JEISH AL-ISLAM MILITANTS CONTINUE ATTACKS ON SYRIAN ARMY DESPITE UN CEASEFIRE
Monday, 26 Faburary 2018
The Syrian Army's artillery units, tipped off by intelligence agents, destroyed a bomb-laden vehicle of Jeish Al-Islam (Army of Islam) terrorists in Eastern Ghouta before it could manage an attack on government forces' positions near Damascus city.
The artillery and missile units, deployed in Jobar region in Eastern Ghouta, opened heavy fire at a bomb-laden suicide vehicle of terrorist groups and destroyed its before the vehicles could manage to drive towards Damascus city.
The terrorists' suicide vehicle was detonated and its driver (suicide attacker) was also killed.
Jeish Al-Islam's attack came after the UN Security Council called for the immediate cessation of hostilities under Resolution 2401.
Repeated attacks of the terrorist groups, including the Al-Nusra that has been excluded from the UN ceasefire call, on residential areas in Damascus and other government-controlled regions have caused the army to storm the regions that are under Al-Nusra's control in Eastern Ghouta to end attacks on civilians.
Several media outlets reported earlier today that the Syrian Army troops launched an assault on a number of Al-Nusra-held districts in Eastern Ghouta and seized control over several key positions.
The Syrian media outlets reported that the army has started an attack against the Al-Nusra Front terrorists in Harasta region.
They added that the army men, backed up by the artillery units, stormed terrorists' positions in al-Ajmi neighborhood in Harasta and the farms near the town.
The sources said that the army started their operation from the direction of al-Zariqah, the Air Defense Battalion Base and Harazma region and seized control over several regions near the air-defense base.
The English-language website of the AMN said that the army has advanced against the terrorists in a region between Harazma and Tal (hill) Farzat, taking control over several points near the air-defense battalion base.
In the meantime, a military source pointed to the ongoing collapse of the terrorist front after the army men crossed the terrorists' defense lines, including entanglements in al-Zariqah flank in Eastern Ghouta, adding that the terrorists are on retreat.
Also, the Arabic-language al-Hadath news reported the army's advances against the terrorists in Eastern Ghouta, adding that the terrorist groups had fired 15 rockets at residential areas in al-Dhahiyah neighborhood in Damascus city earlier today and the assault came in reprise.
On Saturday, the United Nations Security Council in an unanimous vote approved a resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire across Syria to allow aid access to the population. Yet, the UN resolution has excluded the ISIL, Al-Nusra and other Al-Qaeda groups from the ceasefire.
The initial draft, prepared by Kuwait and Sweden, stipulated that the ceasefire must begin 72 hours after the resolution is passed.
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri declared on the sidelines of a forum in Tehran on Sunday that Tehran and Damascus will remain committed to the 30-day UN-brokered ceasefire in Syria.
Yet, he reminded that "the ceasefire does not include certain parts of Damascus outskirts which are held by terrorists and the purge operation will continue in them".
He noted that the Western front and supporters of the terrorists insisted on the ceasefire, but the UN Security Council resolution was eventually modified by the friends of Syria and fight against the infamous terrorist groups, including Al-Nusra Front continues.
General Baqeri explained that certain regions have been specified for people to continue their daily life, adding that "the entire Syrian territories will be cleansed in the next few months".