Syrian forces liberate strategic Masaken Hanano district in east Aleppo
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The Syrian army inched closer to one of the most important strongholds of the ISIL in the Arab country, and are only three kilometers away from the Northern Syrian city of al-Bab in Aleppo province, while the Ankara-backed militants are also racing towards the city.
According to the Al-Mayadeen TV channel, the army troops managed to dislodge ISIL terrorists from six settlements near al-Bab, and are approaching the ISIL’s stronghold city.
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) supported by the Turkish Air Force and armored vehicles has also launched an offensive to push terrorists out of the vital Bastion of ISIL as capturing the city is of strategic importance to Ankara in order to prevent the Kurds’ reunification.
Military sources had disclosed in mid September that a large number of Syrian soldiers are deployed at Kuweires airbase to start military operations against the terrorists in al-Bab.
“Hundreds of Syrian soldiers are now in Kuweires airbase 40 kilometers to the east of Aleppo city to start al-Bab military operations against the ISIL terrorist group,” the Arabic-language media quoted an unnamed military source as saying.
Also, another source said in mid November that the Syrian army has sent around 1,000 reinforcement troops to the Eastern countryside of Aleppo to start the operation that aims to create a safe zone in areas in the vacinity of Kuweires airbase, including al-Bab, adding that the Syrian government troops’ military operation in al-Bab region is also meant to block further advances of the Turkey-backed terrorists in al-Bab region.
After recapturing Manbij from ISIL by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), al-Bab an Deir Hafer have turned into the largest bases of ISIL in Aleppo province.
Experts believe that Syrian army’s operations in al-Bab and Deir Hafer that are entrance gates to Raqqa province signify the government forces plan to start an attack on Raqqa soon, while the Kurdish forces have also started a large-scale offensive on Raqqa, codenamed ‘Wrath of Euphrates’, a couple of days ago.
Turkey declared on August 24 that its Army has launched ‘Euphrates Shield’ military operation in Syria, as Ankara claims that it has begun to cleanse the ISIL terrorists from its border with the Arab country.
But, despite Ankara’s allegation, Turkish military forces support militant groups in Northern Syria, and fight against Kurdish forces in the region.
Turkish officials have freuqently stressed that operation ‘Euphrates Shield’ will continue to create a safe zone in Northern Syria.
Damascus had condemned Ankara’s military operation and entry of Turkish special forces and tanks into Syria, while Moscow expressed deep concern about what is happening in the Syrian-Turkish border area.
Al-Bab is one of ISIL’s last remaining strongholds near the Turkish border.
Iraqi forces liberated the village of Salamiyah in the Nineveh province.
Iraq’s PMU wants explanation for US-led Tal Afar attack
The countdown has started for recapturing the strategic city of Mosul from the ISIL as Iraq’s joint military forces have laid full siege on the terrorists in the city.
“The Iraqi forces have completed the siege of the ISIL terrorists in Mosul as they are making considerable advances in the city’s Eastern and Western flanks as well,” the Arabic-language al-Sabah news website quoted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as saying on Saturday.
The Iraqi prime minister reiterated that around 30 percent of Mosul residents are under the direct protection of the government troops, while security forces are trying to rescue more families from terrorists’ control.
“Our military operations backed by the country’s air force have resulted in cutting off the ISIL’s routes in different parts of Mosul city,” al-Abadi added.
Meantime, senior commander of Mosul liberation operation Najm al-Jabouri announced that the Iraqi forces are now advancing towards residential areas in the Southern front and towards Mosul airport.
Commander of the Iraqi Counterterrorism Police Abdulwahhab al-Saedi also said that his forces attacked al-Jame’a and al-Masaref districts in Northeastern Mosul.
Rocket Attack Hits Hashd Al-Shaabi Meeting after Iraqi PM Leaves Venue
Hashd al-Shaabi demanded the US-led international coalition to provide an explanation as a missile launched through the coalition-controlled airspace in the recently-recaptured Tal Afar airport and targeted the leadership meeting of popular forces.
In a statement, Hashed al-Shaabi ruled out that the missile, which landed only one meter and a half from the convocation, could have been fired by the terrorist group, Iraqi News reported.
“Yesterday a tent hosting a meeting by Hashd al-Shaabi was targeted by a missile, shortly after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had left, leaving a number of fighters wounded,” the statement read.
“Inspecting the rocket’s remains, it was concluded that it had not been fired by ISIL terrorists; it was a laser-guided missile fired by an aircraft,” the statement added, noting that coalition drones were roaming the area at the time of the meeting.
ISIL Governor in Tal Afar Flees to Syria with Millions in Cash
The ISIL governor in Tal Afar has fled to Syria with a large amount of cash, local sources in Nineveh province disclosed on Saturday.
“The ISIL’s Tal Afar governor accompanied by four of his deputies, all of them foreigners, including the terrorist group’s treasurer Abu Islam Uzbeki, have escaped to the town of Baaj and from there to Syria with a lot of cash they had collected from selling stolen crude and collecting tax,” the Arabic-language media quoted an unnamed source as saying on Saturday.
The source noted that the ISIL governor and his accomplices have taken millions of dollars with them and intend to escape to other countries.
ISIL Transferring Physicians from Deir Ezzur to Raqqa, Mosul
The ISIL terrorist group has called on a number of specialists in Deir Ezzur to prepare themselves and their family members to move to other regions, local sources disclosed on Saturday.
“Given the large number of wounded members in Mosul and Raqqa and lack of physicians, the ISIL has forced a number of physicians in Deir Ezzur, specially those residing in al-Mayadeen and Bu Kamal, to move to specified regions in Mosul and Raqqa,” the sources added.
They said ISIL transfers most of its wounded members from al-Bab and other regions East of Aleppo province to Raqqa hospitals while those injured in areas and towns near Mosul to the oil-rich city’s medical centers, and added, “Certain districts of Deir Ezzur are witnessing sporadic clashes between the Syrian army and the ISIL but clashes are not as heavy as Mosul and Aleppo and therefore, the ISIL has decided to transfer the physicians to those regions.”
ISIL Executes More People in Mosul
ISIL executed 15 people, mostly youths, in Mosul late Friday over accusations of cooperating with security forces and mutiny against the terrorist group.
The ISIL group took 15 people out from their residences late Friday before executing them by a fire squad inside a public park in Mohandessin district, Captain Hamad al-Ebeidi told National Iraqi News Agency (NINA).
He said that the militants also blew up five homes previously used as detention facilities, as well as four booby-trapped vehicles in Northern and Eastern Mosul.
Tal Afar Operation: Popular Forces Recapture More Villages
Hashd al-Shaabi captured one more village on its way to liberating the strategic town of Tal Afar in Nineveh province, from the ISIL militants.
The popular forces’ media service said they took over the village of Khodeir Southwest of Tal Afar after engaged in heavy clashes with ISIL, adding that the group uses civilians as human shields, Iraqi News reported.
Hashd al-Shaabi also brought down an ISIL-run drone in Um Nekheila village, and also destroyed two booby-trapped vehicles.