Syrian War Report – December 29, 2017: Militant Defense Collapses Near Abu Dali

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On December 28, government forces liberated the villages of Ad Dajaj, Tamat al-Khalifah and Mushayrifah and reached the southern vicinity of the militant-held village of Abu Dali.

Abu Dali is controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and is one of the key militant defense points in the area. If Abu Dali falls into the hands of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the militant defense may collapse in the entire area east of the town of Morek.

Clashes in the area continued on December 29.

On December 28, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that their fighters had advanced on the ISIS-held town of Hajin in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to the SDF, 15 ISIS members were killed and a vehicle and motorcycle of the terrorist group were destroyed.

The US-led coalition announced in an official statement released on December 27, that on December 23 it and Maghawir al-Thawra (MaT) launched a military operation against ISIS in the Hama desert around the al-Tanaf base.

MaT fighters secured several caves, which had been used by ISIS to store weapons, explosives and communications equipment around al-Tanaf. The coalition revealed that ISIS had used these positions in the Hama desert to move to and from the Euphrates Valley.

The US-led coalition statement confirms that ISIS maintains a presence in the al-Tanaf area right under its nose, just as Russia and the SAA had claimed on many occasions.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the “tremendous firepower” of the Israeli Air Force and sent a warning to Iran and the Palestinian movement Hamas. The prime minister once again claimed that the Israeli leadership “will not allow the forces of the Iranian army to establish themselves in Syria in order to harm us.”

According to experts, the US and Israel are in close coordination to limit the Iranian influence in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. However, so far, their activity has only led to the growth of the Iranian role in the region.

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  • Don Machiavelli

    ”According to experts, the US and Israel are in close coordination to limit the Iranian influence in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.”

    The way things played out Iran was never counting on. With relatively no effort they have got Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and eventually will gain even more – as presents from Trump and Obama.

    • Attrition47

      Why would they want them? A mutual defence alliance makes sense but nothing else.

    • Jonathan Cohen

      ABORTION RIGHTS IN HAJIN!

  • Manuel Flores Escobar

    Al Tanf base only has one purpose..it is to cut Bagdad-Damascus highway for Syrian forces and allies!

  • heydad

    Did anyone else notice the shot of trump with a Yakima on? Was actually quite interesting. Did he convert or was ever religious before this?

    • gustavo

      MAybe he became also a Wall-worshipper.

    • Kira Binkley

      Well, you do remember that he recently said (when he announced the move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem) that “We were faithful to our god.”
      I guess he left it up to the world to figure out just which god he was referring to.
      KiraSeer

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        The Israeli God is Yahweh, the god of this world which the Christians also consider the devil of this world.

        • Kira Binkley

          I think you missed the point, Woolpuller. As usual.

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            If you would have read my comment below you would have seen the answer to the earlier comment. Heydad misspelled the word it’s YAMIKA/YAMAKA it’s a Rabbi custom and really nothing else,the tradition started for priests only pagan religions is where the practice started.

          • Kira Binkley

            You missed the WHOLE point, Puller.

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            You are obviously enthralled with your little narrative about Trump being Jewish whom else would you expect him to support, you can’t be that obtuse about it.

          • Kira Binkley

            He’s Jewish? I thought he was Presbyterian. You missed the point of my comment. Why don’t you ask me what the point is?

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            He has always worn the black Yamika/Yarmulke if it’s velvet then it shows he is a devout follower if it’s silk then usually you can see a crease as it is mostly for show and they are not devout followers. They cannot go against the Maarat Ayin which forbids to be misleading especially on the Shabbat. This is simple learning from a multi-faith family background, hope this helps explain it.

            Truly not interested in the point as it is generally redundant after knowing the point, this was to give you a different perspective on the matter.

          • Kira Binkley

            Your post proves one thing: you are genuinely crazy. You really, at least, try to ascertain the “point”. It might save your life one day.—KiraSeer

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            I will amuse about your point but this is so others may understand it as well. There are those who don’t understand the complexities of the English language so it would help them to understand.

          • Kira Binkley

            You will “amuse” what about my point? I certainly am having trouble deciphering that complexity. I wonder if you are purposefully playing into my hands? Or is it just due to moronic thinking on your part?
            KiraSeer

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      If his children are Jewish it also stands to that he is also Jewish but not a regular practitioner of the faith.

  • gustavo

    I repeat, the transference from Euphrates Valley to Hama desert (back and fort) could not be achieved without Russia agreement with USA since Russia can see and ear everything in Syria. There is no such a fool excuse as: the desert is very big, they traveled during the night, or something like that.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      The lied about the them traveling across the desert the go around the border under flags of convenience in Iraq.

  • Kira Binkley

    And will the “real enemy” please stand up….

  • Rob

    Trump and Netanyahu army will be not allowed to establish themselves in the region of Middle East to harm the people of Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Iraq.

    • Icarus Tanović

      Don’t worry about it.

      • Rob

        Why not. I must worried because both butchers are killing innocent population in the world and taking their lands.

        • Icarus Tanović

          They won’t.

  • Rob

    The Yemen and Palestine populations are burning and the world leaders watching them like movie.

    • Icarus Tanović

      It won’t be long till Ywmwn starts to really fights back. Then will they watch it as a movie? Every 15 days Yemeni forces launch a high-tech missile towards Saudi tatgets. That’s pretty big blow, if you ask me. Also, cruise missile that, Yemenis launched towards the UAE, to theirs Nuclear reactor that they are building there, Yemenis blow it up.
      Why? Just to show them:’We can get you!’

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        Yemeni people are learning from all those captured weapons from the US and Europe and learn to make their own weapons and missiles. How are the US to think no one can reverse engineer them ,it is beyond me.

  • Icarus Tanović

    ‘However, so far US and Israeli actions only led to the growth of Iranian influence in region.’ Nuff said.

  • Keith Smith

    US banging the drums of war for regime change in Iran