Syria in the Last 24 Hours

Army units breach al-Nusra’s defenses in al- Qalamoun al-Gharbi, establish control over areas in Raqqa

22 July، 2017
Provinces, SANA

Army and Armed Forces units, in cooperation with the resistance, continued pursing Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization in al-Qalamoun al-Gharabi in Damascus Countryside, breaching the terrorists’ defenses and inflicting heavy losses upon them in personnel and equipment.

A military source told SANA that after fierce battles, army units, in cooperation with the resistance, breached on Saturday the main line of defense for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the direction of Jroud Fleiteh in al-Qalamoun al-Gharabi.

The source said that the terrorists’ defenses are in a state of complete collapse, as the intensive strikes of the army and the resistance inflicted heavy losses upon them in personnel and equipment, forcing the terrorist groups to raise white flags to surrender.

The source added that the army units are continuing their operations, pursing the remnants of al-Nusra in the area.

Syrian Arab Army units continued to advance in the direction of Raqqa, establishing control over the town of al-Dakhila and al-Sabkhawi well and gas field in the southern countryside of Raqqa province.

A military source told SANA that the army’s operations in these areas resulted in killing many terrorists and destroying their car bombs and machinegun-equipped vehicles, and that army units continue to pursue the remaining ISIS terrorists in al-Badiya area in the direction of Raqqa.

Earlier the source said that the Syrian Air Force carried out intensive airstrikes targeting ISIS supply routes and gatherings in Ma’adan city and Beir al-Sabkhawai village in the southeastern countryside of Raqqa province.

The airstrikes left many ISIS terrorists dead and destroyed a number of positions, vehicles and heavy machineguns belonging to the terrorists.

It should be noted that the Syrian Arab Army opened during the past 2 days four humanitarian corridors for the safe evacuation and rescue of civilians from Raqqa.

The Syrian Air Force conducted a number of airstrikes against dens and positions of ISIS terrorists in the eastern countryside of Homs province.

A military source told SANA that the airstrikes targeted positions of ISIS terrorists to the west of Um al-Rish village and in the village of Shandakhyiat Ghunaiman in the eastern countryside, destroying a number of their positions and vehicles and killing and injuring scores of them.

The Syrian Air Force destroyed ISIS terrorists’ gatherings in the neighborhood of al-Kannamat and at the surrounding of the Panorama area in Deir Ezzor.

SANA’s reporter said that army units clashed with ISIS terrorists on the southern axis in al-Maqaber, the Panorama, the surrounding of the Airport, al-Roshdiya and al-Heiqa where many of the terrorists were either killed or injured.

The army also destroyed makeshift equipment for refining oil stolen by ISIS from the wells of Boqros in eastern Deir Ezzor, killing many terrorists in the process.

Local sources in Deir Ezzor countryside confirmed that several ISIS terrorists have fled during the past 24 hours including the “Emir of Electricity” in al-Kher District “Abu Bis al-Khabouri” and the terrorist in charge of water affairs in al-Baseera village Ahmad al-Ali, in addition to two security members Hussein al-Mohammad and Karim al-Mohammad.

Damascus: Syrian Army Destroys Terrorists’ Arms, Ammunition Depot

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops continued to hit terrorists’ strongholds in Ein Terma region and managed to destroy a large depot of arms and ammunition, a military source confirmed Saturday.

The source reported that the army men continued their anti-terrorism advances in Ein Terma and detonated a large arms and munitions depot Northeast of Sonbol petrol station, killing a number of terrorists, including several snipers.

The source added that several strong positions of the terrorists adjacent to Shimi Land project in Ein Terma were destroyed in the attack.

The source further pointed out that the army has imposed full control over three strategic positions of al-Menara School, Zmelka crossroad and Meat Packing Company in its one-month long operation in Ein Terma.

The army has also destroyed a tank, several BMP vehicles, eight missile launchpads, and ten heavy and semi-heavy machineguns of terrorists in its operation.

The source went on to say that over six military convoys of the terrorists along the road connecting Harmaleh passageway to their positions in Ein Terma, 37 tunnels and trenches including three tunnels for vehicles, media center of the terrorists were destroyed in the army’s one-month-long operation in Eastern Damascus.

Over 400 militants were killed or wounded in the army operations too, the source added.

Relevant reports said on Friday that the army troops resumed a fresh round of offensives against terrorists in Eastern Ghouta, winning back al-Kheir Market and al-Sonbol petrol station after hours of fierce clashes with militants in Ein Terma region in the Eastern part of the capital.

In the meantime, a large number of the army’s fresh soldiers have been deployed in Jobar in recent days to start another vital operation in the region.

Following the recent success in Ein Terma, the army is expected to begin operation in Jobar as they look to expel the remaining militants of Faylaq Al-Rahman from the area.

Terrorists’ Telecommunication Command Center Destroyed in Syrian Army Attack in Homs Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army’s artillery and missile units targeted and destroyed a telecommunication-command center of the ISIL terrorist group in Eastern Homs.

The artillery and missile units of the army shelled ISIL’s positions and movements heavily in the village of Um al-Reish in Eastern Homs and destroyed one of the telecommunication-command centers of the terrorists group.

All the ISIL terrorists stationed at the positions, including two commanders, were killed in the attack.

Relevant reports said on Friday that the army resumed its military operations in Eastern Homs province, hitting the ISIL positions near the town of Jubab Hamad.

After hours of bloody battle, the army soldiers took full control of Tal Al-Alam which overlooks Jubab Hamad, securing the town of Jubab Hamad in Eastern Homs.

The Syrian Army also took control of an important chain of hills in Eastern Homs, establishing fire control over the ISIL-held Manbal area, West of al-Sukhnah.

The army men killed some 30 militants and destroyed several military vehicles in the attacks.

Turkish Air Force Carry out Spying, Combat Sorties over Northern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Kurdish media outlets reported that Turkish spying plans and fighter jets have been spotted flying over Afrin and Shahaba regions in Northern Syria.

The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that a spying plane and a warplane of the Turkish Air Force flew over Shi’h, Jandriseh, Rajou and Shirava areas in Afrin region.

The news website added that another spying plane flew over several areas in Shahba region.

In the meantime, the missile units of the Turkish army and Ankara-backed militants deployed in the towns of Marea, Tal Maled and several villages in Shahba region shelled the village of Iska in Afrin.

Also, the mortar units of the Turkish army and its affiliated militants deployed in Dar al-Ezzah in Western Aleppo targeted the village of Iska.

Media reports said on Tuesday 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 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.

Turkey-Affiliated Militants Enter Syria’s Idlib

TEHRAN (FNA)- Kurdish media outlet reported that almost 150 militants affiliated to the Turkish Army entered the Northwestern province of Idlib following intensified clashes between Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front).

The Kurdish-language ARA news reported that a 150-member group of the Ankara-backed Euphrates Shield Operation forces crossed the Turkish border into the Northern territories of Idlib province via Bab al-Hawa border-passage after Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham engaged in a fresh round of fierce clashes in the province.

ARA quoted Ahrar al-Sham’s Spokesman Mohammad Abu Zeid as saying that the first group of his forces, including 150 fighters, entered Northern Idlib from the Turkish territories via Bab al-Hawa, adding that more groups will arrive in the province soon.

News websites affiliated to the terrorist groups reported that over 300 militants of Ahrar al-Sham crossed the border into Northern Aleppo and moved towards Idlib.

Field sources in Northwestern Syria reported on Friday that Ahrar al-Sham started to retreat from its positions in Idlib province to pave the ground for the Turkish Army troops to cross into the Northern Syrian province.

The sources said that as the possibility grows for the Turkish military interference in Idlib, Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at attacked the towns of Saraqib, Sarmada, al-Dana, Harem and Salqin and imposed control over regions near Bab al-Hawa border crossing.

But now the same sources and news websites affiliated to the terrorist groups say that Ahrar al-Sham started pulling back its forces to get rid of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at and to speed up Ankara’s military invasion of Idlib.

Terrorist Groups Declare Ceasefire after Fatal Infighting in Idlib

TEHRAN (FNA)- Terrorists of Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) declared ceasefire after non-stop clashes in Idlib province.

Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham ended fight after the former took up to retreat from its positions in Bab al-Hawa border region in Northern Idlib and pass on control to a non-military council.

The two terrorist groups also agreed to halt clashes, remain committed to the truce and free each other’s war captives.

Ahrar al-Sham Commander Abu Amar al-Omar had previously threatened that if Tahrir al-Sham attacked their positions, his forces would retaliate in alliance with other militant groups.

In reaction to the recent intensified clashes between terrorist groups in Idlib, the Turkish Army has deployed several artillery units in front of Bab al-Hawa border passageway in Northern Idlib and the Turkish fighter jets are carrying continued flights over the border region with Syria.

According to reports, over 90 terrorists have been killed and 130 more wounded in the clashes between rival groups in Idlib in recent days.

Field sources in Northwestern Syria reported on Friday that Ahrar al-Sham started to retreat from its positions in Idlib province to pave the ground for the Turkish Army troops to cross into the Northern Syrian province.

The sources said that as the possibility grows for the Turkish military interference in Idlib, Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at attacked the towns of Saraqib, Sarmada, al-Dana, Harem and Salqin and imposed control over regions near Bab al-Hawa border crossing.

But now the same sources and news websites affiliated to the terrorist groups say that Ahrar al-Sham started pulling back its forces to get rid of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at and to speed up Ankara’s military invasion of Idlib.

Syrian Army, Hezbollah Capture More Terrorists’ Positions at Syria-Lebanon Border

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops and the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters continued to storm defense lines of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in Arsal heights at Syria-Lebanon border and managed to impose control over several heights and positions.

The resistance forces resumed their operation in Arsal heights with two offensives on Al-Nusra from different directions.

The resistance fighters hit the Al-Nusra positions in the Western Qalamoun heights from the town of Faliteh, and also stormed Al-Nusra’s strongholds in the North and East of Arsal heights from the Southern parts of the heights in East Lebanon.

The Hezbollah forces in the Western Qalamoun managed to take control of Tal (hill) al-Barkan and the heights of al-Karah al-Awal, Zalil al-Haj and Haraf al-Sa’abah in Jaroud Faliteh region.

The Hezbollah troops also drove the Al-Nusra from the al-Rahwa plain, Wadi al-Daqiq, Wadi al-Za’arour (including the three positions of Ra’ad 1,2 and 3) in Arsal heights, and Tanftnaz position in Mount al-Qanzah and Zahrah al-Hawa position.

A military source reported that the resistance fighters’ control over Zaharh al-Hawa position in Arsal heights has paved the way for the liberation of Wadi (plain) al-Kheil and Wadi al-Dab.

The source further added that tens of terrorists, including one of the commanders in Zaharah al-Hawa position along with three of his aides were killed and several more were wounded in the attack.

The source pointed out that the Al-Nusra has also lost a number of its military vehicles in the operation.

Arab media reports said on Friday that 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 at border with Lebanon.

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 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.

Hezbollah Starts 2nd Phase of Anti-Terrorism Operation at Border with Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement kicked off the second phase of a major offensive on the Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in Arsal Heights and managed to drive the terrorists out of more strategic positions.

The resistance fighters engaged in fierce clashes with Al-Nusra terrorists and managed to impose control over the regions of Javar al-Sheih, Wadi Kreiti, Zalil al-Abyadh and Saraj Qavisaf South of Arsal heights.

The Hezbollah forces also captured Qarna Wadi al-Kheil region and Qarna al-Qanzah height.

In the meantime, Hezbollah’s missile units shelled terrorists’ positions heavily in Wadi al-Oweni triangle and Wadi al-Kheil region in Arsal heights, inflicting major losses on the militants.

Arab media reports said on Friday that 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 at border with Lebanon.

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 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.

US Army Dispatches More Armored Vehicles to Syria’s Raqqa

TEHRAN (FNA)- Footage has surfaced online depicting flatbed tracks laden with American armored military vehicles passing through Syria, with conflicting commentary claiming that the materiel was bound for use by either US-backed Syrian militant groups or US troops themselves fighting ISIL in Raqqa city.

The photos and videos were uploaded by Syrian Kurdish activists who are known affiliates of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Sputnik reported.

The vehicles included Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, Mine-Resistant All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs) and armored bulldozers, the report said.

The weapons were mounted on the backs of flatbed trucks and were filmed passing through Qamishli, 170 miles Northeast of Raqqa city, it added.

​All three vehicle types were previously mentioned in Pentagon reports as assets being supplied to SDF fighters.

“Up-armored vehicles have been delivered to the SDF and (Syrian Arab Coalition) as part of our existing authorities to enable them,” a spokesperson for US operations in Syria told Task & Purpose.

​”Specifically, these vehicles will help them contend with the ISIL terrorists’ IED threat in their current operation, and as they move to isolate (Raqqa).”

Mine-resistant vehicles are deployed against areas known to hide improvised explosive devices, which are a major danger to American soldiers riding in armored vehicles. At least half of all US casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan have been attributed to IEDs.

​However, the spokesperson went on to tell Task & Purpose that MRAPs and M-ATVs were “not part of the package that is divested to the SDF.” The Military Times noted that the M-ATVs were mounted with Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWs) systems, which allow for operators to fire the M-ATV’s mounted.50 cal machine gun without exposing themselves to enemy fire. CROWS systems also weren’t provided to SDF fighters.

​Instead, the vehicles “are for use by the Coalition to protect our forces from IEDs.” In other words, the Pentagon claims these armored vehicles are for use by Western operators, not SDF militants.

Under the Trump administration, there has been an uptick in American support for the SDF, a coalition of various militias.

Since June, the SDF have besieged Raqqa, ISIL’s final stronghold in Syria. Although ISIL has mounted intense resistance, the SDF has encircled the city and is slowly but surely gaining ground. The deeper the SDF go into the city, however, the stiffer the defenses they find awaiting them.

“The SDF has reportedly encountered intensified resistance and ‘better-emplaced defenses’ over the past four weeks following initial rapid gains in districts on the outskirts of (Raqqa),” read a new report from the Institute for the Study of War.

Although the US support for SDF operations is common knowledge, the Pentagon has been very cagey about providing details of American operations. They only directly confirmed the presence of US advisers in Raqqa five weeks into the siege, for instance.

The armored vehicles may then serve a purpose beyond helping to bring an end to the ISIL’s occupation. They may also be the Pentagon looking ahead to the wars of tomorrow.