BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 A.M.) – The loss of Al-Sukhnah could not come at a worse time for the Islamic State (ISIL), as their forces are spread too thin and surrounded by the government forces in central Syria.

Despite their heavy resistance, the Islamic State cannot hold this region for much longer due to shortages in manpower and their susceptibility to Russian airstrikes

With thousands of men deployed in Salamiyah, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to launch an operation to capture the Islamic State’s (ISIL) last stronghold in central Syria; thus, forcing the latter to retreat to the Deir Ezzor Governorate.

‘Uqayrbat has long been the Islamic State’s main stronghold in central Syria because it is a cross-roads town that is located near the provincial borders of the Hama, Homs, and Al-Raqqa governorates.

Losing ‘Uqayrbat will leave the Islamic State no choice but to abandon central Syria and move their remaining militants to the eastern part of the country.

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Droid
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ISIS reign is not over until FSA/Al Qaeda in the south ends. Many ISIS defect to FSA and vice versa in this region. I think it takes a decade for this area to be safe again.

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So, SAA’s cunning strategery is to drive the remnants of IS to concentrate at DeZ so that in their death throes they may yet overrun and destroy the heroic defenders of the airbase there?

Ingenious, if snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is your institutional watchword!

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DeZ coped with IS at its height and received reinforcements recently… With manpower shortage, it’s very dubious them managing to do more than they did : attrition is at work for a while, convoys are also subect to air strikes… And I don’t see Turkey or KSA distributing SAMs/M-PADS unless they want PKK and Houthis receive such assets too… Put a S-400 battalion in Yemen and it will hurt KSAAF badly… Roaches began to receive a few M-PADS in Syria. McCain even gaussed with “How did we do in Afghanistan?”… Strangely, PKK used some Iglas against Turkish choppers… Just having… Read more »