Syria Army Pushes Offensive in Central Homs

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Syrian regime forces backed by Russian air strikes launched an offensive in the central province of Homs on Thursday, Syria's state media and a monitor said.

State television, citing a military source, said the army had begun a military operation in north and northwest Homs province "with the goal of restoring security and stability to the villages and towns in the area".

It said its forces had taken control of the village of Al-Dar Al-Kabirah, just north of Homs city.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Russian planes had launched at least 15 air strikes in the area of fighting, killing at least 10 people, six of them rebels.

The Britain-based monitor reported heavy fighting between regime forces and rebels, particularly south of the rebel-held town of Talbisseh, which lies on the highway between the cities of Homs and Hama.

A military source in Syria told Agence France Presse the Homs operation was "linked strategically" to regime operations in neighboring Hama province in recent days.

"The operation will continue until it reaches its goal of securing northern Homs and severing contacts between militants in Hama and militants in Homs," the source said.

Homs city is controlled by regime forces, with the exception of a single neighborhood, and Hama city is also under government control. 

But the area between the two provincial capitals, including the highway connecting them, is largely controlled by a patchwork of moderate and Islamist rebel groups and Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.

The operation in Homs is the latest example of regime forces working with Russian airpower to advance against opposition fighters.

Russia began an air campaign in Syria on September 30, saying it was targeting the Islamic State jihadist group and other "terrorists."

But Syrian rebel and their backers say Moscow's firepower has been directed at moderate and Islamist opposition fighters rather than jihadists.

The regime is also seeking to advance with Russian air support in northern Hama province and the Sahl al-Ghab region between Hama, Idlib and Latakia provinces.

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Default-user-icon the_roar (Guest) 15 October 2015, 11:02

Hezbollah, Israel, Russia and Iran are the only 4 countries working for Lebanon's interests..... the rest pffft.

Default-user-icon the_roar or primobeer (Guest) 15 October 2015, 11:05

I am the_roar: I am a regular poster on naharnet. I have 60 fake accounts and I live on this forum 24/7. I make fake accounts and insult people when I have no argument or debate. I am a Shia who pretends not to speak Arabic and claims to live in Australia. I know every street in Lebanon and every MP's name despite my claim that I am 3rd generation Australian and having never been to Lebanon. I tell people I don't post on weekends to give them the impression I have a life. I lie and lie and lie and think people believe me. I love to see my comments in the top rated section so people think I am important.

Thumb Mystic 15 October 2015, 11:07

Naharnet you quote "terrorists" and you do not quote "moderates".
You people really are pro takfiri aren't you?

Naharnet: But the area between the two provincial capitals, including the highway connecting them, is largely controlled by a patchwork of moderate and Islamist rebel groups and Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.

Thumb Mystic 15 October 2015, 11:08

What's a moderate ya Naharnet? And why is this moderate working with Al Nusra?

Default-user-icon ya ahbal (Guest) 15 October 2015, 11:37

the article is from Agenc France Press, so go ask them and stop trolling!

Thumb jaafar.ibn.iblees 15 October 2015, 11:58

And why is it that you never admit it is a martyred iranian jihadist terrorist family in your avatar?

Thumb thepatriot 15 October 2015, 16:50

stupid mastika

Thumb Mystic 15 October 2015, 15:40

It is secular they seperate religion from politics.
That is the way Syria have always been, why do you think they were at odds with Iran back in the day?
By the way, Iranian idealogy is actually moderate, compared to your takfiris.
Minorities are not hunted down, neither are any other peaceful religious groups in Iran.
Unlike Wahabism, that attack any religious groups that does not belong to their devious sect, they collect taxes from minorities or kill them, Iran does not do that.
You talk about moderates all the time, I actually consider myself moderate compared to you people.

Soon your takfiris will be purged out of Homs God willing, enjoy the show.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 15 October 2015, 16:04

how many sunni mosques are there in Tehran?

Tehran's authorities destroy Sunni worship space

Iran demolishes only
Sunni mosque in Tehran
Sunni Muslims in Iran's capital are not allowed to open or operate mosques.

moderate ideology for sure!

How many executions so far this year? What do they do to gays other than hang them?

moderate ideology for sure!

Thumb Mystic 15 October 2015, 16:35

sa3udi.wa7abi How many palestinian sunnis did Geagea kill during the civil war?

You shouldn't be talking about sects, when the so called "Christians" you claim to belong to killed alot of those people.
Or maybe you are just a Wahabi as i Predicted, claiming to be Christian but have your sympaties with Saudi ARabias Wahabism?

Thumb Mystic 15 October 2015, 16:36

Here you go texas, a full documentary about muslim sunni living in Iran.
You will probaly not even watch it, but you should if you claim to know what crap you write about.

Thumb thepatriot 15 October 2015, 16:52

very stupid mastika

Thumb Mystic 15 October 2015, 16:52

Around 3 million Bahai lives in Iran, they enjoy the same freedoms as the Christian and Jewish communities.
They are all citizens too.

You say they hunted them down, then how come still 3 million lives there? And they are not fleeing.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 15 October 2015, 17:26

I talk about Iran you answer back about Geagea...! What a retard

Thumb Mystic 15 October 2015, 17:55

Go to Iran and see if you don't believe they are still there.

Now texas, don't talk about lying you are the expert.

Thumb Mystic 15 October 2015, 19:21

It's you people changing subject away from the article at hand here.
I remember texas & co.
"Assad is going down, he only controls 10% of Syria now, yeah Hezbollah keep sending them, blablabla"

Now we see the Syrian army pushing forward with heavy Russian surgical strikes on ISIS, Nusra, Ahrar Al Sham and every so called "rebel" that you people mention as heroes.

Russia sees no difference between them, and the U.S is backing out.
Your time is over, you had your fun.

Default-user-icon deacto (Guest) 15 October 2015, 11:44

Meh I remember when I was in Lebanon and it was Ashoura I was in place in dahieh, at a famous fast food place, I believe it was called abu ali falafel, but not sure, anyways. I am sure it was in dahieh because there were so many shia mosques. I was eating that tutifruity and falafel sandwich and the shias were looking at me with anger, until one guy came, told me something in Farsi Arabic "Allah Akbar, Labayka Ya Nassrallah or something Labayka Ya Hussein", and tried to take away my cup of fruits and the falafel sandwich. Until a police or army some security guy, told the fanatic to back off.

Default-user-icon lamaze (Guest) 15 October 2015, 13:18

Four years later and still pushing, that baby ain't coming out.

Default-user-icon Darwr101 (Guest) 15 October 2015, 15:40

Very difficult fight for the regime and its allies even with Russian air strikes.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 15 October 2015, 16:35

either way they are getting fried.

Thumb galaxy 15 October 2015, 18:05

حزب الله يعلن عن مقتل 5 من عناصره في معارك بسوريا

Thumb galaxy 15 October 2015, 19:30

سليماني محاط بمرتزقة لبنانيين يهتفون لخامنئي باللاذقية!

Missing peace 15 October 2015, 18:35

would you call hezbollah "moderates" as they have a kalashnikov and a koran as a symbol?.... it is religious fanatism! the same idology sunni islamist have in syria, chia style....

Missing peace 15 October 2015, 20:18

hezbollah shared NOTHING... they are in control of Lebanon... who dare take measures that go against their interests? hezbollah is just a hypocrit populist party pretending to "share" but in fact has spread like an octopus in every level of the lebanese society...
they decide of peace or war, they are in syria against the disassociation Policy they agreed upon and much more....
they pledged allegiance to iran don't forget that....

Missing peace 15 October 2015, 20:21

concerning the american hypocrisy you mention, don't forget the syrian ones... they harboured manipulated for many years islamist extremist groups and now pretend to discover it....
they interrogated prisoners from guantanamo for the US...

so assad syria is as rotten if not more than the US but still you seem to support them....