DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:10 P.M.) – On Thursday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed thousands of footsoldiers and hundreds of military vehicles in a massive joint push which ultimately linked up government forces on the Palmyra frontier with those stationed on the provincial border between Homs and Rif Dimashq.

With all roads linking Damascus and Palmyra now under government control for the first time since 2014, the SAA was able to reopen the M90, M53 and M45 highways today. The rapid coordinated offensive against the Islamic State represents the single largest advance by any faction across Syria in 2017.

Effectively, ISIS has been forced to withdraw entirely from central Homs, conceding control of some 3,000 square kilometers in the space of 48 hours. Notably, the SAA advance has reduced the caliphate’s size by several percentage points.

Among the liberated sites today were the Abu Dali mountains, Manqourah, Thunyat Wadha, Al-Anebah triangle, Khan Al-Anebah, Ulaniyah town, Bardah town, the entire Al-Sawwanah area, Manqourah Quarries, the Zaqaqiyat Khalil mountains and the key junction town of Al-Busyrah.

In addition, Syrian government troops have cutoff non-hostile opposition forces in the East Qalamoun pocket for good, ending their dreams of meeting up with US-backed rebels based around the desert.

The SAA also released footage of its forces advancing through the desert, deploying infantry, tanks, artillery and overwhelming airpower to drive back the ISIS insurgents.

Click here for a full interactive map of the region, depicting recent advances.

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Assad must stay
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Assad must stay

Arak also free : I hope ISIS enjoyed the f**k 🙂

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Flay the Daeshbags

I was wondering why the gas field was listed as under SAA control on the map on Wikipedia

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lawmann josto

Absolutely great news.Thank God.May terrorists continue to loose more territory in Syria

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Floriangeyer

Superb news. The pressure is forcing the US to enlist its ‘mercenaries’ in NATO now that the Saudi funded ISIS is in retreat. Whether the European governments that CONTROL their NATO forces are ready for yet another disaster in the Middle East remains to be seen.

God Speed to the SAA and all their valiant allies, with high recognition for Russia and President Putin who thus far have prevented the Black Flag of US Democracy flying over Damascus.

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Democracy?

buddy, democracy is where people vote on what they want. when did the Daeshbags themselves allow that to happen?

Winston Churchill once said the following: “Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…”

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Henri Cochet

He was joking though

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Fred Flinstone

“who thus far have prevented the Black Flag of US Democracy flying over Damascus.”

Don’t u understand what he said?

“The BLACK FLAG of democracy”!

U should apologise!