RNA - The Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) terrorists' surprise attack to capture the government forces' positions in Western countryside of Aleppo city were fended off by the strong defense of the Syrian military men.
Meantime, the Syrian army and popular forces continued their military advances in other parts of Syria, including Homs and Hama, over the past 24 hours.
Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army's operations in other provinces across Syria.
The Syrian Army troops warded off an overnight surprise attack of the Al-Nusra Front in the Western outskirts of Aleppo, a military source said on Friday.
The source said that the Al-Nusra Front launched the surprise attack in the Western outskirts of Aleppo, targeting the army positions in al-Lairamoun and al-Zahra quarters, along with an attack in the New Aleppo District.
"The Al-Nusra began the assault by launching a barrage of missiles and mortar shells towards the government areas in Western outskirts of Aleppo city; this resulted in a short exchange of fire before intense clashes broke out East of the Scientific Research Facility," the source added.
The source went on to say that clashes would later spread from the aforementioned part of the New Aleppo District to the al-Zahra Association and Al-Lairamoun quarters, where the army soldiers and their allies were able to beat back the encroaching terrorists and restore order to the area.
Calm was restored in Aleppo's outskirts after nearly three hours of intense fighting between the terrorists and the army men.
The Syrian and Russian fighter jets carried out several combat sorties over ISIL's positions and gathering centers in the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur and its outskirts on Friday, leaving a number of terrorists dead and their military hardware destroyed.
The warplanes bombed heavily ISIL's positions in Wadi al-Thardah region, Panorama base, al-Maqaber (cemetery) region, al-Roshdiyeh neighborhood, the villages of al-Baqaliyeh and Ayyash, destroying several command centers and vehicles and killing a large number of terrorists.
Sources said earlier on Friday that the army units stormed ISIL's concentration centers in the Western and Southern outskirts of Deir Ezzur city, in al-Maqaber (cemetery) region and in areas surrounding the city's airbase, killing a number of terrorists.
They added that the army aircraft pounded ISIL's movements and positions in airbase region, al-Maqaber, Panorama base, Huweija Sakar, al-Roshdiyeh and al-Huweiqa neighborhoods and the village of Ayyash, destroying several positions and killing a large number of militants.
The Syrian Army troops engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL in Eastern Homs and drove them out of a large region in their push towards Deir Ezzur province on Friday.
The army men captured a region 12km in length and 4km depth North of the village of Manoukh near Jubb al-Jarrah.
The ISIL suffered heavy casualties and its military hardware sustained major damage in the attack.
Reports said earlier on Friday that the army troops and resistance forces continued to smash ISIL's centers along al-Sukhnah-Deir Ezzur highway and seized control of a region as large as 10sq/km in Eastern Homs.
Sources reported that the Syrian pro-government forces managed to advance towards Deir Ezzur province and captured a region approximately 10sq/km in area along the al-Sukhnah-Deir Ezzur highway.
In the meantime, the Arabic-language Elam al-Harbi information center reported that the army soldiers should move only 25km Eastward to enter to Deir Ezzur province.
It added that the army men also drove ISIL out of the villages of al-Moshrefeh, al-Hafiyeh and al-Zaqroutiyeh.
The Syrian Army troops imposed control over several villages and heights in Eastern Homs after hours of fierce clashes with ISIL on Friday, inflicting major casualties on the terrorists.
The army men pushed ISIL back from the village and heights of Salba and the regions of Rasm al-Mazareh, Zenouba, Tweineh, Hasou, Makimen al-Shamali, Makimen al-Janoubi, Tayebeh Dakij and Jubb al-Abyadh, killing and wounding a large number of terrorists and destroying their military equipment.
Also, the resistance forces managed to take control over the villages of the Northern al-Qastal, Southern al-Qastal, Central Qastal, Northern al-Maksar and Southern al-Makser in Eastern Hama.
Army sources said the ISIL ordered its forces in the town of Aqayrabat to retreat towards Northern and Southern al-Qastal to prevent its militants in the two villages from retreating from their positions towards the army-controlled region in Eastern Homs and Hama, but still failed to block the resistance forces' advances.
Military sources confirmed last week that the army troops, backed up the country's Air Force, laid siege on ISIL in their last main stronghold in Eastern Hama.
The sources said that the army men laid siege on a large number of ISIL terrorists in the town of Aqayrabat in Eastern Hama.
The sources added that the fighter jets pounded ISIL's movements in the villages of al-Hardaneh, Abu Habilat and Abu Hanaya in Eastern Hama.
In the meantime, the Russian Defense Ministry announced in a statement that the Syrian soldiers, backed up by the Russian fighter jets, laid siege on a large number of ISIL terrorists in Aqayrabat, adding that the trapped ISIL militants were trying to escape from Aqayrabat towards Deir Ezzur.