Russian naval group in the Mediterranean ready to launch strikes on militants near Aleppo – report
Syrian War Update – Southern Aleppo (November 9, 2016): Tigers Strike Back..
Syria – In the hell of Aleppo
A senior Syrian commander and parliament member underlined that the countdown has started for retaking the Eastern parts of Aleppo from the terrorists following recent victories of the army and its allies in the Southwestern districts of the city.
“The operations to fully liberate Eastern Aleppo will most likely kick off in the next few hours with the support of the Russian air force,” Mohannad Haaj, commander of al-Mahavir Battalion in the Syrian army, said on Wednesday.
He stated that the terrorists have lost the chance that the Russian air force gave them by pausing its airstrikes against them in Aleppo, adding that it is now too late for the terrorists as a big battle is underway.
Haaj also referred to the Syrian army’s preparedness to attack the militants in al-Bab city in Northern Aleppo province, and said that such a battle is more important politically than militarily since Ankara is seeking to establish a region on the Syrian territories stretching from al-Mare’ to al-Bab.
“When the Syrian army and its allies start battle in Raqqa, Idlib and the Northern parts of Aleppo, the terrorists will have no escape route but the Turkish territories, but Ankara is trying to create a buffer zone in Northern Syria; therefore, Damascus is attempting to capture al-Bab and prevent others from using this region for political gains,” he added.
Sources in the Russian Defense Ministry disclosed on Tuesday that the country’s aircraft carrier group is ready to launch a strike targeting terrorists in the province of Aleppo in the next 24 hours.
The source told Russia’s Gazeta that the attack, which will likely engage Kalibr cruise missiles, will target militants outside Aleppo, and not the residential areas.
The group, which includes Russia’s ‘Admiral Kuznetsov’ aircraft carrier, ‘Pyotr Veliky’ nuclear power guided missile cruiser and two destroyers, has completed its transfer to the Mediterranean Sea and is getting ready to strike, the Defense Ministry source said.
“The group’s main goal is to carry out missile strikes on terrorists outside of Aleppo that are attempting to get into the city”, the source added.
He also said that Kalibr cruise missiles will be used in the strikes, but did not specify from which ships the missiles will be launched.
No Russian surface ship that is currently in the Med is capable of firing the Kalibr-NK missiles, but submarine-launched Kalibr-PL could be used in the strike. The surface-launched type of Kalibr missile could also be launched from the Caspian Sea.
Right now final details of the strike are being worked out, the source said, including zeroing in on the terrorists’ locations, finding out the details of their transport routes, base camps and storage and training facilities.
“The strikes will avoid the city of Aleppo to prevent civilian casualties, because terrorists continue to use city residents as human shields.”
Over the recent months, Aleppo has been a battlefield between government forces and numerous terrorist groups.
20 killed in US coalition airstrike near Raqqa
Displaced citizens from Raqqa countryside leave for SDF-held town
Residents near Raqqa rejoice at the liberation of their village
Turkey Scorns Kurdish Role in Raqqa
Kurdish sources in Syria disclosed that the US has given Turkey the green light to participate in the anti-ISIL operations in Raqqa.
“The commanders of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have declared an agreement (with Turkey) without disclosing the details,” the sources told FNA on Wednesday.
“Based on the agreement, Turkey will control bordering regions like Tal Abyadh and Salouk and the SDF will be responsible for controlling Raqqa and then they will continue to advance towards regions in the Southern districts of Raqqa province to take full control of its territories,” the sources added.
Politicians in Turkey say the US is playing with the Kurds and Ankara to implement its plots to disintegrate Syria and Iraq.
“During a meeting between the Turkish and US military officials, it was decided that the US paves the ground for Turkey’s access to the strategic city of al-Bab in Northern Aleppo and instead, the Kurds will be able to use Turkey’s greenlight to capture Raqqa,” sources privy to the talks, who asked to remain unnamed, said on Tuesday.
The sources, al-Bab is so important for Ankara that it has accepted to play a part in Washington’s game as control over the city and its surrounding region would prevent geographical coordination among Kurdish cantons in Northern Syria; this is while the Kurds and the Syrian government consider al-Bab as a strategic region given its rich oil resources and special geographical situation.
Also on Tuesday, a Kurdish member of the Syrian parliament rapped the SDF for coordination with the US to retake the ISIL’s self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, describing it as Washington’s plot.
“The SDF forces’ operation to take back Raqqa from ISIL in coordination with the western coalition, led by the US, is a strategic mistake with negative impacts on the Syrian Kurds,” Omar Ousi, also chairman of the National Initiative of Syrian Kurds, said in an interview with al-Watan newspaper.
“The US is not serious about annihilation of the ISIL in Syria since the ISIL still plays a role in the US plots to redraw the region’s geopolitical map,” he added.
Battle for Mosul: ISIL using tunnels to evade Iraqi forces
Iraq Forces Retake Key Town On Mosul Southern Front
Iraq’s military offensive to liberate the city of Mosul from ISIL’s control continued on Wednesday as reports said dozens of terrorists were killed in separate clashes in and around the Northern city.
Dozens of ISIL Terrorists Killed in Mosul Operations
Dozens of ISIL terrorists were reportedly killed during separate operations in and around Mosul as Iraqi government troops and their allies are tightening noose around the militants controlling the Northern city.
Iraqi fighter jets, backed by those of the US-led military coalition, have hit ISIL positions in Albu Seif village South of Mosul, located some 400 kilometers North of the capital Baghdad, leaving 40 of the terrorists dead, Al Sumeriya reported.
Pro-government fighters from Popular Mobilization Units also launched an offensive against ISIL hideouts in Mawali village, situated about 20 kilometers West of Mosul, killing 22 terrorists.
Commander: US Seeking to Delay Hashd Al-Shaabi Advances to Tal Afar
Iraqi volunteer forces will soon start the second phase of the military operations in areas on the Western side of Mosul, a senior commander said, complaining that the Baghdad government is under much pressure by the US to delay Hashd al-Shaabi’s military advances towards the city of Tal Afar.
“The US is exerting pressure on the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s government to prevent Hashd al-Shaabi from making further advances on the Western side of Mosul, including Tal Afar,” Hashd al-Shaabi Commander Nazzem al-Assadi said on Tuesday.
Yet, Al-Assadi ensured that al-Abadi would not bow to the US pressure.
UN: ISIL Using Thousands of Civilians as Human Shield in Iraq
Militant near the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul forced 1,500 families to retreat alongside them as the militants are pushed out by the Iraqi forces and their allies near Mosul and aid organizations say they are concerned by the “significant humanitarian consequences” of the military operation.
ISIL terrorists forced civilians to accompany them as they retreated from the town of Hammam al-Alil towards Mosul airport, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ravina Shamdasani announced, RT reported.
Along with 1,500 families, ISIL kidnapped 295 former members of the Iraqi Security Forces.
“Enemy seeks to cause rift between Iran, Iraq’s Kurdistan”