Syrian War Report – December 26, 2016: Syrian Army’s Advance In Southern Aleppo

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A battalion of the Russian military police was deployed to Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry reported late on December 23. The battalion entered liberated districts of the city to defend law and order. This was the first deployment under combat conditions of this branch of the Russian Armed Forces since its creation in 2010.

Media reports and local sources say that Russian military personnel secured airports in Aleppo and Damascus and were spotted in the Tyas Airbase, a key Syrian army defense locality in fighting against ISIS in the province of Homs. Last weekend, the battle between ISIS and government forces there turned into a static warfare with the Syrian army, Hezbollah and the National Defense Forces were repelling the terrorists’ attempts to advance in the region. But government will have to work actively if they want to create conditions for a successful offensive operation against the terrorist group.

On December 24, the Syrian army and Hezbollah launched a military operation against Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the Wadi Barada area, northwest of Damascus. The army’s goal in the area is to push remaining militants to surrender and withdraw from the area. As SF predicted, after the liberation of Aleppo, government forces focused on operations to clean the remaining pockets near the Syrian capital.

The Syrian army, Hezbollah, Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba have been reportedly deploying troops, battle tanks and artillery south of Aleppo for an operation to secure the city’s countryside and prevent militant offensive operations in the area. Most likely goal of the advance if it takes place will be the Rashidin- Qarasi-Khan Tuman-Al Eis sector along the M5 Highway.

The Turkish military has been deploying more special forces servicemembers, heavy military equipment and artillery units to Syria amid the ongoing clashes between Turkey-led forces and ISIS for the key town of al-Bab in the province of Aleppo. Last weekend, Turkish forces made few more attempts to seize the al-Bab hospital and to enter the town, but failed to do this. By December 26, ISIS terrorist have repelled all Turkey-led attacks and set a full control over the hospital area despite a high involvement of the Turkish Special Forces in the offensive operation. There are lots of photos of a high number of Turkish military servicemen deploying and operating in the area of the fighting with almost no photos and videos of FSA rebels in face to face clashes against ISIS. With the recent reports that FSA militants just run away when they see ISIS members, the Turkish military personnel are pushed to play a key role at the battlefront against ISIS.

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  • gold37

    LOL,Turkey can’t even take a small city from DAESH,go home Turks, we all know you bought oil from DAESH!

  • would underline that the oil were stolen from Syrian land

  • Mish

    What do they got to fight for? Money? Land-grab? ..king ..diculous

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    • aurelius

      The dictator and mass murderer erdogan switched sides after the failed coup. now he feels more comfortable sitting with other mass murderers like Hezbollah, Putin, Assad, Iran. The only decent people in the area seem to be the Kurds.

  • Dyke Davis

    Well your Obongo Commandant will be golfing in Hawaii in February while the FSA/ISIS disposal bags of flesh get their collective payback for thinking they were going to be all Sultans with kiddie harems and
    U.S. Pentagon players in the region’s oil and gas crops.
    I have seen the videos and pictures of the captured, killed and wounded militants and felt an awful soul sickness to watch grown men manipulated by sectarian zealotry or western fiat cash sell-out their manhood, people and region in a war with no real army, air force or naval tech…no chance of winning, yet also, will be abandoned to the mercy of those they brought immeasurably gross suffering.

  • Joseph Scott

    I know these fellows are officially military police, not infantry, and they are currently guarding airports, but two things stand out: they are Chechen and they are all contract personnel. Has Russia found a socially acceptable way to deploy ground troops in the form of Chechen contract personnel? I know Kadyrov has been talking about it for years, and certainly Chechen Spetsnaz (and other Spetsnaz) have been here for awhile covertly, but it seems like Russia is cautiously edging it’s way to a more open deployment.