DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5: 15 P.M.) – The Syrian Army has officially entered the big battle for al-Raqqa province as the self-proclaimed Islamic State recedes in its de-facto capital.

After completely expelling the terror group from the eastern countryside of Aleppo, the Syrian Army’s elite Tiger Forces is spearheading a massive assault in western countryside of al-Raqqa.

The troops managed to recapture several villages along with Rusafa Juncture; an imperative crossroad linking the Rusafa town and the Tabqa airbase with en equal distance of 30 km from each.

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While the military operations are now technically taking place inside Raqqa province, the aim of this push is to force the Islamic State jihadists for a massive retreat from the stretching Khanasir plains; thus fully securing the Athriya-Raqqa road and Athriya-Khanasir route; the latter serves as the main supply line to the northern city of Aleppo.

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