Earlier today, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the Sfaiyeh crossroad after clashing with ISIS in western Raqqa province; the Sfaiyeh intersection leads directly north to Tabqa Airbase. The advance was spearheaded by the Desert Hawks Brigade and Syrian Marines, who were assisted by the SAA’s 555th Regiment of the 4th Mechanized Division.

The SAA also seized the adjacent Sfaiyeh oil field and its electrical station.

Alongside the SAA’s tanks and artillery, airstrikes have played an instrumental role in driving ISIS back during the Raqqa offensive as the scarcely populated desert terrain is not suitable for ambushes but leaves ISIS forces exposed.

These recent gains leave government troops just 20 kilometers south of Tabqa Airbase and 60 kilometers from the provincial capital of Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State.

Nevertheless, the SAA must now consider focusing on reinforcing its flanks in the region before advancing further – so as to safeguard the massive government salient which now strikes deep into the Islamic State heartland of Raqqa province.

Today’s government advance also puts the SAA within striking distance of ISIS-held oil fields in Raqqa province, thus adding further pressure to the Islamic State, which has seen its territories across both Syria and Iraq shrink significantly in the past few months.

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G-Max Games

Some good news ! Finally !

féadfaidh
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féadfaidh

good news but Aleppo it a game changer. resources should be there.

Krzysztof Kłoskowski
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Krzysztof Kłoskowski

For similiar articles in future; could you use two types of maps? Not only map of this small area, but also map shoing whats the situation on other fronts?
From some (not only) european users – this typ of information are not clear enought . For example – you also don’t know every village and small cites in Poland 😉

Izat Charkatli
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Izat Charkatli

Tell me what maps you need

Fighter P Chabuka
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Fighter P Chabuka

@revsoc99 thank u syrian army keep on pushing

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prince teutonic

Without airsupport SAA is a joke…

Amin
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Every army of any country becomes a joke.

mahaza
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mahaza

Without Russians steps in from last September. I am not from syria but visit daily Al masder. have you notice that syrian army is strong enough that it fought for four years loosing lots of men. it is i mean great with exceedingly low air power. but then russian stepped in.

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prince teutonic

It’s Al-Tabqa crossroad, Rasafeh crossroad is further up east!

Jonathan Richer
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Jonathan Richer

Instead of going to raqqa they need to move South and encircle that whole packet of Isis territory its stupid that they’re not and circling these villages

James Portugal Bustillo
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James Portugal Bustillo

what are you talking???…the ISIS bastards are almost split in two…and maybe in three!!

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Jc Plancarte

Must get to Raqqah before the Kurds and the american invaders(advisers) do. There is only so much the SAA can do with limited manpower. 5 years of fighting western sponsored terrorist mercenaries has taken its toll. They need to ask Cuba and China to send help like the Cubans did in Angola.

Robin Rosenblatt
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Robin Rosenblatt

It does not matter who wins they are all muslims with the same culture and the same behavior. Wake up and Read. Culture and Conflict by Salzman.

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I see an overstretched supply line there

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go syria go, kill these israeli american terrorists, they do not deserve to live no more

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THAT MOVE MORE NORTHWARD FROM THE EAST OF ALEPPO TO THE BASE OF JIRAH AND POCKETED ISIS ON THE EUPHRATES RIVER.WITHOUT OUTPUT

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TROPASOCIALISTA

THAT WELL FINALLY START GOOD NEWS DAILY

Bitter Truth
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@AWAKEALERT long live SAA and co.

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JosephConrad
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AFTER PUTIN, IRAN & HEZBULLAH DESTROY ISIS, DRIVE ISRAEL OUT OF THE GOLAN HTS. & REUNIFY SYRIA, WHAT WILL THE U.S. & NATO DO ? GO TO AFGHANISTAN ?
I SEE RUSSIA, IRAN hEZBULLA & CHINA CLEANING UP THE U.S. MESS IN THE WORLD.
I SEE ISRAEL, TURKEY & THE SAUDIS SOAKING THEIR PAMPERS OVER PUTIN !