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Report: ISIL Admits Losing Tal Abyad

TEHRAN (FNA) – The ISIL Takfiri terrorist group admitted losing the strategic border town of Tal Abyad in Northern Syria to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

The people of Reqqa city said that they have heard ISIL militants acknowledging defeat in Tal Abyad, the Arabic-language service of Kurdish Rudaw news website reported on Tuesday.

The Kurdish website noted that sporadic clashes still continue in some villages in the Western parts of Tal Abyad and Eastern Kobani. Earlier today, the Kurdish fighters gained full control over Tal Abyad after inflicting heavy casualties on the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

According to reports, the Syrian Kurds made huge gains in their fight against the ISIL terrorists in Northern border areas and established full control over Tal Abyad.The reports added a few pockets of the terrorists are still holed up in the district and that the Kurdish forces are carrying out clean-up operations to purge the area from the remnants of the militants. More than 40 ISIL terrorists lost their lives in the operation.

The latest developments came after the Kurdish forces fully surrounded the strategic town after seizing a border post and cutting a major road linking Tal Abyad to Raqqa, which is currently under ISIL control and serves as its de facto capital. The seizure of Al Abyad came after the Kurdish forces seized back another important town named Suluk from the ISIL Control on Monday.

Yesterday, the YPG forces seized back the Suluk town from the ISIL control. The YPG has made a determined push into Reqqa province from neighboring Hasaka where it has driven ISIL from wide areas of territory since early May.

On Sunday, a YPG statement said that its fighters had encircled Suluk. It said that the ISIL terrorists had lost control over Suluk and Kurdish forces were advancing toward Tal Abyad. It also said the road linking Tal Abyad with Reqqa was under YPG control. The loss of Suluk and Tal Abyad is a major blow to the ISIL group.

The border towns are major avenues for commerce for the extremist group — through which it smuggles in foreign fighters and sells black-market oil. The city is also a key link between Turkey and the Northern Syrian city of Reqqa, the de-facto capital of the ISIL group’s self-declared caliphate.


Iraqi air attacks and mortar shelling on the strongholds of the ISIL terrorist group in Anbar and Salahuddin provinces left several fighters killed or wounded, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.





“The Iraqi army mortar attacks targeted several ISIL arsenals in the town of Husseiba, East of Ramadi, in Anbar, and left seven militants killed,” Spokesperson for the Iraqi Interior Ministry Saad Maan said.

Maan added that Iraqi fighter jets targeted a number of the ISIL convoys in the Haqol Ajul area in Salahuddin province, destroying five of the group’s convoys and killing all the militants inside the vehicles.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country. The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.


The Syrian army intensified its offensives in Aleppo after the terrorist groups launched mortar attacks on the Western parts of the city. The army’s intensified attacks came after the terrorists hit the government-controlled residential areas in Aleppo city. The terrorists launched their mortar attacks from Bani Zeid and al-Mansoura regions in the Eastern parts of Aleppo.

The military sources confirmed that over 40 Takfiri terrorists were killed in the army’s Tuesday offensive against the terrorist-held areas. On Friday, Syrian army sources informed that they were preparing for their first ever war with ISIL in Aleppo.

ISIL has been engaged in battles with various anti-government militant groups in the Northern countryside of Aleppo in the last several weeks, and observers said ISIL has sustained over a thousand casualties in the infighting with rival groups in the region.

But, now sources in the Syrian army told FNA that units deployed in Northern Aleppo have fortified their positions in Sifat and Bashkoy regions in anticipation of an imminent war with ISIL, adding that the battle will be the Syrian army’s first with ISIL since the latter’s new round of offensive in the region in the last few months.

“After ISIL drove out the rival Al-Nusra Front terrorist groups and occupied Al-Wahshiyah village in Reef (countryside of) Aleppo, the contact line between the ISIL and the Syrian army has come very close, making close-range clashes inevitable,” the sources told FNA.

“ISIL’s movement in this front displays that it is seeking to open new frontlines against the Syrian army following its victory over rival groups, including those that have been equipped and sent by Turkey,” they added.

According to the sources, advancing towards the Syrian Army Infantry School will be ISIL’s next objective to the South of Al-Wahshiyah village.


The Syrian military operations have left tens of Takfiri militants dead and dozens more injured in the Al-Thala airbase region in Southern Syria in the past 24 hours, sources said. Over 275 Al-Nusra Front terrorists were killed near Al-Thala airbase in Sweida province on Monday, sources on both sides declared.

“The army units with the help of popular defense forces repelled the attempts by the Al-Nusra terrorists to retake the strategic airbase in Sweida province,” a Syrian army source told FNA.

He said in the first phase of the army operation in Al-Thala airbase region over 100 terrorists were killed, and added, “And in the second phase, the army killed 25 terrorists who were trying to penetrate into Um Walad town.”

The army artillery units pounded the Al-Nusra Front positions in Western Sweida province, killing another 150 terrorists.

On Friday, informed military sources in the Southern battlefields confirmed that the Syrian army successfully defended al-Thala airbase against an al-Nusra attack. The sources said that the Syrian soldiers and the country’s popular forces, in heavy clashes, forced the Nusra fighters to retreat from some areas of al-Thala Airbase that is now under full control of the government forces.

In the meantime, Head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdulrahman underlined that the Syrian air force’s massive attacks on the militants’ positions near the airbase alongside Sweida’s good military supply for the Syrian army men ended in the victory of the government forces and failure of the Nusra fighters.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 210,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.


At least 30 suicide bombers were killed after Iraqi warplanes targeted an ISIL gathering near the capital city of Baghdad, a military source said. Iraq’s Ministry of Defense issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the county’s fighter jets managed to hit a gathering of the ISIL suicide bombers in the city of Fallujah after a complex reconnaissance operation, killing more than 30 militants.

The Interior Ministry Spokesman Major Genenarl Saad Moen, said, “A force belonging to the Iraqi Army Aviation managed to kill 30 suicide elements from ISIL during an aerial bombing, which targeted their sites, in the city of Fallujah, located 60 km West of Ramadi.”

The source added that the suicide bombers were planning to carry out several terror attacks in the capital.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq. Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.


Iraqi Kurdistan Pishmarga Forces defended their positions in Khazir, in the Western countryside of Kirkuk against the ISIL terrorists’ offensive, and pushed them back from the battlefield.

“The ISIL militants ramped up their efforts to launch an attack against the Pishmarga forces in the Khazir front,” Brigadier General Dilshad Maulood, a commander of Pishmarga forces in Zeravani Headquarter said. “Before targeting the Pishmarga, the ISIL convoys were destroyed by the Kurdish fighters,” the Kurdish commander went on to say.

On Monday, the Pishmarga Forces’ massive offensives against the ISIL terrorist group resulted in the recapture of more regions near the Northern city of Kirkuk. The Pishmarga forces, in a series of special operations in the Southwestern parts of Kirkuk, retook control over the nearby areas of Vastana village and the residential complex of Abu Nour, and killed or wounded several ISIL fighters.

On Sunday, at least 40 terrorists were killed after Iraqi warplanes targeted convoys belonging to the ISIL Takfiri group near Kirkuk. According to Iraqi media reports, the Iraqi fighter jets pounded 8 convoys of the ISIL in Zab area near Kirkuk, killing more than 40 terrorists. The reports added that the convoys were destroyed after four missiles were launched against them by the Iraqi jets.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.


Aleppo, SANA- The death toll from rocket attacks on Aleppo city has risen to 23 martyrs while scores others were injured, most of them are children, a source at Aleppo Health Directorate said. The source pointed out that the death toll is likely to rise due to the critical cases of many wounded, adding that al-Razi and the University hospitals received more than 100 casualties, tens of the m are children.

Earlier, a source at the province told SANA’s correspondent that terrorists located in Bani Zeid neighborhood fired rocket shells on the aforementioned residential areas, claiming the lives of eight people, three of them children, and injuring 70 others, 30 of them children.

The source said that the injured victims were rushed to al-Razi and Unviersity Hospitals in the city for treatment, and that the attacks caused massive damage to citizens’ homes and properties, with large chunks of a building near al-Rhaman Mosque at the intersection between the two areas collapsing on top of the building’s inhabitants.

Civil defense and security personnel are working to clear the wreckage and rescue the people trapped underneath it, the source added. The source also said that terrorists fired shells at Nile Street in the city, injuring 8 civilians, some of whom sustained severe injuries.


Provinces, SANA, Units of the army and armed forces, supported by the air force, killed and injured terrorists of different organizations and destroyed their weapons and vehicles in a number of area.

Damascus Countryside

Army units, in cooperation with the Lebanese Resistance, established full control over Ras al-Kosh Hill and Qernet Ras al-Saabe at al-Jarajir Mountains in Qalamoun area in Damascus Countryside province after eliminating the last gatherings of terrorists,  a military source said on Tuesday.

Dozens of terrorists were also killed and several vehicles, some of which equipped with machineguns, were destroyed in army air strikes in Qalamoun mountains.

In the same context, an army unit targeted Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Khan al-Sheeh town in the southwestern countryside of Damascus. Many terrorists were killed and four of their vehicles, which were loaded with weapons and ammunition, were destroyed in the operations.

More terrorists were killed in concentrated operations against their dens in the towns of Kafar Hour and Beit Tima areas and Beit Jinn farms. Meanwhile, terrorist organizations acknowledged the death of one of their groups’ leaders in al-Tadamun neighborhood in southern Damascus city.

Abu Rida al-Turkmani, identified as the leader of the so-called “Jabhat Ansar al-Islam”, was killed along with a number of other terrorists during clashes with popular defense groups in al-Tadamoun neighborhood, according to the terrorist organizations’ social media pages. “Jabhat Ansar al-Islam” terrorist group has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Homs

In central Syria, the army air force launched a series of strikes against dens and positions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria “ISIS” and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the countryside of central Homs province.

The army air force also carried out a number of strikes, destroying dens of ISIS terrorists in Palmyra and in the vicinity of al-Sha’er oil field in the eastern countryside of the province.

Scores of terrorists were killed in the strikes  and others were injured in addition to destroying a number of their machinegun-equipped vehicles.

Hama

In neighboring province of Hama, the army air force destroyed a number of terrorist organizations’ vehicles and killed scores of their members in al-Rahjan and to the north of Mourek, Salba and al- Mushrife in the countryside of the province. A military source said that the air force of the Syrian Army carried out concentrated strikes on Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists’ gatherings in the eastern and northern countryside of Hama central province.

The source told SANA that the air force carried out raids on terrorists’ gatherings and moving axes at the north of towns of Mourek and al-Mushirfe in the northern countryside of the province, killing many and injuring others, in addition to destroying their vehicles.

Many terrorists were also killed in military operations in the villages of al-Rahjan and Salba in the northeastern countryside of the province.

Daraa

An army unit carried out a special operation against a den of Jabhat al-Nusra and other Takfiri terrorist organizations in Busra al-Sham city, 40 km to the east of Daraa city.

More than 100 terrorists, mostly from Jabhat al-Nusra, were killed in the operation and others were injured and their arms and ammunition were destroyed.

Quneitra

In the neighboring Quneitra province, an army unit targeted movements of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in al-Hamidiyeh village, where a number of the terrorists were killed and a vehicle with a heavy machinegun mounted on it was destroyed.

Another army unit killed many terrorists and destroyed their weapons and ammunition in the towns of Toloul al-Homr, Jebata al-Khashab and to the north of Tal al-Ahmar in the northern and northeastern part of the province.

Lattakia

In the coastal province of Lattakia,  army units carried out operations against terrorists in Ketf al-Rumman, Salma and Kensabba villages in the northern countryside.

The operations in the aforementioned villages, which are located 13 km away from the border with Turkey, resulted in destroying 3 mortar and rocket depots. A number of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were killed, including one leader who was nicknamed Abu Taha al-Filastini.

Aleppo

Army units, aided by the army air force, destroyed a number of terrorists’ hideouts in Bustan al-Basha, al-Shaar, Old Aleppo, al-Maadi, Bani Zaid, al-Ansari, Karm al-Jabal, al-Sheikh S’eed, al-Firdous, al-Sukkari and Bustan al-Qasr in the city and countryside of Aleppo province.

Terrorists were killed and their vehicles were destroyed in al-Meizliyeh, al-Mansoura and al-Lairamoun.

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