Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Repels Major Attack on Gov’t Positions Near Aleppo’s Kuweires Airbase
The ISIL’s offensive to capture the government forces’ positions in the village of Showaylikh near Kuweires airbase was fended off by the strong defense of the Syrian military men.
Meantime, the Syrian army and popular forces continued their military advances in other parts of Syria, including Homs and Damascus, over the past 24 hours.
Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army’s operations in Syria’s key provinces.
Syrian army men repelled ISIL’s offensive on their positions South of the Kuweires airbase East of Aleppo province, killing or wounding tens of the militants.
The army soldiers engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL terrorists that had attacked several positions of the government forces in the village of Showaylikh to access air force academy, killing and wounding tens of them and destroying their vehicles.
The ISIL militants that suffered a heavy death toll in the battle pulled the remaining pockets of their forces back from the Southern side of Kuweires airbase.
In the meantime, Syrian fighter jets bombed ISIL’s positions in areas near Showaylikh and the road to Deir Hafer.
Earlier reports said on Monday that the army troops continued to hit ISIL’s movements in Eastern Aleppo, inflicting a number of casualties on the terrorists.
The army’s artillery units shelled ISIL’s gatherings and movements in Showaylikh region near the air force academy in Eastern Aleppo, killing a number of militants and destroying their vehicles.
In the meantime, the army’s engineering units that are carrying out mop-up operation in the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city seized a bomb-laden vehicle of the terrorists with over two tons of explosives.
Reports from Eastern Homs said on Monday that 25 ISIL militants were killed during the Syrian army’s anti-terrorism operations in the region.
The clashes erupted West of Tadmur (Palmyra) between the army and the ISIL terrorists, in which 25 militants were killed, a military source said on Monday.
According to the source, a large amount of ISIL weapons and ammunition was also destroyed during the operations.
Earlier on Monday, the Syrian army troops fended off two attacks carried out by Fatah al-Sham Front (previously known as the al-Nusra Front) and Ahrar al-Sham in Northwestern Homs, inflicting a large number of casualties on the militants.
Fatah al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham managed to attack army positions in the village of Mreimin and Qarmas from the villages of Taldou, Kafr Laha and al-Tayibeh al-Qarbi, but failed to prevail over the government positions.
The terrorist groups suffered heavy casualties in the failed attacks and pulled the remaining pockets of forces back from the battlefields.
The army’s artillery also targeted terrorist positions in the neighborhood of al-Mashjar al-Janoubi in Talbiseh town and in the villages of al-Ameriyeh in Northern Homs, destroying a rocket launcher and killing a number of militants, including their field commander Saleh Suleiman.
Syrian Army troops intensified their anti-terrorism operation in Western Ghouta after Fatah al-Sham Front did not continue to attend the peace talks with the Damascus government.
The army had dispatched a large number of its forces with a large volume of equipment to launch a fresh phase of operation in case the militants refuse to join reconciliation plan.
The army men started a fresh round of operation to liberate the militant-held region of Wadi al-Bardi and stormed Fatah al-Sham’s positions in the farms near Wadi al-Bardi, advancing vastly against militants near the town of Wadi al-Bardi.
A military source said that the army will continue its non-stop battle to force terrorists to hand over Wadi al-Bardi to government forces.
Reports said earlier on Monday that the Fatah al-Sham Front deployed in Wadi al-Bardi in Western Ghouta once again left its demand for government amnesty, and threatened to destroy the water reservoirs of Damascus city.
Fatah al-Sham had previously called for reconciliation with Damascus concurrent with the army’s’ advances and as the army was about to carry out the second phase of its operation in Wadi al-Bardi, but based on the latest reports the militants have once again rejected to join the peace agreement.
The terrorists meantime threatened to destroy the water reservoir in Ein al-Fijeh region that supplies Damascus and its suburbs with drinking water.
People in Damascus are suffering a shortage of drinking water. The terrorists had contaminated the water reservoirs with Mazut in reaction to the army’s advances in Wadi al-Bardi region.
The Syrian state news agency had also reported that terrorists’ attack on two main water sources in the regions of Ein al-Fijeh and Wadi al-Bardi have been the cause of the cut of drinking water in Northwestern part of Damascus.
Mohammad al-Shayah, the General Manager of the Water Company said that Damascus has been divided into six regions to make it easier to supply people with enough drinking water.
Syrian Army troops in a preemptive move targeted the gatherings and movements of the ISIL terrorists near the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur, preventing their move towards the city’s industrial zone.
The army men targeted ISIL’s movements and gathering of forces near Deir Ezzur’s industrial zone, killing 15 militants and wounding several more.
The ISIL had gathered tens of forces to prevail over the army positions in the industrial zone to come in control of Maysalon neighborhood and eventually cut off a strategic road near the city, but failed.
The army aircraft also pounded ISIL’s strongholds in Huweiqa al-Sakar East of the city, leaving a large number of militants dead or wounded and two of their vehicles destroyed.
The army’s artillery units, meantime, shelled ISIL’s positions in al-Huweiqa district, the industrial zone, the villages of al-Hosseiniyeh, Marat and al-Baqaliyeh and nearby areas of the army base 371.
The army soldiers fended off heavy attacks of ISIL on government positions in the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur and its countryside, killing a number of militants, including a notorious field commander.
The Army men repelled ISIL’s attacks on government forces’ positions in the neighborhoods of al-Huweiqa, al-Roshdiyeh, al-Mowazafin, al-Maqaber, near Deir Ezzur airbase, Tal (hill) al-Rawad, Panorama region and Tal Um Aboud, killing a number of militants and destroying their equipment.
Ahmad al-Dayeri also known as Abu Ayesha was killed in the failed attack of ISIL in the al-Mowazafin and al-Maqaber.
The army forces also targeted the positions and gatherings of ISIL in the neighborhoods of al-Jabileh, airbase and al-Jazeera university in the villages of al-Baqaliyeh, killing or wounding a number of them.
The Syrian army troops targeted several bases of Fatah al-Sham Front in Southeastern Idlib, killing at least 20 militants and wounding many more.
The army men hit Fatah al-Sham’s bases in the town of Ma’arat Mesrin and near the town of Saraqib in Southeastern Idlib, killing 11 terrorists in Ma’arat al-Mesrin and nine others in Saraqib.
Fatah al-Sham’s military equipment also sustained major damage in the attacks.
The army soldiers also targeted bases of al-Shamiyeh Front and Ahrar al-Sham in the city of Idlib and in the town of Banish in the Northern part of the city.
Meantime, two senior commanders of the Idlib Free Army were gunned down by unknown attackers in the Southern countryside of Idlib on Sunday, intensifying insecurity in the mostly militant-held province.
Ahmad Ali Khatib and Yunis Zariq were killed in an attack by unknown assailants on their base in the town of Ma’arat Harma.
In the meantime, one of the notorious commanders of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and his four comrades were injured in a shooting of unknown attackers on Balad Qaah road in the Northern countryside of Idlib.
Local sources said that after the flow of a large number of militants of other cities of Syria into Idlib, the city has been involved in increasing tension, differences and clashes among terrorists in such ways that the city and its suburb are now witnessing a number of terror operations against commanders of militant groups.