Syrian Army Makes Another Step To Lift Ahrar Al-Sham Siege From Armored Vehicles Base (Videos, Photos, Map)

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On January 6, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured several buildings near the Abu Baker mosque north of the Armored Vehicles Base east of the Syrian capital, Damascus, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

The media outlet added that a defense line of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement besieging the base are collapsing because of the rapid SAA advance.

Syrian Army Makes Another Step To Lift Ahrar Al-Sham Siege From Armored Vehicles Base (Videos, Photos, Map)

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Pro-government sources reported that warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) destroyed several positions and vehicles of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement in the districts of Harasta, Arbin, Hamouriyah, Mesraba and Madira. The SAA also destroyed several fortifications of Ahrar al-Sham around the Armored Vehicles Base with Syrian-made Golan-400 heavy rockets, according to the sources.

Syrian Army Makes Another Step To Lift Ahrar Al-Sham Siege From Armored Vehicles Base (Videos, Photos, Map)

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Syrian Army Makes Another Step To Lift Ahrar Al-Sham Siege From Armored Vehicles Base (Videos, Photos, Map) Syrian Army Makes Another Step To Lift Ahrar Al-Sham Siege From Armored Vehicles Base (Videos, Photos, Map)

Several pro-government activists claimed that the SAA is currently deployed within 50-100 meters from the Armored Vehicles Base. However, these claims have not been confirmed. Many other sources said that the SAA is planning to secure northern side before breaking the siege on the base.

From its side, the Ahrar al-Sham Movement and its allies – al-Qaeda affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Faylaq al-Rahman – have not conducted any operations against the SAA north of Harasta yet.

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  • Joe

    Come on … 50 meters and still unable to reach?
    What kind of rubbish reporting is this?

    you mean in 50 meters you can see your other soldiers and the rebels in between that 50 meters and you take whole day to reach 50 meters?

    • max

      Read something about stalingrad.
      50 – 100 meters can be a great distance

      • Solomon Krupacek

        this is another case. in stalingrad russians had in the back russia. here 50 m thick belt BETWEEN saa soldiers. big difference.

        • Redadmiral

          SAA have in their back Syria and 50 metersin front Yankee/Izzy paid proxies

    • Mauro Craizer

      You have to secure every firing point from which jihadists could reach mentioned 50m, make sure tunnels are closed. It’s not an open straight plain.
      When you comment on something, first you have to know SOMETHING abt the subject, or you can do it your way.
      ?

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      You think about it as being an open area it’s just that with tunnels and sniper fire , imagine running from your 50 yd line of your field to the endzone, under sniper fire and constant barrage of various small arms fire and then imagine interlinked tunnels below your feet.

      Now can you make it under those circumstances so easily or are you going to be quiet and learn the shortest distances on the battlefield can be the ones that end lives just as quickly.

  • Graeme Rymill

    ummm.. there’s this thing called urban warfare….. and in urban warfare 50 meters can sometimes seem like 500 km…just saying….

  • Jim Prendergast

    The integrated strategy and tactics of the SAA is quite remarkable. Considering the difficulties that they face like suicide attacks, mines, poison gas, tunnels, hostages, sleeper-cells and the enemy having the latest weapons and intel from Israeli and U.S. satellites they are doing it just right.

    • Attrition47

      I hope that the decent majority in the world remembers the lessons learned by the Syrians about how to fight the Washington Barbarians and their head-chopping, heart-eating rapers.

    • Frank Behrens

      Which remarkable strategies? which tactics?
      Given that the SAA always had a proper army with tanks, armored cariers, heavy artillery and planes as well as helicopters…they started to go on the offensive only after they received not only supplies and money from their foreign allies

      (notably Iran and Russia) but also the the russian airforce and hezzbollah fighters and a lot of mercs paid by Tehran (let´s not forget, one a terror organization and the other run by a clerical-islamistic dictatorship).

      And the US is even indirectly helping them (something which the Assad-fanbase won´t digest well, for sure) ..by assisting the Iraq army and the SDF (both of which put up pressure on the IS).

      And if you think they don´t get intel from russian spy satellites and air reconissaince, you would be naive at best.

      All in all it is rather remakrable how long it takes, and at what costs , to retake areas .

      Even their russian allies have no illusion about the SAA

      http://www.russia-direct.org/opinion/just-how-effective-has-russian-military-campaign-syria-really-been

      By summer 2016 Damascus had shifted from agony to a “serious but
      stable” condition. However, “there are still no chances for Assad to
      survive without foreign help,” states military expert Aleksandr
      Khomchikhin.

      Yet, the SAA in 2016 and in 2010 are two completely different
      entities. In six years, a relatively well-armed and centralized
      250,000-strong army has been cut in half, to just 125,000, as a result
      of losses and defections of Sunnis. Moreover, 30 percent of its armor
      has been destroyed. Just a few elite units are actually able to advance
      today – the Tigers, the Desert Falcons, a marine brigade and some of the
      old mechanized brigades. They act as fire brigades and shock troops.

      Damascus has a limited mobile reserve, including marines from the
      Latakia Mountains, who were transferred from hundreds of kilometers away
      in June to attack Palmyra, and then to Al-Raqqah, together with the
      Falcons. In the spring, the Tigers from Aleppo were sent to the breach
      near Palmyra, as well as to Al-Raqqah. The Hezbollah are fighting really
      well (some of which were withdrawn after the limited ceasefire was
      announced), as are the Iraqi and Iranian units in the alliance. The
      militias and the less-motivated SAA units that remain are assigned to
      hold the front and protect cities.

      This amalgamation of military units is hard to manage, and they often
      enter into conflict with each other and the center. The Russian
      military units active in Syria have been trying to organize this mess
      since October 2015, and not always successfully. According to some
      reports, the weak combat capability of the SAA often leads to conflicts
      between the Russian “facilitators” and the Iranians and officers of the
      SAA.

      • Jim Prendergast

        You have put considerable effort into constructing your statements, clearly you are dedicated to your agenda. Syria al-Assad is succeeding in defeating terrorist forces supported directly or indirectly by over one hundred foreign states. The nation struggles on under crippling boycotts of medicine and food. Despite air and missile attacks from U.S. and Israeli forces the SAA and allies have made such gains that they can now carefully rid Syria of the remaining terrorist while maintaining the safety of non-combatants. What the SAA is doing now really is remarkable. Look at the “sucker-punch” in Sinjar that led to HTS attacking al quaeda forces in Idlib. They have become skilled at what is required of them.

        • Frank Behrens

          “Syria al-Assad is succeeding in defeating terrorist forces supported directly or indirectly by over one hundred foreign states.”

          Exactly what I meant. Assad and the regime depends on those supporters…without them, he would have lost.

          Oh and please, the missle and air attacks from the US and Israel were so few, they are insignificant (Israel might have destroyed some weapon and ammunition aimed for the Hezzbollah).
          And no, isn`t remarkable…again, they have tanks, heavy artillery and an strong airforce as well as intell. They have support through and through. They are fighting against an guerilla-style army with very few tanks and artillery…thats more like US-army vs the CSA in 1864….just steam-roll them, don´t need any tactics or strategy…the rebells might win here and there with clever moves and courage, but in the end they are doomed to lose (and perhaps fight on as bushwhackers)

          • Jim Prendergast

            “Exactly what I meant. Assad …” You seem to have put an inverse meaning on my statement. Please read it again more slowly this time.
            The Saudis, Turks and U.S. have supplied the terrorists with armour, artillery, TOW missiles and poison gas. If the SAA want to protect the civilians they must move with caution. They have learned to do that very effectively.

          • Frank Behrens

            I quoted you ..
            Did YOU understand what YOU have written?

            But never mind..we can do this again and right from the start:

            Your sentence:

            “Syria al-Assad is succeeding in defeating terrorist forces supported
            directly or indirectly by over one hundred foreign states.”

            don´t you ? Isn`t that what you wrote? (mayhaps you already by now regret the sentence, I would bet…but whatever).

            And thus I answered to that quote:
            “Exactly what I meant. Assad and the regime depends on those supporters…without them, he would have lost.”

            You still follow?

            And I still can only repeat :

            And no, isn`t remarkable…again, they have tanks, heavy artillery and
            an strong airforce as well as intell. They have support through and
            through. They are fighting against an guerilla-style army with very few
            tanks and artillery…thats more like US-army vs the CSA in
            1864….just steam-roll them, don´t need any tactics or strategy…the
            rebells might win here and there with clever moves and courage, but in
            the end they are doomed to lose (and perhaps fight on as bushwhackers).

          • Jim Prendergast

            You do understand the reference to the “over one hundred foreign states” supporting the terrorists? At one time or another that includes: Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, U.S.A., Britain, France, Azerbaijan, Chechnya, Pakistan, Jordan,and so on. I believe you misinterpreted this as meaning that the Syrians were supported by many states. Initially they were on their own entirely. Clear?

          • Frank Behrens

            whom to you deem to be “the” syrians ?
            The regime ?
            But whatever, your symphatise for a ruthless dictatorship aside, the “support” from those 100 nations are for the most part a few thousands idiots )most of them losers of any kind) an some million bucks (mostly “gifts” from islamistic symphatisers).
            Aside from the SDF (which is a special case) no western country supported the islamic rebels . Support for the FSA in 2012-2014 (mostly turkey and the gulf monarchies) wasn´t substantial at all (and substantial would be tanks, armored carriers, heavy artillery as well as a proper air defence).

            But that is all not the issue here:

            Again, there is nothing remarkable with the strategy and tactics of the SAA …with the substantial support from Iran, Hezzbollah and Russia (and indirect even from the west ) the just slowly start to beat the islamic rebels (IS and HTS).
            And they just started to drive back the rebels since 2015 (guess who started to support the SAA from then on)…and before that they still received support from Iran and Russia (weapons, money, oil)..else they would have lost /and yes, we would have probably a situation like in Lybia)

            You could as well call Gen. Grants tactics and strategy remarkable..which wasn´t …he had just more men and material to roll over the CSA.
            Remarkable tactics were used (sometimes) by Gen. Lee (at best).

          • Jim Prendergast

            Again you have completely misunderstood my post. If you haven’t got it yet I do not think you will.

  • Zack

    Terrorist Will finish fast

  • χρηστος

    an act of treason as i read from sources reporting simple soldiers comments…..former terrorists given amnesty, walked around the base ‘fighting for SAA’ and at the right moment they betrayed them …and here come the butchers of HTS to finish the job……i had always supported the idea of amnesty given to former fsa etc troops…but it seems that it costs a lot of lifes….

  • Igor Dano

    those 100m have to be covered by napalm bombs.