The Chief of the General Staff of Syrian Army and Armed Forces, Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayoub said following the Russian airstrikes against the »Islamic State« (IS) and other terrorist organizations, which have reduced the combat capabilities of the terrorists, the Syrian armed forces have taken the reins of military operations and formed well-armed and equipped human forces, mainly the »4 th Corps Storming«.

In a statement on Thursday, Gen. Ayoub announced that the Syrian armed forces started today a large-scale assault aimed at uprooting the gatherings of terrorists and expelling them from the areas and towns which have been suffering of the woes and crimes of terrorism.

Russian Air Force started conducting airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria on September 30. who killed hundreds of terrorists in the countryside of Aleppo province, a military source confirmed on Thursday. The source explained that the Russian Air Force, in cooperation with the Syrian Air Force, conducted a series of »precise« airstrikes on several IS targets in Andan, al-Atareb, Deir Hafer, al-Mansoura and al-Bab in Aleppo. Hundreds of terrorists were confirmed dead, and tens of armored vehicles, two Grad rocket launchers and a huge ammunition depot were destroyed as a result of the airstrikes, the source added.

In the same context, 27 Jabhat al-Nusra targets in Lattakia province were destroyed in Russian and Syrian air strikes. The targets included fortified positions for Jabhat al-Nusra in Tertiah, Dourin, al-Mgheiriyeh and Salma, Tao rocket launch pads near al-Sifsafeh, fortified shelters near Arafit, training camps near al-Mgheiriyeh, Tertiah and al-Sindian and Dweirkeh and facilities and shelters in al-Ghabat.

Coinciding with the air strikes, the army units continued operations in various areas in Aleppo, with the armed forces defending the Air Force Academy in the countryside destroying vehicles for IS terrorists equipped with machine guns in the Academy’s vicinity. A number of IS terrorists were killed or injured, and several machine guns, an armored vehicle and a depot were destroyed during army operations last night in the villages of Huweijineh and al-Salehiyeh in the eastern countryside of the province.

Jabhat al-Nusra-linked terrorist organizations suffered heavy losses at the army units’ hands in the surroundings of the Scientific Research Center and in al-Mansoura village in the western countryside. Scores of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were killed during army operations in the neighborhoods of Salah Eddin, al-Lairamoun, Bani Zaid, Karm al-Jabal, al-Zibdiyeh and al-Ashrafiyeh in the city of Aleppo. In the town of al-Bab, 38 km northeast of Aleppo city, local sources confirmed to SANA that hundreds of IS terrorists have been fleeing the city under the army’s strikes.

Meanwhile, field sources told SANA that operations against terrorists over the last 24 hours resulted in the destruction of 11 armored vehicles and 35 cars transporting terrorists, weapons and ammunition in Deir Hafer, al-Atareb and al-Bab areas. The sources added that a heavy machine gun for ISIS terrorists was destroyed in the surroundings of Kweiris Airport, in addition to the destruction of a homemade »Hell« cannon in Saif al-Dawleh neighborhood and a heavy machine gun in al-Ashrafiyeh neighborhood.

Army units killed ISIS terrorists and destroyed a vehicle equipped with a machinegun in operations carried out against their dens in the villages of Bir Hafar and al-Hadath in the eastern countryside of Homs central province.

SANA reporter in Lattakia province said 20 terrorists were killed as a car they were rigging with explosives exploded in Rabiaa area in the northern countryside of the province. A Saudi officer, who was an explosives expert, was identified among the dead.

Source: SANA / RedGlobe