Turkey and the United States are increasing their combat power on the Syrian-Turkish border. As a result of the bombing of the US coalition in Deir ez-Zore, 14 civilians were killed. The Russian Aerospace Forces carried out combat missions to Aleppo after the chemical attaks of the Islamists, according to a military source from the Federal News Agency (FAN) in Syria, Ahmad Marzouq (Ahmad Marzouq).
Briefly on the outcome of the confrontation:
Russian Aerospace Forces: conducted combat missions in the western part of the province of Aleppo.
The Syrian Arab Army (CAA) and allied forces: retaliated against militant positions that used chemical weapons in Aleppo; they were attacked by radicals in the north of Hama and the south-east of Idlib.
“Islamic State” 1: claimed the losses of the Kurds in the Hadjin region in the south-east of the SAR; shot two SDF radicals in the city of Racca.
The Kurds: suffered losses as a result of two explosions at Manbij in the north-east of Aleppo; fired on positions of Islamists north-west of Aleppo; suspected of assaulting a local tribe leader in the north of Racca; executed a pro-Turkish militant in the canton of Afrin.
International Coalition: continued bombing in the southeast of Deir ez-Zore, killing 14 civilians; intends to train 30 thousand Kurdish fighters during the year.
The armed forces of Turkey: redeployed militants from the demilitarized zone in Idlib to the border with Hasaka.
Over the past day it became known about the attack of the Islamists by the armed opposition, carried out with the use of chemical weapons. According to the news agency SANA News, the militants attacked the administrative center of the region with shells with white chlorine. Later, chemical contamination was confirmed by the specialists of the troops of the radiation, chemical and biological defense of the RF Armed Forces, who arrived at the scene of the tragedy, the representative of the RCBZ forces Lt. Col. Konstantin Potemkin told. It was reported that more than a hundred civilians, including children, were victims of the shelling. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov reported that the Russian military continued to monitor the situation in the demilitarized zone on the borders of the “Greater Idlib”. The jihadist chemical attack forced the Syrian Arab Army (CAA) to retaliate against the military targets of the radicals. According to the information of the Twitter channel (IvanSidorenko1), the fortifications of militants near the village of Kafr Hamra and the suburb of Leramun were under the fire of the government forces. In addition, the combat missions in the west of the province were carried out by the Russian VKS, as a result of which the firing positions of Islamists were eliminated.
Immediately, two explosions occurred in the city of Manbij, occupied by Kurdish armed units. As a military source in the Telegram network (aheey555) reported, the bombs worked at the checkpoint of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which resulted in the death of at least three Kurdish radicals. It was assumed that the explosions were the result of the activities of agents of the armed forces of Turkey. Local activists are confident that Ankara seeks to weaken the enemy before the start of a full-scale offensive.
Skirmishes between Kurdish radicals and militants of pro-Turkish groups northwest of Aleppo on the border of the canton of Afrin were noted. According to the information of the Twitter channel (DefenseUnits), the Faylak Ash-Sham Islamists were attacked by Faylak Ash-Sham near the settlement of Birdzh Haydar. Nevertheless, data on the damage inflicted to jihadists has not yet been reported. Later, the Kurds announced the murder of one of the militants near the village of Deir Balut. It was noted that pro-Turkish radicals abducted and executed members of underground YPG cells.
Province of Deir ez-Zor.
In the southeast of the province, clashes between the “Democratic Forces of Syria” (SDF), which supported the air forces of the US international coalition, and the militants of the “Islamic State”, were unfolding throughout the day. According to the information portal Al Masdar News, the parties fought on the outskirts of Al-Bahra and Garanidh. It was reported that during the armed confrontation the Kurdish troops lost several soldiers, while continuing to retreat north-west towards the administrative center of the region. Recall that two days earlier, the Kurds also lost more than 60 radicals killed.
In the afternoon, the US Air Force stepped up airstrikes in the Hadzhinsky pocket. According to data published by the media portal of ISIS1 Al Amaq, 14 civilians were killed in the bombings in Al-Sha’af. In the evening, Kurdish media reported that the SDF detachments were able to return the city of Al-Bahra, but they did not receive confirmation of this information.
In Idlib, armed clashes between subdivisions and radicals of illegal gangs were again recorded.
The news agency Al Masdar News reported that the militants had fired at the settlements of Abu Umar and Abu Dali. In addition, the power plant in the north of the neighboring province of Hama was hit. This prompted the Syrian Arab Army (CAA) to fire back at the jihadist military sites. The Internet portal Halab Today TV reported that the defenses of the Islamists on the outskirts of the village of Gharanij and in the area of the cities of Al-Lataminah and Kafr Zeta in Kham were under attack by the artillery of the CAA so-called sleeping cells of the “Islamic State”.
As stated by ISIS-controlled Internet portal Al Amaq, jihadists fired at one of the strongholds of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Al-Kitar Street. As a result of the attack, one of the Kurdish fighters was killed. Another member of the SDF was later shot dead in White Street. In addition, an unstable situation remains in the city due to armed clashes in the ranks of the SDF. According to the Twitter-channel (jisrtv), several formation radicals began a shootout in the central quarter of Rakka. Information about the causes of the conflict and possible casualties among local residents has not yet been reported. In the northern part of the region, an attack was launched on one of the high-ranking members of a local Arab tribe opposing the occupation of the Kurds. As a military source (RisboLensky) reported on his Twitter page, the home of the tribal leader in the village of Al-Khazin was shelled by unknown persons. Local activists are suspected of organizing a raid on Kurdish radicals.
Hasakah Province — Rakka.
On the eve, the Turkish armed forces continued to remove the radicals of illegal armed groups from the demilitarized zone, formed on September 17 in Sochi. However, the news agency Al Watan News reported that most Islamists were evacuated to a camp located in the Turkish city of Nusaybin near the border with Hasaka. Military experts noted that this indicates that Ankara continues to increase its combat power near the positions of the “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF). In the afternoon it became known that the United States, in turn, was preparing to start building five military bases on the territories of the provinces of Rakka and Hasakah. In addition, representatives of Washington reached an agreement with the Kurds, under which the coalition forces will take part in the preparation of 30 thousand Kurdish recruits. Despite assurances by the United States that these measures are designed to combat terrorists of IS1, Ankara fears that the Pentagon intends to support the Kurds in connection with the upcoming military operation of the Turkish Armed Forces. In the evening, the media portal Al Masdar News also published data, according to which the United States is secretly transferring weapons to American bases, allegedly to confront ISIS. Anonymous source from the SDF reported about this.