Syria in the Last 24 Hours

Russian Ministry of Defense Briefing on Terrorist Offensive in Idlib De-escalation Zone

Army establishes full control over new areas in Deir Ezzor

21 September، 2017
Deir Ezzor, SANA

Army units operating in Deir Ezzor expanded their control over the eastern bank of the Euphrates River after eliminating the latest ISIS gatherings in the village of Marat and establishing full control over al-Tibni town and al-Bowaitiyeh village in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor province.

SANA reporter said Thursday that the army units carried out, during the past few hours, successful operations against ISIS terrorists in the western countryside and established full control over al-Tibni town and al-Bowaitiyeh village, inflicting heavy losses upon ISIS terrorists in personnel and equipment.

On the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, the reporter added that the army units eliminated the latest ISIS gatherings in the village of Marat, while other army units continued pursuing ISIS terrorists on the direction of Khasham town and Howeijat Saker area.

Local sources in the southeastern countryside of the province said that new groups of ISIS terrorists fled away from al-Basira district, among them Naser al-Shummari, one of ISIS leaders nicknamed Jahjah.

H. Zain/ Ghossoun

Scenes from the army operations in northern countryside of Hama, army foils terrorist infiltration attempts

Statement of the Chairman of the Security Committee on the army’s frustration of the terrorist attack Front Nasra north of Hama

Iranian humanitarian aid convoy to the people in Deir Ezzor

Russia Warns US of Severe Harsh Reaction If SDF Attacks in Syria Not Ends

TEHRAN (FNA)- Moscow warned the US that if US-backed groups in Northeast Syria again attack positions of Syrian pro-government forces backed by Russia, the Russian military will use all its force to retaliate.

The troops of the Syrian Democratic Force (SDF), a groups that receives support from the US military, have twice attacked positions of the Syrian Arab Army in the Deir Ezzur province with mortar and rocket fire, according to the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, RT reported.

“Russia unequivocally told the commanders of US forces in Al Udeid Airbase (Qatar) that it will not tolerate any shelling from the areas where the SDF are stationed,” Konashenkov said, adding that the attacks put at risk Russian military advisers embedded with Syrian government troops.

“Fire from positions in regions controlled by the SDF will be suppressed by all means necessary,” he stressed.

Konashenkov said Moscow suspected the SDF of colluding with the terrorist group ISIL in Deir Ezzur rather than fighting it, as it claims to be. He said Russia had detected the transfer of SDF militants from the ISIL stronghold of Raqqa, to join forces with the terrorists.

“SDF militants work to the same objectives as ISIL terrorists. Russian drones and intelligence have not recorded any confrontations between ISIL and the ‘third force,’ the SDF,” the Russian general said.

The statement said that the siege of Raqqa by the SDF has been halted, apparently in response to the latest advances by Syrian government forces in Deir Ezzur, which is located to the East from Raqqa along the Euphrates River.

“The Central parts of the former ISIL capital, which account for roughly 25 percent of the city, remain under full control of the terrorists,” Konashenkov remarked.

According to the statement, in the last 24 hours Syrian government troops “continued their offensive operation” to destroy the last “ISIL bridgehead” near the city of Deir Ezzur, the provincial capital. Troops led by Syrian Army General Suheil al-Hassan liberated around 16 sq km of territory and two settlements on the Western bank of the Euphrates River.

“More than 85 percent of Deir Ezzur territory is under the full control of Syrian troops. Over the next week the city will be liberated completely,” Konashenkov said.

The city of Deir Ezzur in Eastern Syria was besieged by ISIL in 2014. Syrian government forces lifted the blockade of the city in early September.

However, the liberation of Deir Ezzur also triggered a confrontation between Syrian government forces and the US-backed SDF militants, the point of contention being control of Deir Ezzur’s oil fields.

Following Damascus’s strategic victory, food, medicine and other essentials started to reach the city by convoy, where previously the inhabitants had to rely on air-drops.

The escalation of tension in Eastern Syria is mirrored in the Western Idlib province, where militant forces this week attacked Syrian positions in a designated de-escalation zone. The offensive threatened a unit of Russian military police, who were stationed in the area to monitor the ceasefire. Russia mounted an emergency rescue operation on Wednesday, in which three Russian special operations troops were injured. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the militants’ offensive had been instigated by US special services.

Over 800 Terrorists Killed, Wounded in Syrian Army’s Military Operations in Northern Hama

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army killed and wounded hundreds of terrorists in a counterattack on Al-Nusra terrorists in Northern Hama.

At least 850 terrorists were killed and wounded in the army’s military operations in Northern Hama as an army command center came under attack.

The Syrian army also destroyed military equipment, including 20 military vehicles of the terrorists in Northern Hama.

The Syrian army and its allies also took back the regions that they had temporarily withdrawn from by launching reverse operations in Northern Hama after fending off the attacks by Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) and other terrorist groups. The terrorist groups’ attacks came in violation of the de-escalation of tensions agreements.

The Syrian troops also managed to destroy 9 military vehicles, five tanks and four BMP military vehicles.

In a relevant development on Wednesday, the Syrian Army troops repelled a heavy offensive by the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) and some other terrorist groups in Northern Hama, killing a number of terrorists, including a notorious field commander.

Abu Rashid Tizin, the field commander of al-Turkistani Islamic Party, was killed in clashes with the army men in Northern Hama.

The army men clashed fiercely with Al-Nusra and other terrorist groups in several regions in al-Talisiyeh, Tal (hill) Sowda and al-Qaherah regions in Northern Hama.

In the meantime, the Syrian Air Force and the army’s artillery units targeted the positions and supply lines of the terrorists from Atshan to al-Habit and Tal al-Sayyad between the provinces of Hama and Idlib and in the depth of terrorist-held regions, destroying their command centers and arms depots.

A military source said that heavy fighting is underway in the region and the terrorist groups have thus far suffered major losses in their failed attacks.

Relevant reports said on Monday that the army soldiers continued to hit ISIL terrorists trapped in a region in Eastern Hama and Northeastern Homs and captured the village of Abu Hanaya East of the village of Qalib al-Thor.

In the meantime, the Syrian and Russian fighter jets and the army’s artillery targeted ISIL’s positions in the village of Abu Hanaya, al-Hardaneh and Abu Habilat in Northern Hama, killing tens of terrorists.

Turkish Army Sends Special Forces to Border With Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Turkish army dispatched its Special Forces to common borders with Syria after it completed deployment of massive military equipment near Syria.

The special forces of the Turkish army were sent to al-Reyhanieh region in Hatay province of Turkey.

The dispatch of the Turkish army comes as the army had deployed its military equipment in the two provinces of Hatay and Kilis along the common border with Syria.

In a relevant development on Tuesday, militant-affiliated websites reported that the Turkish Army continued to dispatch more troops to the border with Syria as news reports informed of a military operation against the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) and establishment of a de-escalation zone in Idlib province.

The websites said that a long convoy of the Turkish armored vehicles and trucks left the Turkish town of Kilis for the borderline with Syria’a Idlib province for the sixth day in a row.

Field sources reported earlier today that the Al-Nusra Front has started fortifying its Positions near Idlib border with Turkey after the Turkish army dispatched more forces and military equipment to the common borderline.

The sources reported that the Al-Nusra Front has been reinvigorating and fortifying its positions in Northern and Western Idlib in recent days, adding that Al-Nusra has deployed hundreds of fighters and military vehicles in Atma’ah, Bab Saqa, Harem and Salqin region and has boosted its defense lines along the border with Turkey.

The sources went on to say that Al-Nusra Front’s commanders, deployed in border regions with Turkey, have left the region for an unknown destination along with their family members.