Syria in Past 24 Hours: Army Blows Up Al-Nusra’s Operations Room in Damascus
The Syrian Army troops continued military operations in the Eastern parts of Damascus province and won back control of more positions, while a main operations room of the al-Nusra Front was targeted and destroyed under the heavy fire of the army.
The army men, supported by the artillery and missile units, engaged in fierce clashes with terrorists in al-Qaboun region in the Northeastern countryside of Damascus city and managed to take back several buildings in the region, killing or wounding a number of militants.
In the meantime, the army’s artillery units shelled Al-Nusra positions in al-Qaboun, destroying the main operation room of the terrorists and killing the entire fighters in the room.
Field sources, meantime, reported that the warplanes targeted terrorists’ concentration centers in al-Qaboun, killing and wounding several militants.
Also in the past 24 hours, militants in two more towns in the two key provinces of Damascus and Quneitra laid down arms and joined the peace agreement with the Syrian government and army in the last 24 hours, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria announced in its latest report.
“Representatives of militants in the town of al-Bayadheh in Damascus province and in the town of al-Sabah in Quneitra province have ended fight against the Syrian Army troops and joined the peace process in the last 24 hours,” the center said, adding, “The total number of regions, cities, towns and villages that have thus far joined the peace plan stands at 1,452 now.”
The Syrian Army and militant groups agreed to allow over 3,500 gunmen leave four towns Northwest of Damascus later in return for the evacuation of 8,000 civilians from the two Shiite-populated towns of Fua’a and Kafraya in the Northwestern Province of Idlib in several phases.
Based on an agreement concluded in late March between the Damascus officials and gunmen, around 3,800 fighters and their family members are to leave the towns of Madhaya, Baqin, al-Zabadani and al-Jabal al-Sharqi for militant-held region in Idlib via four passageways.
In return, 8,000 residents of Fua’a and Kafraya will leave their towns for government-controlled regions in Aleppo province.
In the meantime, 19 captives will be freed by the militants and the army will release 17 gunmen in return.
A number of bodies of dead army soldiers and militants will be exchanged too.
The Syrian army forces, backed up by the country’s Air Force, continued their attacks on ISIL positions in the Southern parts of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) and drove terrorists out of more positions.
The army soldiers that had previously captured al-Abtar mountain Southwest of Palmyra, engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL and managed to take full control over several key positions Northeast of al-Abtar mountain, 15km away from Palmyra.
In the meantime, the army men pushed ISIL back from cattle raising center, the power station South of Palmyra and the road that connects Palmyra to al-Sawaneh.
A field source reported that tens of ISIL members were killed or wounded in clashes with the army units in Badiyeh (desert) region, while terrorists’ vehicles and equipment were also destroyed in large scale.
The Syrian army soldiers continued their anti-terrorism offensive in Northern Aleppo and managed to deploy forces in positions very close to one of the main bastions of the terrorists after killing 60 militants and destroying their equipment, well-informed sources said.
The sources said that following liberation of the village of Khirbet Anadan on Tuesday, the army forces continued their operation from two directions to take back the strategic town of Anadan, killing 60 terrorists and forcing the rest of them to retreat towards their main base, Anadan.
They added that the army soldiers have gained military control over Anadan from the direction of the town of al-Tamoureh and Khirbet Anadan.
In the meantime, the army’s artillery and missile unis pounded the positions of the terrorists in Anadan, killing a number of them.
Also, the army units targeted and downed two imaging drones of the terrorists South of al-Tamoureh in Northern Aleppo.
Military sources in Northern Hama reported that the Syrian Army’s missile and artillery units and Air Force have launched heavy attacks on terrorists’ positions in the towns of Souran and Taybat al-Imam.
The sources said that the artillery and missile units have opened heavy fire at the concentration centers and movements of Al-Nusra Front in Northern Hama in line with the liberation operation of Souran and Taybat al-Imam.
Al-Nusra has suffered heavy casualties in the shelling in Ma’ardeh, Souran-Ma’ardes road, Taybat al-Imam and surroundings of Tal (hill) Skeik, they added.
The sources went on to say that four tanks, a bomb-laden suicide vehicle and four military vehicles were destroyed in the attacks.
A military vehicle and a large volume of arms and ammunition of Al-Nusra were also seized by the army men.
In the meantime, the Syrian and Russian fighter jets pounded the positions of the terrorists in Taybat al-Imam and areas surrounding Souran, killing a large number of militants and destroying their vehicles.
The predominately Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued the Euphrates Rage operations against ISIL in Western Raqqa and managed to take control of a key highway connecting Raqqa city to Damascus capital city.
The SDF fighters that had laid siege on ISIL-held al-Tabaqa city managed to drive ISIL combatants out of a long chunk of Raqqa-Damascus highway.
The Kurdish fighters also engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL and repelled their attack on SDF’s positions to lift siege on al-Tabaqa city, killing and wounding a number of ISIL militants.
The SDF forces, meantime, clashed fiercely with ISIL in a region 3km away from al-Tabaqa and managed to win control over the village of Ayed al-Kabir.