On Wednesday morning, 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), Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions), and Fouj Al-Joulan (Golani Regiment) – imposed full control over 3 points in eastern Hama after launching a major military operation to recapture the Ithriyah-Raqqa Road that leads to the Tabaqa Military Airport.
The Syrian Arab Army’s 555th Brigade and their allies began their assault on Wednesday morning by storming Hill 5 along the Ithriyah-Raqqa Road; this resulted in a fierce battle with the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) for nearly 3 hours before they were able to establish full control over this site.
Following the capture of Hill 5, the Syrian Arab Army’s 555th Brigade and their allies advanced to Tal Abu Zayn, where they were confronted by a large force of ISIS fighters at this small hilltop in the deserts of eastern Hama.
It did not take long for the Syrian Armed Forces to capture Tal Abu Zayn and a nearby water well at the village of Tal Zakiyah; however, they were unable to advance due to the coming nightfall that was descending upon the Hama-Raqqa axis.
Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are positioned approximately 45 km away from the Tabaqa Military Airport, marking the first time in nearly 18 months that they have had any presence near the Al-Raqqa border.