The Syrian Armed Forces were filled with optimism this past weekend after they seized the Thawrah Oil Fields near the strategic Tabaqa Military Airport in west Raqqa.

However, this jubilant feeling would not last long, thanks in large part to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) major counter-offensive along the Sukhanah-Tabaqa Road.

Not only did ISIS recapture the Thawrah Oil Fields, but they also fought their way to the Sufiyah Oil Fields that overlook the Rusafeh Crossroad.

While, this initially appeared to be a small setback for the Syrian Armed Forces; it would turn disastrous on Monday after the Desert Hawks and Syrian Marines withdrew from the village of Albu Allaj and Rusafeh Crossroad.

Unbeknownst to the Syrian Arab Army at the Rusafeh Crossroad, they were about to lose their second and third lines of defense.

ISIS ultimately overran the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at Rusafeh, resulting in a disorganized retreat that left behind weapons and several soldiers.

According to a military source, 23 soldiers have been confirmed “killed-in-action” (KIA); 49 soldiers were wounded; and dozens of others are currently “missing-in-action” (MIA).

The soldiers that considered MIA are believed to be either dead, captured, or trapped behind enemy lines.

On Tuesday, the Syrian Armed Forces remained idle at the Zakiyah Crossroad in west Raqqa.

Currently, all of the Syrian Armed Forces involved in this offensive have been ordered to remain on standby – no plans to continue this assault have been communicated to Al-Masdar News.

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omairdo
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omairdo

truly disasterous
The whole strategy was a mistake
Spearhead without protected flanks
losing 100men in 1 attack kills morale

Rokatiko
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Rokatiko

100% right. Even if they would have captured Tabqa airbase. What then? SAA must focus on area in the west – ghouta, hama, homs, latakia – first.

Goldfinger
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Goldfinger

considering the air resources at disposal to the SAA, inexcusable those in command didn’t see them coming. Amateurs.

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

They came under the cover of the sandstorm. You need a recon-plane with electromagnetic sensors loitering over the sandstorm to “see” them coming. In other terms, there should have been a Su-34 permanently on patrol over them or some cargo made gunship with this kind of sensor… But it may end being a very bad operation for Daesh : they may have engaged tremendous forces to repell SAA and now, they are in the open in a desert area with nowhere to hide from aircrafts… Now let’s begin a wipe begining at al-Tabqa and blow any vehicle with the Su-25s… Read more »

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Amazing strategy man, tactical withdrawal. This will be the case. Russia has a lot of weapons to test on the battleground. They are not stupid, they know what are they doing. It will end very badly for Daesh: just a few White Swans and Black Jacks and after SU-25s and even SU-35-s, not to mention Kalibr missiles.

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Xalaludeen Xengi

You should not be sad, every SAA solider look best when his head is on his back! ha …. ha ha… Just beautiful.

Roby
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Roby

You should know that Syrian Army is very stretched. SAA has sent many reinforcements including Desert Hawks and Hezbollah. This adventure will end very bad for Daesh because White Swan, Black Jack, Kalibr and God knows what else is coming.

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How can this happen with the russians in the air?! this is open Dessert area! You have to see them coming hours before they arrive! I will never understand. How Isis can overan Units with T-90 and aircover! This has to be a lack of Courage and Moral….there is no other answer…..

ΔΙΟΝΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΟΥ
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ΔΙΟΝΥΣΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΟΥ

this war will never end. Not in a million years.

Bassem F. Redha
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Bassem F. Redha

The priority is Dair Alzor city …

Babak Rahrovani
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Babak Rahrovani

Chris Tchaikovsky

Chris Tchaikovsky
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Chris Tchaikovsky

So it’s true…

Babak Rahrovani
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Babak Rahrovani

this claims they had 23 casualties, pretty different from the ”0”. I still dont understand though why they withdrew everything after just losing 23. Someone who’s connected with the syrian army said its because everyone in that group was very well trained and had over 5 years of experience and that just letting them die in the dozens because of 3-4 suicide bombing trucks would be a waste, so they retreated. I agree

Nik Kto
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Nik Kto

as i said weeks be4
Insteed of taking the route Deir Hafer – Makensah – Taqba they prefer the open desert to get outflanked

Rami Bahram
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Rami Bahram

Should have focused on deir ezzor or southern Aleppo

Léo Nicoletti
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Léo Nicoletti

The westerners want to carve out a kurdistan in the north. If the SAA doesn’t take Raqqah before the YPG does, it’s lost for the Syrian people.

mancef
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mancef

what a comic army , just decided to not follow up this conflict anymore , realy disapointing , syria will never be free

Russell
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Russell

Know how you feel, really disappointed in SAA , my teenage army cadet force has better field craft and training than most Syrian army units. That’s why they are loosing , rebels are training better. They only need 2weeks of training to be best in Syria ?

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hestroy

Don’t you mean losing instead of loosing?

Russell
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Losing 🙂

Alex Barizon
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Alex Barizon

Loosing? Who told you they are loosing? There’s no bigger party on syrian soil than the government. Syryan Army still controls most of the cities and almos all the bigger cities. ISIS mostly controls desert. And rebels are confined in northern Syria. ISIS lost most of its territory both in Syria and Iraq. They now are limited to few sporadic and desperate ofensives. They are much less strong than in months ago. Nor ISIS, or FSA/Al Qaeda have the power to do much more than they have already done. They don’t have the force to win this war. This is… Read more »

Ashraf
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Ashraf

What a criminal army you mean? An army of criminals looters and bribe-taking ! And above all having a criminal ambacile president , whose father , uncle , brother and whole family of criminals are criminals too.This army has never won a battle and never will. The only thing they are good at is killing innocent people. Ask the Syrian people. A bunch of killers even much worse than ISIS!

good bye people
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good bye people

Syrian Army = amateurs
Russian support = amateurs.
Iranians = amateurs.
Hezbollah = amateurs.

Christopher Triantis
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Christopher Triantis

The men of Isis are trained agents of the CIA, the Turks and the English – French. They have found in key points with northern Kurds, because it told their bosses Americans (and Kurds are brothers of the CIA is). The CIA has a plan to have the north the SDF and thereafter not bother again Isis, to them have promised (is the American plan) to keep the raccoons line, Deir EZ Zor, as a state for years and want and may, after the finance and equip them to move west by scanning the areas controlled by the Syrian army… Read more »

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

Sorry, but frenchs help, train and equip YPG and Peshmerga, they even act very discretly as a kurdish air force, and since day one, germans are helping too, but don’t act : just deliveries of equipment and training. CIA/DoS/Govt were totally against it BUT Dod(Pentagon)/DIA(Defense Intelligence Agency) are VERY supportive to the kurds (and so with the yemeni Houthis!). If you want to know, many in E.U. even hope that the Brexit happens as UK is considered as an US trojan horse in E.U.! Washington was pushed by DoD in helping the kurds -which makes ErdoGollum very angry- and err,… Read more »

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ziad welds

really bad turn of events,,who are the fools organizing these half assed assaults? the russsians and Iranian are of no help either

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ziad welds

what were you guys thinking with this needle invasion and no support on both sides of the open desert? where the f**k were your aerial support? you have all that fire power and air superiority and you still could not manage to a bunch of rodents on the ground? how the f**k could you not see them coming in open terrain and fend them off?????

Tommy Trombeta
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Tommy Trombeta

Well, it’s just a setback. Isis is haveing nothing but a bi setback in the last months, both in Syria and in iraq. The war is still ongoing, and Syrian army still controls most of the country and is the strongest force on soil.

ch3ckrais393
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ch3ckrais393

I dont get it… with much more advanced equipement than ISIS , russian air force, special forces, isis use homemade mortars

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

Seems there’s a counter-counter offensive : seems that some BM-27 Uragan and BM-21 Grad are heavily pounding and are likely to have fastly retaken half of what has been lost. Funny fact : they still have the russian paratrooper insigna on their doors…

stein
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stein

So, unbeknownst to the SAA (command) the commandos were losing their defense lines. Makes sense..

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Nuri Gameofwar

There should be more cheap to operate piston engine aircraft in usable condition to be transferred to Syria by Iran or Russia. More gunships as well to boost land attack close air support capability of SAA. vbied also is not a doomsday weapon tank crews need to be trained better for these scenarios like its secondary cannon can easily handle lightly armored vehicles. Some units should be specialised in uav recon continiously watching surroundings. Rotary wing uavs can be better for this purpose.

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

It’s almost I say for long…

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gfsdyughjgd .

USA is the one who monitor the movement of Syrian army and give pre warning to ISIS moderate terrorist rebels.The aim is to control Raqqa and the airport in order to create a no fly zone.That is why France is building a army base in Syria.

Daeshbags Sux
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The No Fly Zone is ALREADY here in Syria : there’s simply an A2/AD (anti-access/area denial) system which is named S-400 Triumf. Nobody flies over Syria without being allowed by Moscow… And don’t hope to take down the already huge radar of the system which has no problem to ‘see’ a F-22 or B-2 : even if you could get enough close to launch a missile, which is likely to be shot down with you and you could jam their radar, Syria is more than in the range of the gigantic Container OTH (over the horizon) radar in Russia… If… Read more »

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gfsdyughjgd .

Intensive bombing of Raqqa and Alepo is the answer.Retreat no more forward ever.Go in forcefully and safe the members behind enemy lines before hearts are rip out,heads cut off and members burn.

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gfsdyughjgd .

USA protected terrorist rebels must be attack and USA jets down because their are not invited in Syria.Their dream of creating oil and gas pipe lines must be destroy.

Kopfz
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The situation before this was that Islamic State was pushed on multiple fronts, and was forced to either lose Raqqa, and Manjib, or to sacrifice the latter to save their capital. Manbij will fall easily now, and the Syrian Army have taken a major set back. Alternatively, the SAA could have pushed for the liberation of Deir Ez-Zur. This too would have forced Islamic State to fight on multiple fronts, but wouldn’t have threatened their capital, and would have made the choice of splitting or going all out on a counter-offensive much harder. Likely the SAA would have liberated Deir… Read more »

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Kingstone Tyro

well something is cooking behind the scenes within saa officer staff strategy room i gather. they make the enemy reveal themselves in large numbers first then aerial bomb them enmasse. that way the saa surface force could just do the mop-up though not without accounting for the initial losses

Selim Ibn Ali Abdallah
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Selim Ibn Ali Abdallah

Ich think the syria army is not able to defeat isis….without russian ans iranian Support the army would collapse

dasdas
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dasdas

How the h**l can you not detect such huge ISIS forces on a desert when you have drones, satelites and top2 world air force over you (russia)?!

TROPASOCIALISTA
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TROPASOCIALISTA

@leithfadel 11 jun Raqqa and Menbej are important,but if the SAA can liberate Sukhanah,ISIS will lose a big part of oil trade

smadja
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smadja

War is never guaranteed victory, unfortunately. In the end, ISIS will surely be defeated, but there will be more deaths on all sides (Syrian army,kurds,ISIS) . It would not harm if they were coordinating instead of competing.

féadfaidh
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féadfaidh

embarrassing retreat. I bet SAA outnumbered ISIS. Poor showing for SAA. Needed to hold the road or why else attack. dumb

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Floriangeyer

The desert campaigns of WW2 also resulted in advance and retreat may times.
Be patient. Now that DAESH have again used WMD nerve gas attacks the UN can hardly complain of harsh Russian retribution.

The US went to war with Iraq for WMD’s they did not have and in Syria there is now 100% proof tat DAESH does have that capability.

The wheels of justice turn slowly and the NATO Foreign Legions of DAESH will be incinerated. God Willing.