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ISIS update 4/22/2016..Russia accuses Turkey of creeping expansion against Kurds in Syria

Friday, April 22, 2016 10:26
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International Military Review – Syria, April 22, 2016

Russia: Syria ceasefire violated 6 times over past day

Russia accuses Turkey of creeping expansion against Kurds in Syria

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused Turkey of “creeping expansion” in Syria aimed at undermining the Syrian Kurds.

“According to our information, they [the Turks] are digging in a few hundred meters from the border inside Syria,” Lavrov told a Russian broadcaster on Sunday according to AP.

He did not give any specific detail nor did he elaborate on this claim but he also added that Turkey has already given itself the right to set up a “safe zone” in northwestern Syria between the Kurdish cantons of Afrin and Kobani to stop them joining together.

His comments come as Turkey continues its crackdown against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in its own country. Turkey has argued that the two main Syrian Kurdish groups, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) are inextricably tied to the PKK.

It began to bombard the YPG with artillery as that group advanced against Islamist groups in northwestern Syria last month forcing them back from Azaz. Ankara claims it has stopped these cross-border bombardments following the implementation of the ceasefire in Syria on February 27 claiming to only target ISIS positions after that date.

Turkey is resolutely opposed to the Syrian Kurds joining of Afrin and Kobani and invariably says the 500,000 people, many of them Turkmens, who live in the 60-mile stretch of territory between those two cantons, the Jarablus-Azaz line (the site of the long proposed Turkish safe zone Lavrov alluded to), do not want these Kurdish groups on their territory.

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Russia Redeploys Artillery Units to North of Syria

Informed battlefield sources said that the Russian Army troops have started repositioning of their artillery units to the Northern part of Aleppo province to reinvigorate the anti-terrorism front near border with Turkey.

“Russia has been repositioning artillery units to Northern Syria, including near the city of Aleppo,” the sources said.

On Thursday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said Turkey and other countries continue to supply terrorists in Syria with advanced weapons. Muallem said the Syrian government would press on with its fight against terrorists.

Some foreign-backed militant groups have declared a new war on Syrian government forces as opposition negotiators suspended their participation in peace talks.

In the meantime, Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi said that the ceasefire agreement reached between Russia and the United States of the is being violated by certain parties.

“In the end we see that Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar, as well as Western countries such as Great Britain and France have no real desire to move the process of the political settlement in Syria forward,” al-Halqi said in the interview.

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Kurds take over prison, capture 50 pro-Syrian govt fighters in Qamishli

At least 50 pro-Syrian government fighters have been taken captive by Kurdish forces in the Syrian town of Qamishli in the mostly Kurdish-controlled Hasaka province after fierce fighting entered a second day, various media report.

Fighting between the two factions in the northeastern Syrian town sharply intensified on Thursday, after Kurdish police, known as Asayish, seized Allya prison where pro-government forces had been holed up.

Kurdish Firat news agency reports 67 soldiers surrendered, while AFP puts the figure at 50.

The soldiers from the Syrian army handed themselves over to the Kurds, who then surrounded the military intelligence headquarters and some other office buildings held by pro-government forces.

A video posted by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Facebook claims to show the badly damaged prison after the fighting.

Meanwhile, local news outlets report that Syrian troops have been shelling the city with mortars.

Barzan Iso, a Kurdish director and writer in the area now, told RT that the shelling has mainly targeted the area around the Allya prison.

“[Syrian Defense forces] started to shell the city with mortars today, reports from our journalists in different parts of the city [claim]. They [shelled the city] from the local airport controlled by the army. They targeted the prison quarter [and] local TV studios.”

Iso also claims that least 10 civilians have died as a result of the shelling.

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Carter: next phase of war focused on Mosul and coordinated with Kurdish leaders

The next phase of the war against the Islamic State – focusing on Mosul – has been coordinated with Kurdish and Iraqi leaders, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced.

A Department of Defense (DoD) statement quoted him as saying that additional US forces, funds and weapons being made available to Kurdish and Iraqi troops are focused on surrounding and recapturing Mosul, the ISIS — or ISIL — headquarters in Iraq since June 2014.

“The next steps in the anti-ISIL fight were authorized by President Barack Obama and coordinated with Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi prime minister, and Masoud Barzani, president of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, as well as other leaders, Carter told the troops,” the DoD statement said.

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Syria in Last 24 Hours: ISIL Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in Army’s Ambush Operations in Deir Ezzur

The Syrian army and popular forces continued their military operations against the terrorist groups in Deir Ezzur province, and killed scores of militants over the past 24 hours.

Over 75 ISIL militants were killed in the Syrian army’s ambush in Deir Ezzur.

The Syrian army also inflicted heavy losses on the terrorist groups in other key province across Syria.

Deir Ezzur

The Syrian army’s ambush operation against an ISIL gathering center in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur killed tens of terrorists, including their Tajik commander.

75 ISIL members were killed and many more were wounded after a column of the terrorists found themselves in an ambush operation of the government forces in Deir Ezzur province.

A field source said that a Syrian army unit, in cooperation with the engineering units, ambushed against the ISIL in a street in al-Sina’ah neighborhood in Deir Ezzur city and surprised them with landmines and bombs traps in the street.

At least 75 Takfiri terrorists were killed and tens of others wounded, including foreign militants, in the bomb blasts, according to the source.

The source added that a senior ISIL commander who had jointed the terrorist group from Tajikistan was also among the dead.

The ambush also destroyed the terrorists’ arms, equipment and cannons.

After the ambush, the Syrian forces and their allies could retook al-Sina’ah from the ISIL which had captured the city on Wednesday.

Meantime, the Syrian army backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) retook the strategic region of al-Sina’ah in Deir Ezzur from the ISIL after a series of fierce clashes with the militants.

The ISIL had captured al-Sina’ah on Wednesday but the army and its allies’ rapid reaction led to the liberation of the region again.

Field sources said that during the clashes on Thursday, several ISIL militants were killed and wounded and their military vehicles and equipment were destroyed.


The Syrian Army troops and the NDF launched joint offensives against the ISIL strongholds in Damascus, killing tens of terrorists.

The Syrian forces launched several attacks in Be’r al-Ghasab region this morning, striking the terrorist groups’ positions and destroying their machinegun-equipped vehicles.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian forces killed 20 ISIL militants in the region.


The Syrian air force dropped leaflets reading “Surrender Now” over the militant groups across the Central province of Homs on Thursday to give the Takfiri terrorists a last chance to lay down their arms and surrender to the authorities.

The Syrian aircrafts dropped thousands of leaflets over the terrorist groups’ strongholds in different towns and villages of Homs province reading “surrender now; you have nowhere to go”.

The leaflets were dropped after the Syrian Army aircraft carried out several combat sorties over ISIL strongholds in the Eastern part of Homs province, including the surroundings of the recently-liberated city of Palmyra (Tadmur) and inflicted major losses on the terrorists.

The ISIL strongholds in the Southern and Northern sides of al-Shindakhiyeh and al-Sawanaa in the Eastern part of Homs province were heavily bombed by the Syrian air fleets.

The Syrian jets also hit the ISIL convoy of vehicles in the Northern and Southern sides of Palmyra, which ended in the destruction of several vehicles, including machinegun-equipped ones, and the killing or wounding of tens of the terrorists.


The terrorists of al-Nusra Front suffered a heavy death toll in a failed attack on the government forces’ positions in Dara’a al-Balad neighborhood of the Southern city of Dara’a, city sources announced.

Syrian soldiers thwarted an attack by al-Nusra Takfiri terrorists on a military post on the Southern outskirts of al-Menshiyeh neighborhood in Dara’a al-Balad area, the sources said.

The army unit clashed with the Takfiri terrorists who had infiltrated into the nearby areas of the military post, killing and injuring at least 14 of them, they added.

During the ambush, several weapons and ammunition belonging to the terrorists were also destroyed before the militants fled the scene, the sources stated.


A senior ringleader of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorist group in the Northwestern province of Idlib was killed by unknown assailants, local sources said.

“The FSA 1st Coastal Division commander, Uday Al-Tubq, was assassinated by unknown gunmen in Jisr al-Shughur city in Idlib province,” local sources said.

According to the sources, Uday may be the victim of internal conflicts among the terrorist groups deployed in Idlib.

In a relevant development in Idlib, the Syrian fighter jets, in several combat flights, traced and targeted one of the main lines of supply of the terrorist groups between Southwestern Aleppo and Southeastern Idlib, inflicting major losses on the convoys on the road.

A road connecting Saraqib in Idlib to Khan Touman in Aleppo was heavy bombed by the Syrian warplanes.

The terrorist groups’ column of military and logistic vehicles sustained major damage in the air attacks.

The road was used by the terrorists of al-Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham, Ajnad al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman and its blockage will result in the shortage of ammunition, medical equipment and foodstuff in militant-held territories.

Kurdish Fighters Hit ISIL Centers Hard North of Syria’s RaqqaThe Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stormed the ISIL concentration centers in the Northern part of Raqqa province near the border with Turkey and slowed down the terrorists’ logistic and military movements in the region.

The SDF fighters’ anti-ISIL operation near the village of al-Haba’a in the Southern side to Tal Abyadh, ended in the killing or wounding of several terrorists.

The ISIL’s military vehicles sustained major damage in the Kurdish fighters’ attacks and the terrorist group’s logistic movements were slowed down.

The SDF Kurds have recently bonded with the Damascus government.

The SDF that is comprised of mainly Kurdish fighters as well as a few hundred Syrian Arab dissident forces have received trainings from the US and have been provided with scanty US-coalition air support in their battles in Raqqa province in Northeastern Syria; but in Northern and Northwestern battlefronts, they have been operating alongside the the Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) and received the Russian air backup in their Aleppo wars that started with the conquest of Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates early in February.

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Army Forces Shoot Down ISIL’s Spy Drone in Eastern Syria

Syria: Heavy Infighting Erupts between Terrorists

Russia Redeploys Artillery Units to North of Syria

Syria: Gov’t Forces Marching on Terrorists’ Centers South of Aleppo Province


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