BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Elite forces of the Syrian Arab Army have commenced a new offensive operation against ISIS to the northwest of Deir Ezzor city, striking up the length of the western bank of the Euphrates River.
According to military sources, vanguard units of the Syrian Army’s Tiger Forces Division advanced north along the western bank of the Euphrates River today, securing four towns in rapid succession.
The liberated settlements in question have been identified as al-Hamad, al-Shamitiyah, al-Hawi and Zaghair al-Shamia.
ISIS was by no means absent from any of these towns and it was only after heavy clashes and a display of overwhelming strength that were the Tiger Forces able to secure them.
The strategic objective of this new offensive is given away by the very direction in which elite army forces are advancing. To this end it can been seen that the Tiger Forces, moving north up the Euphrates, plan to link up with Syrian Army units in southeast Raqqa Governorate.