The army restores security and stability to villages in Lattakia, Aleppo ad homs, continues operations in other areas
Provinces, SANA- The army restored security and stability to many areas , the last of which is Kefeen village in northern Aleppo, and it continued its operations in other areas across the country , leaving many terrorist organizations’ members killed and their vehicles and weapons destroyed.
An army unit carried out accurate operations against the gatherings and movements of terrorist organizations in al-Siba neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa city, according to military source.
The source said that 20 terrorists were killed, 28 others were injured, and 2 of their vehicles, one of which was equipped with machinegun, were destroyed during the operations.
Also in Daraa al-Balad, the army destroyed 4 vehicles near the meteorology building on al-Sadd road, while 5 fortified positions for terrorists were destroyed and a number of terrorists were killed and injured in al-Karak neighborhood.
The source added that members of a terrorist group were killed and 3 of their vehicles, one of which equipped with a machinegun, were destroyed during concentrated strikes against terrorists’ movements in al-Abasyia neighborhood.
To the northwest of Daraa city, an army unit targeted a terrorist group while it was moving on the road leading to Tafas city and destroyed one of its vehicles.
Another army unit destroyed a vehicle and a machinegun nest in the area surrounding Khrbit Ghazala town to the northeast of Daraa city.
Sources on the ground told SANA’s reporter that army unit targeted with concentrated strikes terrorists’ gatherings in al-Naima town to the east of Daraa city, destroying an ammunition cache and killing number of terrorists.
Units of the army and the armed forces, in cooperation with the back up forces, continued to advance in the northern countryside of Aleppo province, restoring security and stability to Kafeen village after eliminating the last terrorist positions in it.
SANA reporter in Aleppo said that a unit of the army, in cooperation with the back up forces, carried out a military operation over the past hours against the last positions of Jabhat al-Nusra and other Takfiri organizations in Kafeen village in the northern countryside of the province.
The reporter added that the operation resulted in restoring stability and security to Kafeen village, 23 km from the Turkish borders, indicating that units of the army dismantled the landmines and explosive devices planted by terrorist organizations before most of their members were killed while others fled leaving their arms and ammunition.
Meanwhile, the military source told SANA that units of the army bombarded positions and vehicles belonging to the ISIS terrorists in the villages of Talet al-Shwayia, Rasm al-Alam, al-Tayba and Sarjet al-Kabira in the northeastern countryside of the province.
In Aleppo City, gatherings and military equipment belonging to terrorist organizations were destroyed in operations carried out by the army in the neighborhoods of al-Rashidin 4, al-Lyaramoun and Bani Zaid.
Earlier on Saturday, The army restored security and stability to Retyan and Mayer towns in the northern countryside of the province, while on Sunday army units established control over the strategic hill of Barlahin in the eastern countryside of Aleppo after eliminating the remaining ISIS gatherings there.
The army’s air force destroyed dens and vehicles for Jaish al-Fatah terrorist organization in Haish and al-Tamana’a in Idleb southern countryside.
The army air force also raided the terrorist positions in al-Latamneh, Salba, Kfar Zeita, Atshan and Sayyad in Hama northern countryside.
The raid ended up with destroying places and vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns for the terrorists.
Army units advanced towards Mahin and al-Qariatin and restored stability and security to Tar al-Kharoba area, the southern foots of Point 903.4 and western foots of Points 901 and 912 in Homs countryside.
A number of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were killed by the army and the armed forces in the surroundings of al-Mukharram town, 43 km to the east of Homs City.
A field source confirmed to SANA that a unit of the army, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, ambushed a terrorist group that infiltrated from Ezz Eddin village into Talomari village, killing most of its members and injuring others.
The source added that arms and varied ammunition belonging to the terrorist group were seized and a number of its vehicles were destroyed.
Army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, restored stability and security to the villages of al-Hoor, al-Rweisat and al-Sweidia and al-Wadi al-Azrak to the northeast of Lattakia city in the coastal province of Lattakia.
The source added that army units destroyed the last dens and fortified positions of terrorist organizations in the area, inflicting heavy losses on terrorists while a number of them fled away to the areas neighboring the Syrian-Turkish borders.
The army’s engineering units dismantled the explosive devices which terrorists planted earlier in the villages.
Later, Army units in cooperation with popular defense groups restored security and stability to Dahret al-Baidar al-Mahrouq, Ard al-Ktaf, Ziyaret al-Beida hill and some strategic posts in the northern countryside of Lattakia.
Kettles here, kettles there …
“On Sunday morning inside the eastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, ISIS imposed full control over the villages of Rasm Al-‘Alam and Al-Si’in after a violent battle with the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” and their allies from the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade). ISIS launched a counter-offensive earlier this week in order to recapture several villages near the Thermal Power Plant that has become the Tiger Forces’ primary objective after linking their positions with the Sheikh Najjar Industrial District’s 3rd Zone. With Al-Si’in under their control, ISIS could breathe easy for a while because they are no longer in danger of being encircled in the Al-Safira Plains as long as they maintain control over this village.
Based on Al-Masdar details
In the Syrian Arab Army’s turn, government forces and their allies mounted an offensive toward Barlahin and captured it few hours ago.” Southfront
This kettle battle will end badly for IS if they can’t break out very quickly. IMO there is now a gap of about 2 miles between the mobile R+6 force moving west from the Kuweires air base salient and what is referred to on the map as the “Aleppo mainland” that is under government control.
In the south there is another impending kettle battle in the area NE of Deraa City with a column moving east to link up with government forces farther east.
At the same time the Mother of all Kettles will shortly be fought west of Aleppo city.
This effort in the west of Syria should be over in a month or so if the Turks do not intervene on the ground in strength. It continues to seem unlikely to me that they will do that and risk escalation to possible annihilation at the hands of the Russians no matter how mad Sultan Tayyip may be.
Tayyip is now denouncing the US as a faithless partner because we do not share his enthusiasm for bombing the YPG Kurds. In fact we are supporting them with GB and air assistance. This conflicts with Tayyip’s desire to entice NATO into supporting him against the YPG Kurds and in an invasion of Syria with emphasis on the Mosul area which has long been an object of desire for Turkish irredentism. At the same time it would seem evident that R2P/neocon fantasy life has evolved into the entry of the fabled (very fabled) Arab Muslim ground task force into eastern Syria. This silliness is beloved of presidential candidates in the US because they are ignorant fools who understand nothing of the ME or war. And… Without Tayyip’s cooperation such a project would be awkward indeed.
The contradiction in US policy among its various goals is so lunatic that I will not blame you pilgrims if you think something fishy is happening in the apparent attempts of the US to reconcile; support of Tayyip, support of the YPG Kurds and whatever it is that you would call the Arabian Army reverie. pl