The Arabic-language service of Sputnik reported that the Syrian army, supported by heavy artillery and missile fire and air force, attacked Tahrir al-Sham’s positions in the town of al-Qassabiyeh in Southern Idlib from the Northern parts of the town of Kafar Naboudeh, taking back control of the town after heavy clashes.
Meantime, a military source underlined the Syrian army troops’ control over the hills near the town, saying that the army forces could extend the security umbrella over Kafar Naboudeh from the North.
The terrorists had transferred their first defense lines to this region after losing Kafar Naboudeh in Northwestern Hama.
Also on Monday, reports said that ringleader of Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at Abu Mohammed al-Jolani had gained access to hundreds of drones supplied by Turkey and it is looking for developing them with the help of the European experts to conduct attacks on the Syrian Army’s military positions.
Tahrir al-Sham has received 500 drones in cooperation with several influential Turkish businessmen in the past month, the Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted local sources in Idlib province as saying.
The sources noted that Tahrir al-Sham has transferred the drones to one of the most important headquarters of Islamic Turkistani Party in the city of Jisr al-Shoghour in Western Idlib, and said that Turkistani Party’s Chinese experts are currently working on the accuracy of the rockets of the drones, equip them with GPS and change their structure by using carbon substances to make them hardly invisible to radar detection.
Meamtime, according to reliable intel, Al-Jolani has reportedly commissioned French and Belgian experts to equip warheads of some of the rockets with C4 explosive material.
Meantime, a Syrian Army military source said that the Syrian Army’s air defense systems destroyed a number of bomb-laden drones that terrorists were going to use against the Syrian Army’s military airport in Rajab Ramleh in Western Hama.
It is for the second consecutive day that terrorists intend to pound the Syrian Army’s military positions in Jab Ramleh region in Western Hama.
Also in the past 24 hours, sources said that Ankara had called for increased efforts to establish ceasefire in Northern Syria in talks with the Russian side to prevent the Syrian army advances in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib and save the terrorist groups.
Sources close to the commanders of the so-called National Liberation Front, supported by Ankara, reported on Monday that Ankara is attempting to save the terrorists by demands for a ceasefire on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr Muslim holidays after failure in military operations to take back the lost positions of terrorists in Northern and Northwestern Hama and facing fears of stronger attacks against the militants.
They added that Moscow has not reacted yet to the 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Ankara, noting that only the Syrian army was committed to the truce agreed in the past.
The sources said that Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces General Valery Gerasimov has told his Turkish counterpart that any ceasefire in Northern Syria should be established with Turkey’s responsibility, implementation of contents of Idlib agreement, withdrawal of terrorists from the demilitarized zone, reopening of the international highways from Aleppo to Hama and Lattakia, allowing the civilians to leave the terrorist-held areas in Idlib and stopping Ankara’s military, political and media support for the militants.
Meantime, the terrorist groups in Northern Hama for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday targeted the town of Qamhaneh in Northern Hama with rocket attacks.
The Syrian army, in response, attacked the terrorists’ positions and moves with heavy artillery fire in Northern and Northwestern Hama, destroying several of their positions.
The Syrian Army found a large number of weapons and military equipment, including arms made in Israel and the US, in Southern Syria.
The Syrian Army’s engineering units continued their clean-up operations in several newly-liberated towns and villages, and discovered several arms depots packed with large volumes of different kinds of weapons, military equipment and ammunition from the terrorist groups’ former depots.
A Syrian Army officer, meantime, said the Syrian Army found different types of Israeli arms, US TOW missiles, hundreds of thousands of bullets, different kinds of canons, tanks, machineguns and anti-tank arms which traceable to satellite systems.
The Syrian Army everyday finds military and logistical equipment made by the West, the US and Israel as well as certain Arab states supporting terrorists in its clean-up operations in areas recently freed from the ISIL terrorists’ control.
Israel launched new missile attacks on T4 Military Airport in Homs province which was countered by Syrian Army’s air defense.
The Arabic-language SANA news agency quoted a military source as saying that T4 military airport in Homs province came under Israel’s missile attacks on Sunday night.
It noted that the Syrian Army’s air defense systems were activated right after Israel’s missile attack and destroyed two missiles before they could hit their targets.
Meantime, two Syrian soldiers were killed and two others were wounded after several missiles hit an ammunition depot, several buildings and military equipment.
Israel’s recent missile attacks on Syria came as the Syrian army is advancing in terrorist-held regions in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib.
Tens of Ankara-backed militants were killed and wounded in a huge explosion at their headquarters in the city of Izaa in Northern Aleppo concurrent with rising insecurity there.
A bomb-laden vehicle was exploded near a security headquarters of Ankara-backed terrorists in Izaz city center, killing at least 42 militants, the Arabic-language website of Russian Sputnik news agency quoted local sources in the city of Izaz as saying.
The sources noted that at least 14 people were killed and 28 others were wounded in the explosion while the death toll is increasing.
Meantime, the Kurdish-language Hawar News website reported that two Turkish Army soldiers and an Ankara-backed militant were killed and their military vehicle was destroyed during two military operations by the so-called Afrin Liberation forces against the Turkish Army and its allied militants in Jalbareh town in Afrin and Tal Maled in Ma’areh town in Northern Aleppo.