Pro-government forces, led by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces, are preparing to cross the Euphrates River near the recently liberated city of al-Mayadin and to launch an advance towards the strategic Omar oil fields, according to pro-government sources.
Reports indicate that the SAA is now securing the area of Mayadin from the remaining ISIS cells and consolidate gains in the area.
As soon as this is done, the Tiger Forces and their allies will have an opportunity to corss to the eastern bank of the Euphrates there.
If this is done, government troops will likely be able to seize the Omar oil fields before the moment when the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are able to reach them from the northwestern direction.
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Clashes Erupt Between Turkish-backed Groups In Aleppo. Ankara Deploys More Troops In Idlib
On Sunday, clashes broke out between two groups of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the al-Shmiyah Front and the Sultan Murad Division, in al-Homran area east of al-Bab city, according to Syrian opposition sources. The both FSA groups are a part of the Turkish-backed Euphrates Shield (ES) force.
According to Syrian opposition sources, the tensions have been growing between the al-Shmiyah Front and the Sultan Murad Division since October 10 after the al-Shmiyah Front handed over the Bab al-Salamah border crossing with Turkey to the pro-opposition Syrian Temporary Government (STG).
The Al-Shmiyah Front said in an official statement that the Sultan Murad Division rejected its decision to hand over the border crossing, and began massing its forces. On October 15, the Sultan Murad Division attacked positions of the al-Shmiyah Front in Al-Homran village on the front line with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to the official statement.
Syrian opposition activists confirmed that the disagreement has mainly financial reasons. The Sultan Murad Division lost its share from the income of al-Salamah border. The activists added that the Syrian Islamic Council is working to solve the problem between the two FSA groups peacefully.
Lately, the ES-held areas in the northern Aleppo countryside was criticized by many sides for the high rates of crime and violent inside it because of a lack of the law and order. So far the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Police in ES areas has proven to be powerless against FSA groups.
In a related development, Kurdish sources claimed that the Turkish Army redeployed some of its unites from the northern Idlib countryside to new points near Hayyan and Haritan towns in the northern Aleppo countryside.
The sources also claimed that the Turkish Army deployed some of its units in the Taftanaz airbase in the eastern Idlib countryside. However, no official source has confirmed these claims so far.
The Turkish Army will likely continue its deployment around the SDF-held Afrin city in the northern Aleppo countryside until it fully isolates it from Idlib governorate.
Hezbollah media wing in Syria has released a video showing how Iranian combat drones pruge ISIS manpower and vehicles in Syria’s Euphrates Valley. The airstrikes were reportedly delivered by Shahed 129 UCAVs.
Syrian Air Force destroys ISIS vehicles, kills scores of terrorists in Deir Ezzor countryside
15 October، 2017
Deir Ezzor, SANA
The Syrian Air Force carried out intensive strikes against ISIS fortifications and supply routes in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor province.
A military source told SANA that the airstrikes targeted positions and gatherings of ISIS in the city of al-Muhassan and the villages of Boqrous Fouqani and to the east of Boqrous al-Tahtani and al-Boulail.
Scores of terrorists were killed in the airstrikes, in addition to destroying one of their armored vehicles and a number of machinegun-equipped cars.
SANA reporter said that army units also advanced in the northern side of the city to the east of Euphrates River, tightening control over al-Salihya village.
Two civilians killed, 16 injured in terrorist attacks in Damascus, its Countryside and Quneitra
15 October، 2017
Two persons were killed in a new violation of the de-escalation zone agreement in the Eastern Ghouta.
A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA reporter that the armed groups positioned in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus targeted Bab Sharqi area with two mortar shells, leaving two persons dead and nine injured and causing material damage.
The source added that the armed groups also fired a number of shells on the areas of al-Abbassiyin and al-Shaghour, causing material damage.
Seven citizens injured in terrorist attacks in Damascus Countryside and Quneitra
Seven citizens were injured in terrorist attacks with shells and sniper shooting in Damascus Countryside and Quneitra.
SANA reporter said that terrorist groups positioned in the woods of Beit Jin Farm targeted citizens’ houses in Harfa village with sniper fires, injuring one of the locals.
The reporter added that the terrorist groups targeted with a number of shells the village of Hadar, injuring six persons causing material damage to citizens’ houses and properties.
Authorities foil terrorist suicide attack with explosive belt on the outskirts of Banias city
Authorities foiled a suicide terrorist attack with an explosive belt on the outskirts of Banias city in Tartous province.
A Police source in Tartous told SANA reporter that the authorities concerned, following prompt efforts, have revealed preparations for a terrorist attack by suicide bomber, targeting the residential neighborhoods in the city of Banias.
The source added that the authorities tightened security measures on the entrances of Banias city where they managed to detect a suicide terrorist wearing an explosive belt in al-Basia area on the outskirts of the city.
It pointed out that the suicidal terrorist was trapped in unpopulated area where he blew himself up, killing himself without any casualties among citizens.
Turkish Military Column, Scores of Terrorists Arrive in Northwestern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- A long convoy of the Turkish Army’s vehicles along with Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) arrived in the Western territories of Aleppo province, an Arab media outlet reported on Sunday.
The Arabic-language al-Ahd news website reported that the army convoy along with Al-Nusra terrorists entered Mount Sheikh Barakat overlooking the town of Afrin.
Al-Ahd further said that the newly-arrived forces are about to fortify new positions in the region.
Relevant reports said last week that several vehicles of the Turkish Army crossed the border into Syria and entered Idlib province following clashes between the Turkish soldiers and Ankara-backed militants with Al-Nusra Front.
The militant-affiliated websites reported that the Turkish army units and Al-Nusra fighters engaged in sporadic clashes near the town of Kafr Loseen in Northern Idlib along the border between Syria and Turkey.
The websites quoted eye-witnesses as saying that several vehicles of the Turkish army, carrying Turkish soldiers, entered Idlib province via Atmah passageway.