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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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    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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    • Mikhas
      Good. Next move is the cornered megalomaniac Erdogan´s. Judging by cowardly lobbing grenades over the border he dont impress much, but then again, Turks are cowards.
      Severely back-tied by a de facto Rus/Syr NFZ, he now has the option to "go in big" with some of his 18.000 men on the border and let the Saudi Barbarian merc jets (not his own of course, that would have been quite brave) fall out of the sky in Syria, all without NATO support, while the Russian southern command is on highest alert and Russian AWAC´s controlling his every move.
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      there you have the TRUTH: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUyJV6YaSWY
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      nusotnusotin reply toMikhas (Show commentHide comment)
      Yes, yes of course, Turkish cowards, everybody knows that. But somehow these coward Turks don’ t seem to have any problems with shooting down Russian warplanes, meanwhile brave Russians are responding by banning chicken imports. LOL.
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      We would like to see a group of 100 Daeash rounded up and beaten to death by women.
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      gretain reply tonusotnusot(Show commentHide comment)
      nusotnusot, Oh, we finally got ourselves a Turk troll....
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      nusotnusotin reply togreta(Show commentHide comment)
      greta, this must be your lucky day. I guess you don't have an answer other than pointing fingers.
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      Take a breather! NATO= No Action Talk Only. They don't have the stomach for this kind of war.
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      The checkmate is near!
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      IMO, the toss between Raqqa and the border with Turkey went into liberating Raqqa as it seems. Tossing between fighting in the north with the Kurds against Turkey or getting Raqqa and in such a way shutting up the Americans and the Turks was the decision that had to be made. This could be a good call but it has to be done quick and thoroughly.

      I would relentlessly pursue the liberation of Raqqa at all cost. My guess is that if it is bombed effectively majority of Raqqa population would flee just like 50-70K people from Aleppo. They simply would not want to die. And the militants are far fewer then the West has estimated, and it is likely that some 10K have already moved to Libya. Get the big guns and big bombers into action!
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      ISIS continues massive retreat as Syrian forces advance towards Tabaqa

      Moments ago in the Al-Raqqa countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 555th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), Fouj Al-Joulan (Golani Regiment), and the pro-government Palestinian militia “Liwaa Al-Quds) – imposed full control over several hills surrounding the imperative village of Zakiyah along the Salamiyah-Raqqa Road.

      According to a military source in the Al-Salamiyah District, the Syrian Armed Forces established control over several small hilltops that surround the village of Zakiyah in southern Al-Raqqa after a fierce battle with the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) this morning.

      Recently, ISIS lost control of the Zakiyah crossroad that would allow them access to much of the Hama Governorate’s eastern countryside; this loss now leaves the terrorist group without a primary supply route to their stronghold at the town of ‘Aqayrib.
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      american politicians(some) may not support obama but i do not see too much resistance to what he is doing, or on the other hand what he is not doing. If he is getting away with murder it is the remainders fault for sitting on their hands
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