Al-Safa Is Liberated. Syrian Army Eliminated Last ISIS-held Position In Al-Safa

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Al-Safa Is Liberated. Syrian Army Eliminated Last ISIS-held Position In Al-Safa

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The Syrian Army (SAA) and its allies have imposed their control of al-Safa amid collapse in ISIS’ positions in this heavily fortified area, a source in the SAA told SouthFront on November 17.

According to the source, the heavy rain destroyed most of the fortifications and hideouts of the terrorist group during the last few days. This forced the remaining terrorists to flee towards the eastern Homs desert, where ISIS maintain a small pocket.

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) confirmed that the SAA had made a significant advance in al-Safa and said that the highest positions in the area are currently under the army control.

“Our units in the southern region made significant advance in al-Safa and imposed fire control on the remaining ISIS-held positions,” the SANA quotes a military source as saying.

Meanwhile, Syrian pro-government activists reported that the SAA had killed, injured and captured dozens of ISIS fighters during its final push in al-Safa. “Abu Hajar al-Sheshani,” a senior ISIS military commander in the Damascus desert is among the terrorist killed by the army.

The SAA launched its military operation in al-Safa following a brutal ISIS attack on the southern governorate of al-Suwayda in late September. The army faced several major setbacks in the course of the operation. However, it finally achieved success in mid November.

Al-Safa Is Liberated. Syrian Army Eliminated Last ISIS-held Position In Al-Safa

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  • 1eeripsa

    Great new! Why are there no photos of dead ISIS?

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      the wind blow them away.

    • Bill Wilson

      I’m more interested in seeing photos of their washed-out fortifications.

    • Alejandro Bonifacio
  • Michał Hunicz

    Another great Syrian victory over these murderers.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Time to take back Al-Tanf from US morons and start a low intensity war of liberation against the NATO and US scum that are propping up the headchoppers. After al-Tanf the focus should be on liberating the eastern Euphrates valley in coordination with Iraqi Shia militias. The President of Iraq is on a state visit to Iran and even alluded to that.

  • FlorianGeyer

    It is a great victory for the SAA,however the ISIS thugs who managed to escape will have to be dealt with later.

    Why was there not a plan to stop any escape by ISIS to the Homs desert as this has been a problem in the past?

    Those ISIS who did escape will be replenished by the US Coalition of Terror in Al Tamf I suppose.

    • Joaquin

      Maybe they choose to let them escape rather than confronting in a final battle to avoid more casualties and finish them off later in the homs desert later. But like a guided escape so they could only go there

      • PZIVJ

        This could be, maybe some can be taken out in transit.
        But I think ISIS numbers have been overstated, and how many vehicles can they possibly have for a fast escape? :)

      • Jens Holm

        I dont think so. Its impossible to cover shoulder by shoulder having soldiers enough and in a heavy terrain.

        Someone like me would hope, they find ISIS troops in the open by jets.

    • Ray Douglas

      Exactly my thoughts. If in fact they were surrounded how and why were they allowed to escape. No escape, no prisoners only death for ISIS.

      • gustavo

        I think there was an underground agreement between ISIS and SAA-Russia because It is incredible the numbers given (terrorists killed and terrorists in site). Were they allowed to move to Al-Tanaf (USA) area ?

      • Potato Potato

        Terrain is very rough, not every square meter is guarded. The encriclement is porous.

    • Ray Douglas

      Also, it was reported that 1500 terrorists were in Al Safa yet only dozens were reported killed. If that is correct then more than 1000 have escaped. Sure is something wrong there.

      • gustavo

        Yes, something here is very very strange.

      • Jens Holm

        I agree. Damaskus almost always tell ISIS are many more. You mainly cant rely on estimates. I am sure much more then dozens are killed as well as none can say more then 1000 has escaped.

        It might be 200 only.

        Thats how I see numbers from there and from whome. You can take it as my weather rapport.

        A dirty version als could say, that ISIS still has hiders there -I hope not.

        • AM Hants

          Really, they keep the true figures under wraps. So love this video, owing to the information it provides. Plus, it made me smile, with regards those who have no legal authority to be in Syria, taking out the innocent of Syria.

          East Ghouta, Syria. Report of Chinese analysts examined by Russian leading Middle East expert… https://vimeo.com/263728681

          • Jens Holm

            Interesting. It says how ro make peace, but ignore the conditions never should be, as they are now.

            “The only hope of Assads” make me sick…

        • John Whitehot

          LoL 200.

      • Zionism = EVIL

        US and CIA have airlifted most of their proxy headchoppers to eastern Euphrates valley or western Iraq where US occupation have Wahhabi terrorist training camps. The Iraqis need to start a war of liberation as well or the US cancer will spread like Zionism.

      • AM Hants

        Reminds me of this video, from a few months back. Who knows what the true figures are. Nice result, at the end of the day.

        East Ghouta, Syria. Report of Chinese analysts examined by Russian leading Middle East expert… https://vimeo.com/263728681

    • Pave Way IV

      The detail I missed in this news is that the SAA now controls the top of the al Safa volcano. That would have been a particularly difficult position to take all along. And while the head-choppers held it, they would have had fire control over all the surrounding area. Same for the tops of all the other smaller volcanos. The SAA took advantage of the weather to assault the top, while the head-choppers used the opportunity to sneak away. Explains the delay.

      https://www.google.com/maps/@33.036111,37.198056,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1sAF1QipOETapb6Hy_U8wjtqqvewCtr9fkDUT3hLNHmPen!2e10!3e12!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipOETapb6Hy_U8wjtqqvewCtr9fkDUT3hLNHmPen%3Dw203-h164-k-no!7i1080!8i874

      • FlorianGeyer

        It looks to be one of the most desolate outposts in the world.
        I pity the troops who will be garrisoned there.

        • Pave Way IV

          Wow – this op got BIG towards the end. There probably were plenty of head-chopper bodies. But with the Russians taking part, I’m not surprised at the absence of gratuitous trophy photos of dead al Safa head-choppers on social media. Russians are pretty disciplined about that. They’ll mention a body count in one of their press briefings in a few days.

          https://twitter.com/islamicworldupd/status/1061156117018001408

          You have to click on the tweet above to see the whole thread with more details.

        • John Whitehot

          at least they won’t have most of the world shitting on their figurative heads like happens at the nearby Al-Tanf “garrisoned” troops.

          • FlorianGeyer

            That’s true.

            Will the US proxy terrorists attempt to re-infiltrate the Al Safa area though , once the bulk of the SAA have redeployed though ?

          • John Whitehot

            i’d hope they’ll put up a security / surveillance element in place – if they have reason to suspect what you say (don’t know how likely could that be, as long as the tanf garrison exists that likeness cannot be zero though).

            being a deserted area, i see no harm in mining it, or deploy sensors and alarms so to trigger artillery and airstrikes in case the goat-people get into it again.

          • FlorianGeyer

            Although it is a desolate area, it has been very tough terrorist base to clear and it has been a great drain on SAA resources.

            For this reason it is a serious danger for Syria.

            It will be interesting what security the SAA considers to be prescient.

          • John Whitehot

            “it has been a great drain on SAA resources”

            this only according to the already scarce coverage given by infomedias.

            from what can gathered technically, and without contamination from ziojihadist comment, it appears that the SAA has conducted a series of maneuvers in the area, probably to attain a better encirclement of the terrorist units, in which some losses occurred (although most of them based on amaq’s “estimations”.)

            when the intended encirclement was attained, the main attack developed, in which also Russian air power and specops deployed, which resulted in the destruction of the goat-lovers.

            “It will be interesting what security the SAA considers to be prescient”

            idk what you mean by “prescient”. You put mines, and sensors, a Grad and a SP howitzer batteries trained on the area.
            as soon as a goat is cut in half by an AP mine, the nearest sensor goes on, downloading the location to a command element, that in turns provides it to the artillery.

            then it’s boom boom boom and you have an impervious area covered with burnt goat meat.

      • Bill Wilson

        LOL!! I clicked on View Larger Map and got Alsafa Grocery Store in Katy, Texas! Seems to be the place to go for ME foodstuffs.

    • Vitex

      It is all a bit suspicious eh. I’d love to know the horse-trading that goes on. The way that ISIS keeps escaping….and cropping up again….

      • Jens Holm

        As seen again and again, You dont know how those ISIS troops are much more mobile, the You can imagine. Furthermore all are veterans.

        You seemes to know none good armies in the whole world.

        And You have big scale examples where and how nazis took Poles and French.

        Ir was spees opportunity and weapons for that kind of figting and for that time very coordinates.

        • John Whitehot

          except nazis had airpower and artillery, oh you know so much about military history.

    • Jens Holm

      Tanf shoot all from ISIS. You certainly are stubborn about that.

      • FlorianGeyer

        You stubbornly refuse to accept that FUKUS are using ISIS/Al Quaida as proxies around the globe Jens.

        • Jens Holm

          I dont.

          The misguiding the other way anytime is much more infame and evil every day

          • John Whitehot

            the more cancerous thing is to speak about freedom and democracy on one side and using ISIS and Qaeda to fulfill some agenda.

            this level of hypocrisy must be dealt with and all its proponents eliminated and thrown in an unmarked common grave.

          • FlorianGeyer

            Just keep on drinking the US Coolade Jens.

    • AM Hants

      Owing to the weather, do believe God was on the side of Syria, lending a helping hand, courtesy of ‘mother nature’.

  • Alejandro Bonifacio

    my saturday is getting better!

  • Rob

    The Washington and their allied butchers plan to divide Muslims into different groups and then kill them by own puppets, just for establishing bases there to take control of whole world. Now their all plans have flopped…..SAA and their allies should quickly free whole Syria from these Washington controlled butchers and cuck their all militant training bases from Syria as Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan are doing.

    • Jens Holm

      Not even Your mammy will belive that, but You might get candy and a toothbrush for it :)

  • Kell McBanned

    Awesome news

  • Pave Way IV

    I’ll let CENTCOM know right away. They’ll want to re-stock al Safa with their Wahhabi head-choppers as soon as possible. They have hundreds – maybe thousands – in stock, fully-armed and waiting to kill more Syrians. Their current inventory of head-choppers are only slightly-used and recycled, but they all come with brand new Toyota HiLux pickups and a no-questions-asked money-back guarantee.

    • Vitex

      I think some of the manoeuvring is along the lines of “I’ll pay you $50K if you let me and my buddies escape”

  • Jay Kim

    ISIS was defeated by rain notby SAA. :-(

    • gustavo

      Well,let us say—–almost doomed.

    • John Whitehot

      this shows that God is not at the jihadist side.
      propaganda sometimes backfires.

      • Jens Holm

        ISIS has done well using the weater. The last time they took Palmyra, killed many soldiers and took over 20 armed vehicles it was in a sandstorm.

        • John Whitehot

          bullshit

    • Luke Hemmming

      well guess what? Russia is still supporting Assad and the magnificent gains the SAA has in recapturing its OWN territory with the help from Russia from ISIS speaks volumes of this. Russia is not going to abandon Assad at this moment or the near future. Wishful thinking on your behalf. The rain assisted in the recapturing of Al Safa. Let’s not get bogged down by semantics here. At the end of the day who cares about what elements were involved in the victory, the end result is all that’s important. ISIS has lost its strategic advantage, had its ass kicked and that’s that. Good result all round. Another battle won by Assad.

      • Jens Holm

        Tell that too the relatives and the little David of You has no chance.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    awesome job SAA!!!

  • RichardD

    Once they’re dispersed as a fighting force without facilities they’re a lot more vulnerable to law enforcement. Individuals in hiding or who are trying to blend in with non combatants have been successfully managed everyplace else that has been cleared from. Once they’ve effectively defected from the Isis chain of command with light arms at best in most cases. Their ability to pose any type of significant threat to the government is drastically reduced.

    The non story in the other cleared areas are defections from the terror groups by their members. The relocations to Idlib and elsewhere got all of the press. The defections got no press. And I suspect that it was a much bigger factor in the clearing operations than is generally acknowledged. Essentially the defections without formal reconciliation with the government were unofficial reconciliations. With the government looking the other way in a lot of cases as long as suspected militants didn’t cause further trouble. When the opportunity presented itself to defect from a losing cause. The Isis members took it, and got out while the getting was good.

    Al-Safa was one of the formally cleared areas where there was a resurgence of Isis after it was initially cleared. What may have actually happened was that some Isis elements were defeated initially and the area was declared cleared, when actually it wasn’t. Because there was a significant hidden Isis presence in underground facilities and embedded with the local population that wasn’t detected initially. And when they started to cause problems. The government realized that the Isis presence was bigger than they originally thought. And once the government started going after them. They found out that they still had quite a bit of clearing work left to do. Which hopefully now is essentially complete.

    Demographics and geography play a big part in these areas. They’re so remote and sparsely populated that during peace times the law enforcement presence is minimal. And the Syrian military isn’t set up to police these areas in the absence of actual civilian police infrastructure. They have military police units. But they’re currently be used elsewhere.

  • John

    Congrats SAA!!!

  • gustavo

    In the map, there is an arrow showing maybe a escape route of terrorists, and this is very strange …..¿ How , if SAA had totally this area surounded, were the terrorists able to escape ? were There two thousand terrorists ? How many were killed ? How many did escape ?

    • John Whitehot

      there is no explanation of the arrows.
      if you want to interpret them that way, then i could freely say that there is SAA emplaced at the direction the long dashed black arrow points and that the ragheads were easily dispatched.

      • PZIVJ

        I read it as a ISIS group still on the lower southern slope, and some have escaped.
        ” SAA made significant advance in al-Safa and imposed fire control on the remaining ISIS-held positions,”
        So if they don’t have enough transport, they are SOL. :))

        • Jens Holm

          If they really are not hiding, I see the same. That slope was the last they controlled and escaped from being open to the desert and small mountains below.

          Transportation and water might be a problem, but Syrian troops cant follow them into Jordan or Iraq. They might meet some welcome comitty or even some grenades from Al Tanf.

        • John Whitehot

          it’s just that some people – somehow – always try to underline that “some ISIS escaped” instead that “ISIS got their arses rebated by a gigantic dick”.

          i’m not even dignifying the technical part of the discussion with a word, because it’s pretty evident that these people completely ignores, willingly or not, any basic element of how warfare is conducted, both generally and especially in the Syrian area.

      • Jens Holm

        Its directions for the ISIS escapers only.

    • Jens Holm

      Thats the possible escape route into Jordan/Iraq behind of Al Tanf.

      Rutba is in Iraq and heavy armed by Iraqian forces, but ISIS by that can go anywhere around Rutba and fx to Abu Kamal or down Eufrat as well.

      We probatly will see that soon, but they have to go there as well as rest some days from some supply depot.

  • occupybacon

    Guys, congratulations! and to Russian allies too. Keep being more liberal than suni extremists and soon the world will see the difference between the lies of the MSM and the true freedom fighters! Go Assad!

  • John Whitehot

    good news.

    but the heavy rain destroyed the fortifications?
    i find hard to believe that a “source inside the SAA” tells something of the like.

    • Jens Holm

      yes, but true wadis can move anything.

  • ANTINANCO

    They all run from the Americans to Al Tanf.

    • Jens Holm

      Al Ranf are semi-FSA. Iddjot.

  • antoun

    BRAVO SAA victory!! houraaa!!

  • World_Eye

    Congrats to SAA and its allies for yet another victory against the US-backed Daesh.

  • Jens Holm

    It seemes nice. And the ISIS direction to where ?

  • adzsiam

    HHmmm … the black arrows seems to be running in the direction Al Tanf. I wonder why?!

  • northerntruthseeker .

    Yes… “ISIS” escaped.. and they are high tailing it over to the illegal American position at Al Tanf and will probably be redeployed by their American masters very soon somewhere else in Syria!

  • Potato Potato

    Next stop is Idlib, boys! 😎

    • Zionism = EVIL

      The elimination the terrorist pocket in Idlib is indeed the key. Russia needs to start a major carpet bombing campaign and then an SAA and Hezbollah out assault.

      • Julian Clegg

        Your carpet bombing idea assumes that the insurgents are out on their own and not mixed up with innocent civilians.

        • Zionism = EVIL

          Sadly, most of the “civilians” in Idlib are now hard core Salafist terrorist supporters. Many were transported after the liberation of other parts of Syria by the SAA. If there are any civilians they should be given an ultimatum to leave or they should press the terrorists to leave urban areas as was done in Aleppo. Syria will never be free of terrorism unless Idlib enclave is liberated.

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  • AM Hants

    Good news. Well done Syria. Expect an UN hissy fit, from the nations whose ISIS/White Helmets players have been held captive.