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Syrian War Report – September 23, 2019: Syrian Army Prepares For Escalation In Golan Heights

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Syrian War Report – September 23, 2019: Syrian Army Prepares For Escalation In Golan Heights

On September 21, an EW unit of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) intercepted and took control of a large quadcopter-style unmanned aerial vehicle over the town of Erneh, near the contact line between the SAA and the Israeli-occupied part of the Golan Heights.

According to local sources, the UAV was likely operated by Israel. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) used similar UAVs in its attack on a Hezbollah media center in Lebanon’s Beirut on August 25. In own turn, Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee, a spokesman for the Israeli military, claimed that the UAV was not belonging to the IDF. Lt. Col. Adraee said that the UAV may have been “Iranian”.

Following the incident, the SAA has reinforced its positions near the Golan Heights.

The situation is escalating in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone, where militants have resumed their attacks on government positions.

On September 21, the SAA shot down an armed UAV supposedly launched by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham near the Jubb Ramlah helicopter base in Homs province. Meanwhile, militants shelled SAA positions near Qalat Shalaf in northern Lattakia. The escalation followed reports that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham has deployed fresh reinforcements, including infantry units and battle tanks to the area.

In the period from September 20 to September 22, the SAA carried out a series of operations against ISIS cells in southern Raqqah. According to pro-government sources, especially heavy clashes erupted southwest of Rusafa. At least 5 ISIS members were killed and their vehicle was destroyed there. The rest of ISIS members was forced to withdraw towards the Homs desert.

The increase of ISIS activity in southern Raqqah is an alarming signal showing that the terrorist threat remains one of the key factors influencing the situation in Syria.

On September 22, a military camp of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in Iraq’s province of al-Anbar was targeted by a unknown warplane, according to local sources. The targeted camp was reportedly belonging to the PMU’s 13th Brigade, commonly known as the al-Tufuf Brigade.

As always, the attack was attributed to Israel. Nonetheless, there is still no evidence to confirm with a high degree confidence that the recent series of attacks on PMU positions in Iraq and near the Syrian-Iraqi border was indeed carried out by Israel.

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  • Leon

    Bring a Bavar 373 to protect the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

  • The Farney Fontenoy

    Who wrote this? “there is still no evidence to confirm with a high degree confidence that
    the recent series of attacks on PMU positions in Iraq and near the
    Syrian-Iraqi border was indeed carried out by Israel.”
    Apart from Netanyahu smugly making a barely veiled admission on TV, unless the author wants to blame Iran?

  • Rüdiger Preiss

    “SYRIAN ARMY PREPARES FOR ESCALATION IN GOLAN HEIGHTS” I am sorry but this headline is utter bollocks.

    • Hisham Saber

      Bollocks ? English please.

      • Rüdiger Preiss

        What is not English??

        bollocks
        [ˈbɒləks]
        NOUN
        BRITISH

        2. nonsense; rubbish (used to express contempt or disagreement, or as an exclamation of annoyance).
        synonyms:
        nonsense · balderdash · gibberish · claptrap · blarney · blather · blether · [more]

        • Hisham Saber

          Alright, alright. Two versions of English I guess. Cheers mate.

        • AM Hants

          Thought they were something you sat on, with limited use?

          • Rüdiger Preiss

            There are lots of words with more than one meaning. I don’t know about you, but I certainly wouldn’t sit on my bollocks – although they are not far from your buttocks… 😂😂

          • AM Hants

            I was fortunate, to never have that problem haha. Must admit, never thought about what one does with them, when sitting down or how you train them to get out of the way.

    • Roy G. Biv

      Mind your bollocks please.

  • S Melanson

    The title is misleading. Syria has to resolve Idlib and Turkey’s intentions first before any other major initiatives.

    • FlorianGeyer

      I agree, and a better description might have been :- ‘The Syrian Army reinforces the area of the Golan Heights that was liberated from Israeli supported Wahabi terror gangs in 2018/19.’

      • Jens Holm

        Assads has no reasons to send any troops to there at all unless they need vacasion .

  • Jens Holm

    No need for escalation at all. Syrians are not attacked unless they help Iranians. They even can de-escalate by moving Iranians more ekm behind the line set by the Russians.

    And which reinforcements do Assads have? I see 4 milisia wives which socalled men died and a dog with big ears.

    Its very hard to get any facts from Sad As Syria. Hard to see people here blaming others for lack of informations and lies.

    Assads hardly know if they see a Ladybird or a Duck. Welll, count the legs :)

    • Ilya Grushevskiy

      Nice anagram :) Iran should do what Russia has done, both being invited. Set up a permanent base, put in all its air defense on it.

      It’s very hard to get Serial to not bomb you, but putting the war paint on and Hakkaing continuously every day other than the Shabbat does seem to work.

    • ivan cohen

      Oran has all the rights to stay everywhere Syrian allowed them to stay. IsraHELL zionist regime (very close the nazi one) attacking in sovereign territories of several countries in a very near moment of the future will be crushed in a manner they finally understand to remain where they stay even disturb anyone at home. If Iranians one day will attack IsraHELL this will be an action of international police on a terrorist nation which born by terrorism and live by terrorism. Before or after everyone will collect what he has sown

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    Gee just the other day I wrote a bible saying Assad hasn’t yet and won’t ever accept resolution 2254, but I was wrong, he has just accepted it, but not the way it was, it’s a new better version of the old resolution now, and Assad’s finally agreed to accept it’s implementation.
    Its over, the war in Syria is about to end and the terrorists are about to get what’s coming to them, but what will it mean for Assad.
    Assad and the Syrian government have finally agreed to implement UN resolution 2254 but not as it stands, they’ve managed to gain concessions but still haven’t elaborated on exactly what they will entail.
    In the news this morning we were told there are now 2 important amendments that have been made to the resolution, the first to do with the constitutional committee representatives, and the second concerning the makeup of designated terrorists groups that will be excluded from the peace process.
    Ther old unamended resolution called for a 150 member committee that would be picked to rewrite the constitution, and made provisions for 50 of the members to come from opposition groups like the FSA/NFL/SLF [Turkish support], in Idlib, and 50 from independent parties such as those that make up the wheat belt alliance in northern Syria [SDF/US support], and only 50 of them were to be picked from Assad’s legally elected government, an absolutely terrible setup that Assad has been refusing to comply to in any way right up until now, 4+ years.
    And the other amendment concerns which opposition groups in Idlib will now be considered as terrorists and which will be included in the political settlement, and up until yesterday in basic terms, we could say about 45,000 fighters were considered terrorists and about 45,000 were considered moderate opposition, but that may change on monday when they finally sort out once and for all exactly who’s who.
    Pre amendments this resolution was backed by all security council members, the Iranians Russians and Turks, and the only party opposed to it was the Syrian government, but not anymore, now they’ve managed to convinced the UN and other parties to agree to 2 specific amendments, and they’re finally willing to accept to resolution.
    I’ve been looking for hours to see if they’ve released any info on the constitutional committee make up but found nothing, perhaps they haven’t released the info yet or maybe they’re still hashing it out, but no matter what it turns out to be, I suspect it will be a lot fairer than it was.
    I’m only speculating but I think Assad will get more of a say in not only the committees makeup, but it’s numbers as well, and since Assad was freely and fairly [according to the UN itself] elected just a few years ago, I think it would be much fairer if Assad’s government was allowed to pick 75 of the committee members from their own government, with only 75 instead of 100 coming then drawn from the independent and opposition groups. And Assad will probably get to veto any of the factions he feels have been complicit in war crimes too, which will exclude them from participating in the rewriting of the constitution, but that may not mean he is able to have them also designated as terrorists and added to the list of acknowledged combatants, he may have to just put up with them unfortunately.
    But the one big question that needs answering is this, who just made the concession, and we only have 2 groups who could’ve made the concessions, the Turks/Russians/Iranians, or the US and the UN, that’s what I’m dying to know, who made the concessions.
    When the resolution was first passed Erdogan was completely on the US’s side and many of the groups he supported weren’t yet on the designated UN terrorist list, but during the fighting many of those groups did indeed get placed on the UN’s bad boy list, and since Erdogan’s reshuffled so many terrorists in and out of his so called moderate opposition, I suspect it’s the Turks who’ve made the concessions now.
    The FSA got the boot from the USA last year for being so evil, and they’ve had more terrorists than the NFL or SLF move in and out of their group over the last year, so I suspect they’re the ones about to be included in both the Turkish and UN designated terrorist lists, at least I hope it’s the FSA about to be thrown to the wolves.
    Now if you’re wondering is this good news for Assad or bad news, I can’t answer that yet, we’ll all have to wait and see what the amendments actually entail, and it’s not really important if some of the terrorists slip through the net, they can be dealt with later on, what’s most important is the makeup of the constitutional committee and the numbers of Assad picked members. For Assad and Syria to survive we need a 100 pro Assad member committee to rewrite the constitution, for Syria to survive without Assad we need a 50/50 split, half Assad half opposition/Independent, and I’m hoping this is the very least we get from the amendment so I’m not holding my breath for a 100 member pro Assad committee, that’s perhaps just wishful thinking on my part and a best case scenario.
    And what about Assad himself, after 8 years of war is he still as determined as he once was, he has a sick wipe and a young family to look after, and I’m sure he’d be happy to spend more time concentrating on them instead of this war, and God knows he deserves some happiness after everything he and his family have endured, Good Luck President Assad, my best wishes are for you and your family no matter what you decide to do, you and your family owe no one anything, it’s the Syrian people and people like me who actually owe you, you’ve been an inspiration to people like me, God bless President Assad and his family, and God bless Syria and its people.

    • igybundy

      Assad dont have to accept anything dictated by the 5-10% of syrians in the muslim brotherhood and wahhabis and isis into any constitution and majority of kurds are not syrian but refugees from turkey and iran.

      This area used to asyrians and armenians who are christians! Who were mostly murdered by the turks and their kurd allies..

      • Willing Conscience (The Truths

        Do you understand what’s happened,
        The US and UN just saved Assad and his government, they haven’t hurt him, they’ve helped him.
        Assad has been refusing to accept resolution 2254 for 4 years now, that’s the Turkish, Russian, Iranian resolution, they all want it implemented but Assad has been refusing to accept it. But now the UN has gone behind the Turks back and offered Assad a better deal, that works out to be much more in his favour than the old Turkish, Russian, Iranian version was, and Assad’s happily accepted straight away, despite refusing to accept the Russian/Iranian/Turkish version for 4 years now. What do you think that means.
        The old Russian/Iranian/Turkish version of 2254 gave the Turks heaps of say in the Syrian constitutional committee makeup , but the new version the UN offered Assad gives the Turks no authority to get involved, they shut them out altogether, and that’s what Assad’s been wanting all along, no Turkish influence.
        The Russians and Iranians may be helping Assad militarily in Syria, but politically they’ve been doing the opposite, they fight against Erdogan on the field but behind closed doors they cooperate with him, and Assad isn’t stupid, he knows which group is responsible for now inviting Turkey into Syria, and he also knows which group now wants to keep them out, and he’s accepted the resolution that keeps the Turks out politically, the US backed one, not the Russian backed one. Isn’t that surprising, not to me it isn’t, just like Assad I’ve always hated resolution 2254, and the fact it would’ve allowed Turkey a massive say in Syria’s political future, but not now the UN’s helped Assad with these new amendments it won’t, Erdogan won’t get any say at all now, and Russia Iran and Turkey won’t be happy about it at all.
        Have you read anything at all in Russian media about Assad now agreeing to this new UN version of resolution 2254, and also telling you Assad’s been rejecting the Russian/Turkish/Iranian version for 4 years now, I haven’t, I wonder why.
        The Russians/Iranians/Turks were shafting Assad with the original resolution 2254, but the UN courteousey of the US just saved Assad with a new version, look up the old resolution and compare it to what the new version says, which do you think is better for Assad and Syria, the old Russian/Iranian/Turkish version of it, or the new one designed by Assad himself and now endorsed by the UN.
        Russia and Iran should have just stabbed Assad in the back during one of their meetings instead of wasting the ink on writing that original version of resolution 2254, I don’t like either of these resolutions but I hate the Russian version 1000 times more than the new one.

  • Jimmy Jim

    Kill the Kikes!

    • Hisham Saber

      lol

    • Roy G. Biv

      That is the type of response Zionist just love.

  • AM Hants

    Syrian Army Now Deadlier Than Ever (VIDEO)… https://www.fort-russ.com/2019/09/syrian-army-now-deadlier-than-ever-video/

    Why do the Forces, who are not reliant on Western help, remind me of a Russian defence system? Various layers, which all work nicely together. Their training focused on defending their people and territory. A different type of warfare, than you would find with those whose main objective is offensive fighting, owing to greed and lust, pillaging the resources of others.

    No doubt, when you put all those fighting in the Middle East, purely for defence purposes, against those fighting in the Middle East, based on offense, you will see the difference between the two. The same with those fighting in Eastern Europe and as proven in Stalingrad, team defence, always comes out stronger. Think they also proved that fact, over in Vietnam when the US thought it would be a good idea to invade and how did that turn out? Didn’t the US have to rely on Agent Orange and still they lost?

  • AM Hants

    Out of curiousity, who controls the area around the Golan Heights and Israel is more than happy for them to stay in situ? Isn’t it ISIS/Al Qaeda/Daesh/White Helmets, or whatever they call themselves today?

    So surely it would make sense, for Syria to want to clean out those who have set up camp, near the Golan Heights, before they even think about the finale?