Syrian army Achieves Spectacular Gains in Several Areas

Syrian army and its allied NDF forces have engaged Al Nusra and Islamic State fighters in many areas of the country inflicting heavy losses on them. Several strategic locations also came under the full control of the regime.

Syrian army: Daraa

Dozens of al-Nusra and Islamic State fighters have been killed in the Syrian Army assaults in the strategic provinces of Daraa, Deir ez Zor, Hama, Aleppo, Damascus, Homs and Idlib. The Syrian Army and allied NDF or National Defense Forces have mounted a string of offensives all across the country during the past twenty four hours.

These operations have resulted in severe losses for the Islamic State and al – Nusra Front both in terms of fighters and equipment. Scores have also been injured in the ensuing fights. Strongholds of these groups were destroyed in the provinces of Damascus, Aleppo, Daraa, Homs, Idlib and Deir ez Zor provinces.

In Daraa city, the Syrian army destroyed fortifications prepared by militants, vehicles and hideouts in al Balad and al Mahatta areas were also obliterated. Strikes were carried out in Rakham and al Karak areas located to the northeast of Daraa province. The Syrian army was able to drive fighters out of the important city of Sheikh Meskeen with the help of Russian and Syrian jets.

A military source revealed that the Syrian army and the NDF troops continued advancing against fighters in the city of Sheikh Meskeen taking complete control of the area. Scores of militants were killed and wounded in the fight.

Meanwhile in Aleppo city, Syrian jets razed Islamic State positions in Karem al-Maysar, al-Sheikh Said, Bustan al-Bacha, al-Rashedin, Bani Zaid and al-Lairamoun neighborhoods. Strategic areas lying in the eastern part of the province were also targeted.

Deir ez Zor also saw pitched battles between the Syrian army and Islamic state fighters. The clashes occurred in the Baqaliyeh village as well as in the al-Rushdiye neighborhood situated in Deir ez Zor.

In Damascus, the Syrian army backed by the NDF forces launched another attack on the al – Nusra Front checkpoints. This resulted in the re-establishment of army supply lines in Western Ghouta.

The Syrian army also launched an attack on al- Nura fighters over the Darayya – al-Moadhamiyah road. The connects the two strategic cities

In another development, rebel positions in the south of Idlib and north of Hama province were also severely bombarded by Syrian jets destroying their position in Tamanna and Kafr Zita.

The recent spectacular gains for the Syrian army have been accomplished with the help of Russian air support. Russia started its air campaign in Syria at the behest of Bashar al Assad. The first airstrikes were carried out against rebel positions towards the end of September Last year.

The current turn of events has been due to the renewed motivation of the Syrian army since Russians arrived in the country. A string of military successes have been recorded across the country where different rebel groups are facing the regime forces and its allied NDF troops.

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Bill Schroder

Bill Schroder is a Beirut-based correspondent for The World Beast. He has reported from over a dozen countries in the Middle East for such publications. Follow: Tweets by @SchroderBill