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Syria in Past 24 Hours: Turkish Army Retreats from Controlled-Areas as Army Advances in Hama

TEHRAN The Turkish Army troops withdrew from areas under their control in Northern Hama as the Syrian government forces made advances in the region, the Arabic-language media outlets reported.

Hama

The Arabic-language Al-Watan newspaper quoted a Syrian Army battlefield source as saying that the Turkish occupying forces have retreated from areas under their control in Mourek region in Northern Hama in a military convoy comprising 15 military vehicles towards borders with Turkey as the Syrian Army has recently made advances in al-Jobin and Tal Malh in Northern Hama.

Meantime, a group of other Syrian troops backed by the Syrian Army's artillery and missile units heavily pounded the terrorists' military positions in the town of al-Zuka and engaged in fierce clashes with the militants in the Northeastern part of al-Jobin and Tal Malh towns in Northern Hama, taking control of several regions, including Abu Raideh Farms near al-Zuka.

The Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency, meantime, quoted a battlefield source as saying that the Syrian Army's artillery and missile units pounded the Turkistasni party's military positions in Kabani hills in Northeastern Lattakia and cut their movements.

The source noted that the Syrian Army troops are preparing to attack the terrorists' military positions and win control over the strategic hilltops in al-Zawiqat, Tal-e al-Syriatel and Heights 1154.

He said that if the Syrian Army takes full control of the mentioned hilltops, it will complete its control over Kabani strategic heights.

Deir Ezzur

The Syrian Army sent massive military equipment to Badiyeh (desert) region and destroyed ISIL's positions and movements as the terrorist group increases its moves in the region.

Battlefield sources in Eastern Syria said that the Syrian Army has dispatched a large number of troops and massive military equipment to Badiyeh area and near the city of Bu Kamal near the border with Iraq in a bid to reinforce its military positions.

The sources pointed to the dispatch of over 250 Syrian troops together with military equipment to areas near the city of al-Mayadeen in Eastern Deir Ezzur, and said that this measure has taken place after the ISIL increased its movements in the area.

They sources, meantime, said that the Syrian Air Forces pounded the ISIL's movements near Badiyeh al-Sukhneh, T3 Station towards an area stretching to the administrative border with Deir Ezzur province in Eastern Homs, destroying several targets and inflicting heavy losses on the terrorists.

Meantime, the Syria Army's ground forces engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL terrorists in Northeastern Humeimeh in Eastern Homs, killing several terrorists.

Idlib

The west is trying to preserve a terrorist enclave in Idlib, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya told a UN Security Council meeting on Idlib.

"Preserving the terrorist enclave in Idlib is the key aim that our Western colleagues are pursuing," he stated, commenting on the accusations that Russia had carried out airstrikes in this Syrian province, TASS reported.

US-affiliated forces in Syria have 'hijacked' the illegal oil trade from Daesh (ISIS or ISIL), Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, the chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff, announced in a Monday briefing.

According to the senior officer, in addition to their criminal enterprises, US-trained militants have been training to destroy oil and gas infrastructure and to organise attacks against Syrian government forces, Sputnik reported.

Rudskoy accused the US of providing various Arab and Kurdish militias with arms in exchange for assistance in the illegal trafficking of Syrian oil to the East of the Euphrates.

Specifically, Russian intelligence has accused US-controlled entities of organising the illegal production and sale of Syrian oil from the al-Omar, Conaco and Tanak oil fields on the Euphrates River's East bank.

The Russian General Staff also reiterated Moscow's previous charges against the US over civilian deaths and suffering at the Rukban refugee camp, situated near the US military base at al-Tanf in Southern Syria near the Jordanian border, saying the US side has done nothing to resolve the humanitarian crisis.

Furthermore, Rudskoy reported that "US-trained saboteurs" have been sent from al-Tanf to other parts of Syria to try to destabilize the situation in the country as a whole, adding that this includes training of a 'major armed unit' of Jaish Magawir al-Saura militants in the 55 km zone surrounding the al-Tanf base.

Source: Fars News Agency