Saturday, 17 September 2016
US jets attack Syrian Army as ISIS captures strategic mountain in Deir Ezzor
DEIR EZZOR, SYRIA (8:50 P.M.) - Soldiers from the Qassem Units (Special Forces) of the Syrian Arab Army told Al-Masdar moments ago that their forces have recaptured several points in Jabal Thardeh after retreating due U.S. airstrikes on their positions.
The groups leading the counter-attack in Jabal Thardeh are the Qassem Units and 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division.
Intense clashes are still ongoing at Jabal Thardeh, as the Syrian Arab Army attempts to recapture all of the territory they lost over the last 30 minutes.
GOLAN HEIGHTS, SYRIA (3:30 P.M.) – The prominent Syrian Arab Army officer, Major General Issam Zahreddine of the 104th Airborne of the Republican Guard, arrived in the predominately Druze village of Hader on Saturday to inspect the defenses in the area.
Major General Zahreddine was escorted to Hader by his bodyguards and several soldiers from the 104th Airborne Brigade; they will be departing from the Golan Heights shortly.
The commander of the Syrian Armed Forces in the Al-Quneitra Governorate is General ‘Usama Zahreddine of the Air Force Intelligence, he is also the younger brother of Major General Issam Zahreddine.
Major General Zahreddine is scheduled to return to the Deir Ezzor Governorate next week.