BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:25 P.M.) – Following the successful liberation seven villages from ISIS along the western bank of the Euphrates River two days ago, the Syrian Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued a statement regarding its estimations on losses suffered by the terrorist group since pro-government forces commenced offensive operations in southern Raqqa Governorate in mid-July.
According to the Syrian MoD, pro-government forces were able to destroy 330 vehicles (Toyota pickups mostly), 12 headquarters, 3 tanks, 3 ammunition storage sites, 11 artillery pieces, 5 machine guns. Moreover, a “large number” of terrorists have been killed and hundreds more wounded.
The MoD statement went on to name high-ranking ISIS commanders and political leaders, virtually all of them foreigners, who had been killed as a result of pro-government operations in southern Raqqa. These were identified as:
- Two Tunisians by the names of Abu Ishaq Amir Al-Hesba and Abu-Sayyad;
- a Libyan by the name of Abu Sakkem;
- a Moroccan by the name of Sufian Abdul Raoef;
- a Saudi by the name of Abdullah Abdul Malik Sreeq; and
- a Chechen by the name of Raki Nuree.
The chances are that most of the major ISIS losses in manpower and heavy equipment occurred in just the last week as the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Tiger Forces made their push on Ghanim al-Ali and seven other towns and villages, forcing the terrorist group to hurriedly throw its Euphrates-based reserves into a high-pitched battle that raged for four days.
Furthermore, most of the destruction of command and logistical infrastructures (headquarters and weapons storage centers) belonging to ISIS can definitely be attributed to the operations of the Russian air group in Syria.