BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 A.M.) – The Syrian and Russian air forces were relentless today in the eastern countryside of Hama, launching nonstop airstrikes over the Islamic State’s positions near the Al-Raqqa Governorate’s provincial border.

Syrian and Russian aviation officers were collecting intel for weeks before they launched the airstrikes over east Hama on Saturday, a military source told Al-Masdar News.

The source added that more than 5 helicopters and 2 jets struck the Islamic State’s positions at the villages of Soha, Uqayrbat, Bal’as, and Al-Tanhaj in Hama’s eastern countryside.

As a result of these airstrikes, the Islamic State lost several armored vehicles and a large number of combatants; especially, inside their primary stronghold of Uqayrbat in eastern Hama.

The eastern countryside of Hama is imperative to the Islamic State because it borders the Al-Raqqa Governorate; this is important because it is located along their supply route from east Homs.

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Good move, gather intel and strike heavely before they can react and hide. Focus on Materials like trucks, technicals, BMP, tanks etc, things that can not be replaced easely like mappower. Hoping the SAA will move on the eastern hama/homs front against daesh soon. Although i expect after damascus region the first want to clear daraa province first.