Syrian War Report – July 31, 2019: Syrian Army Advancing In Northern Hama

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Syrian War Report – July 31, 2019: Syrian Army Advancing In Northern Hama

On the evening of July 28 the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies renewed their advance on militant positions in northern Hama. In the ensuing series of clashes, government troops eliminated at least 5 units of military equipment belonging to militants and up to 10 members of militant groups.

By the evening of July 29, the SAA and its allies had established full control of the villages of Jibeen and Tell Meleh, and the nearby hilltop. The advance was supported by several dozens of Syrian and Russian airstrikes.

On July 30, government forces made a new attempt to capture the town of Kbanah which is jointly controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the Turkistan Islamic Party. Pro-government sources claim that this advance was launched in the framework of a larger effort to pressure militants along the contact line creating a wider buffer zone, wide enough to prevent them from shelling civilian areas. Nonetheless, this attempt was as unsuccessful  as the several previous ones made over the last few months.

The start of the SAA advance took place as a report by the Russian military appeared that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is deploying reinforcements to the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone.

The head of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Department Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said on July 29 that around 300 fighters, 10 battle tanks and 20 vehicles armed with guns were employed by militants in the recent clashes in northern Hama. He added that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham had redeployed 500 of its fighters from the northern part of the de-escalation zone to the frontline.

At the same time, the Russian military noted that U.S. forces are looting oil fields and farmlands in northeastern Syria.

“Syrian oil is extracted and sold from the fields of Conico, al-Omar and al-Tanak located on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. There is a criminal scheme to transport Syrian oil across the border,” Col. Gen. Rudskoi said adding that the number of U.S. private military contractors deployed to secure this effort exceeded 3,500.

The US is also preparing militant sabotage groups that would be tasked with attacks on infrastructure to destabilize the situation in the government-held areas. These groups are being formed from around 2,700 members of Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra and other militant groups trained by the US.

Israel has expanded its operations against ‘Iranian targets’ to Iraq employing F-35 jets, Asharq Al-Awsat, an Arabic-language newspaper published in London, reported on July 30 citing Western diplomatic sources.

According to the report, an Israeli F-35 warplane was behind a July 19 strike on a supposed rocket depot at the ‘Camp Ashraf’ military base of the Popular Mobilization Units. At the time  the Saudi-based al-Arabiya network claimed that members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps and Hezbollah had been killed in the strike. However, this claim was subsequently denied by Iraqi sources.

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  • alejoeisabel

    The Israeli F35 attack is a hoax. Never happened.
    https://www.moonofalabama.org/

  • jorge

    South Front need dollars or dollars need south front? Answer: lets go to Syria kill takfiris!!!!

    • You can call me Al

      What a strange, retarded comment, you mutated inbred ZIO-POS.

      • jorge

        Zio?!? By the way, South Front has improved in the last few days. Sometimes we have to be mean.

        • You can call me Al

          Ok, but I still do not comprehend why you stated “Ps: South Front, close the doors and go to hell.”.

  • Icarus Tanović

    Not bad, just keep on going.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    Advances in Hama are going to be problematic, those two Turkish OB posts are right in the way and have to be removed before any real advances can be made.
    I think it’s time for another accidental mortar strike or two.

    • Hisham Saber

      I think the Syrian High Command will ultimately have to ‘ take the kiddie gloves off’ and put a pounding on the Turks in Syria, By way of a tribal highly vicious lethal insurgency, as we saw against the U.S. in Iraq 2003 onwards, or make direct engagement. The first option gives Damasacus palusable deniability.

      • Jens Holm

        You dont think at all no brainer.

        • Hisham Saber

          Would you care to enlighten us Herr Holm’s

    • Jens Holm

      Yes, thats what they are for. Other problems are the refugee camps.

  • Rodney Loder

    SAA is offerring a cease fire deal based on a demilitarized buffer agreed to previously, but HTS will never agee to it.

    So their refusal to take part will push Turkey away from supporting a slow down in the fighting.

    • Jens Holm

      Assads are out of good troops, fuel, ammo. You have lost more then one eye.

      • Rodney Loder

        That’s the same as saying Russia is run out of natural gas, that will happen but not for another 45 years if they don’t find any more.
        I however agree the five eyes are down to four Boris is as blind as a bat.

  • Jens Holm

    Adding all the Syrian Army advances, they are around the earth twice.