Russian airstrikes help IS expand and seize villages from Syria rebels

Map shows areas of control in Syria and recent airstrikes by the U.S. and Russia; 3c x 3 1/2 inches; 146 mm x 88 mm;
Map shows areas of control in Syria and recent airstrikes by the U.S. and Russia; 3c x 3 1/2 inches; 146 mm x 88 mm;

Islamic State militants seized several villages from rival insurgents north of Aleppo city Friday, in a surprise attack that came despite intensive Russian airstrikes that Moscow insists are targeting the extremist group, activists said.

Iranian state media reported that a senior commander in Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard was killed by the Islamic State group on the outskirts of Aleppo city, but it was not immediately clear whether Gen. Hossein Hamedani’s death was related to the new IS offensive.

An Iranian state television report said he was killed while “carrying out an advisory mission.” It didn’t provide any further details. The official IRNA news agency read a statement by the Guard in which it blamed IS for his death.

The new developments come amid a wave of Russian airstrikes that have targeted insurgents fighting to topple President Bashar Assad, and a ground offensive by the Syrian army in the country’s central region.

Moscow says it is targeting mainly Islamic State militants, but U.S. officials and Syrian rebels have said the strikes have hit mainstream rebels for the most part and are designed to shore up Assad’s embattled government and troops.

In a surprise attack, the Islamic State group seized a string of villages from rebels in Aleppo province Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the advance by the extremists, which began Thursday night, is the most significant in months. It said the militants seized the villages of Tal Qrah, Tal Sousin and Kfar Qares north of Aleppo city.

The group also seized a former army base known as the Infantry Academy that rebels captured from the Syrian army two years ago. The base is located around 10 miles (16 kilometers) northeast of Aleppo city. IS-affiliated accounts on Twitter also announced the militants had seized those villages.

It was not clear whether Hamedani’s killing was related to that IS offensive.

“Brig. Gen. Hamedani was martyred by Daesh terrorists during an advisory mission in the outskirts of Aleppo” on Thursday afternoon, said the statement read on IRNA, using an Arabic acronym for the group.

Hamedani is one of the most senior Guard commanders to be killed in Syria, and the second to be killed this year. He was a veteran commander who had an important role in Iran’s 1980-88 war with Iraq.

In January, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria that also killed six Lebanese Hezbollah fighters.

Iran is one of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s main allies. Tehran has provided his government with military and political backing for years and has kept up its support since Syria’s civil war began in 2011.

Guard commanders repeatedly have said Iran only has high-level advisers in Syria, denying it has fighters there.

Assad is from the Alawites, an offshoot of Shiite Islam. Iran is majority Shiite. Syria’s rebels are mostly Sunni.





23 responses to “Russian airstrikes help IS expand and seize villages from Syria rebels”

  1. IS are truly jackals.

  2. arzatna1 Avatar

    This confirms once again that Assad is in bed with Daesh and Russia is in Syria to get rid of the rebels only

    1. Anti ISIS Avatar
      Anti ISIS

      Lol. So this confirms it, does it. Why, because Yalibnan told you so. You are so shallow.

      1. Anti, they may not be IN bed with them but they certainly benefit from their existence. You can not deny that. And if you can’t deny that then is it possible that Assad might be assisting Isis? Purely for his own benefit of course.

        1. Anti ISIS Avatar

          You know what O, none of us know what the hell is really going on. One minute they are enemies and the next you see them getting a long as if they are best friends.
          A bit like you and me. Lol

          1. LOLLLLLL
            Ok that was good.

      2. Addendum: Assad isn’t calling baghdadi going “salam brother, I’m going to bomb xyz” but maybe on a bombing, round where they discover its Isis, they don’t drop their “load”.

    2. oyuriizz Avatar

      Who isn’t? Evil elites wants their King/Mashiach/Mehdi/Dajjal/Anti-Christ/Fallen Angel/Lucifer/RA/Shiva/….
      to appear soon. They control almost every aspect and are the decision makers. They and their satanic minions have infiltrated every religion, state, institution, organization, ….
      They won’t stop until they achieve what they are after even if it means World’s destruction … population annihilation … Only then their false messiah will come and rule the left over world and people.
      Sadly, the naive and blind can’t see even when they have a brain to think and eyes to see their evil deception!
      World you see today shows innumerable EOT signs, only if you believe or want to believe or want to see!

    3. irgil lap islam gohvlim oi gemeganza ha…. so.. noasmi homil

    4. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      Russia gets along with Israel much more than it does with the United States.
      By: Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

      1. Ok if Russia gets along with Israel. And Israel “created/assists” Isis. Then why is Russia supposedly attacking israel’s “creation” and Israel isn’t saying or doing anything about it?

        1. Anti ISIS Avatar

          Although I agree with Hind, that’s a really good point. This whole thing is so complicated.

        2. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          Read my response to doron in ‘Iran lobbied for Russian campaign in Syria’ .. the creator of Zionism was a Fascist Russian Khazar Jew, you can’t understand Russian Khazar Jews if you don’t know the history, Erdogan opened his frontiers for Chechens to join ISIS killing Christians. Likud are Chechens friends.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Many convoluted philosophies in this world ….

    5. .... coming .... Avatar
      …. coming ….

      …. Coming of ….. everyone is involved as they’re all controlled by … open/hidden friends/enemies/alliances …. what you see or they show is not what they’re doing or will do or will happen ….
      Won’t be long … Will happen in your lifetime … Hopefully you may be able to at last see the One ….
      Never believe what you hear and only believe half you see and always believe the opposite ….

      1. So I should believe the opposite of what you said or the opposite of this comment? Too many opposites.

        1. .... coming .... Avatar
          …. coming ….

          It’s up to … a/the Hypocrite(s) …. and the Ones who are not ……… and don’t ……. in … or want to Believe!
          Peace …

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Are you writing between ‘snorts’ ??

  3. nagy_michael2 Avatar

    Thanks to Russia ISIS is getting much stronger while their Rockets wanders only on the less extremists enemies of Assad and the Cows of Iran. I guess bunch of Cows were aiding the FSA in SYRIA so three russians missiles shifted their views to the Cows. That’s quiet an accuracy. It reminds me of the Egyptian Army when there they were shooting at the ISraelis Army during Nasser rules.. Ya Rabi tiggeee Bi Ainooh.. lol

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      “ISIS is so concerned about people fleeing that it has “placed IEDs around entrances to cities it controls, such as Fallujah and Ramadi, to prevent escape, which simultaneously serve the larger purpose of preventing the [Iraqi Security Forces] from advancing,” according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies.”

  4. nagy_michael2 Avatar

    Well here is a video showing the Anti Assad and Anti ISIS destroying Syrian tanks.

  5. nagy_michael2 Avatar

    Well here is a video showing Anti-ASSAD and Anti ISIS rebels showing how they destroyed Syrian T72 Tanks
    scroll to the bottom to watch the video bleassssssssssssssse.

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