BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Recently, the elite Tiger Forces Division of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) experienced one of its hardest days in the entire Syrian War. 48 hours ago, when the formation began to storm four towns it had methodically outflanked along the western bank of the Euphrates, ISIS launched a large counterattack spearheaded by more than ten vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED).
Although fighting alongside pro-government tribal militia groups, the Tiger Forces nonetheless bore the brunt of the ISIS counterattack. It was their checkpoints that soaked up most of the jihadist faction’s VBIED attacks and their storming troops who entered the fiercely defended towns which straggle the Euphrates’ western bank.
According to a recently released statement by an unnamed Tiger Forces commander, in storming the town of Shinan, the division’s Termah Group suffered 13 dead whilst the Taha Group endured twelve dead. Moreover, the Shaheen Group lost 4 soldiers killed in action and the ‘Machine-Gunners’ Group lost eight fighters. Total wounded among all these units was in excess of fifty troops.
Lastly, an ISIS attack on the checkpoints of the Rumeylah Field and its nearby crossroad saw another six soldiers killed and 15 wounded.
The statement went on to say that ISIS had itself suffered “folds” more losses as a result of the engagement although no specific number was given.
Despite the fact that ISIS was able to gain a temporary operational jump on the Tiger Forces in southeastern Raqqa, the formation’s soldiers shrugged off the shock of the terrorist assault quickly and launched a counterattack within hours, recapturing all key points which they had lost and re-securing their main communication line all whilst, interestingly enough, maintaining pressure on ISIS forces along the Euphrates.