DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:00 A.M.) – The official media wing of the National Defence Forces (NDF) published footage on Sunday showing a large gathering of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops stationed near Al-Suknah, a key junction town in eastern Homs which was wrestled from ISIS earlier this month.
The video showed NDF and SAA troops in high spirits; towards the end of the video, Russian choppers could be seen conducting sorties close by to beef up moral for government forces:
On Saturday, the SAA eliminated one of two Islamic State pockets in central Syria. With only the eastern Hama enclave left, government troops are now able to regroup for a looming offensive towards Deir Ezzor.
If the SAA is able to lift the siege of Deir Ezzor through a series of pincers, the self-proclaimed caliphate will be on its last legs in Syria.
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