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Stand and Fight: Amid Ceasefire, Syrian Army Refocuses on Taking Down Daesh

© AFP 2021 / GEORGES OURFALIANSyrian government forces drive a tank on a road during a military operation against Daesh in the villages of Zarour and Khanaser, in the Aleppo province, on February 26, 2016
Syrian government forces drive a tank on a road during a military operation against Daesh in the villages of Zarour and Khanaser, in the Aleppo province, on February 26, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The Syrian Army and the country's National Defense Force have obliterated Daesh terrorists' positions in a number of provinces across Syria in the last 24 hours, media reports said.

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Supported by the Syrian Air Force, the country's army and National Defense Forces (NDF) have managed to drive Daesh terrorists out of more key territories across Syria over the past 24 hours, according to the Iranian news agency FARS.

The ceasefire which has been agreed to between the Syrian government and certain rebel forces came into effect at the stroke of midnight on February 27. While the BBC reports that guns have fallen silent over major battlefields and that UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said fighting had "calmed down", the country's army continues to combat Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) terrorists and the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front.  

Meanwhile, dozens of terrorists were killed and many more wounded after the army launched military operations to regain control of more key villages, town and cities in the provinces of Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Daraa, Damascus, Hama and Latakia.

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Syrian army artillery soldiers in Idlib province in northwestern Syria. file photo  - Sputnik International
Syrian army artillery soldiers in Idlib province in northwestern Syria. file photo

In Aleppo, the Syrian troops won back the strategic town of Khanaser and the key village of al-Muqayrat, in an attack that left scores of the terrorists killed and wounded. 

In a major development on Friday, the Syrian Army and the NDF regained control over all settlements along a key supply route linking the northern city of Aleppo with the town of Khanaser to its southeast. A week ago, Daesh pushed to cut off the route between Hama and Aleppo. The terrorists took Khanaser but were later repelled; the Syrian Army continues to fight Daesh to the north and south of the town.

In another development, Syrian fighter jets pounded the terrorists' positions in Haweija Saker region and three villages, Mura'yeh, Hatleh and al-Jafra, located on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor province.

In the province of Daraa, the Syrian Army's artillery units launched an attack on the terrorists' strongholds in the towns of Dae'l and Tal Antar, army sources said.

The sources also reported about the terrorists suffering heavy casualties during the army's attacks on their positions in Damascus, Hama and Latakia provinces.

Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting opposition factions and terrorist groups such as Daesh and the Al-Nusra Front, which are banned in Russia.

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Adding to the Syrian Army's anti-terror effort is Russia's ongoing air campaign in Syria which was launched on September 30, when more than fifty Russian warplanes, including Su-24M, Su-25 and Su-34 jets, commenced precision airstrikes on Daesh and Al-Nusra Front targets in Syria at the behest of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

In addition, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed earlier this month that advanced, super-maneuverable Su-35S multi-role fighters had begun their combat mission in Syria.

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