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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) forces completely collapsed along the northern rim of the Deir Hafer Plain on Tuesday, allowing the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to reach the northwestern part of Lake Assad for the first time in four years.

On Wednesday, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” continued their large-scale offensive, pushing further south of the recently liberated town of Al-Khafsa.

According to Al-Masdar’s northern Syria correspondent, Yusha Yuseef, the Tiger Forces liberated the village of Al-Khafsa Al-Saghir after a short battle with the Islamic State this morning.

Following the liberation of Al-Khafsa Al-Saghir, the Tiger Forces seized the Al-Khafsa Water Puming Station, Rasm Al-Hermel Al-Kabira, Haboboubah Al-Kabira, Habboubah Al-Saghira, and Rasm Al-‘Abboud.

As a result of today’s gains, the Syrian Arab Army is now pushing south towards the Al-Jirah Airbase and Maskanah Plain; these two sites are the gateway to the Al-Raqqa Governorate.

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the tiger forces warm my heart – i’m not a militarist, i’m an old ’68 rebell, but yes, these guys are great and need every support they can get – go, vorwaerts tiger forces, non pu esisitere la bella pace, finche vivra un padrone!
lotta, lotta di lunga durata….

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I guess SAA will seize soon the airbase which is a look to Deir Hafer, push a little to the south, and after move to encircle Deir Hafer. After SAA could push to the south, clearing all the Maskaneh plain, and may be push to Ithriya to clear this pocket, later pushing to Taqba airbase.

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I’m almost certain the SAA will ignore Deir Hafer and use their momentum to liberate Maskanah and the surrounding plain first – perhaps with a two pronged attack with the help of the garrison at Khanasir.