Today’s Invisible War, November 12, 2015

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Syrian Army Conquers Marj Al-Sultan Airbase
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian army forces entered Marj al-Sultan military airbase in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside while heavy clashes are underway between them and the terrorists in the region, the second airport taken back by the pro-government troops in the last 3 days.

The Syrian army troops and National Defense Force (NDF) broke through Jeish al-Islam’s defenses at the Marj al-Sultan Military Airbase and reportedly entered the airbase in the East Ghouta region of Damascus province.

According to a military source, the Syrian Armed Forces launched large-scale attack on Jeish al-Islam’s defenses on the army base located at the Western sector of Deir Salman and took full control over this military installation at the Southern perimeter of the Marj al-Sultan Airbase.

Following the capture of the army base, the Syrian soldiers and their allies pushed towards the army terrain that is situated to the South of the helicopter fields, capturing half of the area

According to latest report, Syrian forces are now making a push towards the helicopter fields.

The Syrian army launched operations on Wednesday to win back control over Marj al-Sultan airbase after 3 years of siege by terrorists following its groundbreaking victory in the battle against ISIL in Aleppo that ended up with the removal of a 2.5-year-long siege of the Kuweires airbase on Tuesday.

The military operations started on Tuesday when the Syrian army advanced against the Takfiri terrorists in Eastern Ghouta and retook strategic areas from the foreign-backed militants.

The Syrian troops took full control over al-Mahalej area, to the South of Marj al-Sulatn, and the farms surrounding it.

The Syrian army, popular forces and Hezbollah forces, backed up by Syrian and Russian air force, lifted the two and a half-year-long siege of Kuweires military airbase after killing hundreds of ISIL terrorists on Tuesday.

The Syrian troops and Hezbollah forces rolled into the Kuweires airport at the end of their daylong last phase of massive operations.

The Syrian army, the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Hezbollah combatants, backed up by Russian warplanes, launched the last round of their over one-month-long joint operations against the ISIL terrorists’ positions in Eastern Aleppo near the Kuweires airbase Tuesday morning, and won full control over the strategic Aleppo-Raqqa Highway.

The attack started from multiple directions and ended up in cleaning up several villages from ISIL. Hundreds of the ISIL militants were killed or wounded in the operations.

In the next stage, Syrian and Russian Air Forces massively targeted the last strongholds of the ISIL militants around the Kuweires airbase.

In addition to the Syrian and Russian airstrikes, the artillery and mortar units of the army also shelled the ISIL strongholds to weaken their defense lines as much as possible to lay the ground for the combatants of Hezbollah, the army soldiers and the National Defense Forces to launch the final phase of their joint operations to lift the siege on Kuweires airbase.

Intelligence sources said hundreds of ISIL militants were fleeing the Kuweires region to safer areas to save their lives after suffering heavy casualties in the joint massive attack of the Syrian Army and Hezbollah with the Russian air backup.

After cleaning the region, the pro-government troops had to defuse a minefield planted by the ISIL before they could reach the gates of airbase.

Hundreds of Syrian forces were under a tight siege at the airbase as a result of the occupation of vast areas surrounding the airport by the terrorists.

When under the siege, the Syrian army’s helicopters supplied foodstuff and other needs to the Syrian troops defending the airport.

Al-Nusra Stronghold in Aleppo Conquered by Syrian, Hezbollah Forces
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and Hezbollah resistance movement forces made huge advances in the Southwestern countryside of Aleppo, and prevailed over Al-Hadher region as the al-Nusra Front’s stronghold.

Al-Hadher was al-Nusra’s main stronghold in Aleppo and its collapse can leave a domino effect on other Southwestern parts of the Northern province in Syria and lead to expelling the terrorists from them.

A number of terrorists deployed in the city have been witnessed as withdrawing towards al-Ais town in the Western parts of al-Hadhar city.

The Syrian army and Hezbollah forces captured al-Ais heights yesterday.

The Syrian army troops are prevailing over Aleppo with an increased momentum of victories in the province following its groundbreaking battle win in Kuweires military airport.

Field sources said on Thursday the army purged terrorists from the villages of Kherbet al-Mazare, Kherbet Nazha and Kherbet Mshaweh in the Southwestern countryside of Aleppo.

Earlier on Thursday, the Syrian army and Hezbollah won full control over two other strategic villages in Aleppo province, leaving scores of terrorist dead.

The forces liberated the villages of Musharfah Al-Murayj and Tal Al-Arba’een in Aleppo from the control of the Takfiri terrorists on Thursday, and killed tens of militants.

Syria: Two Top Militant Commanders Killed in Hama
TEHRAN (FNA)- Two top commanders of the terrorist groups in Syria’s Hama province were killed on Thursday as the Syrian army prevails over terrorists’ positions at a striking pace in neighboring Aleppo province disconnecting the militants’ link to Turkey and to other terrorist groups.

“Emir Abu Al-Qa’qa, a commander of Jund al-Aqsa was killed by the Syrian army at Morek in Hama province,” a military source told FNA Thursday evening.

He further added that Al-Qa’qa was killed along with almost all his fighters who formed a group of 42, adding that only one driver escaped the battle scene in his vehicle and at the beginning of the clashes.

Another source also said the Emir of Ahrar al-Sham, As’ad Al-Aryan, was killed in clashes with the Syrian forces in the village of Ma’an in Hama province.

The Syrian army along with their allied forces that include fighters from popular forces and Hezbollah who are receiving advice from Iranian generals and aerial backup from the Russian air force have started a new wave of massive attacks on terrorist groups in the country, specially those in Aleppo, Hama, Damascus and Dara’a provinces, in the last two months.

Tens of militant commanders have been killed in the new surge of attacks by the pro-government troops in the last 8 weeks.

Only in the last three days, several top militant commanders who had received trainings under the US special forces in Jordan have been killed in Hama province.

The Syrian Army stormed strongholds of Ahrar al-Sham militant group in the Northern part of Hama province on Wednesday, and killed at least 13 terrorists, including their commander.

Assad al Eriyan was killed in the army attack on Ahrar al-Sham’s positions in the Northern part of Maan village.

The militants’ mortars and rocket launchers were destroyed in the army offensive.

On Tuesday, the Syrian army intensified its military operations against the Takfiri militants in Hama province, killing a large number of terrorists, including a ringleader.

Ahmad Abdel-Karim al-Suh (aka Ahmad al-Karmou), one of the leaders of the so-called “Gathering of al-Izza” Brigades, along with all the members of his terrorist group were killed in an army operation in al-Latamineh town, 35 km Northwest of Hama city.

The army also targeted terrorists’ positions in the village of Qalat al-Madiq, 50 km Northwest of Hama city, and killed at least 4 Takfiri militants.

Hisham Bakkour Taha, Walid al- Sheikh, Mohammad Abed al-Saleh and Haidar Abdel-Razaq were identified among the dead terrorists, field sources said.

Meanwhile, Syrian forces killed the terrorists, Ahmad Ali al-Safan, Khaled al-Mahdi and Ahmad al-Marae, and destroyed three vehicles in Ma’rkabeh village.

The army troops also destroyed command posts and 4 vehicles of the so-called Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement in the village of Atshan, killing 9 terrorists and injuring several others.

Also on Tuesday, the Syrian Army stormed positions of Ahrar al-Sham militants near al-Mughayr village, killed their commander and pushed them back from the combat zone.

Hassan al-Mrei, a senior commander of Ahrar al-Sham, was killed in the pro-government forces’ offensive on their position in the village.

The militants retreated after their commander was killed and the army deployed forces there.

But, after sweeping victories of the Syrian army and Hezbollah in neighboring Aleppo province, the top terrorist leaders issued a general call on all militant groups to leave their positions for Aleppo to slow down the pro-government victories in the strategic province.

Last night, a top Saudi commander of the Al-Nusra Front – Al-Qaeda’s official branch in Syria – urged all militant groups across Syria to leave their positions for Aleppo, warning that the strategic territory near the border with Turkey will soon be completely lost if thousands of fresh forces do not join them in coming days.

Abdullah al-Muhsini, the al-Nusra’s senior commander, wrote on his social network pages that in case all militant groups do not join their comrades in Aleppo, the entire province “which is of vitally strategic value will soon be lost” to the Syrian army.

The Saudi Sheikh who is also a religious leader voiced deep concern over militants’ status quo in Aleppo, saying that the Syrian army and its allies have increased the momentum of their advances in the last few days.

He specially demanded militants in neighboring Hama province to “show care for common, instead of personal and individual, interests” and rush to the al-Nusra and ISIL’s aid “before the Syrian army conquers the strategic al-Aeis heights”, warning that the government troops will prevail over all militants’ positions in Northern Syria soon if their all-out advances in Aleppo are not brought to a halt.

Sheikh Abdullah al-Muhsini stands at the highest ranks of the al-Nusra Front command. When the group leader, Abu Mohammed al-Joulani, moved to the countryside of Hama where Joulani spoke to nearly 1,500 fighters before they headed to battle in Mhardeh, several years ago, the general military commander of Jabhat al-Nusra, Abou Hammam as-Suri, and Sheikh Abdullah al-Muhsini were also present during the gathering, to boost the fighters’ morale.

Al-Nusra militants said Hama is of strategic importance to the terrorist group as it connects the countryside of Hama to the countryside of Idlib, which al-Nusra desired to make its new stronghold after it lost the Eastern parts of Syria.

Ever since the al-Nusra attack to take the Hama-Idlib road, Abdullah al-Muhsini was stationed there due to its importance. But now the terrorist commander has rushed to Aleppo and demanded all terrorists across Syria, specially those in Hama to give up their positions, given the strategic value of Aleppo.

Al-Muhsini was a clergy and a Mosque Imam in Saudi Arabia before joining the war of militancy in Syria and soon climbed up the chain of command in the al-Nusra Front terrorist group that is supported by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.

He also led the terrorists in the wars in Idlib and was in charge of the siege laid on the two Shiite-populated towns of Kafria and Fuaa that have been encircled by the terrorists for the last several months.

The Syrian army has made huge gains in Aleppo in the last 6 weeks, specially in the last several days. On Tuesday evening, the Syrian army, popular and Hezbollah forces, backed by the Syrian and Russian air forces lifted the 2.5-year-long siege of Kuweires military airbase after killing hundreds of ISIL terrorists.

Only in the last three days, the Syrian army has captured over a dozen villages and towns in Aleppo. The Syrian Army on Tuesday started raiding al-Nusra Front’s concentration centers in several districts and neighborhoods across the Northern city, and made the terrorists retreat from their positions in multiple fronts.

The neighborhoods of al-Shaar, al-Sheikh Saeed, al-Jaberiyeh, al-Sukari, al-Ashrafiyeh, al-Khaldiyeh and al-Ansari witnessed massive offensives of the Syrian army against the Nusra militant group, which left scores of the terrorists dead and wounded.

The Syrian army and Hezbollah forces won back full control over Maryudah in South of Aleppo countryside also on Tuesday. The Syrian army alongside Hezbollah fighters also stormed the militants’ defense line and recaptured full control over Makhala village in the Southern countryside of Aleppo also yesterday.

The Syrian army troops and Hezbollah launched a joint operation to tighten the noose around the militant groups in the Southern part of Aleppo city, which ended in the recapture of Makhala village after fierce clashes with the terrorists.

On Monday, the Syrian Army alongside Hezbollah fighters conducted mop-up operations against the militants in two main neighborhoods of Aleppo city, and killed scores of them. The army destroyed terrorists’ positions in Khalidiya and Bani Zeid neighborhoods in Northeastern part of Aleppo. A large group of terrorists were killed and injured during the operations. Militants’ weapons and ammo were also destroyed.

Also on Monday, the Syrian Armed Forces alongside popular fighters stormed the positions of Takfiri terrorists and pinned them down in various districts of the Southern part of Aleppo city. Pro-government forces engaged in heavy clashes with the militant groups in al-Sheikh Saeed, al-Sukari, al-Ansari and al-Sakhour districts, and killed or wounded scores of them. The Syrian army’s intensified operations in the Southern part of Aleppo blocked the exit path of the terrorists, making their retreat impossible.

Sheikh Muhsini has reportedly been stuck in the same region along with hundreds of other terrorists.

Notorious ISIL Executioner Killed in Aleppo
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian forces and Hezbollah fighters killed the ISIL’s most notorious executioner in the Northern province of Aleppo.

Mohammad Hamdoush known as “Kokeeto the Beheader” was killed during the fierce clashes between the Syrian and Hezbollah forces and the terrorists to take back control of Kuweires Military Airport.

Hamdoush was notorious for filming himself executing captured soldiers and civilians and torturing them in Syria.

He was originally from Morocco and reportedly came to Syria in 2013.

According to his parents, Hamdoush, who arrived in Syria in 2013, was radicalized through the internet, where he discovered Takfirism, an offshoot of Salafism.

The Syrian army, popular forces and Hezbollah forces, backed up by Syrian and Russian air force, lifted the two and a half-year-long siege of Kuweires military airbase after killing hundreds of ISIL terrorists on Tuesday.

The Syrian troops and Hezbollah forces rolled into the Kuweires airport at the end of their daylong last phase of massive operations.

The Syrian army, the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Hezbollah combatants, backed up by Russian warplanes, launched the last round of their over one-month-long joint operations against the ISIL terrorists’ positions in Eastern Aleppo near the Kuweires airbase Tuesday morning, and won full control over the strategic Aleppo-Raqqa Highway.

The attack started from multiple directions and ended up in cleaning up several villages from ISIL. Hundreds of the ISIL militants were killed or wounded in the operations.

In the next stage, Syrian and Russian Air Forces massively targeted the last strongholds of the ISIL militants around the Kuweires airbase.

In addition to the Syrian and Russian airstrikes, the artillery and mortar units of the army also shelled the ISIL strongholds to weaken their defense lines as much as possible to lay the ground for the combatants of Hezbollah, the army soldiers and the National Defense Forces to launch the final phase of their joint operations to lift the siege on Kuweires airbase.

Intelligence sources said hundreds of ISIL militants were fleeing the Kuweires region to safer areas to save their lives after suffering heavy casualties in the joint massive attack of the Syrian Army and Hezbollah with the Russian air backup.

After cleaning the region, the pro-government troops had to defuse a minefield planted by the ISIL before they could reach the gates of airbase.

Hundreds of Syrian forces were under a tight siege at the airbase as a result of the occupation of vast areas surrounding the airport by the terrorists.

When under the siege, the Syrian army’s helicopters supplied foodstuff and other needs to the Syrian troops defending the airport.

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