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Overview of Military Situation in Syria on August 20

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The Syrian Arab Army continues its advances in the provinces of Damascus and Aleppo, while clashes between the National Defence Forces and the People’s Protection Units are ongoing in Hasakah.

Overview of Military Situation in Syria on August 20

Photo: AP

Damascus province

The elite fourth mechanized division of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues its offensive against terrorists in the south-western outskirts of the capital. During the military operation, the government troops have recaptured 24 buildings, located in the southern sector.

Aleppo province

The SAA’s Special Forces (the Tiger Forces), launched a new operation to oust the Islamic State (IS) terrorists from buildings of the Artillery School in the north-east of the city. By now, the Special Forces took the Al-Akraa hill, which provides a direct view of the base.

Due to the fact that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are increasing their success in the north of Manbij in the direction of Jarabulus, the IS terrorists have started to arrest civilians, who are helping the SDF.

Homs province

Earlier, it was reported that Jub al-Jarrah and Maksar al-Hisan districts in the eastern suburb of Homs were fired with mortars. As result, houses in the residential areas were damaged.

Hasakah province

Clashes between the National Defence Forces (NDF) and Kurds from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) continue in the city center.

The NDF advanced into the center of the city, taking control over a new hospital and the Al-Amal quarter in the Marsho area. In addition, the NDF seized 14 YPG militamen near Marsho.

According to battlefield sources, the escalation of violence in the normally peaceful city occurred after the YPG fighters attacked the NDF last night. The YPG militamen claim that they were provoked. The SAA does not intervene in the conflict, except of checkpoints in the city and a few air strikes aimed a headquarters of the YPG.

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