Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Foils Terrorists’ Plan to Attack Gov’t Positions in Homs
The terrorists sustained heavy losses and casualties in fierce clashed with the Syrian army troops in Eastern Homs.
The army also hit hard the military positions of the terrorists in other key provinces across Syria.
The Syrian Army troops launched a pre-emptive strike on the positions of the ISIL and other terrorist groups in Eastern Homs on Friday and managed to impose major losses on the militants.
The army men, in a pre-emptive operation, ambushed a column of terrorists in Humeimeh region in Eastern Homs, killing or wounding a large number of the ISIL terrorists and destroying their equipment.
The army units, meantime, clashed with a group of terrorists that tried to prevail over army positions in the village of Ein al-Dananir near the town of al-Mosheirefeh from their positions in village of Ein Issa in Northern Homs.
The terrorist group suffered heavy casualties and pulled forces back from the battlefield after the army repelled their offensive.
The Syrian Army troops have seized control of all important hilltops overlooking the strategic Western Ghouta region of Damascus, field sources reported on Friday.
The sources said that as part of the surrender agreement, the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) agreed to handover the hilltops of Tal Al-Louz, which overlook much of the Beit Jinn pocket.
With the control of these hilltops, the Syrian Army now has fire control over the rebel-held Beit Saber pocket, the sources added.
While this Beit Saber is under a reconciliation agreement, should they violate the terms of the ceasefire, the Syrian Army will be able to impose its will on the rebels from the hilltops.
Meantime, the Syrian Army’s elite 4th Mechanized Division units, operating in Idlib province, have been redeployed to the Eastern suburbs of Damascus, a military source said on Friday.
According to the source, the army’s 39th and 40th brigades of the 4th Division were given orders on Thursday to redeploy to Harasta suburb in Eastern Damascus in order to help with the ongoing campaign against terrorists.
In addition to helping other units lift the siege on the Vehicles Management Center, the 4th Division will also lead the charge to retake the entire suburb and expel the Al-Nusra Front from the area.
Once the upcoming operation is completed, they will likely return to Idlib to help with the ongoing offensive to recapture the strategic Abu al-Dhohour Military Airport.
Elite assault units of the Syrian Army have had a busy day in Idlib province with their operations against militias over the last 12 hours resulting in the liberation of two towns in Southeastern Idlib, military-affiliated sources reported on Friday.
The sources said that the units of the Syrian Army’s Tiger Forces and 4th Mechanized Division have swooped through two more towns in Southeast Idlib during recent hours after capturing 8 other settlements earlier in the day.
The towns have been identified as Sheikh Barakah and Rabit Mousa.
The latest advance now puts the Syrian Army within three kilometers of the militant-held town of Sinjar.
Sinjar has immense strategic value. It is a crossroad town that commands the way to the Abu al-Dhohour military airport (a highly sought objective of the Syrian Army) as well as the general traffic routes between Northeast Hama, Southeast Idlib and South Aleppo provinces and is a major stronghold used by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front terrorist group.