Syria in the Last 24 Hours: Army Besieges Terrorists in Idlib, Hama, Aleppo

Army continues eradicating foreign-backed terrorism, strengthens its posts in Idleb countryside

12 January، 2018
Idleb, SANA

Terrorist organizations, supported by the Turkish regime, have suffered a new field defeat after the Syrian Arab Army thwarted their attack in the countryside of Idleb province.

On Wednesday, the army units thwarted an attack launched by terrorists of the so called “al-Hizb (party) al-Tirkistani”, in coordination with Turkish officers, from the direction of Atshan /al-Khwin in Idleb countryside.

The terrorist gangs’ attack was a desperate attempt to stop the successive collapses in terrorists’ ranks due to the accelerated advance of the Syrian army forces towards the Abu al-Dohour military airport as it was aiming at raising the morale of the allied terrorist gangs.

Speaking to SANA’s reporter, field commanders said that terrorists of “al-Hizb al-Tirkistani”, backed by Turkish regime, brought most of their troops positioned in the far north of Lattakia and Jisr al-Shughour through huge convoys of tank carriers, armored vehicles and various groups of pick-up vehicles equipped with machineguns led by Turkish Hummers driven by terrorists’ leaders.

The vehicles headed for Khan Shaikhoun area in order to launch the attack, in cooperation with the terrorist groups of Jabaht al-Nusra and Nour al-Din al-Zenki, on the areas of Atshan and al-Khwin in addition to Abu al-Dohour military airport and Sanjar.

The tactic used by the army forces in dealing with the attack resulted in the harvesting of most of the advanced terrorists, which have been besieged from several sides, the commanders said.

They added that dozens of terrorists were killed, including Ibrahim Kahlol Ulyian, Bassam Denawer Abu Ayoub, Yosuf Abdul-Aziz al-Da’boul nicknamed Abu Omar Dabbabeh, Mohammad Ahmad, Bassam al-Khateeb, Hasan Abu Khadija and Abu Seif al-Irhabi.

Field commanders said that a number of vehicles were destroyed and BMP vehicle and Turkish-made Hummer were seized in al-Khwin.

Army units have re-advanced to its main positions and strengthened their posts after eliminating most of the terrorist groups and expelling the remaining of them, the commanders said, adding that the army units are concentrating their efforts to continue liberating the villages of Idleb countryside from terrorism.


Four civilians injured due to attacks in Damascus and Quneitra

12 January، 2018
Damascus/Quneitra, SANA

Three civilians were injured on Friday due to shelling attack on al-Qemariyah neighborhood in Damascus city in a new breach of the de-escalation zone agreement in Eastern Ghouta.

The armed groups fired four shells on citizens’ houses in al-Qemariyah neighborhood in the Old City of Damascus, injuring three civilians and causing material damage to public and private properties, a source at Damascus Police Command said.

SANA’s reporter said that units of the Syrian Arab Army responded to the attack by striking the sites from which the shells were launched in Eastern Ghouta, inflicting losses upon the armed groups’ ranks.

Child injured by terrorists’ explosive rounds in Quneitra

A child was injured when terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra fired explosive bullets on Khan Arnaba town in the northeastern countryside of Quneitra.

SANA’s reporter said that al-Nusra terrorists positioned in al-Hamidiyeh village fired a number of explosive rounds from medium weapons, injuring a child who was rushed to Martyr Mamdouh Abaza Hospital for treatment.

Manar al-Freih / Hazem Sabbagh

Army Regains Control over More Strategic Regions in Damascus Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army continued marching on the militant-held positions in several Eastern Ghouta regions, and established full control over more strategic areas in Harasta.

Several terrorists were killed and injured in the fighting with the Syrian troops over strategic regions.

The Syrian troops also inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists in other provinces.


The Syrian army increased security of its military points in Harasta by continued operations against the terrorists in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus.

The army forces continued clashes with the terrorists near the Vehicles Management Center in Harasta on Thursday, regaining control over new regions near al-Hajaz garage.

Meantime, the Syrian fighter jets pounded the defense lines and roads used by the terrorists to transfer weapons and goods, inflicting damage on the militants.

Field sources said that the army soldiers have strengthened security in their controlled areas and army points near the Vehicles Management Center.

Meantime, the Syrian army units repelled Jeish al-Islam terrorist group’s offensive against their position in Hazarma, killing 5 militants.

Field sources reported earlier that the Syria army gave a last ultimatum to the terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta to lay down arms and surrender to the government forces.

The field sources said that the army has distributed thousands of leaflets across terrorist-held regions in the towns of Harasta and Arbin and the regions of Jobar and Ein Terma in Eastern Ghouta, giving them a last ultimatum to lay down arms and surrender.

The sources said that the army ultimatum came after a sum of 22 terrorists from the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board), Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman were killed in the pro-government forces’ operation against the militant groups in Harasta.

In the meantime, the army’s artillery and missile units have been heavily pounding terrorists’ positions in Harasta, Arbin, Ein Terma and Jobar.


The Syrian army retook control of new points in Southwestern Aleppo as part of their operations towards the strategic Abu al-Dhohour military airport in Southeastern Idlib.

The army forces continued clashes with terrorists in Southwestern Aleppo, regaining control of the two villages of Um Khan in the Western parts of Tal Sabhah and Um al-Amad Qabali in the Northwestern parts of Tal Sabhah in Southwest of the town of Khanasser.

The Syrian army forces are 7km away before they could lay siege on the terrorists in Aleppo, Hama and Idlib as they are advancing from Southeastern Idlib and Western Aleppo.

Government sources disclosed that the Syrian army troops were advancing rapidly against terrorists in Hama, Aleppo and Idlib provinces, besieging the militants in a vast region that covers over 300 villages.

The sources said that the army units have carried out rapid and heliborne operations as part of their major assault on the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) in the last several hours and managed to capture large territories in Southeastern Idlib.

The sources pointed to the Al-Nusra’s heavy casualties, and said that the army forces targeted terrorists’ main strongholds, military vehicles, anti-tank TOW missile launchers in the battlefield and pushed the terrorist front into complete failure.

They further said that the ground has been paved for the army to trap the Al-Nusra in a very large region that includes 300 villages in the provinces of Hama, Idlib and Aleppo as the army men are now 18 km away from Abu al-Dhohour airbase from the direction of Southern Aleppo and their comrades have reached the gates of the military airport from Southeastern Idlib.


Several terrorist groups formed two separate joint operations rooms against the Syrian army to make up for their defeats after the army’s extensive advances in Hama, Idlib and Aleppo.

News websites affiliated to the dissidents reported on Thursday that commanders of Faylaq al-Sham, Jeish al-Nasr, Idlib’s Free Army, Jeish al-Nukhbah and Jeish al-Thani terrorist groups have formed an operations room called ‘Rad al-Toqyan (Response to Revolt)’.

Meantime, leaders of Islamic al-Turkistani Party affiliated to the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board), Ahrar al-Sham and Jeish al-Ahrar terrorist groups declared in a statement formation of an operations room called ‘En Allah Ala Nasrehem Laqadir (God is very much able to defeat them)’, stressing that military operations against the Syrian army troops in Southern Idlib have started.

Map: The Syrian army and its allies operations in the south-eastern Aleppo countryside and the control of the villages of Umm Anaksh, Salihiyah, Husain Dahir Tower, Tal Silo, Jib Atnash Faqani, Jib Atnash Tahtani, Sohour, Hordana, Asadiya, Amish…

Syria in the Last 24 Hours: Army Continues Victories in Aleppo, Hama, Idlib, Damascus