Syria in the Last 24 Hours: Army Liberates Key Regions in Badiyeh of Sweida

Army Regains Control of Key Regions in Badiyeh of Sweida

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Damascus Army imposed control over several strategic regions during cleansing operations against the ISIL in Eastern Badiyeh (desert) of Sweida after tightening noose on the terrorists in Toloul al-Safa region over the past 24 hours.

The Syrian army’s units attacked the ISIL terrorists’ stronghold in Toloul al-Safa in Eastern Badiyeh of Sweida from several fronts on Thursday, advancing in the heights of the region.

Also, in the Western front, the army troops advanced hundreds of meters in the depth of the terrorists’ stronghold after heavy clashes.

Meantime, the Syrian army continued its military advances in other parts of Syria over the past 24 hours.

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

Sweida

The Syrian army imposed control over several strategic regions during cleansing operations against the ISIL in Eastern Badiyeh of Sweida after tightening noose on the terrorists in Toloul al-Safa region.

The Syrian army units attacked the ISIL terrorists’ stronghold in Toloul al-Safa in Eastern Badiyeh of Sweida from several fronts on Thursday, advancing in the heights of the region.

Meantime, a field source referred to the Syrian army’s extensive advance, saying that they smashed a military vehicle of terrorists by advancing in the Northern front of Toloul al-Safa, killing over 10 terrorists, including their snipers.

Also, in the Western front, the army troops advanced hundreds of meters in the depth of the terrorists’ stronghold after heavy clashes.

A field source said that the Syrian army has advanced 3.5km in the depth of the rocky regions, adding that clashes still continue between the army forces and terrorists.

Once the army gains back full control over the high rocky regions of Toloul al-Safa, the ISIL’s strong defense lines will be broken and their supply lines will be cut, resulting in the Syrian army forces’ military control over the region.

Hama

The Syrian army launched heavy offensives on several positions of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and Turkistani terrorists in Northern and Western Hama in line with preparations for massive military operations in Idlib.

The Arabic-language website of SANA news agency reported on Thursday that the army’s artillery units targeted a group of Tahrir al-Sham terrorists who were digging tunnels and setting up trenches West of the village of Tal Wasit in Northern Hama, destroying three of their positions and killing and wounding several militants.

Meantime, the Syrian army forces engaged in clashes with Turkistani terrorists near the town of al-Hawiz in Sahl al-Qab region in Western Hama who were planting bombs in abandoned houses and farms, inflicting tolls and damages on the militants and forcing others to flee.

Aleppo

Tens of activists promoting peace with the Syrian government were arrested by the National Liberation Front terrorists, affiliated to Ankara, in Western Aleppo.

Sources affiliated to the terrorists reported on Thursday that the newly-founded National Liberation Front militants have detained at least 20 people who promoted peace plans with the Damascus government in the town of Urum al-Kobra in Western Aleppo.

They quoted a source in the town’s local council as saying that the militants reject any peace plan with the Syrian army.

The Ankara-backed militants and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at have arrested several people who wanted peace with the government in Hama, Idlib and Aleppo for the fear of losing their occupied lands similar to the process in Dara’a province.

Idlib

The Syrian army launched artillery and missile attacks on the positions of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at in Southern Idlib, and smashed one of its command centers.

The Syrian army’s missile and artillery attacks on Tahrir al-Sham’s stronghold in regions near the town of al-Tamane’ah in Southern Idlib killed all terrorists inside the command center.

Raqqa

Bodies of 13 other civilians killed in the US-led coalition’s airstrikes on Raqqa city were found on Thursday.

Media activists in Raqqa reported that corpses of 4 civilians who had been killed in the US attacks were discovered in the rubbles of Atiq Grand Mosque.

They added that bodies of 4 other people were also found in the ruins of a building near the Women Union’s headquarters, three others were discovered in a district near the public park and 2 more corpses were unearthed from the rubbles of al-Badou district.

Deir Ezzur

Heavy clashes were reported between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and civilians in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

Local sources in Eastern Deir Ezzur said on Thursday that the SDF forces fired at the residents of the town of al-Sajar, and wounded several people, adding that a number of them were also detained by the US-backed militants.

They noted that the incident happened after residents of the town attacked one of the SDF commanders, namely Damhat.

It was the second time in a week that residents of al-Sajar engaged in clashes with the SDF and were targeted by the SDF’s fire.

Terrorists Shell Syria’s Aleppo Leaving Child Dead, 13 People Injured

HAMA (Syria) (Sputnik) – Terrorists have shelled the Syrian city of Aleppo with projectiles, a source in the city’s militia told Sputnik.

“Several rockets exploded on the outskirts of the Nile Street. A child has died. A total of 13 people were injured,” the source said.

The Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation said Thursday that multiple ceasefire violations had been registered in the Syrian provinces of Latakia and Aleppo over the past 24 hours.

“Over the past day, insurgents have attacked the settlements of Dwyer-El-Akrad (four times), Arafit (three times), Safsafa (three times), Ikko (twice), Jubb al-Zaur (twice), Kalaba (twice), Beit Smayra, Kara Kilisa, Kinsabba, Beit Sivan, Qellaz, Tuffakiya (twice), Sandran, Harab-al-Hizato, as well as positions of government forces near Jebel-Castro, Latakia province, districts of Makenis-Ed-Duwairi (four times), Ballyrmoun (twice), al-Zahra (twice), Hara, Halab Al-Jadida, Benjamin, research center (twice) and the sector of the Castello and western outskirts of the city of Aleppo,” Lt. Gen. Vladimir Savchenko said at a briefing.

The center added that there were also cases of ceasefire violations in the Idlib de-escalation zone despite the ceasefire regime established throughout the country.

Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the government forces fighting against numerous opposition groups and militant and terrorist organizations. Russia, along with Turkey and Iran, is a guarantor of the ceasefire regime in Syria. Moscow has also been providing humanitarian aid to residents of the crisis-torn country.

Syrian Army Storm Daesh Positions in Dormant Volcanos in Country’s South

Sputnik- The remnants of the terrorist group were earlier reported to have been cut off from their supply routes in the As-Suwayda desert, with Syrian government troops on course to mopping up the last of the entrenched militants from the area.

The Syrian Army is storming extinct volcanos in the Tulul al-Safa area in the wilderness of As-Suwayda governorate. The offensive, conducted across multiple directions simultaneously, is being covered by a Sputnik correspondent embedded with Syrian forces.

Nearly a dozen Daesh militants, mostly snipers hidden away in the gorges on the approaches to the area’s strategic heights, were eliminated on Wednesday, according to the military.

An officer involved in the operation offered Sputnik details about the course of the offensive.

“The forces of the Syrian Army continue to advance to the heights of Tulul al-Safa,” he said. “The terrorists have begun to suffer from hunger and thirst after the siege was imposed. When their supplies ran out, militants tried several times to break through the encirclement, but to no avail.”

The military cut Daesh off from its supply lines last week after several weeks of intense fighting.

According to the officer, Syrian artillery continues to pound the militants’ positions, and is fully equipped to continue its operations. “As a result of yesterday’s attack, the army advanced 3.5 km. Fighting continues. The operation will continue until the area is completely freed of the terrorists,” he said.

Last month, the Russian General Staff reported that the Syrian government had successfully restored its control over the southern provinces of Al-Suwayda, Daara and Quneitra. International focus has since shifted from south Syria to Idlib province in the country’s north. Idlib is now the last major stronghold for anti-government forces, which is dominated by a motley collection of jihadist militants, including the Nusra Front.

Western powers have threatened to attack Syria if Damascus launches an operation to liberate Idlib. On Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned that Paris was prepared to “react firmly together with its allies” if the Syrian army used chemical weapons. Earlier, the Russian military reported that it had evidence that an al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group and the White Helmets were planning to stage a false flag attack and blame it on the Syrian government to prompt a military intervention by Western powers.

US Troops Wrap Up Mass Drills With Militants Near Syria’s al-Tanf Base

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Reuters has cited a commander of the Pentagon-backed Maghawir al-Thawra militant group as saying that the drills, which wrapped up near the US military base in the Syrian town of al-Tanf, were the first such exercises and involved hundreds of rebels and US marines.

“These exercises have great importance and have enhanced the defenses of the area and improved the combat capabilities and morale and that of civilians in the area,” Colonel Muhanad al- Talaa said.

US military spokesman Sean Ryan, for his part, described the war games as a show of force, which he said were conducted “to reinforce our capabilities and ensure we are ready to respond to any threat to our forces within our area of operations.”

He added that the Pentagon used the so-called “de-confliction” channels to notify Russia of the drills in order to prevent “miscommunication or escalate tension.”

The remarks came after a spokesperson for the US-led coalition’s Operation Inherent Resolve against Daesh* told Sputnik that “there is no terrorist camp within the al-Tanf de-confliction zone, which runs in a 55k diameter around the coalition’s al-Tanf Garrison.

In August, the Russian Defense Ministry blamed the US military for harboring Daesh militants within the al-Tanf area, where a 55 km (35 mile)-radius “deconfliction zone” was established earlier.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has described the US military presence in the country as illegal, insisting that the American forces should withdraw from its base in al-Tanf.

In May, Bashar Jaafari, head of the Syrian government delegation to the Astana peace talks, called the US military presence in al-Tanf and nearby Rukban refugee camp in the south of the country a”pure aggression and occupation.”

The US military currently occupies a 34-mile zone around its base in al-Tanf, where it has been training Syrian opposition forces since 2016.

The base, however, has become the subject of criticism as Damascus and Moscow have expressed concerns that Washington was “spewing Daesh mobile groups who make inroads to launch subversive terrorist operations against Syrian troops and civilians.”

The US-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against Daesh targets in Syria since 2014, in a mission that that was never approved by Damascus or the UN. Currently, about 2,000 US troops are deployed in this Arab country.