SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 20, 2017: US-LED COALITION SEEKS STOP SYRIAN ARMY ADVANCE NEAR DEIR EZZOR | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 20, 2017: US-LED COALITION SEEKS STOP SYRIAN ARMY ADVANCE NEAR DEIR EZZOR

On September 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) repelled a huge attack of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) on Ma’an in northern Hama. A fighting was also reported in Tulaysiyah, Tel Al-Aswad, Al-Qahira, Al-Zughbi and Al-Raya. In total, about 40 militants were killed. On September 20, the fighting continued in Tulaysiyah and Alqhirah.

Pro-Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) media blamed Russian attack helicopters and warplanes as well as a lack of support from the moderate opposition for the failure. Government sources describe the HTS advance as an attempt to assist anti-government forces in Deir Ezzor province.

On September 19, the SAA entered Khusham village north of Deir Ezzor city. On September 20, the SAA continued clashing with ISIS aiming to secure this important settlement. When this is done, government forces will be able to expand its control in the both eastern and western directions.

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