Syrian War Report – December 14, 2017: Syrian Army Prepares For Idlib Operation


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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces have established control over the hilltops of al-Ahmar, al-Madjahan and al-Khazzan inside the Beit Jinn pocket in southern Syria. Thus, the SAA and the NDF are about to divide the Beit Jinn pocket into two separate parts. If this is done, the liberation of Mughr al-Meer by government troops will be just a matter of time.

The SAA and the NDF resumed their military operation in the southwestern Aleppo countryside and liberated Syriatel Hill and the village of Rsm al-Kabarah from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda). Government troops also advanced on Rsm Sayala and Ramlah.

According to reports, positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Tell al-Daman and Umm al-Amad were hit by Russian airstrikes. The HTS-linked agency Iba’a claims that 5 SAA troops were killed during the clashes in Syriatel Hill.

The SAA repelled an ISIS attack north of the Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus. The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that ISIS members captured a number of buildings there and killed  dozens of SAA troops. However, the terrorists were not able to develop momentum and were forced to retreat after a series of clashes. Pro-government sources say only one SAA soldier was killed.

ISIS fighters allegedly captured the village of Kashma from the SAA on the western bank of the Euphrates River in the province of Deir Ezzor. Clashes continued in the villages of al-Jalaa, Saiyal, Salihiyah, Mujawdah and Abbas and al-Harsa.

According to Amaq, ISIS members damaged a BMP-1 vehicle and destroyed a battle tank belonging to the SAA as well as captured a battle tank and a BMP-1 vehicle. The situation in the area remains tense.

The ISIS attack took place after the Syrian military had ordered the elite Tiger Forces to redeploy from Deir Ezzor to northeastern Hama and southern Aleppo for the upcoming large-scale operation against HTS. ISIS used this fact to launch own attack there.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that they have captured the strategic town of Suwaydan on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. According to the SDF, 273 ISIS members were killed during the 12-day long clashes in the area.

ISIS still poses a serious threat in Syria despite the recent collapse of its self-proclaimed Caliphate and the SAA and the SDF will have to contribute additional efforts to clear the remaining ISIS-held areas and to secure their recent gains in the eastern part of the country.



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  • Wegan

    Reports are coming showing the SDF is ethnically cleansing the north of the euphrates from arab populations. This explains the defection of some arab elements from the SDF. De arabization is a crucial step for the SDF to increase their negotiating power for territorial claims.

    • Keith Smith

      US will have no part in protecting SDF from Russian forces when Russia and Iran and Syria finish mopping up the CIA dogs ISIS

  • Tommy Jensen

    Syria north of Euphrates now belongs to Kurdistan (Israel II) which have always been their historical right.
    US will need to defend this the second only democratic country in ME. Therefore we Americans will stay!

    • Philippe Nassar

      Really?can usa still be trusted? No way it can be! Obama or trump same confusion same lies same O CLEAR STRATEGY

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      • Keith Smith

        no. US fund, train, arm and support ISIS. ISIS are just CIA dogs

    • Keith Smith

      you are there to stop isis, once isis are gone, you can fkkkkkk off. and you will, you will throw SDF under the bus, and let israel and saudi do the fighting,… unless saudi really wants to take jerusalem back lol

  • dutchnational

    I fully agree with the closing remark of this report. All parties have to take care in ending remaining IS pockets and IS cells in the area’s they hold.

    This goes for SDF along the river, this goes for SAA and Russia in proper monitoring of the lands they hold (re Al Tanf) and attacking remaining pockets in Hama (unattacked by SAA) and alsewhere.

    • Keith Smith

      where isis are controlling the end of the river, between sdf and saa forces on iraqi border, SDF are allowing ISIS troops to move freely to that front line to attack syria. no reason why US and its coalition of how many countries? cannot stop isis. Unless ISIS and SDF are just CIA dogs