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Syrian Arab Army & Allied Forces Advancing on Palmyra

(4 March 2016) ~ ISIS militants have launched an advance on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport controlled by the government’s forces. On Mar.3 the ISIS force reached the southern gates of the airport following a successful firefight against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). However, ISIS militants were unable to break the SAA’s defenses. The clashes are ongoing.

The SAA’s 555th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division is advancing in northeast Hama. The Zakiyah Crossroad, located west of the border between the provinces of Al-Raqqa and Hama, remains the goal of the loyalist forces. On Mar.3 the SAA seized Point 4, Point 5, Khirbat Al-Bayda, and several small hilltops on the way to it. Clashes were also observed at the Zakiyah village located located along the Salamiyah-Raqqa road.

Meanwhile, the SAA continued an advance towards the city of Palmyra securing the mountaintop of Jabal Jazal and its neighbouring oil fields. In South of Palmyra, the SAA moved to Wadi Al-Dhakara, seizing a part of the valley after a violent battle with ISIS.

We remember the pro-government group “Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra” have deployed in the Palmyra front to strengthen the SAA’s force seeking to liberate the city.

On Mar.3, ISIS and al Nusra made an attempt to cut the Aleppo-Khanaser-Ithria road one more time. However, the SAA and its allies repealed this attack.

Since the Khanaser-Aleppo road is now free of danger, the pro-government forces, wich have been concentrated in the area, are preparing for a large military operation in Southeastern Aleppo. According to reports, the Syrian Army’s Central Command decided to deploy a significant force to the town of Ithriya. Ithriya is located in the Hama province’s Northeastern countryside. The town borders the Aleppo province to the North and it is situated 15 km West of Raqqa axis.

Syrian Arab Army & Allied Forces Advancing in Latakia

(3 March 2016) ~ The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a military operation to liberate at the strategic village of Kabani controled by Al-Nusra and its allies. Thus, the SAA’s 103rd Brigade attacked the southern flank of Kabani and the Syrian Marines continued an advance along the Aleppo-Latakia Highway (M-4). If Kabani is captured, the SAA will be able to advance on the Jisr Al-Shughour’s southern countryside. This town is a mid-term goal of the ongoing advance.

The SAA stormed the ISIS positions at the village of Fah and forced the terrorist group to pull forces back from the village and nearby farms in the Aleppo province.

Heavy clashes between the Kurdish militias and ISIS have been observed in the area between the border town of Tal Abyadh and al-Kantari and near the Raqqa-Turkey highway.

Meanwhile, the Syrian troops reportedly deployed in Southeastern and Northeastern areas of Aleppo and Hama provinces respectively are preparing to launch a joint anti-terrorism operation to free more lands in the province of Raqqa.

On Mar.2, ceasefire agreements were signed with four commanders of moderate rebel units, which control Kafar, Shams and Gabagib in the Daraa province. Total number of signed agreements has reached 40, talks with 11 more are underway.

The Russian centre for reconciliation of opposing sides also delivered 6 tons of humanitarian aid to the settlements of Kineiba, Vali-Sheikhan and Hansjaus.

R E L A T E D :

Syrian Government Offers Amnesty

(2 March 2016) ~ According to reports, about 400 ISIS terrorists were killed and many injured during the clashes in the area of Khanasser and along the supply road linking Hama and Aleppo. In turn, the Syrian forces have reportedly lost some 87 fighters in this area. Such difference in casualties has become possible due to the pro-government forces’ advantage in fire power, intelligence, coordination and logistics grounded of the Russian military grouping in Syria.

The control off the Aleppo-Khanasser road allows the Syrian forces to continue anti-terrorist efforts in the area of Aleppo City and press the advance in the direction of Raqqa.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reportedly captured the hilltop of Tal Musharafah in the Aleppo province. Tal Musharafah is located along the road of Al-Castillo which is used by the militant groups to resupply their fighters inside Aleppo City. Thus, Al Nusra and its allies are no more able to use this supply route.

About 80 militants formerly fighting in the al-Ghadam region of the Damascus province surrendered to the Syrian government on Mar.1. The Syrian Air Force has been dropping leaflets over the militant-held part of Eastern Ghouta giving the militants a chance to lay down arms and surrender to the government forces.

We remember, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has offered amnesty and an opportunity to return to peaceful life to militants of the opposition groups who lay down the arms.

South Front

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