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.