Syria in the Last 24 Hours

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1,000 Armed Groups Agree to Side with Syrian Army in War on Terrorism

TEHRAN (FNA)- Seven militant field commanders and more than 1,000 fighters in Syria agreed to side with the government troops in their campaign against terrorists, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

“An agreement has been struck envisaging that seven field commanders of illegal armed formations and more than 1,000 militants subordinated to them will side with the Syrian government troops,” the statement said.

Reports said in mid-August that Deputy Commander of the Russian military contingent in Syria Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko called on the Syrian people to combat terrorism in the first-ever televised address of a representative of the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation since its foundation.

The militants left industrial and social facilities destroyed as well as caused irreparable damage to monuments of the world cultural heritage, forcing millions of Syrians to leave their homes, Kuralenko noted in his tv address.

“I call upon all the Syrians, who want to liberate their country from terrorists, restore peace and harmony in their country. Only your joint efforts will help to stop the fratricidal war and return the long-awaited peace to long-suffering Syria,” Kuralenko said in a speech aired by the country’s main state-owned broadcaster.

“Russia has always supported Syria, and, this is why, the Russian Federation accepted the request of Damascus to assist in the elimination of international terrorists, who had invaded the country,” Kuralenko stressed.

Syria has been engulfed in a civil war for over six years with the government troops fighting against numerous opposition factions as well as terrorist groups such as Daesh (ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board), both outlawed in Russia. According to the United Nations, more than 400,000 people have been killed during this period.

Army Regains Control of More Areas in Homs

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army continued its advances in Homs, and captured more strategic regions in the province.

The army units drove the ISIL terrorists out of key areas and their surrounding areas in Homs province.

The Syrian troops inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists in fierce clashes over controlling of strategic regions. They also destroyed military equipment of the terrorists.

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

Homs

The Syrian army continued military operations in the Central parts of the country, tightening noose on the ISIL by regaining control of 3 more regions.

The army soldiers, in cooperation with the National Defense Forces (NDF), continued advances in Job al-Jarah region in Eastern Homs on Thursday, capturing the three villages of Anq al-Hawa, Um al-Tabayen, al-Khan and several surrounding hills in the Eastern parts of Maksar al-Hessan region.

Also, the Syrian fighter jets launched heavy attacks on ISIL’s defense lines in Job al-Jarah region, inflicting heavy tolls and damages on the ISIL terrorists.

Anq al-Hawa was one of ISIL’s key bases in the region and a main platform used by the terrorists to attack the nearby villages.

Deir Ezzur

The Syrian army continued to drive off ISIL from Southern Deir Ezzur on Thursday and ISIL terrorists show despair and chaos in frontline.

The army forces continued clashes with the ISIL terrorists in regions near Deir Ezzur airbase on Thursday, retaking control of the Air Defense battalion and Tal Korom in the Southern parts of Deir Ezzur.

The government troops captured the farms near Jazireh University from al-Baliqiyeh and al-Farsan power plant in al-Baliqiyeh from Westward.

Meantime, the Syrian air force targeted the ISIL positions near al-Jafreh village and in Huwaijeh al-Sukr in Southeastern Deir Ezzur, inflicting a number of casualties on the terrorists.

Faced with the army’s rapid advance, the ISIL has increased the number of its checkpoints in the town of Abu Hardoub and the village of al-Tayaneh in the Southern parts of Deir Ezzur in a last ditch effort to stop the rising number of its fugitive members.

Damascus

The terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta of Damascus engaged in a fresh round of clashes as many of them have defected and merged in bigger groups.

According to the Arabic-language al-Manar news website, a new wave of tensions is reported among the terrorists in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus after a new brigade was formed under the name of Rabeta al-Maraj by Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) in collaboration with al-Maraj brigade which was dissolved earlier by Faylaq al-Rahman terrorist group.

Also, Faylaq al-Rahman’s control over the entire parts of the town of Arabayn has intensified tensions. The terrorist group gained control over this region after al-Haq brigade which had defected Ahrar al-Sham joined Faylaq al-Rahman.

Media sources affiliated to the terrorist groups disclosed in July that fifty fighters of a combat battalion of Ahrar al-Sham have defected the group to join Faylaq al-Rahman along with its military equipment.

In the meantime, Ahrar al-Sham’s Spokesman Mohammad Abu Zeid said that only a part of the Battalion has joined Faylaq al-Rahman.

Hama

The Russian military police forces were deployed in the Northern parts of Hama, dissident news sources reported on Thursday.

The news websites affiliated to the dissidents reported that the Russian military police were deployed to the front-line towns of Khattab and Taybat Al-Imam near the Idlib province.

The Russian troops moved the village of Abu Dali in Eastern Hama bordering the Southern parts of Idlib

Idlib

One of the largest terrorist groups in Idlib defected Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) as widening rifts and tensions among commanders.

Jeish al-Ahrar terrorist group led by Abu Saleh Tahan declared in a statement on Thursday that it has defected Tahrir ah-Sham in Idlib.

The statement added that Jeish al-Ahrar decided to leave its bonds with Tahrir al-Sham after audio files leaked in recent days disclosed widening rifts among the commanders of the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board).

Jeish al-Ahrar, comprising of former Ahrar al-Sham members and commanders, had joined Tahrir al-Sham almost 10 months ago.

Russian Forces Deployed in Northern Hama

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian military police forces were deployed in the Northern parts of Hama, dissident news sources reported on Thursday.

The news websites affiliated to the dissidents reported that the Russian military police were deployed to the front-line towns of Khattab and Taybat Al-Imam near the Idlib province.

The Russian troops moved the village of Abu Dali in Eastern Hama bordering the Southern parts of Idlib.

Relevant reports said last month that hundreds of Russian forces have been stationed in Southern Syria to monitor the ceasefire underway in the region.

Hundreds of Russian forces have deployed to the provinces of Dara’a and Quneitra to monitor ceasefire in Sothern Syria, AMN reported at the time.

Local sources said in late July that 400 Russian military police forces reached the driving training center near the village of al-Mothabin and the town of al-Sanamin in Northern Dara’a which were controlled by the Syrian army.

The sources also said that the Syrian soldiers set up a temporary military base for the Russian military police forces in the Northern parts of al-Isharah Battalion 110 region and near the town of al-Sanamin.

Reports said that the Russian forces visited several army-controlled areas, including the military ones, as well as the regions near the terrorist-held regions in the towns of Izra’a, Kharbat Qazaleh and Sheikh Meskin.

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