Syrian Forces Kill Many ISIL Militants in Mop-Up Operations near Kuweires
The Syrian Army alongside Hezbollah fighters Saturday conducted mop-up operations against the ISIL militants in two areas near the newly-recaptured Kuweires airbase, inflicting heavy losses on them.
Sharba’a and al-Afash areas in the Eastern countryside of Aleppo were the scenes of heavy clashes after the Syrian army and Hezbollah launched their mop-up operations in the surroundings of the Kuweires airbase.
Many of the ISIL terrorists were killed in the pro-government forces’ operations and their military equipment was also destroyed.
Field sources said on Friday that the Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters were carrying out mop-up operations in the Eastern countryside of Aleppo, pushing back more ISIL terrorists from the strategic province.
The ISIL terrorists’ positions near the villages of Jib al-Safa, Ain al-Jamajma, Wadiaa, Um Arkila, al-Madyouneh, Tal Abu Danneh and al-Bab city in the Eastern and Northeastern countryside of Aleppo came under joint offensive of the Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters, sources said, and added that scores of the militants have been killed in the army attacks.
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.