Starting at 5am this morning, ISIS fighters began a large-scale assault on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in western Raqqa, as Amaq News also reported.
The Islamic State attack was spearheaded by an armored suicide truck (VBIED) after which a wave of ISIS bullets hauled towards government positions at the Al-Rasafah crossroad.
With the battle waving back and forth until about noon, the SAA finally gained the upper hand and fully repelled the jihadist forces – no government positions were lost during the attack.
However, 7 soldiers of the SAA’s Desert Hawks Brigade and Syrian Marines were killed today, bringing their total death toll to 16 since the western Raqqa campaign began 2 weeks ago.
No info was given on the ISIS death toll, although all the attackers had been killed along with the suicide truck driver of the VBIED.
Government troops have advanced 60 kilometers since starting the Raqqa offensive, striking deep inside the Islamic State mainland of Raqqa province.
With another government offensive ongoing in eastern Palmyra, the SAA has now opened two different routes of reaching Deir Ezzor, a city in eastern Syria where besieged SAA soldiers have witnessed mounting pressure from ISIS in recent months.