The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched an important counter-offensive at the Thawrah Oil Fields on Sunday evening after conceding the aforementioned site in the western countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate to the Syrian Armed Forces.
ISIS was able to recapture the Thawrah Oil Fields after successfully conducting three VBIED (vehicle borne improvised explosive devices) attacks along the Sukhanah-Tabaqa Road.
According to a field correspondent with the Syrian Marines, their forces did not have enough time to fortify their positions at the Thawrah Oil Fields, leaving them susceptible to an Islamic State counter-attack.
The field correspondent added that the Syrian Armed Forces withdrew 4.5 km south to the Safiyah Crossroad in order to avoid any more casualties.
This initial Syrian Army advance on Sunday put them within 13 km of the Tabaqa Airport, marking the first time since August 2014 that the government forces have been within striking distance of this strategic military installation.
The Syrian Armed Forces are expected to launch another attack on the Thawrah Oil Fields tomorrow; furthermore, they are likely to utilize Russian air cover this time when advancing towards Tabaqa.