The Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) launched a series of strategic air raids in the Al-Raqqa Governorate on Tuesday, bombarding the Islamic State of Iraq Al-Sham’s (ISIS) strongholds at the provincial capital and the Tabaqa Airbase in order to prevent the latter from reinforcing their entrenched fighters in the eastern part of the Homs Governorate.

According to ground activists from the Al-Raqqa Governorate, the Syrian Air Force’s airstrikes at the Tabaqa Airbase did the most damage to the militants from ISIS, as the death toll for the terrorist group exceeded well-over 140 enemy combatants (unconfirmed); this is the first time in eight days that the Syrian Air Force targeted the Tabaqa Airbase in western Al-Raqqa.

The purpose of these air raids in the Al-Raqqa Governorate is to deter the terrorist group from reinforcing and resupplying their combatants across the country, while also targeting the heart of ISIS’ self-proclaimed Caliphate that extends from eastern Aleppo to eastern Nineveh (Iraq).

With the entire province of Al-Raqqa under their control, ISIS has converted the former Tabaqa Airbase, Division 17 Base, and Brigade 93 Base into a base of their own, as they provide both housing and training to new recruits that answer their call to reign in the Caliphate over the lands of Al-Sham (the Levant) and Iraq.

 

 

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