Video: Syrian War Report: Heavy Clashes in Aleppo City. Al Nusra Orders Massive Shellings of Residential Areas/ Long-range bombers flying from Russia destroy ‘major’ ISIS camp in central Syria/ Syrian War Report – July 12, 2016: Syrian Army Advancing in Aleppo City/ Daesh on brink of collapse in Iraq, Syria
The ISIS terrorist group has downed a military helicopter in the province of Homs, killing 2 Russian pilots onboard. The initial reports that Mi-25 crashed east of Palmyra late on July 8 were denied by the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD).
However, on July 9, the Russian MoD reported that Russian military pilot-instructors Evgeny Dolgin and Ryafagat Khabibulin were conducting a calibration flight on a Syrian Mi-25 when they received a request from the Syrian command group to help defeat the advancing terrorists and fire for effect. The MoD said that due to the skillful actions of the crew the terrorist attack had been thwarted. However, their helicopter was shot down by terrorists as it was turning to head back to the base. Russia’s Interfax news agency reported, citing a source in the MoD, that the helicopter had been downed with the aid of an American TOW antitank missile system. The both pilots will posthumously receive state awards.
The joint militant forces, led by Al Nusra, have been conducting mass shelling of the Aleppo city neighborhoods since late June 8. According to reports, only in al-Furqan and al-Sukan up to 100 civilians were killed and 300 others injured. In turn, pro-militant source blame the Syrian government and the Russian air force for civilians casualties in militant-controlled areas of the city. No numbers have been provided yet.
Separately, on July 11, the joint militant forces launched a fresh offensive, targeting the Police Headquarters and Souq Al-Hal area in Old Aleppo. Militants detonated a tunnel bomb near Aqabeh. Clashes are ongoing.
Controversial reports are appearing about the situation at the strategic Castello Road, heading to the militant-held areas of Aleppo city. On July 7, the Syrian Army’s Tiger Forces set a fire control of the road after taking control of the Mallah Farms and during next few days pro-government forces seized Tell Jabenia and Al Jurf Al Sagheer, deploying in only 400 meters from the road. Meanwhile, the Kurdish YPG launched an offensive on Youth Housing Complex, assisting the Syrian army. In turn, the united militant forces launched a series of counter-attacks in the area, repelling the Kurdish advance and trying to push the Syrian army back from the areas near the Castello Road. Pro-militant sources claim that Tell Jabenia has been re-sized and clashes are ongoing in the Mallah Farms. However, the recent video evidences show that the army still in control of the Mallah Farms and the Castello Road is hit by the government artillery.
The situation for militant groups is critical. If they are unable to draw the Syrian army attention to other frontlines and re-open the supply line to Aleppo, the Syrian government will continue steady gains in Aleppo, purging a major part of the militant chances to play any crucial role in the post war Syria.
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The bombers, based at one of Russian’s southern air bases, took off on Tuesday morning, passed through Iranian and Iraqi airspace and delivered concentrated high-explosive ammunition airstrikes on terrorist targets east of the towns of Palmyra and As Sukhnah, and the village of Arak.
All aircraft have successfully returned to home base, the ministry said in a statement.
The US-led international antiterrorist coalition was notified of the airstrikes in advance, the ministry says.
“The strike resulted in the destruction of a large militant field camp, three depots of arms and munitions, three tanks, four infantry combat vehicles and eight vehicles fitted with heavy machine guns, also neutralizing a large number of enemy fighters,” the statement says.
and from Sputnik News:
Russian Tu-22M3 Bombers Destroy Daesh Camp, Tanks & Militants in Syria
Russian Tu-22M3 strategic long-range bombers have destroyed a number of militants, large Daesh camp, ammunition depots and tanks in Syrian on July 12, the Russian Defense Minsitry stated.
“As a result of the airstrikes, a large terrorist encampment, three ammunition depots, three tanks, four armored vehicles, eight cars equipped with heavy machine guns as well as a large number of terrorists were destroyed,” the statement read.
Six Russian Tu-22M3 strategic long-range bombers hit Daesh’ high-explosive munitions near Syria’s Palmyra, As Sukhnah, Arak, the Russian Ministry of Defense said.
“On the morning of July 12, six Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bombers carried out a concentrated attack using high-explosive ammunition on Daesh targets east of Palmyra, As Sukhnah and Arak,” the statement read.
Among the targets identified and confirmed through intelligence channels in recent days, the ministry said a large IS field camp, three arms depots, three tanks and a large number of militants have been destroyed in the attack.
All bombers returned safely to airfields after striking Daesh targets in Syria.
“All planes returned safely and landed in their airfields. In order to ensure flight safety, representatives of the [US-led] international coalition have been notified of the attacks in advance,” the ministry underscored.
The representatives of the US-led international coalition have been notified in advance about the Russian airstrikes and the flight corridors of long-range Russian bombers.
Syria has been suffering from the fighting between government forces and opposition, as well as extremist groups.
The Russia-US brokered ceasefire regime in Syria came into force on February 27. The al-Nusra Front and Daesh terrorist groups, which are outlawed in Russia, are not part of the ceasefire deal.
July 11 evening, joint forces of al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham launched fresh attacks in southern Hama, attempting to cut off the government controlled Hama-Salamiyah road at Tall Adara. However, the militant forces were not be able to break the defenses of pro-government forces.
Meanwhile, the militants have made a series of attempts to cut Aleppo Citadel off from the rest of the government-controlled areas of the city. The Syrian army repelled all of them. In the area of Castello Road, the Syrian army has been advancing in Layramoun industrial area while the Kurdish YPG has tried again to seize Youth Housing and Jandoul, without any results yet.
According to ground sources, in and around Aleppo city, tactical and strategic planning is made by al Nusra while manpower is provided by Jaish al Fateh and Fatah Halab. This corresponds with earlier reports about Turkish military advisers in the Al Nusra general staff.
Amid clashes in the Aleppo city, the Syrian Army has launched a fresh advance in the militant stronghold of Darayya, southwest of Damascus. Pro-government forces already seized all farms surrounding Darayya and at least 15 buildings on the south-west side of Daraya.
In Manbij, the Syrian Democratic Forces, supported by the US-led coalition airpower and special forces, almost cut the western part of the city from the rest of ISIS-controlled areas, surrounding Al Basel Hospital. The SDF also seized the school South of Sheik Ali district and advanced on Bakery near the city center and almost secured Hazawani Neighborhood. Clashes are ongoing.
Press TV has interviewed Kevin Barrett, an editor with Veterans Today from Madison, Wisconsin, about remarks made by Ammar Hakim, chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, on recent gains by Iraqi forces against the Daesh Takfiri terrorists.
The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: I’d like to pick up on that last point that was made by Ammar Hakim where he stressed that the age of using terror groups as a tool is over. What would you say to that?
Barrett: I think he may be a bit over-optimistic for talking about the long-term global view. But in terms of this plague of massive terrorism that’s been hitting the region and specifically the countries of Iraq and Syria, I think, he may be right that we’re going to see a significant improvement in the near future as Daesh collapses and as its whole approach is discredited.
Unfortunately, we are still in the midst of this destabilization of the region, which was planned as far back as the early 1980s. The Oded Yinon Plan out of Israel set out their intent to destabilize, balkanize, and generally take down the region, especially their neighbors, by splitting up these countries on ethnic and sectarian lines. And this program then was put into high gear with the public relations launch of the war on terror, their inside job in September 2001. And since then they’ve tried to take out seven countries in five years as General Wesley Clark said, and all seven of those countries are countries that are prone to threaten Israel.
Now that plan and that program is not yet finished. So, we do need to recognize that the further chances of Zionist mischief still exist. However, I do believe that it’s true that Daesh is on its last legs, and has zero support across the Muslim world. It’s really a group of neo-Kharijites who have stepped out of the house of Islam, and more and more people recognize it; so, that group has no future and I think Iraq and Syria are going to see better days.
Press TV: How much of that is imperative upon inter-regional unity, so to speak, where we’re seeing for example Iran, Syria, Iraq even Russia sort of chipping in to work together strategically to rid the region of this plague of terrorism.
Barrett: Well, it’s interesting, isn’t it, that this terrorism—which was created as a civilizational enemy at the Jerusalem conference on international terrorism in 1979 by Benjamin Netanyahu—was intended to unify the Western world behind Israel’s war on the Palestinians. That’s the whole purpose of the so-called war on terrorism. That’s why this plague of terrorism was invented.
And today we’re seeing a certain kind of blowback from that in which the genuinely anti-terror forces, which are also by and large the forces that are not totally under the control of the Zionists, are uniting to fight this Takfiri terrorist scourge. All this despite the propaganda that’s been put out by the Zionists and the Americans and their regional allies trying to divide Sunni from Shia Muslim and trying to balkanize the region.
There has been this process of uniting behind the platform that Daesh and these Takfiri terrorist groups are unacceptable. So, ironically it seems that the very instrument that was created to divide the region in service to Israel is now in fact being used more positively to unite the region independent from Israel.