Moments ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated Abu Jabbar Kabeer and the junction town of Al-Qeteh (Al-Kitah) just hours after seizing the neighbouring village of Manazir Al-Jiraf amid fierce clashes with ISIS insurgents in the area.

The SAA offensive was led by the Tiger Forces and Cheetah Forces; these elite assault troops have seized 8 villages in eastern Aleppo over the past 72 hours in a region previously believed to be impregnable.

Skirmishes are also ongoing near Alisah; this ISIS-held village is expected to fall in the hours to come. Effectively, government troops are now stationed less than 27 kilometers from the Euphrates River.

Nevertheless, the primary goal of the SAA’s offensive is to capture the Islamic State bastion of Deir Hafer.

For now, Colonel Suheil Al-Hassan has ruled out a direct assault on the city as ISIS forces have had two years to fortify it – instead, the Tiger Forces will attempt to encircle it and force jihadist militants to either withdraw towards Raqqa or fight to the last man.

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Stern Daler

Linking up to Euphrates and maybe the Kurds first sounds great.

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Zakaria Ahmad

I dont think they will do such a tactic coz that its too long and will make the frontline to thin and vulnerable from north and south and it will be costly so my opinion is to besiege Deir Hafer rather than a long push to Euphrates river and for Turks they already claimed that they will go to Manbij and will not move further south !!!

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@Zakaria – No idea what they will do in the end. Two choices. Deep incursion that cuts the supply line. Either they withdraw or make a stand without supplies. A Russian WW II strategy. Else besiege Deir Hafer like You say.

I believe no Turkish advertisements what they will do. They often bluff.

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It would be great to isolate ISIS from from their Turkish frenemy supply line.

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Linking up to Euphrates cuts off Turkey from going deeper into Syria and from IS last border to Turkish held territory.

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abuqahwa

Eastwards, securing the water pipeline and N4 highway to JIRAH airbase then the water suppy facilities on the Euphrates, I guess. Deir Hafer is an ISIS stringhold and main supply base, could be blocked if Turks and FSA are stopped, along the M4/212 twin routes, from advancing any further. Manbij Kurds starting to worry.

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@abuqahwa, Yes what I think also.

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Assad must stay

If SAA encircle Deir Hafer, it will until the last man.
It would be a little step again ISIS, but a huge step for the humanity 🙂

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Assad must stay

SAA seized Al-Kitah as expected 🙂 Good news . What’s next ❓

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plehwah

Ithought that Suheil Al Hassan was promoted to Brigadier General last year after the liberation of East Aleppo .?

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No, it was Generalmajor

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No idea when he was promoted.

p.s. Brigadegeneral is junior to Generalmajor, Next step. Lieutenant general. Not logic but historical reason for this naming convention.