BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) launched a surprise offensive in the western countryside of Al-Raqqa, Wednesday, in a new bid to cutoff the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from their only supply line to the key town of Resafa.

However, the ISIL offensive would not go as planned, as Syrian Army scouts near the terrorist group’s front-lines caught sight of the militant gathering before the commencement of the assault.

According to a military source in rural Al-Raqqa, the Syrian Arab Army killed dozens of Islamic State militants during the failed offensive, including a large number of foreign combatants fighting with the terrorist group.

The source added that the offensive took place near the town of Um Sosah, which is located north of the Sufiyah Oil Field and village.

In response to the terrorist group’s attack, the Syrian Arab Army resumed their offensive operations in rural Al-Raqqa, striking the Islamic State’s defenses east of Resafa – no gains have been reported thus far.

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Vince Dhimos

Thank you, Leith. And of course, the presence of foreign fighters suggests this is not a “civil” war in the true sense.

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Deo Cass

ISIS are working in cohorts with their allies of the SDF. I repeat again the importance of the Syrian Arab Army to swiftly advance to Raqqa city proper from the South axis before the US invasion proxy army of the SDF cuts them off from the South. The Southern Raqqa axis was left open by the US controlled proxies to allow ISIS to freely move out of Raqqa city and head towards Deir Ezzur and elsewhere to combat and try to dislodge the Syrian Arab army from there and pave the way for the US mercenaries to take them over… Read more »

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Rafik Chauhan

But first they have take control of ittriya taqba road so the rear gaurd of the was is safe then they can proceed further. Or they can move same time in the west from ittriya taqba road and also tiger force towards raqqa city. Like this also they will free up thousand of soldier from alleppo province from south

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Muhahahaha!!! There are 200k inhabitants into Raqqa! If you totally lock the town, a cornered beast is always more dangerous! It’ll force the anti-jihad force to fight each square meter while by leaving it open, either civilians can flee or the roaches may opt to take a chance in open terrain, any way, there are no other option to minimise casualties. And we’ve seen what happened to the IS column that flee Fallujah. In order to have them going, US told ’em : OK, we won’t attack. But Iraqis promised nothing. The column was totally devastated… Actually, it’d be ABSOLUTELY… Read more »