Syrian War Report – April 28, 2017: Govt Forces Advance On Multiple Fronts

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Clashes resumed in Al-Qaboun district in eastern Damascus as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) capture more points from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies. The SAA detected a tunnel connecting many positions of the militants inside the district and destroyed it. Ahrar al-Sham claimed that its members had hit two SAA tanks in Al-Qaboun district.

Pro-militant sources say that opposition forces are in a critical situation in the area after government troops cut off supply lines operated by militants in the area. HTS-led forces suffer from shortages of ammunition and food.

Earlier this week, the SAA launched an operation against ISIS to in the Damascus desert east of the Syrian capital. So far, the SAA has advanced towards the Al-Sham desert around the Tishreen electricity station capturing some 6 kilometers. Pro-government sources report heavy losses among ISIS members.

There were also some reports about the dismantling of three Israeli spy and jamming stations by the SAA in the area. The stations used to monitor the Damascus International Airport and the Marj al-Sultan Airport.

The Tiger Forces, the 5th Assault Corps, a military wing of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party and other pro-government units continued attempts to advance against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in northern Hama. Now clashes are mainly ongoing in the areas near Massanah and Zilaqiat. Government troops are attempting to reach al-Lataminah and to besiege this important militant stronghold.

In the province of Homs, government forces captured the abandoned battalion north of the T4 airbase and a range of strategic highlands near the Al-Mahr gas field. 5th Assault Corps troops had resized the Al-Sha’er gas field earlier this week. Separately, the SAA repelled an ISIS attack on the Al-Sukari area south of Palmyra. ISIS claimed that its members had killed four Syrian soldiers in the clashes.

ISIS had deployed some reinforcements to eastern Homs following the significant advances made by the SAA and the Free Syrian Army in the desert of Palmyra and Damascus. ISIS seeks to keep the presence in this area in order to prevent further advances of anti-ISIS forces along the Syrian-Iraqi border.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued its operations against ISIS in the districts of Al-Wahbe and Al-Iza’a in the southern part of Tabqa in the province of Raqqah.

In recent clashes, the SDF reportedly killed 20 ISIS militants and captured 10 others. The SDF also destroyed four ISIS vehicles and managed to capture an arms depot and a tank in the southern districts of Tabqa. The SDF operation is an actively supported by the US-led coalition airpower and military advisors.

The SDF released an official statement condemning Turkish airstrikes on Kurdish militia in northern Syria and called the international community to force Turkey to avoid such actions.

Meanwhile, Kurdish YPG fighters attacked a Turkish air defense site at the Syrian-Turkish border. YPG members destroyed a radar vehicle and a command vehicle with ATGMs in response to Turkish airstrikes and artillery strikes on YPG-aligned targets in northern Syria.

Israeli Air Force warplanes bombed the area of the Damascus International Airport early on Thursday, the Syrian Defense Ministry announced in a statement at its website. According to the statement, airstrikes hit objects in southwestern the international airport. The ministry confirmed that airstrikes caused some damage and denied any casualties. The statement also said that Israel airstrikes are aimed at supporting terrorists in Syria. According to media reports, at least 5 airstrikes hit the airport area on around 3:00-3:30 A.M. local time. Reuters reported (citing own sources) that the airstrikes hit a military hub operated by Hezbollah.

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  • Wahid Algiers

    We take your word Mr. Assad and await the delivery (incl. advisors): https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/syria-buy-latest-russian-air-defense-system-assad/

  • gold37

    Get Isis by air in eastern Homs before they reach the front lines.

  • Occams

    Looks like it’s time once again for the US and Israel to ‘accidentally bomb’ Syrian government forces…..and ‘accidentally’ drop weapons and supplies to ISIS – again.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a90ca0ef7cb7a94e26a8167ac12017d9ee6a817df18ea5e8260906cb22be7fd4.png

  • Pave Way IV

    This is what it looks like when pissed off Kurds take out a Turkish AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel short-range radar with a Kornet ATGM. It’s the spinny thing on the left of the hill. That’s about two and a half million bucks of Thales/Raytheon goodness turned into dust. The armor on the top/middle of the hill gets the next round.

    I know the Turks don’t like the YPG, but the current plans to send Turk FSA head-choppers into Syria are just insane. The ones going through Tal Abyad are supposedly going to Raqqa. I give them about 40km or so inside the Syrian wire before they’re wiped out. The US supposedly has our SF acting as human shields along the border so the Turks don’ t bomb the Kurds anymore. Yeah, what could possibly go wrong here?
    https://twitter.com/Dr_Partizan/status/857642351996661762

    • PZIVJ1943

      I wonder what the radar operator was thinking, did he crap his pants?
      “Erdogan says Turkish army will respond to Kurdish cross border aggression” HAHA
      We should all chip in to buy more Kornets for SDF, can Bulgaria deliver them ASAP.
      Maybe some sort of “SAVE THE KURDS” fundraiser. :)

      • Piet Saman

        SDF has the money, buying/aquiering the weapons is the problem.

        • dutchnational

          Smuggling them in seems to me the most delicate problem.

          • Piet Saman

            That is my point, because the YPG is not a government of an official army they have problems with buying directly from arms producers. It has to go through allied countries like germany, US, France etc. But because of their relation with turkey and the tentions between kurds and turks they are not massively supplying them to the kurds. Thats why they are forced to use black market weapons that are smuggled in or are taken as spoils of war.

            (p.s) this is my oppinion, if anyone has more information/newsarticles about it i would like to know them to read up.

          • Jonathan Cohen

            Russia and US should both be giving YPG tons of weapons, leaving none for Ukraine or Korea. But they also need to be making great efforts to keep those weapons on the southern front and prevent them from moving north. The only 2 regional forces for abortion rights are fighting each other; which is a disaster!!

        • Jonathan Cohen

          Last I saw they were begging for food to feed refugees from Raqqa. That doesn’t look like “plenty of money” to me!

      • Thegr8rambino

        Both turks and Kurds can go to hell lol

        • PZIVJ1943

          Hopefully Erdogan will come to his senses.
          The Kurds in Afrin are just minding their own business, and then get shelled by Turkey. Nobody want’s to see further Turkish incursions into Syria, and they have the right to defend themselves against Erdogan and his Jihadist dogs (HTS and FSA).

          • Thegr8rambino

            True but I heard Kurds attacked Iran once or twice and I did not like that

          • dutchnational

            So if an Iranian kurd attacked Iran once, that gives Turkey the right to bomb Syrian kurds that neither attacked Turkey nor Iran?

            Is like saying Spain can bomb maroccan arabs because an iraqi arab bombed Iran once.

            A bit unthinking?

          • Jonathan Cohen

            They may well have attacked Turkey and BOTH sides need to stop and fight ISIS instead. Turkish Kurds should move south with PKK and settle on ISIS land.

          • Thegr8rambino

            no i never said anything about rights, i could care less about rights for the kurds, im just pleased someone is attacking them lol

          • Thegr8rambino

            and how do u know they are iranian or syrian kurds?

          • Jonathan Cohen

            Iran doesn’t defend abortion rights. Turkey does. PKK can go fight Iran all they want, I would prefer they fight ISIS first but no biggie.

          • Thegr8rambino

            no they should go fight ISIS

          • Jonathan Cohen

            I wish that were true, but US SF needs to demand PKK move south to the ISIS front as part of a peace deal.

        • Jonathan Cohen

          Both Turks and Kurds are the only defenders of abortion rights in the region and need to ally on that basis!

          • Thegr8rambino

            to hell with ur abortion rights lol

    • Jonathan Cohen

      Maybe the US SF can give FSA a ride to the ISIS front, well East of Raqqa, so they can fight ISIS directly without fighting YPG first.

  • Expo Marker

    The Jordanian-US-UK New Syrian Army is dangerously close to the al-Busari crossroads, but everywhere else, the SAA is doing a fantastic job.

    Keep it up SAA!

    • dutchnational

      NSA was wiped out by IS because of its small size, IS spies among them and insufficient US support on crucial moments.

      The remnants dissolved. End of NSA.

      There might be new groups, CIA never learns, but no more NSA.

    • Jonathan Cohen

      SAA needs to focus on AQ, which is mostly in HAMA and IDLIB as far as I know.

      • Expo Marker

        True, but efforts must be made to protect areas south of Palmyra and east of al-Quryatayn.

        • Jonathan Cohen

          why? Is AQ there? such a strategy might sacrifice Powell overwhelming force in Hama against AQ, and rapid investigation of a liberated chemical site.

          • Tudor Miron

            You act as if AQ and Daesh are separate and not controlled from the same center.

          • Jonathan Cohen

            They have fought pitched battles against each other.

    • PZIVJ1943

      The FSA has been delayed, looks like ISUS still has forces in the area.

      https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/isis-counter-offensive-devastates-rebel-forces-east-qalamoun/

      • Solomon Krupacek

        today has chenged everything.

        expo was right, i was right. you and trustin were wrong. also aasad and his generals were wrong. :-O

        • PZIVJ

          The report was dated yesterday, what has changed?
          SAA is just relaxing while FSA and ISUS weaken each other, then they will move into Al Busari. This southern desert area is not really that important (Daesh holds a phosphate mine).

          https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/video-syrian-army-secures-palmyra-supply-line-expelling-isis-nearby-mountains/

          • Solomon Krupacek

            jordanian friendly grops has teken 5 velliages in startegical position. 1st gropuallows them to connecto on east qualamun frienbds, second is nerbay T2 between palmyra and eir ez zor. unfortunately, my prediction are fullfilling…

  • Thegr8rambino

    Very good news! But how the hell did Israel put spy/jamming stations near Damascus airport??

    • Wahid Algiers

      Not near the airport but in the desert nearby the capital installed by their slaves ISIS or FSA.

      • Thegr8rambino

        Oh right, thats even more proof Israel supports them!

        • Jonathan Cohen

          I hope they wipe each other out. the abortion banning aholes now include Israel. So go at it and leave the land empty for YPJ to walk in.

          • Thegr8rambino

            same

    • PZIVJ1943

      This must be related to Israeli airstrikes at Damasus airport.
      Perhaps a radio transceiver to pick up flight info at least.

  • outer_rl

    I’ve got to ask, where is this heroic music from? It is extremely cool.

  • Jonathan Cohen

    Hey southfront! what is going on tactically in Libya?