Syrian Army Deploys Forces Only 2,000 Meters from Palmyra’s Gates

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URGENT: Syrian Army Deploys Forces Only 2,000 Meters from Palmyra's Gates

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army announced on Saturday that its forces, Hezbollah and the National Defense Forces (NDF) are advancing rapidly against the ISIL near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) and are now only 2 km to the city gates and 400 meters to the Palmyra Castle.

“The Syrian government forces’ operation was so heavy that the ISIL terrorists left behind their military hardware and retreated form the battlefield,” the army announced.

“The Syrian army and its allies have deployed forces only 400 meters away form the historical Palmyra Castle,” the army said.

 

 

“The ISIL terrorists have been surprised and confused by the rapid and strong operation of the Syrian forces,” the army added.

“The ISIL has sustained a heavy death toll and its military hardware has also been destroyed in the operation,” the army went on to say.





Syrian army and its allies, backed up by the Russian and Syrian warplanes, have been pounding the militant groups’ defense lines and concentration centers near Palmyra in recent weeks to pave the ground for recapturing the city from the ISIL with the lowest number of casualties possible.

On Tuesday, the Syrian Army announced that the country’s Air Force stormed the ISIL gathering centers and a military convoy in the Eastern territories of Palmyra in the Central Homs province, inflicting heavy damage on the militants.

“Nearly ten ISIL militants were killed and many more were wounded in the Syrian air attacks,” the army said.

“In a separate airstrike, the Syrian bombers traced a long convoy of the ISIL military vehicles coming from Raqqa and targeted it,” the army further added.

“Most of the convoys vehicles, loaded with the weapons, ammunition and fresh forces, were destroyed in the airstrike,” the army said.

The government forces have deployed a large number of fresh forces, including the army men, NDF and Hezbollah fighters in different directions of Palmyra and are waiting for the imminent conquest of Quaryatayn and Maheen regions to launch a large-scale operation to end the control of the ISIL over Palmyra.

Syrian Army Launches Massive Offensive in Homs Province to Recapture Maheen

URGENT: Syrian Army Launches Massive Offensive in Homs Province to Recapture Maheen

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army, backed up by the Russian fighter jets, started a massive operation minutes ago to drive the ISIL terrorist group out of the strategic town of Maheen Town in the Central Homs province.

“The Syria army troops, National Defense Forces (NDF) and Hezbollah fighters, backed up by the Russian warplanes’ bombardments, stormed the positions of the ISIL terrorists near the strategic town of Maheen,” the army said.

“The Russian fighter jets have been staging massive air raids on ISIL stronghold since start of the operation to pave the way for the ground troops to break through the terrorists’ defense lines,” the army added.

“The ground forces raided the ISIL defense lines following a blitzkreig by the Russian warplanes,” the army went on to say.

“Heavy clashes are currently underway between the Syrian forces and the ISIL militants,” the army said.

“The government forces have taken back the fifth Station Northwest of Maheen after killing and wounding tens of militants,” the army added.

The army further added that the Russian warplanes have started the heavy bombardment of ISIL positions in Quaryatayn and Hadath too.

The strategic city of Quaryatayn is less than 15km to the East of Maheen.

Maheen and the town of Hawareen were captured by the ISIL after the army retreated from the region two weeks ago.

Maheen is home to one of the four main arms depot of Syria, and the biggest in the Eastern parts of the country.

Ever since capturing the city, ISIL has been sending hundreds of militants to hold its ground in anticipation of the Syrian army’s imminent large-scale attacks.

The Syrian and Russian warplanes have been bombing Maheen in numerous sorties in the last two weeks.

Following increasing speculations and rumors about the army’s impending attack to seize back control over Maheen, the ISIL launched an offensive on the town of Sadad earlier today. Sadad which is only a few kilometers to the West of Maheen is the closest for army troops to deploy and dispatch troops to the battlefields in Maheen.

The army repelled the attack on Sadad and killed, at least, 20 ISIL militants.

The Syrian army and its allies have advanced significantly against the ISIL in other battlefronts in Homs province.

Syrian army and its allies, backed up by the Russian and Syrian warplanes, have been pounding the militant groups’ defense lines and concentration centers near Palmyra in recent weeks to pave the ground for recapturing the city from the ISIL with the lowest number of casualties possible.

Reports said earlier today that the Syrian army, Hezbollah and the NDF were advancing rapidly against the ISIL near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) and were only 2 km to the city gates and 400 meters to the Palmyra Castle.

“The Syrian government forces’ operation was so heavy that the ISIL terrorists left behind their military hardware and retreated form the battlefield,” the army announced.

“The Syrian army and its allies have deployed forces only 400 meters away form the historical Palmyra Castle,” the army said.

“The ISIL terrorists have been surprised and confused by the rapid and strong operation of the Syrian forces,” the army added.

“The ISIL has sustained a heavy death toll and its military hardware has also been destroyed in the operation,” the army went on to say.

Militants Fleeing Lattakia Battlefields after Syrian Forces’ Operations, Victories

Militants Fleeing Lattakia Battlefields after Syrian Forces' Operations, Victories

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian forces’ large-scale operations in the Northern and Northeastern parts of Lattakia province have forced the militants to flee from battlefields in groups, military sources said Saturday.

The Syrian army alongside the country’s National Defense Forces (NDF) launched massive operations in mountainous regions of the Northern and Northeastern parts of the province, recapturing vast territories and killing or wounding many militants, the sources said.

 

 

“The militants are hopeless and their commanders are not able any more to reorganize the defeated forces,” the source further added.

“The militants have only two ways to choose, being killed or wounded in the battlefields or fleeing,” the sources said.

“The government authorities have announced that will pardon those militant who turn themselves in to the Syrian forces,” they pointed out.

Military analysts believe that the eye-catching victories of the pro-government forces against the militant groups in the mountainous regions of Lattakia in winter time are indebted to the strong will of the Syrian soldiers, the NDF and Hezbollah fighters to route out militancy and terrorism in the country.

They further added that very good back up of the ground forces by the Syrian and Russian Air Force is another factor behind the continued defeats of the militant groups.

The Syrian Army announced on Friday that its forces alongside the country’s popular fighters, backed up by the Russian fighter jets’ bombardments, have gained back over 56 villages, towns and heights from the militant groups across the coastal province of Lattakia in only 68 days.

“The militant groups withdrew forces from over 56 strategic villages, towns and heights after the Syrian government forces launched their joint operation enjoying the back up of the Russian air fleet,” the army said.

“Recapture of 56 strategic points, mainly located in mountainous regions, in only 68 days, seems to be a wonderful sample of coordination and cooperation among the pro-government troops and the Russian Air force,” the army added.

ISIL Terrorists Retreating in Aleppo

ISIL Terrorists Retreating in Aleppo

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army marched on positions of ISIL terrorists in Aleppo province, killing scores of the Takfiri militants.

On Friday, the Syrian forces killed scores of ISIL terrorists and destroyed their concentrations centers in Deir Hafer city and Maskana town in Manbej area in Eastern countryside of Aleppo.

 

 

The Syrian army also killed a number of Takfiri terrorists and destroyed their military equipment in the vicinity of al-Nairab Airport in the Southeastern countryside of Aleppo.

Earlier, the Syrian Army announced on Friday that its soldiers, the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and fresh recruits of popular forces stormed the militants’ defense lines in the Southern part of Aleppo province and gained full control over Abu Rayal village.

“The Syrian army troops, Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Harakat Al-Nujaba advanced South of the al-Arba’een Mountains (Jabal al-Arba’een) to the village of Abu Rayal after heavy clashes with the militants of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and al-Nusra Front overnight,” the army said.

The village of Abu Rayal is situated at the Southwestern side of Jabal Al-Arba’een; it was also one of the main targets for the Russian airstrikes and the Syrian army’s artillery shells these last 72 hours in Southern Aleppo.

Combination of the well-trained forces of the Syrian army, motivated forces of the NDF and the experienced fighters of Hezbollah have brought about a united front which can not be defeated simply.

Syria: Militants Withdraw More in Marj Al-Sultan Region

Syria: Militants Withdraw More in Marj Al-Sultan Region

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army announced on Saturday that the militant groups have sustained heavy losses as a result of the government forces’ attack and have retreated from more lands in the strategic region of Marj al-Sultan East of Damascus province.

“The pro-government forces’ continued attacks left no chance for the militant groups to fortify their positions which have been attacked and bombed regularly in the recent days by the Syrian ground and air forces,” the army said.

“The militant groups were forced to leave behind their military equipment and pull back the remaining of forces in a bid to evade more casualties,” the army further added.

Marj al-Sultan region is home to one of the most important airbases in Central Syria with the same name, therefor, the government forces have done their best in the recent weeks to restore full security to the region which can be considered as a Central command in anti-terrorism campaign.

On Wednesday, the Syrian army strongly rejected rumors spread by the Takfiri terrorist groups about their victories against the Syrian government forces in the newly-liberated airbase of Marj al-Sultan in Damascus province.

“Such rumors have been spread by the Takfiri terrorists due to the heavy blows that they have received from the Syrian forces across Syria in recent months,” the army said.

Militants had claimed that they have regained control of Marj al-Sultan military airbase in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside.

“The airbase is fully under the control of government forces,” the army stressed.

On November 12, the Syrian army and popular forces completely pushed back the militant groups from Marj al-Sultan Airbase and its surroundings, scoring their second groundbreaking victory after lifting the ISIL siege of Kuweires airbase in Aleppo province a few days earlier.

Syrian army forces entered Marj al-Sultan military airbase in Eastern Ghouta on November 10, and brought the base under full control two days later.

Then the army started marching on militants’ positions around the reserve airport in Marj al-Sultan town in Eastern Ghouta throughout November and early December.

Nusra Acknowledges Death of Senior Commander in Syria

Nusra Acknowledges Death of Senior Commander in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The al-Nusra Front terrorist group acknowledged on Saturday that scores of its members, including a senior commander, were killed in Damascus province.

Al-Nusra Front said the senior commander, Abu Mohammad Sham, was among scores of terrorists who were killed in Syrian military operations in Damascus province.

Earlier, the Syrian army killed a senior commander of Jaish al-Islam terrorist group in Damascus province.

According to the Arabic-language al-Alam news channel, a senior commander of Jasih al-Islam was killed by the Syrian army in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside.

There are no more details available.

A prominent military expert said on Saturday that the Syrian army has accelerated its military operations against the Takfiri terrorists in Damascus province and will soon earn new gains in Eastern Ghouta.

“The Syrian army will purge Eastern Ghouta of Takfiri terrorists in the next phase of its operations in Damascus countryside, specially after the Syrian troops won back Marj al-Sultan region and its military airport from the terrorists,” Issa al-Zaher told FNA today.

He noted that cutting the terrorists’ supply lines in the Western and Southern parts of Eastern Ghouta from its Northern and Eastern parts will accelerate annihilation of terrorist groups stationed in the regions close to the Damascus Airport.

The Syrian Army and popular forces completely pushed back the militant groups from Marj al-Sultan Airbase and its surroundings in the Eastern countryside of Damascus on November 12, scoring their second groundbreaking victory after lifting the ISIL siege of Kuweires airbase in Aleppo province a few days earlier.

Then the Syrian army purged the entire town of Marj al-Sultan from the terrorists last week, and brought the base under full control two days later.

In mid-October, a senior strategist disclosed that the start of the new round of military operations in the Damascus countryside is part of the plan of the Iran-Russia-Syria-Iraq quadrilateral coalition to tighten the grip on the terrorists in the region.

“The new wave of war on the terrorists in the Damascus countryside started because the Damascus government has been tipped off about the terrorists’ new plans to launch attacks on the Syrian government in the Northern parts of the country and help the foreign-backed militants in the North,” Syrian Military Strategist Yahya Soleiman told FNA.

He noted that winning back the city of Beiji in Western Iraq and attacking the convoy of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Anbar province were the result of intelligence cooperation among Iran, Russia, Syria and Iraq.

“Iran and Russia are two determining members of the war against the ISIL terrorists, and as a result of their membership in this quadrilateral coalition, the start of new military operations in Syria has forced the Takfiri terrorists to flee to Turkey, Jordan and Europe,” Soleiman said.

ISIS Assault on Homs Town Repelled

ISIL Assault on Homs Town Repelled

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army pushed back an ISIL attack on the town of Sadad and a key district in the Central Province of Homs on Saturday, leaving a group of terrorists dead.

According to the Arabic-language al-Alam news channel, a group of ISIL terrorists were killed as the Syrian army repelled the terrorists’ attack on the district of al-Makhfar al-Kahmes and Sadad town in Homs.

Later reports said on Saturday afternoon that at least 20 militants had been killed in the clashes between the army troops and ISIL terrorists in the town of Sadad, adding that the army has held the ground in the town.

Sadad is just a few kilometers to the East of the strategic city of Mheen and the town of Hawareen that were captured by the ISIL after the army retreated from the region two weeks ago.

The army is said to be preparing to launch a massive attack today to take back Mheen and Hawareen.

The news comes as the Syrian army is advancing against the Takfiri terrorists in the province.

The Syrian Army announced on Saturday that its forces, Hezbollah and the National Defense Forces (NDF) are advancing rapidly against the ISIL near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) and are now only 2 km to the city gates and 400 meters to the Palmyra Castle.

“The Syrian government forces’ operation was so heavy that the ISIL terrorists left behind their military hardware and retreated form the battlefield,” the army announced.

“The Syrian army and its allies have deployed forces only 400 meters away form the historical Palmyra Castle,” the army said.

“The ISIL terrorists have been surprised and confused by the rapid and strong operation of the Syrian forces,” the army added.

“The ISIL has sustained a heavy death toll and its military hardware has also been destroyed in the operation,” the army went on to say.

Syrian army and its allies, backed up by the Russian and Syrian warplanes, have been pounding the militant groups’ defense lines and concentration centers near Palmyra in recent weeks to pave the ground for recapturing the city from the ISIL with the lowest number of casualties possible.

On Tuesday, the Syrian Army announced that the country’s Air Force stormed the ISIL gathering centers and a military convoy in the Eastern territories of Palmyra in the Central Homs province, inflicting heavy damage on the militants.

“Nearly ten ISIL militants were killed and many more were wounded in the Syrian air attacks,” the army said.

“In a separate airstrike, the Syrian bombers traced a long convoy of the ISIL military vehicles coming from Raqqa and targeted it,” the army further added.

“Most of the convoys vehicles, loaded with the weapons, ammunition and fresh forces, were destroyed in the airstrike,” the army said.

The government forces have deployed a large number of fresh forces, including the army men, NDF and Hezbollah fighters in different directions of Palmyra and are waiting for the imminent conquest of Quaryatayn and Maheen regions to launch a large-scale operation to end the control of the ISIL over Palmyra.

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