Syrian pro-government forces hold a position near the village of al-Maleha in the northern countryside of Dayr al-Zawr on September 9, 2017, during a battle against Daesh terrorists. (Photos by AFP)
A so-called monitoring group says Syrian army soldiers, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have flushed Daesh Takfiri militants
out of their last positions in the western-central province of Hama as they continue to make territorial gains across the war-ravaged Arab country.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that Daesh terrorists were no longer present anywhere in the province for the first time in three years.
The observatory’s director, Rami Abdel Rahman, said government forces had “managed to take control of all the last remaining villages in the hands of Daesh in Hama province after more than a month of fierce clashes between the two sides.”
The Britain-based monitoring group further noted that more than 400 Daesh militants and nearly 190 Syrian soldiers and pro-government fighters had been killed in the fighting.
Syrian pro-government forces re-group on a main road leading to Dayr al-Zawr on September 10, 2017, as they continue to press forward with Russian air cover in the offensive against Daesh across Dayr al-Zawr province.
The pro-government and Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper also reported that “the army had taken complete control of Hama province.”
“Daesh is no longer present in Hama province,” it added.
airstrikes eliminate scores of Daesh in Salamiyah
Meanwhile, scores of Daesh terrorists have been killed and injured as Syrian air force fighter jets pounded their positions and vehicle convoys on the outskirts of Salamiyah city, located 33 kilometers southeast of Hama.
source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria’s official news
agency SANA that the airstrikes destroyed Daesh vehicles in and near the villages of Jib Aeid and al-Maksar al-Janoubi.
Syrian fighter jets also bombarded Daesh outposts in Mayadin city, located about 44 kilometers southeast of Dayr al-Zawr, and in the towns of Upper Boqrous, Jadeed Ekedat and al-Boleel.
A picture taken on March 23, 2017, shows a Syrian army jet firing rockets over the village of Rahbet Khattab in the Hama province.
Furthermore, Syrian army units thwarted a Daesh militant attack on a military position in Kabajib town.
Daesh overran large parts of Dayr al-Zawr province, including its many oil fields, in mid-2014 as it seized swathes of land in Syria and neighboring Iraq.
By early 2015, the Takfiri terrorists were in control of some parts of the city of Dayr al-Zawr and besieged the remaining parts, which were under government control. It is estimated that 100,000 people remain in the government-held parts of the city.
Key positions retaken near Jordan border
Separately, the Syrian army and its allied forces managed to seize full control over several more positions and outposts near the country’s border with Jordan.
They retook control of nine border areas from Point 177 to Point 185, which were regarded as the main defense lines of foreign-sponsored terrorists in southern Syria.