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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its tribal allies were caught off-guard in southern Raqqa on Thursday after Islamic State forces overran a few villages and inflicted heavy casualties upon pro-government forces.

If one is to believe the ISIS-linked Amaq Agency, 99 SAA soldiers have been killed in rural Raqqa today. The outlet claimed 57 troops were killed in the initial suicide bombing attack while 42 more were killed in the following skirmishes.

However, upon enquiring with an Al-Masdar News source embedded with the SAA’s Tiger Forces, it was discovered that the real death toll was much lower than claimed by Amaq Agency, but still undeniably in the “dozens”.

The military source added that the majority of pro-government forces that were killed-in-action (KIA) stemmed from the Al-Baqir tribe which has thousands of troops fighting alongside the SAA. The tribal fighters originate primarily from Aleppo province and have been working under the direct command of Major General Suheil Al-Hassan for the past few years.

Fierce firefights continue along the Euphrates River as we speak with the SAA trying to regroup for a counter-offensive in rural Raqqa, looking to retake the lost turf before ISIS insurgents manage to fortify their newly captured positions.

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Assad must stay
Master
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Assad must stay
2017-08-24 21:14

Time to send some thermobarics bombs.
In the mountains, that would be usefull to clear the caves.

Assad must stay
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Assad must stay
2017-08-24 22:08

Abu Hajar Turki eliminated by Iraqi forces 🙂 🙂 🙂

Reptyl from the East
Reptyl from the East
2017-08-25 01:38

Dream Baby Dream 🙂 )))

Deo Cass
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Deo Cass
2017-08-25 04:06

Time to launch a nassive counter offensive to avenge the killed soldiers, retake all the lost outposts and go straight to liberate all Deir Ezzur to the East abd West of the Euphrates. No more indecisions and terrorists safe zones.

Abe Bird
Abe Bird
2017-08-25 08:44

I hope that Da’esh will kill as many as SSA /Hizbullah fake soldiers and have their territorial hold in Eastern Syria for more couple of years.
Assad must go to h**l!

LidMad88
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LidMad88
2017-08-25 09:48
Reply to  Abe Bird

Yeah right, remove secular Assad and give Syria and the entire Middle East to Daesh wahhabis. Nice idea, moron. BTW, your wahhabi friends are the ones who are going to h**l, not Assad.

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James Robertson
2017-08-25 16:03
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Israel shills write the funniest things. Thanks for the chuckle, ISIS are doomed and hopefully so are you.

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2017-08-24 21:56
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Russia must send more planes.
Will get tough when IS concentrates their forces in ever smaller area.

Haso
Haso
2017-08-25 01:39

This is ISIS propaganda. Countries try to hide their losses during war time. You do the opposite. You are assholes at the service of ISIS.

Reptyl from the East
Reptyl from the East
2017-08-25 05:07
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Losses for SAA is MUCH BIGGER! Because of that, this Pro-Assad site (almasdar news) MUST tell something and prepare Assadist for big losses in men and teritory 🙂

Mj1984
Mj1984
2017-08-25 08:38

And what is your source? Your wishes that SAA loses in Raqua province? Sorry to disappoint you but so far your IS suffered huge territorial loses. The fact that they were able to launch local counterattack (with forces that fled from Homs and Hama provinces + some local recruits) and seize few villages will not change fact that IS has lost territory size of Lebanon through summer 2017 and is unable so far to unblock its encircled troops in Homs/Hama nor regain strategic initiative.

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LidMad88
2017-08-25 09:55

Lol you couldn’t be more wrong, the Syrian people are winning against Daesh and the ”rebels”. Also, no such thing as ”Assadists” (or ”Assadism”). Assad didn’t invent some new kind of ideology, so calling people ”Assadists” is stupid and childish. Even if he did, you would rather see ”Al-Qa’ida-ists” and ”Daesh-ists” ruling Syria than secular ”Assadists”? Are you really that evil and morally corrupt?

James Robertson
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James Robertson
2017-08-25 16:04

Stick to a language you know, your English is laughable and your understanding of the situation is deluded.

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Deo Cass
2017-08-25 04:01

This was expected after the Syrian government forces which were rolling to total victory against ISIS in Western Raqqa and had arrived to just 40 km away from the besieged city of Deir Ezzur unexpectedly and with no military strategic sense stopped their offensive to finish the job and break the encirclement of Deir Ezzur and instead recalled the Tiger Forces to Hama for a less urgent task. Whoever is behind these non-sensical decisions needs to be immediately removed from his post because he is responsible for the death of these soldiers. If it was Russian advisors who took the… Read more »

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James Robertson
2017-08-25 09:07

If you do not believe ISIS claims regarding casualties, don’t put them in the title as if they are true.You can’t have it both ways.

Igor
Igor
2017-08-25 09:15

Jews and eir US vasals must be defeated.
Well and dead ISIL islam idiots and fanatics is a good thing.