Briefly on the outcome of the confrontation:
The Syrian Arab Army (CAA) and the Allied forces: fully occupied all the key peaks on the Al-Safa plateau, establishing fire control over the area; responded to the shelling of jihadists north and northwest of Hama.
The Syrian Free Army (PAS): suffered heavy casualties due to internecine fighting in Afrin; confirmed participation in the Turkish offensive against the YPG east of the Euphrates.
International Coalition: inflicted at least 10 air strikes on Hadjin; denies the deaths of 40 civilians in the province of Deir ez-Zor during the recent bombing of the US Air Force in the settlement of Al-Bukan.
“Dzhebhat Fatah al-Sham” 1 (“Dzhebhat an-Nusra” 1): suffered a strong counter-attack with the CAA south-east of Idlib; fought with soldiers of the SAR troops in the mountains in the north of Latakia.
Russian Space Forces: continued reconnaissance operations in the demilitarized zone in the northwestern part of the ATS due to increased terrorist activity.
The Kurds: they lost one of the SDF radicals, who were allegedly killed by IS1 terrorists in the south-east of Deir ez-Zor.
“Islamic State” 1 (ISIS1): it was suspected of conducting an attempted suicide attack in the city of Maaret An-Numan.
Province of Latakia.
The militants, hiding in the mountainous areas in the north-east of Latakia, resumed on the eve of the provocative shelling of the locations of the Syrian Arab Army (CAA) and nearby peaceful areas. A little later, government forces fired back. According to a military source on his Twitter page (@ IvanSidorenko1), the most intense clashes unfolded on the outskirts of the occupied city of Kaban. Gangs of the “Dzhebhat an-Nusra” and other extremely radical formations are stationed in this region, which from time to time renew their attempts to expand their zone of influence in the highlands of this province.
In the center of Afrin over the past 24 hours, battles between the gangs of the Syrian Free Army (SSA) were unfolding, the Twitter news resource (@Step_Agency) reported. According to him, during the confrontation, several militants were injured and killed, but details of the clashes, as well as information about possible civilian casualties, are still being investigated.
A senior SSA commander confirmed the formation’s readiness to take part in the forthcoming Turkish offensive against Kurdish groups in northern Syria east of the Euphrates River. This information was transmitted on his Twitter page (@badly_xeroxed) by a local source. According to Anadolu, at the moment about 6500 pro-Turkish fighters have been mobilized, who will soon participate in the operation against the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The Turkish army and allied detachments of the Free Army launched a special operation on the eve in the northern part of the province of Aleppo, the purpose of which is to put an end to the arbitrariness of individual SSA field commanders in the ATS territories captured by Ankara. According to Al Masdar News, the allies arrested dozens of Islamists who were seen in looting, abductions of civilians, violence against the population, in Afrin and its suburbs. In addition, a curfew is now in effect in the city by decision of the Turkish military command.
In the last 24 hours to the north-west of Manbij, there were intense exchanges of fire between the Popular Self-Defense Detachments (YPG) and the militants of the Free Army, radio station Alkul reported. The most severe clashes took place in the area of the settlement of Mahsanly.
Province of Deir ez-Zor.
Colonel Sean Ryan, one of the representatives of the command of the troops of the Western coalition led by the United States, yesterday tried to refute reports by SANA and other media about 40 civilians killed in an air raid by the United States Air Force and their allies on Al Bukan before. He confirmed the fact of the bombing itself, but assured that no one from civilians was injured, reported Al Masdar News portal. In addition, Ryan also said that the coalition forces allegedly never used forbidden weapons, and in particular white phosphorus.
Meanwhile, on the eve of continued air strikes the US Air Force on Hadzhinu, including its central areas. According to the Step News Agency, the raids began almost from dawn. In total, there were at least 10 hits. Information on new casualties among local residents is still being clarified.
A Kurdish radical from the SDF squads was killed by unidentified people in the village of Shuhail, located in the southeastern part of Deir ez-Zor, near the jihadist line of the Islamic State, reported the Euphrates Post. It is assumed that the murder was committed by militants of underground cells of a terrorist group, which are still active in almost all areas of the so-called Syrian Kurdistan.
The province of Idlib.
In the south-eastern part of the province of Idlib, skirmishes of government forces and radical Islamist formations were fought again in the past 24 hours. The next aggravation in this direction, as always, was provoked by the ISIS.
In response to the regular shelling and provocation of jihadists, the CAA servicemen attacked, mainly with artillery pieces, the targets of Jabhat al-Nusra and gangs affiliated with it in the suburbs of At-Tamaniya, Mushayrif, Sukeik, Al-Zarzur and Umm Al-Halahil settlements, reported portal Baladi News. Also, according to sources Masar Press Net, ATS troops fired from the side of Abu Dali on the positions of Islamists on the outskirts of the neighboring city of Khuveyn al-Kebir. In the south of the region, flights of reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Force were observed on the eve. According to Masar Press Net, several were spotted in the skies over Maaret An-Numan. Local observers explain the intensification of the reconnaissance activities of Russian aviation by a significant increase in the number of terrorist attacks, attacks and shelling of jihadists on the southern outskirts of the “Greater Idlib.” Near the mosque in Maaret An-Numan yesterday morning an explosion occurred. According to local information Twitter-resource IDLIB PLUS, an explosive device triggered in the city, which was activated by a suicide bomber. Among civilians, fortunately, no one was hurt. The activists believe that the woman could have been in one of the local “sleeping cells” of IS.
The province of Hama.
Information resources in social networks related to the militants, in the past 24 hours continued to publish data on the shelling of the Syrian army, which allegedly were conducted in violation of the regime without fire, north of Hama. In fact, government forces were forced to respond to the incessant shelling-provocations of the Islamists, including from the terrorist coalition Hayat Tahrir ash-Sham, led by Al-Nusroy. Thus, the channel Halab Today reported that the CAA military personnel inflicted several blows on terrorists on the outskirts of the village of Al-Zak. Jisr TV reported on several artillery shells fired by Syrian soldiers at militant positions near the village of Tal Al-Sahr in the north-west of the province. In addition, according to Masar Press Net, ATS troops also fired mortar fire on the strongholds of An-Nusra and its subunits in the suburbs of Al-Latamina.
Syria’s army fully occupied all the key peaks of Al-Safa plateau to the north-east of As-Suwaida, thereby establishing full fire control over the area, broadcast the Muraselon news center. The last bandit militants of ISIS are forced to surrender without a fight, nevertheless, in the region, separate ISIS formations or individual jihadists who hide in caves and tunnels can still hide. It is also reported that before the retreat, the Islamists mined some parts of Al-Safa, for clearing which very soon, the engineering units of the CAA are likely to be involved.