Two American soldiers died in an explosion in Raqqa. The SAA (syrian Arab Army — official pro-Assad force) has deployed reinforcements to the borders of the “Big Idlib”. Nusra fired on the Christian city of Mhard in the north-west of Hama, according to a military source of the Federal News Agency (FAN) in Syria, Ahmad Marzouk (Ahmad Marzouq).
Briefly on the outcome of the confrontation:
Russian Aero Space Forces: conducted combat missions on the outskirts of the “Big Idlib” in conjunction with the Syrian Air Force.
Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied forces: fired with militants southwest of Aleppo; noticed unknown aircraft over Meyadin in Deir ez-Zor; deployed reinforcements to the borders of the “Big Idlib”.
Tahrir Ash-Sham: fired on the city of Mhard in Hama; conducted raids to search for “sleeping cells” ISIS1 in the city of Al-Dan in the northern part of Idlib.
“Islamic State” 1: Suspected of killing a teenager in Deir ez-Zor.
Syrian Free Army (SSA): exchanged blows with the Kurds in the north of Aleppo; conducted excavations in Afrinne in order to search for antiques.
Kurds: faced with protests from residents in Deir ez-Zor; called on the population of Raqqa to join the ranks of the SDF volunteers.
International Coalition: carried out a sweep of the cities of Hajin and Al-Sha’af in Deir ez-Zor from ISIS mines.
United States: lost two soldiers in an explosion in Raqqa.
In the past 24 hours, clashes between pro-Turkish gangs and the Democratic Forces of Syria (SDF) flared up in the north of the region. Skirmishes were recorded in the area of Kafr Hasher and Marjamin in the Tel Rifat area. According to the Twitter channel (Step_Agency), several members of the “Syrian Free Army” (FSA) were killed in the shelling by the Kurdish forces. In addition, the military convoy of the Turkish armed forces was under fire. No information on casualties in the ranks of the soldiers of the Turkish Armed Forces has yet been received. Due to the intensity of the clashes, the “free army” was forced to block off the Azaz-Afrin highway.
At the same time, mutual shelling between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and armed opposition forces was noted south-west of Aleppo. In response to provocative attacks by jihadists, government forces opened fire on militant locations in the Jazrai and Zammar settlements.
The news agency SANA News stated that Islamists had been excavated in Afrin and its environs, carried out, as local activists claimed, in order to enrich, by smuggling, antiquities and jewels found. It was noted that during these events Turkish drilling rigs and bulldozers were involved.
Province of Deir-ez-Zor.
There have been reports that the forces of the Western coalition have begun to clean up the settlements captured by the Kurds from the mines and IED laid by the militants of the Islamic State. The DeirezZor 24 news portal reported that soldiers of the international alliance surveyed several neighborhoods of the cities of Khadzhin and Al-Shaaf. Local activists believe that demining will not be completed, as in the other areas controlled by the pro-American SDF forces.
In the afternoon, unidentified military aircraft were spotted in the Meyadin area, as stated by the same media portal. It was reported that the detachments of the Iranian Assad formations were forced to leave the military headquarters and bring the forces on high alert. However, within half an hour the plane left the airspace above the city.
In several localities in the South-Eastern Deir ez-Zor, mass demonstrations of civilians protesting against the arbitrariness of Kurdish radicals took place, Reuters news agency reported. Among the claims voiced were the illegal export and sale of Syrian oil, forced mobilization and arrests. In addition, residents condemned discrimination based on nationality. Thus, it was reported that “democratic forces” pay attention to the restoration of areas with only the Kurdish population, while the Arab nationalities are forced to exist in the absence of electricity and skilled medical care.
In the Kurdish city of Darnage, the body of a 17-year-old teenager was found, shot dead by unknown persons. According to the Twitter channel (DeirEzzor24), the terrorists of the “sleeping cells” of ISIS are suspected of having committed the murder.
According to a military source on Twitter (QalaatAlMudiq), throughout the day, combat missions of the Russian Federation Air Force were observed in the southern regions of Idlib. Together with them, the Syrian air force also worked, as announced on Twitter (MasarPressNet). Allied airstrikes hit jihadist military sites on the outskirts of Tramla, Kasabiye, Kafr-Nabud, Al-Sakhr and Abdin settlements.
Meanwhile, in the city of Al-Dan, in the northern part of the region, searches of the terrorist coalition “Tahrir Ash-Sham” led by “Dzhebhat An-Nusroy” 1 were searched. During the raid, militants detained four people accused of having links with the Islamic State. One terrorist committed a self-detonation while trying to arrest him. No data on possible killed or injured in the incident has yet been reported.
On the eve, information appeared about the consequences of the two explosions that occurred in Raqqah the day before. According to the Syrian Center for Human Rights Monitoring (SOHR), at least one local resident was killed, several others were injured.
In addition, there was information about the death of two soldiers of the US armed forces. As reported by the news agency Al Mayadeen, the car of the US military hit a mine. Official US media still did not recognize the death of their fighters.
Meanwhile, a banner ad appeared in Raqqa, calling for local people to join the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as volunteers. This was reported by a source on Twitter (raqqa_r_w_b). Military experts believe that this is due to attempts by the Kurds to settle relations with the Arab population, which often organizes protest actions against forced mobilization.
Province of Hama.
During the day, militants from illegal gangs continued to provoke armed clashes with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northern part of the region. A Twitter source (dimashq.now) reported that Islamists had attacked residential areas in Mharda with a predominantly Christian population, which had wounded one of the local residents. In turn, government troops opened fire on the fortifications of radicals in the area of settlements of Al-Arimah and Kafr Zeta. In addition, Russian military aircraft hit the fortifications “Dzhebhat An-Nusra” near the villages of Bab Al-Taka and Al-Huweiz, as reported by the Internet portal Step News Agency.
In the afternoon, it became known that additional parts of the SAA, as well as weapons, were redeployed to the position of the army of Bashar Assad near the borders of the “Big Idlib”. As the Telegram-channel (warjournal) reported, reinforcements were deployed at the contact line of the forces of the parties.