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Army Command: “Victory at al-Qaryatain ensures oil and gas pipeline security and blocking ISIS supply routes”
(SANA) ~ The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces confirmed Sunday that the army units, aided by the popular defense groups and backed by the Syrian and Russian Air Forces, restored security and stability to al-Qaryatain city and the farms surrounding it in southeastern Homs.
In a statement, the Army Command said retaking al-Qaryatain city is just another severe blow to ISIS terrorists, following their successive defeats in tens of villages and towns in eastern Aleppo, and most recently in Palmyra.
The statement described the military operation in al-Qaryatain as “precise” and “swift” during which large numbers of ISIS terrorists were killed after all their supply routes to the city were cut off and the overlooking mountains and hills controlled.
The Army Command said this achievement is of a great importance given the location of al-Qaryatain city as it links the northeastern countryside of Damascus with the eastern countryside of Homs
With this new achievement, it added, the oil and gas pipelines in the area will be secured and ISIS supply routes between al-Badiya (desert) and al-Qalamoun will be blocked.
The Army Command stressed in the statement that the Armed Forces and the popular defense groups are increasingly determined to go on with performing their mission with high spirits and absolute confidence in victory.
Information Minister: Restoring security and stability to al-Qaryatain important achievement on the road to vanquishing terrorism
Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said that restoring security and stability to al-Qaryatain is an important achievement on the road to vanquishing terrorism and those who conspired against Syria.
Al-Zoubi told the Syrian TV in a phone call on Sunday that this achievement is a follow up to the victories made in Palmyra and other areas, asserting that the Armed Forces are growing ever more determined to restoring security and stability to the entire country and ridding it of terrorism.
He said that ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and other terrorist organizations that operate under different name all come from one source: the Saudi-Turkish-American conspiracy against Syria.
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Syrian Arab Army and Syrian Armed Forces units restored security and stability to the whole al-Qaryatain city in Homs province, and continued carrying out counter-terrorism operations elsewhere in the province and in Hama, Lattakia, Sweida, and Deir Ezzor provinces.
Army units and the supporting forces restored security and stability to the whole al-Qaryatain city in Homs after the remaining gatherings of ISIS terrorists in it were eliminated, a source on the ground announced on Sunday.
Taking control of the city, which is located in southeastern Homs, came after the army units, in cooperation with the supporting forces, earlier advanced further inside it from various directions, removing all mines on their way, and had established control over the northern neighborhood.
The army units have hunted down fleeing ISIS terrorists inside the city and dismantled scores of explosive devices and mines left behind.
Earlier today, army units took control of al-Mazare’ and al-Kharroubi al-Kabir areas to the northwest of al-Qaraytain which are now completely secured after tens of explosive devices and mines were removed.
In the morning, the army’s air force conducted airstrikes against positions and dens of ISIS terrorists in the southern and eastern sides of al-Qarayatin and in Marmalet al-Qaryatain, leaving many terrorists dead and destroying their weapons and vehicles, some of them equipped with heavy machineguns.
In the eastern countryside of Homs province, the air force launched strikes against gatherings, movements and supply routes of ISIS to the east and north of Palmyra city and to the north of al-Buseiri village, inflicting losses upon the terrorists there.
More hideouts and vehicles for ISIS terrorists were hit and destroyed in army airstrikes in the villages of al-Shindakhiyeh al-Shamaliyeh, Mannoukh and Housis.
Later,a military source stated that an army unit eliminated members of a terrorist group affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra in al-Hilalia village in the northern countryside of Homs city.
The source said that in the eastern countryside of Homs, army units directed intensive strikes against 2 terrorist groups affiliated to ISIS to the south of 101 and 105 wells in the direction of Shaer and to the northwest of Tolol Nizam area, killing a number of terrorists, injuring many others, and destroying their weapons and ammunition.
Army units, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, foiled an attack launched by Jabaht al-Nusra terrorist groups against a number of military posts in the vicinity of al-Huweijeh village in the far northwest of Hama countryside and Qassr Abu Samra in the northeastern countryside.
A military source explained to SANA that heavy clashes broke out between the defenders of the military posts and the attacking terrorist groups, which resulted in the death of at least 50 terrorists.
Three vehicles equipped with machine guns, a tank and a rocket launcher were destroyed during the confrontation, with the army units seizing the terrorists’ weapons and ammunition, including a DShK machine gun, a rocket shell launcher and amounts of RPG shells.
Army units clashed with Jabhat al-Nusra-linked terrorist groups that infiltrated safe sites in Kensabba area in the northern countryside of Lattakia on Saturday.
The infiltrating groups were repelled as they were sneaking into Nahashba village, Rasha hill and Rweiset al-Malek, with the army units, aided by the popular defense groups, inflicting heavy losses upon them in personnel and equipment, according to sources on the ground.
Afterwards, the army units combed the sites to dismantle the bombs left behind by the terrorists before some of them were killed and the rest fled towards the Turkish territories.
An army unit targeted a gathering of ISIS terrorists in Asheihib al-Janoubi Hill in the northeastern countryside of the southern Sweida province.
A military source said the targets were directly hit, with many terrorists getting killed or injured, while their vehicles were destroyed or damaged.
The army’s air force targeted gatherings of ISIS terrorists and their hideouts in al-Jafra village in the eastern countryside of the eastern Deir Ezzor province.
A number of terrorists were killed and their vehicles and equipment were destroyed.
In the meantime, local sources said the popular resistance in the eastern area killed during the past two days several ISIS terrorists, including Tunisians.
Three Tunisian terrorists were said to be killed in al-Hizam al-Akhdar area in al-Bukmal city in eastern Deir Ezzor.
Three other terrorists, one identified as “Abu Obaida of Tunisia” were killed in an ambush in al-Ghabra village, 130 km southeast of Deir Ezzor city.
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in terrorist shelling in Aleppo city
A number of mortar and rocket shells were fired on al-Sheik Maqsoud neighborhood in Aleppo city on Saturday, in a new breach of the cessation of hostilities agreement by the terrorist organizations.
According to local sources, 5 shells landed in the neighborhood, which is located on the northern outskirts of the city.
The shelling was carried out by terrorist groups positioned in adjacent neighborhoods who have earlier agreed to the cessation of hostilities, which came into effect on February 27.
The attack killed a child and left a number of people injured, most of them are women and children, in addition to causing material damage to several houses.
Over 347 breaches of the cessation of hostilities by terrorist groups have been observed since the agreement was enforced. Most of the incidents took place in Aleppo, Damascus, Homs and Lattakia, according to the Russian coordination center at Hmeimim base.
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SOURCES: SANA, M. al-Frieh/Qabas/H. Said / Hazem Sabbagh SANA, Military Reports SANA, H. Said Edited by SyrianPatriots Submitted by Cem Ertür Syria Military Reports War Press Info Network at: https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/al-qaryatain-victory/ ~ Re-publications are welcome, but we kindly ask you, to facilitate the correct information's diffusion, to cite all these original links and sources.
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