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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:50 A.M.) – The first assault by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on Jirah Airbase would not prove succesful as the Tiger Forces were met by stiff resistance from entrenched ISIS militants at the eastern Aleppo airport.

As clashes raged near the airbase, a sand storm briefly swept over the area during the afternoon, causing jihadist militants to use the poor weather conditions to conduct a minor counter-attack and overrun some points north of Jirah Airbase.

With the Islamic State still firmly in control of Jirah Airbase, the SAA’s commander-in-chief Suheil Al-Hassan will likely divert his attention to the villages and hills surrounding the base, thereby prompting the Islamic State to either concede the airport or leave a significant number of jihadist combattants trapped inside it.

Meanwhile, 80 Russian airstrikes struck ISIS insurgents in the Maskanah Plains on Friday according to Amaq Agency, the official Islamic State outlet.

At the moment, the Tiger Forces are regrouping while monitoring potential weak points in the new ISIS defensive line along the axis between Jirah Airbase and Deir Hafer.

Jirah Airbase represents a gateway into the Raqqa governorate; therefore, Islamic State fighters are forced to put up a fight in the region if they are to avoid the SAA from pushing into ISIS’ heartland.

The Tiger Forces have liberated over 200 villages in the eastern Aleppo countryside since it began its large-scale offensive two months ago. In addition, government forces have reached Lake Assad for the first time since 2012 while restoring control over Aleppo province’s main water facility at Al-Khafsa.

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The SAA will soon enough outmaneuver IS – so that they withdraw from the Jirah Airbase and Deir Hafer – then they way to liberate more is free.

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G*****n artificial sandstorms.

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Unfortunately the US and the Turkish regimes are supporting ISIS to hold the Syrian army back while they continue their land grab to the North and East of Syria. It is no coincidence that these setbacks for the Syrian Army came after the US officially directly intervened in the battle against the Syrian government and after ISIS mentor US senator John McCain visited his terror proxies illegally in Northern Syria. This again underlines the paramount importance of the respect of the UNSC resolution on the Syrian peace settlement which has at its core “the respect of Syria’s sovereognty and territorial… Read more »

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I don’t think Trump is a great IS fanboy 😉
McCain is a traitor, he should already had been jailed when he nearly sunk USS Forestall in 1968

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Time to use some thermobaric boms on the airbase. These idiots will run like rabbits 🙂

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I don’t like thermobarics. Napalm is cooler.