Syrian Army Units Kill 76 ISIS Terrorists in Raqqa before Crossing Turkish Border

Syrian Army Units Kill 76 ISIS Terrorists in Raqqa before Crossing Turkish Border
Thu Mar 3, 2016 18:36:41

The Syrian army troops backed by popular forces blocked the ISIS terrorists’ entry into Syria from Turkey by killing 76 of them.

The Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) killed the terrorists when they were attempting to cross the Turkish border towards Tal Abyadh in Raqqa province in Northern Syria.

According to field sources, the clashes have now ended in the region as curfew was established by the army.

Battlefield sources said on Wednesday that tens of ISIS terrorists were killed or wounded in fierce clashes with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the YPG in the Northern part of Raqqa province near the border with Turkey.

"A vast area between the border town of Tal Abyadh and al-Kantari and near the Raqqa-Turkey highway was the scene of heavy fighting between the Kurdish fighters and the Takfiri militants," the sources said, adding, "The ISIS left behind tens of the dead or wounded members and fled the battlefield to find safer positions."

Report said earlier on Wednesday that the Syrian army troops and their allies deployed in Southeastern and Northeastern areas of Aleppo and Hama provinces respectively are preparing to launch a joint anti-terrorism operation to free more lands in ISIS-held Raqqa province.

The Syrian soldiers, deployed in Ithriya in Hama province, are going to assault the Western countryside of Raqqa province and they are going to lead the operation to liberate the Tabaqa Military Airport from ISIS.

Since the Khanaser-Aleppo Road is now free of danger, the army troops and their pro-government allies in Southeastern part of Aleppo are preparing for what is likely to be the largest military operation launched during this brutal conflict.

The pro-government forces have been given direct orders from Syrian Army’s Central Command to redeploy to the desert-city of Ithriya and await further instruction.

The desert-city of Ithriya is strategically located in the Hama province's Northeastern countryside; it borders the Aleppo province to the North and it is situated 15 km West of Raqqa axis.

The YPG Kurds have recently bonded with the Damascus government. The Syrian army sent several arms cargoes to the YPG troops in the Northeastern province of Hasaka and trained the first group of Kurdish volunteer forces in the provincial capital city of Hasaka last month.

The SDF that is comprised of mainly Kurdish fighters as well as a few hundred Syrian Arab dissident forces have received trainings from the US and have been provided with scanty US-coalition air support in their battles in Raqqa province in Northeastern Syria; but in Northern and Northwestern battlefronts, they have been operating alongside the YPG and received the Russian air backup in their Aleppo wars that started with the conquest of Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates early in February.

Assisted by the Syrian army - that has along with popular forces and Hezbollah conquered almost all militant-held regions in Eastern, Southern, Western and Northwestern Aleppo province - and Russian air support, the Kurdish forces fighting against the terrorists in North-Northeast Aleppo province have been making striking advances against the Al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and ISIS terrorists in February.

In February, the YPG and SDF fighters prevailed over the terrorists in the highly strategic city of Tal Rifat in Northern Aleppo and captured the city.

The YPG, who enjoyed the Russian air backup, prevailed the terrorists’ positions from the Western direction and shook hand with the Kurdish units of the SDF who entered the town from the North, FNA reported.

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