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Lavrov: Russian jets striking Idlib & Homs to prevent ISIS exodus from Mosul to Syria
Russian bombers are striking terrorist targets in Syria’s Idlib and Homs provinces so that Islamic State militants retreating from Iraq’s Mosul do not cross into Syria, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after “constructive” talks with his US counterpart, John Kerry.
“Our aviation and the aviation of Syria work only in the provinces of Idlib and Homs in order to prevent the IS from crossing into Syria from Mosul,” Lavrov explained after meeting Secretary of State Kerry on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders week in Peru’s Lima.
While both diplomats regarded the talks, which touched on Syria, Yemen and Ukraine, as “productive” and “constructive,” Lavrov also alluded to the allegations made by US State Department that Russian jets were behind the reported bombings of 5 hospitals in Aleppo and Idlib. The Russian Defense Ministry repeatedly said that Russian jets have not been flying sorties in Aleppo during the last 30 days, while targets in Idlib and Homs, said to be terrorist arms factories and warehouses, are carefully selected.
Lavrov also commented on the incident at Wednesday’s State Department briefing, in which spokesman John Kirby dismissed RT’s Gayane Chichakyan request to provide details on the allegedly bombed hospitals on the grounds that RT was a “state-owned outlet,” saying it was “unacceptable.” However, Lavrov said he did not want to discuss the conduct of Kirby, who was not in Lima.
“We believe it is unacceptable, not reflecting the American proclaimed values and I hope that this was not the position of the State Department and this is certainly not the position of the Secretary of State … We are not going to start every day by condemning Mr. John Kirby but I believe he must be disciplined by his own superiors for what he is doing and how he is doing his job,” Lavrov said.
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Syria: Why is it so difficult to determine who struck what? 17 Nov 2016
Syrian army captures large areas around Khan al-Sheh in west Damascus countryside
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The Syrian army attacked the terrorists in Deir Ezzur province, and inflicted heavy losses on the militants over the past 24 hours.
The Syrian army killed and wounded a number of terrorists near Deir Ezzur airport.
The Syrian army also inflicted heavy losses on the terrorist groups in other key regions across Syria.
Syrian Army forces killed at least 26 ISIL militants near Deir Ezzur airport in the country’s East, local sources reported Thursday.
Syrian army units have also managed to knock the terrorist of ISIL out of a number neighboring areas and inflicted damage on militants’ equipment, the sources said.
The attack by the Syrian Army on the terrorists’ positions was carried out a day after the Syrian Air Force and Army’s artillery units targeted two key positions of the ISIL terrorists near the Eastern city which resulted in a heavy death toll on the militants.
Syrian Army soldiers, backed up by fighter jets, targeted ISIL’s gatherings near al-Tharda Mountain, leaving a number of militants dead and their positions destroyed.
In the meantime, army’s artillery units opened heavy fire at ISIL’s positions in Eastern side of Deir Ezzur airport, killing several militants and destroying their arms and ammunition.
The predominantly Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued their operations in Raqqa province and managed to take control of another strategic village from ISIL.
The SDF captured Khaniz village located 28 kilometers from Qantara on the 12th day of their Raqqa military operation.
The Kurdish forces also seized an arms and ammunition depot of ISIL as well as a number of its military vehicles after taking control of Khaniz village.
Syrian government forces intensified shelling attacks on positions and command posts of the militants West of Aleppo city, local media reported Thursday.
The army units are shelling the positions of militants in al-Rashidin 4 and al-Rashidin 5 neighborhoods Southwest of Aleppo city, Al Watan reported.
Dozens of militants, as well as several armored and off-road vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns have been destroyed by the airstrikes.
According to media reports, the Syrian military command announced on Tuesday that the army units are deployed in nine key locations in the city and are waiting for an order to start a large-scale offensive in Eastern districts, held by militants.
The Syrian army and Hezbollah resistance forces on Thursday managed to push back a large number of terrorists from al-Rashedeen region which is the most important concentration point of the terrorists in Southwestern Aleppo.
The pro-government troops could bring the terrorists in al-Rashedeen region to verge of collapse after taking full control of Housing Project 1070 and al-Hikma school in the Southwestern part of Aleppo.
The Syrian government forces who have been trying to take back the towns of Rashedeen 4 and 5 started the new phase of their military operations on Thursday by hitting hard the terrorists’ military positions in al-Rashedeen 4 and 5 towns with artillery shells.
The Syrian air force, for its part, pounded the terrorists’ positions in al-Rashedeen 4 and 5 towns.
Some news media also reported the start of the Syrian army’s new operations in Zahiya al-Assad and Jamiat al-Zahra to the West of Aleppo.
Also in Northwestern Aleppo, the missile and artillery units of the Syrian army hit the terrorists’ positions in the towns of Andan, Kafr Hamra and Ma’aret al-Artiq as well as their surrounding areas.
The Syrian army backed by the country’s air force repelled another assault by the terrorists in the Western part of Hama province, killing a large number of militants in a counterattack on their military positions and gathering centers.
The Jeish al-Nasr terrorists attacked Beit Khalifa military posts to the South of al-Touteh and al-Hakwareh in Sahl al-Qab in Western Hama, but the Syrian army pushed them back after inflicting heavy losses on them.
Tens of terrorists were killed and their military hardware, including armored vehicles, was also destroyed in the tough battle.
The Syrian fighter jets also hit hard the gathering centers of the terrorists in al-Tamaneh, Kafar Zita and its Northern outskirts, Mourek, Tayyeba al-Imam and Ma’rkaba, killing tens of Jeish al-Nasr and Jeish al-Izza terrorists and destroying their military bases and equipment.
The Syrian air force also pounded the military bases and convoy of terrorists in Kafr Zita, Mourek, Khan Sheikhoun, Ariha, al-Tamaneh, al-Habit, Kafr Nabil and Ehsam in the Northern part of Hama and the Southern parts of Idlib.
The Syrian fighter jets pounded and destroyed the terrorists’ military positions in Mahambal, Ariha and Zijar in Southern Idlib, killing a large number of terrorists and destroying their military vehicles.
Tough battle is currently underway between the Syrian army and ISIL terrorists near the strategic oilfields in Homs province, battlefield sources announced on Thursday.
The Syrian government troops and the ISIL terrorists have resumed fierce clashes near Maher and Sha’er oilfields in the Eastern part of Homs province.
Meantime, the Syrian fighter jets pounded ISIL’s gathering centers in the town of al-Sakhaneh and its surrounding areas in Eastern Homs.
Elsewhere, the Syrian army units pounded the gathering centers of Fatah al-Sham Front (the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) and their military convoys in Kafar Laha, al-Sa’an, Javalek, al-Qantu and Hawsh al-Taleb North of Homs province which left several terrorists dead and wounded.
The terrorists’ military hardware was also destroyed in Northern Homs clashes.
The Syrian army also hit the military positions of Fatah al-Sham terrorists in the surrounding areas of the town of Talbiseh in Northern Homs while they were fortifying their positions, killing several terrorists during the attacks.
The Syrian army’s artillery units pounded and destroyed an arms depot of Fatah al-Sham Font (the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) in Quneitra province, killing and injuring several terrorists.
Fatah al-Sham’s arms depot in Jabata al-Khashab forests of Quneitra province came under the Syrian army’s artillery shelling and was destroyed.
At least 15 terrorists were killed or wounded during the Syrian army’s artillery attacks.
The terrorist group’s arms depot was completely destroyed and two military vehicles of the terrorists were also destroyed.
The Syrian army repelled a fresh massive attack of the terrorists to break its siege of the town of Khan al-Sheih in Southwestern Damascus.
The terrorist groups attacked the Syrian army’s military bases from several flanks in Khan al-Sheih in Western Ghouta, but they were forced by the army to retreat after fierce clashes with the government troops and sustaining a large number of casualties.
The Syrian army’s military positions in Darousha-al-Salam-al-Boizeh regions came under attack by hundreds of terrorists, but the government forces pushed back invading militants after killing at least 25 and injuring many others. The remaining pockets retreated back to Khan al-Sheih.
The Syrian fighter jets also heavily pounded the headquarters of the Takfiri terrorists in Khan al-Sheih and managed to destroy one of their main military bases there.
Iraqi forces enter al-Tahrir neighborhood in Mosul’s east
Battle for Mosul. The situation in Mosul + new tactics of ISIS. [CC]
Mosul residents recount the hardships suffered under ISIS
Children from Mosul witness ISIS barbarity against residents in the city
Iraqi forces destroy ISIS car bomb during open combat in airport west of Mosul, Iraq