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ISIS update 6/21/2016..US, Russian Warplanes “Clash” Over Syria

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 10:10
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International Military Review – Syria & Iraq, June 21, 2016

Iraqi PMU Media Inside the center of Fallujah liberated from ISIS

Iraqi forces liberate more Fallujah districts from terrorists

Iraqi Golden Division rescue families while under gun fire from ISIS in Fallujah

Iraqi Golden Division rushed to treat a boy burnt by ISIS fighters

Iraq: army forces alongside Kurdish militias advance on Falluja to face humanitarian disaster

Iraqi Forces Complete 2nd Phase of Operations to Liberate Southern Mosul

The second phase of liberation operations in the areas South of Mosul was successfully completed, the Iraqi Army’s Nineveh Operations Command announced. “The second phase of the military operations launched to liberate the areas south of Mosul finished after achieving all its goals,” said the media officer of Nineveh Operations, Brigadier General Feras Bashar Sabry in a press statement, Iraqi News reported. “The operations resulted in the liberation of a number of villages including al-Nasr, Kharaeb Jabr and Kharaeb Shamam,” he noted. “The third phase of the operations will be launched in the coming few days in order to liberate al-Haj Ali and its surrounding areas and the left side of the Eastern bank of the Tigris River, and the joint security forces completed preparations to liberate those areas,” Sabry concluded.

Footage of Syrian Army operations against IS Jihadists in Deir Ez-Zour city

Battleground footage of Syrian Army storming Bahariyah in Eastern Ghouta

Continuous Russian night airstrikes on jihadists positions in north Aleppo CS

US, Russian Warplanes “Clash” Over Syria

While the focus on the Islamic State has shifted in recent months to the terrorist organization’s offshore activities, including ISIS-inspired terrorist activites in both the US and Europe, the war above the Islamic State continues, perhaps nowhere more so than in the skies over the controlled territory in Syria and Iraq, between US and Russian air forces. As the LA Times reported last week, Russian warplanes hit Pentagon-backed Syrian fighters with a barrage of airstrikes earlier this week, allegedly disregarding several warnings from U.S. commanders “in what American military officials called the most provocative act since Moscow’s air campaign in Syria began last year.”

The strikes hit a base near the Jordanian border, far from areas where the Russians were previously active, and targeted U.S.-backed forces battling the Islamic State militants. These latest strikes occurred on the other side of the country from the usual Russian operations, around Tanf, a town near where the borders of Jordan, Iraq, and Syria meet. The Russian strike hit a small rebel base for staging forces and equipment in a desolate, unpopulated area near the border. About 180 rebels were there as part of the Pentagon’s program to train and equip fighters against Islamic State. When the first strikes hit, the rebels called a U.S. command center in Qatar, where the Pentagon orchestrates the daily air war against Islamic State.

As Moon of Alabama adds, the U.S. jets came and the Russian jets went away. The U.S. jets left to refuel, the Russian jets came back and hit again. Allegedly two U.S. proxy fighters were killed and 18 were wounded.

However there was appears to be more to this latest brush up between US and Russian warplanes. According to The Daily Beast, U.S. and Russian fighter jets “clashed” bloodlessly in the air over Syria on June 16 as the American pilots tried and failed to stop the Russians from bombing U.S.-backed rebels in southern Syria near the border with Jordan. The aerial close encounter underscores just how chaotic Syria’s skies have become as Russia and the U.S.-led coalition work at cross-purposes, each dropping bombs in support of separate factions in the five-year-old civil war. The near-clash also highlights the escalating risk of American and Russian forces actually coming to blows over Syria, potentially sparking a much wider conflict between the world’s leading nuclear powers.

To be sure, this was predictable and as we pointed out last September when we first reported the arrival of US air support in Syria, we speculated that it was only a matter of time before there is an “incident” between the two powerful “air support groups.” This appears to have been the first such “close encounter”, ignoring last November’s dramatic incident in which the F-16 of NATO member Turkey downed a Russian Su-34 allegedly flying over Turkish airspace.

As the Beast adds, the “clash” began when at least two twin-engine Su-34 bombers, some of Moscow’s most advanced warplanes, struck what the Pentagon described as a “border garrison” housing around 200 U.S.-supported rebels in At Tanf on the Syrian side of the Syria-Jordan border. The rebels had been “conducting counter-ISIL operations in the area,” the Pentagon stated on June 18, using an alternative acronym for ISIS.

The United States and its allies in Syria clearly did not expect the air strike. The rebels in At Tanf are party to a shaky ceasefire agreement between rebel forces and the regime of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad—and, by extension, the Russian military contingent backing Al Assad. The Los Angeles Times reported that Russian planes had not previously been active over At Tanf.

…………………..The Daily Beast concludes that it’s not clear how close the U.S. fighters came to attacking and potentially shooting down the Su-34s over At Tanf. Central Command declined to say what the rules of engagement are for American pilots flying over Syria. “ROE are actually specifics that we don’t get into,” Central Command said in a statement. The last time a U.S. military warplane shot down a Russian—actually, Soviet—plane was in 1953, over Korea or China, depending on which historians you believe. The last time a Russian or Soviet warplane shot down an American aircraft was in 1970, when a U.S. Army plane strayed over Armenia.

So was this “most provocative act since Moscow’s air campaign in Syria began last year”, according to US officials, the last one, or will Russian strikes continue to hit US-supported, Al qaeda-linked “rebels” around Syria, forcing the US to retaliate and escalating the Syria war to a far more dangerous place? It remains to be seen, although if it is the intention of the two superpowers to provoke and dramatically ramp up hostilities, this appears to be the likley outcome. And if last year’s fiasco involving the Turkish downing of Russian jet is any indication, that may be just the geopolitical catalyst to rekindle the middle-east war which over the past several months has become oddly dormant, something that is certainly not in the interest of the military industrial complex around the globe.

Syrian war Epic battle of Aleppo

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Repulses ISIL Attack on Military Positions in Raqqa Province

The Syrian army continued its major advances in Raqqa province and repelled an attempt by the Takfiri terrorists to take control of a strategic route.

The army units prevented the ISIL terrorists to open a new supply route in Raqqa through attacking the Syrian army’s positions in the province from Southeastern Aleppo and Northeastern Hama.

Meantime, the Syrian army and popular forces continued their military advances in other parts of Syria, including Damascus and Aleppo, over past 24 hours.

Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army’s operations in Syria’s key provinces.


The Syrian army troops repelled ISIL’s continued attacks to open a new supply route from Southeastern Aleppo and Northeastern Hama to save its under-attack forces in Western Raqqa.

The ISIL attacks on the government forces’ positions along the road connecting Ithriya in Hama to Khanasser in Aleppo were repelled by the Syrian soldiers.

The ISIL tried hard to access chunks of this road to transfer foodstuff, fuel, ammunition and arms to its forces in al-Tabaqa via al-Badiyeh region.

The ISIL suffered a heavy death toll in the failed attacks.

Reports said earlier on Monday that the Syrian Army troops’ anti-terrorism offensives in Western Raqqa inflicted major losses on the ISIL and forced the terrorist group to pull forces back from two more key regions.

The Syrian soldiers advanced significantly against the ISIL in al-Habari oilfield, which ended in the killing or wounding of several militants.

In the meantime, the Syrian arm men and their popular allies, after hours of non-stop clashes with the ISIL, captured Rajm al-Sheikh region in the Southern side of al-Rasafeh, which claimed the lives of at least 30 militants and seizure of a large amount of their ammunition and military equipment.

Deir Ezzur

Military sources said that dozens of ISIL terrorists were killed or wounded after the Syrian army’s engineering units detonated two tunnels, filled by explosive materials, under their positions in the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur.

“The Syrian army engineering units detonated two tunnels with the length of 45 and 40 meters and the width of 2 meters filled with explosive materials under the ISIL positions in al-Sina’ah district near Deir Ezzur, which ended in the killing and wounding of scores of the militants,” the sources said, adding, “Simultaneous with explosion of the tunnels, the ISIL centers came under the heavy shelling of the army’s missile and artillery units, which increased the ISIL casualties.”

“Heavy fighting is underway in Deir Ezzur,” the source went on to say.

Reports said earlier on Monday that the Syrian Army’s artillery and missile units shelled ISIL’s base in the Southwestern side of Deir Ezzur city, hitting the Takfiri terrorist group’s large depot of arms and ammunition.

“The ISIL base’s arms depot near Panorama was badly attacked by the Syrian artillery and missile,” the sources said, adding, “The depot was completely destroyed and several guards of the base were also killed in the attacks.


The Syrian Army and National Defense Forces continued their advances against terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta and restored security to more lands.

The Syrian government forces struck defense lines of the militant groups in the small town of al-Bahariyeh and captured a school and a communication tower in the town.

The terrorist groups left behind scores of the dead and wounded members and fled the battlefield to evade more casualties.


Military sources announced that a large number of National Defense Forces (NDF), trained in the provinces of Tartus and Lattakia, have been sent to Homs to join the Syrian Army troop’s anti-ISIL operation East of the province.

“A huge number of NDF fighters have left their training camps in Tartus and Lattakia for the oil-rich region of al-Sha’er in Eastern Homs,” the sources said, adding, “The fresh NDF fighters will join the Syrian army men in the battle against the ISIL terrorists in al-Sha’er region.”

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continued to advance against the ISIL in the Eastern side of the town of Manbij and captured two more villages, battlefield sources said, adding that SDF forces are deployed only three kilometers away from the town.

The SDF fighters’ non-stop battle against the ISIL terrorists in the Eastern battlefield of Manbij ended in liberation of the villages of Yaseteh and Ein al-Nakhil.

The ISIL left behind scores of the dead and wounded members and fled the battlefield under the heavy attacks of the Kurdish-led SDF fighters.


Military sources announced that a large number of National Defense Forces, trained in the provinces of Tartus and Lattakia, have been sent to Homs to join the Syrian Army troop’s anti-ISIL operation East of the province.

“A huge number of NDF fighters have left their training camps in Tartus and Lattakia for the oil-rich region of al-Sha’er in Eastern Homs,” the sources said, adding, “The fresh NDF fighters will join the Syrian army men in the battle against the ISIL terrorists in al-Sha’er region.”


The Syrian army and resistance forces’ successful operations in the Northern parts of Lattakia will cleanse the last remaining villages from the terrorists and they are forced to escape the region towards Turkey, a potential clock bomb for Ankara.

Field developments in Lattakia province have entered a new stage in recent weeks and the Syrian army and popular forces are trying to open their way towards Idlib province in addition to their liberation operations in Lattakia’s bordering areas with Turkey.

With the Syrian forces’ advance in the Northern and Northwestern parts of Lattakia, specially the two villages of Shahroura and al-Hayat, the supply routes of terrorists at the Turkish borders will be cut off and the two bordering villages of Shamsa and Falah will be surrounded completely and the terrorists will have no way but fleeing to the Turkish borders or withdrawing towards Northwestern Idlib province.


The Syrian soldiers repelled Jeish al-Izza’s offensive in Northwestern Hama, killing and wounding scores of the terrorists.

The Syrian army men beat back the Takfiri terrorists who stormed the government forces’ positions near the village of al-Zalaqiyat 30 kilometers to the Northwest of Hama.

Tens of the terrorists were killed or wounded and their military equipment and vehicles were destroyed in the failed attack.


A command center of al-Nusra Front in the Southern districts of Dara’a city came under attack by the Syrian military forces, city sources said Monday, adding that several militants were killed in the attack.

“The Syrian soldiers’ attacks targeted a command center of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front in al-Arba’een neighborhood which ended in destruction of several machinegun-equipped vehicles and a tuck loaded with weapons and ammunition,” the source said, adding, “The army men also stormed al-Nusra centers in al-Naima near Jordan border and destroyed the terrorist group’s military hardware.”


The Syrian military forces stormed the ISIL’s gatherings and concentration centers in Northeastern Sweida, inflicting major losses on the terrorist group’s military hardware.

The Syrian soldiers’ anti-ISIL operations in Rajem al-Dawleh and Tal Asfar regions ended in destruction of at least five military vehicles carrying arms, ammunition and fresh forces.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army men engaged in heavy fighting with the ISIL terrorists in Mashbak al-Widian East of Sweida, which not only left several militants dead but destroyed their rocket launchers, vehicles and other military equipment.

Military Expert: ISIL’s Defeats in Fallujah, Aleppo, Raqqa Changes Regional Power Balance

A senior military expert underlined that the recent victories of the Iraqi and Syrian armies against the Takfiri terrorists will change the political and military equations in the Middle East.

“The ISIL’s defeats in Fallujah, Aleppo and Raqqa will surely change the power balance in the region,” Syrian Military Strategist Hasan Hasan told FNA on Tuesday.

He reiterated that the Iraqi and Syrian armies will gain new victories in the coming days, and said, “The ISIL is the illegitimate offspring of the West’s intelligence services that has been created by the petrodollars of the Persian Gulf states.”

He said that after the liberation of Fallujah city and the advances of the Syrian army and its allies towards Raqqa in parallel, over 50 US diplomats called for downing of the Syrian airplanes by the US fighter jets and the US military commanders also called for the imposition of a no-fly zone inside Syria which showed the intensity of the US anger over the ISIL’s defeats and disintegration in Iraq and Syria.

In relevant remarks earlier today, a senior military strategist and expert underlined that the Iranian, Russian and Syrian defense ministers have made vital decisions for the war on terrorism in Syria in their recent meeting in Tehran.

“The three countries had coordinated for important arrangements in the ongoing war against the Takfiri terrorists,” Major General Sabet Mohammad told FNA.

He pointed to the recent visit of Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to Damascus, and said, “The short interval between the Russian defense minister’s visit and the Tehran meeting attended by the three countries’ defense ministers shows high coordination among them in the fight against the Takfiri terrorists in Syria.”

He said that the Russian defense minister’s visit to Syria foiled an attempt by the mainstream media to promote differences between the resistance front and Russia.

“Shoigu’s visit to Russia also had a message for the US government at a time when voices are heard inside the US for launching military attack on Syria; Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it clear that any military attack on Syria will be considered an act of aggression against that country and by sending his defense minister he endorsed it,” Major General Mohammad added.

Shoigu visited Syria on Saturday where he met with President Bashar Assad and inspected the Hmeimim air base.

The Russian military said Shoigu and the Syrian president discussed military cooperation and fight against terrorism.

Shoigu has met with the Syrian leader upon the request of President Putin, Defense Ministry’s spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

The Russian military has been conducting an anti-terror operation in Syria at the request of Damascus since September 30, 2015. The Russian air force has been carrying out airstrikes against ISIL, al-Nusra Front and other groups designated as terrorist organizations by the United Nations. On March 14, 2016, Putin ordered that the main part of Russia’s forces in Syria be withdrawn, saying that the operation had achieved its goals.

Syrian Army Beats ISIL back from Oil-Rich Region Southwest of Raqqa

Syrian Army Seizes over 50 sq/km of Land from ISIL Southwest of Raqqa

Military Expert: ISIL’s Defeats in Fallujah, Aleppo, Raqqa Changes Regional Power Balance

Aleppo: Syrian Democratic Forces Capture more Lands from ISIL near Manbij

Lebanese Media: Turkey Agrees with Formation of Kurdish State in Northern Syria

Scores of ISIL Terrorists Killed in Clashes with Syrian Soldiers in Deir Ezzur

Military Expert: Crucial Decisions Taken in Tehran Meeting for Anti-Terror Battle in Syria

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Repulses ISIL Attack on Military Positions in Raqqa Province


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