Syria in the Last 24 Hours

Syrian Army Launches Large-Scale Anti-Terrorism Operation in Eastern Damascus

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops kicked off a fresh large-scale anti-terrorism operation in Eastern Ghouta on Monday after the militants blocked all ways to a peace agreement in the region.

The army men stormed terrorists’ positions in Jobar, Ein Terma, al-Reihan and Hawsh al-Zawaherah in the Eastern countryside of Damascus city.

Also, the army’s missile and artillery units pounded heavily terrorists’ positions and supply lines in the region.

A military source reported that soldiers of the Presidential Guard stormed Ein Terma and Jobar as soon as the artillery and missile units ended shelling the terrorists’ defense lines, adding that other units of the army launched attacks on terrorists’ positions in Hawsh al-Zawahereh and al-Reihan.

The source further said that it is the first time that the army carries out anti-terrorism operation in Eastern Ghouta from several flanks, adding that such kind of attacks will weaken the militants’ concentration, “and the battle will not last long”.

In the meantime, a military source that is aware of the process of peace talks with the militants said that the peace agreement has failed in the reign due to the differences among the terrorist groups, adding that even the Russian officials that are involved in peace talks in Eastern Ghouta have realized that the terrorist groups are not serious about the talks.

The source said that the Russians also have come to the conclusion that military operation is the only solution to purge the region of terrorists.

Relevant reports said earlier this month that The army units pushed deeper inside al-Reihan farms and took more areas along the factories road in Eastern Ghouta, inflicting heavy losses on the terrorists.

Terrorist Front Collapsing in Eastern Damascus amid Syrian Army’s Rapid Advances

TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of terrorists have started escaping battlefields after the rapid advances of the Syrian Army troops in Eastern Ghouta on Monday.

The army soldiers continued to hit terrorists’ defense lines in Eastern Ghouta and captured several buildings.

Also, the army’s artillery and missile units shelled heavily terrorists’ centers and movements in the region.

The terrorist front is collapsing amid the army men’s advances in different flanks.

Terrorists have started to detonate buildings around their positions to slow down the army’s devastating advances.

A large number of terrorists have fled the battlefield.

Relevant reports said earlier this month that the army units pushed deeper inside al-Reihan farms and took more areas along the factories road in Eastern Ghouta, inflicting heavy losses on the terrorists.

Army establishes control over several villages in Homs’ eastern countryside

25 September، 2017
Homs, SANA

Army and Armed Forces units on Monday established control over the village of Masaada in Jub al-Jarrah area in the eastern countryside of Homs province.

SANA’s correspondent in Homs said that army units, in cooperation with supporting forces, established full control over the village following concentrated operations targeting ISIS hideouts, which resulted in killing many terrorists while the remaining ones fled, leaving their weapons and ammo behind.

The correspondent added that as army units continued to pursue the fleeing terrorists in the area, engineering units combed the village fully, dismantling many landmines and IEDs planted by the terrorists in it.

Later, a military source said that army units established control over villages of Umm al-Reesh, Rasm al-Naqa, al-Zaiba, and the hills overlooking them in the eastern countryside of the province.

The source said that this was achieved following concentrated operations which resulted in killing many ISIS terrorists, adding that the overall areas that was secured during the past few hours is around 35 square kilometers, all of which is now secure after combing it and clearing it of the IEDs and landmines planted by ISIS.

Hazem Sabbagh

Six persons killed, several injured in terrorist rocket attacks on many regions

25 September، 2017
Provinces, SANA

Two civilians were killed and five others were injured in a terrorist rocket attack on Al-Qerdaha city in Lattakia countryside.

SANA’s correspondent in Lattakia said that terrorist groups located in the far northern countryside of Lattakia province fired a number of rocket shells at citizens’ homes in al-Qerdaha, killing 2 civilians, injuring 5 others, and causing material damage to houses, properties, and infrastructure.

Meanwhile, four citizens were killed in the southern region in a new violation of the armed groups of the de-escalation zones agreement.

SANA reporter said that an explosive device, planted by armed groups near a bridge in Jimrin in Sweida countryside, was detonated in a car which was carrying two persons that killed them and burned the car.

In Daraa, the armed groups positioned in al-Nazihin camp and Daraa al-Balad, targeted al-Sabil neighborhood with bullets that hit a child and killed him.

SANA reporter in Quneitra reported that that a person was killed in Hadar by a sniper bullet of the armed groups positioned in al-Tloul al-Humre.

Scores of Kurdish Fighters Killed in ISIL’s Attack on SDF in Northeastern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL attacked a long convoy of US armored vehicles and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on al-Khirafi highway in Hasaka province, killing a number of Kurdish fighters and capturing several others.

A convoy consisting of US armored vehicles carrying unidentified troops and Kurdish forces’ vehicles was ambushed by ISIL on the al-Khirafi Highway in Hasaka province.

According to reports, although the US Humvees seemingly managed to escape the attack in the last minute, many members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were captured alive or killed in the raid.

It is not yet clear if the US troops or the Kurds were in the US armored vehicles.

Sources close to terrorists said in mid-August that tens of militants from the SDF fled clashes with the ISIL in the battle over Raqqa.

The sources said that after the SDF sustained a large number of casualties in clashes with the ISIL terrorists in the city of Raqqa, tens of Kurdish fighters fled the scene and returned to their villages near Hasaka.

The sources close to the terrorists stressed that the SDF members fleeing in large numbers is the result of growing fear among younger Kurdish forces who were forced to join the anti-ISIL fighting and also the absence of SDF commanders in the frontlines.

Meantime, 150 SDF fighters who had fled the battle have been arrested, according to the latest reports.

Russian Forces Did Not Target Kurdish-Led SDF Units Near Deir Ezzur

TEHRAN (FNA)- Moscow announced Monday the Russian Air Force did not perform airstrikes on Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Syrian city of Deir Ezzur, after the SDF earlier accused Russia of repeatedly targeting its positions near a major gas field.

While the Russian Air Force operates in the area supporting the advances of Syrian government forces, it performs strikes solely on terrorist positions, ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said, RT reported.

“In the course of the Syrian Army operation to exterminate the last [ISIS or ISIL] stronghold in Deir Ezzur, the Russian Air Force performs precision strikes on terrorist-held objects, according to intelligence confirmed through several channels.

The strikes are performed on detected ISIL positions, which fire at Syrian troops, as well as on terrorist reserves coming from the rear,” Konashenkov added.

Russian intelligence and drones monitor the Deir Ezzur area round the clock, he added, noting that they did don register “any engagements between SDF militants and ISIS terrorists rearward.”

“That specifically relates to the area of hydrocarbon fields in the province, where the militants fiercely resist the advancing Syrian troops,” Konashenkov said.

The city of Deir Ezzur endured some three years of siege by ISIL, which was lifted by Syrian government forces and allies, with support from the Russian Air Force earlier in September. Liberation of the city established a sturdy supply route and enabled convoys to start delivering food, medicine and other essentials to the city, which previously had to rely on airdrops.