BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:35 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is cruising through the southern countryside of Al-Raqqa, liberating a significant amount of territory from the remaining Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists in this region.
Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army attacked the Tuwinan Gas Factory and Gas Fields near the Homs Governorate’s border this evening, resulting in a fierce battle with the Islamic State forces.
Following the intense clashes, the Syrian Arab Army broke-through the Islamic State’s lines and liberated the Tuwinan Gas Factory and Gas Fields, paving their way to a large number of oil fields in near the Raqqa-Homs axis.
According to a military source, the Syrian Arab Army has since liberated the Al-Akram Oil Field, Al-Ghader Gas Field, West Hussein Oil Field and Tuwinan Station, leaving only a short distance between their forces in Al-Raqqa and Homs.
At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army’s 38th Brigade of the 4th Division scored a new advance south of the Ithriya-Raqqa Highway, liberating more than 13km of territory between the Ithriya-Tuwinan region, along with the Al-Karim area.
A military source told Al-Masdar that the Islamic State is now almost besieged in central Homs and east Hama; however, he added that the Syrian Army is pressuring ISIL to retreat before they close the gap in order to avoid a long battle.