Militants of “Tahrir al-Sham” suffer heavy losses in Idlib during the offensive operation of the Syrian army. In the east of Homs, ISIS terrorists attacked oil facilities. In the north of Hasakah, Kurdish militants are forcibly recruiting local troops. This was reported by a military source of the Federal News Agency (FAN) in Syria Ahmad Marzouq.
Briefly about the results of the confrontation:
Russian Aerospace Forces: in conjunction with the Syrian Air Force, deliver targeted attacks on jihadist bases in southern Idlib and cover the Syrian army’s offensive in Latakia.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied forces: repelled the attack of the radicals in the south of Idlib province, advancing towards the village of Sarmaniya, in Hama they lost three members of the allied militia.
“Islamic State1” (IS1, ISIS): suspected of assisting in organizing the escape of prisoners in Hasakah, has made three attacks in the last day on oil and gas facilities in eastern Homs.
Khayyat Tahrir al-Sham: it fires at the Syrian army’s defense lines in the mountainous regions of Latakia and in Idlib, was cut off from the supply routes in southern Idlib, lost a field commander and about two hundred militants in an attempt to counterattack, fired rockets at the western outskirts of Aleppo – there are civilian casualties.
Kurdish armed groups: raided the Al-Khol refugee camp and arrested seven ISIS terrorist wives for interrogation, recruited ten people in the north of the province.
Turkish army and allied forces: lost one field commander in the north of Aleppo during the assassination attempt, allegedly organized by Kurdish radicals.
In the north-east of Latakia, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues to fight against militants of the Tahrir al-Sham alliance and their allies, who take refuge in mountainous areas and caves. In the area of the village of Al-Hadad, rocket attacks are noted, as reported by the Halab Today news portal. Later, militants of the “armed opposition” said that they allegedly managed to successfully repel an attempt to infiltrate government forces beyond their lines of defense.
According to the militants of the Jebhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir organization, controlled by a media resource, they killed several Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers and members of the Allied militia in the area of Al-Akrad heights. However, official media did not confirm the loss of government forces.
According to SANA, the radicals again made a sortie into the western regions of the city of Aleppo and fired on the Hamdania region. According to the source, about a dozen of shells landed in the area of the housing complex, as a result of which four civilians were injured. The militants also caused significant material damage to property. In response, the Syrian Air Force flew south to Aleppo to the village of Sheikh Salman, where the radicals are hiding, and targeted the strongholds and shelters of the militants.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that one of the members of the pro-Turkish militia was killed this afternoon in the area of the city of Jerablus. Unknown people shot his car with machine guns at a checkpoint at the entrance to the city, and then fled. Kurdish militants of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are suspected of attack.
In eastern Homs, Islamic State terrorists carried out three attacks per day. According to RIA Novosti, the terrorists attacked the workers of the Ar-Ryan oil refinery. The Syrian Ministry of Oil issued a statement saying that the terrorists damaged the infrastructure of the facilities. A team of repairmen and fire engines have already been sent to the scene. Some sources claim that the attack was carried out with the help of drones. On December 20, militants raided the Al-Arak field, where they executed three workers.
In the south of the province, near the villages of Ashal and Tel Sheikh, nighttime clashes continued between the forces of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tahrir al-Sham detachments. During the fighting, government forces cleared the village of Al Halba from the radicals.
The air offensive was supported by the airplanes of the Russian air forces and the Syrian air force, which launched air strikes against radicals on the outskirts of Maaret en Numan. It was possible to cut the militants’ communications.
Seventeen Syrian soldiers died, reflecting the attacks of militants in Idlib province, another 42 were injured, destroyed and injured up to 200 terrorists during clashes near the village of Sinjar and the village of Abu Dali. This was announced at a briefing by the head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties in the SAR, Major General Yuri Borenkov.
In the afternoon, Step News reported that the Syrian army and allied forces had advanced to the Sayad village and knocked out militants from the villages of Tel Dam, Haran, Katra, Al-Burj and Sarajah. Sources close to opposition militants said the radicals managed to repel an offensive by government forces near the village of Abu Kaba and destroy one machine-gun mount with a salvo.
An explosion occurred in the east of the province near the village of Al-Rafa. According to Step News, the explosion was caused by a makeshift bomb installed in the car of the field commander Jebhat al-Nusra 1. It is most likely that the bomb was planted by Khurras al-Din militants competing for spheres of influence in the province, members of the former Allied group Jaish al-Izza or the ISIS sleeping cell.
In the border areas with the province of Idlib, the Syrian Air Force also made combat flights to the Tahrir al-Sham radical control areas. Syrian Air Force helicopters dealt a targeted blow to the jihadist fortifications near the village of Sarmaniya. Information about the losses of the militants is being specified.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, three fighters from the National Defense volunteer militia were killed in an anti-personnel mine explosion in the vicinity of the village of Atria. As the source indicates, in the region, attacks on members of the government army and allied forces have been noted lately and earlier.
In the village of Malikia, Kurdish militants from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raided the city to identify deserters and citizens hiding from compulsory military service, according to Alk Habour. The source also said that in the village of Salihiya, Kurdish radicals raided and detained ten young people who were taken to a training camp as part of the recruitment of recruits into their ranks. The increase in the number of deserters in the ranks of the “Self-Defense Units” has pushed the radicals to increase the number of “call-up” campaigns, which consist of a weak recruitment of civilians.
In the Al-Khol camp, Kurdish radicals raided the northeast of Hasakah, during which seven family members of ISIS fighters were arrested for interrogation in order to find out how a group of other members of the terrorist families managed to escape from the camp earlier. Recently it was reported that three ISIS widows managed to escape from the camp.
According to the portal Alk Habour, as a result of a mine explosion in the area of the city of Tel Tamr in the north-west of the province, one of the militants of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) was killed. Supposedly, a mine was installed during ISIS fighters. According to a source, after the attack, Kurdish gangs raided the area and combed the neighborhood.
The source also said that in the village of Salihiya, Kurdish radicals raided and detained ten young people who were taken to a training camp as part of the recruitment into their ranks. Nevertheless, the recruitment to the SDF is far from voluntary – the militants imposed a fine in the territories occupied by them for refusing to perform forced service in their “Self-Defense Forces” (YPG).