BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) has begun flooding the villages they control in the Deir Hafer Plain of east Aleppo, local journalists embedded with the Tiger Forces reported this evening.

In response to the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) rapid advance in east Aleppo, the Islamic State forces have begun pumping water from Assad Lake into Al-Jar Channel that is located north of both the Jirah Airbase and Deir Hafer City.

While this act by the Islamic State will likely slow down the Syrian Army, it will not stop their offensive in east Aleppo, as they are poised to reach the Maskanah Plain by March.

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With the Syrian Arab Army entering Humaymah village minutes ago, the Islamic State’s stronghold of Deir Hafer is within striking distance of the government forces for the first time in nearly four years.

 

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