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How Syrian Army Special Forces squeeze terrorists out of the city

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Close range combat is one of the deadliest situations a soldier can encounter. In war-torn Syria, a significant part of the ongoing conflict has taken place in an urban environment, where victory depends on the ability to engage enemy units in block-to-block fighting.

The Syrian Army’s command has responded by developing a new array of military tactics which differ vastly from traditional ones, and by ordering the creation of elite fighting units which are equipped with the most advanced weapons.

Significantly, these special units have repeatedly played a crucial role in many operations conducted by Syria’s government troops.

A Syrian Arab Army officer told Sputnik Arabic that the assault units are armed with special lightweight weaponry that allows them to move quickly during street fighting, which in turn makes them highly maneuverable in urban conditions.

In addition, a number of new methods of fighting have been developed, including a sudden attack on the positions of militants, ambushes, night fighting and the construction of defensive points.

All these measures have proved to be highly effective during the assault forces’ armed clashes with terrorists.

These methods of fighting have played a decisive role in regaining control over the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Daraa as well as the Jobar and al-Qabun neighborhoods in the Syrian capital Damascus. It is worth recalling that Russian warplanes and other forms of air support have been crucial in assisting these troops, which also rely on aerial reconnaissance.

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Syrian Army poised to kick ISIL out of Hama

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Sweeping across the outskirts of the Syrian city of Salаmiyah, Syrian government forces are now poised to move against the last Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) foothold in Hama province.

Syrian army units aided by Qalamoun Shield Forces have managed to seize control of strategic elevated positions on the eastern outskirts of Salаmiyah and are now ready to advance on the town of Uqayribat – the last Daesh stronghold in Hama province.

A source in the Syrian military told Sputnik Arabic that “Syrian army and allied forces managed to secure elevated positions near the village of Salba. These positions allow the army to advance on Uqayribat and to shell Daesh militants entrenched in Salba.”

The source also said that this military operation was further complicated by the fact that the militants used tunnels and rocky terrain features in an attempt to halt the advance of the government forces.

Having secured the road leading to Salamiyah and Raqqa, the Syrian army is now getting ready to deal yet another blow to Daesh forces by liberating Uqayribat.

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Jack Holmes – the British sniper fighting ISIL

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Jack Holmes, who traveled to Syria to fight with the Kurdish YPG group against Islamic State, speaks to Sky News almost a year on from when he left his job as an IT worker to become a sniper.

Jack Holmes, 23, an IT worker from Bournemouth with no military training, already have spent almost a two years with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, the militia whose actions in north-eastern Syria have been supported by US-led coalition air strikes.

Jack was injured, hit on the upper right arm by a sniper during a ferocious gun battle with ISIS near the town of Tel Tamer.

Like many Western volunteers, they joined the YPG through social media and flew to Iraq, where they were taken to a ‘safe house’ for a few days before being smuggled across the border to Syria. ‘The training only lasted a few days and didn’t go much beyond learning to strip a Kalashnikov blindfolded,’ said Jack.

Today, take a look how he sees his efforts in Syria and overall conflict from his perspective.

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