DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:50 P.M.) – ISIS is putting up tough resistance at Sakr Island but is slowly buckling to the overwhelming firepower deployed by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), exclusive military sources inform Al-Masdar News.

On Thursday evening, Hezbollah’s (Lebanese pro-government paramilitary) media wing released footage of SAA troops engaging entrenched jihadist units on the embattled island, located across the river southeast of Deir Ezzor city.

The video shows SAA tanks, artillery, machine-guns and assault troops of the 4th Mechanized Division clearing the path and leading the way through ISIS-controlled points across Sakr Island. Towards the end of the video, airstrikes are even put on display:

Government forces are notably shown crossing the Euphrates River by boat at one point in the video, suggesting reinforcements to be pouring into the area.

At the moment, the SAA controls roughly 60% of Sakr Island while militants loyal to the Islamic State nevertheless hold on to the northern fringes, prepared to fight to the death in face of an imminent encirclement.

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The Syrian regime under Assad, Iran, and the Russians are the side of good in all of this. 20 years ago I never thought it would be possible. Didn’t the media demonize them as “the enemy” since time immemorial?

ISIS is an evil creation of the CIA/Mossad, and US forces + mercenaries are there to monitor the situation and siphon just a few more taxpayer dollars for themselves.

The other players in the ongoing battle for Syria fight for the interests of their various backers (Qatar, Saudis, UAE, etc.), and all are a destabilizing influence.

Deo Cass

With the oil and gas lost, the war is lost for Syria. Unless the Syrian government forces start treating the US colonial slaves, the Kurds as ISIS and reclaim the gas and oil which the Zionist slaves, the foreign Kurdish invaders stole from them, Syria can just as well say good bye to its statehood. They could have won 85% of the territory, but they lost the war.