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ISIL’s senior official in charge of procurement of arms and ammunition in Iraq arrived in the self-proclaimed capital of the Takfiri group in Syria, calling for the rapid dispatch of more weapons and fighters to Mosul.
“Abu Balal Mesri arrived in Raqqa to talk to the group’s leadership in Syria to provide ISIL’s terrorists in Iraq with more arms and munitions to enable them to resist against the Iraqi army troops and popular allies,” local sources said, citing ISIL low rank commanders in Raqqa.
Sources said on Thursday that the Iraqi security and popular forces retook 14 villages in the Northern and Southern parts of Mosul from the ISIL control.
Iraqi sources said that the army and its allies seized back control of al-Khalediyeh, al-Salehiyeh and al-Khabat villages near al-Qayyara, Deiri, Samaqiyeh, Soqra, Kobra and Nahla villages near Sahl Neineva region, Sidaveh, al-Makouk, al-Manavir and Khanisat villages in Southern Mosul and Barima and al-Nouran villages in Northern Mosul.
They added that operations will continue until freedom of all regions in Mosul from the ISIL hand.
In the Meantime, reports said that the Iraqi army and volunteer forces have surrounded the center of al-Hamdaniyeh town in the Southeastern parts of Mosul.
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Draining the East Aleppo Swamp
by Stephen Lendman
A humanitarian pause in eastern Aleppo will continue beyond Thursday, provided US-supported terrorists honor it – unlikely given continued scattered fighting and failure of all earlier cessation of conflict efforts.
According to the Russian language Izvestia broadsheet, Russian and Syrian forces intend draining the eastern Aleppo swamp if the current pause in fighting fails to halt it.
Russia’s upper house Federation Council Senator Franz Klintsevich calls the current humanitarian pause the last chance for terrorists to leave the city, saying:
“This ceasefire creates the possibility for civilians to leave the combat zone. Terrorists will have the same opportunity. After the humanitarian pause, the city (will be) cleansed (of) militants. But it will be very difficult to accuse Russia of ignoring the interests of civilians.”
Syrian parliamentarian Jamal Rabia confirmed what’s planned, adding “Russia has put forth many efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict. But now it’s obvious that the US and its allies are not interested in such a scenario.”
“The current ceasefire will be the last possibility for militants to leave the city. The following cleansing of the city is a military solution, but it will pave the way for talks to resolve the conflict.”
On Wednesday, Assad explained “(o)ur mission, according to the Constitution, according to the law, is that we have to protect the people, that we have to get rid of those terrorists from Aleppo. This is where we can protect the civilians.”
“How can we protect them while they are under the control of the terrorists? They’ve been killed by them and they’ve been controlled fully by the terrorists. Is this our role, to sit aside and watch? We need to attack the terrorists. That’s self-evident.”
Hours into Thursday’s humanitarian pause, buses and ambulances continue waiting along eight exit corridors for civilians and militants not arriving from eastern Aleppo, terrorists blocking them from leaving, threatening to shoot anyone trying – with full US support and encouragement.
Throughout over five-and-a-half years of conflict, Washington undermined Russia’s good faith conflict resolution efforts – showing Obama and neocons infesting his administration want continued war, not peace.
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The Syrian army and popular forces continued their military operations against the terrorist groups in Hama, and started seizing back more districts in the Northern parts of Hama in the last 24 hours.
The army units advanced further in Hama in fierce clashes with the terrorists in Hama province after inflicting heavy losses on the terrorists in heavy fighting.
The terrorist groups also sustained heavy casualties in other key provinces across Syria.
The Syrian army and its allies started a new stage of operations to win back more districts in the Northern parts of Hama and free the two strategic regions of Souran and Taybat al-Imam, a military source said on Thursday.
“The Syrian forces continued operations against the terrorist groups in Northern Hama and advanced in the two regions of Souran and Taybat al-Imam,” the source said.
According to the source, the army launched missile, artillery and air strikes against the terrorists’ positions in Souran and Taybat al-Imam, followed by heavy clashes between the two sides.
“The Syrian troops advanced in Souran and killed a large number of terrorists, among them a commander of Jeish al-Tahrir-Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorists named Ahmad Abdolqader al-Sheikh,” the source added.
In another development, the Syrian army units also repelled the terrorists’ attacks against the newly-liberated town of Ma’ardes and al-Matahen region near the town.
The Syrian army’s major advance in the Northern parts of Hama that has so far ended up in winning back tens of kilometers of occupied territories has forced a large number of terrorists to flee the region, a military source said on Thursday.
“The terrorists who had occupied some of the important towns in Hama province in two weeks, are now collapsing and have lost their morale amid the army’s intensified operations in the region,” the source stated.
He added that the Syrian soldiers are now preparing for retaking the two strategic towns of Taybat al-Imam and Souran.
Also, another military source said that the Syrian forces and their allies, supported by the air force, have repelled the terrorists’ attacks on a large number of their positions in Northern Hama after heavy clashes with the militants.
He added that tens of terrorists have been killed and their military equipment destroyed in the past few days.
Reports said earlier on Thursday that the Syrian army and its allies won back over 20 villages and heights in the Northern parts of Hama, freeing nearly 121km of land from terrorists’ control.
“The Syrian troops along with their allied forces have won back the towns, villages and heights of al-Sha’ta, Western al-Janinah, al-Talisiyeh, Tal Abyadh, al-Qaherah, Ra’s al-Ain, Tal Aswad, Khafsin, Karah, al-Kabarieh, Tal Ahmar, Ma’an, Tal Bazam and Ma’ardes,” an army officer said Thursday.
The source added that during the operations which were also supported by the Syrian and Russian warplanes, a large number of terrorists’ arms caches and vehicles were destroyed and tens of militants were killed.
A Syrian commander said that the army’s future operations will focus on liberating Souran and Taybat al-Imam towns.
The Syrian army units intensified attacks against the terrorists in Dara’a al-Balad region and repelled their offensive in the Eastern parts of Dara’a province, inflicting heavy damage and toll on the militants.
“The army targeted the Fatah al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra) Front terrorists’ gathering centers in Dara’a al-Balad region and killed and wounded several militants in the Western parts of the refugee camp and destroyed two of their machinegun trunks and bases in the Southern parts of Khazan al-Kark and Western parts of Bilal al-Habashi mosque as well as their watch tower in al-Abbasiyeh district,” a military source said on Thursday.
The source added that clashes erupted between the Syrian army units and a terrorist group in al-Sarw farms in the Eastern parts of Basari al-Sham towards Wadi al-Zeid region in Eastern Dara’a that led to the death of a large number of militants were killed.
According to the source, the Syrian troops also targeted a pickup truck of Fatah al-Sham Front in al-Nae’imeh town and a bulldozer of the terrorist groups in the Southern parts of Tafas town, South of Dara’a.
The two vehicles were completely destroyed in the attack and several terrorists were killed and wounded, the source added.
The Syrian Army repelled an ISIL attack on a Hospital in the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur , a military source said.
“The ISIL stormed the Deir Ezzur Heart Surgery Hospital, striking the Southern corridor of the facility. However, the ISIL terrorists failed to enter the building, despite sending groups of militants to the Southern entrance of the Heart Surgery Hospital,” the military source in Deir Ezzur said.
The military source added that as many as 20 ISIL terrorists were killed in the failed offensive.
The Syrian army units launched heavy strikes on Fatah al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra) Front positions in al-Tamane’ah village in the Southern parts of Idlib, destroying their command center and killing over 10 militants, including their commander.
“The attacks smashed a command center of al-Nusra Front, destroyed 3 military vehicles and killed over 10 terrorists, including their commander named Abu al-Ala,” a military source said on Thursday.
In another development in the Southwestern parts of Idlib, the Syrian fighter jets pounded the hideouts and vehicles of Jeish al-Fatah terrorists in the two villages of Hallouz and Um al-Qar in Jisr al-Shuqour district, inflicting heavy toll and damage on the militants.
Sources in Aleppo reported on Thursday that heavy clashes have erupted among the terrorist groups after heightening tensions over leaving or remaining in the city.
Sources in the city said the terrorists in certain areas engaged in armed clashes and opened fire at the people and other militants who intended to leave Aleppo.
According to the sources, the terrorists also launched mortar attacks on the safe corridors opened by the army for the passage of the people and militants.
“Bostan al-Qasr passage has been declared by terrorists as a war zone, and this has caused panic and horror among the people who have evacuated the streets and went to their houses now,” a source in the region said.
Meantime, a source said that “2,000 to 2,500 people who sought to leave Aleppo had gathered in Bostan al-Qasr corridor, but the Fatah al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra) Front militants opened fire at them, wounded a number of them and didn’t allow them to evacuate the city”.
The terrorists have also declared curfew in the Eastern parts of Aleppo and threatened the residents not to approach the corridors.
The army has not yet shown any reaction to the terrorists’ aggressive moves in the region.
A military source confirmed reports on Thursday that the terrorists stationed in the Eastern parts of Aleppo city are blocking the path of the people and other militants who want to leave the region.
“The terrorists have launched 20 mortar attacks on Bostan al-Qasr corridor while the ceasefire has not been violated in the Castello road and the government buses and ambulances are transferring people to the safer areas,” the source said on Thursday.
“The terrorists also targeted al-Jandoul square which has been one of the safe corridors opened by the Syrian army for the militants to leave the region,” the source said, adding that the terrorists have also attacked a Syrian army position in Eastern Aleppo.
Some reports also said that the militants have deployed snipers in certain areas to prevent the evacuation of their comrades and civilians and have announced that they would set fire on houses of those people who want to leave Aleppo.
This is while the Syrian army is inviting the terrorists to lay down their arms and leave Aleppo’s Eastern regions.
The Syrian State news agency also reported that several militants (who had laid down their arms) and a number of wounded people and patients were transferred from Eastern Aleppo through the declared corridors.
The Syrian Army General Command announced on Thursday that the suspension of the air strikes on militants in the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo.
The Command said in a statement that the humanitarian pause in the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo started on October 20, at 08:00 AM.
It called on all gunmen in the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo to throw their weapons and benefit from the amnesty decree.
The statement pointed out that the General Command has accurate information on the gunmen’s places, gatherings and their weapon caches in the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city, stressing that each gunman who does not seize the opportunity of the pause will face his fatal destiny.
Earlier, Head of the Russian General Staff Main Operations Department Sergey Rudskoy said that the Syrian and Russian military men have decided to expand the humanitarian pause for three hours to evacuate civilians from the Eastern neighborhoods after receiving many requests from the international organizations.