DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:00 P.M.) – Despite desperate situation on several fronts in Syria and Iraq, media wing of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS), Amaq agency, keeps regularly publishing images and video materials intended to demonstrate military victories of the designated terror group, no matter how much significance these victories bear.
For the last few days, Amaq has published a series of photos from Raqqa front, where IS jihadists confront Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and from East Aleppo front, where militants are being methodically pushed back by Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
The first photo depicts IS pickup truck mounted with ZSU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun targeting a Russian fighter jet flying in the sky above. The image was taken at Maskanah front in eastern Aleppo countryside five or six days ago:
Next batch of photos shows IS armed drone targeting a convoy of SDF fighters in Raqqa countryside. As it can be seen on the pictures, the attack was somewhat successful, taking into consideration two blood stains left on the ground in the aftermath of attack:
Finally, another pair of images was taken at Maskanah front on Saturday, where IS jihadists managed to hit an SAA tank with anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). It remains unclear whether the tank was destroyed or survived the impact:
Meanwhile, situation on various frontlines both in Syria and Iraq is far from being good for IS. In Iraq, jihadists are literally pinned down in the last three districts of West Mosul, while constantly being pushed back by Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in Tal Afar countryside.
In Raqqa, IS militants are about to face a direct assault on their de-facto Syrian capital by Syrian Democratic Forces and their U.S. allies.