Sunday, 6 November 2016
Syrian Army Ready to Launch Final Phase of Khan Al-Sheih Liberation Operation
Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:43
TEHRAN (FNA)– Syrian army troops are readying to launch the final phase of a multi-staged operation to drive the terrorists out of the town of Khan al-Sheih in Southwestern Damascus province, military sources disclosed on Saturday.
“Talks between Damascus representatives and commanders of Fatah al-Sham Front (the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) in Khan al-Sheih failed last week as terrorists declined the offer to leave the town,” the sources said.
“Following the terrorists’ decision, the Syrian army decided to start the final phase of its large-scale operation to capture the town,” they added.
In the meantime, the Syrian military forces managed to beat Fatah al-Sham back from the village of Albuyzeh and its surrounding farms completely.
Other units of the Syrian army for their part fended off several attacks of the terrorists who intended to remove the siege of Khan al-Sheih, inflicting major damage on the militants’ tanks and vehicles.
“As a result, the Syrian army troops that have recently captured vast regions near Khan al-Sheih and have repelled the terrorists’ attacks on their positions in the recent days, tightened their siege of the town and are now ready to start the last step of their operation against Fatah al-Sham’s positions to take back the town,” the military sources concluded.
In relevant developments in the province on Friday, Syrian Army soldiers resumed its large-scale offensive on the positions of Fatah al-Sham Front near the town of Khan al-Sheih.
The Syrian Armed Forces resumed their military operations in Western Ghouta, targeting farms located just North of Khan Al-Sheih.
The army soldiers captured most of Khan Al-Sheih’s Northern outskirts, leaving only a small distance between their frontline and the town.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Militants in Khan al-Sheih in Western Ghouta voiced concession to Syrian Army terms for their evacuation from the town, informed sources said earlier today, adding that the militants have agreed to be relocated to Idlib province.
“Liberation of most regions near Khan al-Sheih and repelling the entire attacks of the terrorists who sought to lift the siege on Khan al-Sheih by the Syrian army forced the militants to decide to leave the town and hand it over to the government forces,” the sources said.
“Terrorists have requested to be transferred to Dara’a, but Damascus and representatives of the Syrian army have voiced opposition because of the fierce clashes underway in that province,” they added.
Talks between the Syrian army and Fatah al-Sham Front (the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) failed last week and terrorists did not agree to leave the town.
In the aftermath of the failure of the talks, the Syrian army increased its attacks on the terrorists’ positions and the siege on Khan al-Sheih was also tightened. Following the army advances, the terrorists agreed relocation to Idlib.
Based on similar plans, Damascus always offers the militants amnesty in return for their surrender or their relocation to Idlib. Thousands of militants in different besieged towns in Western Ghouta, including Moadhamaiyah and Daraya, have taken the chance to receive amnesty or be relocated to Idlib in the last two months.
Reports said on Friday that the Syrian army troops repelled a major attack by the terrorists on their positions in Western Ghouta after inflicting a heavy death toll on invading foes.
The Fatah al-Sham Front sustained a great loss in fighters and military grid and was forced to retreat at the end of a major assault on the positions of the Syrian army in Southwestern Damascus.