The Syrian Arab Army’s 555th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division is back on the offensive in northeast Hama after a brief hiatus due to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) violent attack on the government’s only supply route to the Aleppo Governorate last week.
On Thursday afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army’s 555th Brigade – backed by Liwaa Al-Quds (Jerusalem Brigade), the National Defense Forces (NDF), and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – imposed full control over Point 4, Point 5, Khirbat Al-Bayda, and several small hilltops en route to the Zakiyah Crossroad that is located just west of the Al-Raqqa Governorate border with Hama.
In addition to recapturing those aforementioned sites, the Syrian Armed Forces are engaged in a fierce battle with the ISIS terrorists entrenched at Zakiyah village, which is strategically located located along the Salamiyah-Raqqa Road.
The Syrian Armed Forces have regained all of the hills they abandoned during ISIS’ abrupt offensive in the Khanasser Plains last week; however, they are now two weeks behind the original schedule for this offensive.
The main objective for the Syrian Arab Army’s offensive along the Salamiyah-Raqqa Road is to retake the imperative Tabaqa Military Airport that was captured by ISIS in August of 2014; this base is located approximately 40 km away from the provincial capital of the Al-Raqqa Governorate.