force the ISIL to retreat from the key town near the Deir Ezzur border.

The source went on to say that the second front of the army operation starts from the Eastern direction of the ancient city of Palmyra toward West of al-Sukhnah, adding that the army forces are now advancing rapidly against terrorists in the front.

Another source said that the army has dispatched more heavy equipment to Arak region in Eastern Homs to intensify attacks on ISIL’s defense lines in al-Sukhnah.

The source further added that following ISIL’s defeats in Aleppo and Raqqa provinces, the fresh army operation that will cover Eastern Hama and Homs and the entire Deir Ezzur province is so important that the army would dispatch more forces and equipment to advance towards Deir Ezzur with the back up of the Russian Air Force.

Al-Sukhnah is the last bastion of ISIL fighters in Homs and the last strategic barrier which stands before pro-government forces can lifting the siege of Deir Ezzur.

Syrian Army Advances in Damascus to Separate Eastern Ghouta from Capital

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army soldiers continued military operations against the terrorists in Eastern Ghouta, further advancing in Ein Tarma.

The army forces continued clashes with the terrorists near the meat packaging company and al-Khair Markets, regaining control of several points.

A military source said that the Syrian troops have rapidly advanced in the region, and added that a number of terrorists were killed in clashes.

The source stressed that the army wants to separate Jobar district from Eastern Ghouta by advancing in regions parallel to al-Moltahlaq al-Janoubi, between Eastern Damascus and the Western parts of Eastern Ghouta.

Meantime, the Syrian army could retake control of houses in the Eastern parts of the Marble Factory.

The Syrian army units also advanced along the Southern bypass of the highway that runs between Zmelka and Jobar, capturing several buildings in the course of their offensive.

In a relevant development on Wednesday, the Syrian army forces, backed up by the country’s Air Force, continued to hit the defense lines of Faylaq al-Rahman and Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in Eastern Ghouta and managed to impose control over another key position.

The army men engaged in fierce clashes with Faylaq al-Rahman and Al-Nusra Front in the meat-packing company in Ein Terma-Jobar and Zmelka triangle and pushed the terrorists back from the company.

In the meantime, the army aircraft pounded terrorists’ positions in the triangle several times.

A military source reported that a large number of terrorists were killed or wounded in the army operation in the meat-packing company.

Russia Sends Military Vehicles, Soldiers for Anti-ISIL Mission in Hama Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian army dispatched a large number of its forces and military equipment to Syria to participate in the anti-ISIL operations in Eastern Hama.

According to reports, armored personnel carriers and Russian troops have been sent to Hama battlefield as the Syrian army troops are trying to oust ISIL militants from Eastern Salamiyah.

According to AMN, the Russian special forces operate alongside the Syrian soldiers in the fight against the ISIL, as Moscow forces serve as battlefield advisors and in combat support roles ranging from tactical reconnaissance, sniper cover, forward air control and anti-tank over-watch.

Armed Toyota picks, trucks and buses full of infantry, lorries carrying supplies and trucks towing light field howitzers have been sent to Eastern Hama. The entire convoy offers a detailed cross-section of the forces which have now been deployed against the ISIL.

Meantime, the Syrian army forces launched fierce attacks on ISIL positions inside the Qaleb al-Thawr city in Eastern Hama and regained control of a big part of the city after hours of heavy clashes.

A military source, meanwhile, said that the Syrian soldiers were forced to withdraw from some parts of their positions in the city, adding that the army will start a new phase of attacks to recapture the entire city soon.

The Russian strategic bombers conducted strikes on ISIL targets in Syria on Wednesday, using modern X-101 strategic cruise missiles. Several weapon stockpiles and a terrorist command center were destroyed in the strike.

Russian Air Force Tu-95MS strategic bombers conducted strikes on ISIL positions near the border of Syrian Hama and Homs provinces on Wednesday, the Russian military said in a statement.

“Three large weapon and ammunition stockpiles alongside with a command center near the town of Aqayrabat were destroyed in the strike, which was confirmed by objective control measures,” the statement added.

The Syrian army has also 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 days ago in the Eastern territories of Hama province to take part in the anti-ISIL military operation in Eastern Salamiyah.

Also, a number of T-90 tanks have also been sent to Hama to be used for anti-ISIL operations.

The Syrian and Russian forces, backed by the two countries’ warplanes, have started a new phase of military operations to expel the ISIL from Eastern Hama in bid to secure the strategic city of Salamiyeh.

Based on reports, the Russian Special Forces, backed by Moscow Air Force, also participated in the military operations in Eastern Hama.

Aqayrabat region includes tens of villages and towns as the ISIL’s main base in the province and is used by the terrorists to attack the army positions in Salamiyeh.

According to earlier reports, the fresh troops of the Syrian army along with Russian marines were dispatched to Eastern Hama for this large-scale operation.

Weeks ago, the Syrian army dispatched a large number of fresh forces to Hama as Damascus troops started a new phase of military operation to drive ISIL out of the province.

Hundreds of fresh forces arrived in Eastern Hama to help the Syrian army in its anti-ISIL campaign, as pro-government forces started an offensive to liberate Aqayrabat town, the main bastion of the Takfiri terrorists in the region.

Russia Sends BMPT-72 ‘Terminator 2’ to Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian media reported that a single BMPT-72 named ‘Terminator 2’ has been sent to Syria for anti-terrorism battles.

According to the Arabic desk of Sputnik news agency, the ‘devastating monster’ was shown to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last week when he visited the Russian base at Humeimim.

The Terminator 2 is a tank that is designed to protect other tanks, specially in urban areas. It’s built from refurbished hulls from the venerable T-72 main battle tank. But instead of mounting a big 125-millimeter cannon, the BMPT-72 is armed a remarkably diverse suite of weapons that includes two thirty-millimeter cannon, four Ataka-T antitank missiles and a heavy machine gun. This gives the Terminator 2 the capability to engage infantry and light armored vehicles with its cannon, and tanks and buildings with its guided antitank missiles.

The first version of the Terminator was designed in the late 1990s. It was a five-man vehicle based on the chassis of the T-90 tank, according to Russian media.

It was armed with two hull-mounted thirty-millimeter automatic grenade launchers in addition to the other weapons, notes Jane’s 360. The Terminator 2, first unveiled in 2013, subtracted the grenade launchers and reduced the crew size to three.

The concept of the “tank support combat vehicle” arose after Russian experiences in Afghanistan and Chechnya.

Russia’s initial response was to escort its tanks with ZSU-23-4 Shilka self-propelled antiaircraft guns, which could rapidly pump out cannon fire to suppress hostile antitank teams. However, the ZSU-23-4 was lightly armored and not equipped to detect ground targets.

Hence the BMPT was designed as a “versatile and mobile weapon for protecting tanks,” explained Sputnik News. “According to the initial conception, vehicles of this type should be used alongside tanks on the battlefield and destroy any potentially dangerous target.”

Media sources reported last week observing a number of advanced Terminator tanks in the Russian-run Humeimim airbase during President al-Assad’s visit to the base.

The Arabic-language Sputnik reported that a number of very strong Russia-made Terminator Tanks have been seen in images of Assad’s visit to Humeimim military airport in Lattakia province, adding that Russia had never declared anything about deploying this kind of tank in Syria.

According to report, Terminator is similar to T-72 but is equipped with stronger weapons, adding that the tank’s main mission is providing support for friendly tanks in the battlefields and destroying enemy tanks by missile fire.

Terminator is capable of targeting and destroying other tanks and armored vehicles from a 6km distance.

According to a military source, Terminator tanks that had not been used in battle against terrorists will be present in the upcoming war on ISIL in Syrian Desert.

Photos and images of the recent visit by Syrian President to Humeimim airbase also showed that the Russian Air Force has also deployed more modern warplanes and missiles in Syria recently.

The photos showed that Russia has deployed its Su-27 SM3 in Humeimim airbase which is the last model of Su-27 had not been previously seen in Syria.

In the meantime, RVV-SD missiles, a version of the Jojo guided missiles, were seen in the footages of Humeimim air field.

The first visit of Assad to the Humeimim came after the recent statements of the White House spokesperson about an alleged impending gas attack by the Syrian government.

The Spokesperson accused Syria of preparing to stage a chemical attack in the country, threatening that Washington would make Damascus pay “a heavy price.”

Moscow launched its campaign against the Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria upon a request from Damascus in September 2015.