BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a massive offensive in the Al-Raqqa Governorate, Monday, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) last positions in the western countryside of the province.

Led by their elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army liberated several villages in the western countryside of Al-Raqqa, yesterday, paving the way for their rapid advance to the key oil field of Rusafa this morning.

According to a source from the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army reached the Rusafa Junction earlier this morning before they reached the town itself.

The source added that all of the area west of the Rusafa Oil Field has been liberated, along with the town; however, the army has yet to enter because of potential hazards like IEDs planted by the retreating terrorists.

As a result of today’s advance, the Syrian Arab Army has reached the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) lines around Tabaqa, marking the first time in nearly three years that they have had any presence in this area.

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Floriangeyer
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This is fantastic news. SAA consolidation in this area will of course hamper the US ambition to funnel the Saudi sponsored ISIS gangs toward the SAA in the Palmyra area in order to slow down the relief of Deir Ezzor city.

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I dont believe it is Rusafah but Sfaiyeh because Rusafah is 30km to the east of Sfaiyeh and does not have a oilfield and Sfaiyeh does.
Still a great job by SAA.

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Deo Cass

Once cleared, the SAA should not lose any time and should continue towards Raqqa city proper by bypassing the US proxies of the SDF and YPG and heading straight towards the city centre from the shouth. In Raqqa there are no ISIS left but civilians who desperately need to be saved and protected by the Syrian goverment forces from mass extermination and eradication by the US and its proxies for ethnic cleansing purposes.

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There is no way SAA can achieve any result inside Raqqa without a foothold on the north side and a proper supplyroute towards the frontline. Crossing the river is not really an option with the needed heavy weapons and vehicles. Also your claim that raqqa is empty is ludacress, Deash would have transferred out all important weaponry and supplies before their encirclement but there are still a lot of fighters inside the city. Daesh will make hold them off as long as possible but will really defend when SDF enter the old city that are easier to defend, for now… Read more »

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lawmann josto

well done SAA.Keep up the good work!!