VIDEO: Latest Developments in Battle Grounds of 8 Syrian Provinces

Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:25:52

The Syrian army took control of a strategic town North of Hama province over the past 24 hours.

 The army units seized back key Ma'ardes town in Northern Hama province.

The terrorists sustained heavy losses in the government forces' offensives on their military positions in Ma'ardes town.

The Syrian army also continues to hit hard the terrorists in other provinces across Syria.

In Hama the Syrian army continued to march on terrorist-held territories in Hama on Sunday and drove militants out of yet another strategic town in the Northern parts of the province.

The key Ma'ardes town in Northern Hama province is now under the full control of the Syrian government troops.

The terrorists sustained heavy losses and casualties in tough battle over Ma'ardes town.

The military equipment of the terrorists was also destroyed in the Syrian army offensive.

Earlier on Sunday, Local sources announced that the Syrian Army, backed up by the country's warplanes and artillery units, launched a fresh round of offensive to take back Ma'ardes from Jund al-Aqsa, adding that the government forces have made a significant advance against militants near Ma'ardes.

Also on Sunday, the Syrian Army troops carried out cleansing operations in the farms near the newly-freed town of Ma'an, killing and wounding the remaining pockets of terrorists in the region.

"A large number of Jeish al-Fatah militants were killed and wounded in the Syrian army's cleansing operation in the farms near Ma'an," the military sources said.

"Three 12mm mortars launchers, at least fifty mortars and a large volume of ammunition and explosive devices were also seized by the Syrian government forces," the sources added.

"The remaining pockets of Jeish al-Fatah fled the battlefield towards Morek and Atshan," the sources said.

"In the meantime, the Syrian fighter jets launched heavy air assaults on Jeish al-Fatah's centers in Ma'ardes, Taybat al-Imam, al-Latamina, al-Masaseneh, Atshan, Skeik and Morek in Northern Hama, inflicting tens of casualties on the militants," the sources went on to say.

"Several command bases, tanks and armored vehicles of Jeish al-Fatah were damaged in the air raids," the sources added.

Earlier reports said that Syrian fighter jets pounded a building of Jund al-Aqsa terrorist group's religious court in Souran in Northern Hama, claiming the lives of several militants including the group's top religious judge.

Mohammad al-Latouf and several militants were killed in the Syrian airstrike in Souran.

In Homs military sources said on Sunday that the Syrian Army troops engaged in heavy fighting with ISIL in the oil-rich regions near Palmyra (Tadmur) in Eastern Homs, killing or wounding dozens of them.

"Huweisis and al-Taloul al-Tabi'eiyeh near al-Sha'er oilfield were the scenes of fierce clashes between the Syrian military forces and ISIL terrorists," the sources said, adding, "ISIL suffered a heavy death toll in the clashes."

In the meantime, Syrian army aircraft targeted the strongholds of Fatah al-Sham Front (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) in Qneiman, Ezzeddeen, Um Sharshouh and Talbiseh in Northern Homs, inflicting tens of casualties on the militants.

The Syrian Army and National Defense Forces (NDF) launched offensives on ISIS positions near al-Sha'er oil and gas field in the Eastern parts of Homs on Thursday, and captured more strategic lands in the region.

"The Syrian army and NDF advanced towards the hills near al-Sha'er oil filed after heavy clashes with the ISIL," a military source said.

"Also, a number of armored vehicles, equipped with machineguns, belonging to the ISIL terrorists were destroyed during the air force attacks against their gathering centers in al-Sawanah and areas near al-Sha'er oil field," the source added.

In Aleppo the Jeish al-Fatah coalition of terrorist groups left behind tens of casualties and retreated from the battlefield after its assaults on government forces' positions in the Northern outskirts of Aleppo were repelled by Syrian soldiers and Russian fighter jets.

Syrian army troops and their popular allies, under the Russian warplanes air support, defended their positions against the Jeish al-Fatah terrorists' wide-scale attack on their positions near Mojbal al-Oweijeh, Tile Factory and areas near al-Jom'eh (Friday) Bazaar.

Jeish al-Fatah suffered a heavy death toll and its military equipment sustained major damage in the failed attacks.

Local sources said meantime that Jeish al-Fatah's concentration centers in Hananou, al-Meisay, Zahrat al-Awad, al-Nazarat and other militant-held districts and regions came under the heavy airstrikes of the Russian warplanes.

Reports said earlier on Sunday, hat Syrian army soldiers and popular forces continued to target Jeish al-Fatah's gatherings in the Southern, Central, Eastern and Northeastern districts of Aleppo city, inflicting tens of casualties on the militants.

Syrian government force engaged in tough battle with Fatah al-Sham Front (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) in Sheikh Saeed district, and captured more positions in the strategic region in the South.

The Syrian army also targeted al-Torab Front in the Eastern part of Aleppo and the road connecting Qastal al-Harami to the old neighborhoods of Aleppo via Aqyour neighborhoods.

Syrian military forces also pushed militant groups further back in Bostan al-Pasha.

Old neighborhoods of Aleppo, including Seyed Ali, al-Sweiqeh and Aleppo Citadel were the scenes of heavy fighting between the Syrian soldiers and Jeish al-Fatah militants as well.

The latest reports said clashes are still underway in the region.

In Idlib a militant commander disclosed on Sunday that Fatah al-Sham Front (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) and Saqour al-Sham engaged in serious dispute over taking control of a military base in Southern Idlib.

"Soghour al-Sham militants, who had recently captured a base of Jund al-Aqsa in Harsh Mosayebin region, did not agree with Fatah al-Sham's demand to gain control over the newly-captured base," the spokesman for Soghour al-Sham said.

"After hours of arguments, some of the militants from both sides used their guns and shot in the air several times. The situation is still critical near the base," the sources added.

"We ourselves captured this base and we will not allow any other group to have it under control," he underlined in several tweets.

Reports said on Sunday that Jund al-Aqsa, another militant group called by Washington as moderates, declared subordination to Fatah al-Sham Front.

The announcement by Jund al-Aqsa came as the differences between Jund al-Aqsa and its rival militant group Ahrar al-Sham intensified and ended up in severe clashes in recent days.

Jund al-Aqsa claimed that its allegiance to Fatah al-Sham was aimed at preventing more clashes with Ahrar al-Sham which is a much larger terrorist group in terms of number.

Hectic efforts earlier to put an end to the disputes and clashes between Ahrar al-Sham and Jund al-Aqsa failed and resulted in unprecedented fighting between the two terrorist groups over the past few days.

In Raqqa informed sources in Northern Syria disclosed that the ISIL terrorist group is evacuating its fighters and their families from different regions to concentrate them in its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa to strengthen its defense abilities there.

"Four buses and several other vehicles, carrying ISIL fighters and their family members, left Northern Aleppo heading towards the town of al-Mansoureh in the Western countryside of Raqqa," the sources said.

Meantime, Kurdish sources disclosed on Saturday that the US Army deployed nearly 300 fresh forces in Northern Raqqa near the border with Turkey.

"120 US army soldiers have been deployed in North of Tal Abyadh. Also 60 other soldiers have been dispatched to a base near the village of Shabadeq close to a road towards the town of Salouk," the sources said.

"The Shabadeq base is a camp to train the Kurdish fighters for war against the ISIL terrorists in the Eastern battlefields of Raqqa up to the Northern banks of the Euphrates River," the sources added.

"In the meantime, over 100 US soldiers have entered Ein Issa via an illegally-established US army base in the village of Kharab Isq to coordinate Kurdish fighters' operations and meanwhile guard the US political officials who have been dispatched to Syria to form a new coalition, allegedly for the capture of Raqqa," the sources said.

In Dara'a Syrian military forces struck the positions of Fatah al-Sham Front (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) near Dara'a city, destroying the group's road-building machinery there.

Syrian army troops carried out heavy attacks on Fatah al-Sham centers in al-Abbasiyeh districts, and in the Southwestern side of al-Roba'ei crossroad in Tariq al-Sa'ad in Dara'a al-Balad.

Fatah al-Sham suffered a heavy death toll in the attacks and its bulldozers sustained major damage in refugee camp.

Fatah al-Sham's artillery and machinegun-equipped vehicles also were destroyed in the army attacks.

In Sweida Syrian Army troops repelled militants' attack on their defense lines near an airport in Western Sweida, inflicting major losses and heavy casualties on the terrorists.

The terrorist groups failed to break through the government strongholds near al-Tha'aleh air port and village due to the strong defense of the Syrian army men.

The terrorist groups' missile units shelled army positions at the airport and near the village of al-Tha'aleh to pave the way for their easier advances, but the Syrian military forces' did not allow them to reach their projected targets.

The militant groups suffered a heavy death toll in their failed attacks.

In Lattakia the Syrian Air Force started a new round of attacks on the terrorist groups' bases and gatherings in at least nine different regions in the Northern parts of Lattakia, inflicting major casualties on the militants.

Syrian fighter jets bombed heavily the terrorist groups' concentration centers in Qarfous, Zahar al-Daqli, al-Kha'eq, Kafr Sandou, Jabal Kanzou, Kabani and the heights of 1101, 1154, 1112, leaving scores of militants dead or wounded.

Several heavy machinegun-equipped vehicles of the militants sustained major damage in the air raid.

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