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Syrian War Report – May 7, 2018: Syrian Army Delivers Devastating Blow To ISIS In Southern Damascus

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ISIS’ defense is rapidly collapsing in southern Damascus under a pressure from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies.

Last weekend, government forces liberated the southern part of the al-Hajar al-Aswad district from ISIS terrorists and made a few important gains in the northern part of the district, including a local power station and the nearby points.

By May 7, the SAA and its allies have stormed northern Hajar al-Aswad, the southern part of Taqaddom and the northern part of the Yarmouk refugee camp. Fierce clashes are ongoing.

According to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, 10 government fighters were killed and a BMP-1 armoured vehicle of the SAA was destroyed in the clashes on May 4-6. However, this numbers of the SAA casualties can be hardly confirmed by photo or video evidence.

ISIS also executed two SAA members captured during the battle for southern Damascus.

Reports once again appeared about negotiations between the ISIS leadership in Yarmouk and the SAA over a possible withdrawal deal for the remaining ISIS members. However, local Syrian pro-government activists believe that the deal will not be reached because of violent behavior of the local ISIS units.

On May 6, Iraq announced that its air force had carried out a new round of airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria. The strikes hit ISIS positions around the town of al-Dashishah in the southeastern al-Hasakah countryside.

On May 5, ISIS attacked the Tell al-Sufuk crossing on the Syrian-Iraqi border from its positions in the province of al-Hasakah. The Iraqi actions could be a response to this attack.

Previously, the Iraqi Air Force carried out strikes against ISIS in Syria on April 19 killing 36 members and commanders of the terrorist group.

According to experts, this activity is coordinated with the Damascus government in the framework of the joint intelligence-sharing HQ in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. This HQ involves Iraq, Syria, Iran and Russia.

On May 6, seven SAA officers were killed in an IED blast on the Damascus-al-Suwayda highway, between the villages of al-Surah and Buraq. No armed group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Some sources have spread speculations that Israeli intelligence services may have been behind the incident because the victims of the attack were the operators of the S-200 air defense battery, which shot down the Israeli F-16 on February 10. However, no evidence has been provided to confirm this rumor.

Another, and the most likely version, is that the IED attack is a result of the growing tensions between the Syrian government and local arms and fuel smugglers, that are not happy with the growing efforts by Damascus to re-establish the law and order across the country.

At the same time, the Israeli media is fueling rumors that Iran may have been preparing a kind of military operation in response to the April 9 Israeli strike on the T4 airbase where some Iranian personnel were killed. One of them is a missile strike on Israeli targets from southern Syria may be conducted by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Hezbollah or some other Iranian-affiliated forces.

Previously, Israeli officials claimed that Tel Aviv will respond with full force to any attacks on its objects from Syria. So, if the Iranian retaliatory strike takes place, it may lead to a significant escalation in the region.

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  • Barba_Papa

    I don”t think its smart for Iran to strike Israel with missiles from Syria. It would provide Israel with the casus belli it craves to launch a full scale war against both Iranian forces in Syria, and at Assad, just when he was about to win the war. No, better to let Assad’s victory be Iran’s revenge, all the while helping to strengthen Syria’s air defenses. After all, aren’t the Iranians producing their own knock offs of Russian SAM systems, like the Buk and S-300? Supply some of those to Syria instead.

    • Lupus

      Good points. in my view Iran will not actually strike Zionistan unless Zionistan strikes first. Iran has achieved some tactical goals now they have more powers close to Zionistan than b4 the war. Zionistan will continue to provoke Iran but same time realises it is playing with fire more then ever.

      • cliff

        Iran will never strike isreal without proper cause,the curse isreali knows this . The curse isreali are hust making knows and hoping they puppet state of America can strike Iran for them and walk away from the nuclear deal. Syria is an independent sovereign nation id they allowed iran to built a base in Syria who can’t tell them no, only an evil trangressor who he’s gulity or crimes against humanity and have neen getting awat with it is fear of it.

      • purplelibraryguy

        Problem is, all this advance propaganda about Iran maybe attacking them with a missile from Syria whispers “false flag” to me. I could well imagine them trying to smuggle in a missile, shoot it at themselves, and claim it was Iran so they can “defend themselves”.

    • gustavo

      What are you talking about ? Iran will not strick Israel, this is just jews propaganda, and they try to justify air attack to Syria. Please, do not continue saying that. Do not support Israel miss information.

    • Manuel Flores Escobar

      Israel doesnt have the capacity to maintain sustained strikes over time…unlike the war in lebanon 2006….they would have to Attack lebanon, Syria and Iran…and receive from there thousands of Rockets and Missiles included Bastion P vs Israeli navy.. until Israeli defense collapses!…again unlike lebanon war…Syria have air defense able to avoid long aerial campaign and destroy most of the incoming air to ground missile!…air strikes over targets and flying Syria airspace is a big risk for israeli pilots and aircraft!…one thing is to launch a limited airstrike as Israel use to do..another thing is an open war during months!..we have seen what happened in lebanon war 2006..it was a war vs Hezbollah in lebanon…now there are two new contenders and countries!..Israel know it and also know that 105 cruise missile + 59 during Shayrat airbase attack…made insignificant damage….and there were 164 cruise missile in total!

    • Redadmiral

      A very considered and logical analysis based on what is known to us here. The Iranian government have been very patient with the Ziono Yids and I for one believe they will follow the path you have outlined for the time being anyway. However, time is running out as Israhell is banging the wardrum louder everyday. And, Iran is probably of the opinion that a good first strike will neuter Israhell’s military capability. Syria is also determined to retake Golan and will move with their allies. Iraq might also through their weight into that unfolding war. While FUKUS Legionaires in Syria and Iraq would have to be captured and caged. Did I not read recently that Iran had received S 400 system? There was also much talk on twitter that the new Russian verba manpads were used on the morning of the 14/04. Probably only speculation but if they are there you would have to conclude they are under Russian control.

  • northerntruthseeker .

    This Iranian “missile strike” against Israel is bogus and will never happen..

    Iran is not that stupid and knows the sick and twisted game the Israeli psychos and their American minions are playing.. If Iran strikes then Isra-Hell will have its excuse to launch an all out war on Iran itself!

    • FlorianGeyer

      You are correct I think. Iran has not survived as an ethnic group for millennia without great skill.

      “He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.” Sun Tzu

  • EL ZORRO

    “Previously, Israeli officials claimed that Tel Aviv will respond with full force to any attacks on its objects from Syria”…TRANSLATIONS… THE ZIONIST CAN ATTACK SYRIA WITH IMPUNITY FROM THE ZIONIST TERRITORY, BUT SYRIA CAN’T ATTACK THE ZIONIST OBJECTS WHEN ATTACKED FROM THE ZIONIST TERRITORY.

  • Rodney Loder

    I’d like to go off topic for a moment, and join with Ryan Dawson and accept his invitation to join and propose a toast, so if you are willing, be upstanding and raise your glasses or cups, and drink to the health of the tumour living in Crazytrain McCain’s brain, may you grow in a prodigious manner, —– here’s to the Tumour.

    • Lupus

      Cheers! 🍻

  • leon mc pilibin

    the zionists are masters at lying,,they want the IRANIANS to attack them to justify an invasion of syria and then drag in their usa puppets to do all the fighting and dying.The Iranians are not stupid,,there is more than one way to skin a cat,,and the Iranians will be patient and choose their own time and place to avenge their martyrs.

    • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

      How would iran responding justify an invasion of syria? Israel started it. if anything, it justifies syria and iran invading israel lol

    • RichardD

      Syria isn’t Lebanon. The baby rapers know that going into Syria is a no win situation for them.

  • Attrition47

    Press propaganda reports of looming Iranian aggression look to me like zio-US plants to legitimise their war of words against Iran.

  • Murf

    About time!
    Didn’t Putin stand up in the UN and talk a bunch of BS about going in to Syria to fight ISIS.
    And this enclave was right on the capital’s door step.
    Well I guess he had to eventually.