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The Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard (Harss Al-Jamhouri) discovered a long tunnel belonging to Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) that stretched from the city of Jobar to the village of Al-‘Abbasiyeen in the East Ghouta of the Rif Dimashq Governorate. Before the tunnel was destroyed, the 105th Brigade seized all of the contents that were stored inside of it, including the weapons, ammunition, drugs, and telecommunication devices. In Harasta, a civilian was killed by an unknown sniper near the Military Hospital; this resulted in the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) confronting a group of armed assailants nearby. For 2 hours, the armed clashes engulfed this area with violence; however, the SAA was able to force these militants out of this area, after the latter was running out of supplies. The militants fled west in order to avoid capture by the SAA – their militant group is unknown. The SAA and National Defense Forces (NDF) have launched multiple attacks on the Islamic Front (Jabhat Al-Islamiyya) and Al-Nusra Front (Jabhat Al-Nusra) militants entrenched in Hajjar Al-Aswad (Black Stone), while trying to cut-off their main supply line to the decrepit city. Thus far, the SAA and NDF have been successful in taking checkpoints outside of the city, but there is still much fighting left before the latter can enter Hajjar Al-Aswad. The violence in ‘Ayn Tarma has recently been reignited after the 105th Brigade restarted operations inside the city, targeting a multitude of Jaysh Al-Islam hideouts. Earlier today, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) conducted 9 airstrikes on the militant positions near the Zamalka Bridge, destroying multiple vehicles and killing a number of armed combatants.

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Syrian and Iraqi forces have continued their gains against ISIL Takfiri terrorists operating in both Arab states, Press TV reports.

According to Press TV’s correspondent in Beirut, the Takfiri terrorists suffered heavy losses in both countries.

In Syria, army troops engaged in heavy fighting against the ISIL terror group, trying to clean up two areas of the Qamishli region in the northeastern province of Hasakah.

The Syrian troops now are in full control of Tal Ghazal and Abou Qasayeb in the countryside of Qamishli.

Dozens of ISIL Takfiri militants were killed during the clashes.

Meanwhile, Iraqi forces backed by volunteer forces recaptured two key districts in south of the city of Tikrit in restive Salahuddin Province. The arm operation led to the killing of dozens of ISIL terrorists.

Iraq’s Russian-made Sukhoi warplanes also targeted terrorists’ hideouts in the province.

The ISIL terrorists control some parts of Syria and Iraq. They are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control. ISIL militants have terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.

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