November 11th, 2015.
The ending of the siege of the Kwieres Air Base.
.Both sides are reporting a major, albeit fragile victory for the Syrian Government forces and allies in the Aleppo countryside, the site of the largest Syrian offensive conducted since the Russian intervention began.
The Kweires Air base had been surrounded and besieged since 2013, Around 3oo troops remained in what was an island in an ISIL controlled area. Syrian Government forces have now broken the siege destroying the insurgents positions surrounding the facility in what appears to be a major achievement.
Iranian media are reporting that the commander of the Revolutionary Guards Quds force Qasem Soleimani .is leading the assault on the ISIl forces in Eastern Aleppo. this is a clear sign that they believe the operation will succeed as the image and prestige of the commander are clearly important to them.
“Unconfirmed reports said the groundbreaking victory was gained under the leadership of Iran’s renowned Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani.”
This marks possibly the first major achievement since the Russian Iranian escalation of October.
“Army and the armed forces eliminated large numbers of ISIS terrorists and make contact with the forces defending Kweires Airport in Aleppo’s eastern countryside,” the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said on Tuesday.”
Syria: Siege of Kweiris Air Base Broken
Cheetah Forces Lift the Three Year Long Siege of the Kuweires Military Airbase
Syria: Fighting erupts as govt. forces break siege of Kweires airbase *GRAPHIC*]
Tour inside Kweiris Military Airbase with drone footage.
News Report: Syria Army Breaks the 3-Year Siege of Kweires Airbase, Capitalizes on Russian Support
Reporter Shadi Hulwe and Syrian Army soldiers inside Kweiris Military Airbase.
ISIS Besiege Broken: Assad forces regain control of key airbase
In addition to that operation SAA and allied forces have also been achieving gains in South Aleppo.
Until yesterday al Hader was a major jihadist hub in South Aleppo under the control of the al Nusra front.
Syria: SAA/Hezbollah Operation in Al-Hadher, Aleppo
The Syrian Arab army and Hezbollah full control over the strategic Jabal al-Arbaain (al-Arbaain mountain) and a number of villages and farms in the southwestern countryside of Aleppo province.
SAA offensive in Hama failed.
Several of the Syrian Government offensives undertaken after the Russian air force joined the war, such as the Hama operation, have clearly failed.
Towns that were taken weeks ago have fallen back into the hands of the insurgents, most obviously Morek.
Syria war- ISIS offensive under Hamah, Morek is captured
Morek is not in itself especially crucial but it is a bad sign when gains are not defended and then reversed.
al Nusra massacre in Latakia.
Meanwhile in the Western region oif Latakia, the heartland of the Syrian government support, insurgents have massacred dozens of civilians in mortar strikes.
Al Jazeera described the events.
“at least 24 civilians were killed and 57 others injured by two rocket shells that landed in residential areas of the coastal city of Latakia, quoting local police.
The observatory put the death toll at 23 civilians, adding that at least 40 others had been injured in the attacks. The rockets landed near Teshreen University.”
Jihadists shell Latakia University, bus stop, killing and wounding dozens of civilians
Syria: Shrapnel-scarred cars line Latakia after 23 killed in shelling
Syria: At least 23 killed, 65 wounded in shelling of Latakia
Jabhat al Nusra and the other jihadists routinely conduct these punitive massacres against civilians in Government areas when they face defeat on the battlefield. It is one of their trademarks.
Syrian Air Force bombard Douma- more than a dozen civilians killed.
Like the rebels. Syrian Government forces frequently bombard positions held by the other side with scant regard for civilian deaths and injuries.
“At least 15 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured when government warplanes targeted residential areas in Douma, just outside of the capital Damascus.”
Airstrike cam: Bombs rain down on supposed jihadist hideout in Syria
Syrian intense Airstrike hits terrorists in Darayya (close sight
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