Syria in Last 24 Hours: Russian Air Force Inflicts Heavy Losses on Terrorists in Homs Province

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Russian Air Force Inflicts Heavy Losses on Terrorists in Homs Province

 (FNA)-    The Russian fighter jets hit hard the terrorists’ military positions and hardware in the Eastern part of Homs province.

The terrorists sustained heavy losses in the air raids by the Russian warplanes.

The Syrian army, meantime, continued its advances in key provinces across Syria.

Homs

Russian fighter jets carried out a fresh round of combat flights over ISIL’s concentration centers in energy-rich regions in Eastern Homs, inflicting major losses on the militants.

The Russian jets began Friday’s aerial campaign by targeting the ISIL’s positions in the gas rich towns of ‘Arak and Sukhnah, destroying a number of supply trucks destined for Raqqa province.

The Russian Air Force further bombed a gathering of ISIL in Jabal (mount) Sha’er, killing a number of terrorists.

The Russian Air Force has also been striking a number of mountaintops North of Palmyra.

Reports said earlier on Friday that the Syrian Army troops engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in three different points in Eastern Homs, inflicting at least 126 casualties on the militants.

The army men repelled ISIL’s attack on their positions Northeast of T4 airbase, killing 70 militants and destroying seven tanks and 12 machinegun-equipped vehicles of the terrorists.

The army soldiers targeted a vehicle of ISIL near the al-Awamid Height close to al-Quaryatayn, leaving 6 terrorists dead.

The army troops, meantime, clashed with ISIL terrorists in another flank near T4 airbase, killing 50 terrorists and destroying three tanks and five vehicles.

The army’s artillery and missile unis also shelled the positions of al-Nusra Front (recently renamed to Fatah al-Sham Front) in al-Kan mountain in al-Rastan region in Northern Homs. There is still no report on possible casualties.

The resistance forces also targeted Fatah al-Sham’s centers in the village of Sa’an al-Aswad, killing several militants, including their commander Mohammad al-Zahayk Abu Abideh.

Aleppo

The Turkish Armed Forces announced on Friday that the Russian warplanes have carried out three airstrikes on the ISIL positions in the town of al-Bab in Northern Aleppo.

The Turkish Armed Forces confirmed in a statement that at least 12 ISIL members were killed in Russian air raids South of al-Bab.

The Turkish military also said one of its soldiers was killed and five others were wounded in an ISIL attack to the South of al Azrak.

Also, Turkish warplanes carried out several airstrikes on ISIL’s defense lines in al-Bab and Daglabash, destroying 17 targets and killing 26 militants, the statement said.

Damascus

Syrian Army troops struck the defense lines of Fatah al-Sham Front (previously known as the al-Nusra Front) in Northwestern Damascus to drive the terrorists out of their last positions at the border with Lebanon.

The army soldiers restarted hitting Fatah al-Sham’s concentration centers in Wadi al-Bardi in Western Ghouta after the terrorist group refused to accept terms of surrender.

The army men engaged in fierce clashes with Fatah al-Sham at a number of points in the Wadi al-Bardi region on Friday to recapture the few villages along the Lebanese border that are still under the control of the Al-Qaeda offshoot near the border-crossing into the Beqa’a province.

Reports said earlier on Friday that the army troops, backed up by the country’s military helicopters, stormed terrorist groups’ positions in Wadi al-Bardi region in Western Ghouta, killing and wounding a number of militants.

The army soldiers, receiving intensive aerial support from army choppers, struck the defense lines of Fatah al-Sham Front in al-Hosseiniyeh and Basimeh from Majma Kaftaro direction, inflicting a heavy death toll on the militants.

The choppers also targeted Al-Nusra bases in Jaroud Basimeh in Wadi al-Bardi.

Reports said also on Friday that the terrorist groups that had contaminated drinking water of Damascus a couple of days ago shut off the gas flow to the city in its countryside hours ago, forcing millions of civilians into dire humanitarian situation.

The militants damaged the gas pipelines that flow through the Eastern Qalamoun town of Jaroud and supply gas for residential areas in Damascus city and its countryside.

Militants had stated through their media pages earlier that they intend to punish the people living in government-held areas to retaliate government forces’ military success in Eastern Ghouta, Western Ghouta and Aleppo.

Idlib

Syrian Army’s missile units targeted the strongholds of an al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group in Southern Idlib on Friday, inflicting major losses on the militants.

The army units fired several missiles from the Lattakia province at the positions and gatherings of the Turkestan Islamic Party’s (an Al-Qaeda offshoot) in Jisr Al-Shughour, causing massive explosions that could be heard as far west as Salma.

A large number of militants were killed or wounded in the attack.

The attack came as a ceasefire went into force between the Syrian government and the so-called moderate militant groups that of course excludes terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda offshoots like Al-Nusra Front, ISIL and Turkestan Islamic Party.

Reports said earlier on Friday that the terrorists of Ahrar al-Sham and Jund al-Aqsa engaged in serious clashes West of the town of Kahn Seikhoun in Southern Idlib, killing or wounding several fighters.

Ahrar al-Sham and Jund al-Aqsa suffered major losses after they clashed with each other fiercely in Kafr Ein intersection near Khan Sheikhoun.

Jund al-Aqsa has fully joined Fatah al-Sham Front after its differences with Ahrar al-Sham grew up in recent months.

Deir Ezzur

ISIL suffered a number of casualties and its military hardware sustained major damage in a failed attack on the positions of the Syrian Army troops in the neighborhoods of the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur.

The army soldiers fended off ISIL’s offensive that was aimed at breaking through the government forces’ positions in al-Roshdiyeh neighborhood, killing and wounding a number of them and destroying their equipment.

The ISIL that suffered major casualties in the failed attack pulled the remaining of its forces back from the battlefield to evade more losses.

Hama

Syrian Army troops and National Defense Forces fended off Jund al-Aqsa terrorists’ heavy attack on their positions near a key village in Northern Hama, inflicting several casualties on the terrorists.

The army soldiers and popular forces repelled Jund al-Aqsa’s assault on their positions in the predominately Christian village of Mhardeh, killing and wounding a number of them.

In the meantime, unknown assailants targeted the vehicle of a senior commander of the Free Syrian Army in Northern Hama. There is yet no report on the identity and conditions of the commander, but unofficial reports said he has been badly injured and is in vital conditions.

Syrian Army Recaptures Lost Land to Terrorists in Hama

Syrian Army Recaptures Lost Land to Terrorists in Hama

   (FNA)- Syrian Army soldiers carried out a rapid counterattack on terrorists’ defense lines in a region in Northern Hama that they had lost to the terrorists, recapturing the region.

The Free Syrian Army and its affiliated groups carried out a surprise attack on government forces’ positions Southeast of the predominately Christian village of Mhardeh.

Initially, the terrorist groups managed to overrun the Army’s checkpoint at Tal (Hill) Biju in the early hours of Friday.

The army soldiers retreated from their positions, but not long after their retreat, the army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) regrouped near the village of Mhardeh in order to launch a counter-attack.

The Syrian Armed Forces launched a swift counter-attack, expelling the militants from Tal Biju at 2:15 am.

The terrorists’ attack last night marked the first violation of the ceasefire by the parties involved in the agreement put together by the Russians and Turks.

In relevant developments in the province last week, Syrian Army troops and Air Force targeted the gatherings and movements of Jeish al-Fatah coalition of terrorist groups in different parts of Hama province, inflicting major losses on the militants.

The army’s artillery units shelled the positions of Jeish al-Fatah in the village of Khirbet al-Naqous, killing a nine-member group of terrorists and destroying their equipment.

The artillery units also targeted ISIL’s positions in several villages in Aqayrabat region, killing a number of them.

The army aircraft also launched heavy bombing on ISIL centers in Aqayrabat in the Eastern countryside of al-Salamiyah town, destroying a base of the militants.

A number of ISIL’s members also were killed and their vehicles were destroyed in the air raid on their positions in the village of Souha and near Aqayrabat.

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Continues Operations to Recapture Key Towns in Damascus Countryside

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Continues Operations to Recapture Key Towns in Damascus Countryside

 (FNA)- The Syrian army continued its military operations against the terrorists in Damascus province to win back strategic towns.

The Syrian army won back several farms and districts of Hazarma and Otaya towns in Eastern Damascus province.

The Syrian army also conducted major military operations in different parts of the country over last 24 hours.

Damascus

The Syrian army and its allies continued operations East of Damascus province to take control of the two strategic towns of Hazarma and Otaya.

The Syrian troops seize control of a large number of farms in Hazarma after heavy clashes with the terrorist groups as the air force also pounded the militants’ positions in Douma, killing and wounding dozens of them.

Also, intensive clashes erupted between the Syrian army units and Jeish al-Islam terrorists in Meida’ani, as army reports said they targeted the militants’ positions in the region with heavy missile fire.

The army troops blocked terrorists’ move after a heavy battle in Eastern Ghouta.

The army soldiers warded off terrorists’ offensive on their positions in Wadi (desert) Ein Terma, killing over five militants and wounding several others.

In the meantime, the Syrian warplanes bombed terrorists’ centers in the town of al-Shifouniyeh and surrounding areas of the town of al-Hamouriyeh.

Also, fierce clashes restarted between the army soldiers and militants in Meida’ani, al-Mohammadiyeh and Damascus-Homs highway.

Also, the army men stormed terrorists’ concentration centers and gatherings in the triangle of al-Bahariyeh-Meida’ani-Hazarma on Sunday and captured over 25 farms and buildings.

The terrorist groups, that had lost their positions in the army attacks, carried out a rapid counterattack but failed to take back the lost land and retreated from the battlefield after leaving behind over 15 fighters dead and several more wounded.

Meantime, terrorists eventually agreed to Syrian army’s conditions for surrendering or leaving Ein al-Fijah region in Wadi al-Bardi of Western Ghouta after they came under increasing pressure by local residents.

The governor-general of Damascus said if the terrorists remain committed to their undertakings, an agreement will be signed with them within the next two days and “the operations to repair the water facilities will start right away”.

Field sources said that the terrorists in other regions of Wadi al-Bardi have not yet asked for government amnesty as they are entangled in intense differences on joining or refusing the reconciliation plan.

Homs

The second convoy of Tiger Forces arrived at the T4 airbase in Homs on Thursday after the deployment of a large number of the Syrian army and Hezbollah troops in the province, a field source said.

The source said that a unit of Tiger Forces had earlier been sent from Aleppo to Homs, and added that the Desert Hawks are also likely to be dispatched to the region.

Noting that another group of Tiger Forces will be dispatched to Homs in the next few days, he said that several units of Tiger Forces have been assigned to the mission to protect the T4 airbase against the ISIL’s massive attacks.

A large number of Army soldiers and popular forces are waiting for a Centcom order to start a massive offensive to push back the ISIL terrorist group from the recently occupied lands in the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) and energy-rich regions in Eastern Homs.

After the arrival of fresh pro-government forces in Eastern Homs and improved weather conditions that made it possible for the Russian and Syrian warplanes to resume their flights in the region, the Damascus troops repelled ISIL’s repeated attacks on T4 airbase and also took back a number of key positions near Palmyra and T4 base.

The pro-government forces are now waiting for a Centcom order to initiate a large-scale offensive on ISIL in Eastern Homs.

In the meantime, hundreds more of fresh forces are due to arrive in Homs in coming days.

Dara’a

The Syrian army forces targeted a meeting of terrorist commanders in Tafas town in Dara’a, inflicting several casualties on the militants.

The Syrian army and its allies also blew up a bomb-laden drone flying over the post building in Dara’a al-Balad.

They also smashed a vehicle belonging to the terrorist groups in the Southern parts of Iron Factory in Dara’a al-Balad, killing all the militants inside.

Meantime, members of a terrorist group in the Northwestern parts of Western al-Qariya bridge were targeted and sustained dozens of casualties.

Also, the Syrian fighter jets launched airstrikes on the terrorists’ gathering centers and moves in Basar al-Harir, al-Soura and al-Harak in Eastern Dara’a as well as Manateq al-Lajah in Northeastern Dara’a and Nova town, which inflicted loss and damage on the militants.

Idlib

The Syrian army and its allies are hunting commanders and ringleaders of the terrorist groups in Idlib as a new tactic in the war on terrorism, Russian media reported.

Russian daily, Izvestia, said in a report that the government forces have started operations to target the terrorists’ field commanders in Idlib, adding that they have already hunted three such commanders after being tipped off by security forces and Iranian advisors.

Experts believe that the new tactic will pave the ground for the Syrian forces to avoid massive military operations in Idlib.

List of armed formations, which joined the ceasefire in the Syrian Arab Republic on December 30, 2016

Formations of the moderate opposition, which control vast territories in the northern and central part of Syria and which have joined the ceasefire:

1. Feilak al-Sham

19 detachments, total strength: over 4,000 people.

Its formations conduct combat actions in the Aleppo, Idlib, Hama and Homs provinces.

2. Ahrar al-Sham

The full name is Harakat Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyya.

Over 80 detachments, total strength: about 16,000 people.

Formations of the grouping conduct combat actions in the Aleppo, Damascus, Daraa, Idlib, Latakia, Hama and Homs provinces.

3. Jaysh al-Islam

64 detachments, total strength: about 12,000 people.

Jaysh al-Islam formations conduct combat actions in the Aleppo, Damascus, Daraa, Deir ez-Zor, Latakia, Hama and Homs provinces.

4.  Thuwar al-Sham

8 battalions, total strength: about 2,500 people.

Armed formations conduct combat actions in the Aleppo, Idlib and Latakia provinces.

5.  Jaysh al-Mujahideen

13 detachments, total strength: about 8,000 people.

Armed formations conduct combat actions in the Aleppo city and provinces of Aleppo, Idlib and Hama.

6. Jaysh Idlib

3 large detachments, total strength: more than 6,000 people.

Jaysh Idlib conducts combat actions in the Idlib province.

7.   Jabhat al-Shamiyah

5 large detachments, total strength: about 3,000 people.

The grouping detachments conduct combat actions in the Aleppo, Idlib and Damascus provinces.

Bulletin of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (December 29, 2016)

Reconciliation of opposing sides

In accordance to the achieved ceasefire agreements, the ceasefire regime will have been established in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic starting from 00:00 on December 30, 2016.

The Feilak al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam, Thuwar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Mujahideen, Jaysh Idlib, and Jabhat al-Shamiyah armed groupings have joined the ceasefire regime.

Within last 24 hours, no truce agreements have been signed with representatives of inhabited areas.

The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, remained 1077.

Ceasefire observation

Within last 24 hours, 24 bombardments performed by illegal armed formations have been registered in the provinces of Damascus and Aleppo.

Groupings of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Jabhat al-Nusra) terrorist organization have fired mortars and small arms against the Ashrafiya, Dahiya al-Assad, 3000, and 1070 quarters, Kastello trade center, and Higma school in the Aleppo city.

Blelije, Haush al-Shalaq, Haush al-Faddaliya, Haush Nasri, Jaubar, and Haush Harabu have been shelled in the Damascus province.

Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Force did not make strikes on opposition armed formations, which follow ceasefire regime and informed the Russian or American Centres for reconciliation about their location.

Humanitarian aid to the Syrian population

Within last 24 hours, seven humanitarian events have been held, in course of which citizens received humanitarian aid:

in temporary accommodation facility in the Benezid area in the Aleppo city – about 2 tons;

in school located in the Saaker Kuraim area in the Aleppo city – about 1 ton;

in school located in the Hanana 3 area in the Aleppo city – about 700 kg;

in the Meridian hotel in the Aleppo city – about 400 kg;

in the Massai Hairiya orphanage in the Latakia city – about 50 kg;

in the Dar community of the Russian citizens in the Latakia city – about 50 kg;

in the Nadezhda community of the Russian citizens in the Latakia city – about 50 kg.

Posts with hot meal and items of first necessity for civilians, who had left eastern areas of the Aleppo city, continue their work.

50 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Eastern Homs

50 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Eastern Homs

    (FNA)- The Syrian army forces continued anti-terrorism operations in Eastern Homs and targeted ISIL’s positions near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur), inflicting heavy casualties and damages on the militants.

The Syrian army units, supported by the artillery and missile fire, pounded the ISIL’s moves and gathering centers near Tadmur, al-Bayarat, Jazal, Western Qasr al-Hayyar and Abu Kala dam in Eastern Homs on Thursday.

During the operations, over 50 terrorists were killed and 9 of their military vehicles and 2 artillery systems were smashed.

The Syrian army troops and air force targeted ISIL’s concentration centers and gatherings in the ancient city of Palmyra and its outskirts also on Wednesday, inflicting more than a dozen casualties on the terrorists.

The army men targeted the positions and movements of ISIL East of the Fourth Station and in Ba’ar al-Fawa’erah region West of Tadmur, killing over 13 militants and wounding several more.

The army aircraft also pounded ISIL’s positions and movements in the city of Palmyra and nearby areas, in Badiyeh al-Qarbi (the Western Desert), the Fourth Station and the villages of al-Tiyas and Sharifeh in Eastern Homs, leaving a number of militants dead and their military vehicles, canons and rocket launchers destroyed.

Also, the army men stormed ISIL’s gatherings in the villages of Habreh al-Sharqi, Habreh al-Qarbi, Rasm Hamideh, Jubb Habal, Abu Qatour, Unq al-Hawa, Abu Hawadid, Jubb Hamad and Sharifeh on Tuesday, killing or wounding a large number of militants.

In the meantime, the army troops targeted a gathering of Fatah al-Sham’s commanders near al-Rastan town, killing and wounding several commanders.

Palmyra Operations: 2nd Convoy of Tiger Forces Arrives in Homs

Palmyra Operations: 2nd Convoy of Tiger Forces Arrives in Homs

  (FNA)- The second convoy of Tiger Forces arrived at the T4 airbase in Homs on Thursday after the deployment of a large number of the Syrian army and Hezbollah troops in the province, a field source said.

The source said that a unit of Tiger Forces had earlier been sent from Aleppo to Homs, and added that the Desert Hawks are also likely to be dispatched to the region.

Noting that another group of Tiger Forces will be dispatched to Homs in the next few days, he said that several units of Tiger Forces have been assigned to the mission to protect the T4 airbase against the ISIL’s massive attacks.

A large number of Army soldiers and popular forces are waiting for a Centcom order to start a massive offensive to push back the ISIL terrorist group from the recently occupied lands in the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) and energy-rich regions in Eastern Homs.

After the arrival of fresh pro-government forces in Eastern Homs and improved weather conditions that made it possible for the Russian and Syrian warplanes to resume their flights in the region, the Damascus troops repelled ISIL’s repeated attacks on T4 airbase and also took back a number of key positions near Palmyra and T4 base.

The pro-government forces are now waiting for an Centcom order to initiate a large-scale offensive on ISIL in Eastern Homs.

In the meantime, hundreds more of fresh forces are due to arrive in Homs in coming days.

On Wednesday, the Syrian army troops and air force targeted ISIL’s concentration centers and gatherings in the ancient city of Palmyra and its outskirts, inflicting more than a dozen casualties on the terrorists.

The army men targeted the positions and movements of ISIL East of the Fourth Station and in Ba’ar al-Fawa’erah region West of Tadmur, killing over 13 militants and wounding several more.

The army aircraft also pounded ISIL’s positions and movements in the city of Palmyra and nearby areas, in Badiyeh al-Qarbi (the Western Desert), the Fourth Station and the villages of al-Tiyas and Sharifeh in Eastern Homs, leaving a number of militants dead and their military vehicles, canons and rocket launchers destroyed.

Also, the army men stormed ISIL’s gatherings in the villages of Habreh al-Sharqi, Habreh al-Qarbi, Rasm Hamideh, Jubb Habal, Abu Qatour, Unq al-Hawa, Abu Hawadid, Jubb Hamad and Sharifeh on Tuesday, killing or wounding a large number of militants.

In the meantime, the army troops targeted a gathering of Fatah al-Sham’s commanders near al-Rastan town, killing and wounding several commanders.

Syria in Past 24 Hours: Syrian Families Return Home in Eastern Aleppo

Syria in Past 24 Hours: Syrian Families Return Home in Eastern Aleppo

     (FNA)- A large number of Syrian families started returning home after Russia announced that the country’s experts have cleared mines from 966 hectares of land taken back from the terrorists in Eastern Aleppo.

Aleppo

The ISIL failed again to break through the government forces’ positions at Air Force Academy East of Aleppo province and retreated from the battlefield after several hours of clashes.

The ISIL terrorists in the village of Rasm al-Kama in Deir Hafer region attacked army positions in the village of Ansarullah near the Aleppo Air Force Academy, but the army men engaged in fierce clashes with them and inflicted a number of causalities on the terrorists.

The army men also destroyed three military vehicles of the ISIL.

The army troops also targeted the gatherings and movements of ISIL in South of Aran near the Air Force Academy, killing several militants and destroying two canons.

Also, on Wednesday, the Russian Peace Coordination Center in Syria announced that the country’s experts have cleared mines from 966 hectares of the newly-liberated neighborhoods of Eastern Aleppo city since December 5.

The Russian center said in a statement that an area as large as 966 hectares (each hectare equals 10,000 sq-m) has been cleansed from mines and bombs planted by Jeish al-Fatah coalition of terrorist groups in the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city.

The statement added that approximately 350 km of roads, 2,149 houses, 44 schools, 38 mosques, ten hospitals and clinics, a water pumping station and two power transition stations and a water treatment plant have been demined.

The statement added that the Russian soldiers managed to defuse over 14,700 bombs including 6,700 hand-mad grenades.

Also in the past 24 hours, a large number of Syrian families started returning to their homes after all terrorists were forced out of the Eastern districts of Aleppo city.

Hundreds of families from Eastern Aleppo’s Seif al-Doleh are now back to their houses after the Syrian and Russian troops finished defusing mines and bombs planted by the terrorists.

Deir Ezzur

Syrian Army troops fended off ISIL’s attack on their positions in the Eastern neighborhoods of Deir Ezzur city, inflicting major casualties on the militants.

The army soldiers engaged in several-hour-long fierce clashes with ISIL terrorists who had attacked heavily on their positions in al-Roshdiyeh neighborhoods, killing a large number of the militants.

The ISIL pulled the remaining pockets of its militants out of battlefield after they failed to prevail over the government troops’ positions.

The Syrian Air Force also pounded ISIL’s positions in Nursery and Petrochemical Faculties in the neighborhoods of al-Huweiqa and al-Kanamat and in surrounding areas of Deir Ezzur airbase South of the city.

The army’s artillery units also shelled ISIL’s positions near the airbase, killing a number of militants.

Homs

Syrian Army troops repelled a third joint attack of Fatah al-Sham Front (previously known as the al-Nusra Front) and Ahrar al-Sham on its positions near the village of Marimin on Wednesday.

The army engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorists and did not allow them to break through its positions in al-Houla region.

The army units deployed in surrounding areas of Marimin village fended off the terrorists groups’ joint offensive on their positions near Marimin.

Army reports said the terrorists launched their attack through Kafr Laha, Taldou and al-Tayibeh al-Qarbi villages.

The terrorist groups suffered at least a dozen casualties and retreated from the battlefield after hours of heavy fighting with the army.

In the meantime, Syrian fighter jets bombed the positions of Rajalullah and Ahrar al-Sham terrorists in the villages of Borj Qa’ei, Keisin, Talbiseh, Ein Issa al-Janoubi, Qarnateh and al-Sa’an al-Aswad in the Northern, Northwestern and Northeastern parts of Homs province, destroying a number of their machinegun-equipped vehicles.

Also in the past 24 hours, Syrian Army troops and Air Force targeted ISIL’s concentration centers and gatherings in the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) and its outskirts, inflicting more than a dozen casualties on the terrorists.

The army men targeted the positions and movements of ISIL East of the Fourth Station and in Ba’ar al-Fawa’erah region West of Tadmur, killing over 13 militants and wounding several more.

The army aircraft also pounded ISIL’s positions and movements in the city of Palmyra and nearby areas, in Badiyeh al-Qarbi (the Western Desert), the Fourth Station and the villages of al-Tiyas and Sharifeh in Eastern Homs, leaving a number of militants dead and their military vehicles, canons and rocket launchers destroyed.

Damascus

Syrian Army soldiers, backed up by the country’s air force and artillery units, stormed terrorists’ positions in Wadi al-Bardi region, taking control over key roads in Western Ghouta, a military source reported Wednesday.

The source said simultaneous with air raids and artillery shelling, the army soldiers struck terrorists’ defense lines and won control of several roads connecting the region’s towns to hillsides in Wadi al-Bardi region.

A military source said that the army has taken control of a large number of buildings since the start of its operations from the town of Basimeh towards Wadi al-Bardi and killed tens of terrorists.

“A large number of militants also flee from Basimeh towards Deir Qanoun every day due to the army’s advances in the region,” the source went on to say.

Some other sources said that the Syrian government has been involved in negotiations with the militants in order to save the lives of the civilians that have been kidnapped by the terrorists and also prevent destruction of infrastructures of the towns in the region, as some of the terrorist groups have not joined the peace plan thus far.

The source also added that the army has assured that once the terrorists halt their attacks on the water reservoirs in Ein al-Fijeh, the army soldiers will provide security for the militants to leave the region to Idlib.

Also on Wednesday, the Syrian Army troops blocked terrorists’ move in heavy fighting in Eastern Ghouta.

The army soldiers warded off terrorists’ offensive on their positions in Wadi (desert) Ein Terma, killing over five militants and wounding several others.

In the meantime, the Syrian warplanes bombed terrorists’ centers in the town of al-Shifouniyeh and surrounding areas of the town of al-Hamouriyeh.

Also, fierce clashes restarted between the army soldiers and militants in Meida’ani, al-Mohammadiyeh and Damascus-Homs highway.

Dara’a

Syrian Army troops targeted a number of positions and bases of Fatah al-Sham Front across the Southern city of Dara’a, inflicting major casualties on the militants.

The army units hit the gatherings of Fatah al-Sham in al-Roba’ei checkpost on Tariq al-Saad (road to dam), al-Talabiyeh square, East of the credit bank and near the garden of the refugees camp in Dara’a al-Balad district, leaving a number of militants dead and many more wounded.

In relevant developments in Dara’a on Saturday, the army troops targeted several command bases of Fatah al-Sham Front in the Southern province of Dara’a, destroying three of them.

Raqqa

The predominately Kurdish ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) continued to beat back ISIL terrorists from more positions West of Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of ISIL, wining back one more village in the region.

The SDF pushed back ISIL from the village of Hadaj after hours of non-stop clashes.

In the meantime, the Kurdish fighters repelled ISIL’s attack on their positions in the newly-captured village of Ja’abar al-Sharqi.

Over 38 ISIL militants were killed and six vehicles, a bomb-laden car, a machinegun-equipped vehicle and a canon have also been destroyed in the last two days of clashes in Hadaj and Ja’abar al-Sharqi.

Indonesia Rethinks Ukrainian-Built Combat Vehicle After Unsuccessful Trial

BTR-4 with the fighting module Parus

Indonesia is reconsidering plans to acquire more Ukraine-built BTR-4 8×8 amphibious armored personnel carriers (APC) after issues cropped up during training activities.

    After concluding initial training on the amphibious vehicle, Korps Marinir (KORMAR), the Indonesian Marine Corps, reported several problems, including the APC excessively trimming at the bow while immersed in water and operating at full speed.
    Five of the vehicles were delivered to Jakarta in September as part of a deal with Ukraine state-owned defense manufacturer Ukroboronprom, as Indonesia sought to replace the 100 BTR-50PK APCs it acquired from Kiev in the 1990s.
    One Ukroboronprom official told Janes in November, “After official acceptance we will talk about expanding technology transfers to Indonesia and about expanding the order…We know [KORMAR] has a requirement for another 50 vehicles. This could mean some of these vehicles are built in Ukraine followed by technology transfers and local production in Indonesia.”
    The vehicle’s main weapon is a ZTM-1 30 mm cannon. It also features an AGS-17 30mm grenade launcher and a chemical, nuclear and biological filtration system.

Iran ready to consider Russia’s request for using Hamadan military base

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MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. Iran is ready to consider Russia’s request for using the Iranian military base at Hamadan at any time but talks on the issue have not begun yet, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told RT channel on Wednesday,

“Since we’re cooperating with Russia in struggle with terrorism, we’re given some privileges to it as regards the landings and takeoffs of combat aircraft and we’ll consider these privileges for Russia again when we feel it necessary and if Russia makes a request for them,” he said adding that Ithe Iranian authorities would consider the current circumstances and would make an appropriate decision.

“We didn’t sign any agreement with Russia that would allow it to use our bases anytime,” Dehghan said. “Proceeding from the circumstances and in case of a request from Russia, we’ll be ready to grant assistance if we see a need for it.”

In August, the Russian Aerospace Force used the Iranian airbase at Hamadan for the first time for delivering strikes at militants in Syria.