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Details of military operation in Raqqa (VIDEO)

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An high-rank officer of the Syrian Army revealed details of the military operation to liberate the city of Raqqa in an interview published on Sputnik Arabic.

According to him, the offensive has been launched from several directions at once.

“We’ve already managed to take under control 1,500 square kilometers of territory, hundreds of farms, a village, 400 oil wells, which were used by terrorists to sell oil to Turkey,” the army spokesman said in an interview with Sputnik Arabic.

He also noted that the Syrian government forces managed to achieve a strategic breakthrough by closing the transport connection between Raqqa and the eastern part of Hama province for ISIS (Daesh, ISIL, Islamic State) militants.

“The Syrian army is preparing for an operation to regain control of the al-Tabqa air base [located in Raqqa province]. Russian aviation will provide assistance from the air,” the officer said.

In his turn, a representative of Kurdish self-defense forces, Nuri Mehmud, claim that ISIS is using local residents as human shields in this area.

“Daesh terrorists are surrounded. Therefore, they use civilians as human shields, as they repeatedly did [before]. Because of the presence of civilians in Raqqa, our forces have to act very carefully. They move forward very slowly as we want to avoid civilian casualties. At the same time, we continue to conduct operations to save civilians from the captivity of terrorists. So far, we have managed to save tens of thousands of people from Daesh,” Mehmud said.

Raqqa has remained under ISIS control since 2013, and is considered the de facto capital of the terrorist group. The Syrian Armed Forces have been fighting on Raqqa’s outskirts for several months.

On Sunday, the Iraqi armed forces retook another terrorist-captured city, Mosul in northern Iraq, where the creation of Daesh was first declared in 2014.

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Russian Airstrikes Destroy Nusra Front Attacking Military Police in Idlib

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The Russian Defense Ministry has released a video of Russian airstrikes that helped to check the US-initiated offensive by al-Nusra terrorists in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone and break the militants’ siege of a Russian military police unit encircled in the area.

The footage shows armed vehicles being ripped apart by missiles raining down on them by Russian strike fighters and helicopter gunships just as the Syrian Army launched a massive counterattack forcing the jihadists into a retreat.

The al-Nusra Front terrorists used artillery, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles during their offensive to the north and northeast of the city of Hama in the Idlib de-escalation zone penetrating Syrian army defenses to a depth of some 12 kilometers (8 miles).

A statement by the Russian General Staff said that the militants’ attack was “initiated by US secret services to stop the successful advance of government troops to the east of Deir ez-Zor.”
The Americans deny the charges.

A 29-person strong Russian military police unit was encircled and repelled the terrorists’ attacks for several hours fighting alongside members of an allied local tribe until Russian Spetsnaz and Syrian Special Ops units, backed by the Su-25 strike fighters, came to the rescue breaking the enemy siege.

The terrorist offensive has largely been stopped, leaving 850 militants dead and 11 tanks, four armored vehicles and other military hardware completely destroyed.

The Syrian Army, supported by Russian warplanes, launched a counterattack and has almost completely reclaimed its positions in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

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Israel shot down Iranian-made drone flying near Syrian border

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The Israeli Defense Forces shot a Patriot surface-to-air missile at a Hezbollah-operated drone Tuesday that had crossed the “Bravo line” demarcating the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria, an IDF spokesman told the Jerusalem Post.

Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis told the outlet the unmanned aerial vehicle took off from Damascus and began approaching Israel on an intelligence-gathering mission. The Raytheon missile successfully intercepted the drone after which it crashed in the Syrian town of Quneitra, according to the IDF official.

Iranian drones have proven to be a thorn in the side of the US Navy. F/A-18 Super Hornets attempting a landing on the deck of the USS Nimitz in early August, forcing the US jet to take evasive action.

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