Syrian Army takes complete control over northern Homs for first time since 2011 (map)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has imposed full control over the northern Homs and southeastern Hama after years of war with the Islamist rebels.

According to a military report from this front, the Syrian government evacuated the last group of militants and their family members from northern Homs, Wednesday, marking the end of their presence in this area.

All-in-all, the Syrian Army has retaken over 65 towns within a 1,200 square kilometer area between northern Homs and southeastern Hama.

The last rebel forces were transported from this once large pocket in central Syria to the northern province of Idlib.

Perhaps the most important thing to come from this is the Syrian Arab Army’s full control over the Damascus-Homs Highway for the first time in years.

 

SYRIAN SECURITY FORCES ENTER OVER DOZEN OF VILLAGES IN RASTAN POCKET (MAP UPDATE)

Syrian security forces have entered a high number of villages in the Rastan pocket in northern Homs following an evacuation of militants from the area.

The SANA said that government forces had entered the villages of Ezz-Eddin, Salim, al-Hamrat, al-Qneitrat, al-Hamis and Hemimeh. According to pro-government sources, security forces have entered more points, including an area close to the strategic Homs-Hama highway, which is one of the vital supply lines in the area.

It should be noted that the evacuation of militants is still ongoing. Currently, a new batch of militants and their families are preparing to leave the Rastan pocket to militant-held areas in western and northern Syria.

As soon as the evacuation is finished, government forces will establish full control of the Rastan area.

Syrian Security Forces Enter Over Dozen Of Villages In Rastan Pocket (Map Update)

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Syrian War Report – May 16, 2018: Syrian Army Liberates Dozens Of Villages In Rastan Pocket

Syrian forces have re-established control of the area east of the M5 highway in the Rastan pocket in northern Homs now that militants have withdrawn from the area. According to pro-government sources, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are now in control of over 30 settlements located there.

At the same time, the evacuation of militants from the pocket is still ongoing. On May 15, 73 buses left the area.

As soon as the evacuation deal is fully implemented, the SAA will establish full control of the Rastan area. This will allow the Syrian government to start to use more actively the M5 highway, which is a vital supply line linking southern and northern Syria. However, a part of the highway heading through the province of Idlib is still in the hands of militants. According to pro-government sources, this area is one of the targets of upcoming military operations by the SAA and its allies.

In southern Damascus, the SAA and its allies have liberated a number of points near the Quds Mosque in the Yarmouk refugee camp area from ISIS. Government troops have also advanced on ISIS positions in the ​​northern part of the district of al-Hajar al-Aswad.

According to the Syrian media, the SAA has recently captured a workshop for producing IEDs and mortars and a network of tunnels in the recently liberated areas.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have slowed down their anti-ISIS operation in the Euphrates Valley in eastern Syria. According to local sources, the SDF is currently re-supplying its striking force in the area and preparing for a new attempt to capture the village of Hajin from ISIS.

A new round of talks involving Iran, Turkey, Russia, Syria and the Syrian opposition was held in Astana on May 15 and May 16. The Astana talks’  guarantor states – Russia, Iran and Turkey – once again affirmed their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and  to combating terrorist groups like ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra (currently known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham). The sides also stressed the importance of the implementation of de-escalation zones as a temporary measure to limit the violence.

According to experts, one of the key topics of the ongoing negotiations between the sides is the fate of the wide areas controlled by militants in the province of Idlib where Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is deeply integrated with the so-called moderate opposition.

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BREAKING: ISRAEL HITS THREE POSITIONS OF THE SYRIAN ARMY IN HAMA AND ALEPPO (VIDEO)

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30.04.2018

On April 29, an unnamed source of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that several military positions of the SAA in Hama and Aleppo governorates were targeted. However, the source didn’t identify the side responsible for attacks.

Syrian pro-government sources said that the military positions that were targeted are the 47th Brigade ammo depot east of Hama city, the Fire Fighters Center in the western Hama countryside and a military position around Aleppo airport.

All three positions are known to be bases of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and different Iranian-backed armed groups. According to Syrian opposition sources, several Iranian personals were killed in the strikes.

All of the available facts suggest that Israel was behind these strikes. The Israeli Air Force used a similar tactic to target a position of the IRGC in Syria’s T4 airbase on April 9. Since then, serval Israel officials threatened that they will continue to target the Iranian bases in Syria.

Possible missile strike causes massive explosion in Hama

The Syrian Sana news agency has reported earlier that explosions had been heard near the cities of Hama and Aleppo.

 “The arms depot of the 47th brigade of the Syrian army was attacked near Hama. Powerful explosions and major fire have occurred as a result,” a source in Syria’s law enforcement told Sputnik.

According to Surya TV Channel, the syrian army positions have been attacked by a missile strike. According to the channel, the missile strike was conducted at 19:30 GMT.

Earlier, state television said successive blasts were heard in rural Hama province and that authorities were investigating the cause.

This video shows explosion in the ammunition depot of #Syria Arab Army’s 47th Brigade in South of #Hama after the #Israel Air Force (#IAF) airstrike at the #IRGC forces in the base almost 40 minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/dh1svPynXN

Israel might be responsible for the attack, according to Haaretz.

Earlier Sunday, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel will maintain freedom of operation in Syria, the website reports.

“We have no intention to attack Russia or to interfere in domestic Syrian issues,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said at the annual Jerusalem Post conference. “But if somebody thinks that it is possible to launch missiles or to attack Israel or even our aircraft, no doubt we will respond and we will respond very forcefully.”

Source: Sputnik

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Breaking: Syrian Army unleashes major offensive against militants in Rastan pocket on Homs-Hama border

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:48 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitaries have launched a new offensive operation against armed rebel groups in a large militant enclave straddling the provincial border of Homs and Hama.

Moments ago, military-affiliated sources reported that that the Syrian Army and its allies kick-off a new offensive against militant forces in the Rastan pocket – located in parts of northern Homs and southern Hama province.

At the present time, Syrian pro-government forces are storming the Rastan pocket from southeast Hama and have entered into and captured most of the town of Maqsam al-Hamrat amid intense clashes with rebel fighters.

The new offensive by the Syrian Army comes following the decisive conclusion of operations in Idlib for the time being.

Russia has made multiple attempts since 2017 to implement an effective ceasefire in the militant-held Rastan region.

However, multiple violations of the deescalation agreement by rebel forces, who shell and raid nearby government-held towns (almost on a daily basis), has pushed the Syrian Army to now undertake a full-scale military operation to neutralize the threat emanating from Rastan and its surrounding area.

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SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 9, 2018: SYRIAN ARMY PURGED ISIS TERRORISTS IN NORTHEASTERN HAMA

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their captured Ibn Wardan Qastel and the large nearby area in the northeastern Hama pocket after the ISIS defense had collapsed there. According to pro-government sources, army troops are now close to full liberation of the area.

Government forces are also working to evacuate civilians and to remove IEDs and mines from the recently liberated villages.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and its allies failed to overrun the SAA defense in the area of Abu al-Duhur and their attack resulted in almost no gains. Pro-government sources say that the militant groups lost about a dozen of fighters and two vehicles in the recent clashes.

Separately, the Syrian military increased airstrikes on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam, Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman in the districts of Irbin, Duma, Harasta, Madira, Mesraba, Zamalka and Saqba in eastern Damascus. Local sources link this activity with the facts that the militants rejected a ceasefire agreement reached during the Vienna talks.

Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces repelled attacks of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the districts of Sheikh al-Hadid and Bulbul. According to pro-Kurdish sources, the YPG/YPJ killed over 38 members of the Turkey-led forces as well as destroyed two vehicles and a battle tank in the recent clashes.

According to the TAF’s general staff, Turkish forces have neutralized over 1,000 Kurdish fighters and some mysterious ISIS members since the start of Operation Olive Branch. Meanwhile, the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that over 123 Kurdish fighters have been killed. This number is likely closer to the reality.

Contradicting reports are circulating about the February 7 strikes of the US-led coalition on government forces in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to some US military officials quoted by the mainstream media, over 100 pro-Assad fighters were killed in the strikes. Syrian media activists say that 25 government fighters were killed and about 50 others injured. According to the February 8 statement of the Russian Defense Ministry, 25 people were injured in the attack. The ministry added that government troops were conducting an operation against ISIS sleeper cells in the area when they were shelled with mortars, rocket launchers and then attacked by the coalition’s attack helicopters. It should be noted that according to the US-led coalition’s version, government forces were attacking positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Meanwhile, the Arab al-Bakara tribe announced in an official statement that dozens of its members were killed in the coalition strikes. The statement added that al-Bakara is ready to fight ISIS, the SDF and the US-led coalition.

The situation revealed the high level of tensions existing in the Euphrates Valley region. These tensions may be used by ISIS to resume its terrorist activities in the area.

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Syrian Army, Allies Nearing Full Control of Pockets in Hama, Aleppo Countryside

February 9, 2018

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Syrian Army and allies were on Friday nearing the complete control of pockets locating in Aleppo’s southern countryside and Hama’s northeastern countryside.

Hezbollah’s War Media Center reported on Friday that the allied forces established control on 17 villages and towns in the area following clashes with ISIL Takfiri group.

Earlier on Thursday, the Syrian Army and the allied forces took control of eight towns and villages also on the area.

SANA news agency reported that Syrian Army units launched intensive military operations against the gatherings and fortified positions of ISIL terrorists in the last span of the pockets locating in the administrative borders of Hama and Aleppo countryside.

The agency named the liberated towns and villages on Thursday as: Kaser Ebn Wardan, al-Msetbeh, Rasem Madha, Jib al-Hab, Rajem Jaara, Makhlaf Shamali, Ayn Zarka, and Abu Mayal.

In the last weeks the allied forces have been besieging the Takfiri terrorists in the region.

Source: Hezbollah War Media Center

Syrian Army, Allies Regain 16 Villages between Hama Northeastern Countryside and Aleppo Southern Countryside

February 9, 2018

The Syrian army and allies on Friday tightened control over 16 villages and towns in the area between Hama northeastern countryside and Aleppo southern countryside.

SANA’s reporter said that the army units continued advance in the pocket where ISIL terrorists are positioned in the area between Aleppo southern countryside and Hama northeastern countryside, seizing control of villages and towns of Irtwaziet Mikhlaf, Mikhlaf, Rasm Jeb al-Himlan, Jeb al-Jimlan, Ein al-Na’jeh, Rasm al-Dab’e, Ma’r Shimali, Ma’r Janoubi, Koreij, Tel Shwieh, Rasm al-Sabl, Abu Ajweh Sharqi, Tibaret al-Jareera, al-Mweileh, and Abu Ajweh Gharbi.

A number of ISIL terrorists were killed as their weapons and vehicles were destroyed due to the fierce clashes with the army units which resulted in seizing the control of the mentioned towns and villages.

The army engineering units are dismantling IEDs and mines planted by the terrorists in the liberated villages.

Source: SANA

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SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 8, 2018: US-LED COALITION STRUCK SYRIAN ARMY IN DEIR EZZOR

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On February 7, the US-led coalition carried out several airstrikes on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the province of Deir Ezzor. The coalition claimed that the SAA had “initiated an unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] headquarters”, added that “coalition service members” were co-located with SDF fighters during the attack and described the strikes as a self-defense act.

According to local sources, the US targeted positions of the SAA near the town of Khasham, located on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River where some clashes between the SAA and the SDF were also reported. Earlier pro-opposition sources speculated that the SAA was preparing to use Khasham as a foothold to attack the SDF position in the areas of the CONICO gas facility and the Jafar oil field. However, these reports were not confirmed by any evidence.

No doubts, the US-led coalition will use the incident to deepen the rift between the SAA and the Kurdish-dominated SDF. Earlier this month, Damascus allowed a large convoy of Kurdish fighters to reach the area of Afrin where Turkey is conducting a military operation against YPG/YPJ forces that are the core of the SDF. However, the relations between the sides remained complicated.

On February 7, the media wing of the YPG released a video showing two ATGM strikes at battle tanks of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF). The strikes were conducted in the Rajo and Bulbul districts of Afrin. The both tanks were allegedly destroyed. On the same day, reports appeared that two TAF service members died in the Afrin operation.

Meanwhile, the TAF and the Free Syrian Army captured Hawiz Hill and re-entered Shaykh Khurus. On February 8, clashes continued there.
The SAA, the Tiger Forces and their allies made large gains against ISIS in the northeastern Hama pocket. The ISIS resistance remains in Suruj, Ibn Wardan Qastel and a number of small points across the remaining militant-held area.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham continued its attempts to exploit the SAA operation against ISIS attacking government positions west and north of Abu al-Duhur. Fierce clashes are ongoing there.

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TIGER FORCES PUSH NORTH OF ABU AL-DUHUR AIRBASE, ENTER ABU AL-DUHUR TOWN (MAPS)

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On January 21, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces captured the villages of Rasm al-Hirmil, Dwair al-Hawta, Khirbit al-Fajir, Tibarat al-Khushir and Rasm al-Jana in the southwestern Aleppo countryside, north of Abu Duhur airbase, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria. The media outlet added that a large part of the town of Abu Duhur in the eastern Idlib countryside was also captured by the SAA.

The SAA also recaptured the villages of Suruj and Istablat southwest of the Abu Duhur airbase in eastern Idlib from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), according to Syrian pro-government sources.

In the northeastern Hama countryside, the SAA launched a new attack on positions of ISIS. The Hezbollah media wing reported that the SAA recaptured the villages of Aniq Bajrah and Tawtah from the terrorist group during the attack.

In a related development, the Syrian Ministry of Defense announced on January 21 that the SAA and its allies liberated 300 villages and towns in the governorates of Idlib, Aleppo and Hama in the last few months. The Syrian MoD also revealed that the SAA eliminated the elite force of HTS during its advance towards the Abu Duhur airbase.

The SAA is now working on securing all the villages north of Abu Duhur airbase, according to Syrian pro-government activists. Later, the SAA will likely launch a new military operation to break the HTS siege on the towns of al-Fu’ah and Kafriya in the eastern Idlib countryside.

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