SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 22, 2017: ARMY LAUNCHES NEW MILITARY OPERATION IN EUPHRATES VALLEY

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ISIS cells have unexpectedly captured 8 villages from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the northern Hama countryside.

ISIS captured Abu Hariq, Ma’sarah, Abu Kusur, Tulayhat, Aliya, Suruj, Abu Marw and Umm Sahnk. The village of Abu Khanadiq is contested.

This is the second time that ISIS has been able to seize a significant area in the region without facing any notable resistance. The incident confirms that ISIS is maintaining a strong presence in the so-called opposition-held area in Idlib and northern Hama and that its cells can operate there freely.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah, the Tiger Forces and  their allies have started a military operation to clear the remaining ISIS-held points on the western bank of the Euphrates. The Syrian military has also deployed reinforcements to the area from the government-held parts of Hasakah.

ISIS has a large number of mobile assault units operating in the Homs desert and the Euphrates Valley. This allows the terrorist group to conduct raids on the advancing government forces while avoiding direct clashes.

In Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, the SAA has restored full control of the Armored Vehicles Base after repelling a major militant attack there. The attack had involved members of Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman.

Government forces have seized hilltops near the village of Beit Tima in the area near the Golan Heights. Earlier, the SAA established control over Kafr Hawar, Bayt Sabir, Beit Tima in the same area.

As the remaining ISIS-held area in Syria is shrinking, government forces are gaining more opportunities to conduct military operations against other militant groups across the country.

 

Syrian Army Crushes ISIS Defenses And Captures Nine Villages South Of Mayadin (Map, Photos)

Syrian Army Crushes ISIS Defenses And Captures Nine Villages South Of Mayadin (Map, Photos)

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On November 22, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces captured the villages of Ajrama, al-Safsafah, Ksu Umm Saba, al-Jahlah, al-Dwair, Wadi Abu Jasim, Surat al-Kshma, Subaykhan and Gharbiyah on the western bank of the Euphrates River, south of the city of Mayadin in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

Pro-government sources also reported that the SAA and Hezbollah launched a military operation north of al-Bukamal city to capture the villages located between al-Bukamal and al-Salihiyah. However, the SAA and its allies didn’t advance yet.

Syrian Army Crushes ISIS Defenses And Captures Nine Villages South Of Mayadin (Map, Photos)
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SYRIA WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 15, 2017: SYRIAN ARMY TURNS MILITANTS BACK IN NORTHERN HAMA

November 15, 2017

On November 14, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) repelled a joint advance of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman in the Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone, near Damascus.

The militants attacked the Armored Vehicle Base near the village of Harsta from the northern and eastern directions and used a car bomb to break the SAA defense there. They failed to achieve their goal. SAA Major General Walid Khawashqi was killed during the clashes.

The so-called opposition sees the expected defeat of ISIS as a threat to its security because it would allow the SAA to focus on the militant-held pockets across Syria.

In northern Hama, the SAA and the NDF have liberated the villages of Hasnawi, Qasr Shawi, Muwaylih Shamali, Mhassar, Rabiah, Hamra Silos and Mhassar Hill. The government advance came amid the continued tensions between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement in the southwestern Aleppo countryside. This opens an additional opportunities for government forces to expand their control in the area close to Abu ad Duhur.

In eastern Deir Ezzor, the SAA Tiger Forces advanced towards the city of al-Bukamal, captured the village of Bir Daham, the hill of Milhim and entered the Ward fields.

The situation in al-Bukamal itself remains unclear. The SAA and Hezbollah are clashing with ISIS there.

Russia has never promised the US and Israel a withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced on November 14. He added that the presence of Iranian forces in the country is legitimate.

Lavrov denied Israeli media reports that the US-Russian ceasefire agreement in southern Syria included a Russian commitment to ensure that Iranian-backed forces would withdraw from Syria.

“If you look at who is the greatest danger, it’s just the wards of the United States, various foreign terrorists, militants who are attached to those groups of armed opposition that the US supports,” Lavrov added.

Lavrov’s statement proved that Moscow has much less understanding with Washington and Tel Aviv than the Israeli media wants to show.

 

MILITARY SITUATION IN SYRIA ON NOVEMBER 15, 2017 (MAP UPDATE)

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SYRIA WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 7, 2017: SYRIAN ARMY PULVERIZES AL-QAEDA POSITIONS IN NORTHERN HAMA

While the Syrian Tiger Forces and their allies are preparing for a final push towards the ISIS-held town of al-Bukamal, important developments are also taking place in the area west of the Ithriyah-Khanaser road.

Since October, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have been conducting a military operation in the  area against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in order to expand the buffer zone near the Ithriyah-Khanaser part of the Ithriyah-Aleppo highway and to shorten the frontline in northeastern Hama.

Some pro-government sources even speculate that the SAA and the NDF may seek to reach the Abu Duhur Military Airbase, but this would take a large-scale advance, which would require deployment of additional reinforcements.

Recently, government forces have liberated the villages of Abu Ghar, Sarha Janubi, Mushayrifah, Husaywat, Jundya and Rasm Kahal and the hill of Sawan. The SAA and the NDF also entered Sarha Shamali where intense fighting was reported between government troops and terrorists.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorists responded by attacking SAA positions north of al-Maqarayh and capturing Umm Turaykiyah and Al-Balil after repelling a government attack on Musharifah.

According to pro-opposition sources, the fighting is ongoing amid constant Russian airstrikes on terrorist weapons depots and convoys. However, the intensity of the strikes is relatively low.

As long as the town of al-Bukamal in eastern Syria is not liberated, the Syrian military cannot deploy the manpower and military equipment to the northeastern Hama frontline, which would allow them to crush the HTS defenses there and to reach the Abu Duhur Military Airbase. However, this moment may be closer than some HTS supporters would like to believe.

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SYRIA-IRAQ WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 30, 2017: SYRIAN ARMY CRASHES ISIS AND AL-QAEDA IN NORTHERN HAMA

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Syrian government forces are clashing with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and ISIS in the northeastern countryside of Hama.

Recently, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) liberated the villages of Jub Tabqaliyah, Abu Laffah, Wadi Zurub, Kherbet Juwayid, Msheirfeh and Rasm al-Tinah. According to pro-government sources, 30 HTS members, including 3 military commanders, were killed.

Separately, the SAA and the NDF advanced on the village of Abu Dali in northern Hama. It was captured by HTS on October 8.
According to pro-government sources, government forces recaptured Farkeh, Zahra Hill and Rajm Alahmar area, but didn’t enter Abu Dali itself.

The SAA and the NDF used clashes between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and ISIS in order to prepare and launch a limited military operation aimed at building a wider buffer zone west of the Ithriyah-Aleppo highway, which has been repeatedly attacked by militants over the last year.

In the city of Deir Ezzor, the SAA Tiger Forces, the Republican Guard and the NDF liberated worker district 1, worker district 2, Afri district and the stadium from ISIS terrorists. Government troops also advanced in the districts of al-Hamidiyah and Jbela.

The advance came amid an intense fighting with ISIS. The terrorist group’s media outlet Amaq claimed that pro-government forces lost 35 fighters, two battle tanks and a BMP-1 vehicle.

At the same time, the SAA and Hezbollah attempted to push towards al-Bukamal from the direction of T2 Pumping Station. However, no significant success was achieved.

On October 28, the US-led coalition officially announced that it and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are working to consolidate their gains in the Omar oil fields and to advance on the ISIS-held border town of al-Bukamal at the border with Iraq.

The real goal of the advance is to attempt to prevent Syria and Iraq from restoring control over the Deir Ezzor-Baghdad highway.

In Iraq, the army, the Federal Police, the Counter-Terrorism Service and the Popular Mobilization Units are working to build a buffer between an area controlled by the US-backed forces in Syria and an area controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq.

As soon as, government forces establish full control over Faysh Khabur area, this goal will be achieved. Furthermore, Iraq and Turkey have already agreed to establish a Turkish-Iraqi border crossing using this area.

The successful operation of government forces to re-take contested areas from the KRG’s Peshmerga force came amid a rapid push towards the ISIS-held city of al-Qaim. This clearly demonstrated that the army and its allies have much more military power than the KRG’s leadership expected while it was starting their attempt to secede from Iraq.

On Sunday, the KRG’s President Masoud Barzani announced that he resigns from the presidency on November 1. This decision is a logical result of the recent failures of the KRG policy and a loss of large oil—rich areas to the federal government that started with the September 25 independence referendum held by Barzani’s government.

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FINAL DESTRUCTION OF DAESH-TERROSISTS IN EAST HAMA POCKET BY SYRIAN ARAB ARMY & NATIONAL DEFENSE FORCES.

Footage has been released on Pro-government social media showing the final actions of the Syrian Arab Army’s and National Defenses Forces in their reducing of Daesh (ISIS, ISIL, IS) defenses in rural Hama… 
The footage is mostly centered around the actions of the National Defenses Forces which played a major role in anti-insurgency operations against Isis militants throughout the Hama provincial region over the last several weeks… 
Based on the video above it appears that the final phase of the operation saw lightly armed storming forces-utilizing gun-trucks, grenade launchers and sniper teams-clear the final Towns and villages in rural Hama… 
About one week ago, Pro-government forces succeeded in liberating of rural Hama from Isis militants after besieging them weeks beforehand… 


DAESH UNDERGROUND TUNNEL DISCOVERED IN EAST HAMA

A network of underground tunnels used by Daesh (the so-called ISIS, ISIL, IS)  terror group was discovered in a retaken village on the Eastern outskirts of Salamiyah in Hama province… 
The Isis extremist group used the underground tunnels to shelter from the Airstrikes and move from building to building… 
One of the tunnel has an area of 50 square metres (538,19 square feet), as well as five rooms for meeting and training… 
The battle to retake the entirety of the Syria’s Hama province from the so-called Islamic state terror group is ongoing…


RESTORATION OF THE ENTIRE AREA SOUTH-EASTERN DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE AN AREA OF 8.000 K.M²

The Syrian Arab Army’s troops launched a large offensive this summer to clear much of the Jordanian border that was under the control of the Free Syrian Army and their Allies… Within four months of launching this large-scale offensive, the Syrian Arab Army’s troops managed to capture more than 8.000 square kilometres of territory between Damascus and Al-Sweida Governorates of Southern Syria… As a result of this advance, the Syrian Arab Army sealed the entire Damascus-Jordanian border marking the first time in years that they have possessed control over this large patch of land in Southern Syria… With this area sealed the Syrian Arab Army will turn their attention to the Homs-Iraq border where the US coalition forces are currently in control of the strategic Tanf Mountains… 

Syrian Army’s on the verge of entering the Islamic State’s capital city

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is on the verge of entering the so-called Islamic State’s (ISIS) de facto capital, Al-Mayadeen, in Syria after a successful operation north of this city in the Deir Ezzor Governorate.

Led by their elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army blew past the Islamic State’s defenses north of Al-Mayadeen on Thursday, liberating several points en route to reaching the outskirts of this imperative city located in the Euphrates River Valley.

Once the Tiger Forces enter Al-Mayadeen, they will likely attempt to secure the western part of the city, while another Syrian Army unit pushes from the Hatla area, which is located along the eastern banks of the Euphrates River.

The liberation of Al-Mayadeen will not only be a blow to the Islamic State, but also, to the U.S. Coalition, as the latter is attempting to take control of Syria’s most important Iraqi crossing at Albukamal.

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SYRIA WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 4, 2017: ISRAEL COMPLAINS ASSAD IS WINNING IN SYRIA

Syrian government forces have liberated the villages of Aksh, Jaberiyah, Wadhihi and Nashimi and divided the ISIS-held pocket in eastern Salamiyah into two separate parts. Now, the army and its allies are able to defeat the remaining ISIS units one by one.

The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq released a video showing “two Russians” that ISIS had allegedly captured in late September during clashes near the village of al-Shulah located on the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway.

According to the ISIS video, their names are Roman Zabolotniy (born – 1979) and Grigory Surkanov (born – 1978). However, they do not look like Russian soldiers and are much older than the common service members of the Russian military involved in the operation in Syria.
They could be private military contractors or members of some pro-government faction. Most likely, they are civil employees for the Assad government. Therefore, they are not combatants.

The Russian Ministry of Defence refuted the ISIS claims and said “there have been no incidents linked with any capture of prisoners or entailing losses among Russian servicemen either in the province of Deir ez-Zor or in any other Syrian province.”

Meanwhile, northeast of the city of Deir Ezzor,the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have captured Wasiyah, Jiriyah and some nearby points from ISIS. Clashes are still ongoing near Badawi al Jasir.

After over 6 years of war in Syria, Israel has found that something is not going along with their vision of the situation.

On Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman gave an interview to Israel’s Walla news site calling on the United States to contribute more effort to the war torn country where President Bashar Assad “is winning.”

“I see a long international queue lining up to woo Assad, including Western nations, including moderate Sunnis. Suddenly everyone wants to get close to Assad. This is unprecedented. Because Assad is winning, everyone is standing in line,” the minister said adding that Israel is now “faced with the Russians, Iranians, and also the Turks and Hezbollah. The public does not know everything and it’s a good thing, but it’s an investment and an effort 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

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