JNN 26 May 2016 Damascus : The Syrian military forces continued to drive the ISIL terrorists back from more territories and took control of a key mountain in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur following hours of non-stop battle, army sources said Monday.
“The ISIL left behind at least 21 of the dead members and fled the battlefield under the heavy offensive of the Syrian army and popular forces, whose successful offensives ended in the seizure of Tharda mountain,” the sources said.
“The commander of the ISIL terrorists in Tharda mountain battlefield was among the killed militants,” the sources added.
“In the meantime, the pro-government forces took back the Armenian Cemetery on Deir Ezzur after a series of heavy fighting with the ISIL Takfiri terrorists,” the sources said.
Reports said earlier today that at least 32 members of the ISIL terrorist group were killed and many more were wounded in clashes with the Syrian Army troops and popular forces in the mountainous region of the Southern part of Deir Ezzur.
The Syrian government forces’ anti-terrorism operation near al-Tharda mountain ended in the killing of at least 32 ISIL terrorists and inflicted major damage on their military equipment too.
The Syrian army also repelled offensives of the ISIL on the government forces’ positions from Haweija al-Saker to penetrate into al-Sina’ah district, which claimed the lives of scores of terrorists.
The Syrian Army troops and Air Force, in several coordinated offensives, targeted the strongholds of the terrorists of Jeish al-Fatah in the Southern part of Aleppo province, pinning the militants down behind their defense lines, battlefield sources said Monday.
“The Syrian government forces gathered their fighters near Tal Arabaeen and Tal Zazin and launched large-scale attacks on positions of Jeish al-Fatah near al-Eis and Kahn Touman, which claimed the lives of tens of the terrorists and forced them to pull the remaining pockets of their forces from the battlefield,” the sources said.
“Jeish al-Fatah further retreated towards hills in the region,” the sources said, adding, “The Syrian fighter jets, for their part, bombed heavily the concentration centers of Jeish al-Fatahin al-Zarbeh, al-Eis, Khan Touman, al-Khalediyeh and Aleppo-Damascus highway.”
“The recent operations of the Syrian armed forces South of Aleppo decreased significantly the military and logistic abilities of Jeish al-Fatah in the region. The army also gained control over several small towns in Southern Aleppo,” the sources said.
Earlier this month, the Syrian Army troops and the country’s military aircraft struck the terrorist groups’ bases and positions in the Southern and Northern territories of Aleppo province, slowing down the militants’ movements across the battlefield.
The Syrian fighter jets carried out several combat flights over the territories under the control of the terrorists and targeted their gatherings heavily near Handarat camp, road of Castillo and al-Canadi hospital, which claimed the lives of tens of the militants.
The Syrian army and its popular allies, meantime, stormed the terrorist groups’ strongholds near Khan Touman in the Southern part of the province, which destroyed the militants’ military hardware in large scale.
The Syrian government forces also engaged in sporadic clashes with the terrorist groups near al-Tamoureh in the Northern territories of Aleppo province, inflicting major losses of them.