BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) is in serious trouble inside their stronghold of Deir Hafer, as the Syrian Arab Ary (SAA) surrounds this key town from several flanks.
Last Monday, the Syrian Arab Army kicked off their field operations south and east of the Kuweires Military Airport, with their end goal being the partial encirclement of the Islamic State forces at Deir Hafer.
Within 48 hours, the Syrian Arab Army had already advanced within 4km of Deir Hafer’s western flank, while also liberating a number of villages along the Jabboul Lake front to the south.
Now, the Syrian Arab Army has the town surrounded from three different flanks, leaving the Islamic State forces with only one way out of Deir Hafer via the Aleppo-Raqqa Highway.
ISIL will have to make the decision in the coming days to either abandon the town in favor of a safe retreat towards the Maskanah Plain or face annihilation at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces, who are steadily pushing to cutoff the Aleppo-Raqqa Highway.