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    Hasty Retreat: Syrian Army Destroys Daesh Defenses in Raqqa

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    The Syrian Army and allied popular units have inflicted heavy losses on Daesh terrorists in the northern Raqqa province in a series of fierce clashes with the enemy, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.

    Syrian warplanes raided and destroyed a military convoy of the Daesh terrorist group killing many militants and destroying their vehicles.

    The terrorists later confirmed their pullback from the key town of Tal Abyadh in the north of the province near the Turkish border as a result of sustained attacks by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

    Meanwhile, around 250 militants in the country’s southern province of Dara'a surrendered their weapons to the government forces advancing across the country, Fars News reported.

    In the recent weeks, the Syrian Army and its allies have been attacking militants’ defense lines and concentration centers across the country.

    Adding to the Syrian army's anti-Daesh effort is the Russian air campaign, which was launched on September 30, 2015, when more than fifty Russian warplanes, including Su-24M, Su-25 and Su-34 jets, commenced precision airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria at the behest of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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      When I read about vehicles being destroyed, I have this mental image of destroyed US Humvees littering the area.
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      More like toyota Hilux.
    • Huh?in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, I think both Humvees and Toyotas. Although I bet based on the amount of money they have made, it would be preferred that they were driving Bugatti's, then they could try to outrun the planes and government forces. But that would make it much more fun to try and hit them.
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      The Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” will not be returning to the east Aleppo front anytime soon because they have now been tasked with a different objective that will make their past missions seem minuscule in comparison to the present. Following the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) abrupt offensive that cutoff the Syrian government’s only supply route to the Aleppo Governorate, the Tiger Forces were given direct orders from Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command to redeploy to the desert-city of Ithriya and await further instruction. Since the Khanasser-Aleppo Road is now free of danger, the Tiger Forces and their pro-government allies are preparing for what is likely to be the largest military operation launched during this brutal conflict. The Tiger Forces’ presence in Ithriya is no coincidence, they are going to assault the western countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate and they are going to lead the operation to liberate the Tabaqa Military Airport from ISIS. The desert-city of Ithriya is strategically located in the Hama Governorate’s northeastern countryside; it borders the Aleppo Governorate to the north and it is situated 15 km west of the Al-Raqqa axis. This operation is part of a much larger military initiative that includes the recapture of Palmyra (Tadmur) and Jaroud Qarah in the Qalamoun Mountains from ISIS. Sources from the Tiger Forces have confirmed their location and they have even provided insight into their future operations. When will this offensive start? It is likely going to begin in the coming weeks as the local militias and the Syrian Arab Army clean-up the Khanasser countryside.

      www.almasdarnews.com/article/syrian-army-packs-ithriyah-launch-tabaqa-offensive | Al-Masdar News
    • klod.infobeez
      Great. Let's finish this scum and free the troops for other works :)
    • klod.infobeezin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, Thx for the link.
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      The one Who knowsin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, Situation in Syria is trickling down to 'wannabe superpowers' like Turkey - But it will be big boys fighting USA and mother Russia. But in the long run they might find themselves helping each other out against China!
      Keep peeled eyes for the big picture!
      Also - let's not forget about Saudis game here - conflict in Syria is cooking up for particular reason of Saudi vs Shale gas (and to kill shale gas)

      Check this analysis
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      Good news!
    • David Sheremetev
      One day I would love to visit Syria for a holiday, maybe invest in business there. Thankfully Russia has kept this freedom alive!
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