Syrian War Report – April 23, 2018: Militant-Held Pockets Crumbling In Western Syria

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Syrian government forces are developing an advance against ISIS in the Yarmouk refugee camp area in southern Damascus. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have liberated the al-Mujahedeen mosque reaching the Taqadom district and captured a major part of the Zain district.

This area is the last militant-held pocket near Damascus. If it’s liberated, the Syrian capital will be fully secured.

According to pro-government sources, the sides are still negotiating on a possible deal that would allow ISIS members to withdraw to the Homs desert. However, the deal has not been reached yet. So, government forces are developing their military operation in the area.

Damascus and the local negotiations committee of the Rastan pocket have once again failed to reach a reconciliation agreement. Pro-government sources say that little success of the recent SAA advance in the area was one of the reasons behind the local negotiations committee’s decision to not go forward with the deal.

On April 22, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies shelled the villages of Ghawr al-Assi and Qubaybat to show their unwillingness to accept any kind of the deal.

On the same day, ISIS ambushed an SAA unit west of the city of al-Mayadeen in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, ISIS members destroyed a bulldozer, an ammo truck and a battle tank of the SAA.

In March, the SAA and other pro-government factions conducted a limited security operation in the desert near al-Mayadin. However, this was not enough to re—establish security in the area. A number of ISIS units still operate in the Homs desert. They are capable of conducting hit and run attacks on government positions in the provinces of Homs and Deir Ezzor. According to local security sources, ISIS cells are even plotting terrorist attacks in urban areas.

ISIS’ self-proclaimed Caliphate was defeated. However, it is still a dangerous terrorist group, which keeps a large presence in the Syrian-Iraqi border area and has a large number of cells across the region.

The Iraqi government also understands the threat. On April 19, the Iraqi Air Force carried out airstrikes against ISIS in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. The strikes were coordinated with the Syrian government. The Iraqi government said that more strikes will come if needed. A joint Iraqi-Syrian-Iranian-Russian intelligence-sharing center operates in Baghdad.

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  • Instead of Homs desert, the Orcs should be sent to France, UK, US (FUKUS)!

  • Smith Ricky

    Time is ticking

  • Rob

    SAA and their allies should advance from the left side of the Yarmouk pocket.
    At the right side of the pocket are rebels and from the left side should be SAA. Advance from the middle is like to reconcile between two separate groups which will hinder SAA advance.
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    • hamster

      The SAA will do well to use common sense and their numerous years of military experience and expertise to decide what military strategy to pursue. They’ll also do well to ignore retard armchair generals like “Rob”.

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        I dont think they read what retards write so dont worry about that part.

        In any case well said.

        • hamster

          I’m getting the sense that “Rob” is either an automated bot who also happens to sometimes log on as a person and make real replies here and there.

          Either that, or he has his usual spam posts copy pasted somewhere in a word file, and sits online nonstop every single day copy pasting the same shit every few hours. I don’t think a single 4 hour increment passes at any point of the day where he doesn’t post the usual spam.

          This is why I oppose lifelong welfare. It allows retards like “Rob” to sit on the internet all day spewing unoriginal nonsense.

          But yeah, the SAA obviously doesn’t take advice from anyone like retard Rob. If they did, Assad would’ve long been overthrown and all of Syria turned into a jihadist/tribalist shithole.

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            He is an embassy boy. They have a lot of this on their payroll each has is own angle to fool people and make them wonder about wither how morons they can be or if indeed are retards with a keyboard and no life beside the net.

            The answer is shekel payments, per post.

          • frankly

            I think they get paid by the letters, because so few of those combine to mean anything! Gibberish, just typing as fast as they can. No edit or spell check. Repetitiously covering the same old ground.

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            the spelling part i also have a problem with it english not been my mother language. You think any one passing the single digit I.Q. would lower himself so low, to write what they do challenging, in moronic mentality May&Boris?

            Not to mention the stooges over the atlantic.

  • Rob

    US, UK, France and Saudis are directly dirty in Syrian war.

  • Rob

    Erdogan has came out from US/NATO block because they have lost war in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen etc. and have exposed in Palestine. Russia have started building six nuclear power plants in Turkey. One plant will start production in 2022 with capacity 24 Giga Watts and remaining are underdeveloped. Turkey have purchased S400 air defence system and the delivery will start in 2019. Russia and China will develop nuclear and industrial zones in Turkey. That is why now it is very difficult for Turkey to keep US and NATO forces and their spies on their own land. The future belong to Asia not to US and Europe.