Syrian War Report – September 21, 2017: Al-Qaeda Failure In Northern Hama

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Voiceover by Harold Hoover

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies recaptured all positions, including Tulaysiyah, al-Sha’thah and al-Qahira, which they had lost as a result of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) attack in northern Hama.

HTS lost its two T-90 main battle tanks that it had seized from the SAA in 2016.  One was destroyed and another was recaptured by the SAA.

According to the Russian General Staff, airstrikes and artillery fire killed about 850 terrorists and destroyed 11 tanks, 4 infantry fighting vehicles, 46 pickup trucks, five mortars, 20 lorries, and 38 ammunition depots.  Three service members of the Russian Special Operations Forces were injured during clashes.

The SAA liberated a large chunk of territory northwest of Deir Ezzor city, including the villages of Masrab, Turayf, Buwaytiyah, and Tibni as well as the Salim Mount.  Government forces also continued advancing on the eastern bank of the Euphrates.

On September 20th, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced a new operation in order to capture the area of al-Suwar, to reach the border with Iraq, and to capture the area east of Deir Ezzor.  Following the announcement, the SDF captured 12km of a highway towards al-Suwar.

Meanwhile, the SDF seized a grain storage area in the central part of Raqqah city and established a full control over the Tishreen, Rumaila, and Al Rawda neighborhoods.  According to the SDF General Command, the group is in control of 80% of the city and is now developing momentum in the 17th Division Base sector.

According to pro-opposition sources, the US-led coalition’s airpower actively supports the operation, conducting over 50 airstrikes per day.

Pro-SDF sources argue that ISIS defense collapsed in the city and it will be liberated soon.  When this is done, the SDF will be able to redeploy more forces for operations in eastern Syria.

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  • χρηστος

    HTS followe orders from the ,you know who, to attack with everything they’ve got in the Hama area. given the amount of casulaties we are talking about a major operation. thankfully the Russians and SAA were prepeared. im eager to see what will be Turkeys move in the area of Iblid. will they try to protect fsa that has become a target for HTS?given the force HTS has it will be a serious battle. i have to add that im astonished by the amount of fighters, weapons etc that HTS has…..they are better equiped by half the planets armies

  • gustavo

    Bad news, USA troops (kurds) are moving north to move then east and capture oil fields at Omar. Syria-Iran-Hezbolah-Russia ground troops must move very fast north and east to stop SDF. Well, maybe oil fields at Omar were negotiated with USA, after all. Why ? because it is not clear to me the willing of Syria ground troops to reach these oil fields. Yes, they cross already Euphrates river, but it looks like the stop right there on the edge of the other side of the river …..what for ? Russia can give a very strong protection and support to get these oil fields, am I wrong ?

    • Kell

      Yeah the Iraqis fkd up and left their run to the border to late.
      The PMU should have continued down the border months ago.

    • Ronald

      You are absolutely right , it is not too late , a number of helicopter drops , and at least the southern fields can be claimed . It does not make sense to win all the battles , and loose the war . Its not over till the fat lady sings the blues .

      • Rodger

        The SAA can you stop being a buffer between Turkey’s terrorists and the SDF in the North then they’ll need to rush all those forces back again. Maybe that was the plan all along. Not lure them onto the Russian steppes but into the Syrian desert away from ‘their’ villages up north.

  • Kell

    The race is on!