Sunday, August 18

Syrian War news

Reports today from three sites:

1. Al Masdar News, August 18, 12:35 AM Syria time: 

Syrian Army within 1 km of Khan Sheikhoun after new advance

2. SouthFront August 18 (see site for map):

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured early on August 18 several large farms west and northwest of Khan Shaykhun in a move aimed at encircling the key town.
According to pro-government sources, the SAA secured the farms of Nijm, Nisr and al-Safar which are located 1,5-1km away from Khan Shaykhun in southern Idlib.
Meanwhile, the army continued its advance northwest of Khan Shaykhun imposing control of the al-Nar hill, one of the highest points in the region. The hill was reportedly captured following heavy clashes with Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies.
By expanding its control in Khan Shaykhun’s outskirts and capturing al-Nar hill, the SAA managed to cut the militant’s supply lines west of the town. The army also made a huge step towards the Damascus-Aleppo highway.
The SAA will likely advance further around Khan Shaykhun in the upcoming few hours. Russian and Syrian warplanes are now pounding the remaining militants’ positions inside the town.
3. Syrian War headlines from FARS "most visited" links August 18. Note report re Turkey's attempt to prevent the liberation of Khan Sheikhoun:

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