command of the Syrian government troops announced a 72-hour truce
across entire Syria. The report by the Syrian state-run news agency
SANA says that “the truce will last from 1:00 am, July 6th until
midnight, July 8th.” The ceasefire coincides with the start of the
Eid al-Fitr festival, marking the end of the Islamic holy month of
Ramadan. The Free Syrian Army (FSA) said it agreed to the ceasefire
while while Jaysh al Islam spokesman Islam Alloush said that
“anything has changed” on the ground. Clashes continued across
the country with all sides blaming each other for violations of the
Syrian army repelled a major attack of the joint force of Al-Nusra,
the Free Syrian Army and Turkoman units. The militants attacked from
their positions near Tal Baydha region, but were not able to breach
the Syrian army’s defense lines. Some 20 militants were killed in
the clashes. There are reports that the Chief of General Staff for
the Syrian Arab Army, Lt. General ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Ayyoub visited
northern Latakia on July 5 in order to observe preparations for the
expected advance of pro-government forces in the area. The strategic
town of Kinsibba, controlled by jihadists, will likely become the
main target of the pro-government forces’ operations.
government forces launched fresh military operations near the ancient
city of Palmyra, engaging ISIS militants near the Talilah Crossroad.
All attempts of ISIS to advance on Palmyra have been repelled.
sources report that the ISIS terrorist group has lost up to 100
fighters in a failed counter-attack in the area of Ar Rus, south of
Manbij, the strategic city in Syria’s Aleppo province. Now, ISIS
militants are reportedly withdrawing in the direction of Jubb al
the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces – Kurdish YPG units and some
Arab militias – are redeploying forces for a fresh advance on the
strategic city of Manbij. According to reports, it will be a major
operation with a full-scale air support from the US-led coalition.
Some sources say that the Kurds will advance on the city from four