Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Repels Attacks on Gov’t Positions in Damascus

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Repels Attacks on Gov't Positions in Damascus

(FNA)- Syrian army soldiers repelled terrorists’ massive attack on their positions in Damascus after hours of clashes, inflicting major losses on them.

The ISIL terrorists’ large-scale attack to capture the government forces’ positions in Eastern Ghouta was fended off by the strong defense of the Syrian military men.

Meantime, the Syrian army and popular forces continued their military advances in other parts of Syria, including Aleppo and Raqqa, over the past 24 hours.

Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army’s operations in Syria’s key provinces.

Damascus

Syrian Army troops repelled Jeish al-Islam’s offensive on their positions in Eastern Ghouta and then in a rapid counterattack pushed the militants back from the battlefield, capturing the Air Defense Battalion Base to the Northeast of Damascus city.

The army men fended off Jeish al-Islam’s attack on their strongholds in Eastern Ghouta, killing and wounding a number of militants near the Air Defense Battalion Base.

Then, the army troops launched a powerful counterattack on the militants’ lines, targeting the farms and military base Northeast of the militant-held town of Hazrama.

The army’s rapid counterattack resulted in the capture of the Air Defense Base in Hazrama’s Northeastern outskirts.

Aleppo

Syrian Army troops and popular forces are getting ready to carry out a fresh round of offensives to liberate the territories that are still under the control of ISIL and Jeish al-Fatah in different parts of Aleppo province, a military source disclosed on Tuesday.

The source said that the pro-government forces that recently liberated the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city are about to launch large-scale offensives against ISIL positions in Eastern and Northeastern Aleppo and Jeish al-Fatah positions in Southern and Southwestern Aleppo.

The sources added that liberation of the Eastern districts of Aleppo was a great victory, but anti-terrorism battles in Aleppo province are still underway.

“The Jeish al-Fatah terrorists are still present in large regions in Aleppo province, in the meantime ISIL controls the key regions of al-Bab and Deir Hafer that are the gate to Raqqa province,” they said, adding, “Around 6,000 Syrian forces are deployed in Kuweires airbase in Eastern Aleppo to launch their operation.”

Based on reports, the Syrian military forces are about to start an operation from the Northern direction to free the towns of Deir Hafer and al-Bab, while other units will kick off their operation from the South to take back the districts of Rashedeen 4 and 5 and then Khan Touman.

Raqqa

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have driven ISIL out of 110 villages in the course of the Euphrates Rage Operation in Raqqa province since November 5, the Kurdish sources disclosed Tuesday.

The SDF in its latest statement announced that the Kurdish fighters have taken control of 110 villages, tens of farms and key hills in the Euphrates Rage Operation since November 5th, while ISIL has suffered 277 casualties in the operation.

The SDF also advanced significantly against ISIL in the second phase of its Raqqa operation.

Homs

The ISIL terrorist group suffered a heavy death toll and its military hardware sustained major damage after its attack on government positions in Eastern Homs was warded off by the Syrian Army troops.

The army soldiers fended off ISIL’s offensive on their positions in the town of Jubb al-Jarrah, killing a number of them after hours of heavy fighting.

In the meantime, other units of the army targeted a gathering of ISIL in the Eastern direction of the Fourth Station West of Palmyra (Tadmur), leaving tens of militants dead and their vehicles destroyed.

Quneitra

Terrorists targeted several masts of power lines in Southwestern Damascus, cutting off transmission of electricity to Quneitra province in Southern Syria.

Terrorist groups affiliated to Fatah al-Sham Front (previously known as the al-Nusra Front) detonated the power transmission masts to Quneitra province in al-Khazrajiyeh region in Western Ghouta.

A source in Quneitra province said that the terrorists detonated the bombes in three major transmission masts of electricity lines in al-Khazrajiyeh.

In the meantime, terrorist groups deployed in Sa’asa’a prevented maintenance units to repair a high voltage electricity mast in Quneitra that was destroyed by militants a couple of days ago.

Hama

Syrian Army troops and Air Force targeted ISIL’s positions and the concentration centers of other militant groups that had breached the newly-brokered ceasefire in different parts of Hama, inflicting major losses on the militants.

The army men fended off terrorists’ attack on government force’ positions in al-Sat’hiyat region Southwest of the town of al-Salamiyah, killing or wounding a number of them and forcing the rest to retreat from the battlefield.

The army’s artillery units also targeted militants’ gatherings and movements in al-Dalak and Eidoun flanks, killing a number of them and destroying their military equipment.

The army aircraft meantime, carried out several combat flights over the gatherings and movements of ISIL in the village of Hamadi Omar, killing several terrorists and destroying at least seven military vehicles.

The ISIL terrorists also came under air raid in the town of Aqayrabat and sustained major casualties.

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Russian Reconciliation center delivers over 150 tonnes of humanitarian cargo to Aleppo

A sea transport has delivered a total of 280 tonnes of articles of daily necessity, including food

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ALEPPO /Syria/, December 4. /TASS/. A convoy of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria has delivered more than 150 tonnes of humanitarian aid to residents of eastern Aleppo. A sea transport has delivered a total of 280 tonnes of articles of daily necessity, including food.

“The cargo was delivered from Russia at the beginning of this week by a sea transport with the use of dry-cargo vessels. A total of 15 40-foot containers with humanitarian aid have been delivered for Aleppo residents affected by the hostilities,” representative of the Russian Armed Forces’ Military Transportation Service, Major Eduard Goryunov, said.

The humanitarian cargo weighing over 280 tonnes includes rice, sugar, wheat flour, canned food, tea, that is, all kinds of food the city’s residents need badly, said representative of the Russian Reconciliation Center, Major Andrei Glushkov. Bags and boxes with foodstuffs were reloaded from shipping containers into trucks and delivered to the refugee camps.

The Russian military deployed 150 field kitchens providing hot meals in the centers for internally displaced persons. Delivery of warm clothes, drinking water and food has been organized. The sick and wounded get medical care.

To date, the Syrian government troops have liberated more than 40% of Aleppo’s eastern neighborhoods, which are home to nearly 90,000 people.

 

Advanced detachment of the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Armed Forces left for Syria to conduct mine-clearing operation in the Eastern Aleppo

 

Advanced detachment of the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Armed Forces left for Syria to conduct mine-clearing operation in the eastern areas of the Aleppo city, which had been liberated from insurgents.

The servicemen passed attended briefing and practical exercises concerning humanitarian mine-clearance in Nakhabino (Moscow Region), and embarked in the transport aircraft at the Chkalovsky airfield.

The mine-clearing detachment of the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Armed Forces is absolutely automated and fitted with advanced mine-clearing and safety equipment. The detachment also includes a unit with mine-searching dogs.

Earlier, specialists of the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Armed Forces have accomplished mine-clearing operation in Palmyra. The Russian military servicemen have defused almost 18.000 explosive devices and cleared 825 hectares as well as 8,500 buildings.

Syrian Air Force Blows Up Tens of ISIL Oil Tanker Trucks in Deir Ezzur

Syrian Air Force Blows Up Tens of ISIL Oil Tanker Trucks in Deir Ezzur

 (FNA)- Tens of ISIL oil tankers were destroyed in the Syrian airstrikes in Deir Ezzur province.

The Syrian intelligence forces monitored the terrorists’ moves in the Eastern parts of Deir Ezzur and the oil-rich region of al-Abed and provided the Air Force with intelligence on the whereabouts of tens of ISIL oil tanker trucks.

The Syrian fighter jets then targeted the ISIL oil tanker trucks by pounding them several times and destroyed tens of them.

Also, dozens of other oil trucks were filling their tanks when they were targeted by the Syrian warplanes.

At least 40 ISIL terrorists were killed and tens of others were wounded during the operations.

In recent months, the Syrian and Russian air campaign have destroyed a large number of oil extraction, refining and pumping facilities in the territories controlled by terrorists in Syria, as well as thousands of tanker trucks used to deliver the oil products.

The terrorists have lost their main source of revenues from the illegal sale of oil, which, in turn, has limited their possibilities for the purchase of armaments, ammunition and the provision of money allowance to Takfiri militants.

A French fact-finding committee said on July in a report that the ISIL terrorist group has been facing very bad financial situation in 2016, while the number of its forces has been continuously decreasing in the recent months too.

“In 2015, the ISIL terrorist group earned over $3bln in Iraq and Syria, including $600mln from exports of crude oil and $300mln from gas, but after the ISIL-held regions, specially energy-rich regions, shrank the group faced sharp decline in its revenues,” the report, carried out by 60 journalists and activists, said.

“The ISIL had to find new sources of income. Trafficking of drugs, smuggling of historical monuments, looting museums, imposing high taxes on consumption of water and electricity stood atop the ISIL’s new resources of revenues,” the report added.

“ISIL earned around 900,000,000 euros from different taxes and also 150 million of dollars from trade of cigarettes and narcotics,” the report said, adding, “In the meantime, the ISIL that had around 30,000 of fighters in 2015, now in the middle of 2016 has only 12,000 combatants in the battlefields in Iraq and Syria.”

A captured militant from ISIL terrorist group who spoke to Sputnik news agency on January has bolstered claims that Turkey is involved in illegal oil deals with the Takfiri group up to the hilt.

24-year-old Mahmud Ghazi Tatar had revealed details about Turkey’s alleged oil links to the terrorist group.

“At the training camp in May 2015, our commander told us that the group sells fuel to Turkey. That income covers ISIL’s costs. The oil trucks crossing into Turkey every day carry crude oil, as well as petrol,” he said, adding that the ISIL group has enough oil to last them a long time.

“ISIL also receives lots of supplies from Turkey and Arab countries,” the captured militant confirmed.

The Russian defense ministry had also announced that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family members are directly involved in illegal oil deliveries from ISIL oil fields in Syria.

Turkey’s leadership, including President Erdogan and his family, is involved in illegal oil trade with ISIL militants, the Russian Defense Ministry had said, stressing that Turkey is the final destination for oil smuggled from Syria and Iraq.

Satellite and drone images showed hundreds and hundreds of oil trucks moving from ISIL-held territory to Turkey to reach their destination at Turkish refineries and ports controlled by Turkish president’s family.

Russia: West Threatens Moscow with Sanctions over Syrian Army Advance in Aleppo

    Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday that western countries are urging to impose sanctions against Russia after 80,000 civilians were liberated in Syria’s Aleppo.

Major-General Igor Konashenkov said over the past 24 hours, the Syrian army had been able to liberate from militants almost half of Eastern Aleppo where 80,000 civilians reside, Al Masdar reported.

“Now it turned out that the release of over 80,000 Aleppo residents held hostage by gunmen was not part of the plans of the UK and French Foreign Ministries, the US Department of State and the German Bundestag. They even urged to impose new sanctions for that,” the spokesman said.

According to Konashenkov, there are tens of thousands of children in the liberated areas.

“Many of them were provided, for the first time in a long while, with food, drinking water and medical assistance in the humanitarian centers deployed by Russia. Over the past few years, these Syrians have been used as human shield by terrorists of every stripe and color in Aleppo. It was they who were allegedly protected by all Western politicians,” he said.

Key Reason Why Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov Does Not Take Part in Aleppo Operation

 

 Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in international waters off the coast of Northern Norway on October 17, 2016.

   The Admiral Kuznetsov-led aircraft carrier group has “deliberately” refrained from participating in an operation to free eastern Aleppo, the Chinese newspaper People’s Daily asserted, saying that Russia does not want its strikes to inflict civilian casualties.

   “Russia is not interested in carrying out a large-scale campaign in Aleppo, since massive airstrikes could lead to massive civilian casualties. For its part, extremist groups and anti-Russian forces could use them to their own benefit, which will have opposite political and social implications,” the media outlet explained.

    The largely unexpected outcome of the recent presidential election in the United States has also been named as a factor.

   “More importantly, relations between Russia and the United States have once again changed following Trump’s victory. At this stage Russia all the more does not want any trouble with regard to civilian casualties on the Syrian battlefield and other issues that could complicate bilateral relations,” the newspaper noted.

   People’s Daily further pointed out that the war in Syria has not reached a crucial point yet. The publication suggested that Russia hopes to weaken terrorist groups fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by launching strikes against targets spread across multiple regions, waiting for the right time to join the campaign to liberate Aleppo.

   Russia sent the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the Pyotr Veliky battle cruiser, the Severomorsk and Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine destroyers and support vessels to the eastern Mediterranean to conduct military exercises and increase its counterterrorism capabilities in Syria. The group reached its destination on November 8.

   Admiral Kuznetsov entered battle for the first time in the ship’s history seven days later, on November 15. The Sukhoi Su-33 carrier-based multirole fighters carried out airstrikes against Daesh and al-Nusra Front targets in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Homs following comprehensive reconnaissance, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

    As part of this operation, the Russian military eliminated Abul Baha al-Asfari, an al-Nusra Front field commander who was in charge of several offensive operations in the province of Aleppo. <br>

    The Sukhoi Su-33, based on Admiral Kuznetsov, took part in another massive airstrike against militant targets in Syria on November 17, focusing on command centers, ammunition depots, military hardware and facilities used to produce weapons. The Russian Defense Ministry emphasized that all targets were verified through several intelligence channels, while unmanned aerial vehicles were monitoring the operation.

“High precision airstrikes helps to minimize civilian casualties during large-scale operations. At the same time Russia needs to test its weapons and military equipment,” People’s Daily suggested. The country “has introduced multiple types of military hardware [during its counterterrorism operation in Syria] and has carried out high precision attacks to test efficiency and performance characteristics of its weapons.”

Russian Strikes in Syria ‘Will Have Profound Psychological Effect’ on Terrorists

 

 Admiral Grigorovich patrol ship deployed in Syria for the first time ever

   Russian airstrikes against terrorists in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Homs will have a strong psychological effect, said Russian parliamentarian Franz Klintsevich, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Defense and Security at the Federation Council.

    Earlier this week, during President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with the military command, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported that the Russian Navy launched Kalibr cruise missiles against Daesh positions in Idlib and Homs.

   “I believe that airstrikes by the Russian Aerospace Forces backed by the Russian navy against terrorist targets in the provinces Idlib and Homs will also have a profound psychological effect. This will facilitate the liberation of Aleppo where the Russian aviation will also be involved,” Klintsevich said.

   On Tuesday, Shoigu said that the Russian frigate Admiral Grigorovich hit terrorists in Syria with Kalibr cruise missiles.

    “Today, we started a large-scale operation on launching massive strikes on Daesh and al-Nusra Front targets in the Idlib and Homs provinces,” Shoigu said.

   “Frigate Admiral Grigorovich takes part in the operation. Today, it launched Kalibr cruise missiles on targets that had been confirmed by intelligence data and determined in advance,” Shoigu said at the meeting with Putin.

   On the same the ministry also reported that “for the first time in history of the Russian Naval Forces” Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrying cruiser launched striked on Daesh and al-Nusra Front targets in Idlib and Homs.

   “The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrying cruiser began taking part in operations for the first time in the history of the Russian Navy. Our Su-33 aircraft began working from this cruiser today. Before this, we carried out very careful, thorough reconnaissance of all targets,” Shoigu said.

   The main targets include ammunition depots as well as plants producing weapons, the minister added.

    On November 8, it was reported that Russian Navy’s aircraft carrier group, which includes Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, Pyotr Veliky’ guided missile cruiser and two destroyers, had completed its transfer to the Mediterranean Sea and group was getting ready to launch a strike targeting Daesh terrorists in the province of Aleppo. On November 12, the commander of the Admiral Kuznetsov said that sea-based jets of the aircraft-carrying cruiser began training flights.

   However, so far Russian combat aircraft refrain from carrying out airstrikes in Aleppo to help civilians evacuate from the city.

   The Defense Ministry also reported that the Russian naval group in Syria was protected by Bastion and Pantsir coastal defense missile systems as well as an S-300 missile defense which was deployed to Syria in October.

   Moreover, the ministry released a statement saying that Russian Aerospace Forces carried out airstrikes on Daesh and al-Nusra Front positions on Thursday.

   The Russian air group at the Hmeymim airbase and Su-33 jets from the Admiral Kuznetsov also took part in the strikes.

   “The targets included terrorist command posts, weapons and ammo depots, various military equipment and weapons production facilities,” the statement said.

    In particular, the ministry reported that at least 30 militants from al-Nusra Front, including several field commanders, had been destroyed by airstrikes launched from the Admiral Kuznetsov.

   The airstrikes also included Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers which used cruise missiles against Daesh and al-Nusra targets.

   The missile carriers’ route passed through the North Sea and the Eastern Atlantic, the statement said. Pilots covered 11,000 kilometers (6,835 miles), flying from Russian airbases and performed aerial refueling twice before they reached their combat positions.

   According to the ministry’s statement, Russian strategic bombers launched cruise missiles from an area over the Mediterranean Sea. Once the strike on terrorist targets had been carried out, the Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft returned to their home airbase.