Syria in the Last 24 Hours: Army Expands Liberated Territories in Raqqa, Hama, Deir Ezzor

Russia Releases Footage of US Forces Deployed at ISIS Sites in Deir Ezzor

Syrian Army Imposes Control over 44 Regions in Deir Ezzur, Raqqa, Hama Provinces

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops have managed to drive ISIL out of 44 regions in Western Deir Ezzur, Southern part of Raqqa province and Eastern Hama in the last 13 days, inflicting major losses on the terrorists, a local source reported on Sunday.

The source said that the army men captured 44 towns, villages, farms and installations in Western Deir Ezzur, Southern territories of Raqqa province and in Eastern Hama in their anti-ISIL operations in last 13 days.

The source added that al-Janineh, al-Baqaliyeh, Ayyash, Mesran, Albu Yatiyeh, al-Jawasmeh, Ma’adan, al-Suweidiyeh, al-Khamisiyeh, al-Atshaneh, Maqlat Kabireh and al-Qasibeh were among the regions that the army liberated.

The source went on to say that the army men killed or wounded hundreds of terrorists, destroyed 19 command centers, 17 bomb-laden vehicles, 20 military vehicles, 269 cars and several arms and ammunition depots in their operation.

The source further said that ISIL security commander Abu Mo’amen Tunisi, ISIL’s religious leader Abu Shima Araqi, Abu Mo’ataz al-Adnani, an ISIL’s spokesman and a close aid to Abu Bakr Baghdadi, Abu Abdullah Tatari Saudi nom de guerre Abu Obeideh were among the killed terrorists in the army’s operation.

Relevant reports said on Saturday that the army units pushed ISIL back from the town of Ma’adan in Southeastern Raqqa, and Masaha Ma’adan, Wadi Abu Jabli, al-Suwieda and Bu Issa regions at Raqqa’s provincial border with Deir Ezzur.

Field sources confirmed that the army soldiers that were advancing in Western Deir Ezzur have now joined their comrades deployed in Raqqa province.

Army Dispatches Long Military Column to Western Damascus

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army forwarded a long convoy of armored vehicles and tanks as well as fresh soldiers to the last bastion of the terrorists in the Western part of Damascus province.

The army sent 21 tanks, 16 BMP armored vehicles and tens of military vehicles along with a large number of forces to areas surrounding the militant-held town of Beit Jinn in Western Damascus, news websites close to the terrorists reported.

Meantime, the Syrian army and popular forces continued their military advances in other parts of Syria, including Damascus and Hama, over past 24 hours.

Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army’s operations in Syria’s key provinces.

Damascus

Militant-affiliated news websites reported on Saturday that the Syrian Army has forwarded a long convoy of armored vehicles and tanks along with a large number of fresh soldiers to the last bastion of the terrorists in the Western part of Damascus province.

The websites reported that the army has sent 21 tanks, 16 BMP armored vehicles and tens of military vehicles along with a large number of forces to areas surrounding the militant-held town of Beit Jinn in Western Damascus.

Beit Jinn has been considered as the last stronghold of the terrorists in the Western part of Damascus province after their comrades in Darayya endorsed a peace agreement with the army last year.

Local sources in the Southern outskirts of Damascus city reported earlier on Saturday that a large number of terrorists are about to leave their positions in al-Qadam district for Northern or Northwestern Syria following conclusion of an agreement with the Syrian Army.

Local council of al-Qadam district announced in a statement that the terrorists deployed in the al-Madeniyeh, Bour Saeed and al-Majmah al-Sana’ei regions have reached an agreement with the army.

The council further said that the gunmen along with their family members are to leave al-Qadam for militant-held regions in Idlib or Jarabulus in Northern Syria on Tuesday and Wednesday based on the newly-inked agreement.

Hama

The Syrian Army troops engaged in fierce clashes with Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) in Southeastern Hama on Saturday and managed to fend off their offensive.

The army men engaged in fierce clashes with a group of Al-Nusra terrorists that tried to prevail over the pro-government forces’ positions in Tal (hill) Malheh via their positions in al-Mazire’eh.

The army soldiers repelled the Al-Nusra offensive, killing and wounding a large number of militants.

Relevant reports said earlier on Saturday that the army troops continued to hit the positions and movements of ISIL and Al-Nusra Front in Eastern and Northern Hama, killing and wounding a large number of terrorists and destroying their military hardware.

The army’s artillery and missile units shelled a group of ISIL that intended to leave Eastern Hama for Al-Nusra-held regions in Idlib via Wadi al-Azib road, killing all the 20 members of the group.

In the meantime, the artillery units opened heavy fire at fleeing members of Al-Nusra in the village of Skeik in Northern Hama, destroying a tank and killing or wounding a number of the militants.

Raqqa-Deir Ezzur Border

The Syrian Army troops continued their advances against ISIL terrorists in the Western and Northwestern parts of Deir Ezzur province on Saturday, seizing control over several regions between the provinces of Deir Ezzur and Raqqa.

The army units pushed ISIL back from the town of Ma’adan in Southeastern Raqqa, and Masaha Ma’adan, Wadi Abu Jabli, al-Suwieda and Bu Issa regions at Raqqa’s provincial border with Deir Ezzur.

Field sources confirmed that the army soldiers that were advancing in Western Deir Ezzur have now joined their comrades deployed in Raqqa province.

Reports said earlier on Saturday that the army men stormed ISIL’s defense lines in Western Deir Ezzur and captured the villages and towns of Shiheh, al-Hama Shami, Wad Abu Shahri, Mount al-Qasbi and Ma’adan Atiq.

A field sources reported that the army has killed tens of ISIL terrorists and is now strengthening its positions along the Eastern border of Raqqa province.

Homs

The Syrian Army troops drove the ISIL out of three more regions in Eastern Homs within the framework of their anti-terrorism operation in the Central part of the war-hit country on Saturday.

The army men continued to advance against ISIL in Eastern Homs and captured Mosheirefeh al-Shamali, Mosei’ad and Joureh al-Nazal East of Jubb al-Jarah regions, killing and wounding a number of terrorists.

Deir Ezzur

The Syrian Army troops continued to hit ISIL’s defense lines in the Eastern countryside of Deir Ezzur city and pushed terrorists back from a key town, military sources confirmed on Saturday.

The army men engaged in a tough battle with ISIL and captured the town of Khusham Southeast of the village of Mazloum.

Khusham is the nearest region to the Koniko oilfield which is the main objective of the army’s operation in the region.

The army regains 50 km2 in eastern countryside of Homs

24 September، 2017
Provinces, SANA

The army regained some 50 square kilometers during its continued military operations against the remaining ISIS terrorists in Jebb al-Jarrah area in the eastern countryside of Homs, a military source announced on Sunday.

The source clarified in a statement to SANA that the army units carried out intensive operations against gatherings and fortified positions of ISIS on the southeastern outskirts of Jebb al-Jarrah area, 80 km east of Homs city.

As a result of the operations, the army reestablished control over the villages of al-Sadwaniyeh, al-Mekrimiyeh, Rasm Sweid, Tallet Rajm al-Shara and Jouzet Nazal in the area, the source said.

A number of ISIS terrorists were killed and amounts of their weapons and equipment were destroyed, including armored vehicles and cars equipped with machine guns, according to the source.

The source added that the army’s engineering units have started to comb the area to defuse and dismantle explosive devices and bombs planted by ISIS terrorists there.

Army units, in cooperation with the backup forces, engaged in heavy clashes with ISIS terrorists in Huweijet Sakker area in parallel with destroying ISIS positions and fortifications by the Army Air Forces in some neighborhoods of Deir Ezzor city and its countryside.

SANA reporter said Sunday that the Army units killed a number of ISIS terrorists in Howeijet Sakker, adding that the military operations coincided with the airstrikes of the Air Force and Artillery of the Army against the terrorists’ gatherings and fortifications in the neighborhoods of al-Jbeileh, al-Aredi and Kanamat and the supply routes in the villages of Hatleh and Khasam, 18km east of Deir Ezzor city.

The reporter mentioned that the army airstrikes destroyed ISIS fortifications and hideouts and killed a number of terrorists.

Syrian Soldiers Restore Full Security to Deir Ezzur-Aleppo Highway

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army forces continued their advances against ISIL in Deir Ezzur and Raqqa provinces and managed to restore sustainable security to the strategic international highway connecting Deir Ezzur to Aleppo, military sources confirmed on Sunday.

The sources said that the army seized full control over the international highway that connects Aleppo to Deir Ezzur and Homs following their conquests in Deir Ezzur and Raqqa province on Saturday.

Relevant reports said on Saturday that the army units pushed ISIL back from the town of Ma’adan in Southeastern Raqqa, and Masaha Ma’adan, Wadi Abu Jabli, al-Suwieda and Bu Issa regions at Raqqa’s provincial border with Deir Ezzur.

Field sources confirmed that the army soldiers that were advancing in Western Deir Ezzur have now joined their comrades deployed in Raqqa province.

Russia to Set up New Military Base in Eastern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Western media sources reported that Russia is about to establish a new military base in Deir Ezzur that will be the Russian forces’ largest base in the war-hit country after Humeimim airbase in Lattakia.

The Arabic-language al-Ahd news website quoted western media sources as reporting that Russia is to set up a new large military base in Deir Ezzur due to its reginal and international strategic importance.

Al-Ahd added that the long distance between the Russia-run Humeimim airbase and Eastern or Central Syria and the superior capabilities and features of Deir Ezzur airbase are two other reasons for Moscow’s decision.

In the meantime, proximity of Deir Ezzur to the US bases in Iraq and Syria’s main oilfields, on which Russia is keen to invest, have been mentioned among other reasons, al-Ahd pointed out.

The website went on to say that Moscow’s decision to set up a military airbase in Deir Ezzur is also mainly aimed at preventing the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces from crossing the Euphrates River to rush towards South that is home to the richest oilfields in Syria.

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

The troops of the SDF, a group that receives support from the US military, 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.

Konashenkov said, “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.”

He further added 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 was halted, apparently in response to the latest advances by Syrian government forces in Deir Ezzur, which was 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, the 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.