The War Today, April 3, 2016

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Emir of Raqqa, Several ISIL Commanders Killed in Syrian Air Attacks
Emir of Raqqa, Several ISIL Commanders Killed in Syrian Air Attacks
TEHRAN (FNA) – The Syrian warplanes, tipped off by intelligence agents about the venue of ISIL commanders’ meeting, bombed Raqqa governor-general’s building, killing several terrorist commanders, including the Emir of Raqqa.

The Syrian fighter jets targeted heavily the building of the governor-general in the Central parts of Raqqa, where senior ISIL commanders and Emir of Raqqa Abu Mojahid Libi were in a secret meeting. Several ISIL commanders and the Emir were killed and several more were wounded in the airstrikes.

Last week, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) managed to seize back a strategic village in the Northern parts of Raqqa province.

The Kurdish forces in heavy clashes with the ISIL terrorists regained full control of Sab’avy village in Northern Raqqa. Scores of the ISIL militants were killed and wounded in tough battle with the SDF and YPG forces.

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Syria: Russian Combat Experts to Lead Imminent Anti-ISIL Operation in Homs
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Syria: Russian Combat Experts to Lead Imminent Anti-ISIL Operation in Homs

 

[ Update: As of Sunday morning US-EST,  Quaryatayn has been retaken. ISIL as retreated into the Eastern hills where they will be easier to bomb and shell without civilian structure damage. These units are cutoff now, far from ISIL support areas. ]

TEHRAN (FNA) – Russian military experts have arrived in Southeastern Homs province and have been deployed at the government forces’ headquarters to lead the Syrian army’s imminent operation to liberate the ancient Assyrian town of Quaryatayn.

Over 4,500 military personnel have been deployed to the Eastern Qalamoun front and the Syrian army is preparing for their final assault to liberate Quaryatayn from the ISIL terrorists.

The Syrian Armed Forces will be responsible for carrying out this large-scale military operation, the Russian military advisers, who played an integral role in the government’s victory at Palmyra (Tadmur), will also supervise the operation. On Friday, the Russian military advisers made their way to the important town of Quaryatayn.

According to a military source at the T-4 Military Airport in Eastern part of Homs, the Russian special forces contingent departed from the recently liberated city of Palmyra to advise the Syrian soldiers in Quaryatayn battlefield.

These military advisers will be responsible for calling in airstrikes and directly Syrian Army units in battle.

On March 27, the General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces confirmed the recapture of the ancient city of Palmyra and the mountains and hills overlooking it.

“Security and stability has been restored to Palmyra following a series of precise and effective military operations that were carried out by the army units with the help of the popular defense groups, being backed by the Syrian and Russian Air Forces,” the Army Command said in a statement.

The ISIL terrorist group was dealt quite a heavy blow with army’s capture of Palmyra, said the Army Command, adding that the achievement severely damaged the terrorists’ morale and pressed the start button for the organization’s collapse and defeat.

“This achievement proves that our brave army, aided by the friends, is the only effective force capable of fighting terrorism and eradicating it,” the statement said.

The Army Command clarified that the importance of  achievement stems from the significant strategic location of Palmyra city being a major link connecting the Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern areas, and from the historical and tourist status of the city as it stands witness to one of the most ancient human civilizations ever.

With Palmyra city under control, military operations against ISIL will expand starting from this springboard towards various axes and directions, on top being Deir Ezzur and Raqqa, especially that this victory helps in further tightening the noose around ISIL terrorists and cutting off their supply routes in areas under their control until having these areas fully freed, the statement explained.

The statement made it clear that the army, together with the popular defense groups and the Russian and Syrian Air Forces, will go ahead with military operations against ISIL and al-Nusra Front and other terrorist organizations.

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Infighting, Explosion Kill over 45 ISIL Terrorists East of Syria
 
TEHRAN (FNA) Fierce clashes between the Syrian and non-Syrian members of the ISIL terrorist group ended in the killing of 30 combatants from both sides while a car explosion left 16 ISIL terrorists dead in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur.

Heavy fighting erupted between the Syrian and foreign combatants of the ISIL in Mouhassan which claimed the lives of 30 terrorists.

In the meantime, a bomb-laden car of the ISIL, which was ready to be used in suicide attacks, was exploded before any attack in the village of Albu Omar, killed 16 terrorists and wounded many others.

On Friday, the Syrian Air Force pounded ISIL’s military positions in several areas North of Deir Ezzur province.

The Syrian fighter jets pounded and destroyed the ISIL’s military positions in al-Hamidiyeh, al-Roshdiyeh, al-Sina’ah and al-Urfi regions as well as the village of al-Hosseiniyeh in the Northern parts of Deir Ezzur.

Scores of the ISIL militants were killed and wounded in the Syrian airstrikes on their gathering centers in Deir Ezzur. Meantime, battlefield sources reported that the ISIL has pulled out from a strategic oilfield in Northern Deir Ezzur.

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Over 90 Percent of Lattakia Province under Full Control of Syrian Army, Hezbollah 
Over 90 Percent of Lattakia Province under Full Control of Syrian Army, Hezbollah
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army and the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have thus far pushed the terrorist groups back from more than 90 percent of Lattakia province’s territories and are resolved to continue their mop-up operations to take back the rest of the costal province, army sources said.

“The Syrian soldiers and the Hezbollah combatants have cleansed over 90 percent of Lattakia province after months of non-stop operations against the terrorist groups, which have inflicted major losses on the terrorists in large scale,” the sources said.

“In the meantime, the Syrian Navy commandoes and Hezbollah repelled rapid attack of al-Nusra Front on the government forces’ positions near Jabal al-Qal’ah in the Northeastern part of Lattakia, and forced the terrorist group to retreat the battlefield after leaving behind scores of the dead and wounded members,” the sources added.

The sources stressed that Eastern part of Jabal al-Qal’ah and Kabani are under full control of the government forces.

In relevant developments in last days of March the Syrian a and their allies forced terrorists to retreat from a number of points in the Northwestern province of Lattakia, and established control over more regions in the Northern parts of the province.

The pro-government forces captured Ruweisa Rashou and Jourata an-Nahlah and several more points in the Northern regions of Lattakia province inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists and damage on their military hardware.

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ISIL Running Advanced Bomb-Making Factory in Iraq

ISIL Running Advanced Bomb-Making Factory in Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL terrorist group has used the University of Mosul’s chemistry laboratory to assemble the explosive devices which have likely been detonated in the terrorist attacks in Europe, an Iraqi Army General said.

“The University of Mosul is the best ISIL research center in the world,” Iraq’s top explosives officer Gen. Hatem Magsosi said.

“The trainees go to Raqqa (ISIL stronghold in Northern Syria), then to Mosul university to use the existing facilities,” he further added.

“Materials made at the lab include peroxide-based chemical bombs, suicide bomb vests, nitrate-based explosives and chemical weapons,” Magsosi said.

The ISIL captured Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, without any resistance from the US-trained and equipped Iraqi army in June 2014.

Foreign ISIL fighters have reportedly been seen moving through the labs at least since August.

A surge in the use of bombs made from a powdery substance known as triacetone triperoxide (TATP), described by Magsosi as the “Satan Recipe” due to its lethal effects and difficulty of detection, was registered around the same time.

Although it could not be established whether the perpetrators of the Brussels and Paris attacks used the Mosul labs, at least one suspect was found last month to have made TATP-based suicide belts and suitcase bombs.

Belgian police uncovered 33 pounds of TATP-type substances during a March 23 raid in the Schaerbeek municipality, one day after the deadly acts that killed 32 people and injured 316.

Two weeks after the November 13 Paris attacks, French police found a suicide belt containing bolts and TATP, the same substance believed to have been used in seven vests detonated during the string of attacks that killed 130 people and wounded 368.

Iraqi Army Wins Back Key Region Near Heet Region

EXCLUSIVE: Iraqi Army Wins Back Key Region Near Heet Region

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi army and volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) continued their advances in Anbar province, and seized back a strategic area in the vicinity of the town of Heet.

The ISIL terrorists were pushed back from al-Jami’ya regions to the East of Heet.

The Takfiri terrorists laid mines and planted bombs throughout the region before fleeing the scene.

In a relevant development on Thursday, the Iraqi volunteer forces started a series of special operations to seize back Heet region.

The Iraqi volunteer forces purged the terrorists from Saqlaviya region and are now very close to liberating Heet area.

The Hash al-Shaabi forces are fortifying their military positions in Saqlaviya region in the Northwestern part of the city of Fallujah.

Also last Saturday, the Iraqi joint forces repelled attempts by the ISIL terrorists to attack a strategic military base in Anbar province.

The Iraqi army and popular forces foiled ISIL’s four potential suicide attacks to penetrate into Ain al-Assad military base in Anbar province, Arab media outlets reported.

Scores of the ISIL terrorists were killed and wounded in the Iraqi army’s counteroffensive against them near Ain al-Assad military base.

The Northern and Western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since the ISIL terrorists began an offensive through the Iraqi territory in June 2014.

Iraqi army soldiers and popular forces are now seeking to win back these occupied regions in joint operations.

On Tuesday, Nineveh Province Operations Commander Brigadier General Najm al-Jabouri announced that the ISIL positions in Mosul were under the army’s heavy fire, underlining that his forces were waiting for an order to launch the final battle.

“The Central and Southern parts of Mosul which host the ISIL commanders’ strongholds are under artillery fire and airstrikes,” Jabouri told FNA.

He said that the Iraqi army and popular forces were all prepared for their commanders’ order to launch a decisive battle against the ISIL in Mosul.

A source in Iraq’s Ministry of Interior announced last Friday that the Iraqi Air Force’s planes dropped thousands of leaflets on the city of Mosul (405 km North of Baghdad), calling on the residents to be prepared for the liberation operation of the city by the Iraqi army.

The source said in a statement that “today the Iraqi Air Force planes dropped thousands of leaflets on Tahrir neighborhood, as well as different parts in the left side of Mosul”.

The source, who asked anonymity, added, “The leaflets called the citizens to be prepared for the expulsion of ISIL terrorist members.”

ISIL Oil Facilities in Homs Province Sustain Major Losses in Syrian Air Raids
ISIL Oil Facilities in Homs Province Sustain Major Losses in Syrian Air Raids
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army’s aircraft carried out several combat flights over the ISIL centers and sites in the Eastern part of Homs province and targeted one of the main oil facilities of the terrorist group in Central Syria heavily.

The Syrian fighter jets targeted the ISIL terrorists’ oil station in Arak region near the recently-liberated city of Palmyra (Tadmur), which inflicted major damage on the facilities and cut the oil extraction.

The ISIL strongholds in the Western part of the town of al-Sukhneh in the Eastern part of Homs came under the heavy bombardments of the Syrian air fleet.

The Syrian warplanes also bombed the ISIL centers in Aqirabat, al-Rahjan and Jana al-Albawi which claimed the lives of several terrorists and wounded several others.

In the Southwestern part of the province earlier today, the Syrian Army’s artillery and missile units opened heavy fire at the positions of the ISIL terrorists near the ancient Assyrian town of Quaryatayn in the Southwestern part of Homs province and forced them to remain behind their stronghold with the lowest military movements.

The Syrian artillery and missile shelling of the ISIL positions inflicted heavy casualties on the terrorists and did not leave any chance for them to regroup.

In the meantime, the Syrian fighter jets targeted ISIL gatherings and military vehicles in Quaryatayn.

Shelling and bombardment of the ISIL positions paved the way for the Syrian government forces to retake more lands near Quaryatayn.

Syrian Air Force Destroys ISIL’s Military Positions in Deir Ezzur
Syrian Air Force Destroys ISIL's Military Positions in Deir Ezzur
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian fighter jets pounded and destroyed the gathering centers of the ISIL terrorist group in al-Jafreh village in Eastern Deir Ezzur, inflicting heavy losses on the Takfiri terrorists.

The ISIL’s military positions were razed down by the Syrian warplanes in al-Roshdiyah and al-Baqiliya regions in Deir Ezzur city as well as in Hosseiniyeh village in the Northern countryside of Deir Ezzur.

Scores of militants were killed and wounded in the Syrian airstrikes.

In a relevant development on Friday, the Syrian air forced pounded ISIL’s military positions in several areas North of Deir Ezzur province.

The Syrian fighter jets pounded and destroyed the ISIL’s military positions in al-Hamidiya, al-Roshdiyah, al-Sina’ah and al-Urfi regions as well as al-Hosseiniyeh village in the Northern parts of Deir Ezzur.

Scores of ISIL militants were killed and wounded in the Syrian airstrikes on their gathering centers in Deir Ezzur.

Meantime, battlefield sources reported that the ISIL has pulled out from a strategic oilfield in Northern Deir Ezzur.

Also on Thursday, the Syrian army discovered a key tunnel of the ISIL in the old airport district in the Southern part of the city of Deir Ezzur.

The ISIL’s 20-meter-long tunnel was razed down by the army units.

On Tuesday, the Syrian army and popular forces continued their advances in two strategic regions in Deir Ezzur province in Eastern Syria, killing and wounding scores of the ISIL terrorists.

The army units attacked the ISIL’s military positions in the towns of al-Mayadeen and al-Ashara in Deir Ezzur province.

The Syrian government troops killed at least four ISIL terrorists in Tebbiya region in al-Mayadeen town in the Southeastern part of Deir Ezzur.

The army units also hit hard the ISIL in al-Ashara town also located in the Southeastern part of Deir Ezzur. At least five ISIL terrorists, including three Saudi nationals, were killed in heavy clashes with the Syrian army.

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