General Command: Army establishes control over areas in Aleppo and central & southern regions

Damascus, SANA – The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces said that the army’s military operations, which are carried out in conjunction with airstrikes by the Syrian Air Force and the Russian Air Force, have focused in the past three days on the southern region, central region, Lattakia countryside, and Hama’s northern and northwestern countryside.

In a statement on Friday, the army’s spokesman said that in the southern region, army units began a military operation in Jobar and Harasta in the Eastern Ghouta area of Damascus Countryside, with the army establishing control over all the hills oversee Douma and Harasta and serve as vantage points, in addition to Rima Water Company, the water unit, the military works department, 25 blocks of buildings in Harasta, and a number of blocks in Jobar.

He said the operations in those areas have resulted in destroying terrorists’ command and communication centers and left large numbers of them dead.

The spokesman said that other units clashed with terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra near Quneitra, with the army establishing control over the strategic hills of al-Qaba and Ahmar and the farms and checkpoint of al-Amal.

In Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa city, army units established control over Syriatel building and 9 blocks of buildings in al-Manshiye neighborhoods, the spokesman said, adding that the army also eliminated many terrorists the neighborhoods of al-Manshiye, al-Bajabja, and al-Hamadin, east of Syriatel, and around the old customs building in the same area.

Also in Daraa province, the army established control over vital sites and points northeast of Sheikh Miskin town, and eliminated scores of terrorists southeast of the Electricity Company building in Daraa al-Mahata, al-Hirak, al-Sheikh Miskin, and west of Tafas, in addition to destroying a number of armored and machinegun-equipped vehicles.

The spokesman said that on the morning of 15/10/2015, the army began a military operation in the northern countryside of Homs province, which resulted in establishing control over Khalidiye al-Dar al-Kubra, parts of the towns of Termaala, Jawalak, and Sansil, in addition to surrounding al-Dar al-Kabira town, launching direct strikes at terrorists in al-Ghanto, Ghajar Amir, Talbiseh, Deir Fuul, al-Zaafarana, Oum Sharshouh, al-Halmouz, and eliminating many terrorists and destroying their command centers in Talbiseh and Termaala.

He added that the army set an ambush near al-Samaalil which resulted in eliminating a terrorist group. Terrorist group leader Ammar al-Khodr, Khaled Abu Anas from Chechnya, and Abu Bakr al-Chichani, were identified among the terrorists killed in the ambush.

The spokesman said that the army targeted ISIS terrorists near the Palmyra (Tadmur) triangle, south of al-Bayyarat (groves) area in Palmyra countryside, al-Saan al-Shamali and al-Saan al-Aswad in Talbiseh, Oum Sharshouh village, east of Unq al-Haqa village, al-Barghouthiye, and Kafrlaha.

The Syrian Air Force targeted terrorists’ concentrations and hideouts in the surroundings of Shaer field, Rasm al-Sawwaneh, al-Hayawaniye, and Rasm al-Arnab, killing and injuring many terrorists and destroying large quantities of their equipment and vehicles, he added.
In Lattakia province, the spokesman said that the army continued to target terrorists in the surroundings of Jeb al-Ahmar and al-Rabiya, in addition to expanding its control over the areas the surrounding the town of Salma, which resulted in killing 34 terrorists, most of them non-Syrians including Chechens, Turks, and Tunisians.

He also said that army units established control over the towns of Foro and al-Safsafeh after killing a number of terrorists and destroying their weapons and equipment.

In Hama province, army units eliminated all members of a terrorists group in al-Sermaniye town, destroyed a command center in al-Tamani’a, and destroyed a vehicle along with the terrorists and munitions ob board in al-Tanmiya area in the province’s northern and northwestern countryside.

In Aleppo and its countryside, the spokesman said that army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, began on Friday morning a military operations in the southern direction of the city, preempted by concentrated airstrikes and artillery fire, after which the forces advanced in several directions and managed to establish control over the towns of Ebtin and Hadadin al-Gharbiye, the quarries and the hatcheries area, and al-Sehrij hill in a short period of time, inflicting heavy losses on terrorists, adding that the operations in that area are ongoing.

He also said that army units also established control over the town of al-Nasseriye, Na’am hill, and Na’am village after inflicting heavy losses on ISIS, in addition to targeting terrorists in the surroundings of the Air Force Academy, the Scientific Research Center, al-Lairamoun, Khan al-Assal, al-Ameriye, al-Rashidin, Kafr Hamra, al-Na’na’ie square, Bani Zeid, east of al-Safira, Kafr Dael, al-Mansoura, Andan, al-Daman hill, Sabeen hill, al-Tabl hill, al-Zarbeh, Jub al-Safa, Rasm al-Abd, Qasir al-Ward, and Hwaijina, killing and injuring large numbers of terrorists and destroying their weapons and vehicles.

The spokesman concluded by saying that the Syrian Air Force targeted ISIS concentrations in al-Mari’iye and east of Deir Ezzor Airport in Deir Ezzor province, killing and injuring scores of terrorists, in addition to destroying a hideout for ISIS leaders along with the terrorists inside it 30km northeast of Raqqa city.

Hazem Sabbagh

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