Saturday, 3 December 2016


Last night, the Syrian army and its allies withdrew from Sheikh Saeed neighborhood of Aleppo city under the pressure by Jaish al-Fatah militants. Government forces remain in control of some points in the southern part of the area where clashes are ongoing. The army is also in control of the recently liberated areas of Sadkop and Ma’saraniyah Youth Housing.
Russian and Syrian engineering units have reportedly demined almost the whole area of Masaken Hanano that had been liberated by pro-government forces from Jaish al-Fatah militants. Civilians will be able to return to their homes as soon as the whole area is secured.
The Russian Aerospace Forces delivered about 12 airstrikes in the Syrian province of Idlib on December 1, according to local sources. Russian warplanes allegedly targeted 3 militant tactical units and a military vehicle on the way to the province of Aleppo.
Earlier this week reports appeared that Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) has been deploying reinforcements to the western countryside of Aleppo city. Russian and Syrian airstrikes are aimed to prevent relaunching of militant attempts to break the government defenses in the area.
The Syrian army set a full control over the Western Ghouta region after militants were transferred from the area under the agreement with the government. Militants had handed over some 2 Shilka self-propelled guns, 7 battle tanks, 11 infantry fighting vehicles, over 600 heavy and general purpose machine guns and other equipment to government forces before withdrawal.


Syrian government forces have liberated from militants 16 neighborhoods of Aleppo city (populated with 90,000 people), the Russian Defense Ministry announced yesterday after the Syrian army and its allies seized the Sheikh Sa’eed Neighborhood and the Sadcop Fuel Depot from Jaish al-Fatah militant coalition, led by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham terrorist group. According to Chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operational Directorate, Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy over 18,000 civilians were able to left militant-controlled areas of the city.
Today, the army and its allies have continued attacks against militants in Karam al-Jazmati, Karam al-Tarab, Amiriyah and Sikarry and in the area of Bustan al-Qasr. Experts say the strategic goal of Syrian military in the current situation is to fully secure Aleppo city and to launch an operation to develop the advance in the direction of Idlib. At the same time, the government will need to contribute efforts to oppose the Turkish military expansion in northern Syria.
The Russian Aerospace Forces continue airstrikes on militant targets in the province of Hama. On November 30, Russian airstrikes were reported in the area of villages of Kafr Zita and Halfaya. In Kafr Zita, they killed 6 members, including a local commander, of the Free Syrian Army’s Central Division that used to shell the Syrian military’s Hama Airbase.
Syrian government forces are clashing with ISIS terrorists in the eastern part of Homs province. On November 30, ISIS units attempted to advance near al-Shaer, al-Mahr and Mustadira oil fields, but failed to achieve any success. On December 1, sporadic fighting continued near al-Shaer. Some 8 ISIS members were reported killed by pro-government sources. Meanwhile, the Syrian Air Fore delivered a series of airstrikes on ISIS targets near Sukhnah, Talat al-Awamid and al-Quaryatayn.
On November 30, pro-Turkey militants, supported by the Turkish Armed Forces, attacked the joint forces of the Syrian army and the Kurdish YPG in the village of Azraq, located about 6 km west of al-Bab. After a series of firefights and artillery duels, pro-government forces were pushed to retreat from the village. On December 1, the army-YPG forces liberated Tell Rahhal from ISIS amid continued reports about the fighting with Turkey-led forces. Pro-Turkey forces also clashed with YPG units in Qert Weran, Oshali and Sheikh Nasir.

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