Syrian War Report – April 25, 2017: Syrian Army Advancing On Militant Stronghold Of Lataminah

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Voiceover by Harold Hoover

Syrian government forces have regained more areas from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-led forces in northern Hama. Government troops have captured Massanah, Zawr Mahruqah, and reached Markabah. Clashes were also reported in Buwaida and Zailaqiat. Current developments show that government forces will likely attempt to secure Buwaida and Markabah and then storm Lataminah.

Fresh speculation has been circulating in the media that Russia is preparing to deploy its ground forces to Syria following an expected official request by the Syrian government. The reports refer to some unknown military sources and argue that a plan for the deployment already exists. However, this looks like another attempt to warm things up on the diplomatic front amid the collapse of “opposition” forces in northern Hama.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have continued their steady advance against ISIS in the northern countryside of Raqqah and inside the town of Tabqah.

The SDF seized the district of Wahhab in southern Tabqa and an industrial facility in the western part of the town, allegedly killing over 10 ISIS terrorists.

While the SDF is successfully advancing inside the town, reports that the US-backed force is in control of over more than half of Tabqah are not confirmed by evidence.

In the northern countryside of the ISIS self-proclaimed capital, SDF fighters achieved full control over a number of recently encircled villages north of Al-Hazimah and Mazraat Tishrin.

On Monday, the US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control issued sanctions against 271 employees of Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center, alleging that the agency is responsible for producing chemical weapons.

“We take Syria’s disregard for innocent human life very seriously, and will relentlessly pursue and shut down the financial networks of all individuals involved with the production of chemical weapons used to commit these atrocities”, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

There are no doubts that the words “all individuals” don’t include members of al-Qaeda-style “opposition organizations” operating across Syria, specially if these “opposition organizations” fight against the Assad government.

On April 7th, the US launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Ash Sha’irat military airfield operated by the Syrian Air Force following an alleged chemical attack supposedly conducted by the Syrian government in the province of Idlib. This move was described by Washington as a legal way to send a “signal” to the Syrian government.

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  • gold37

    Send the troops already, Deir Ezzor can’t hold on forever!

    • Goran Grubić HardyVeles

      They already proved you wrong. Deir Ezzor will hold forever and ever.

      • gold37

        Dude, I am just being realistic, with the HQ of ISIS moved to Madayin, haste needs to be taken by SAA high command and Russia to reach it. Their best defensive solders are their, now how awesome would it be when they rejoin the ranks of SAA and mobilised throughout the country?

        • PZIVJ1943

          I agree, today ISUS launched an attack on Deir Ezzor during a sand storm.
          Reported that they achieved no gain. SAA has to clear a perimeter around the airbase for better re supply also. Hopefully 5th Corps can start moving more troops to Palmyra with N Hama operation winding down.

          • Gary Sellars

            N Hama will not wind down. The pressure on the jihadis will grow and the SAA will look at erasing the salient completely and pushing on to Khan Shaykhun (which is ~50% of the distance between Hama and terrorist-held Idlib). If the goat-fuckers attempt to reinforce, they will need to pull troops from either west of Allepo, or from Jisr al-Shigur, and either of which will result in push by SAA on those fronts.

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    Here is a little something to honor the Syrian military volunteers and those real life Patriots!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L5yuro818w

  • PJ London

    The pettiness of the Americans is beyond belief.
    To support their lies they pick on civilians.
    Sad, really sad.

    • Gary Sellars

      Its the Murican way – loudly proclaim the moral high ground while committing bloody murder anywhere where the cameras aren’t pointing….

  • Thegr8rambino

    I wish China would send some troops too

  • ZP

    Surely a “typo” as it is by all means an illegal way to send a signal to the Syrian Government