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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:00 P.M.) – On Thursday afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) most elite assault troops scored another major advance en route to the Islamic State’s desert stronghold of Al-Suknah.

Securing around a dozen of minor wells in the process, the Tiger Forces brushed aside all ISIS resistance on two axes of the oil-rich region, advancing five kilometers southeast and five kilometers southwest of their earlier forward positions.

Meanwhile, the SAA – heavily assisted by Syrian and Russian jets – destroyed a number of jihadist bases and outposts at Maadan, Al-Rabiyah, Rasm Ghanem and Jableh. According to a military source debriefing Al-Masdar News, these air raids took out five ISIS technicals on Thursday.

In the coming weeks, the SAA hopes to complete pincer movements that ultimately look to envelop and liberate the ISIS-held junction town of Al-Suknah, thereby establishing a launching pad for an eastern thrust to relieve besieged Deir Ezzor.

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well done SAA and allies!!!