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Next Stop Raqqa: Syrian Army Poised to Enter Daesh Stronghold

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With a number of strategic positions on the border of Raqqa province already retaken, the Syrian Army is now poised to advance into the Daesh-held northern region, Iranian media reported citing a Syrian military sources on Saturday.

"It is an indication of the direction of coming operations towards Raqqa. In general, the Raqqa front is open <…> starting in the direction of the Tabqa area," Fars news agency quoted the unnamed source as saying.

Tabqa is the territory where a Syrian air base captured by Daesh forces in 2014 is located.

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Syrian Army Storms Daesh Terrorists in Raqqa
Meanwhile, the Syrian army and popular units continued to advance on the terrorists’ positions in the northeastern part of Hama province securing a long chunk of Salamiyah-Raqqa highway.

They also managed to push the terrorists away from the key town of Ithriyah, which is the government’s only supply route to Aleppo province along the Khanasser-Ithriyah Road.

Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are approximately 35 km away from the Tabqa military airport — their primary objective in Raqqa at the moment.

On Friday Syrian pro-government forces gained full control over Tal Madakhah after a fierce firefight with the terrorists positioned on this small hilltop near Ithriyah.

Following the capture of Tal Madakhah the government forces continued their offensive along the Raqqa-Salamiyah Highway.

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