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Syrian Army Pushes Towards Tabaqa Airbase in Raqqa

15 February 2016 20:21

VIDEO: Syrian Army Pushes Towards Tabaqa Airbase in Raqqa

The Syrian army and popular forces took back one more strategic hill from Daesh terrorists following hours of fierce firefights northeast of Hama province as part of their ongoing advance towards Tabaqa airbase in Raqqa province, according to FNA.

The Syrian Armed Forces, backed by pro-government forces, captured the small hilltop of Tal Masbah, which was one of the last Daesh (so-called “Islamic State” , ISIS or ISIL) outposts along the Salamiyah-Raqqa Highway.

The government forces are attempting to seize the important Tabaqa military airport in southwestern Raqqa, which was captured by Daesh forces in August 2014. Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are approximately 35 km away from the Tabqa military airport — their primary objective in Raqqa at the moment.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army and popular forces launched massive operations along Ithriya-Raqqa highway northeast of Hama province forcing the terrorist groups to abandon more positions in the region, leaving behind scores of dead and wounded fighters.

Large amounts of munitions, including Israeli-made weapons, seized in western Sweida-

Earlier on Sunday, the Syrian military aircraft also targeted a major center of concentration for the militant groups deployed in the village of Hamada Omar in Salamiyah region, killing and wounding dozens of terrorists.

The Syrian government forces and popular units continued to advance on the terrorists’ positions in the Northeastern part of Hama province securing a long chunk of Salamiyah-Raqqa highway.

Meanwhile in other part of country an increasing number of terrorists have been killed in precise and pinpoint operations carried out by the army units and the air force in various areas across the country.

In Lattakia army units, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, restored security and stability to the villages of Barrouma, Mazyan and Rweiset Hmeiroush in the northern countryside of Lattakia province, a military source announced on Sunday.

Also units of the army also restored security and stability to villages of Majdal Kikhia, Sheikh Mustafa, Sheikh Ayoub and Ayn al-Ghazal in addition to the strategic points 679, 466 and 448 in Lattakia northern countryside.

The source described the operations carried out in those areas as “intensive, precise and swift” in which special tactics for mountainous and wooded areas were used.

Engineering units dismantled a number of explosive devices and mines which the terrorists had earlier planted among houses and at the villages’ entrances, the source said, noting that a number of terrorists were killed in the operations and the rest fled toward areas on the Turkish border.

In the same context, the army’s air force targeted vehicles and positions of terrorists, killing many of them, in Rweiset al-Malek, Dahret Ard al-Ghadr, Rweiset Wata al-Sendian, Rweiset al-Jouz, Nahshaba, al-Zweiqat, al-Sheikh Abdulla, al-Rweiseh Mountain, Abu Ali Mountain, al-Baidaa and Ard Qartab valley in the northeastern countryside of Lattakia.

In Homs in the same context, army units, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, established control over a number of strategic hills northeast of Mahassa in the southeastern countryside of Homs.

In the meantime, over the past 24 hours, the army’s air force carried out sorties against positions and gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and other Takfiri organizations in the northern countryside of the province.

The terrorists suffered heavy losses, with 6 of their positions getting destroyed in Teir Maala, Talbiseh and al-Rastan area.A number of vehicles, some equipped with machine gun, and a rocket launching pad were destroyed in Ein Hussein village.

Army units destroyed a rocket launcher and three vehicles for ISIS terrorists in the eastern countryside of Homs.

In Hama the army’s air force destroyed sites and vehicles for ISIS terrorists in al-Rahjan village, 60 km east of Hama city, according to a military source.

The source said that gatherings of Jaish al-Fatah terrorists and several of their fortified positions were hit in army airstrikes in Kafar Nabbouda and al-Latamna towns, 35 km north of Hama city.

Centers and vehicles of various kinds were destroyed in the airstrikes.

100 ISIS Terrorists Were Killed in Army Operations

In Deir Ezzor at least 100 ISIS terrorists were killed in army operations in the eastern Deir Ezzor province during the past 24 hours.

The army’s air force carried out sorties targeting ISIS positions and vehicles in al-Husseiniyeh village in the western countryside of the province. The positions and vehicles were destroyed, with terrorists around getting killed.

Several ISIS hideouts and vehicles, some of which are equipped with machineguns, were also destroyed in army airstrikes in al-Mrei’iyeh village in the eastern countryside, while an army unit eliminated a number of gatherings of ISIS terrorists in al-Sheikh Yaseen neighborhood in Deir Ezzor city.

Meanwhile, a source on the ground said an army unit targeted ISIS sites in the neighborhoods of al-Hamidiyeh, al-Aradi and al-Rushdiyeh, killing 71 terrorists and injuring 81 others.Terrorist leaders were among the dead, according to the source.

Four more ISIS terrorists were killed in an army operation against their gathering in the vicinity of Deir Ezzor military airport.A Libyan leader within the so-called “Deir Ezzor Airport Front” nicknamed “Abu Islam al-Baghdadi and five of his group’s members were confirmed dead in al-Hamediyeh neighborhood.

An army unit clashed with ISIS terrorists in the surroundings of al-Mrei’iyeh, killing 9 terrorists.

A number of gatherings of ISIS terrorists were hit in al-Hawi area, and a vehicle transporting 12 terrorists was destroyed on Mrat road in the eastern countryside of the province.

In the northern and western countryside of Deir Ezzor, more gatherings of ISIS terrorists were targeted in a precise operation near the Water Station in Mheimideh village and Sfeira Tahtani.

ISIS terrorists were also targeted in several operations in separate areas in al-Bukamal city, 130 southeast of Deir Ezzor city.

17 members of Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group, including a top commander, were killed in a tough battle with the Kurdish fighters in the Northern battlefields of Aleppo province

The operations resulted in destroying a23 mm machinegun in al-Kitf area and two vehicles equipped with machineguns and an ammunition depot near al-Masmakeh and al-Sinaa areas, in addition to destroying two vehicles, one of which equipped with machinegun, in al-Baghouz area.

In Aleppo a field source told SANA that units of the army restored security and stability to villages of Barhlin, Sin and al-Jdeidah in Aleppo eastern countryside.

Earlier, the army’s air force destroyed positions, fortifications and vehicles equipped with machineguns belonging to ISIS terrorists in the villages of Burj Azzawi, al-Sin, al-Tanbar and Jeb al-Ali in al-Sfeira area the eastern countryside of Aleppo province.

ISIS terrorists suffered heavy losses during army operations against their sites in the villages of Tallet al-Shawaya, al-Tibeh, Barlahin and al-Sin in the northeastern countryside of the province.

Gatherings of terrorists and their vehicles were hit in army airstrikes in al-Ameriyeh village in Aleppo southern countryside.

An army unit targeted terrorists’ positions and fortifications in Souran village, destroying them and killing all the terrorists at the sites.

In Aleppo city, army units hit gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations in the neighborhoods of al-Rashidin, Bani Zaid, Karm al-Trab, al-Jandoul and al-Jalloum. A heavy cannon was destroyed in al-Mayser neighborhood.

In Daraa an army unit targeted gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Busra al-Sham city, 40 km to the east of Daraa city, destroying sites, vehicles and weapons, a military source told SANA.

Army operations in Daraa city resulted in destroying a mortar launcher and a fortified post for terrorists in al-Karak quarter, a hideout and a vehicle in al-Abbassiyeh quarter and another hideout near Busra Square in Daraa al-Mahatta neighborhood.A number of terrorists were killed or injured in al-Nazihin Camp quarter.


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