Syrian Army Advances in Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, Damascus

Army’s operations stepped up in Deir Ezzor, ISIS leaders flee al-Mayadin city

19 July، 2017
Provinces, SANA

The Syrian Air Force on Wednesday killed a number of ISIS terrorists and destroyed their vehicles in al-Shindakhiyeh al-Shamaliyeh and Um Tweineh in the eastern countryside of Homs province, according to a military source.

Raqqa

Army units continue to advance on the southern countryside of Raqqa, establishing control over the town and dam of ar-Rmeilan, 15 oil wells and gas fields to the east of Dbeisan by 10 km and Dbeisan pumping station 1 and Dbeisan pumping station 2, according to military source.

As a result of the army’s operations, a number of terrorists were killed in addition to the destruction of 7 booby-trapped vehicles, a tank and 4 cars.

The source added that army units are currently chasing the remnants of terrorists who fled away towards the depth of al-Badia (desert)

The Syrian Air Force destroyed a number of ISIS positions and vehicles and killed scores of terrorists 12 km to the south of al-Zamla and Ma’adan in the southern countryside of Raqqa province.

Deir Ezzor

Army units, supported by the Syrian Air Force, destroyed sites and gatherings for ISIS terrorist organization in Deir Ezzor province.

A military source told SANA that army units carried out intensive operations against gatherings and infiltration axes of ISIS during the past 48 hours in Deir Ezzor city and the area surrounding it, destroying two vehicles and killing 8 terrorists in the direction of Wadi al-Dushm.

As a result of the operations, a command center was destroyed and 9 terrorists were killed in al-Jbeileh, in addition to the destruction of a fortification and weapons in al-Huweiqeh and a vehicle equipped with a 23 mm machinegun in the direction of al-Panorama and al-Tanmia.

Earlier, the source said that the Syrian Air Force launched intensive airstrikes against ISIS sites and movements in the neighborhoods of al-Orfi, al-Jbeileh and al-Sinaa and the area surrounding the graveyards area, killing a number of terrorists and destroying vehicles, some of them equipped with machineguns.

SANA reporter said that army units engaged in intermittent clashes with terrorist groups affiliated to ISIS on the axes of al-Panorama area, the area surrounding the Airport, the neighborhoods of al-Rushdiyehand al-Huweiqeh and al-Bugheiliyeh village.

He added that a number of ISIS terrorist were killed or injured due to the clashes in addition to the destruction of their weapons and ammunition.

The Syrian Air Force also destroyed gatherings and fortifications for ISIS in the area surrounding the Airport, al-Tharda, the neighborhoods of al-Sinaa, al-Arfi, al-Ardi and al-Hawiqa and the villages of al-Jafra and al-Junina.

Local sources in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor said that al- Mayadin city is witnessing new cases of escape among ISIS terrorists, including Abdul-Razak al-Amir, Ahmad al-Amir, Fahd al-Amir, Samer Khalaf al-Nasser al-Mashhadani, who are ISIS leaders in the village of Zeiban and the city of al-Mayadin.

The sources added that a group of people in the city of al-Mayadin attacked the media office of ISIS organization in the city and burned it completely.

Hundreds of Square Kilometers of Land in Raqqa Freed from ISIL by Syrian Army

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops have thus far captured large areas in Badiyeh (desert) of Raqqa, inching closer to the Deir Ezzur city that is under the siege of the ISIL terrorists, field sources said.

The sources said that the Syrian Army has captured a number of energy fields in Southwestern Raqqa, deploying the provincial borders with Homs.

The sources further added that the army soldiers have won back hundreds of square kilometers of lands in the province, and deployed at Mount al-Bushra that was once along the path normally taken by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the dead ISIL chief.

Deploying at Mount al-Bushra that links Raqqa to Deir Ezzur, the army forces are only 50km away from the Northwestern borders with Deir Ezzur.

Relevant reports said on Tuesday that the army troops continued their advances against ISIL in Southern Raqqa and imposed full control over three more oilfields.

The army men that took back al-Dil’eh oilfield on Tuesday managed to drive ISIL out of the oilfields of Debsan, al-Rameilan and Rajm al-Jowz.

ISIL suffered heavy casualties and its military hardware sustained major damage in the attack.

Al-Nusra Withdraws from More Positions in Eastern Damascus

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops continued to clash with Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in Eastern Ghouta and managed to impose control over more positions and buildings in Ein Terma region.

The army soldiers engaged in fierce clashes with Al-Nusra in Ein Terma and drove terrorists out of several buildings Northwest of the meat-packing company.

The army men also advanced against Al-Nusra from al-Kheir bazaars and reached the Kuyen shopping center in Ein Terma Wadi region.

A number of Al-Nusra terrorists were killed or wounded in the clashes.

A well-informed source said earlier today that a second ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia may come into force in Eastern Damascus and Homs in mid August before Astana talks on the Syrian crisis.

The Arabic-language desk of Sputnik quoted the source as saying that Moscow and Washington will possibly announce the second ceasefire deal in mid August that will include Eastern Ghouta and Homs.

“It will be announced soon, before the next international meeting on Syria in Astana (in late August), around August 14 or 15,” the source said.

“There will be expert consultations between the Russians and Americans in one of the European capitals first. The ceasefire will probably cover Homs, and maybe Eastern Ghouta,” the source added.

Syrian Army Restores Sustainable Security to Northern Hama, Civilians Returning Home

TEHRAN (FNA)- Media reports said that hundreds of families have returned to their regions in Northern Hama following the clean up operation of the Syrian Army’s engineering units in the region.

The Syrian state news agency reported that hundreds of families that had fled their homes for fear of terrorists’ threats have returned to the villages and towns of Souran, Taybat al-Imam, Ma’ardes, Kawkab and Ma’aden in Northern Homs.

The agency said that the engineering units have defused bombs and landmines planted by the terrorist groups in the region.

Reports said on Tuesday that the army troops continued to hit ISIL’s movements and concentration centers hard in Eastern Hama, killing and wounding tens of terrorists.

The army’s artillery and missile units opened heavy fire at ISIL’s movements along the oil pipeline Southeast of the town of Aqarib, the villages of Abu Hanaya, Arshouneh and al-Hardaneh, killing and wounding a number of terrorists.

In the meantime, the Syrian Air Force carried out repeated combat sorties and targeted ISIL’s gathering centers and movements in the villages of Hamadeh Omar, Abu Hanaya and Qanbar in Eastern Hama, leaving tens of terrorists dead or wounded and their military equipment destroyed.

Russian Forces Deploy to Southern Syria to Monitor Ceasefire

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian military forces deployed to the Southern territories of Syria to observe implementation of de-escalation zones agreement, a military source confirmed.

The source reported that the Russian military has deployed to Dara’a province to begin their indefinite operation to monitor the ceasefire in Southern Syria.

The Syrian army also continued its advances in other key provinces across Syria.

Dara’a

The Russian military will be specifically headquartered in the town of Izra’a, as they serve as the primary force observing truce in de-escalation zones in the Southern part of Syria, the military source said.

A ceasefire came into force in Southwest Syria — in the provinces of Dara’a, Sweida and Quneitra in the Southwest, along the Jordanian border — in July 9 after a deal was brokered by the US and Russia on the sidelines of G-20 summit in the German city of Hamburg.

Syrian government forces had announced a halt to combat operations in the three provinces. According to the military, the move is aimed at supporting the peace process and national reconciliation in Syria.

The ceasefire was agreed to by experts from Russia, the US and Jordan, who negotiated a memorandum on the creation of a de-escalation zone in Southwestern Syria at talks in Jordan’s capital, Amman.

The US and Russia had previously negotiated a ceasefire in Syria in September 2016, but it collapsed after US aircraft bombed a Syrian government position, leading Moscow to wonder if the Pentagon was undermining the State Department’s efforts.

Damascus

The Syrian Army soldiers, backed up by the country’s Air Force, intensified attacks on terrorists’ defense lines in Eastern Ghouta and managed to impose control over move lands in Ein Terma region.

The army men, supported by heavy fire of 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) and Faylaq al-Rahman in Ein Terma-Jobar-Zmelka triangle.

In the meantime, the army aircraft targeted terrorists’ positions in Ein Terma and inflicted major losses on the militants.

A military source confirmed that the army soldiers managed to advance against terrorists along Ein Terma highway for the first time in the recent years.

Also, the army resumed its military operations in the Eastern suburbs of Damascus, targeting Faylaq Al-Rahman’s positions inside Ein Terma and Jobar regions.

According to reports, following the air raids, pro-gov’t troops attacked Faylaq Al-Rahman’s positions near the Al-Khir Market, capturing several points and killing scores of militants.

A well-placed military source said that the Syrian army dispatched hundreds of fresh soldiers to Southeastern Damascus to join the pro-government force’s imminent operation against terrorists near the border with Iraq.

The sources said that the army has sent hundreds of fresh reinforcements to Southeastern Damascus to reinvigorate its front at border with Iraq.

The sources added that a part of the dispatched force will be responsible for restoring more security to the liberated regions.

The sources pointed to the ceasefire in Southern Syria and added that a number of the fresh forces are to stand on alert to respond to any possible threats posed by the US-backed militants in the region.

He further said that the army forces will launch an imminent anti-terrorism operation near the border with Iraq.

Aleppo

Media reports said that tens of Ankara-backed militants and five Turkish soldiers were killed in their failed attack on the positions of the Kurdish fighters in Northern Aleppo.

The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that almost 30 fighters of the militant groups affiliated to the Turkish army were killed in their attacks on the Kurdish fighters’ positions in the village of Ein Daqneh in Northern Aleppo.

Hawar news further said that five Turkish soldiers were among the killed militants, adding that bodies of the killed Turkish soldiers are in a region that is controlled by the Kurdish fighters.

Hama

The army’s artillery and missile units opened heavy fire at ISIL’s movements along the oil pipeline Southeast of the town of Aqarib, the villages of Abu Hanaya, Arshouneh and al-Hardaneh, killing and wounding a number of terrorists.

In the meantime, the Syrian Air Force carried out repeated combat sorties and targeted ISIL’s gathering centers and movements in the villages of Hamadeh Omar, Abu Hanaya and Qanbar in Eastern Hama, leaving tens of terrorists dead or wounded and their military equipment destroyed.

Deir Ezzur

Local sources in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur reported that a fresh round of infighting erupted among commanders of the ISIL terrorist groups following the rapid advances made by the Syrian Army troops in both Homs and Raqqa provinces in their push towards Deir Ezzur.

The sources said that two Moroccan and Kazakh field commanders of the ISIL engaged in heavy fighting in the town of Qaranich in Eastern Deir Ezzur, leaving five terrorists injured.

The sources added that Saudi Commander of ISIL nom de guerre Abu Ayman al-Jazrawi that was known as emir of bomb-laden vehicles of ISIL were killed in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

In the meantime, the army troops and Air Force intensified anti-ISIL operation in Deir Ezzur and managed to destroy a long tunnel and a command center, inflicting major losses on the militants.

The army’s artillery units pounded ISIL’s movements and positions in the villages of Ayyash, al-Janineh, al-Hosseiniyeh, al-Thardah crossroad, al-Tayem region, Panorama base, Huweija Sakar region and a region 7km from Deir Ezzur-Hasaka road, killing a large number of terrorists and destroying their military equipment.

Also, the army soldiers stormed anti-ISIL operation in the neighborhood of al-Jablieh and destroyed a 33-m-long tunnel and a four-storey command center.

Meanwhile, the army forces engaged in fierce clashes with terrorists in Deir Ezzur airbase, Panorama base and al-Maqaber (cemetery) region, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.

Field source reported that the Russian and Syrian fighter jets bombed heavily ISIL’s strongholds in the neighborhoods of al-Orfi and al-Jabiliyeh, inflicting heavy casualties on the militants.

Raqqa

The Syrian Army troops continued their advances against ISIL in Southern Raqqa and imposed full control over three more oilfields.

The army men that took back al-Dil’eh oilfield earlier today managed to drive ISIL out of the oilfields of Debsan, al-Rameilan and Rajm al-Jowz.

ISIL suffered heavy casualties and its military hardware sustained major damage in the attack.

Field sources said that more than 20 civilians were killed in the US-led coalition air raids in the provinces of Raqqa and Deir Ezzur.

The US-led coalition fighter jets bombed the villages of al-Kashkiyeh and Abu Hamam in Eastern Deir Ezzur, killing 21 civilians and wounding several more.

In the meantime, three civilians were killed in the air raids in Raqqa city.

Also, the army troops continued to hit ISIL’s defense lines in Southern Raqqa and managed to drive terrorists out of more positions en route to Deir Ezzur.

The army men clashed fiercely with ISIL in Southwestern Raqqa and imposed full control over the village of al-Fahidiyeh South of al-Fahd oil pumping station and al-Dil’eh oilfield, paving the ground for a fast move towards Deir Ezzur that is under ISIL’s siege.

According to field reports, the army plans to create a large buffer zone on the East and the West of the road linking the towns of al-Resafeh in Southwestern Raqqa and al-Sukhnah in Eastern Homs.

Homs

The Syrian Army forces continued to hit ISIL’s positions in Eastern Homs and deployed less then 9km away from the town of al-Sukhnah, the last main stronghold of the terrorist group en route to Deir Ezzur.

The army units engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in Eastern Homs and managed to advance against terrorists from the Northern and Eastern directions of al-Heil oilfield.

Meantime, the Russian and Syrian fighter jets carried out intense attacks on ISIL’s positions in the depth of al-Sukhnah and Humeimeh in Eastern Homs, destroying the entire positions and killing or wounding tens of militants.

A military source said that the army men are 9km away from the town of al-Sukhnah which is a gate to Deir Ezzur.

Russia, US May Announce Second Ceasefire Deal in Syria’s Homs, Damascus Provinces

TEHRAN (FNA)- A well-informed source said a second ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia may come into force in Eastern Damascus and Homs in mid August before Astana talks on the Syrian crisis.

The Arabic-language desk of Sputnik quoted the source as saying that Moscow and Washington will possibly announce the second ceasefire deal in mid August that will include Eastern Ghouta and Homs.

“It will be announced soon, before the next international meeting on Syria in Astana (in late August), around August 14 or 15,” the source said.

“There will be expert consultations between the Russians and Americans in one of the European capitals first. The ceasefire will probably cover Homs, and maybe Eastern Ghouta,” the source added.

A ceasefire came into force in Southwest Syria — in the provinces of Dara’a, Sweida and Quneitra in the Southwest, along the Jordanian border — in July 9 after a deal was brokered by the US and Russia on the sidelines of G-20 summit in the German city of Hamburg.

The ceasefire was agreed to by experts from Russia, the US and Jordan, who negotiated a memorandum on the creation of a de-escalation zone in Southwestern Syria at talks in Jordan’s capital, Amman.

Syrian government forces had announced a halt to combat operations in the three provinces. According to the military, the move is aimed at supporting the peace process and national reconciliation in Syria.

The US and Russia had previously negotiated a ceasefire in Syria in September 2016, but it collapsed after US aircraft bombed a Syrian government position, leading Moscow to wonder if the Pentagon was undermining the State Department’s efforts.

The United States and Russia have backed opposing sides in Syria’s six-year-conflict, with Moscow supporting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Washington backing rebel groups seeking his ouster.

The deal is separate from the draft agreement on de-escalation zones, which were to be created under a deal brokered earlier this year during Russia, Turkey and Iran-sponsored talks in Astana between the Syrian government and representatives of the armed opposition.

Militants in More Regions Lay down Arms, Join Peace Plan with Syrian Army

TEHRAN (FNA)- Militants in seven more villages and towns in Homs province handed over their weapons to the Syrian Army and joined peace agreement with Damascus government, the Russian Defense Ministry announced in its latest report.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that gunmen in seven villages and towns in Homs province surrendered to the army and joined the nationwide reconciliation plan, adding, “The total number of regions, towns, settlements and villages that have thus far ended fight with the Syrian army stands at 2,032.”

The ministry added that talks between the army and representatives of the militants are underway in the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib, Damascus, Hama, Homs and Quneitra.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced last week that militants in 2,000 towns, villages and regions ended battle against the Syrian Army and joined nationwide reconciliation plan.

Militants in one more region in Sweida province laid down arms and endorsed peace agreement with the army, the ministry said, adding that the total number of towns, villages and regions that have so far joined the peace plan with Damascus government stands at 2,000.

Russian, Syrian, Hezbollah Forces to Launch Joint Anti-Terrorism Operation at Border with Lebanon

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troop and the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, backed up by the Russian Air Force, are to kick off a fresh round of operations against ISIL and Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) at border with Lebanon, Arab media reports said.

The Arabic-language al-Hadath news reported that the tactical plans have been prepared for military operation against ISIL and Al-Nusra Front in Jaroud mountain and the Syrian soldiers and Hezbollah fighters, equipped by modern Russian weapons, will start imminently their operation against terrorists.

In the meantime, the Russian Air Force will support the Syrian soldiers and Hezbollah with surveillance and combat missions in the operation.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese Army has embarked on reinvigorating its positions at the borders with Syria to defend border villages against possible revenge attacks of the terrorists and block their flow into Lebanese territories while fleeing the battlefields in Syria.

Relevant reports said earlier this month that the Syrian Air Force carried out heavy air raids on the strongholds of the Al-Nusra Front in the heights at the country’s border with Lebanon, inflicting major losses on the militants.

The army aircraft pounded the positions of Al-Nusra Front in Wadi al-Kheil region in Arsal heights, killing or wounding a number of militants and destroying their equipment.