BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) is in serious trouble inside Syria, as their forces have conceded a significant amount of territory to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) over the past 48 hours.
In central Syria, the Syrian Arab Army has liberated more than 2,700 square kilometers of territory around the southwestern countryside of Palmyra, freeing up several roads leading to Damascus.
The Syrian Arab Army is also making headway in the eastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, where their elite Tiger Forces are steadily advancing to the Islamic State’s stronghold of Maskanah, which is located near the Al-Raqqa Governorate’s provincial border.
Meanwhile, in northern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces are officially at the outskirts of Raqqa City; this comes just two weeks after their units secured the strategic Tabaqa Dam.
If the Islamic State fails to hold on to Raqqa City, their forces will likely crumble in northern Syria, leaving them with no choice but to retreat to the Deir Ezzor Governorate.