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Map- Complete Syrian War battlefield update

17 September 2016 15:16

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The violent war that has ravaged much of Syria has entered a new chapter, as the U.S. and Russia attempt to end the bloodshed between the warring parties.

While the nationwide ceasefire has dissipated much of the violence plaguing Syria, the war still rages in several parts of the country, with no positive conclusion in sight.

ALEPPO: 

The Aleppo front saw a significant change in the frontline situation in the month of August.

In the first days of August, the jihadist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) continued their large-scale offensive to lift the siege imposed on the east Aleppo neighborhoods.

Jaysh Al-Fateh would capture Al-‘Amariyah, Al-Ramouseh, Hikmah School, and Artillery College after advancing from the Khan Touman countryside in southern Aleppo.

As a result of these gains, the jihadist rebels were able to open in a gap to the east Aleppo neighborhoods; however, this did not mean the siege was lifted.

The Syrian Arab Army still possessed fire control over the small gap to east Aleppo because of their positions at the 3000 Housing Project.

By mid-August, the Syrian Armed Forces had forestalled the jihadist advance, paving the way for their own counter-offensive in southern Aleppo.

It took the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” and Republican Guard units several weeks, but they were able to recover most of the territory they lost in southern Aleppo, including Al-Ramouseh and the Artillery College.

Despite all of this, the Syrian Armed Forces were forced to freeze their military operation because of the current nationwide ceasefire.

Meanwhile, in the northern countryside, “Operation Euphrates Shield” saw the Turkish Army’s incursion into Aleppo, while they aided the rebels capture Jarabulus and much of northeast Aleppo.

Currently, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their allies are pushing south towards the key town of Al-Bab, where they are looking to expel the Islamic State forces from their main stronghold in east Aleppo.

DAMASCUS:

The Syrian Arab Army had a successful 6 weeks in the Damascus countryside, starting with the Islamist rebels surrendering the strategic town of Darayya.

In addition to Darayya, the Syrian Armed Forces were also able to capture large chunks of the Al-Rehan Farms, Hawsh Al-Farah and Tal Al-Sawwan.

Yesterday, the Syrian Arab Army made their first major advance in the town of Jobar after the Islamist rebels of Faylaq Al-Rahman provoked them with an attack on their defenses at the Jobar Garages.

The Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, alongside the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) and National Defense Forces (NDF), managed to capture most of the neighborhoods around the Jobar Electrical Plant, marking their first advance in the town since 2015.

In northwest Damascus, the Islamic State launched an offensive at the northeastern slopes of the Qalamoun Mountains; this resulted in a two week long battle near the key town of Dumayr.

DARA’A:

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Fighting in Dara’a between the government and rebels has mostly stopped, with the exception being the ‘Ibta front.

In early September, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Armored Division launched a surprise attack at the ‘Ibta Battalion Base; this resulted in the seizure of this strategic military installation.

In mid-September, the jihadist rebels launched an offensive to capture several sites in the Dara’a Triangle; however, this was repelled after a short battle at Tal Qareen.

Deir Ezzor:

The battle for Deir Ezzor has mostly been back-and-forth over the last few weeks, with no real shift in frontline situation.

Perhaps the biggest news in the province was the Syrian Arab Army’s recent capture of Tal Sannouf; this hilltop was under the control of the Islamic State forces for several months.

HAMA:

The northern Hama front is arguably one of Syria’s most volatile fronts at the moment, as both the jihadist rebels and Syrian Arab Army trade offensives.

Led Jund Al-Aqsa (Al-Qaeda franchise), the jihadist rebels managed to capture several sites in northern Hama, including the key villages of Taybat Al-Imam, Halfaya, Souran, and Kawkab.

As a result of their advance, the jihadist rebels are now within 5 km of Hama’s provincial capital.

The jihadist offensive has prompted the Syrian Armed Forces to send a massive convoy of reinforcements to the Hama front in order to help drive back Jund Al-Aqsa and their allies.

Al-Hasakah:

The Kurdish-led “Asayish forces” (police), backed by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), seized most of Hasakah City, expelling the National Defense Forces (NDF) in the process.

The Syrian government currently controls some neighborhoods in Hasakah City; however, these are protected by state police, not the National Defense Forces.

In southern Al-Hasakah, the Islamic State launched an offensive to recapture Al-Shadadi from the Syrian Democratic Forces, but this was repelled after a week of fighting.

HOMS: 

The jihadist rebels are in the process of surrendering the Al-Wa’er District to the Syrian government forces.

Other than skirmishes in the northern and eastern countryside of Homs, the province has been relatively quiet during the months of August and September.

IDLIB:

No frontline changes.

LATAKIA:

The Syrian Marines and Desert Hawks have recently captured a large swathe of territory from the jihadist rebels near the Idlib axis.

Other than this significant advance, the Latakia Governorate has seen no shift in the frontline situation.

AL-QUNEITRA:

The jihadist rebels launched an offensive dubbed “Qadsiyah Al-Jnoub” in the Golan Heights this month, targeting the key town of Hader.

Despite their best efforts, the jihadist rebels have been unable to make any headway; instead, they have lost dozens of fighters in the process.

In addition to sporadic Israeli airstrikes on government positions, the Al-Quneitra Governorate has not seen any significant shift in the frontline situation.

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