Provinces — Units of the Syrian Arab Army continued on Saturday their military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists, killing large numbers of them and destroying their weapons.
Army establishes control over two villages in Hama countryside
Army units established control over Atshan and Tal Skeik villages in the northern countryside of Hama, after al-Bahsa village came in their hands yesterday.
The army personnel swept the two villages for explosives, dismantling scores of explosive devices that terrorists planted prior to their retreat.
Meanwhile, the Syrian army air force and artillery killed more than 125 terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and the ISIS within a large-scale military operation against the terrorist organizations in the northern countryside of Hama province.
A military source told SANA that the army air force conducted intensive strikes against positions of Jabhat al-Nusra and the ISIS terrorists in the villages of Atshan, al-Latamneh and Tal Skeik in the northern countryside of the province.
The source added that 50 terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and the ISIS were killed in the strikes and hundreds of others were injured, in addition to destroying a number of their armored vehicles and a store of ammunition.
In the same context, 75 Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were killed and a number of their machinegun-equipped vehicles and Tao rockets launching pads were destroyed in bombardments carried out by the army artillery against their dens in Um Haratain village in the northern countryside.
The army’s air force also conducted a series of air strikes on Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists’ positions in Kafr Nabboudeh town and the villages of al-Kassabiyeh, Moghr al-Hamam and al-Ziarah in the fartherst northwestern countryside of Hama province.
The air strikes left many terrorists dead or injured and destroyed their vehicles, some equipped with machineguns, and amounts of weapons and ammunition, according to the source.
Sources said that army units are making headway in their military operations in al-Ghab and Hama northeastern countryside after destroying fortifications for terrorists and striking their TOW missile systems.
In the southern countryside of the neighboring Idleb province, the army’s air force conducted precise air strikes on terrorists’ positions in Khan Sheikhoun city and in the towns of al-Hbeit and al-Tamanaa and Tal Merei, inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorists.
Precise army operations were conducted against ISIS terrorist’s hideouts and movements in the eastern countryside of Homs province, mainly in the villages and towns of Rasm al-Abd, Habrah al-Gharbiyeh, Um Tweineh and al-Shindakhiyeh al-Shamaliyeh.
The operations in those areas left a number of ISIS terrorists dead and caused the destruction of their weapons and ammunition.
Army units in Homs northern countryside inflicted heavy losses upon Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups in the villages and towns of Um Sharshouh, al-Hilaliyeh, Housh al-Zabadi, al-Ghanto, al-Ashrafiyeh and Tal Abu al-Sanasel.
The army units defending al-Rastan Dam clashed with an armed terrorist group that attempted to attack a number of military posts in the dam’s surroundings, killing and injuring some of the group’s members, while the rest fled away.
Army units killed a number of terrorists, most of them from Jabhat al Nusra, and destroyed their machinegun-equipped vehicles in the surroundings of the Scientific Research building and al-Mansoura village in the western countryside of Aleppo province.
The source added that a number of terrorists were killed and others were injured and their equipment and ammunition were destroyed in operations carried out by the army against their dens in al-Wadihi village in the southern countryside of the province.
A unit of the army also carried out concentrated bombardments against dens and positions of the terrorist organizations in Hraitan town to the north of Aleppo City, destroying a number of the terrorists’ vehicles with all the arms and ammunition inside them.
Meanwhile, units of the army carried out intensive operations against dens and positions of the ISIS terrorist organization to the east of al-Sfera city, Tal Riman and Shamer in the eastern countryside, killing scores of the ISIS terrorists.
Dozens of the ISIS terrorists were also killed and their machinegun-equipped vehicles were destroyed in strikes conducted by the Syrian army air force on Saturday morning against their dens in al-Baqjia, Qasir al-Ward, Tal al-Na’am and Tal Estabil in the eastern countryside.
On the other hand, the artillery of the Air Force Academy destroyed vehicles belonging to the ISIS terrorists in the surroundings of the Academy on the international road leading to Raqqa province.
A unit of the army inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorist organizations in the personnel and the equipment in the surroundings of al-Nayrab Airport, 10 km to the east of Aleppo City.
A number of the terrorists’ hotbeds were also destroyed with all the arms and ammunition inside them and all the terrorists inside them were killed in operations carried out by the army in the neighborhoods of al-Rashidin 4 and al-Laramoun and on al-Castelo Road in Aleppo City.
Meanwhile, the Takfiri terrorist organizations acknowledged on their pages on the social networking websites that a number of their members were killed, including terrorist Mohammad Tabshou, the self-claimed vice-chairman of the Sharia Office of al-Jabha al-Shamiya , and terrorist Ali Hayyani.
A number of the terrorists’ vehicles, mortar launchers and an artillery were destroyed in intensive air strikes carried out by the Syrian army air force on Saturday morning against their dens in the northern countryside of the coastal Lattakia province.
The airstrikes targeted dens of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization in the towns and villages of Salma, Jib al-Ahmar, Abu Risha and Rwaiset al-Tanbour, 50 km to the east of Lattakia City.
Scores of terrorists were killed in the airstrikes and a number of their vehicles, mortar launchers, and artillery and Grad rockets were destroyed.
Meanwhile, civil sources in the northern countryside told SANA reporter that Turkish ambulances entered through the borders to transport the wounded terrorists to the Turkish hospitals.
The army artillery bombarded Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists’ gathering to the north of Kafer Shams village in the northern countryside of the southern province of Daraa.
Various kinds of vehicles for the terrorist organizations were destroyed in an army operation in the village of al-Sheikh Miskin , 22 km north of Daraa city.
Meanwhile, the terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media websites the killing of a number of their members in various areas of Daraa, among them Abdullah Ahmad al-Khatib, Laith Khaled al-Haj Ali of the so-called “Liwa Jisr Horan”.
Army reasserts control over strategic hill
Field sources said that an army unit backed by popular defense groups reasserted full control over Tal al-Qaba hill in Qunietra countryside after eliminating the last gatherings of terrorists in the area.
The sources said that the army unit carried out a series of concentrated operations targeting the gatherings of terrorists that had infiltrated earlier the strategic hill near the town of Arnabeh, and that the operations resulted in establishing full control over the hill after eliminating many terrorists, including one leader in the Liwa al-Furqan terrorist group, while the surviving terrorists fled towards Jebata al-Khhashab.
The military source said that the terrorist organizations received heavy losses in personnel and equipment in an army unit’s military operation in Nabaa al-Sakher village in the southeastern countryside of the province.
The terrorist organizations also acknowledged on their social media websites the killing of scores of terrorists, among them Ibrahim Mohammad al-Ghazali, Mohammad Abdullah al-Dnaifat, Omar Joudeh al-Ghothani, Abdel Hamid al-Naser, Ahmad Muwafaq al-Nasser, Mohammad Yaser al-Naser, Diyaa Mohammad Saleh Eqbal, Ra’fat Abdel-Aziz al-Saleh of the so-called “Jund al-Malahem”.