Sputnik: Syrian War News from Russia, January 20, 2016


Russian Jets Conduct 16 Sorties in Syria Over Past 24 Hours

Russian aviation has conducted 16 sorties in Syria over past 24 hours hitting 57 terrorist targets in two provinces, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

 “Over the past 24 hours the jets of the Russian Air and Space Forceshave carried out 16 combat missions hitting 57 terrorist targets,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters.

“Due to poor weather conditions and in an attempt to avoid casualties among civilians, Russian aircraft only performed combat missions in the provinces of Latakia and Deir  ez-Zor,” Konashekov added.Over the past 24 hours, Russian Air Forces have also destroyed a field camp held by Daesh terrorists in Deir ez-Zor. The terrorists’ multiple rocket launchers, artillery and fuel storage were also destroyed by Russian jets, Konashenkov noted.

“Russian Su-34 bomber jet hit the terrorists’ field artillery in the town of Meshiya, in Deir ez-Zor province. Surveillance confirmed the destruction of three artillery systems,” the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman told journalists.

Also, according to Konashenkov, Russian aircraft bombed enemy rocket artillery positions and a fuel depot in the vicinity of the village of Bgelia in Deir ez-Zor province. “Surveillance confirmed the destruction of two rocket artillery systems as well as detonation of the fuel stored at the facility,” he said.

“A Daesh field training camp in the vicinity of the village of Mreya in Deir ez Zor province was bombed. A militants’ command post and barracks located on the premises were obliterated by direct hits,” Konashenkov said.

The Russian group’s warplanes hit the terrorists as they fled Latakia being attacked by the Syrian Army, Konashekov said.

“Over the past 24 hours, Russian jets carried out 4 strikes on the terrorists near Jabal al-Akrad (Latakia province), who left their positions while being attacked by the Syrian Armed Forces and patriotic opposition units,” the spokesman said.

He also said that a Su-34 aircraft bombed a workshop in the vicinity of Hatla, which the militants were using to manufacture carbombs. Target data was actually provided by the Syrian opposition.

The terrorists’ workshop was completely wiped out by the airstrike, Konashenkov added.

Moreover, Russia continues to provide humanitarian aid to Syria. On January 15, Russian aircraft delivered nearly 50 tons of humanitarian aid to Deir ez-Zor, the spokesman said.

“Russian Armed Forces continue conducting a humanitarian operation aimed at delivering supplies to the civilians trapped in the regions of Syria controlled by the militants. On January 15 a cargo plane of the Syrian Air Force using Rusian P-7 platforms airdropped a total of 50 tons worth of food supplies and basic necessities to the city of Deir ez-Zor,” the general said.

He also added that another humanitarian cargo is currently being prepared for delivery to the city of Deir ez Zor which is currently being cut off by terrorists.As Konashenkov said earlier, on January 18 “over 40 tons worth of humanitarian aid were dispatched to the residents of the city of Deir ez Zor and other regions.”

Russian Air Force Leads Aerial Bombardment of Terrorists in Eastern Syria

Expectations were that the US-led coalition would make significant gains against terrorists in eastern Syria, but it has transpired that the Russian Air Force is up to the task of supporting Syrian troops battling Daesh there, German Economic News (DWN) reported.

Aerial support from the Russian Air Force for Syrian Arab Army troops defending eastern Syria from Daesh terrorist attacks is proving an effective tactic in an area where the US-led coalition was expected to lead efforts to eliminate the terrorist group, German Economic News (DWN) reported on Wednesday.

“It was expected that the US-led alliance will lead the fight against IS (Daesh) in the East,” DWN wrote.

“In order to capture the command center of the 137th Artillery Brigade, IS (Daesh) is increasingly relying on suicide bombings. At the weekend, IS (Daesh) began its biggest offensive on Deir-ez-Zor since December 2014.”

‘Russia also comes to help Syria fight ISIS (Daesh) in the East,’ reported DWN.

On Tuesday Al-Masdar News reported that Daesh had launched its fifth assault on the headquarters of the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade close to Deir-ez-Zor military airport.

“This attempted advance by the terrorist group was immediately met by fierce resistance from the Syrian Arab Army soldiers protecting this strategic base near the Deir Ezzor Military Airport,” reported Al-Masdar News.

“Yesterday, ISIS declared control over the Missile Battalion Base at the southern perimeter of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport; however, this morning, several reports from the soldiers at the airbase revealed that the terrorist group was unable to maintain their ground as a result of the powerful Russian and Syrian airstrikes around the villages of Jafra and Al-Muri’iyah.”

“Clashes are still ongoing between the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade and ISIS near the Radio Broadcast Tower in the Al-Baghayliyah District.”

On Tuesday Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov announced that the Russian air force had carried out 157 sorties across Syria over the previous four days, bombing 579 terrorist objects in Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor, Homs, Hama, Raqqa and Latakia.

“Near al-Baghiliyah (Deir ez-Zor province), where the ISIS militants performed a massive execution of about 300 civilians in order to frighten citizens a day ago, a Russian Su-34 bomber made a strike on terrorists’ strong points. Direct hits caused elimination of 3 heavy vehicles with ZU-23 systems, 2 off-roaders with heavy weapons and more than 60 terrorists,” the Defense Ministry reported.

​The airstrikes were in support of Syrian Arab Army ground troops, who were carrying out offensives on Sunday that liberated the settlement from Daesh after the massacre.

“The army headed to this region to save the population. There were clashes with ISIL (Daesh) militants, they suffered significant casualties, the rest managed to flee to the neighboring areas controlled by ISIL (Daesh),” Mohammad Qaddur Ajnyyja, governor of Deir-ez-Zor, told Sputnik.

Duel in the Desert: Syrian Army Assaults Daesh in Deir ez-Zor Province

The Syrian Army and the country’s National Defense Forces have reportedly managed to drive Daesh militants out of more areas in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, regaining control of several strategic heights.

 More territories in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor have been retaken by the country’s army and the National Defense Forces (NDF), which also managed to regain control over a spate of strategic heights in the province, according to the Iranian news agency FARS.

“Daesh withdrew forces from its positions near al-Ruwad heights after the army and the NDF stormed them and killed many of the terrorists. Al-Ruwad heights and its surroundings are now under full control of the Syrian government forces,” FARS quoted army sources as saying.

The past few weeks have seen the Syrian troops crack down on Daesh positions across Deir ez-Zor province, where scores of militants have been killed and many more are wounded.

Syrian army's special operation in Douma, a Damascus suburb
Syrian army’s special operation in Douma, a Damascus suburb

The sources said on Sunday that the army had tracked and targeted a Daesh explosive-laden armored vehicle in the province’s west before the jihadist group could detonate it.

“ISIL (Daesh) had managed to hit a government position near the village of Ayyash with an armored vehicle, loaded with huge quantities of explosive materials, but the army soldiers targeted the car before the terrorists group could explode it,” the sources said.
In a separate development on Sunday, more militant group strongholds were reportedly obliterated by the Syrian Army and the country’s air force in eastern and western Ghouta to the east of the capital Damascus.
According to the sources, “the Syrian fighter jets, for their part, bombed the militant groups’ bases and gatherings in Jobar,” which also claimed the lives of several militants. Jobar is an inner suburb of Damascus located between the city and a key thoroughfare, Almotahalik Aljanobi Street, which connects with the M5 highway leading north to Homs.

Adding to the Syrian Army’s anti-Daesh effort is Russia’s air campaign, which was launched on September 30, when more than fifty Russian warplanes, including Su-24M, Su-25 and Su-34 jets, commenced precision airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria at the behest of Syrian President Bashar Assad.


Syrian army readies for large-scale operation in Hama Governorate

Next Stop Raqqa: Syrian Army Makes Fresh Advances on Daesh

The Syrian Army, backed by allied popular defense forces, continued their advance on Daesh terrorists in the eastern part of Hama province capturing a number of hilltops along a strategic highway, Iran’s Fars news agency reported on Friday.

“The Syrian army troops in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) continued their advance towards the Salamiyah-Raqqa Highway, capturing several ISIL-held small hilltops,” the Army said in a statement.

Syrian armed forces are now in a position to expand their control over the eastern part of Hama province and eventually advance on the de facto Daesh capital of Raqqa.

Syrian army takes offensive against ISIS militants in the north of Hama Governorate

On Wednesday the government troops and the popular forces managed to drive the militants from more territories in the southern part of Hama province, inflicting heavy losses on the enemy, the agency wrote.Syrian government forces, backed by Russian airstrikes, have recently been making rapid advances against the terrorists in several parts of the country destroying the terrorists’ positions in in Latakia, Homs, Damascus, Deir ez-Zor, Aleppo, Dara’a and Hama provinces.



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