TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian air force pounded the positions of the Takfiri terrorists in the countryside of Lattakia, and killed tens of militants and injured dozens more.
The Syrian warplanes destroyed the hideouts of Al-Nusra Front terrorists in Abu Risheh, Sankufeh and Jub al-Ahmar in the Northern parts of Lattakia countryside.
The Syrian troops also destroyed DshK-equipped vehicles of Al-Nusra Front militants during their attack.
Several terrorists were killed and vehicles equipped with machineguns were destroyed in the strikes.
Also in the past 24 hours, Syria’s Kurdish popular forces started fresh operations to seize back several areas in the Northern parts of Raqqa province.
The Kurdish forces’ operations came as they have gained full control over the town of Ain Issa in Raqqa province.
The latest dispatches from Northern Syria said the popular forces are currently engaged in purging Hisha al-Shabal of terrorists.
Elsewhere, the foreign-backed Takfiri militants suffered heavy losses in military operations across the Syrian province of Aleppo over the past 24 hours.
The Syrian army targeted terrorists’ movements and hideouts in Kafr Hamra village and the towns of Byanoun and Hreitan, field sources said, adding that a group of the terrorists were killed in the operations.
The army also killed scores of terrorists, and destroyed their vehicles in the villages of al-Ameriyeh and Khan Touman in the Southern countryside of Aleppo.
Meantime, local sources said that the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) launched an attack on the headquarters of the ISIL in Jarabulus city North of Aleppo, near the border with Turkey.
The YPG forces have targeted several ISIL positions in Jarabulus with mortars and heavy artillery.
YPG fighter Nuraddin Gaban said that the Kurdish forces launched the attack from their bases in the villages of Zor Maghar, Nasiriya and Atto East of Jarabulus.
“Our shelling hit at least five ISIL targets in Jarabulus city on Friday, killing and injuring dozens of terrorists,” he said.
The YPG leadership has deployed hundreds of fighters alongside the Euphrates River in the Eastern countryside of Jarabulus in preparation for storming the ISIL strongholds in the area.
“Our forces have made a remarkable advance towards Jarabulus city after liberating the Western countryside of Kobani. The anti-ISIL operations will continue until reassuring our people’s safety from this terrorist group,” Gaban added.
“We are ready to storm the city of Jarabulus and liberate it from the ISIL terrorists. We are waiting for orders from our leadership,” the YPG member said.
Also, informed sources in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur said that the Syrian forces launched massive operations against the ISIL terrorist group in the province, and cut their supplying line from Raqqa for several hours.
The sources said that the Syrian Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division, in coordination with the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and the Shaytat Tribesmen, launched a powerful assault on the village of Al-Khareetah in the Deir Ezzur Governorate’s northeastern territories, where they targeted the ISIL main supply route the province and cut it for some hours.
Under intense pressure from the Syrian Armed Forces, the terrorist group sent a large wave of reinforcements from the Iraqi border-city of Al-Qa’im in order to forestall the advance and secure their main supply route along the Raqqa-Deir Ezzur Highway.
The sources confirmed there are still violent clashes near the Palmyra-Deir Ezzur Highway that leads to the ISIL-controlled city of Al-Sukhanah in the Homs Governorate’s Eastern countryside.
Military sources said that the Syrian forces raided the ISIL Takfiri terrorists’ strongholds in the Northern territories of Sweida, and killed more than 26 militants in the fighting areas.
Meantime, the sources said that the National Defense Forces (NDF) surprised the ISIL terrorists with a powerful assault on Al-Mu’az Hill in Northern Sweida, killing 26 militants and wounding some others.
According to military sources in the province, the National Defense Forces are attempting to cut off the ISIL main supply route to the province, while recapturing the hilltops in Northern Sweida.
Thousands Enter Syria to Join ISIS
The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Nearly 30,000 foreign recruits have now poured into Syria, many to join the Islamic State, a doubling of volunteers in just the past 12 months and stark evidence that an international effort to tighten borders, share intelligence and enforce antiterrorism laws is not diminishing the ranks of new militant fighters.
Among those who have entered or tried to enter the conflict in Iraq or Syria are more than 250 Americans, up from about 100 a year ago, according to intelligence and law enforcement officials.
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