Islamic State terrorists raided the provinces of Deir ez-Zor and Homs and attacked the positions of the Syrian army and the allied militia. An international coalition has sent reinforcements for Kurdish militants in Hasak. The headquarters of the militants “Tahrir al-Sham” destroyed in Aleppo. This was reported by a military source of the Federal News Agency (FAN) in Syria Ahmad Marzouq.
Briefly about the results of the confrontation:
Syrian Air Force: in Homs inflicted targeted attacks on the positions of terrorists of the Islamic State.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied forces: sent reinforcements to the south-west of Aleppo and destroyed the headquarters of the jihadists, in Deir ez-Zor repelled the terrorist attack on the base and shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle in northern Hama.
Turkish army and allied forces: repelled an attempt by Kurdish radicals to penetrate the Turkish armed forces in the north of Hasakah; in Raqqa, they cleared the tunnel left after the retreat of the radicals.
“Islamic State” (IS1, ISIS1, banned in the Russian Federation): suspected of attacking the base of the government army in Deir ez-Zor, made a sortie in Homs.
Kurdish armed groups: made a sortie in the north of Hasaka province and in Aleppo, forced into response military operations pro-Turkish militias.
“Hayat Tahrir al-Sham”: in the north of Hama, she made an attempt to attack the positions of the Syrian army with the help of a drone, she fired at the fortifications of the SAA in Latakia near the city of Kaban.
International coalition: in Deir ez-Zor, over the demarcation line of the parties, the Syrian Democratic Forces and Assad Forces (SAA) conduct air reconnaissance, reinforcements were sent to Hasakah for the Kurdish radicals.
The militants of the Jebhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir group issued a statement on their media resource that they reflected an attempt to attack the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) at the front near the settlement of Tel Nuwara, located in the mountainous regions in the north of the province. According to the militants themselves, there are victims in the ranks of the Syrian military as a result of shelling from artillery. The sides exchanged volleys of artillery and anti-tank mounts in the Turkoman Mountains, there were no reports of casualties among jihadists or military personnel.
Later, the radicals opened fire on the fortifications of the Syrian army near the key city of the region – Kaban, the Syrian army responded to them by shelling strongholds in the Al-Akrad mountains region, attacking ammunition depots and fortified firing points.
Provocations from the militants of the Tahrir al-Sham alliance continued in the south-west of the province. According to RIA Novosti, the terrorists deployed several rocket launchers from Idlib. To counter the radicals, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) sent forces to the province of the fourth division, which is considered the most technically equipped unit of the SAA. In Aleppo, a modified Golan MLRS system was also deployed.
In the afternoon, the Syrian army retaliated against the positions of radicals from rocket launchers near the village of Al-Rashidin, according to a source on Twitter (@NotWoofers). The militia of the pro-Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps dealt a blow to jihadists in the area of the city of Zarba. One Tahrir al-Sham headquarters was destroyed by salvos from multiple launch rocket systems from the SAA. Later, bulldozers were sent to the area to demolish the building and tear down the fortifications of jihadists. The bulldozer was fired from anti-tank installations.
In the area of the village of Kafr Hamra, militants of the “Democratic Forces of Syria” (SDF) and the pro-Turkish militia exchanged blows, the ANF News portal reports. In response to an attempt to get beyond the defense lines and into the village, pro-Turkish fighters opened fire on Kurdish mortar fortifications.
According to a military source, Syrian Air Force combat helicopters launched an air attack on Islamic State terrorist positions in the desert regions of Es Sukhne and near the settlement of Al-Shul, Al Masdar reports. According to a source, the air raid was carried out in response to an attempt by terrorists to attack the positions of government forces in the area.
Information on the loss of radicals in manpower or military equipment is being specified.
Deir ez-Zor Province.
The US-led international coalition forces sent another batch of logistics equipment on 50 trucks to the provinces of Deir ez-Zor and Hasakah, where their military bases and militant camps of his alliance, the Democratic Forces of Syria (SDF), reports Rojava Network.
The next airstrike on the positions of Iranian troops was inflicted in the vicinity of the city of Abu Kemal, a Twitter source (@Sada_AlSharqieh) reports. It is suspected that the forces of the international coalition or the allied Israeli air forces are behind the air raid.
Unknowns attacked the headquarters of the government army in the area of Ayash village northwest of the provincial capital, Deir ez-Zor news agency reported. It is most likely that the attack was carried out by the terrorists of the Islamic State. The village is actually located on the line of contact between the sides of the government army and the militants of the “Democratic Forces of Syria” (SDF), on the territory of occupation of which the “sleeping cells” of ISIS1 take refuge. In the area of the village of Abbas, where the base of the allied pro-Iranian militia is located, terrorists fired at the fortifications of the soldiers from mortars.
In the western part of the province, an international coalition reconnaissance aircraft was seen in mid-air, maneuvering over the line of contact between the sides of the SAA and the militants of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), reports Halab Today media resource.
In Deraa, unidentified persons carried out an armed attack on a detachment of the Syrian army in the area of the village of Jazira. Militants opened fire from machine guns at a government forces checkpoint at the entrance to the village, a Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (@SOHR) reports. Several small homemade bombs went off in other villages in the province, but there were no reports of those killed or injured in the bombing. The growing number of attacks on army and government officials in Deraa is attributed to the activities of former militants from the Southern Front who rejected the terms of the agreement with official Damascus in 2018.
Provocations from the militants of the Tahrir al-Sham alliance continued in the south of the province. This is happening in the area of the villages of Deir Garbi, Hish and Tel Manas, the Baladi News media reporter reports.
According to a Twitter source (@ufuk_su), in the south of the province, SAA units opened fire on strongholds of radicals in the Al-Hamidiya region and attacked jihadist clusters and their firing points on the outskirts of Maaret-en-Numan. According to the media resource Masar Press Net, in the area of the village of Ad-Dana, government forces hit jihadists’ shelters and fortified areas from rocket launchers.
Reinforcements from several tanks of the Syrian army arrived in the city of Ain Issa, reports Rojava Network. In addition to reinforcements in the form of heavy military equipment, a logistics convoy was escorted to the north of the province, accompanied by aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
In the area of the city of Tel Abyad, another tunnel of militants of the “Syrian Democratic Forces” was discovered, reports Anadolu. The pro-Turkish militias continued to mine work in the vicinity of the city. Since the Kurdish radicals intentionally left many traps before the retreat, sappers still continue to work in the area. During one of the stripping stages, a tunnel was discovered that connects the city with the nearest SDF strongholds.
A home-made unmanned aerial vehicle owned by jihadists tried to attack a helicopter landing was hit near the village of Jib Ramla in the north of Aleppo province. Syrian air defense systems opened fire on an enemy drone and hit it, according to the Herald of Damascus Telegram channel. In the north of the province, jihadist groups are still trying to avoid clashes with government forces on the ground as much as possible, so they use fog to send home-made drones with explosives to the positions of the troops.
SOHR reports that a military convoy of the Syrian army and the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, consisting of 12 armored vehicles, was sent to the area of the city of Ras al Ain. So far, the reasons for sending reinforcements to the north of the province have not been reported, but there is an increase in the number of attempts by Kurdish radicals.
So far, the reasons for sending reinforcements to the north of the province have not been reported, but there has been an increase in the number of attempts by Kurdish radicals of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to penetrate the 30-kilometer security zone near the Syrian-Turkish border.
According to a Twitter source (@mohmad_rasheed), for its part, the international coalition sent a reinforcements convoy to the city of Kamyshly to the SDF militant camp.
The militants of the “Democratic Forces” conducted a night raid on the position of a pro-Turkish militia in the area of the village of Abu Rasin and in the suburbs of Tel Tamra, the news agency Rojava Network reports. In the area of the village of Tel Varad, pro-Turkish forces opened fire on the positions of Kurdish militants, pushing them also from the suburbs of Ras al-Ain.
Balad Air Base in the Iraqi province of Samarra was again attacked. At the base are currently both coalition troops and Iraqi troops. According to Anna News, five missiles from multiple launch rocket systems were fired at the base. Local sources report that four Iraqi soldiers were injured, two of them from officers. There were no casualties among coalition soldiers. In connection with the aggravation of US-Iraqi relations, it is suspected that a strike was struck by pro-Iranian troops.
Recall, the escalation of the conflict began on January 3 as a result of an air strike by the US Air Force inflicted on a motorcade of senior members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and Hashd al-Shaaabi. As a result of the attack, the General Qassem Soleimani and the deputy head of “Khashd al-Shaabi” Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed. An air strike was ordered by US President Donald Trump. Tehran announced its intention to avenge the death of two national heroes.