DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:20 P.M.) – On Saturday morning, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) secured a massive advance in southeastern Aleppo and managed to liberate an astonishing 11 villages from the Islamic State.

Pushing rapidly southwards along the eastern bank of the Jabbul salt lake, the SAA’s Tiger Forces – alongside Sunni fighters of the Al-Baqir tribe – took full control over the villages of Mawaleh Saghira, Mawaleh Kabir, Mustariha, Batushiya, Ramadaniya, Taousat, Khirbat Thib, Khirbat Hassoun, Shiha, Eiss, and Wadi Mawaleh.

Effectively, Suheil Al-Hassan’s seasoned assault troops are on the verge of linking up with government forces stationed on the road between Khanasser and Aleppo. The SAA will now explore military plans aimed at widening the vulnerable Aleppo supply line, a highway frequently attacked by ISIS on its eastern flank and Al-Qaeda on its western flank.

Meanwhile, operations are underway to encircle the Islamic State stronghold of Maskanah through pincer manuevers around Lake Assad. Long-term, the Tiger Forces also hope to push into Raqqa province and possible join the battle for Raqqa itself.

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Assad must stay
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Assad must stay

Nice to see the rats 6 feets under the ground 🙂

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It is indeed. The US will be a bigger danger now that the chaos they wanted in Syria is subsiding. What dirty tricks will the US attempt now ?

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Jan Sammer

It seems to me that securing the Khanasser road by extending southward the advance along the Jabbul Lake should be a priority.

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lawmann josto

Congragulations SAA

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Chauhan Chauhan

SOON THEY EXPAND KHANESSAR ROAD BUFFER IT WILL FREE UP MANY SOLDIER WHO ARE DEFENDING THAT ROAD IN EASTERN FLANK AND THEY CAN SFIFT THOSE SOLDIER TO THE WESTERN FLANK TO FIGHT AL QAIDA. IN ALEEPO SO THEY CAN SURROUND WEST ALLEPO AND CUT THEM OF FROM IDLIB USING SAME TACTIC LIKE TIGER FORCE IS USING

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Clearly, in recent days SAA and allies advance on broad fronts, unlike previous advances to Palmyra and on Ithriya-Raqqa highway with “spearhead” method that is vulnerable to ISIS counterattacks. This is a superior approach, it requires more high quality forces but it yields lasting gains. I think this is the last summer that we read about ISIS in Syria, and hopefully, they will be wiped out by fall, together with the “moderates” along Jordanian border. Linking Khanasser with Maskaneh district will definitely improve the security of Aleppo road.