Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Purges Terrorists from More Regions in Hama Province
The army units also pushed back terrorists from Wadi al-Zarzoub region in Northern Hama.
The Syrian troops killed tens of terrorists and injured dozens more in fierce clashes over controlling of strategic regions. They also destroyed military equipment of the terrorists.
The Syrian army also continued its advances in other key provinces across Syria.
The Syrian Army troops hit the defense lines of Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) in Northern Hama on Saturday, and won control over several regions.
The army men engaged in heavy clashes with Al-Nusra in Northern Hama and seized back Wadi al-Zarzoub region West of a road connecting the towns of Ithriya and Sheikh Hilal to each other.
The army soldiers also pushed Al-Nusra back from the villages of Jubb al-Jamlan and Rasm Mayal West of al-Shahatiyeh and Moshrefeh Abu Lafeh regions and North of Abu Lefeh.
In the meantime, the army’s missile units destroyed a bomb-laden vehicle of Al-Nusra near the town of Abu Dali in Northern Hama before the vehicle could hit the army positions.
The Syrian Air Force also launched massive airstrikes on Al-Nusra positions in the towns of al-Latamina and Abu Dali.
The Syrian Army troops drove the ISIL out of more positions within the framework of Valfajr 3 operation in Southwestern Deir Ezzur, decreasing their distance to the terrorist-held town of Albu Kamal at the border with Iraq, military sources confirmed on Tuesday.
The sources said that the army men hit ISIL’s defense lines East of the newly-captured T2 oil pumping station and seized control over al-Shamas region only 63 km away from Albu Kamal.
In the meantime, other field sources reported that the army men repelled ISIL’s heavy attack in Southwestern Deir Ezzur and managed to carry out a rapid counter-attack, pushing terrorists back from more positions with the support of the country’s Air Force, deploying 50 km away from Albu Kamal.
The sources said that the army established control over T2 after Tuesday’s advances against the terrorists.
Reports said earlier on Tuesday that the army men engaged in clashes with the ISIL within the framework of Valfajr 3 operation and advanced almost seven kilometers East of the newly-captured T2 oil pumping station towards Albu Kamal.
A military source confirmed that the army has dispatched a large number of forces and a large volume of military equipment to Deir Ezzur to be used in the Albu Kamal operation.
Abu Ali Damer, a notorious commander of Al-Nusra Front, was assassinated by unknown attackers in Northern Idlib, dissident-affiliated websites reported on Tuesday.
The websites reported that Abu Ali Damer, a senior field commander of Al-Nusra, was killed by unknown assailants along the road connecting Idlib city to the town of Ma’arat Mesrin amid intensifying attacks on Al-Nusra commanders.
Militant-affiliated websites disclosed earlier that the recent assassination of senior commanders of Al-Nusra Front was rooted in their disagreement with Turkish military intervention in Idlib province.
The websites further said that differences and arguments among commanders of Al-Nusra over Turkey’s military meddling in Idlib and Western Aleppo were the root cause of the assassination of four high-ranking commanders of Al-Nusra.
The websites added that assassination of Abu Talha Ordoni in Ma’ardabsah in Eastern Idlib, Hassan al-Bakour nom de guerre Abu Abdurrahman Hawan in Khan Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib, Abu Abdurrahman al-Mohajer in Khan Sheikhoun and Mostafa Zahri in Dana in Northern Idlib was only due to their opposing views towards Turkish army’s presence in Idlib.