The government forces of Syria supported by Russian warplanes have defeated a large group of Islamic State fighters in the Raqqa governorate, the Russian defense ministry reported.

The offensive operation resulted in the defeat of the “most capable and best armed group of ISIL in the Euphrates River valley” the ministry said in a statement, calling Islamic State (IS) by its former name. “Amid the operation 800 terrorists, 13 tanks, 29 pickup trucks with high-caliber machine guns mounted on them, and mortars and artillery pieces totalling nine have been destroyed.”

The hostilities took place near the town of Ghanem Ali, located in the eastern part of the Raqqa governorate south of the Euphrates. IS launched an offensive there a few days ago, reportedly seizing the town and fighting against the government forces for the hills overlooking the town.

According to the Russian ministry, the government forces involved in the operation are now advancing east along the river towards the Deir ez-Zor governorate. Its capital, the city of Deir ez-Zor, is controlled by the government but has been surrounded by rural IS-controlled areas for years. The Syrian army has been trying to break through the blockade for quite some time.

Source: RT

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The Syrian victory on the Euphrates River is a major setback for ISIS. ISIS could not afford the loss of 800 of its best fighters, 13 tanks and 39 trucks mounted with light cannon. ISIS is beset on every front. Their collapse has now become rapid. Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia established ISIS to terrorize Iraq and Syria. However, the U.S. gradually turned against ISIS and Pres. Trump finally ordered the CIA to end covert Project Timber Sycamore, which armed ISIS, Al Qaeda and other terrorists. So much bloodshed. And for what purpose? U.S. Mideast policy is madness. Senator Richard… Read more »
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Agreed and now we need to focus on the same mistakes happening in Lybia. Get rid of ISIS/Wassabism there before it becomes a real source of power.

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The US turned against ISIS because the World woke up to the fact that not only had they supplied them weapons, their air sorties were a sham as they were assisting the as opposed to fighting them. The credit for this must go to Russia, that intervened in the coup / war and showed the World how to do it.

The World has awoken and from the Philippines to Venezuela, the World has had enough of the US.

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SAA controls 40 % of Deir Ezzur city and not its totality as mentioned in the article. sadly though

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I am even shock at 40% as I thought it was less than that.

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