ISIS1 terrorists organized several raids in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor. The US sent reinforcements to the At-Tanf base area near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The Kurds are building fortifications in the north of Hasaki, 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 allied forces: fought with jihadists in the south of Idlib province and in the northern part of Hama.
“Islamic State” 1: announced the murder of one of the Kurdish radicals in Rakka; organized raids in East Deir ez-Zor.
Kurds: continued fighting with ISIS in the south-eastern part of Deir ez-Zor; detained several terrorists hiding under the guise of refugees in the “Hadzhinsky pocket”; lost two fighters as a result of an attack by unknowns in the city of Raqqa; built fortifications in Hasaka.
United States: redeployed reinforcements to the At-Tanfa area to the Syrian-Iraqi border.
International Coalition: resumed bombing in Deir ez-Zor, killing civilians.
The Armed Forces of Iraq: opened fire on the militants of the ISIS, trying to get into the SAA position in Deir ez-Zor.
A powerful explosion occurred in the territories under the control of pro-Turkish militants in the western part of the province. According to the news portal Jisr TV, as a result of the detonation of a mine in the village of Huraitan, north-west of Aleppo, a child was killed. In addition, two more children were injured. According to unconfirmed information, the VCA was established by the Islamists of one of the gangs, clashes between which were noted in the first half of last month.
In the eastern part of the region, near the city of Maskana, subversive works were carried out. Recall that until June 2017, the town was occupied by the terrorists of the “Islamic State”, after the release of which a large number of mines remained in its vicinity. According to a military source on Twitter (SyrianReporters), the sappers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) eliminated all explosive devices found earlier.
By evening, it became known about the resumption of the terrorist activities of the Kurds in Afrin. According to the Twitter channel (tvronahi), as a result of an explosion organized by Kurdish radicals, one of the militants of the “Syrian Free Army” ** (SSA) was killed, two more were injured.
Province of Homs:
Additional units of the American Army were redeployed to the Syrian-Iraqi border in the area of the US At-Tanf military base. According to the Internet portal Anadolu, US reinforcements are supposedly intended to prevent attacks by Islamic State terrorists fleeing the Hadzhin pocket into Iraqi territory. Nonetheless, some military experts are confident that the United States is seeking to once again strengthen its influence in the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR). Recall that this is contrary to the statement of US President Donald Trump that the forces of Washington will leave the SAR. Recall that the United States acts in the country illegally, because they do not have the permission of a legitimate government.
Province of Deir ez-Zor:
In the south-eastern part of the region, armed clashes between the “Democratic Forces of Syria” **** (SDF) and the militants of the “Islamic State” do not stop. According to a military source (NotWoofers) on his Twitter page, intense battles were recorded in the area of the town of Baguz-Faukani, as well as on the outskirts of nearby settlements Havidzhat al-Hanafir and Sheikh Hamad. It became known that the Kurds arrested several ISIS jihadists who tried to escape under the guise of refugees. At the same time, the bombing of the International Alliance Air Force continued in the province. There were reports of civilian casualties.
Meanwhile, in the previously “liberated” by “democratic forces” territories, the attacks of members of the clandestine ISIS cells were activated again1. According to the media portal DeirEzzor 24, jihadists are suspected of mining a motorcycle near the town of As-Suvar, as well as attacking patrol Kurdish fighters near the settlements of Rabid and Saad.
In the afternoon, ISIS militants attempted to infiltrate into areas controlled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). The Twitter channel (Sada_AlSharqieh) reported that a group of radicals crossed the Euphrates and began to move towards the city of Abu Kemal. Nevertheless, the CAA soldier managed to stop the attack of terrorists. It was noted that the Iraqi armed forces also provided support to the SAR forces.
As reported by a military source on Twitter (HamahNow), government units fired back at the fortifications of militants on the outskirts of the settlements of Sukeik and At-Tamaniya in the south of the region. Local activists reported that armed clashes were initiated by jihadists. No information about the losses of the parties in manpower or military equipment has yet been reported.
In the province of Raqqa, as in Deir ez-Zor, the terrorist activities of the so-called sleeping cells of the “Islamic State” also resumed. According to the Al-Amak Internet portal controlled by a terrorist group, jihadists are responsible for killing one of the members of the Popular Self-Defense Detachments (YPG) in the administrative center of the region. In addition, the patrol squad of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) was attacked by unknowns in the Al-Takan quarter, which resulted in the death of two Kurdish fighters. This was reported by the news portal Jisr TV.
Meanwhile, the Kurds managed to neutralize an explosive device planted on the side of the road on Corniche Street. According to the Twitter-channel (RojavaCudi), the alleged organizers of the explosion are also IS militants.
In the afternoon, demonstrations of civilians against the occupation of “democratic forces” and the international coalition supporting them were again held in Rakka. In addition, there were data on demonstrations in the city of At-Tabka.
Province of Hama:
On the eve of the northern province of Hama, exchanges of fire between government forces and illegal gangs were observed. The militants again provoked armed clashes with the forces of the SAR, opening fire on Asil’s locality. According to the information portal Jisr TV, the artillery of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has retaliated against Islamist dislocation zones near the settlements of Murek, Al Latamin, Kafr Zeta and Zayzun.
There is information about the death of one of the high-ranking field commanders of the armed opposition. According to the Twitter channel (HalabTodayTV), the fighter died as a result of his wounds.
Province of Hasaka:
Over the past day, the Kurds have begun to build additional fortifications near the Syrian-Turkish border. According to a military source on Twitter (mhmdalywns56), new defenses were built north of the city of Kamyshly. As is known, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have resorted to a similar step on the eve of the impending offensive of the Turkish armed forces.
Meanwhile, a fire broke out in the Al-Khol refugee camp under the control of the Kurds, as a result of which the child suffered. According to the Twitter channel (soheb9933), the tent was set on fire, allegedly carried out by the wives of the Islamic State’s terrorists, who, as it became known two days earlier, are also contained in the temporary accommodation center.