Syrian War Report – February 9, 2018: Syrian Army Purged ISIS Terrorists In Northeastern Hama

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their captured Ibn Wardan Qastel and the large nearby area in the northeastern Hama pocket after the ISIS defense had collapsed there. According to pro-government sources, army troops are now close to full liberation of the area.

Government forces are also working to evacuate civilians and to remove IEDs and mines from the recently liberated villages.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and its allies failed to overrun the SAA defense in the area of Abu al-Duhur and their attack resulted in almost no gains. Pro-government sources say that the militant groups lost about a dozen of fighters and two vehicles in the recent clashes.

Separately, the Syrian military increased airstrikes on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam, Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman in the districts of Irbin, Duma, Harasta, Madira, Mesraba, Zamalka and Saqba in eastern Damascus. Local sources link this activity with the facts that the militants rejected a ceasefire agreement reached during the Vienna talks.

Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces repelled attacks of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the districts of Sheikh al-Hadid and Bulbul. According to pro-Kurdish sources, the YPG/YPJ killed over 38 members of the Turkey-led forces as well as destroyed two vehicles and a battle tank in the recent clashes.

According to the TAF’s general staff, Turkish forces have neutralized over 1,000 Kurdish fighters and some mysterious ISIS members since the start of Operation Olive Branch. Meanwhile, the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that over 123 Kurdish fighters have been killed. This number is likely closer to the reality.

Contradicting reports are circulating about the February 7 strikes of the US-led coalition on government forces in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to some US military officials quoted by the mainstream media, over 100 pro-Assad fighters were killed in the strikes. Syrian media activists say that 25 government fighters were killed and about 50 others injured. According to the February 8 statement of the Russian Defense Ministry, 25 people were injured in the attack. The ministry added that government troops were conducting an operation against ISIS sleeper cells in the area when they were shelled with mortars, rocket launchers and then attacked by the coalition’s attack helicopters. It should be noted that according to the US-led coalition’s version, government forces were attacking positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Meanwhile, the Arab al-Bakara tribe announced in an official statement that dozens of its members were killed in the coalition strikes. The statement added that al-Bakara is ready to fight ISIS, the SDF and the US-led coalition.

The situation revealed the high level of tensions existing in the Euphrates Valley region. These tensions may be used by ISIS to resume its terrorist activities in the area.

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  • bcbingram

    The one fact you can hang your hat on is, the president of Syria is named ‘Assad’. Assad does NOT want America interfering in their war, and has said as much public speeches, yet we refuse to leave!!
    Mr. Trump, STOP killing young men and make America Great again.

    • Manuel Flores Escobar

      Assad dont want in Syria neither Turks( SAA attacked Turkish convoy in Idlib during past days and deployed air defense missile to stop Turkish airstrike).. nor US troops ( SAA &NDF troops moved towards oil fields in east Syria before US airstrike)…while Russia is more complacent with the Turks ( Turkish stream reason), with Israel ( Zionist stopped Haifa-EU gas pipeline), and with USA( above all economic reason)…

      • velociraptor

        Nice to see the shift in your opinion from praying to Putin into more realistic dimensions.

        • Manuel Flores Escobar

          I wrote months ago that Israel stopped Haifa-EU gas pipeline which was going to be conected with Arab gas line( Egipt) to Jordan and linked with saudi/qatar gas before Syrian war!…and that was the reason of the complacent with israeli airstrike vs Syria beyond of testing Russian air defense system( Pantsir) and israel test AGM 142 air to ground missile!..and also I wrote that Russia has a dilema in Kurdish areas…if USA leave and Kurdish army dissolve themselves and SAA retake borders area…it posible that it would mean that new terrorist group would attack again and enter from Turkey to Syria!

    • Smith Ricky

      +1

  • Lloyd Yona

    Justice for the Kurdish People.For what there done to get Jihadists of ower streets.

    • Jonathan Cohen

      ABORTION RIGHTS IN KHASHAM!

  • Smith Ricky

    Regardless SAA will prevail 💪

  • Eskandar Black

    Seems that the recent U.S. attack was either a miscalculations or a message to the Russians that Americans wont let them fight the war on the cheap either.

  • matt

    So, some hillbilly is doing the talking now on these reports? Haahahahaaa, its getting more weird every day here

    • Empire’s Frontiers

      This guy has been around for awhile. He’s getting much better.

      • Doom Sternz

        I really like his reporting, he does a great job. You cant please everyone i guess.