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Russian Attempts To Enforce Safety In Raqqa And Deir Ezzor

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The Syrian Arab Army and its Russian support are perpetually carrying out their containment of ISIS in Syria’s central region.

On April 18th, Russian Aerospace Forces warplanes carried out at least 70 airstrikes on various terrorist targets in several areas.

Among the locations containing targets were the eastern countryside of Hama, the outskirts of the town of Resafa in the Raqqa countryside, and on the border between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.

ISIS caves and bunkers were targeted, as well as the terrorists’ backline positions.

There was an unknown number of casualties.

This presumed sudden spike in activity followed a claim by ISIS that two Russian special forces operatives were killed in eastern Homs during a failed landing operation.

There was no official confirmation and no other evidence apart from ISIS’ claims.

Russia’s warplanes have, so far, been successful in their air raids.

There is an evident reduction in ISIS attacks on Syrian government forces, and many positions on strategic highways had been vacated.

To improve response time and operational effectiveness, Russian Forces are building a forward base with a helicopter landing zone along with a number of posts right on the border between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in central Syria.

Russian forces have been working to strengthen their presence in Raqqa for a while.

A delegation of the Russian military visited the Tabqah Air Base in southern Raqqa, that is held currently by US-backed Forces.

Russian forces may soon move there.

Additionally, on April 18th, units of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, entered the town of Bosoufane in the Turkish-occupied area of Afrin.

The Al-Qaeda-affiliated HTS were on a mission to establish positions in the town.

Tensions were increasing as the group was attempting to capture the town and wrestle it away from the Turkey-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL).

The stand-off came to its end when the Syrian Arab Army shelled the militants.

HTS was trying to capture the town in order to open a direct smuggling route with Kurdish forces, which control a strip of land south of Afrin.

The militant group is constantly on the lookout to expand its influence, push ever further and gain more profit.

Turkey seems to tacitly support HTS’ expansion endeavors, as it is quite interested in the oil and gas smuggling to continue, as resource trafficking was heavily impeded by the Damascus government’s operations.

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18 comments

  1. Willing Conscience (The Truths says:

    “ISIS caves and bunkers were targeted, as well as the terrorists’ backline positions.”

    Backline positions, what the hell does that mean, there shouldn’t be any backline positions, Isis is supposed to be on the run and hiding, not holding onto backline positions.
    Is this just a simple slip of the tongue or is there something more sinister to be concerned about, time will tell.
    And SF mentions a “spike in activity” just after the Isis announcement, that sound just a little too coincidental doesn’t it, so maybe Isis wasn’t lying.

    1. Ahson says:

      Check Press TV citing Russian sources. The Su-34’s and Su-24’s dumped 50 tons of ordnance on Jihadists killing more than 200 and injuring hundreds more. Russia and Iran kill hundreds of jihadists every few days at will and nobody can do anything about this.

      1. Willing Conscience (The Truths says:

        But how can Isis establish a camouflaged tent encampment right smack in the middle of Iranian controlled territory, the Iranians have a checkpoint located every 5km along the highway there.
        So it should be near impossible to build up a sizeable fighting force and hide them just 9km away from all those Iranian checkpoints on the M20 highway, the Iranians also have a command center located about 15 KM away from the Isis location, but the Russians found 24 vehicles and 200 terrorists hiding there, so what’s that say about Iranian security measures, not much I’m afraid.
        The Russians kill Isis because the Iranians can’t find them, even when Isis is hiding right under the Iranians noses.
        200 Isis fighters travelling in 24 vehicles wouldn’t take long to make it to As Sukhnah which is just 17km away, so maybe the Russian cavalry arrived just in time to stop another attack against the town.

        1. Ahson says:

          Fresh intel probably…….the US musta moved em from the NE Kurdish canton…….fresh outta jail. Set em up for elimination/ disposal no? You gotta remember, most of these jihadists are fukkin hardcore criminals and terrorists. They just get used in the meat grinder no? Time and again.

          1. Willing Conscience (The Truths says:

            It’s not US involvement or assistance helping Isis expand, it’s anti Iranian sentiments from the local Sunnis that fuels Isis now.
            Read some Sunni opposition media and see what they have to say about the Iranians in Deir ez Zor, the local Sunnis there absolutely hate the Iranians and Hezbollah.
            Many of the resentful locals simply join Isis so they can fight against the Iranian presence in Deir ez Zor, or assist Isis with intel, logistics, or supplies.
            The US autonomous zone is also being ravaged by Isis activity and a lot of their top SDF commanders are being killed, so it’s not working out well for the US either.

          2. Gregory Casey says:

            Hey’re not Iranians. They are Shia Militia from Iraq and Syria & Lebanon with a few Iranians sprinkled in.

          3. Willing Conscience (The Truths says:

            Yes that’s true but they still constitute an Iranian presence that dominates the local Sunni population and causes huge resentment.

          4. Ahson says:

            I don’t know how to tell you this, but there is not a single Iranian soldier in all of Syria nor Iraq! Not one! Only a handful of Advisors.

          5. Willing Conscience (The Truths says:

            There are serving and active IRGC in Syria they aren’t all advisors, do you think the high ranking commanders let the militias guard them in their bases, only totally loyal IRGC do that.
            And there are a lot of active IRGC in Darra and Quneitra, building missile bases can’t be left to untrained militias, that’s another job only IRGC do.
            And who do you think operates the Iranian radars and drone control centers, not the lowly paid untrained militias. Hezbollah is well trained but not in advanced weapon and defensive technology, another job for IRGC.
            I’ve read accounts that put the currently serving number of IRGC at somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000.
            Here’s what the wiki says

            2020

            “Between 27 February and 3 March, 4 Iranians were killed by Turkish forces.[106] On 7 March, an IRGC commander, Farhad Dabirian, was reported to be killed a day earlier in the Sayyidah Zaynab neighborhood in Damascus, without giving details on the circumstances of his death.[107] On 18 March, an Iranian commander, Mehran Azizani, was announced to be killed by Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria.[108] On 15 May, Another commander, Abu al-Fadl Sarlak, was announced to be killed probably by an Israeli airstrike in Khanasir”.

          6. Ahson says:

            No, I disagree. Iran has no operating radar stations, no AD sites nor any missile or drone bases in Syria. Same same with Iraq.The only time Iranians in any significant number (8) that died were during an IDF strike on Damascus airport in a warehouse that receives regular small arms shipments via Iranian IL-76/ C-130 flights. Iran avenged those deaths with an attack on the IDF occupied Golan. Small Iranian teams of the IRGC only serve in advisory roles in certain theaters and even those responsibilities have largely been overtaken by Russian specialists. Iran is careful not to put boots on the ground in A-raab countries for obvious negative sentiment, which you seem to be flaunting here. This is not to say Iran never did it, obviously it did deploy significant resources in the early phase of the Syria conflict, but most have since been withdrawn. The SyAA is quite capable of handling the Jihadi’s on its own now with Russian support.

          7. Willing Conscience (The Truths says:

            I haven’t seen any reports that confirm Iranian radars are currently operating in Syria, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t, the Iranians promised more than 12 months ago that they would begin shipping air defense systems to Syria.
            Here’s a report that you might find interesting and there are many more available on the net that confirm the same information.
            …..

            “On September 22, Iranian authorities announced that they would strengthen Syrian air defense systems by providing Damascus with its own air defense equipment, including short, medium, and long-range systems.

            A spokesman for the Iranian armed forces, Brigadier General Abu Al-Fazl Shakerji, said that his country would strengthen Syrian air defenses on the basis of the contract signed between the two states in July of this year.

            Iran and Syria signed a comprehensive military and security cooperation agreement in July, primarily focusing on the development of Syrian air defense systems. Iran said at the time that its goal was to counter the dozens of raids launched by Israel and the United States on Syrian military positions and those hosting Iranian forces or their militias.

            According to the Iranian News Agency, Fars, during a recent visit to Syria by the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Muhammad Hussein Bagheri, the decision to strengthen the country’s air defense system came at the request of the Syrian regime.

            On July 19, a Twitter account called “Syria My Homeland” posted that “Iran’s advanced Khordad system will soon be in the Syrian air defense’s possession.”

            Has Iran Started Supplying Military Reinforcements to Syria?

            Information obtained by IranWire from a Syrian military source, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, confirms that Tehran has already started sending military equipment to reinforce air defenses.

            The source told IranWire that Tehran had sent several weapons shipments to Damascus International Airport, from Tehran, on July 20. The cargo was immediately unloaded and transported to the Jabal Al-Mana area in the Al-Kiswah region of Damascus countryside.

            The source, who is from the 1st Division and is close to the Iranian militia in Syria, explained that the weapons that reached Damascus were hidden inside tunnels in the Jabal Al-Mana region and at the 1st Division’s warehouses.

            He pointed out that a day after the shipment arrived, Israel shelled locations at which such weapons were deployed. These raids were repelled by the Syrian air defenses surface-to-air missiles located at Mezzeh airport and Mount Qassioun.

            The source, speaking to an IranWire correspondent in Syria, added that among these shipments were a number of air defense systems, but that they have not yet been completely assembled as the systems are transported in parts.

            Among the systems that have entered Syria are the Khordad-3, Pavar-373 and Khordad-15 systems, jamming devices, Bashir 3D radar, shoulder-fired missiles, and surface-to-air missiles.

            According to the military source, these weapons were deployed in the Al-Kiswah area near Jabal Al-Mana; Marj Al-Sultan airport in Ghouta, Damascus, near the city of Izraa; Mezzeh military airport; T4 airport; Al-Dameer military airport; the 20th Division and its radar brigade; the 24th Air Defense Division; and the Al-Nasiriyah area with the 555th Regiment. The platforms were also installed in the Al-Sukhnah region; in the Shanshar region north of Homs; in Deir Al-Zour near Al-Hamdan airport and the Imam Ali base; and in Al-Thalah military airport near Al-Suwayda”.

          8. Ahson says:

            No confirmation of Iranian forces in Syria……Only small teams of specialists/ advisors. Never seen any AD forces nor missile forces either. Small numbers of older generation Zelzal type rockets were provided which are now serially produced in Syria. Likewise small numbers of type 63 Norinco MBRL’s provided on the back of a few dozen Safir jeeps along with RCL’s etc years ago. Small arms only seen in pics/ twitter etc. Shahed/ Mohajir drones were deployed years ago, but since then have been withdrawn. You’d have to be hard pressed to find Iranians or Iranian equipment in Syria today (other than those few hundred advisors/ specialists). Assad is sitting on 3/4 of his territory. Perfectly capable of handling turkey on his own with Russian backing. Same same in Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen…….0 Iranian forces on the ground!

          9. Jens Holm says:

            They are camouflaged as goats, so You feel fine with them:)

          10. Jens Holm says:

            You are in the old days.

            They send them in zipfiles. Thye are promised a home in Iran and even warwidows there.

          11. Ahson says:

            Wake up jensi……Iran is not Sawdi. Lazy Iranians have been told to go fight on the front lines, but few takers today. Hard to find religious Iranians these days.

        2. Gregory Casey says:

          What Iranians are you talking about? THey’re not Iranians. They are Shia Militia from Iraq and Syria & Lebanon with a few Iranians sprinkled in.

          1. Icarus Tanović says:

            Man 80% of SAA is consisted of Sunnis.

          2. Gregory Casey says:

            I know the make-up of SAA. The Shia population of Syria pre-War was 3% and although Alawites are a Shia Sect, they’re a mere 12-13% of the population. It wasn’t the SAA that was involved in this. It was Iraqi, Syrian & Lebanese Shia and Christian Militia.

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