Syrian War Report – November 20, 2017: Government Troops Liberated Al-Bukamal From ISIS

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On November 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias restored control over the border city of al-Bukamal after a week of intense fighting with ISIS terrorists there. The Russian Aerospace Forces actively supported the SAA advance.

Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps General, Qasem Soleimani, was also filmed in the city. Earlier, the Hezbollah-linked TV channel Al Mayadeen claimed that Soleimani was a commander of the entire al-Bukamal operation.

According to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria, about 150 ISIS members had fled al-Bukamal through the Euphrates River. Some of them reportedly surrendered to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

On the same day, the SAA Tiger Forces advanced further along the western bank of the Euphrates. Government troops captured the villages of Kashmah and Salihiyah and besieged ISIS units in the area between al-Mayadin and Kashmah.

The SDF captured the town of Shu’aytat and the nearby points on the eastern back of the Euphrates. Pro-government sources claimed that the SDF was able to do this thanks to a deal with local ISIS members, led by Abu Talhat al-Mohajer.

In northern Hama, the SAA entered into the villages of Shakhtir and Abu Dali and Balil Hill, which had been controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies. An intense fighting is ongoing.

Pro-HTS sources claimed that militants destroyed a BMP-1 vehicle and a battle tank of the SAA during the clashes.

In Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, clashes continued between the SAA and Ahrar al-Sham in the Armored Vehicle Base where government troops re-established control over the command section and the section 446. Thus, the SAA reversed the key militant gains in the area.

In southern Syria, the SAA entered into the villages of Kafr Hawar, Bayt Sabir, Baytima and established control over them. HTS militants had withdrawn from the area thanks to the SAA actions and protests of the locals.

Israel responded to the SAA operations with two shelling incidents from its battle tanks. The first took place on November 18. The second was reported on November 20. The SAA suffered no casualties. Tel Aviv is upset that the Syrian government is restoring control over the areas previously seized by militants.

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  • andy l

    Finally – Dont let this fall again!

    • Jonathan Cohen

      ABORTION RIGHTS IN SHU’AYTAT! YPJ!

  • heydrich

    A real civil war In israHELL against zionists in israHell , not a proxy militants-foreigners-terrorists’s funded from overseas abroad fake civil war , a real civil war against zionists in israHELL to liberate arab Palestine from zionists-terrorists’s occupation is immenent underway !

  • EL ZORRO

    “According to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria, about 150 ISIS members had fled al-Bukamal through the Euphrates River. Some of them reportedly surrendered to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)”…TRANSLATION…About 150 INTERNATIONAL MERCENARY TERRORIST, fled al-Bukamal through the Euphrates River to join the UNITED STATE MERCENARY TERRORIST SDF.

  • gustavo

    For the second time. Will there be a third time ?

    • Barba_Papa

      Three times is lucky, right? ;)

  • Sabia gonga

    pouco a pouco o sionismo está montando u ma sociedade estamental gente só não vê quem é cego. podem chamar de louco, mas o tempo está próximo.

  • Deo Cass

    The Syrian government forces and allies need to cross the Euphrates river to secure the Eastern Euphrates bank’s villages surrounding al-Bukamal to prevent another counter offensive by ISIS. They should also secure the Syria/Iraq border areas on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates river.

    • Justin

      They may already have an agreement with the SDF not to do so! Besides, once the SAA can push ISIS past the river, it will be impossible for isis to take it back!

      Id say that the SAA will just shell that area until the SDF arrive!

      I noticed that the SDF made no advances in that area so to allow isis to advance or retreat from Al-Buckmal!

    • Brad Isherwood

      The ISUS rabble will retreat into the desert and mountains.
      US probably helo them around to organize for next game turns.
      Which is…..ISUS/Daesh still around attacking. ….so….US must stay in Syria to fight them as per UN vote… blah blah …confront terrorism.

      Question is…..Will Putin/Lavrov say enough of this BS. ….leave Syria.,
      Or do both let the US remain and play the confront terror card in the next evolution of this twisted game?

  • gustavo

    Taiger forces coming from Al Mayadin still in a snail movement.

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