Syrian War Report – June 21, 2018: Government Forces Pressure ISIS Cells On Multiple Fronts

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Fighters of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces have liberated the villages of Musaykah and al-Dallafa from militant groups in northeastern Daraa. Thus, they de-facto besieged the militant-held are of al-Lajat and cut off supply lines to it.

According to pro-militant sources, at least 7 government fighters were killed and a vehicle and a battle tank were destroyed in the clashes.

On June 19, units of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) attacked an SAA position in the area of al-Fukharah in northern Latakia. Nine soldiers and officers of the SAA were killed.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other militant groups continue to undermine a de-escalation zones agreement reached by Turkey, Iran and Russia in the Astana format. The further escalation of actions by militants in northern Latakia, southern Idlib and western Aleppo may force the SAA and its allies to implement a military option to put an end to these attacks.

On June 20, the Syrian state media announced that the SAA had cleared 2,500km2 between Palmyra and Humaymah in the province of Homs from ISIS cells. Government troops secured at least 14 settlements during these efforts. Separately, the SAA cleared 1,200km2 between the areas of Faydat ibn Muiny’a, the T-2 station, M’aizliyah and Dahrat Wadi al-Miyah in the southern part of Deir Ezzor province.

The Syrian military also deployed additional reinforcements in the border town of al-Bukamal, which has recently faced a series of attacks by ISIS.

Government forces also achieved notable gains against ISIS cells in eastern al-Suwayda where they secured 11 various locations, including settlements and important hills. Despite this, hundreds of ISIS members are still reportedly operating in the desert area.

Representatives of the Syrian government and opposition are expected to have a meeting on a constitutional committee on July 10, according to Qadri Jamil, a leader of the so-called Moscow platform of the Syrian opposition. However, there is still a problem with forming the list of opposition representatives. In other words, some Turkish-backed groups are ignoring this initiative.

Seaprately, Russian Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said that the Kurds will be represented in the constitutional committee.

“There will be Kurdish members of the opposition and government delegation, as well as civil society members. We [call] for refraining from attempts to divide the Kurds into pro-Turkish, pro-Syrian ones and those associated with the People’s Protection Units and the Democratic Union Party that Ankara views negatively,” he said.

The establishing of a committee tasked with drafting a new Syrian constitution is one of the key points agreed in the framework of diplomatic efforts by Damascus, Ankara, Teheran and Moscow to solve the current crisis in Syria by peaceful means.

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  • leon mc pilibin

    Beware of the Isis air force,they will be scheming on how to help their terrorist scumbag buddies.

    • jorge

      No problem, there’s always the nuclear syrian force, and I knew the other day that the two syrian aircraft carrier groups were also prepared to liberate Taiwan.

      • Siegfried

        LOL! :))
        “ISIS Air Force”.. “Nuclear.. Syrian Force”
        Nice!

        • jorge

          You forgot the Syrian aircraft carrier groups that are going to liberate Taiwan.

  • Rob

    Its so easy to solve the crisis of Syria but they don’t wanna solve it because they are wicked and corrupt. Either they should combine all these countries and make it one powerful country in which every region will have their own representation in the government. I mean to join Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan and make it just one country with a new name. All wars will end just with in few days. To be honest the humans of these countries are very unlucky that they have born in these countries. People are enjoying their lives in other regions like Russia, China etc.

    • jorge

      My dear Rob, things are not so easy, for example, portuguese and castilians are indeed brothers in culture, langue, etc., but was always impossible to form with them one only country. Forget your idea.

      • Rob

        Its so easy if they want like East and West Germany.

        • jorge

          They don’t are like East and West Germany, nor even as Portuguese and Castilians, the idea was nice but forget that idea.

          • Rob

            I have just gave indication already many people are working there in these countries of Middle East on this project. They want to establish or form a unified powerful country which is consists of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. Then US and NATO cannot give threats to them but this will be against the US and NATO divide and rule policy.

          • George King

            This already exist in the form of what started as the “BRICS” and has expanded into the “New Silk Road”, and other affiliated associations within and without the latest evolution. This is a counter to the unilateral Empire (which is a transnational criminal cabal for lack of a better term) by this multilateral rising power through association.

            So it is bigger but includes Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine.

    • Bill Wilson

      Yeah, right. Pigs will fly when that day comes. What I hope to see is reasonable governments in Syria, Lebanon, Israel,Jordan and Egypt forming a free trade economic pact so they can help each others economies and spur regional and international investment.

      • jorge

        So, you are expecting that Israel will fly,

      • Rob

        This is the only option for peace and stability in the Middle East. Then US and NATO and their proxies Israel and Isis cannot do any thing. This will protect other regional countries too. The US and NATO policy is to divide the countries and then fight them with each other to enjoy the bloodsheds like evil.

  • Siegfried

    Hope that the Russian SU-35 are over the SAA heads, “just in case”
    That alone would make the USraelis think twice before they start some bombing in behalf of the terrorists.
    it’s like ” OK, agreements here and there… but you never know how the SU-35 pilots react and feel in danger..”

    • jorge

      There’s also the Armata Tanks and a lot of things more. There’s even an a wonderful bomb that kills everything, worst that in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but preserves the environment.