In the Last 24 Hours: Terrorist Organizations Uniting to Confront Syrian Army in Lattakia

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tens of Faylaq al-Rahman terrorists who were forced to move to Northwestern Syria from the Damascus suburbs of Eastern Gouta earlier this year joined Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) to counter the Syrian Army units in Northeastern Lattakia on Sunday.

A 300-member battalion of Faylaq al-Rahman terrorist group that were expelled from Eastern Ghouta after sustaining a heavy defeat in the battle against the Syrian army have joined Tahrir al-Sham along with their military equipment to counter the army units in Lattakia province.

Faylaq al-Rahman militants will join Tahrir al-Sham’s elite gunmen in Northeastern Lattakia to face the army.

Several weeks after the conclusion of the Sochi Agreement to create a demilitarized zone in Northern and Northwestern Syria, the terrorist groups have not only avoided a retreat, but also reinvigorated their positions in the region.

A senior Syrian military source revealed on Tuesday that the country’s army was likely to start military operations against the terrorists in the weapons-free zone as the latter continued deployment in the region.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted the source as saying that given Turkey’s failure to implement its undertakings based on the Sochi agreement with Russia, the Syrian army will kick off military operations against the terrorists in the demilitarized zone if they continue attacks against the army positions.

He added that Northern Hama has in recent days witnessed attacks by the terrorist groups, specially Horras al-Din, against the Syrian army near the region under the supervision of Turkey near the town of Morek, noting that Jeish al-Izzah militants have also sent military equipment from Southern Idlib to al-Latamina front in Northern Hama.

The source said that the Syrian army has responded to the terrorists’ offensives in demilitarized zone so far, adding that the army will launch massive military operations in the region if they continue.

Meantime, the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that the terrorists are stationed in the arms-free zone from Northeastern Lattakia to Hama, Idlib and Northwestern Aleppo, adding that the army has targeted the moves by Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at terrorist group in the village of al-Janabereh and al-Latamina in Northern Hama with artillery fire, inflicting heavy tolls on them.

Army Repels Terrorists’ Fresh Attack in Demilitarized Zone in Northern Hama

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army’s artillery units opened heavy fire at a group of terrorists and prevented them from prevailing over government forces’ positions in the demilitarized zone in Northern Hama on Sunday.

The artillery and missile units pounded the movements of Kata’eb al-Izzah terrorists Southeast of the small town of al-Latamina in Northern Hama, killing and wounding a number of militants and fending off their offensive.

In the meantime, Syria’s al-Watan daily reported that terrorists affiliated to Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) launched missile attack on the army in Jourin and al-Mashari’a regions in Western al-Ghaab Plain.

It further said that the army, in response, pounded terrorists’ movements and positions in al-Ziyarah and Zizoun in Western al-Ghaab Plain, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.

The army’s strongholds in Kabani region in Northwestern Hama near the demilitarized zone came under terrorists’ fire.

On Saturday, terrorist groups sent more military hardware to Southeastern Idlib in defiance of the terms of the Sochi Agreement that calls for a demilitarized zone.

Terrorist groups dispatched more arms and ammunition to Skeik, al-Taah and Jarjanaz in Southeastern Idlib to boost their defense-combat capabilities.

The terrorists’ move came after their attack on the Syrian Army near Abu al-Dhohour that caused the army’s artillery units to shell terrorists’ positions in the region.

In the meantime, a filed commander said that the terrorists’ attacks on the army prove that Turkey has failed to expel terrorists from the demilitarized zone.

The commander warned that the Sochi Agreement will not survive if the terrorists continue such attacks.

Tribes in Eastern Syria Call on Fellow Arabs to Fight US-Backed Forces

TEHRAN (FNA)- The tribal leaders in Deir Ezzur and Raqqa provinces, in a statement, called on their fellow Arabs to fight against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Eastern and Northeastern Syria.

Per the statement, the tribes in Raqqa and Deir Ezzur called on Arabs within the SDF to defect; if they refuse, they will be labeled as enemies, massdar news reported.

The statement came after the tribal leader Sheikh Bashar Faysal Al-Huwaydi was killed in Eastern Syria.

Huwaydi was the leader of one of the largest tribes in Northern Syria; he was assassinated by unknown assailants in Raqqa city.

He was reportedly assassinated after leaving an SDF commander meeting in Raqqa city.

The Arab tribes have accused the SDF of assassinating him.

Army Uncovers Large Cache of Weapons Including Israeli Rockets in Southern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army continued cleansing operation in Dara’a and Quneitra provinces on Sunday, discovering a large volume of arms and ammunition, including Israeli-made rockets, at captured positions of terrorists.

The Syrian military uncovered a large quantity of weapons left behind by the terrorists that once controlled large areas in Quneitra and Dara’a provinces.

A field commander said that the uncovered weapons included shoulder-fired missiles, Israeli–made rockets, locally made rocket launchers, 23mm heavy machine guns, 120 mm mortar launchers, explosive tank shells, large amounts of munitions, rifles, PKCs machine guns, 12,7mm munitions as well as Israeli-made RPGs and military vehicles.

He further said that a large number of chemical gas masks, communication devices, night vision binoculars and anti-tank weapons have been discovered in the terrorists’ underground depots “that proves open supports of the US, Israel and some of the Persian Gulf’s Arab states for the terrorists in Syria”.

In September, the army men carried out mop-up operation in the village of al-Mo’alaqa and in the small town of Jabata al-Khashab in Quneitra, finding a large volume of weapons, munitions and medicines in regions that were once under control by ISIL and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front).

Israel and American sniper rifles, machineguns, rockets, cannons, communication devices and medicines were found in the terrorists’ positions.

Army Tightens Noose on ISIL in Sweida Desert

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Damascus Army resumed its military operation in the Eastern desert of Sweida, tightening noose on the ISIL terrorists in Toloul al-Safa rugged terrains over the past 24 hours.

The army soldiers, backed up by artillery and missile units, resumed offensive operation in Toloul al-Safa and Qabr Sheikh Hossein in the Eastern desert of Sweida, and advanced almost one kilometer against ISIL in the depth of Toloul al-Safa.

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 units resumed their operation in the Eastern desert of Sweida, tightening noose on the ISIL terrorists in Toloul al-Safa rugged terrains on Saturday.

The army soldiers, backed up by artillery and missile units, resumed offensive operation in Toloul al-Safa and Qabr Sheikh Hossein in the Eastern desert of Sweida, and advanced almost one kilometer against ISIL in the depth of Toloul al-Safa.

The army further started fortifying the newly-captured positions, field sources said, adding that as Tolou al-Safa includes the rugged terrains, the government forces’ advance in the region has slowed down.

The army’s fresh operation came after the ISIL refused to surrender to the army and free the kidnapped people.

Deir Ezzur

A security commander of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) was gunned down by unknown attackers in Eastern Deir Ezzur on Saturday.

Commander of the SDF police, nom de guerre Arach, was killed after unidentified assailants opened fire at him on a road to Ziban al-Tiyanah region in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

The SDF kept its fighters on alert after the attack and sent more forces and military equipment to the scene.

In the meantime, unknown raiders targeted and killed 2 SDF fighters near al-Omar oilfield and injured several more.

Idlib

Terrorist groups sent more military hardware to Southeastern Idlib on Saturday in defiance of the terms of the Sochi Agreement that calls for a demilitarized zone.

Terrorist groups dispatched more arms and ammunition to Skeik, al-Taah and Jarjanaz in Southeastern Idlib to boost their defense-combat capabilities.

The terrorists’ move came after their attack on the Syrian Army near Abu al-Dhohour that caused the army’s artillery units to shell terrorists’ positions in the region.

In the meantime, a filed commander said that the terrorists’ attacks on the army prove that Turkey has failed to expel terrorists from the demilitarized zone.

The commander warned that the Sochi Agreement will not survive if the terrorists continue such attacks.

Hasaka-Raqqa

The Turkish troops continued targeting the positions of the Kurdish militia in several regions in Hasaka and Raqqa provinces on Saturday regardless of the deployment of the US army men at Syria-Turkey border.

The Turkish army targeted the positions of al-Sanadid fighters, affiliated to the Syrian Democratic Forces, in Northern Hasaka, including the village of Tal Jahan, injuring a gunman.

In the meantime, the Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that the Ankara forces targeted Tal Abyadh’s countryside in Raqqa province, injuring several people including two media activists.

The US army has deployed along the borderline between Syria and Turkey in a large region between the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers and also in the town of Ein al-Arab (Kobani) in Northeastern Aleppo to prevent any military movement by the Turkish troops. Kurdish militias claim that they carried out monitoring patrol across a region between Ein al-Arab in Northeastern Aleppo and the town of Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa after continued attacks of the Turkish forces at the Syrian towns and villages on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River.