BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their large-scale offensive in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, Wednesday, targeting the last villages under the Islamic State’s (ISIL) control near the key town of Maskanah.

Backed by heavy Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces attacked a group of villages located north of Maskanah this morning.

Within hours of launching this powerful attack, the Tiger Forces managed to break-through the Islamic State’s defenses, resulting in the liberation of Battoushiyah, Salhiyah, Jubab Kabir, Jubab Saghir, and Sharmiyah.

The liberation of these villages on Wednesday has put the Syrian Arab Army within striking distance of Maskanah, which spells bad news for the Islamic State forces trying to protect the western countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate.

A military source told Al-Masdar News on Monday that the Syrian Arab Army is expected to reach Maskanah by the end of the week; if true, this means the government could be inside the Al-Raqqa Governorate by May’s end.

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lawmann josto
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lawmann josto
2017-05-24 20:48

keep up the good work SAA and al masdar news

Flay the Daeshbags
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Flay the Daeshbags
2017-05-24 21:40

maybe they should also try from Ithriya again? last time, the left their north flank empty. Now with Al-Tawrah under SDF control, it will be easier?

Assad must stay
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Assad must stay
2017-05-24 21:45

I hope it will work so fast 🙂
f**k them all 🙂

Datuk Bandar
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Datuk Bandar
2017-05-25 05:38

Well, if we take a serious look at the maps, there are clearly other military objectives and larger areas to clear first, not to forget the securing of the Aleppo supply line from the east once and for all. There is no need to rush into Raqqa now. The SDF will do that work successfully. Afterwards the SAA can mop up south of the Euphrates and deploy the Tigers to Deir ez-Zor.