On Tuesday morning, several units from the pro-government “Desert Hawks Brigade” made their way to the east Hama countryside in order to partake in the upcoming offensive to liberate Raqqa City.

The Desert Hawks are comprised of military personnel that were formerly Syrian Arab Army (SAA) special forces.

Unlike the National Defense Forces (pro-government militia), the Desert Hawks are privately funded by a former Syrian Army officer, General Mohammad Jaber.

General Jaber is a Syrian oil tycoon that originally started the Desert Hawks to protect his assets in east Syria.

However, over time, the Desert Hawks developed into one of the most effective paramilitary forces in Syria.

The two and a half minute long video below shows the Desert Hawks traveling from Jabal Al-Sha’ar to the desert-city of Ithriya in eastern Hama.

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Karel Vd Geest


Any pressure on IS is wellcome. I hardly think this force can take the city itself, but they might advane towards near the city.

As the SDF is advancing from the north, north east and north west, we will see who gets there first and in the end, they might cooperate to take the city.