Deir Al Zour: A victory as the size of Aleppo’s victory and more دير الزور: انتصار بحجم حلب وأكبر

Deir Al Zour: A victory as the size of Aleppo’s victory and more

سبتمبر 11, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

During a year the victories are rolling in favor of the Syrian army and its allies till the size of what was liberated during a year was nearly one third of the Syrian geography, more than fifty thousand square kilometers which means five times the size of Lebanon, but the crucial step in paving the way for these rolling victories was undoubtedly the liberation of the eastern of Aleppo. This step has ended the western bet on overthrowing the Syrian country, its president, and army and opened the door for the retreat of the war alliance and the beginning of its disintegration, furthermore, each of its pillars took a position of new ceiling in preparation to reach the recognition of the return of the Syrian country, its president, and its army whether through a statement or a suggestion. From that time, the battle of overthrowing the project of the continuation of chaos and its management started as an alternative of the project of overthrowing and domination. In the course of this war which was waged by Syria and its allies the American red line fell at the Syrian-Iraqi borders and the project of paving the way for the getting of ISIS out of Raqqa to the Syrian Badia fell.

Deir Al Zour was an attracting area, because from it the area of the north-east of Euphrates falls as a US operations area and from it the project of establishing an independent announced or an implicit Kurdish entity falls. These two points are not less important and may be they are more than the liberation of Aleppo strategically, as long as Aleppo is in the south-west of Euphrates, which means outside the range of the military operations which Washington restricts them with its forces and allies and outside the range of aspiration which the Kurdish leaderships deluded that they might be the borders of their own entity. The liberation of Aleppo despite its value and victory, it is a painful injury to the Americans but this can be bore with the positioning on the north-east of Euphrates under full US administration and the Kurdish secession. The arrival of the Syrian army to Deir Al Zour alone opens the door of challenge for these two projects.

The US bet was on the size of the troubles and difficulties that will accompany the achievement of this goal against the Syrian army, in addition to the presence of ISIS in Palmyra and Badia, along with a distance of hundred kilometers, and an area of thousands square kilometers, furthermore, ISIS forms a bleeding expanding wound in each of the countryside of Hama and Homs. The expectations were that the Syrian army and its allies will take at least three years to reach Deir Al Zour and lift the siege on its forces and connect with them, during this time the Americans and the Kurds will be able to eliminate ISIS in Raqqa, Deir Al Zour, and Hasaka, thus the negotiation on the federalism will be a reality, a federalism through which the Americans will be enjoyed with a cover of a Kurdish local government which they will manage. The American talk was that the year 2020 will be a date for the political solution in Syria.

The achievement of the Syrian army during ten months is closer to a military miracle, the collapse of ISIS in front of the advanced forces towards Deir Al Zour will rule what is after it, especially because the Syrian army is having control on the course of the northern Euphrates from the countryside of Raqqa to the countryside of Deir Al Zour, it will connect with the advanced forces in the south of the course towards Deir Al Zour, so maybe the battle of liberating Raqqa which was difficult for two months will be the battle of the Syrian army and the allies, especially if the Syrian army and the allies decide to resolve the two cities in Mayadeen and Boukamal before going to Raqqa. Thus the Americans have to recognize that the project of the north-east of Euphrates has fallen, and the Kurdish leadership has to hasten to reserve its seat in Geneva dialogues to participate in a political solution, which its ceiling is a unified government under the leadership of the Syrian President, new consensus constitution, and parliamentary and presidential elections.

Some people say that the stopped convoy at the outskirts of Deir Al Zour after it was deported from Qalamoun will remain there for a long time then it will surrender, since it achieved the goal by creating media exaggeration that preoccupied the Americans and their allies from following-up the crowds and the preparations for the battle of resolving Deir Al Zour by the Syrian army and Hezbollah the partner of blood and victories, the Iranian open support, and the unlimited Syrian air presence.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

 

دير الزور: انتصار بحجم حلب وأكبر

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سبتمبر 5, 2017

– خلال عام والانتصارات المتدحرجة لحساب الجيش السوري وحلفائه بلا منازع، حتى بلغ حجم ما تحرّر خلال عام قرابة ثلث المساحة السورية وزاد عن خمسين ألف كليومتر مربع، أيّ خمسة أضعاف مساحة لبنان، لكن المفصل الحاسم في فتح الباب لهذه الانتصارات المتدحرجة كان بلا شك تحرير شرق حلب، الذي أنهى الرهان الغربي على إسقاط الدولة السورية ورئيسها وجيشها، وفتح الباب لتراجع حلف الحرب وبدء تفكّكه، وتموضع كلّ من أركانه عند سقف جديد، تمهيداً لبلوغهم جميعاً سقف التسليم بعودة الدولة السورية ورئيسها وجيشها، تصريحاً أو تلميحاً. وبدأت منذ ذلك الوقت معركة إسقاط مشروع إدامة الفوضى وإدارتها كبديل لمشروع الإسقاط والسيطرة. وفي قلب هذه الحرب التي خاضتها سورية وحلفاؤها سقط الخط الأحمر الأميركي عند الحدود السورية العراقية، وسقط مشروع فتح الباب لتدحرج داعش من الرقة صوب البادية السورية.

– كانت دير الزور هي الحلقة التي تتجه نحوها الأنظار، فمنها تسقط منطقة شمال شرق الفرات بصفتها منطقة عمليات أميركية وفيها يسقط مشروع إقامة كيان كردي مستقل معلن أو مضمر وهما حلقتان لا تقلان أهمية، بل ربّما تزيدان عن تحرير حلب بالمعنى الاستراتيجي، فما دامت حلب غرب جنوب الفرات أيّ خارج مناطق العمليات التي تحصرها واشنطن بقواتها وحلفائها وخارج نطاق التطلّع الذي توهّمت القيادات الكردية أنها حدود كيانها الخاص، يبقى تحرير حلب رغم ما فيه من قيمة وانتصار، إصابة مؤلمة للأميركيين، لكن يمكن استيعابها مع التموضع على مشروع عنوانه شمال شرق الفرات بالإدارة الأميركية الكاملة والعنوان الكردي الانفصالي، وبلوغ الجيش السوري لدير الزور وحده يفتح باب التحدي لهذين المشروعين.

– كان الرهان الأميركي على حجم متاعب ومصاعب تحقيق هذا الهدف على الجيش السوري، فدونه وجود داعش في تدمر والبادية ومئات الكيلومترات مسافة وآلاف الكيلومترات المربّعة مساحة، وداعش في ريفي حماة وحمص يشكل جيباً نازفاً متمادياً. وكانت التوقعات أنه حتى يتمكّن الجيش السوري وحلفاؤه من بلوغ دير الزور وفك الحصار عن قواته فيها والتواصل معها سيحتاج الأمر لثلاث سنوات على الأقلّ، يكون خلالها الأميركيون والأكراد قد تمكّنوا من إنهاء داعش في الرقة ودير الزور والحسكة وصار التفاوض على الفدرالية أمراً واقعاً. فدرالية يتمتع الأميركيون خلالها بغطاء حكومة محلية كردية هم يديرونها، ولذلك كان الحديث الأميركي عن العام 2020 علنياً كموعد للحلّ السياسي في سورية.

– ما أنجزه الجيش السوري خلال عشرة شهور أقرب للمعجزة العسكرية، وتهاوي داعش أمام القوات المتقدّمة نحو دير الزور سيحكم ما بعدها، خصوصاً أنّ الجيش السوري يُمسك بمجرى الفرات الشمالي من ريف الرقة نحو ريف دير الزور، وسيتواصل مع القوات المتقدّمة جنوب مجرى النهر نحو دير الزور، وربما تصير معركة تحرير الرقة التي تمرّ باستعصاء واضح منذ شهرين، معركة الجيش السوري والحلفاء، خصوصاً إذا ما قرّر الجيش السوري والحلفاء حسم مدينتي الميادين والبوكمال قبل الارتداد نحو الرقة، فعندها سيكون على الأميركيين الإقرار بأنّ مشروع شمال شرق الفرات قد سقط وسيكون على القيادة الكردية الإسراع لحجز بطاقتها إلى حوارات جنيف للمشاركة في حلّ سياسي سقفه حكومة موحّدة في ظلّ الرئيس السوري ودستور توافقي جديد وانتخابات برلمانية ورئاسية تليه.

– يقول البعض إنّ القافلة المتوقفة لداعش على تخوم دير الزور بعد ترحيلها من القلمون، قد تبقى هناك لزمن طويل فتستسلم بعدها، وقد حققت الغرض بخلق بالونات إعلامية شغلت الأميركيين وحلفاءهم عن متابعة الحشود والاستعدادات لمعركة حسم دير الزور من جانب الجيش السوري وشريك الدم والانتصارات حزب الله بدعم إيراني مفتوح وحضور جوي روسي بلا حدود.

 

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SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 8, 2017: US-LED COALITION RESCUES ISIS COMMANDERS FROM DEIR EZZOR?

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US aircraft have evacuated 22 ISIS field commanders from Deir Ezzor to “safer regions” as government forces are advancing against the terrorist group in this strategic city, Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported on Thursday citing a military and diplomatic source.

On August 26, a “US Air Force helicopter” reportedly evacuated 2 ISIS field commanders of “European origin” with members of their families from an area northwest of Deir Ezzor city. On August 28, US aircraft evacuated 20 ISIS field commanders and militants close to them from an area southeast of Deir Ezzor city to northern Syria.

This was the recent in a series of reports about US airlift operations in Deir Ezzor province, which repeatedly appeared in 2016 and 2017.

The US-led coalition has been accused in providing safe passage and indirect supplies (through so — called moderate rebels training programs) to the terrorist group. Some sources even accused the coalition of providing a direct support to ISIS in some cases.

One of the biggest incidents took place on September 17, 2016 when the US-led coalition “accidentally” carried our airstrikes on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near Deir Ezzor Airport killing about 90-100 SAA soldiers and wounding 110 more. An ISIS advance started just minutes after the airstrikes. The terrorists seized the Tharda mountain that had strategic implications and put the defenders of Deir Ezzor in a very difficult situation. It improved only in September 2017 when the SAA and its allies broke the ISIS siege on Deir Ezzor.

In August 2017, the coalition forgot that it and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had allowed large numbers of ISIS terrorists to withdraw freely from the Syrian cities of Manbij, Tabqah and Raqqah, and started a major media campaign blaming Hezbollah for an evacuation deal with ISIS at the Syrian-Lebanese border.

On September 7, the SAA, Liwa al-Quds and other pro-government factions captured a 10km-wide area around the corridor to Deir Ezzor city and Tal al Sannouf north of the 137th Brigade Base. On September 8, government troops developed momentum in the direction of the ISIS-held village of Ayyash. According to pro-government sources, the goal of this push is to take control over Ayyash and to prepare for a wider effort to secure the entire northwestern flank of Deir Ezzor.

Meanwhile, photos appeared showing a convoy of pontoon bridges and boats arriving Dier Ezzor. The SAA will likely use them to cross the Euphrates River after the situation is stabilized on the southern flank of the city.

Clashes also continued in the area of Sholah at the Sukhna-Deir Ezzor highway.

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With ISIL collapsing in Syria, what is Washington’s next move?

August 31, 2017

By Aram Mirzaei

With ISIL collapsing in Syria, what is Washington’s next move?

Since the start of this year, with the Russian brokered “de-escalation” zones imposed on several areas in Syria where Washington’s “moderate” rebel proxies are operating, virtually all other forces in Syria have committed themselves to engaging the self-declared Islamic State.

With these developments, it did not take long for ISIL to feel the effects of this change in priorities. Starting from January/February, the Syrian government forces and its allies have liberated swathes of land from the terrorist group. By early April, ISIL had been kicked out of the Aleppo province while the Syrian Army continued to open multiple new fronts all over central Syria. By early August this year, ISIL had been almost kicked out of the Raqqa, Homs and Damascus provinces as a result of the Syrian Army’s massive push towards the besieged city of Deir Ezzor.

In the meantime, the US backed “moderate” proxies in Idlib and Western Aleppo have been forced to stand idly by as the Syrian Army expands its control over the country. This is a result of Russian diplomacy at its best. Attempts have been made before to reach such lasting ceasefire deals, most notably the one last year between Russia and the Obama regime, it failed miserably after the US “accidentally” bombed Syrian Army troops fighting ISIL in Deir Ezzor.

So why did it work this time? I argue that the major reason for the success of this latest ceasefire is mainly due to Washington being excluded from the deal. When reflecting on previous attempts to establish a lasting ceasefire and the reasons for its failures, compared to this one that is seemingly more successful than its predecessors, its not hard to conclude that Washington, was and has always been the main obstacle for peace in Syria after almost 7 years of fighting and suffering.

Quite recently, Washington also announced it was ending its support for “moderate” rebels in Southern Syria, sparking hopes among some naive observers that the proxy conflict might be coming to an end. These observers however fail to understand Washington’s commitment and dedication to assume control of a situation that has been slipping out of their hands ever since Russia officially entered the conflict in 2015. What they also fail to understand is that Washington did not just abandon its plans for Syria, indeed it is likely that they will have to abandon their illegal base in the Al-Tanf border region in Southern Syria, but that does not mean the end of Washington’s involvement in the conflict, because that would require Washington to admit to defeat, which they hardly are capable of doing.

Instead, Washington is preparing its next move, and it will make use of another long-standing proxy force of theirs- the SDF. The Kurdish-led militia has assumed a larger role as the conflict has been dragging on, with SDF forces occupying large parts of northern Syria after wrestling control of these areas from ISIL. The SDF has since its formation in 2015, acted as the main proxy force fighting for Washington’s interests under the guise of creating a “federative direct democratic union” in northern Syria, also known as Rojava, despite fierce protests from Washington’s NATO ally Turkey.

What is the Rojava?

Kurdish domination in Rojava, on the edge of the violent dissolution of the Syrian state, is hidden behind a thick ideological smokescreen from the good consciences of Western lefties. This area under the control of the nationalists of the PKK from Turkey casually intone the siren songs of ecology, feminism and participatory direct democracy. It’s a music relayed and amplified by all kinds of leftists and by the subsidiaries, established in developed countries, of the cult of adoration of Öcalan, the founder of the PKK imprisoned for more than fifteen years on the island of Imrali. So the claim made by these lefties, one that is confirmed by the Kurdish-led PYD party, is that the Rojava project opposes all kinds of imperialism.

In addition to scoring massive sympathy points among ignorant people in the West, this portrayal of Rojava as “anti-imperialist” and leftist has attracted different far-left violent extremist groups such as Antifa and other anarchists. These groups, often deemed as extremists and even terrorists in their own countries, travel from all over the world with their own agenda, under the guise of being part of an ”International freedom battalion” that fights fascism.

Yet this claim cannot reconcile with the fact that ironically enough, Rojava remains one of Washington’s closest allies in Syria, nor can it reconcile with the fact that these foreign leftists who have traveled to Syria “to fight imperialism and oppression” are playing the role of pawns in Washington’s so called war on terror. As a matter of fact, SDF spokesman Talal Silo made it clear that the SDF does not make a single move until their masters in Washington say so.

You would think that this was already a tragic case, but for some reason these days, it always gets worse.

On July 24 the so called ”International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces” (IRPGF), a group of international fighters and volunteers fighting alongside the SDF announced on their Twitter page the creation of a “subgroup comprised of LGBT comrades and others who seek to smash the gender binary”.

The group calling itself TQILA, was to join the fight against ISIL according to an announcement on Twitter. This announcement was soon picked up by Western media outlets amid gleeful reactions by leftists, progressives and gay celebrities on their social media accounts. We learn, from the founding statements of TQILA and its umbrella group, IRPGF, that their causes of “anarchism”, “smashing gender binary”, and “sexual revolution” are all connected to the most selling hegemonic narrative of the 21st century: the “war on terror”.

Why anarchists would go to a country devastated by war and terrorism for years and spread anarchism is beyond any reasonable person. It is not only ridiculous, but it is also playing into Washington’s plan to sow discord and chaos in the country.

This romantic sketching of a revolutionary path to utopia in a conflict that has shown the world how ”revolutions” can destroy an entire society is nothing short of pathetic.

The Rojava administration in northern Syria, which was founded by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) – YPG’s political arm – in 2013, has been portrayed as a success story of the “struggle against borders and for autonomy” by the international media and self-identified leftists and progressives.

Others applaud “the Kurds” – a common synonym used by leftists to refer to PYD – as “the best hope for left politics in the region”. PYD is also presented as a big champion for “gender equality” as a result of its inclusion of women in its armed forces.

Nevertheless, the PYD, like the rest of the conflicting parties in the region, commits human rights violations, targets its dissidents, including peaceful protesters and forcibly evacuates Arab and Turkman civilians – and some Kurds – from their villages.

There are also those that point to “the Kurds” as deserving of their own territory, because of their fight against ISIL. The last time I checked, no land and territory has ever been “deserved” by any people and given to them as charity, but rather it was conquered. It is also ironic that the same “kurds” that claim Rojava to be a social revolution based on multiethnic co-existence, are the same ones that base their argument for Rojava’s existence on ethno nationalist grounds, citing the century long struggle for “kurdish independence”. Of course, proponents of the Rojava project always seem to be missing the fact that kurds make up less than 10 % of Syria’s population and that they occupy almost a third of the country.

To suggest that “gender and sexual revolutions” are being accomplished by joining a party that fights on behalf of Washington’s is a colonial rewriting of Syria’s struggle. According to these international extremists and their leftist supporters the struggle is ”to fight imperial and state power”, but for the Syrian people, their struggle is one about self-determination, something that the US, its allies and these ”progressive” leftist idiots have been trying to deprive them for years.

What does Washington want with Rojava?

Since most Western leaders seem to have accepted the reality that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is not going anywhere as long as Russia is standing by his side, there must be a new plan. If the regime change agenda in Syria, motivated by a desire to disrupt the Iran-Syria alliance and thereby protecting Israel has failed, then the second best thing next to regime change in Syria would be to isolate Syria from Iraq and Iran. This would be achieved by cutting the Syrian Army off from the Deir Ezzor province, thereby severing any land connection between Syria and Iraq. Interestingly, this is exactly what the US-backed forces, airlifted by the US from the Al-Tanf area to southern Hasakah, have been planning. But this shouldn’t come as news to anybody since Washington and its allies have been quite open with this idea since 2012 already.

Washington has been betting on many horses over the course of the Syrian war, but none of them have ever been as successful as the SDF. Earlier experiments with Syrian proxies yielded little and actually managed to damage Washington’s reputation somewhat, especially when the ”moderate rebels”, trained and armed by the CIA turned to Al-Qaeda the moment they crossed the border from Turkey where they had been trained, into Syria.

In the SDF however, Washington has found a reliable proxy, one that is not shy to offer the US to establish military bases across its territory, one that has garnered a good reputation among people in the West as the only representative of democracy in Syria, and one that is never going to say no to Washington’s biddings.

Despite Washington assuring Turkey that it will not allow “the Kurds” to declare independence and break away from Syria, Washington will not pass up this opportunity to gain a major foothold in what could be considered a Russian and Iranian “zone of influence”. Thus Washington will do everything in its power, including maintaining a permanent military presence in Syria, to try to balance a co-existence between Turkey and “Rojava”. Even SDF spokesman Silo said: “The Americans have strategic interests here after the end of Daesh,” using a pejorative term for Islamic State. As earlier explained, those strategic interests are tightly connected to the original idea of overthrowing the Syrian government in an effort to protect Israel.

Silo also confirmed that Washington is going to be wanting something back for their support over these years:

“They (recently) referred to the possibility of securing an area to prepare for a military airport. These are the beginnings – they’re not giving support just to leave. America is not providing all this support for free,”Silo said.

He suggested northern Syria could become a new base for U.S. forces in the region. “Maybe there could be an alternative to their base in Turkey,” he added, referring to the Incirlik air base.

The head of the YPG said last month that Washington had established seven military bases in areas of northern Syria controlled by the YPG or SDF, including a major air base near Kobani, a town at the border with Turkey.

These moves made by Washington are intended to be long-term. They are in preparation for another conflict as the one against Jihadists and maniac throat cutters is coming to an end. Now, Washington’s true struggle for Syria begins, as the final phase of the Syrian conflict is about to start. With the SDF potentially being ordered to fight the Syrian Army and with the Syrian government rightly declaring the Rojava entity illegal and illegitimate, a confrontation between these two seems inevitable in the future.

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

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ARMY ADVANCES DEEP INSIDE DEIR EZZOR PROVINCE

Pro-government forces, led by the Syrian Republican Guard, have liberated the strategic al-Bishri Mountain as well as the al-Birshri triangle from ISIS and deployed in only about 37 km from the city of Deir Ezzor besieged by ISIS terrorists. Some sources even speculate that government troops advanced 5-10 km further, but this still has to be confirmed.

The Al-Bishri Mountain is one of the highest points in the desert area between Palmyra and Deir Ezzor. With liberation of this strategic location as well as the progress along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway government forces are now able to develop momentum in order to take control over Kobaje and Ash Sholah located en route to Deir Ezzor. The goal of the effort will be to take control over the key roads west and southwest of Deir Ezzor prior launching a direct advance to lift the siege from the strategic city.

At the same time, the ISIS activity in southern Raqqah poses a key threat to the advancing government forces where ISIS terrorists have seized the villages of Ghanim al-Ali, Shuraydah, Jabali and Zawr Shammar after almost a week of heavy fighting.

If ISIS successfully develops momentum along the road to the al-Birshri triangle, the terrorist group will threat the southern flank of government troops in the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway area.

In the eastern Hama countryside, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have liberated Mukaymen, Maksar Janubi, Qastal Shamali, Qastal Wastani and Qastal Janubi. Multiple airstrikes are reported in the ISIS-held area of Uqayribat.

Jaysh Ahrar al-Ashayer and Jaysh Usud al-Sharqiya released a Syrian pilot Lieutenant Colonel Ali al-Helw and 30 Syrian soldiers.

Al-Helw was captured after his MiG-23BN was downed southeastern Syria on August 15. The 30 soldiers were captured by militants during their successful attack on SAA positions in the Suweida countryside on August 19.

No confirmed reports about the details of the deal between the government and US-backed militants are available

Breaking: Government Forces Liberate Key Town Of Uqayribat From ISIS

Syrian government forces, led by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 5th Assault Corps’ ISIS Hunters, have liberated the key town of Uqayribat from ISIS in the eastern Hama countryside, the ISIS Hunters media wing reported  few moments ago.

If Uqayribat is really liberated, it will be a major blow to ISIS terrorists inside the eastern Hama pocket and the entire pocket will likely collapse soon.

VIDEO: RUSSIAN MI-28N ATTACK HELICOPTERS PURING ISIS TERRORISTS IN UQAYRIBAT POCKET

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Earlier today, government forces, led by the Syrian Arab Army 5th Assault Corps, liberated the town of Uqayribat from ISIS. Now, when the key ISIS strong point in the area felt into the hands of government forces, the ISIS pocket in eastern Hama has no chances to resist to government forces any notable time.

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SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 30, 2017: SYRIAN ARMY ADVANCES NORTHEAST OF SUKHNA

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Government forces, led by the Syrian Republican Guard, have overrun the ISIS defense north of Sukhna and liberated Al Khuwayliyah, Khan al-Baghala, the Subai’i Mount, the Daba Mount, the Khashm Baghal Mount and the nearby areas, according to pro-government sources.

If reports are confirmed, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are now in a striking distance from the ISIS-held village of Kabbajb located in only about 50km from Deir Ezzor.

East of Salamiyah, the SAA and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have captured Jawasiyat Janubi, Haddaj, Rasm Zaynab, Taybah, Tahmaz, Bir Ghazalah, Kherbet Amarah and Wadi Khullah taking control over the entire eastern flank of the ISIS-held town of Uqayribat.

ISIS is in a no win situation in the area and soon government forces will take control over the entire eastern countryside of Salamiyah.

The SAA and tribal forces have been repelling another large ISIS attack in southern Raqqah. Late on Monday, ISIS deployed its elite forces and launched another offensive against government forces near Maadan entering in the Wadi Ubayd oil field, Wadi al-Tarab, Rajm Sulayman, Nuzayzah, as-Salam Alaykum and the nearby areas. On Tuesday, government forces launched a counter-attack and reportedly regained the points lost to ISIS south of Ghanem Ali. However, on Wednesday, an intense fighting continued in the area.

ISIS was using manpower and military equipment that had been freed after the large retreat from central Syria.

According to ISIS, government forces lost at least 50 soldiers and 3 vehicles in the recent clashes. The group also claimed that it seized few artillery guns, at least 1 battle tank as well as other weapons and munitions during the clashes in the Ghanem Ali area.

The US-led coalition’s warplanes accidentally carried out airstrikes on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the city of Raqqah, according to reports in the Arab media. The incident reportedly took place in al-Haramiyeh neighborhood and resulted in killing of 10 SDF fighters.

US-led coalition troops have engaged Turkish-backed militants in a firefight near the SDF-held town of Manbij in northern Syria, the coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon said on Tuesday. The firefight between US-led coalition troops and pro-Turkish militants was the recent in a series of tensions between Washington and Ankara over the US support to Kurdish militias remaining a core of the SDF. Ankara describes the US support to the Kurdish-dominated SDF as a threat to its security.

ISIS SUFFERS MORE SETBACKS UNDER SYRIAN ARMY PRESSURE IN UQAYRIBAT POCKET (MAP)

31.08.2017

ISIS has suffered more setbacks under a pressure of Syrian government forces in the Uqayribat pocket in the eastern countryside of the government-held city of Salamiyah.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 5th Assault Corps, the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Qalamoun Shield Forces(QSF) have captured  the villages of Mukaymen Janoubi and Mushayrifah, and reportedly entered in the ISIS-held village of Qambar encircling another ISIS-held village of al-Wastani.

If government troops secure Qambar, they will be able to clear al-Wastani and nearby points without significant ISIS resistance and to isolate the key ISIS strong point of Uqayribat from the northern, northeastern and eastern directions.

SOUTHERN RAQQAH ON AUGUST 31, 2017 (MAP UPDATE)

Military Situation In Southern Raqqah On August 31, 2017 (Map Update)

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TRUMP AND PUTIN PLAY “CHICKEN” AS RISK OF CONFRONTATION INCREASES EXPONENTIALLY; TRUMP IS WEST’S SICK MAN

Ziad Fadel 

I am sitting at my desk watching the spectacle of a Citgo Station across the street being forcibly changed to a British Petroleum outlet.  You know how I feel about the British, and, in point of fact, I always filled up at Citgo because I knew it was a Venezuelan company.  Idiot Trump has ordered all Citgo stations to close immediately and they have started.  The imbecile at the White House has just given Venezuela to Russia or China – on a silver plate, of course – the same exact way G.W. Bush handed Iraq over to Iran.  It is now very clear that Trump has gone insane.

Witness also the inevitability of confrontation now in Syria. It is true, the U.S. has aborted all efforts to unseat Dr. Assad.  But, it has redoubled the project to turn Syria into a crazy-quilt of statelets, some loyal to the U.S., and some, grudgingly loyal to Moscow.  Let me disabuse Trump of the idea that such a plan has any chance of working and let me openly warn the Kurds that they are playing with the lives of their own people in a manner that can only be described as reckless, self-destructive and idiotic.

There will be no Kurdish state carved out of Syria, and it’s not because the Kurds have little history in northern Syria.  It’s because their movement is backed by the U.S. and an extension of the Zionist plan to survive in the Near East, a plan that is, as the late Dr. George Habash wrote, “inherently self-contradictory”.  Benjamin Franklin said something even worse.

Trump’s Zionist plan is doomed to utter failure because the U.S. cannot get any regional support for it.  Turkey is perfervidly opposed to anything suggesting a Kurdish state abutting its borders with Anatolia, a region already on fire with Kurdish nationalism.  Iran is just as apprehensive about such a project because, as I wrote, the scheme is the work of the United States influenced by the Zionist Apartheid State.  Syria is obviously adverse to it because it foresees the dismantling of Post-WW1 Syria and represents a state built on collusion with the most vicious enemy of the Arab people, the Slav-rooted ersatz Jews with their inbuilt crypto-Nazi ethos of superiority.

The Kurds are banking on the mutually destructive power of both the Russian Federation and the U.S.  They have been told by several American military advisors that the decision has been made to “adhere” to the plan and that there will be no repetition of Operation Desert Storm One where Shi’ite fighters were encouraged to fight Saddam only to find the U.S. abandoning them to him and his army after the war was over.  The Kurds have been told there would be no abandonment of their cause because they are the new linchpin of American strategy in the Near/Middle East.  That has, apparently, pleased them.  The U.S. has also sought to enlist the aid of local Arabs and Syriacs in the northeastern part of Syria by paying handsome salaries, a tactic employed successfully by the toxic British with the simian Arabians during the war against the Ottoman Empire.

As the mostly-Kurd militia of the inaptly named, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) slug their way into Al-Raqqa so that Trump can trumpet his great military victory, they are also pointedly moving into eastern Dayr El-Zor Province where they may find themselves exchanging artillery fire with the Syrian Army and its allies.  This is how world wars start.

Let us think of Trump’s “Art of the Deal” and consider this one proposal as a corollary:

Can Trump also write the “Art of the Bluff”?  At what point will Trump push on with a plan to set up his fantasy Kurdish kingdom in northeast Syria while Turks, Iranians, Syrians, Iraqis, Lebanese are pushing even harder to undermine it?

When will U.S. jets bomb indigenous Syrian forces to prevent the inevitable rout of their fledgling Kurd militia?  And if American bombers strike Syrian forces, will the Russians interdict?  Or is Putin also bluffing?  If he’s not bluffing, and the U.S. and Russia face off in Syria, how much longer will it be before the two sides start moving to DefCon 5?  If anything ends Trump’s career, it will be just one miscalculation in Syria.

And how many crises can Trump handle? 

We are watching the U.S. prove, once again, that Americans cannot learn from history.  Trump is actually sending more forces to Afghanistan to “beef up” American firepower without consulting Congress.  He is challenging China in its own sphere of influence.  He is moving toward confrontation with North Korea.  He is actively trying to overthrow the government in Caracas while not consulting Congress, again.  He is imposing more sanctions on Russia, Syria, Venezuela and North Korea.  He is despised by all allied leaders from Macron to Merkel.  He is universally viewed as a kook in every capital.  There is open discussion about impeaching him or removing him from office for reasons of incapacity pursuant to Article XXV of the U.S. Constitution   And he’s been in office for only 7 months!

If we are on a collision course with an ugly destiny, it’s because of the plague of Zionism.  No other movement has killed more people.  It was there when Corporal Adolph Hitler was fighting in the trenches of WWI.  It was there to guide the hands of genocidal murderers on both sides of the Atlantic during WWII.  And now it has reared its hideous face, once again, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria.  There is no end to this contagion until the contagion meets its end.

Witness the almost surreal American diplomatic effort to bring peace between the Palestinians and their Khazar adversaries.  Who does Trump send?  Why, a fella named Kushner, a fella named Greenblatt, and a fella named Friedman.  All orthodox Jews to settle a case neutrally.  This defies all reason.  Why would you send 3, I repeat 3, orthodox Jews to Palestine to help Arabs resolve their conflict with orthodox Jews?  This is a world out of balance.  The Hopi word is, as I have written before, “Koyaanisqatsi”. Why it’s like sending George Lincoln Rockwell to mediate at Charlottesville!!

The Syrian Army and its allies are moving out of Homs Province with reinforcements pouring into the ranks of the Tiger Republican Guard Division.  They will be on the shores of the Euphrates soon and the siege of the provincial capital will end soon.  After that, God only knows what even greater misery will be foisted on the Syrian people by a demented president in Washington D.C.

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Syrian War Report – August 28, 2017: ISIS Suffers Large Casualties In Clashes With Army In Southern Raqqah

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Syrian government forces, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, reportedly eliminated the most battle-tested and well-armed unit of ISIS in the Euphrates River valley last weekend.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, over 800 ISIS members, 13 battle tanks, 39 pickup trucks armed with large-caliber machine guns and 9 mortars and artillery guns were destroyed during the clashes near Ghanem al-Ali village. The ministry added that government forces are now advancing against ISIS along the Euphrates River.

The Syrian Arab Army and its allies took back Sabkha and Ghanem al-Ali villages and continued developing momentum in order to retake the rest of the areas near Maadan seized by ISIS during its large attack last week, according to pro-government sources.

The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out over 100 airstrikes on ISIS positions in the southern Raqqah countryside over the weekend and claimed that about 50 SAA servicemen were killed in a SVBIED attack.

Reports have been circulating that at least 60 SAA service members have been killed and about 300 others have been missing since the start of the ISIS counter-attack in southern Raqqah.

In central Syria, the SAA and its allies recaptured from ISIS the entire area north of Palmyra liberating about 2,000 km2 from the terrorist group.

The SAA also seized the Syriatel hill 30km east of al-Sukhnah town on the al-Sukhnah-Deir Ezzor highway deplyoing in less than 75 km away from Deir Ezzor city besieged by ISIS.

Meanwhile, clashes continued in the Uqayribat area where another group of ISIS units had been encircled by the SAA.

The SAA, Hezbollah and the Lebanese Armed Forces got a full control over the Qalamoun area at the Syrian-Lebanese border after ISIS had agreed to withdraw from it under a ceasefire deal. About 350 ISIS fighters and their families were set to be evacuated to Deir Ezzor.

On Sunday, the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units liberated the entire city of Tal Afar from ISIS in northern Iraq. Government forces also advanced in the Tal Afar countryside liberating the villages of Al-Alwliah, Kuitlah, Kaser, al-Haruniah, al-Fough, Qabaq and Alwa’ailiah as well as the Al-Kisk camp, the Tal Afar gas station and other nearby areas.

The Joint Operations Command released a statement on Sunday claiming that government forces killed over 200 ISIS members as well as defused 105 IEDs and 15 booby-trapped houses.

Meanwhile, Iraqi warplanes reportedly destroyed about 60 ISIS vehicles withdrawing from Tal Afar in the direction of al-Ayadiah.

The army and the PMU will likely secure the entire Tal Afar pocket will likely be secured in the near future.

All army forces in central Syria now thrown into Deir Ezzor battle

 

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:05 A.M.) – Having fully clearing all of the eastern Homs pocket from ISIS militants, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied paramilitary forces are now shifting their entire focus towards the strategic city of Deir Ezzor.

The liquidation of the Islamic State’s bastion in eastern Homs Governorate has released many thousands of army troops, virtually all of them from first-rate formations including armored divisions and Republican Guard units.

These troops had originally been occupied with maintaining positions along the Ithriyah to Resafa highway and, until recently, also involved in holding the siege on ISIS forces entrapped in eastern Homs.

Furthermore, many paramilitary forces – namely units of the National Defence Forces whose troops originate from Homs – are now also free to partake in the advance on Deir Ezzor in support of the SAA.

Pro-government forces stationed in the city of Deir Ezzor have been besieged by ISIS for about three years now. Here about 120,000 civilians, crammed into the northern districts of the city, live under the protection of government-led forces.

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SYRIAN ARMY FURTHER ADVANCES IN EASTERN HAMA, TAKES CONTROL OF JUB ABYAD (MAPS)

Syrian Army Further Advances In Eastern Hama, Takes Control Of Jub Abyad (Maps)

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Qalamoun Shield Forces have further advanced against ISIS terrorists int the eastern Hama area following the previous gains northeast of Uqayribat.

Government forces have reseized Jub Abyad from ISIS and now are developing momentum in the area of Groh.

Meanwhile, the SAA and the NDF are consolidating their gains over the poitns of Kherbet Bil’as, Mushrifat Huwaysis, Kherbet and Kherbet Tawil Bil’as northeast of Uqayribat.

Syrian Army Further Advances In Eastern Hama, Takes Control Of Jub Abyad (Maps)

 

MILITARY SITUATION IN CENTRAL SYRIA FOLLOWING COLLAPSE OF ISIS DEFENSE NORTH OF PALMYRA (MAP UPDATE)

28.08.2017

This map shows the military situation in central Syria following the recent advances of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies against ISIS.

 Military Situation In Central Syria Following Collapse Of ISIS Defense North Of Palmyra (Map Update)

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GOVT FORCES, RUSSIAN WARPLANES ELIMINATE 800 ISIS FIGHTERS AND HIGH NUMBER OF EQUIPMENT IN EUPHRATES RIVER VALLEY

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27.08.2017

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, has destroyed the most battle-tested and well-armed unit of ISIS in the Euphrates River valley, the  Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

According to the statement, over 800 ISIS members, 13 battle tanks, 39 pickup trucks armed with large-caliber machine guns and 9 mortars and artillery guns have been destroyed during the clashes in the Ghanem al-Ali village area near the Euphrates River.

On August 27, 2017, the government forces’ units have annihilated Daesh’s [ISIS] most battle-tested and well-armed group with massive support of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the Euphrates River valley near thecity of Ghanem al-Ali,” the ministry said. “Currently, a grouping of Syrian government troops is rapidly carrying out an offensive along the eastern shore of the Euphrates River, moving toward Deir Ezzor. The goal is to unblock this city and destroy the last stronghold of Daesh in Syria.”

Earlier this month, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that the SAA made large gains against ISIS in central Syria and announced that the lifting of the ISIS siege from Deir Ezzor was one of the main priorities of the ongoing operations.

Syrian army defeats strongest ISIS group in Euphrates valley – Russian MoD

The government forces of Syria supported by Russian warplanes have defeated a large group of Islamic State fighters in the Raqqa governorate, the Russian defense ministry reported.

The offensive operation resulted in the defeat of the “most capable and best armed group of ISIL in the Euphrates River valley” the ministry said in a statement, calling Islamic State (IS) by its former name. “Amid the operation 800 terrorists, 13 tanks, 29 pickup trucks with high-caliber machine guns mounted on them, and mortars and artillery pieces totalling nine have been destroyed.”

The hostilities took place near the town of Ghanem Ali, located in the eastern part of the Raqqa governorate south of the Euphrates. IS launched an offensive there a few days ago, reportedly seizing the town and fighting against the government forces for the hills overlooking the town.

According to the Russian ministry, the government forces involved in the operation are now advancing east along the river towards the Deir ez-Zor governorate. Its capital, the city of Deir ez-Zor, is controlled by the government but has been surrounded by rural IS-controlled areas for years. The Syrian army has been trying to break through the blockade for quite some time.

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US killing of Raqqah civilians flagrant violation of international law: Syria

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US killing of Raqqah civilians flagrant violation of international law: Syria

Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:18:44

Syrian has called on the United Nations to halt the US-led coalition’s continued targeting of civilians during their operations in Raqqah.

On Wednesday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry sent two letters to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the chairman of the UN Security Council condemning the US-led coalition for committing war crimes its operations in Syria.

“The warplanes of the US-led coalition added a new crime to their criminal record by targeting civilians and infrastructure in Syria on Tuesday the 22nd of August through shelling the residential neighborhoods in Raqqah, claiming the lives of 78 civilians, injuring tens of others, most of them women and children, and causing huge damage to the local and private properties,” read the letters.  

The letters were written a day after the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that since the beginning of the week, over 170 civilians, mainly women and children, had been killed in US-airstrikes in Raqqah, and that the toll was the highest since operations to liberate Raqqah began.

“The government of the Syrian Arab Republic calls on the Security Council to implement its resolutions on the fight against terrorism, especially Resolution 2253, and to immediately stop the crimes by the coalition against innocent civilians in Syria,” added the letters.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International released a report confirming that the US operations in Raqqah were greatly endangering civilians.

“As the battle to wrest Raqqah from Daesh intensifies, thousands of civilians are trapped in a deadly labyrinth where they are under fire from all sides. Knowing that Daesh uses civilians as human shields, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and US forces must redouble efforts to protect civilians, notably by avoiding disproportionate or indiscriminate strikes and creating safe exit routes,” said Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser Donatella Rovera on Wednesday.

MILITARY SITUATION IN SYRIA ON AUGUST 18, 2017

 

Russian Defense Ministry: ISIS Terrorists Fleing Uqayrabat Besieged By Syrian Army

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ISIS terrorists are fleing Uqayrabat after the Syrian Army besieged the ISIS-held town and the nearby area on Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced.

The Russian Defense Ministry officially announced that the only ISIS supply line to the area had been cutt off.

“Due to the successful operation of the Syrian military, the last route the militants used for supplies of weapons, ammunition and other assets near Uqayrabat is under the fire control of the Syrian military.”

According to the ministry, ISIS terrorists in small groups take cars, buses and armored vehicles to head to Deir Ezzor. In turn, the Russian Aerospace Forces conduct “the round-clock air reconnaissance with use of drones to reveal and destroy the armored vehicles, off-road vehicles with heavy weapons and the cars the terrorists are using.”

The Russian aerospace Forces are striking ISIS military equipment:

(MAP UPDATE)

This map proides a general look at the military situation in Syria after the recent advadnces of pro-government forces against ISIS in the province of Homs. The army and its allies encircled ISIS units in the eastern Hama countryside and are now threatening to create another pocket via taking control of the al-Tabkah-Sukhna road.

Military Situation In Syria On August 18, 2017 (Map Update)
This map provide a look at the military situation in the Uqayrabat pocket in the area east of the important government-held city of Salamiyah. Earlier this week, the Syrian Army and its allies encircled a notable ISIS force in Uqayrabat and its countryside.
Map Update: Military Situation In Uqayrabat Pocket

SYRIAN ARMY DELIVERS DEVASTATING BLOW TO ISIS IN HOMS PROVINCE

Pro-government forces, led by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces and Hezbollah, and supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), have delivered a devastating blow to ISIS terrorists in the province of Homs.

According to the Syrian Defense Ministry, pro-government fighters have liberated the Tuweiyan gas factory, the Tuweiyan gas field, the Akram gas field, the Husain gas field, the Ghadur gas field and the Tuweiyan station. The SAA reportedly destroyed 15 armed vehicles of ISIS and removed dozens of IEDs and mines planted in the gas fields.

Separately, pro-government forces liberated Sawwanat Husayyah, Tall Husayyah, Sawwanat al-Qusayr and the nearby points and cut off the only ISIS supply line to the key ISIS-held village of Uqayrabat. According to some pro-government sources, ISIS is now fully encircled there. However, Uqayrabat and nearby villages are located in a stiff terrain that could contribute to a possible delay of the SAA operation in the area.

According to pro-government sources, the liberation of the Uqayrabat area will allow to shorten the frontline and to free between 3,000 and 5,000 fighters and about 200 vehicles and battle tanks for operations across Syria.

Later, the SAA and its allies took control of the Nabij gas gathering station east of Sukhna further contributing to a possible push to encircle the rest of the ISIS-held area north of Palmyra via capturing the Sukhna-Resafa road.

Government troops also seized Talalat Durub near Humaymah further tightening the siege on the ISIS-held village. When Humaymah is liberated, they will likely focus on liberating the T2 pumping station area near the border with Iraq.

Pro-Kurdish sources claim that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have liberated about 60% of the city of Raqqah including over a half of the Old Raqqah area, which is a key ISIS defense point inside the city. The SDF allegedly killed over 100 ISIS members in the recent clashes in the northern and western parts of Raqqah.

The SDF, backed up by the US-led coalition airpower, artillery and military advisers, has a upper hand in the battle against ISIS. However, a high number of propaganda disseminated by the both sides and a lack of video and photo evidence do not allow to provide a precise look at the real military situation in Old Raqqah and the nearby area.

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Breaking: Syrian Army steamrolls through ISIL’s heartland, 25km liberated

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:35 P.M.) – Minutes ago, a military source informed Al-Masdar News that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had overrun the Islamic State’s (ISIL) defenses in central Syria, liberating a large chunk of territory in southern Al-Raqqa.

Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army liberated Tal Al-Asfar, Duhour Al-Mamlaha, Rasm al-Ummali, Rajm Al-Sheh, Souh Al-Dalej, and the Al-Ouj Canyon after a fierce battle with the Islamic State north of the Al-Sha’er Mountains.

Following the liberation of the aforementioned sites, the Syrian Arab Army take control of several hilltops southeast of Ithriya, giving their forces fire control over Al-Fasdah, Amsha, and Radda.

The Syrian Army is now on the verge of completely besieging the Islamic State in central Syria.

 

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 16, 2017: ARMY REPELS FIERCE ISIS ATTACK NEAR EUPHRATES RIVER

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On Tuesday, ISIS fighters launched a large counter-attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and tribal forces west of the ISIS-held town of Maadan in the southern Raqqah countryside. According to reports, ISIS units entered the villages of al-Buhamad, Athshana, Salem Hamad and Ghanim Ali where heavy clashes erupted.

Initially some sources claimed that ISIS recaptured the villages from the SAA, but no photos or videos to confirm this were pprovided. In turn, pro-government sources denied claims about the ISIS advance.

On Wednesday, the clashes continued in the area west of Maadan. ISIS units were attempting to boost a buffer zone near the ISIS-held town.

Last weekend, the Syrian military shifted its military efforts from the southern Raqqah countryside to the province of Homs. The elite SAA Tiger Forces deployed for the advance along the Resafa-Sukhna road. ISIS decided to use it in order to improve its situation near the Euphrates River.

On Tuesday, Jaysh Usud al-Sharqiya downed a MiG-21 warplane belonging to the Syrian Arab Air Force in the Wadi Hamoud area near the border with Jordan. The plane was allegedly downed with a ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft mount. A pilot ejected from the plane but was captured by militants.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) has announced a formation of the Hama Army, a new operation room that includes several units defected from Ahrar al-Sham, a unit from Jund al-Sham and another one from Ajnad al-Sham. The Hama Army pledged allegiance to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) indicating the continuing collapse of any opposition to the al-Qaeda-linked group in the militant-held part of western Syria.

HTS is working to consolidate the power in Idlib in order to establish a unified political and military command over the rest of militant groups operating in the area. If this is done prior to the defeat of ISIS in central Syria, HTS-led forces will be able to delay significantly the SAA effort against ISIS with offensives on government held area in northern Hama, western Aleppo or at the Ithriyah-Aleppo highway. HTS’ aim is to prevent collapse of ISIS that would lead to the situation when the terrorist group and its allies could remain face to face with the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance in this part of Syria.

The similar strategy was repeatedly used during the previous years of the war when the so-called opposition was attacking the SAA in the most complicated moments of its operations against ISIS.

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The fall of the Kurdish project in Syria سقوط المشروع الكردي في سورية

The fall of the Kurdish project in Syria

أغسطس 16, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

It is necessary for the Kurdish leadership in Syria to stop carefully in front of the variables which experienced by the war and in which it is a party, since it derived an additional importance and strength for its own project from the growing size of its participation with America in the title of this war; to eliminate ISIS. If the Kurdish leadership is aware that the privacy which it wants to get in Syria is fluctuating between the Syrian and the Turkish positions, then its winning in weakening the Turkish pressures by getting clear American bias will not mean getting rid of the subsequent presence of Turkey in confronting this privacy, and most importantly it will not mean the repetition of the same scenario on the Syrian bank, since its effectivity seems nonsexist at this level. Every bet on the Russian understanding and its considering a support of unacceptable formulas to Syria is a hasty bet because the ceiling of Russia will be drawn by the major balances where there is no place for tampering, and the ceiling of the Russian understanding is to open the door of dialogue and negotiation to reach a consensual solution.

The ideal scenario of the Kurdish leadership is to succeed individually in resolving the presence of ISIS in Syria, and to have control on the Syrian north-east areas under American support and the absence of Syrian-Russian participation. Thus the question that will be proposed on the next day will be about the fate of the Kurdish areas ad how to manage them; the speech of force is not useful in front of Russian-Syrian-Turkish-Iranian position that refuses to separate these areas militarily and security from Syria. So there will be for any negotiating solution one result: to end the special military formations and to integrate them in a certain formula under the leadership of the Syrian army and considering the ceiling of any political formula the consensus on a new constitution that is determined by a referendum, where the Kurdish will not have enough presence or alliances likely to win. The Americans will not hesitate to wage a war against Russia, Syria, Iran, and Turkey that they know that it will lead to Kurdish canton, they did not do that for something that is more important, but in case of stubbornness and going to confrontation the result will  bad consequences on the Kurdish aspiration, and a loss of everything achieved as a presence, which  if it was well employed it will lead to gains and political role in the equation of the unified Syrian country and privacies which will not affect its unity.

The Kurdish leadership knows that the ideal scenario is no longer possible, since the separating war with ISIS is out of its hands, and it became in Deir Al Zour. The battle of Raqqa has been hampered for more than a moth, so the need for the intervention of the Syrian army to resolve it has become necessary. The talk about the negation of the seeking to separate or to promote the idea of federalism is an ignorance of the fact related to a consensual negotiating solution as a form of rule chosen or refused by all the Syrians. The Kurdish leadership knows as well that this is refused by the majority of the Syrians and by the Syrian leadership in particular. Therefore the question about the following step in case the negotiation about federalism has failed is will the Kurdish leadership make separating steps or will it try to reduce the ceiling of negotiation towards a political solution that reserves the unity of Syria and achieves the available privacies under its ceiling.

Making a progress by one party has been experienced by the Kurdish leadership in the city of Afrin through an experience that revealed strange political childhood that was represented by changing the numbers of the cars and replacing them by special numbers for the Kurdish area, but in few hours there was a decision by Aleppo province to prevent the cars which do not have Syrian numbers to enter and to exit from and to Aleppo, so the Kurdish leadership was obliged to withdraw this decision within hours. This was a simple test for the availability of the reasons for the independence from the rest of the Syrian areas. The areas controlled by the Kurdish groups have Arab majority but they do not have neither economic nor geographical, nor popular basics that allow talking of such independence, especially because it locates on the borders with Turkey and Iraq and the Syrian depth, in the middle of a triangle that will not deal positively with this privacy and the boycotting will be the first reaction for the exit from the Syrian country. It knows that its electricity, the salaries of the employees, the phone networks, flour, and fuel are Syrian resources. So will the Kurdish leadership hasten to join Geneva talks for the political solution early and will it employ its military presence to exert pressure in order to coincide ending the special formations with the exit of the Turkish army from Syria and ending the presence of the terrorist formations?

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

 

سقوط المشروع الكردي في سورية

أغسطس 7, 2017

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– من الضروري أن تتوقّف القيادة الكردية في سورية بعناية أمام المتغيّرات التي تشهدها الحرب التي تشكل طرفاً فيها، والتي استمدّت لمشروعها الخاص وزناً إضافياً وقوة من تنامي حجم مشاركتها في عنوان هذه الحرب أميركياً، وهو القضاء على تنظيم داعش، وإذا كانت القيادة الكردية تدرك أنها الخصوصية التي تريد الحصول عليها في سورية تتحرّك بين دفّتيْ الموقفين السوري والتركي، فإنّ فوزها بإضعاف الضغوط التركية بالحصول على انحياز أميركي واضح، لا يعني التخلص من حضور تركيا اللاحق في مواجهة هذه الخصوصية، ولا يعني بصورة أشدّ، وهذا الأهمّ تكرار السيناريو ذاته على الضفة السورية وفعاليته تبدو معدومة على هذا الصعيد، وكلّ رهان على التفهّم الروسي وتصوّره سنداً لصيغ لا ترتضيها سورية يبدو مراهقة متسرّعة لأنّ سقف روسيا سترسمه التوازنات الكبرى، حيث لا مكان للدلع والترف، وسقف التفهّم الروسي هو فتح باب حوار وتفاوض لبلوغ حلّ رضائي.

– في السيناريو الأمثل للقيادة الكردية، وهو أن تنجح بمفردها بحسم وجود داعش في سورية والسيطرة على مناطق سورية الشمالية الشرقية، بدعم أميركي وغياب مشاركة روسية وسورية، سيكون السؤال المطروح في اليوم الثاني، عن مصير المناطق الكردية وكيفية إدارتها. وهو أمر لن يفيد فيه حديث القوة أمام موقف روسي سوري تركي إيراني رافض لفصل هذه المناطق عسكرياً وأمنياً عن سورية، وسيكون لأيّ حلّ تفاوضي نتيجة واحدة هي حلّ التشكيلات العسكرية الخاصة ودمجها بصيغة معينة تحت قيادة الجيش السوري، واعتبار سقف أيّ صيغة سياسية هو التوافق على دستور جديد، سيقرّره استفتاء لا يملك فيه الأكراد حضوراً كافياً ولا تحالفات مرجّحة للفوز، ولن يقف الأميركيون لحظة واحدة لخوض حرب يعرفون أنها ستصير مع روسيا وسورية وإيران وتركيا لفرض قيام كانتون كردي. وهم لم يفعلوا ذلك لما هو أهمّ بالنسبة إليهم. في حال العناد والذهاب للمواجهة ستكون النتيجة وبالاً على التطلعات الكردية وتفريطاً بكلّ ما تحقق من حضور يسمح إذا أحسن توظيفه بالحصول على مكاسب ودور سياسي في معادلة الدولة السورية الموحّدة، وحفظ الخصوصيات التي لا تمسّ وحدتها.

– تعرف القيادة الكردية أنّ هذا السيناريو المثالي لم يعُد وارداً، فالحرب الفاصلة مع داعش خرجت من بين أيديهم، وصارت في دير الزور في حضن الجيش السوري، ومعركة الرقة تتعثر منذ أكثر من شهر، وتبدو الحاجة أشدّ قوة لتدخل الجيش السوري لحسمها، والحديث عن نفي السعي للانفصال والترويج لفكرة الفدرالية تجاهل لحقيقة أنها مشروطة بحلّ تفاوضي رضائي كشكل للحكم يختاره أو يرفضه السوريين كلهم، وهي تعلم أنه مرفوض من الأغلبية السورية، ومن القيادة السورية، والسؤال عن الخطوة التي تلي فشل التفاوض لأطروحة الفدرالية، هل تذهب القيادة الكردية نحو خطوات انفصالية أم نحو تخفيض سقف التفاوض باتجاه حلّ سياسي يحفظ وحدة سورية ويحقق ما يُتاح من خصوصيات تحت سقفها؟

– الذهاب للخطوات من طرف واحد جرّبته القيادة الكردية في مدينة عفرين بتجربة كشفت مراهقة سياسية لافتة، تمثلت بتغيير أرقام السيارات واستبدالها بترقيم جديد خاص للمنطقة الكردية، وكانت النتيجة خلال ساعات بقرار محافظة حلب منع السيارات التي لا تحمل الأرقام السورية من الدخول والخروج من حلب وإليها، لتضطر القيادة الكردية للتراجع عن القرار خلال ساعات. وهذا اختبار بسيط لمدى توافر أسباب ومقوّمات كافية للاستقلال عن سائر المناطق السورية، والمناطق التي تسيطر عليها الجماعات الكردية، فيها أغلبية عربية، ولا تملك مقوّمات اقتصادية ولا جغرافية ولا سكانية تتيح الحديث عن مثل هذا الاستقلال، خصوصاً أنّها تقع على حدود تركيا والعراق والعمق السوري، وسط مثّلث لن يتعامل مع هذه الخصوصية بإيجابية وستكون المقاطعة أولى الخطوات لكلّ مفردات الخروج من عنوان الدولة السورية. وهي تعلم أنّ كهرباءها سورية ورواتب الموظفين وشبكات الهاتف والطحين والمحروقات موارد سورية، فهل تسارع القيادة الكردية إلى التموضع عند سقف الانضمام لمحادثات جنيف للحلّ السياسي مبكراً، وتضع حضورها العسكري للضغط من أجل تزامن حلّ التشكيلات الخاصة بخروج الجيش التركي من سورية وإنهاء وجود التشكيلات الإرهابية؟

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SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 15, 2017: TIGER FORCES CLEARING CENTRAL SYRIA FROM ISIS

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Voiceover by Harold Hoover

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces have been further capitalizing from the airdrop operation conducted behind ISIS defense lines in the Homs-Palmyra countryside.

On Monday, the Tiger Forces liberated the villages of Bukhayran, Ariqah and Othmaniyah and then the entire Kawm oasis located on the road between Resafa and Sukhna. On Tuesday, government troops continued developing momentum in the directions of Bir Hisayyah and Taybah.

Russian Ka-52 attack helicopters provide a close air support to the advancing government troops. According to local sources, Russian military advisers are involved in the operation.

If the Tiger Forces capture any of the aforementioned villages, they will be able to threaten all ISIS supply lines in the area. This will decrease the ISIS defense capabilities in Uqayribat in the eastern Hama countryside.

The Syrian military is very close to putting ISIS units north of the Homs-Palmyra highway in a no-win situation. In coming days, ISIS will counter-attack in order to slow down the Tiger Forces advance and to prevent encirclement of its forces. If terrorists are not able to achieve their goal, it may lead to a full collapse of the ISIS defense in the area.

In eastern Damascus, government forces continued pressuring Faylaq al-Rahman and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Jobar and Any Tarma. Since the resumption of the operation in these areas, the SAA has made some tactical gains, but the situation remains complicated. Many will depend on the ability of militant groups operating in Eastern Ghouta to cooperate against government forces.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have faced troubles inside the city of Raqqah where the SDF is clashing with ISIS. Since Saturday, ISIS has conducted multiple counter-attacks in the eastern, western and southern parts of the city using VBIEDs, snipers and grenade launchers. According to AMAQ, about 50 SDF members have been killed in the recent attacks. However, this number sounds overestimated.

The delay in the battle of Raqqah plays in to the hands of the Syrian military that seeks to liberate central Syria and to reach Deir Ezzor before the US-backed force.

Nationwide map of Syria – August 15, 2017

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:55 P.M.) – With the arrival of mid-August it is clear that the year-long strategic trend of endless ISIS defeats on the battlefield and rapid territorial retraction continues to remain in full-effect.

In eastern Syria, three massive Syrian Arab Army (SAA) fronts – backed up by allied paramilitary groups – continue to close in on the strategic city of Deir Ezzor from the north, west and south. Whilst the elite Tiger Forces are now within striking distance of Ma’adan town (the last ISIS stronghold in southern Raqqa Governorate), the 5th Assault Corps have liberated al-Sukhnah town (the last ISIS stronghold in eastern Homs Governorate).

In the city of Raqqa itself, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured from ISIS more than 50 percent of the main urban center area and continue to squeeze jihadist fighters into an ever shrinking zone that covers the central and northern suburbs of the city.

 

In central Syria, pro-government forces are poised to first isolate and then annihilate a large ISIS bastion that embeds itself in a string of settlements throughout the regions of eastern Hama and central Homs Governorates.

 

Throughout rebel-held Syria the fronts have been relatively quiet with the exception of eastern Damascus where the SAA is engaged in a high-pitched battle against Islamist militants and in the Afrin region where Turkey-led rebels and the Kurdish-led forces are exchanging raids and artillery fire on an almost daily basis. There are also reports that Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham plans to carry out a new offensive operation against pro-government forces in northern Hama Governorate.

Lastly, it appears that the SAA and Hezbollah plan to launch an offensive against the last ISIS bastion which is anchored along the mountainous Syrian-Lebanese border region.

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FULL VIDEO REPORT: Airlanding Behind Daesh Lines ~ Russian-Syrian Soldiers Operation Behind ISIS Lines in Raqqah

Tiger Forces landing behind Daesh lines in Raqqah province

The Syrian media released more info about the Tiger Forces landing operation behind the Daesh (ISIS, ISIL, IS) lines in the province of Raqqah.

According to the report, government troops led by Tiger Forces Commander Suheil al-Hassan were transported by 4 Mi-35 attack helicopters to the eastern Raqqah countryside 21km behind the frontline and Khirbet Makman village, Al-Qadir town and Bir Rahum.

The Russian Aerospace Forces supported the opeartion providing an air cover to the advancing government troops, according to the report.

This was the first ever airlanding operation conducted by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) during the ongoing war. The operation confirmed the growing SAA military capabilities and its restored ability to conduct rapid operations across the country.

According to the report, government troops led by Tiger Forces Commander Suheil al-Hassan were transported by 4 Mi-35 attack helicopters to the eastern Raqqah countryside 21km behind the frontline and Khirbet Makman village, Al-Qadir town and Bir Rahum.

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Colonel Suhail Al-Hassan (Tiger Forces)
landing behind Daesh lines in Raqqah province

Russian Defense Ministry appreciates Army’s air drop operation behind ISIS lines

Moscow – The Russian Defense Ministry hailed the landing operation conducted by the units of the Syrian Arab Army in the depth of ISIS’ spreading areas between the countryside of Raqqa and Homs, describing it as “skilled ”.

The ministry said in a statement: “Overnight to August 12, for the first time since the beginning of combat operations against the terrorist organization of ISIS in Syria, Syrian government forces organized and conducted a skilled tactical landing operation behind terrorists’ lines with their subsequent defeat and liberation of the town of al-Kadir, about 120 kilometers west of Deir Ezzor,” SANA reported.

It affirmed that the operation was conducted under the command of General Suheil al-Hassan, one of Syria’s most renowned military commanders.

“Russian military advisers took direct part in the preparation of the operation and control over it,” the ministry noted.

On August 12th, Army units, in cooperation with the backup forces, conducted a night air drop 20 km behind the fronts of the ISIS terrorist organization to the south of al-Kadir town between Raqqa and Homs.

The army’s successful airdrop contributed to the advancement of the army units and the backup forces 21km to establish full control over Khirbet Makman and al-Kadir town, and to the advancement 12 km to the southeast of Raqqa to establish control over Bei al-Rahoum village.

Huge numbers of the ISIS terrorists were killed in the operations, in addition to destroying 3 tanks, 17 machinegun-equipped vehicles and 7 cars rigged with explosives and two tanks and a number of artillery pieces were seized.

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SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 14, 2017: GOVT-HELD AREA IN SYRIA GROWN SIGNIFICANTLY OVER TWO MONTHS

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The area controlled by the Damascus government in Syria has grown by 250 percent over the past two months, Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu said on Sunday. Shoigu added that the liberation of the key town of Sukhna in the province of Homs opens an opportunity to lift the ISIS siege from the strategic city of Deir Ezzor. He added that Russia has “started persuading our American colleagues that terrorists should be separated from opposition to understand where to strike… Establishing the de-escalation zones today is exactly this separation.”

On Saturday, special operations units from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces carried out a successful air landing operation behind ISIS lines at the administrative border between Homs and Raqqah provinces.

Government troops led by Tiger Forces Commander Suheil al-Hassan were transported by 4 Mi-35 attack helicopters to the eastern Raqqah countryside 21km behind the frontline and liberated Khirbet Makman village, Al-Qadir town and Bir Rahum. Government troops are now deployed in only about 40 km from the recently liberated town of Sukhna.

Special operations forces killed and injured large numbers of ISIS fighters, and destroyed 3 battle tanks, 17 armed vehicles, 7 VBIEDs, and captured two VBIEDs, two tanks and several ISIS artillery pieces during the operation, according to the Syrian Ministry of Defense.

This was the first ever air landing operation conducted by the SAA during the ongoing war. It showed the growing military capabilities of the SAA supported and trained by Russia and Iran.

Meanwhile, the SAA and tribal forces continued pressuring ISIS in the town of Maadan near the Euphrates River. The SAA has still not liberated the town because of constant flanking attacks by ISIS in the area. Last weekend, ISIS attacked the SAA near Ghanim Ali and al-Kadir killing 7 SAA troops and capturing a battle tank.

In the province of Homs, ISIS conducted raids near Sukhna, in the area of Humaimah and at the Shaer fields. According to Amaq, 32 SAA soldiers were killed and 3 battle tanks, a BMP, a bulldozer and 5 vehicles were destroyed in the clashes.

Despite counter-attacks, ISIS is in very complicated situation. As soon as the SAA fully secures the Sukhna area, government forces will be able to pay more attention to other frontlines in the Homs province and counter a threat posed by ISIS units there.

Two US soldiers died and five others suffered injures while they were conducting operations in northern Iraq, the US military said in a statement on Sunday. According to the released statement, “the incident was not due to enemy contact”.

The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq released a statement claiming the US military suffered casualties because of the group’s shelling near al-Bwair village east of Tal-Afar town. According to the statement, ISIS used Grad rockets, killed 4 US soldiers and injured 6 others. Amaq claimed that ISIS members were tracking US forces movement via a small drone.

Troops of the US-led coalition actively operate in Iraq and Syria. The US Special Operations Forces even spearhead offensives in the crucial directions like Mosul or Raqqah, according to local sources. However, the US military prefers avoid providing official confirmations of such facts.

RUSSIAN MILITARY ADVISORS ASSISTED SYRIAN AMRY AIRDROP OPERATION BEHIND ISIS DEFENSE LINES

14.08.2017

Russian Military Advisors Assisted Syrian Amry Airdrop Operation Behind ISIS Defense Lines

Russian Military Advisors Assisted Syrian Amry Airdrop Operation Behind ISIS Defense Lines
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Russian military advisors particiapted in the preparation of the Syrian Army airdrop operation behind ISIS defense lines that took place at the administrative border between Homs and Raqqah provinces last weekend, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Monday.

The airdrop opeation was led by Commander of the Tiger Forces, General Suhel Hassan, and supported by Russian Ka-52 attack helicopters.

“On August 12 night, for the first time since the beginning of hostilities against ISIS terrorist group in Syria, the government forces managed to prepare and conduct a brilliant operation to make a tactical landing in the rear of the militants which resulted in their complete defeat and capture of the settlement of Al-Hadar about 120 kilometers west of the city of Deir Ezzor,” the ministry said. “With the help of night vision systems, the renowned [Ka-52] Alligators not only effectively directed and corrected the fire of multiple-launch rocket system, but also destroyed [ISIS] armored vehicles and armed cars,” the ministry said.

The airdropped troops were holding positions until the appraoch of the main striking force.

“The actions of the tactical landing force and the effectiveness of the fire damage inflicted on Daesh fighters allowed the government troops to seize al-Hadar without losses,” the ministry said.
The Russian Defense Ministry’s video of the operation:

TIGER FORCES LIBERATED KAWM OASIS EN ROUTE TO STRATEGIC SUKHNA TOWN IN HOMS PROVINCE (MAPS)

14.08.2017

Tiger Forces Liberated Kawm Oasis En Route To Strategic Sukhna Town In Homs Province (Maps)

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Following the previous advances, the Syrian Arab Army Tiger Forces liberated the entire Kawm oasis en route to the strategic Sukhna town in the province of Homs.

The Tiger Forces are now developing momentum in the direction of the Taybah town located north of Sukhna. If Taybah is liberated, the Tiger Forces will get a strong point at the important road linking up Sukhna and the government-held area in Raqqah province.

Tiger Forces Liberated Kawm Oasis En Route To Strategic Sukhna Town In Homs Province (Maps)

PHOTOS: TIGER FORCES TROOPS IN RECENTLY LIBERATED KAWN OASIS IN HOMS PROVINCE

14.08.2017

Photos: Tiger Forces Troops In Recently Liberated Kawn Oasis In Homs Province

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Photos have appeared online confirming a large advance made by the Syrian Arab Army Tiger Forces against ISIS in the province of Homs.

Photos how Tiger Forces members in the recently liberated Kawn oasis in only about 30km from the recently liberated town of Sukhna north of Palmyra.

The Toger Forces are advancing along the Resafa-Sukhna road in order ot link the government-held areas in the provinces of Homs and Raqqah and to cut off ISIS members in the eastern Hama countryside from their allies in the rest of Syria.

Photos: Tiger Forces Troops In Recently Liberated Kawn Oasis In Homs Province

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Photos: Tiger Forces Troops In Recently Liberated Kawn Oasis In Homs Province

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Photos: Tiger Forces Troops In Recently Liberated Kawn Oasis In Homs Province

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APPOINTMENT IN RAQQA; Al-SUKHNA LIBERATED! SYRIAN ARMY PUSHES NORTH AND EAST; ISIS OUT OF WEAPONS AND STRATEGY; SO ARE THE AMERICANS

Ziad Fadel

الجيش يواصل تقدمه في ريف حمص الشرقي

Over 600,000 Syrian refugees have returned this year to their homeland and they are being placed back in their own towns, villages and cities whenever possible.  ISIS on the other hand is getting a clear message from their Almighty Deity of Death:  “quit this war or spend eternity in Hell.”  Well, they haven’t seen their Fearless Leader since that monumental moment of medieval malarkey when the imbecile climbed to the pulpit in the Al-Noori Mosque in Mosul and declared his Caliphate of Cockadoodledoo.  You’d think they got the message.  And they have.

Our reports over the last 5 days indicate a complete breakdown in command and control with mostly Iraqi officers from Saddam’s army executing scores of militants trying to get the bloody hell out, by any means.  Many had come to live with their families in the resplendence of the Caliph’s aura – to live a truly Islamic life devoid of all those sickening moral prohibitions – to carry out holy atrocities against all those who promote secularism and tolerance.  Today, they are not tolerated themselves and they’re hightailing it to the farthest hills in Siberia.

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HOMS:  In a multi-pronged final offensive, the Syrian Army and its allies eradicated the last remnants of ISIS in this crucial town which acts as the doorway into Dayr El-Zor and Al-Raqqa.  The SAA’s superb engineering units are presently dismantling the very complex network of IEDs and mines laid down by the terrorists before their attempted escape.  My source in Damascus tells me that over 176 carcasses have now been counted with scores of rodents wounded and receiving treatment grudgingly by medics.  The estimated number of ISIS rats killed exceeds 200+ as of the last report.

The SAA is now pursuing any lucky rat who escaped.  I also was told that there was a last-ditch attempt yesterday to break the SAA’s siege of the city, but, that it failed miserably leaving many former Saddamist officers dead.

Al-Tarfaawi Town”  Totally liberated northeast of Abu ‘Alaayaa.  7 pickups with 23mm cannons were destroyed.

A nightly air drop of SAA special operations rangers 20 kms behind ISIS lines resulted in the liberation of Al-Kudayr Town, Khirbat Makmaan and Bi’r Al-Ruhoom.

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AL-RAQQA:  The SAA has advanced to a point 2 kms away fro Al-Mi’daan which is the last village held by ISIS in this province.  In so doing, the SAA liberated Al-Numaysa, Al-Jaabir and Al-Khameesiyya.  The SAA’s High Command also invited all residents of Shannaan, Al-Sabkha and Jabali towns to return to their homes since liberation.

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HAMA: 

Jawzeen Town:  The SAA’s Air Defense Units downed 5 militarized drones.

Al-Dakeela Village:  To the East, 3 pickups armed with 23mm cannons were destroyed along with a surveillance drone.

‘Uqayrabaat – Al-Sukhna Road:  The RuAF wiped out an ISIS HQ, warehouse and a convoy of trucks heading towards it.

Palmyra Area:  At Ghuraab Hadla Mountain, the SAAF destroyed a warehouse, 3 prefabricated homes used as living quarters for rats, 2 trucks, 6 cars all belonging to ISIS and used as depots for supplies coming in from Iraq.

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AL-SUWAYDAA` PROVINCE:  Now completely rat free.

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SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 11, 2017: GOVERNMENT FORCES LIBERATE 1,300KM2 NEAR JORDANIAN BORDER

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) military wing and other pro-government factions have liberated from US-backed militant groups 1300 km2 in southeastern Syria, including 30 km of the border with Jordan. The recently liberated area includes Tal al-Tabaqah, Tal al-Riahi, Tal Asda, Tal al-Ezami, Bir al-Sout and the Abu Sharshouh crossing other posts and points near the border.

US-backed militants withdrew to the al-Rushd refugee camp where they could hide from government forces attacks and airstrikes. According to pro-government sources, the Russian Aerospace Forces participated the SAA-led advance. This confirms that Moscow supports the Damascus willingness to regain control over its borders and to drive US-led coalition troops out from the occupied garrisons near At Tanf.

The control over the border will also decrease significantly arms and goods trafficking in which so-called US partner forces are deeply involved.

ISIS has been evacuating its members from the key town of Maadan in the southern Raqqah countryside, according to pro-government sources. Earlier this week, the SAA Tiger Forces and tribal forces allies reached Maadan and seized a number of villages near it threatening to encircle the ISIS-held town. This situation allegedly became a main reason behind the reported ISIS decision.

In the eastern Hama countryside, the SAA recaptured Khara’eb al-Katna area, Mount Doyleb and Tal al-Mazrou from ISIS.

In the area of Sukhna, government forces are dismantling IEDs set up by ISIS in the town amid continued clashes with terrorists. ISIS and its suicide bombers still pose a notable threat to the SAA there but it seems that the terrorist group will not be able to take Sukhna back.

The ISIS-linked News Agency Amaq published an infographic showing alleged losses of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) during the 2 months of the battle for Raqqah. According to ISIS, 1040 SDF members were killed, 207 of them because of sniper fire, 40 SDF vehicles and a bulldozer were destroyed and a UAV was downed. ISIS also damaged 3 BMP vehicles and 6 other vehicles. In total, the terrorist group conducted 54 raids against the SDF, including 36 suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device attacks.

On Thursday, the Pentagon announced that a US Special Operation Forces vehicle came under sniper fire near Manbij city in the northeastern Aleppo countryside. No casualties were inflicted. Army Col. Ryan Dillon said that the US-led coalition do not know who is behind the attack. According to local sources, ISIS was likely behind it.

The tensions between the Kurdish-dominated SDF and the Arab population as well as the indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas by the US-led coalition create a situation when a notable number of long-standing ISIS supporters remain and new supporters appear in the areas formally liberated from the terrorist group. Following the formal defeat of ISIS, the US-led coalition will likely face an ISIS-led insurgency campaign in Syria and Iraq. The same problem that the US forces faced following the invasion in Iraq.

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SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 7, 2017: SUKHNA LIBERATED, ARMY CONTINUES ADVANCE

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Last weekend, Syrian government forces liberated the strategic town of Sukhna in the province of Homs. The town located 110km from the city of Deir Ezzor had been one of the key ISIS strongholds lying at the root of the ISIS defense in the provinces of Homs.

The Republican Guard, the 18th Armoured Division, Liwa Fatemiyoun and the National Defense Forces were main pro-government formations in involved in the operation. Government troops, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces’ warplanes and attack helicopters, took control over the heights located west, south and southwest of Sukhna and established a full fire control over the town. ISIS repelled the first government forces attempt to enter the town but failed to repel a flanking maneuver from the western direction and were pushed to withdraw from the town after a series of firefights.

Following the success in Sukhna, government troops liberated Rjam al-Saboun, Tal Abu Qul, Rajm al-Qun and Tulul al-Meleh and deployed in a striking distance from the Doubayat gas field. A fighting is now ongoing in the area.
Now, the Syrian military command have two main options:

1. To develop the advance along the road between Sukhna and Resfafa in order to cut off the ISIS supply lines to the eastern Hama countryside;

2. To continue advancing in along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway in an attempt to reach the city prior to the moment when ISIS is able to make successful flank attacks on the advancing grouping.

The first option looks more secure, but the second decision could be made because of political and diplomatic reasons. The Syrian military needs to reach the besieged city in order to pretend on the taking control of the strategic Deir Ezzor-Mayadin-Al-Bukamal road.

Meanwhile, reinforcements from the Qalamoun Shield Forces have arrived the eastern Homs countryside. This may indicate that the Syrian military is creating a striking force for another attempt to retake the ISIS-held town of Uqayrabat.

In the southern Raqqah countryside, the Tiger Forces and allied tribal forces have liberated Al-Hardan, Salim al-Hamad, al-Atashana, Muqla Saghira, Muqla Kabira, Al-Daa’ma, al Jaber and al-Kumaysah reaching the ISIS strong point of Maadan. The advance in the area is ongoing amid a chance that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) could make attempt to cross the Euphrates River and to slow down the army advance on Deir Ezzor.
According to local and media sources, there is a unofficial military coordination between the Syrian military and the SDF. However, this does not suspend the competition for the oil and gas resources as well as the territory of eastern Syria.

 

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Syrian Army Advances Further In Direction Of Deir Ezzor Following Liberation Of Sukhna (Maps, Video, Photos)

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Syrian Army Advances Further In Direction Of Deir Ezzor Following Liberation Of Sukhna (Maps, Video, Photos)

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On Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies captured Rjam al-Saboun area east of the recently liberated Sukhna town. The SAA also captured Tal Abu Qul, Dohor Rajm al-Qun and al-Meleh hills south of Sukhna after heavy clashes with ISIS fighters, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

Syrian Army Advances Further In Direction Of Deir Ezzor Following Liberation Of Sukhna (Maps, Video, Photos)

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The Hezbollah report also confirmed that the SAA captured Sukhna town in a quick operation, and according to pro-government sources, the SAA is currently clearing the town from mines and IEDs planted by ISIS fighters before their withdrawal.

In the eastern Hama countryside, the SAA captured Marina village southeast of Ithryah town. Meanwhile, large reinforcements from the Qalamoun Shield Forces arrived the area in order to participate in the upcoming SAA attack on Aqirbat town.

Syrian Army Advances Further In Direction Of Deir Ezzor Following Liberation Of Sukhna (Maps, Video, Photos)

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Syrian Army Advances Further In Direction Of Deir Ezzor Following Liberation Of Sukhna (Maps, Video, Photos)

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Syrian Army Advances Further In Direction Of Deir Ezzor Following Liberation Of Sukhna (Maps, Video, Photos)

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Syrian Army Advances Further In Direction Of Deir Ezzor Following Liberation Of Sukhna (Maps, Video, Photos)

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After capturing Sukhna town, the SAA can now attack ISIS in the eastern Hama countryside from 3 directions. Therefore, it’s believed that ISIS fighters will withdraw from the entire eastern Hama countryside to Deir Ezzor Province soon before the SAA lay siege on them.

MILITARY SITUATION IN CENTRAL SYRIA ON AUGUST 7, 2017 (MAP UPDATE)

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have liberated the strategic town of Sukhna and the nearby areas of Rjam al-Saboun, Tal Abu Qul, Rajm al-Qun and Tulul al-Meleh in the province of Homs and are now advancing on Doubayat gas field.

Now, the Syrian military command have two main options:

  1. To develop the advance along the road between Sukhna and Resfafa in order to cut off the ISIS supply lines to the eastern Hama countryside;
  2. To continue advancing in along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway in an attempt to reach the city prior to the moment when ISIS is able to make successful flank attacks on the advancing grouping.

Military Situation In Central Syria On August 7, 2017 (Map Update)

MILITARY SITUATION IN EASTERN ALEPPO AND SOUTHERN RAQQAH ON AUGUST 7, 2017 (MAP UPDATE)

This map provides a general look at the military situation in eastern Aleppo and southern Raqqah on August 7, 2017. Government forces are now advancing against ISIS along the Euphrates River.

Military Situation In Eastern Aleppo And Southern Raqqah On August 7, 2017 (Map Update)

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SYRIAN ARMY LIBERATED SUKHNA FROM ISIS, STARTED SECURING AREA

SYRIAN ARMY REPORTEDLY LIBERATED SUKHNA FROM ISIS, STARTED SECURING AREA

05.08.2017

Syrian Army Reportedly Liberated Sukhna From ISIS, Started Securing Area

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have allegedly liberated the strategic town of Sukhna from ISIS terrorists in the province of Homs.

According to some pro-government sources the town has been already liberated. Other sources claim that some fighting is still ongoing but the SAA and the NDF will liberate the town soon.

Earlier today, government troops overrun the ISIS defense and entered the town of Sukhna following a success in capturing the overlooking heights in the area.

ARMY TROOPS ENTER STRATEGIC SUKHNA TOWN. ISIS WITHDRAWS – REPORTS

Pro-government forces fighters have reportedly entered Sukhna town in the Syrian province of Homs and pushed ISIS terrorists to start wihdrawing from this strategic town.

According to pro-government sources, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies entered the town amid an intense fighting with ISIS units. However, government troops, backed up by attack helicopters, were allegedly able to overrun the ISIS defense.

Earlier today, the SAA and allies took control of important heights overlooking Sukhna and established a fire control over the town.

Even if reports about the collapse of the ISIS defense in Sukhna is not confirmed, the ISIS units inside the town will remain in a very complicated military situation under a constant artillery shelling from multiple directions.

Army Troops Enter Strategic Sukhna Town. ISIS Withdraws - Reports

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ISIL falls apart in Al-Sukhnah as Syrian Army troops enter city from three axes

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – The Islamic State’s (ISIL) reign of terror in Al-Sukhnah is near its end, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) swarms the city from several axes.

According to a soldier from the 5th Corps, the Syrian Army has entered Al-Sukhnah from three different axes, forcing the Islamic State militants to retreat towards the city-center.

The soldier added that the battle for Al-Sukhnah could end tonight because the Islamic State is surrounded from several axes and greatly outnumbered by the Syrian Army.

Al-Sukhnah is a strategic city that is located northeast of Palmyra and along the main highway to Deir Ezzor.

Liberating Al-Sukhnah will put the Syrian Army in position to enter the Deir Ezzor Governorate from its western axis for the first time in over two years.

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