Syrian War Report – September 26, 2016: Russia Deploys More Warplanes in Syria

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Fresh video evidence from the province of Latakia indicates that Russia has likely increased its air grouping operating in Siria. The video entitled “Syria: Army relaunches offensive against militias in Latakia” and posted by RUPTLY on September 24, 2016 shows the Su-25SM attack aircraft supporting an advance of the Syrian army against terrorists.

There have been no Russian Su-25SM aircraft in Syria since the partial withdrawal of the Russian air grouping from the country. Now, Su-25SM jets are operating in the Syrian airspace. The Syrian Arab Air Force does not have such warplanes.

This means that Moscow has deployed SU-25SM strike-fighters in order to increase the air power involved in operations against terrorists. There is no information about numbers of Russian SU-25SM attack aircraft that are now operating from Russia’s Khmeimim Air Base.

On September 25, Maj. Gen. Suheil al-Hassan, commander of the Syrian army’s Tiger Forces, arrived the Syrian province of Hama in order to inspect the government forces deployed there and contribute to the plans of long-awaited counter-offensive against the Jund al-Aqsa terrorist group and its US-backed allies.

The prominent commander arrived Hama after the joint terrorist forces captured the strategic town of Ma’an and nearby hilltops from the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces (NDF). Terrorist military commanders have likely seen the offensive in Hama as a false maneuver aimed to draw the Syrian government attention from the ongoing clashes in Aleppo. However, the recent gains of terrorist forces in the province demonstrate that their actions can pose a significant threat to the Syrian army and its allies in the province.

On September 26, the Syrian government forces attacked the village of Kbareah controlled by Jund al-Aqsa. It’s expected that the government forces will launch a wide scale operation to re-take Ma’an in the nearest future.

The Syrian army, the NDF and Hezbollah, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, have been advancing against Jabhat Fatah al-Shab (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and its allies inside the eastern part of Aleppo city. The pro-government forces have entered the Sheikh Sa’eed Neighborhood, advancing along the road leading to the Hajj roundabout. They seized a number of building blocks along the road According to pro-government sources, the army’s battle tanks and artillery also set fire control of the southern part of Karm ad-Da’da Neighborhood.

On September 25, the pro-government forces were pushed to retreat from the recently captured Handarat Refugee Camp in northern Aleppo due to heavy counter-attacks of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and its allies. However, the Syrian military continued attempts to take control of this strategic site. Last night, fresh reinforcements (reportedly units of the Syrian army’s Republican Guard) arrived in the area in order to strengthen the forces involved in the operation.

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  • Jeremy Cordon

    I wonder if or how the terrorists in East Aleppo are resupplying their ammunition. Is the blockade secure against every incoming vehicle from the government side? Is it possible that they have made tunnels to the outside? If it were me then I’d use the sewer system in West Aleppo to smuggle in bullets.

    • Catfish

      You do raise a good point as far as whether or not the sewer system has been secured and if the saa has got around to looking for tunnels. The terrorists have had plenty of time to dig out tunnels and have known they’d likely be under siege. Syria should ask Russia or China to help out with ground penetrating radar systems and operators if they haven’t already. Small bots could also help with sewer security and when tunnels are found to avoid casualties.

    • Tom Tom

      they have tunnels some as long as 8 km.

    • Manuel Chrut

      In addition to other replies regarding tunnels, one can also assume that they have significant stockpiles hidden around their territory, prepared before they got surrounded.

  • hsargay

    They have lots of ammo Ithink and there is some resuuply . We even saw UN Humanitarian rekeif
    milc cartoons with 7.62 mm bullets in it. As long as Turkey or NOBODY controls the the border it
    is difficult to stop. Russian +Iranian+Armenian?? +Hezbollah use of 50.000 men +YPG on our side
    would block this flow – Russia can ask Armenia 2 contribute w 3000/4000 men Syrian Armenians and Armenians frm Armenia equipped and supplied by Russia +12.000 Iranian soldiers +2000/3000
    Hezbollah + 15.000 Russians + 5000 SAA/NDFwith a political settlement of autonomy 4 the Kurds
    brokered by Russia between YPG and Assad will cut off all supplies of fighters and weapons
    and Syria will win. Kurds are a reality and Assad and Assyrian Christians must accept that
    but this would be a basis of non fragmnentation and mutual interest and defense –
    The Armenians Imentionned wheregood as many would be Syrians mainly frm Aleppo who fled to Armenia the rest a few Nagomo Karabach veterans would give it a more balanced coalition-
    If Turkey or the US would attack directly or by proxy they would declare war on Russia, Iran, Syria and Armenia .. maybe I am dreaming a few thousand Greek Volunteers would be great so that Turkey and the US would be attacking a contingent of a NATO country …

    • Barry

      Armenians will not send anyone. They have their hands full with Azeris and with Turkey staring at them like a porkchop. They are not adventurers. Not their thing.
      Iran is not sending military units. without that adhesion, it is just a bunch of idealists who end up dead really quick after 45 days of training. Russia sending mercs, for the most part.
      They can only count on Afghan cannon fodder and HA.

  • disqus_V0Bb3psthl

    It was a mistake to withdraw them at first place. Another mistake is ceasefire negotiation with US.
    US has completely opposite goals in Syria from Russia. Russia is protecting Syrian statehood while US is trying to destroy it. So what is there to negotiate about?