BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The ISIS terrorist group has launched a massive strategic offensive operation against pro-government forces in southern Raqqa Governorate that was spearheaded by many car bombs and is so far making significant gains.
According to military sources exclusive to Al-Masdar News, ISIS successfully employed a number of car bombs to burst open government lines along the western bank of the Euphrates River and then threw storming troops into dust whilst it was still rising.
So far ISIS has managed to seize back the settlements of Bo Hamad, Ghanm al-Ali, Zour Shammar, Huwayjah,،al-Maklah and Atshanah.
Sources are saying that ISIS took advance of two factors to achieve this strategic outcome.
First, the jihadist faction mustered the necessary manpower for the offensive by absorbing ISIS forces that had just recently retreated from eastern Hama and eastern Homs.
Second, the terrorist group took advantage of the departure of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) elite Tiger Forces from the front in southern Raqqa to the fronts in eastern Homs and eastern Hama, which left only pro-government tribal fighters and standard SAA units to defend the areas now under attack by ISIS.
As of the present moment, the Tiger Forces are assembling an emergency contingent (a fire brigade formation) to be rushed to southern Raqqa and contain the situation.