BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – The Islamic State’s latest offensive against the Syrian Arab Army in eastern Syria was only made possible due to the fact that the terrorist group transferred huge numbers of troops and heavy equipment from western Iraq.

According to military sources, ISIS relocated a considerable amount of military resources from its strongholds in western Iraq to southeastern Syria in order to launch its revenge offensive, code-named Ghazwat Abu Muhammad al-Adnani (after a top Islamic State commander who was killed in a Russian airstrike last year), against the Syrian Army.

The reinforcements sent by ISIS included elite shock troops (inghamasis), battle tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and gun-trucks outfitted with machine guns and heavy cannons.

That the terrorist group was forced to rely on resource transferals from western Iraq stands as a testament to how exhausted its strategic reserve in Syria is after a whole year of constant defeats across various battlefields in east Aleppo, Raqqa, east Homs and Deir Ezzor.

In any case, the Syrian Arab Army is already in the process of reserving all ISIS gains along the M20 highway and south of the small city of al-Sukhnah and when the jihadist offensive is inevitably defeated (with many ISIS fighters already dead as a result of it), the Islamic State will once again find itself on the strategic defense, this time with even less equipment and high-quality troops to hold what is left of its crumbling empire.

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Pater
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And where is RuAf then they move hundreds of vehicles across hundreds of kilometers of open terrain?

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That’s the question I’m asking myself every time.

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It was the same with the second Palmyra offensive by ISIS. It was said they infiltrated in many small groups BUT I would have thought that heavy tank transporters would have been spotted.
Perhaps the US supplied ISIS with the times that Russian satellites were due to be in sight of that area and camouflage was used by ISIS ?

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Bombing idlib.

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More like where was USAF?

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And, as the news coming in earlier shows, they just hastened to their deaths.

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Rather than asking where was RuAF it is surprising that Coalition Air Force allowed them to move from Iraq into Syria. Oh, due to technical glitch the movement wasn’t spotted by the Amrikans and in any case coalition ground troops was never in any danger so why bother them! One can be sure RuAF will put a red carpet for them. Daesh is now finished in Iraq & Syria, it is just a matter of few more months till Dier Ez-Zorr, Idlib and Hama and remaining parts of Damascus come fully under SAA control. As for the ISIS elite shock… Read more »
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Russia and SAA should send some reinforcements from Iraq into Syria through the Iraq government controlled areas at the international border to control the crossings and also to counter SDF

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War is a profitable business and I find it completely impossible to believe the Syrian and Russian air force didn’t spot tanks moving across 100s of miles of open desert without being spotted without help from foreign militaries

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