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excerpt from: Commanders: Winning Back Kuweires Military Airport Prelude to Greater Advances
(FNA) ~ Senior Syrian military commanders announced that the army’s recent groundbreaking victory at Kuweires military airbase paved the way for further advances in other parts of Aleppo.
“The operations will not stop at the airport, but the airport will be a springboard for the battles to the East of Aleppo,” Syrian Army Commander Colonel Suheil Hassan said on Wednesday.
Other Syrian army commanders expressed views similar to Colonel Hassan, reiterating that their success in lifting the several-long siege of Kuweires serves as the key to further advances in the Aleppo province.
Military experts also said that breaking the two and a half-year-long siege of Kuweires military airbase in Eastern Aleppo paved the way for taking control of another strategic city in the Northern Syrian province as 100 kilometers more of militant-held territories was seized back.
On Tuesday evening, the Syrian army, popular and Hezbollah forces, backed by the Syrian and Russian air forces lifted the siege of Kuweires military airbase after killing hundreds of ISIL terrorists.
“The situation in Aleppo will surely be different after lifting the Kuweires siege; the ISIL and Al-Nusra Front militants in Aleppo province, specially in its Northern countryside, should be waiting for massive military operations by the army and the popular forces from now on,” political and military analyst Seyed Mostafa Khoshcheshm said Wednesday.
The Arabic-language Al-Akhbar newspaper likened breaking the siege of Kuweires military airport to breaking the siege of Aleppo’s central prison in May 2014 not because of the severity of the clashes, but because of their key impacts on the continuation of Army’s operations in Aleppo countryside.
As winning back Aleppo’s Central Prison was key to a new phase of military operations in Aleppo province, the same is true about Kuweires Military Airport, it said.
The lifting of Kuweires Military Airport siege will also pave the way for seizing back the strategic town of Al-Bab.
The Syrian troops and Hezbollah forces rolled into the Kuweires airport at the end of their daylong last phase of massive operations on Tuesday.
Heavy clashes were underway around the Kuweires airport since early Tuesday morning and the Syrian army was defusing ISIL’s minefield before they could reach their friends in the base.
The Syrian army, the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Hezbollah combatants, backed up by Russian warplanes, launched the last round of their over one-month-long joint operations against the ISIL terrorists’ positions in Eastern Aleppo near the Kuweires airbase on Tuesday, and won full control over the strategic Aleppo-Raqqa Highway.
The attack started from multiple directions and ended up in cleaning up several villages from ISIL. Hundreds of the ISIL militants were killed or wounded in Tuesday operations.
In the next stage, Syrian and Russian Air Forces massively targeted the last strongholds of the ISIL militants around the Kuweires airbase.
In addition to the Syrian and Russian airstrikes, the artillery and mortar units of the army also shelled the ISIL strongholds to weaken their defense lines as much as possible to lay the ground for the combatants of Hezbollah, the army soldiers and the National Defense Forces to launch the final phase of their joint operations to lift the nearly 2.5-year-long siege on Kuweires airbase.
Intelligence sources said hundreds of ISIL militants were fleeing the Kuweires region to safer areas to save their lives after suffering heavy casualties in the joint massive attack of the Syrian Army and Hezbollah with the Russian air backup.
After cleaning the region, the pro-government troops had to defuse a minefield planted by the ISIL before they could reach the gates of airbase.
The ISIL Takfiri terrorists had besieged the Kuweires airbase for over 2.5 years, but the base itself was under the Syrian army’s control.
Hundreds of Syrian forces were under a tight siege at the airbase as a result of the occupation of vast areas surrounding the airport by the terrorists.
The Syrian army’s helicopters supplied foodstuff and other needs to the Syrian troops when the base was under siege.
Syrian Army establishes control over areas in Aleppo, continues targeting terrorists across the country
Spokesman of the Syrian Arab Army and Syrian Armed Forces said on Wednesday that army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, achieved new progress in the war against terrorist organizations in Lattakia and Aleppo countryside while the army’s air force carried out scores of sorties that destroyed 150 targets in the northern, eastern and central regions.
“The army has expanded its control to the south of Harasta Road and established control over al-Mahalij area to the south of Marj al-Sultan and its farms in Eastern al-Ghouta after inflicting heavy losses upon terrorists,” the Spokesman said.
Army units destroyed 2 command centers of terrorist organizations in al-Abasyia and al-Arbae’en neighborhoods in Daraa al-Balad and eliminated members of terrorist groups, who infiltrated from al-Karak and Um Walad village towards al-Aslaha village in the countryside of Daraa and Sweida, according to the Spokesman.
”The army also inflicted heavy losses upon terrorist organizations in Atman, the eastern neighborhood of Busra al-Sham, the west of Harit al-Bajaja, al-Jumruk al-Qadim, Abu al-Nassr Villa, Beir Um al-Daraj, Qtifan Square, the south of Agriculture Bank and in the area surrounding Journalists’ building in Daraa al-Balad,” the spokesman added.
In the central province of Homs, the Army spokesman affirmed that the army’s operations ended up with destroying dens of Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS terrorists in Tir Ma’ala, Mahin, Unk al-Hawa, Tadmour – al-Bayarat Road, al-Hilalia Farms, Mahras al-Deik, Howsh al-Zabadi, al-Amiria, Ayn Hussin al-Janobi and al-Shomaria mountains.
He pointed out that the army units killed more than 15 terrorists and injured many others who infiltrated from Sneisil towards Jborin town and From Um Sahrij village towards Maksar al-Hissan.
The army units also killed dozens of terrorists, injured many others and destroyed their fortified sites and positions in concentrated strikes against them in Kafr Zita, Ekirbat, Sarja and al-Sayad.
In Aleppo countryside, the spokesman said that army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, succeeded in breaching the defenses of the ISIS terrorist organization and broke the blockade on Kawiris Airport after heavy clashes, adding that the achievement is part of a series of successful operations that ended up with establishing control over Tal Na’am, Nou’ima, al-Nasseryeh, Jdeida, al-Jabboul, Tal Sab’in, al-Sheikh Ahmad, Kwairis Shamali and Kwairis Janoubi, al-Jahizia Housing and the Academy Air Force.
The spokesman continued to say that the army reestablished control over al-Makhala and tightened its grip upon terrorist groups in al-hadir village, noting that army units, aided by the popular defense groups, continued their operations after establishing control over more than 250 Km² in the southwest countryside of Aleppo.
The spokesman added that army units are advance in the northern countryside of Lattakia province, establishing control over hills and important points at Camp al-Alman, Ketf Hassoun, and Ketf Dibeh.
Meanwhile, the army units positioned at Deir Ezzor Airport killed dozens of ISIS members who were trying to infiltrate from the eastern side of the airport, destroying 9 of their vehicles equipped with machineguns.
The Spokesman pointed out that the army’s air force carried out 75 sorties that destroyed 150 targets in the northern, eastern and central regions.
He affirmed that 3 ISIS’ sites in al-Jabria, Dikwana and South and east of Kawiris and more than 15 vehicles were destroyed in addition to their sites in Tal Faouri and Tal Ahmar in Aleppo countryside, a number of fortified sites belonging to Jabhat al-Nusra in Mourk, Lahyia, Kafr Nboda, al-Habit, al-Latamina and Atshan in Hama, 20 armored vehicles of ISIS in the area surrounding Mahin and to the east of Bayaarat-Tadmour in Homs countryside.
Units of the army and armed forces, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, establish control over al-Eis hill in the south western countryside of Aleppo.
Earlier, Army units, aided by the popular defense groups, established full control over al-Hader city in the southern countryside of Aleppo province and a number of villages and farms in the southwestern countryside, a military source announced on Thursday.
The new areas that came in the army’s hands are Tallet al-Arbaeen, Khirbet al-Mazare, Khirbet Nizha and Khirbet al-Mshaweh, according to the source.
The terrorists in those areas suffered heavy losses during the army units’ operations, which were backed by the air force, the source told SANA.
The army’s air force destroyed a convoy of armored vehicles and vehicles equipped with machineguns for terrorists on al-Barqoum-al-Eiss road in the southwestern countryside.
Army units also reestablished control over Arbeid and Arbeid Saghir in the eastren countryside of Aleppo
Meanwhile, the army units destroyed gatherings and vehicles for terrorists in the villages of Binyamin and Khan Touman in the southern and western countryside of Aleppo province.
In the eastern countryside, army units targeted ISIS terrorists’ positions and movements in the villages of Jib al-Safa, Ain al-Jamajma, wadiaa, Um Arkila, al-Madyouneh, Tal Abu Danneh and al-Bab city.
Three vehicles for ISIS terrorists were destroyed in Deir Hafer town.
In Aleppo city, army units destroyed hideouts for Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations in the neighborhoods of al-Salehin, Saif al-Dawleh and al-Rashedin.
An army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group which tried to infiltrate into the surrounding of a military post in the village of Dael, 40km north of Daraa city, killing a number of its members, while the rest fled away.
A military source told SANA Thursday that another army unit destroyed Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations’ gatherings and fortresses in Tal al-Sheikh Hussein in the eastern countryside of the southern province of Daraa.
In Daraa al-Balad area, an army unit destroyed two terrorists’ hideouts, southeast Bilal al-Habashi Mosque and near al-Awqaf vicinity and eliminated two terrorist groups’ gathering at the surroundings of the electricity company and the agricultural bank.
Field sources told SANA that five terrorists were killed during an operation of an army unit against a gathering of the so-called Jund al-Aqsa in al-Latamneh town in Hama central province.
The sources pointed out that an army unit carried out strikes against dens of terrorist organizations affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra in kafar Zita town in Hama, in addition to destroying two vehicles, leaving all the terrorists inside dead.
Two terrorists were also killed and two others were injured in an explosive while they were planting it on Lahaya roundabout in the province.
Later, a military source said that the army’s air force launched during the last 24 hours sorties against terrorists’ hideouts in Kafr Zita, al-Latamneh, Morek and Atshan in the northern countryside of Hama, where many terrorists were killed and several of their vehicles were destroyed in the airstrikes.
In bordering Idleb Province, an army unit targeted an armed terrorist group of 6 terrorists at the surroundings of Maarat al-Nua’man , killing and injuring all its members.
Meanwhile, the terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media websites that they received heavy losses in personnel and equipment as a number of their members were killed in Saraqb area.
The army’s air force destroyed ISIS hideouts and fortified positions in Mhein, al-Qaryatain and Khneifis in the countryside of the central province.
The army’s air force destroyed positions and vehicles for ISIS terrorists to the east of al-Jafra village in the countryside of the eastern Deir Ezzor province.
An army unit targeted against a gathering of ISIS terrorists in Tal Asheihib area in the northeastern countryside of the southern Sweida province.
Two heavy mortars, a vehicle equipped with a heavy machinegun and various types of weapons and ammunition were destroyed in the operation, a military source said.
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