Syrian War Report – August 19, 2019: Tiger Forces Advance To Encircle Khan Shaykhun

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Government forces are rapidly advancing in southern Idlib inflicting large casualties to radical militant groups.

During the weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies have liberated the villages of Khirbat Abidin, Hursh al-Tawilah, Mughr Hunta, the farms of Nijm, Nisr and al-Safar, and the Nar Hill. According to pro-government sources, at least 7 units of military equipment and 2 dozens of militants were eliminated in recent clashes.

In own turn, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies carried out several counter-attacks involving suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices in Madayah and northwest of Khan Shaykhun. Despite some tactical successes, they were not able to turn the tide of the battle and stop the SAA advance.

Government forces are currently aiming to cut off the M5 highway and encircle the town of Khan Shaykhun and other militant positions to the south of it.

On August 17, members of the Turkish-backed National Syrian Army (NSA) shelled positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) at the town of Tell Rifaat and the nearby villages of Zyuan, Nyrabia and Tell Madiq in northern Aleppo. According to pro-YPG sources, the shelling also targeted a positions of the Russian Military Police near Tell Rifaat. No casualties among Russian personnel were reported.

The NSA shelling started in response to an attack by YPG-linked Kurdish rebels in the Afrin Region. The rebels’ attack resulted in the deaths of 5 Turkish-backed militants. Tell Rifaat and its surroundings are under the joint control of the YPG and the SAA. YPG-linked cells use this area as a safe heaven to carry out attacks on Turkey-led forces in northern Aleppo thus provoking Turkish responses and increasing tensions between Damascus and Ankara.

Russian forces are establishing several positions in the southern Deir Ezzor countryside, pro-opposition media reported on August 16 citing local sources. The reports claimed that Russian units are working to establish new positions in the town of al-Jalaa.

Located less than 30km away from the border with Iraq, al-Jalaa is one of the largest towns in the western part of the Middle Euphrates River Valley. A highway leading to al-Qa’im border crossing passes through the town.

The deployment of Russian forces in al-Jalaa could be related to the near opening of the Syrian-Iraqi border as well as the ongoing security operations against the remaining ISIS cells in the region.


Government Troops Are Storming Khan Shaykhun After Cutting Off M5 Highway North Of It (Maps)

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Late on August 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and other pro-government factions started storming the town of Khan Shaykhun in southern Idlib.

Earlier on the same day, government troops seized several important hills north of Khan Shaykhun and cut off the M5 highway, which Turkish forces attempted to use to enter the town.

According to some pro-government sources, members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical groups have started withdrawing from Khan Shaykhun. Reports are also circulating that militants are planning to withdraw from the entire northern Hama parea. Nonetheless, these reports still have to be confirmed.

The situation is developing.

Government Troops Are Storming Khan Shaykhun After Cutting Off M5 Highway North Of It (Maps)

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Syrian Army breaks through militant lines to advance on Khan Sheikhoun: video


BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a big advance in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this past week after cracking the militant lines near the key city of Khan Sheikhoun.

Chronicling the Syrian Arab Army’s advance in southern Idlib was the Anna News Agency, who captured exclusive footage of the military’s operations and push towards Khan Sheikhoun.

“On August 13, the Tiger Forces faced a challenge. In one night, they had to go half the distance between the cities of Hobeit and Khan Sheikhoun,” the Anna News said.

“When the last gleams of the sun went out over the horizon, the Tiger Forces set their machine in motion. But the Syrian movements did not go unnoticed. Detachments of militants prepared to meet the Tigers with everything they had,” they continued.

“We were especially struck by the number of artillery shells that the militants fired at us. After taking the strategic height of Tel Ays, the strategic city of Khan Sheikhoun was clearly visible. Everyone expected that the troops would go to storm the city, but instead the troops turned north,” they added.

Since this video was posted, the Syrian Arab Army has begun their attack to capture Khan Sheikhoun from the militant forces in southern Idlib.

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  1. I read and watched this report with as much attention as I can muster. I’m not “on the ground” and cannot have any authoritative position or opinions, but I did read the text of and watched the initial video; I then watched part of the third-shown video (Arabic!) and found, somewhere about minute 40, news of the Zionist machinations at Al-Aqsa; I also saw the uber-Zionist Jared Kushner and his father-in-law apparently expounding about the “deal of the century” that attempts to bury the Palestinians’ aspirations forever; thus, there is a lot of material in this posting.

    Re the SAA’s march toward reunifying all of Syria, I am aghast at the evils of the US, the terrorist insurgents, Turkey (why doesn’t Erdogan curb what I call his super-nationalism, put a brake on his mercurial personality, make accommodation with Syria and the Kurds?…easy for me to write!). At any rate, I think the takeaway impression I’ve received from this posting (and other dabbling at UprootedPalestinian’sBlog and other sources) is that the incredibly persistent and patriotic SAA should be honored all over the world (including the UN, dammit!) for its efforts on behalf of the country they so obviously love. Russia has been an essential ally. I can only condemn my US, double-condemn the Zionist monster seething in criminal psychosis on Syria’s border (may God damn Trump and the Ziomonster for their egregoious violations of international law…Golan Heights, at-will invasion of Syrian airspace and bombing of Syrian territory) and all other malign actors who/which do not support Syria’s aspirations to repairing Syria’s torment and rebuilding its state infrastructure and institutions in a peaceful, hopeful and positive atmosphere. I am sick at heart over all of it. Viva Syria! Viva President Al-Assad and God bless his wonderful wife Asma and all patriotic Syrians!

    • The video is a news bulletin from the Syrian news channel, the first Section of the video is about Khan Shaykhun, The second section on the storming of the herds of settlers the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the police and the third section on the deal of the century.
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