Syrian War Report – January 15, 2018: Syrian Army Liberates Dozens Villages In Southwestern Aleppo

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Russian forces eliminated a group of militants, which conducted the mortar attack on Hmeimim airbase on December 31, 2017, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on January 12. Russian forces used the 2K25 Krasnopol 152 mm laser-guided artillery munition to eliminate the group, according to the ministry.

The ministry added that the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) uncovered a fixed-wing drone assembly and storage workshop in Idlib province. The workshop is likely linked to the armed drone attack on Hmeimim airbase, and Tartus naval facility base on January 6. The workshop was also eliminated with the Krasnopol.

In the period from January 12 to January 15, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces, the National Defense Forces (NDF), Liwa al-Quds, Liwa Fatemiyoun and other pro-government factions increased pressure on Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra), Ahrar al-Sham and their allied militant groups in southern Idlib and southern Aleppo.

Government forces advanced west and northwest of Khansir and established control over al-Hass Mount and a large number of the nearby villages. The distance between government positions southeast of the Abu al-Duhur airbase and west of Khanasir is now about 2 km.
In southern Idlib, the Tiger Forces and their allies engaged militants in the villages of Atshan, Tell Maraq, Umm Khalakhil, Zifr Saqer, Zif Kabir, Suruj, Istablat and Rasm al-Qard that had been a target of counter-attack launched by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham(HTS)—led forces.

Separately, the SAA and the NDF advanced in northeastern Hama and captured the villages of Tafahah and Tal Mutilat as well as attacked the villages of Abu Khaf, Aniq Bajrah and Sukari.

In the coming days, government forces will secure the remaining pocket in southern Aleppo and make a fresh push in order to create another militant pocket southwest of Khansir.

Meanwhile, the Turkish military deployed more troops and military equipment including tanks, artillery pieces and armored vehicles around the city of Afrin controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). The deployment followed a series of artillery strikes conducted by Turkish forces on YPG positions in the area.

Earlier, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkish forces may soon carry out an attack on the city of Afrin in order to “clear” the southern border of his country from groups described by Ankara as “terrorists”. The YPG is a core of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Ankara says that the YPG is a branch of the Kurdish separatist armed group PKK that mainly operates in southern Turkey and northern Iraq.

Government troops have recaptured Tell Farzat from Jaish al-Islam in the southern part of Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta, a SAA officer told SouthFront on January 14. According to the source, the advance is a part of the effort aimed at preventing Jaish al-Islam from supporting Ahrar al-Sham’s attack on the Armoured Vehicles Base. Clashes between Jaish al-Islam and the SAA were also reported in Hazrama and Hush al-Duahra.

On January 14, ISIS captured several positions, including the headquarters of the Palestine Charity Organization and Abd al-Qader al-Hussine school, in the eastern part of the Yarmouk refugee camp, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq reported. 5 HTS members were reportedly killed there. According to pro-opposition sources, about 70% of the camp is now in the hands of ISIS. The expansion of the terrorist group there poses a direct threat to the government-held areas, especially if the terrorist group reaches districts near the Damascus Airport highway.

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  • Blucross

    From what I have read, I like the Kurds, but I do not want Us to supply anyone with arms unless it is OK with Assad.
    I am a tax paying voting VET, get my drift ?

    • gustavo

      (SDF)Kurds ares just USA-puppets and ISIS shelter.

      • Smith Ricky

        They are traitors

    • alejoeisabel

      Everybody likes the Kurds; however, they are destined to be vassals of Israel because they will need allies and guarantors. Perhaps once Zionism as an ideology is gone for good from the Middle East can Kurdia become independent. Otherwise, one Israel is enough for the world.

    • EnabledVet

      I lived in southeastern Turkey in the mid-90s and I can honestly say I’m no fan of the Kurds. The PKK blew up a post office or police station weekly, and had no regard for collateral damage. If they were such a moderate force, they probably would not use the exact same tactics as ISIS. If they were training in Mexico and launching attacks into the southwestern United States, I would hope we channeled Blackjack Pershing and took care of business.

      • don

        Screw your US imperialism and stealing land from natives and Mexico, stop pretending like you know jack shit about the PKK or Turkey. , of course you are more than likely a paid Russian propagandist.

        • You can call me Al

          How strange !, I had him down as a Yanker.

        • Blucross

          Snoflake….

        • EnabledVet

          I would rather be a paid Russian propagandist (probably better pay than what my family would receive after my suicide) than a troll that never left home. We didn’t take any territory from Mexico, they seceded to Texas after a military defeat. The natives were almost utterly destroyed by the Spaniards long before the United States was on the scene. Take your poor knowledge of history and your adherance to main stream propaganda and tell your folks your read for supper…..

      • Blucross

        Odd You should mention my last incarnation, I switched from Horses to Helicopters.
        Thanks for your reply
        .

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  • Jim Prendergast

    Liwa al-Quds would be a good choice for liberating the refugee camp, backed by precise artillery.

  • Smith Ricky

    SAA ❤

  • World_Eye

    @South-front can you guys tell us when HTS documentary will be released? Thanks

  • Justin

    Krasnopol’s….. yeah baby! 70km range with pin point accuracy! hahaha no wonder HTS is gonna get manpads via the SDF so they can shoot down Russian drones that laser point for these artillery systems!