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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:30 P.M.) – After maintaining a presence in the area since 2014, ISIS militants have withdrawn from Syria’s southern governorate of Sweida, thus conceding control of many villages to opportunistic US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions.

Almost without firing a single shot, opposition fighters took control of the Nashwan, Beir Al-Awda, Alqaneyat, Rajm Aldawala & Al-Asfar areas in northern Sweida according to an online statement released by the FSA-linked ‘Lions of Sharqiyah’ on Tuesday.

Yesterday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defence Forces (NDF) also liberated a large chunk of Sweida territory from the Islamic State.

ISIS militants were forced to withdraw from the region due to collapsing defensive lines at Raqqa, Aleppo, and Palmyra. Although mere speculation, the jihadist units may be transferred to the Deir Ezzor front in a last-ditch bid to capture the city entirely.

After also being expulsed from Rif Dimashq province earlier in the week, the Islamic State now only holds a foothold in 8 of the country’s 14 governorates.

Jaish Al-Islam posted a map showcasing the aforementioned advances:

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El gran perdedor el gobierno Sirio, los mercenarios de la Monarquía Saudi y de occidente se fortalecen en esta zona, quizá mas adelante se convierta un parecido a Idlib.
Insisto el gobierno Sirio debe adquirir o pedir mas aviones para la fuerza aérea a Rusia para lanzar ofensivas en varios frentes a la ves.

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La infraestructura Siria apenas se sostiene por si misma. No hay ninguna manera de adquirir nuevo material cuando ni siquiera se tiene certeza de que haya una base completamente segura para desplegarlo. De momento, Siria debe jugar al ajedrez con los pocos recursos que tiene.

De la misma manera que las Fuerzas Tigre siempre son rotadas hacia frentes más críticos cuando se los necesita, lo poco que queda de la Fuerza Aérea debe ser tratado con sumo cuidado y utilizado en los casos más críticos, cuando se necesita poder de fuego extra y cuando el apoyo Ruso no alcance.