17:27 GMT15 July 2020
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    The Syrian government forces have established control of strategic heights in the Raqqa province, a stronghold of Daesh terrorist group, a military source told Sputik on Sunday.

    "The Syrian army is advancing from the west of the Raqqa province. After heavy fighting against Daesh terrorists, strategic heights have been taken under control," the source told Sputnik.

    Raqqa was captured by Daesh militants in 2013 and has since been the terrorists’ de facto capital in Syria.

    Earlier in the day, Iranian FNA news agency reported that the Syrian army is poised to advance into the Daesh-held northern region of Raqqa.

    The Syrian government forces 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.

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


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