Syria, April 19. Turkey converted buildings on the border with Syria into military facilities. Militants continued to provoke clashes with the SAA in the demilitarized zone. The international coalition’s air force resumed combat missions in Iraq, according to a military source from the Federal News Agency (FAN) in Syria, Ahmad Marzuk (Ahmad Marzouq).
Briefly on the outcome of the confrontation:
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Allied Forces: came under attack by militants in the city of Scalbiya in the north of Hama.
“Syrian Free Army” (SFA): suffered losses as a result of Kurdish attacks in Afrin; discovered two mined cars near Jarablus in northern Aleppo.
“Islamic State” 1: Suspected of installing an IED north-west of Deir ez-Zor.
Tahrir Ash-Sham: exchanged blows with the SAA in the south of Idlib province.
Kurds: attacked by unidentified individuals in eastern Deir ez-Zor; joined their ranks in Raqqa; survived the explosion in northeast Aleppo; conducted a special operation east of Deir ez-Zor; arrested 14 people in the province of Raqqa.
International Coalition: conducted sorties in the Iraqi province of Kirkuk.
The armed forces of Turkey: sent another military convoy to the observation posts on the outskirts of the “Greater Idlib”; converted houses on the Syrian-Turkish border into military facilities.
Information portal ANF News reports that Ankara has continued to prepare for a full-scale offensive in northern Syria, converting residential buildings in the border area into military facilities. First of all, buildings in the Turkish villages of Gok-Tepe and Ashma-Faukani, located near the Aleppo border near the town of Kobani, were modernized. Military experts are confident that it indicates that Turkey intends to embark on an anti-Kurd military operation in the SAR in the near future.
In turn, the Kurds continued their underground activities in the northwestern part of the region. According to the same news portal, referring to the Kurdish sources, the radicals of the Popular Self-Defense Units (YPG) made a sally in the settlement of Kimare in Afrin, which led to the death of one of the pro-Turkish jihadists and the injury of the other. In addition, in the second half of the day, two vehicles with IEDs were installed near Jarablus, and the Kurds are also suspected of mining them.
In the city of Al-Bab, which is controlled by the Free Syrian Army (FSA), one of the local residents was killed. Unidentified shot Syrian, and robbed him, a military source on Twitter (GABchaag10) reported. None of the anti-government forces have yet claimed responsibility for organizing the attack.
An explosion thundered in the village of Sheikh Yahya west of Manbij. The news agency Al Nour Radio reported that an explosive device had detonated on the outskirts of the settlement near the line of contact with the forces supported by Turkey. However, no information about possible casualties among civilians has yet been reported.
Province of Deir ez-Zor:
The Internet portal Al Nour Radio reported that the jihadists of the “sleeping cells” of the “Islamic State” continued to carry out attacks in the zones of control of the “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF). The terrorists launched an attack on one of the strongholds of the Kurds, located on the highway An-Namilya – Abu al-Nahitel. In addition, a “democratic army” checkpoint was also attacked by unidentified persons near the village of Al-Hassan.
North-west of the administrative center of the region, an explosion occurred, the organization of which is also suspected of being militants of a terrorist group. The bomb exploded near the hill of Al-Khujaif, which led to the injury of a number of Kurdish fighters. Another IED worked in the city of Al-Sha’af in the Southeast Deir ez-Zor, as a result of which one of the civilians was killed.
In the evening, the SDF forces conducted searches in the area of the city of Diban, but failed to succeed in this area. Moreover, during the raids, two local residents suffered, the Twitter feed (MasarPresNet) was transmitted.
Recently of the Greater Idlib, armed clashes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the militants of illegal gangs continued. According to a military source on Twitter (mhmdalywns56), the SAA artillery bombarded the fortifications of jihadists of the Tahrir Ash-Sham coalition near the settlements of At-Tamaniya, Tal-Minnis, Al-Farjah, Tahtaya, Um-Jalal and Jardjanaz. As you know, the initiators of the shootings were the radicals of the armed opposition.
Meanwhile, a new military convoy of Turkish forces arrived in Idlib.
The Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Center (SOHR) reported that a convoy of vehicles with equipment and weapons crossed the Khirbet Al-Jawz border crossing and headed towards the observation post located in the Jisr Al-Shugur area.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued to expand their ranks in Rakka. According to a military source on Twitter (RojavaCudi), having completed training in Kurdish training camps, more than a thousand new fighters joined the SDF. It is assumed that most of them turned out to be at training sites in the framework of forced mobilization conducted by the Kurds. According to the news portal Al Nour Radio, only last day the radicals of the “democratic army” detained 14 Syrians from Deir ez-Zor from the province.
In the afternoon, there was an explosion in the village of Al-Adnaniya, north-west of Raqqa. So far, no information has been received about the victims. The installation of the VCA is suspected militants underground cells of the “Islamic state”.
Province of Hama:
In the north of Hama, armed clashes between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the militants of illegal gangs were observed throughout the day. The news agency Van News Agency reported that the Islamists continued to provoke clashes with government troops on the contact line. So, under the shelling of the radicals once again turned out to be the city of Scalbius. In response, the SAR forces attacked jihadists in the vicinity of the settlements of Wadi al-Daurat and Qalaat al-Madik. No information on the damage inflicted to the militants has yet been received.
Western alliance aviation resumed combat missions in the Republic of Iraq. According to the Twitter channel (TomtheBasedCat), the international coalition’s air force hit the village of Al-Hamadiyah in the province of Kirkuk, as a result of which some 20 Islamic State terrorists were reportedly neutralized. Information about possible killed or wounded among the civilian population has not yet been reported.
It became known that the Baghdad court sentenced one of the terrorists of the Islamic State to death by hanging. The Iraqi News news agency reported that the defendant was related to several incursions in the province of Nineveh, which led to the death of a number of pro-government fighters from the Popular Mobilization Force.