The Syrian Armed Forces withdrew from the Zakiyah Crossroad and SyriaTel Hill on Wednesday, putting an abrupt end to their large-scale offensive to liberate the strategic Tabaqa Military Airport in the west Raqqa countryside.

According to an Al-Masdar field source that spoke to the Desert Hawks media correspondent, Eyad Al-Hussein, the Syrian Armed Forces withdrew from the final points in the west Raqqa countryside in order to avoid anymore casualties during this violent battle.

With the loss of the Zakiyah Crossroad, the Syrian Armed Forces are back to square one along the Salamiyah-Raqqa Highway; it does not appear that they plan on renewing this offensive anytime soon.

The reason for this massive withdrawal in western Raqqa is still not clear; some reporters argue that it was due to the lack of air cover, while others allege that it was poorly planned.

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Luke Johnson
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Ugh, IMO the Army should’ve finished off the small enclaves in cities like Damascus, so forces could be moved to other areas.

Kopfz
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Kopfz

Better they focus on Southern Aleppo. Al-Nusra is more dangerous to Damascus. Let the Kurds fight ISIS.

Luis Llo Glez
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Luis Llo Glez

Bad planeation: look at the offensive made by the kurds: they advanced in a wide front, protecting their flanks and they backguard… I thougth SAA was going to advance at the same time in raqqa and palmira to encircle the bag of DAESH fighters between both fronts, destroy them and continue their advance in a wide front to the dessert… Guess they don’t have enough manpower to do so, but then, you must have powerful airsupport to keep clearing ahead and in the flanks to make such a fast advance… A pity:.hope they can recover quikly, learn their lesson and… Read more »

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

Don’t need gas mask with chlorine : just swmming goggles, a cloth, some liquified bicarbonate or your own urine in a bottle. Happily, journalists don’t really understand weapons : if daesh had nerve gas, it would have been a real slaughter… But… You’ll see both Russia and the coalition go out of the low intensity conflict mode and stop taking gloves to spare civilians as much as possible… As I’ve stated many times : just build gunships from old 2nd hand Antonovs : for the price of a T-90, you can buy 4 An-12 or 6 An-26 and you’ve just… Read more »

Sal Reugen
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Sal Reugen

SAA is doing a fine job. Set backs happen. They will regroup and renew the path to liberation.

Selim Ibn Ali Abdallah
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Selim Ibn Ali Abdallah

what a shame

Goldfinger
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Goldfinger

what a terrible waste of good men. SAA command seriously screwed up.Too many fronts to open, offensive strength too diluted.

Luis Llo Glez
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Luis Llo Glez

I hope they don’t demoralize…

Стефан Ђалић
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Стефан Ђалић

Waste of soldiers, ammo, and time..

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prince teutonic

SAA = Syrian Amateur Army…

Jonathan Richer
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Jonathan Richer

Should have moved south towards Palmyra and encircled vast amount of ISIS held territory. Who the f**k is in charge they should get shot!

deano
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deano

i think myself that it was just a feint to take the pressure off the palmyra campaign.

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The Desert Hawks are essentially a Private Military Force funded by a wealthy Syrian who has business interests in the areas now occupied by DAESH.
He is a retired General in the SAA and is loyal to the Damascus government.
The Desert hawks therefore have a certain amount of autonomy in the campaigns they fight that may not always be prudent.