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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:25 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is on the roll through the eastern Aleppo countryside after three more villages were captured around midnight.

Reaching rural areas off limits to the SAA since 2012, the Tiger Forces and pro-government Al-Baqir tribal fighters managed to take full control of Jafirah, Abu Maqbarah Al-Kabeera and Abu Maqbarah Saghira following the liberation of two nearby villages earlier in the day.

Moving eastwards along the M4 highway, Syrian government forces hope to capture Jirah Airbase in the near future and push towards the ISIS bastion of Maskanah, thus reaching the provincial border between Aleppo and Raqqa.

Meanwhile, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have established a foothold in the Tabqa region on the southern bank of the Euphrates River, threatening to cutoff ISIS militants in Aleppo province from the Islamic State heartland in Raqqa.

The Kurdish offensive could also potentially prompt ISIS commanders to withdraw entirely from the Aleppo governorate in a bid to reinforce defenses around Tabqa and Raqqa.

HD map here.

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I dont see SAA racing at all. They do progress in the way they are best now, but are very weak.

They have no well organized logistics for taking Tabqa and Raqqa as well.

Today they seems to almost control Palmyra with mountains but hasnt even taken Hafir in north.

To me they should go on as they do now and secure oilproduction where they are and get som income.

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I agree. Also, the race to Reqqa at the moment is stupid taking into accounts what is happening in the northern countryside of Hamma and around Mhardeh

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Taking productive asset first is IMHO gaining strength.

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One shouldn’t ask too much. It is amazing how the Syrian forces have succeeded in defeating gradually the coalition of forces and interests which have been attacking Syria. With limited resources Syria has done more than I ever thought possible, while keeping the country afloat in spite of the war. The priority now should be clearing the Damascus area and the south of the country of all rebel forces, leaving al-Raqqa and other northern targets for later. The oil producing area around Palmyra should also be cleared of rebels. But let’s give them the time to do this with as… Read more »

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My way of writing most things here are kind of reflextions. Im mainly no hooligan. 1) Im no military, but very expirienzed in those matters. You therefore more should reflect in, how other more neutrale commenters tell, You can improve Your in many matters lousy army. Then You might win better and faster instead of just balpperfing up, how good You are. 2) So there is no reasons foir the uprise? Very strange to me. Its very well known all over, how You as Baatistes has killed all opposition exept those, which are not afraid to die, being tortuered, dissaper… Read more »

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SAA keep going. IS is withdrawing anyway with it supply broken.