After intense air strikes around the Palmyra region in east Homs, the Syrian Army launched an offensive in the adjacent east Hama ISIS-controlled blob.

As a result of this advance, the Syrian Army seized control of Al-Musherfy, Rajem Sawwan, and Um Suhreej which lay to the south of Jub Al-Jarrah village. If the Syrian Army manages to secure this east Homs/Hama blob that contains dozens of villages, a second supply route to Khanasser could be opened directly through Uqayribat, ISIS’s adminstrative capital in that territory.

In addition to that, such an advance would enable the Syrian Army to assault Raqqa with much more ease and with less fear of harassment and road-cutting from the ISIS groups roaming that region. Needless to say, this would also permit the Syrian Army to lift the siege off Deir El-Zor with relative ease and without much fear of an ISIS attack that would cut the road again.

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George Washington
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This pipe dream again?

If the Russians don’t send the bombers to Aleppo tomorrow then we will know they want Assad to lose the battle so the siege will be lifted. This will save Russia from a PR shitstorm when the city starves (see Homs for details).

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FINALLY!!! I’ve been saying this for months, it’s such a liability that I can’t believe the army wasted their time trying to get to Tabaqa, Deir Ezzor etc. in place of securing the Salamiyah front, Palmyra, Ithriyah, the Shaer Gas Fields etc. About time we saw some common sense, although perhaps now of all times, these soldiers could be used in Aleppo. I wonder if they’re resigning Idlib and Aleppo for the rebels and intending to hold onto the territory they have, just like they’ll settle with the Kurds having the north of the country.

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That “blob” is crucial if SAA wants to go eastward!

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Battle for Manbij weaken ISIS?

ahmad
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SAA captures,captures and captures since 2011 but still only 30% area under SAA. Hehehehe