The Syrian Arab Army’s 555th Regiment of the 4th Mechanized Division, alongside the Desert Hawks, have steadily advanced in the Al-Raqqa countryside these last two weeks, liberating a number of sites from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) terrorists that have occupied this region since August 2014.
On Sunday morning, the 555th Regiment and Desert Hawks made their latest advance towards the strategic Rusafeh District that is situated at the southern part of the Al-Raqqa Governorate.
According to a local media correspondent, the Syrian Armed Forces are just 6 km west of the Rusafeh District after liberating more than 80 km worth of territory along the Salamiyah-Raqqa Highway these last two weeks.
Should the Syrian Armed Forces liberate the Rusafeh District in southern Raqqa, they will have moved within 50 km of the provincial capital.
While Raqqa City is likely a long shot for now, the liberation of the Tabaqa Military Airport remains an imperative military target for the Syrian Armed Forces due to its location along the Islamic State’s main supply route from Al-Raqqa to east Aleppo.