Envoy says Donetsk Republic won’t agree to leave DebaltsevoWorld October 20, 21:42
IIHF chief Fasel: Appointing ex-Olympian as Russia’s sports minister an 'excellent choice'Sport October 20, 21:37
Militants in Aleppo are disrupting ceasefire and hindering evacuation, Lavrov tells KerryRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 20, 21:25
Three Russian officers injured in gunmen's precision fire in SyriaWorld October 20, 21:09
Hungary’s foreign minister: Agreement between US, Russia only way to solve Syrian crisisWorld October 20, 20:38
Federal Guard Service refuses to comment on GPS problems near KremlinSociety & Culture October 20, 20:22
Lavrov: West lets Islamic State 'genie' out of bottle in Middle EastRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 20, 19:45
Five years since Colonel Gaddafi’s death, Libya still floundering in turmoilWorld October 20, 19:03
Senior Russian MP outraged by Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon over Orthodox center in ParisRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 20, 18:59
BEIRUT, October 7. /TASS/. The Syrian troops backed by the people’s militia have launched on Wednesday a broad offensive operation to the north-west of the city of Hama (220 kilometers north of Damascus), the administrative center of the province of the same name. According to the Surya al-Ain information portal, the government forces counterattack the enemy positions in the areas of the frontline near the settlements of Tamanaa, Kfar Zita, Al-Latamana, Al-Hubeit, Kafr Nabudah and Al-Hawash.
The Syrian army has been engaged since August in heavy defensive battles in the valley of Sahl al-Ghab located between the provinces of Hama and Iglib. The government forces are confronted by a coalition of extremist groups Jaysh Al Fateh led by Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda.
The militants’ breakthrough came as a surprise for Syrian commanders and created a threat for Syria’s central regions. The frontline approached the Alawite district of Jurin located on the Orontes River.
According to the Surya al-Ain information portal, after intensive air raids of the Russian Aerospace Forces the radicals halted the offensive actions in Sahl al-Ghab. The targets were their supply lines running from the mountainous region of Jabal al-Zawiya near the Turkish border.
Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov earlier said that the Russian strikes on Islamic State ammunition depots, armored vehicles and command centers "had caused panic among militants."