BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – More than 300 tribal fighters and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers have been reported missing in the southeastern countryside of the Al-Raqqa following the Islamic State (ISIL) surprise offensive earlier this week.

According to journalists embedded in the Ghanem ‘Ali area, over 300 soldiers and tribal fighters went missing after the Islamic State launched an offensive to recapture several towns in the Euphrates River region of southeast Al-Raqqa.

Al-Masdar reached out to a government source this afternoon for clarification and was informed that at least 60 soldiers and tribal fighters were killed during the ISIL offensive.

Furthermore, the 300 military personnel that have been reported missing are only declared ‘MIA’ (missing in action) due to their failure to report to the SAA’s command in the region.

The source concluded that communication lines in southeast Raqqa are poor and most of the missing military personnel are tribal fighters from the area.

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