DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:30 P.M.) – ISIS has kept a lot of firepower and thousands of fighters in Aleppo province to combat the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) despite losing control of the entire Tabqa region, thus enabling Kurdish forces to move ever closer to Raqqa city.
On Wednesday, the SAA’s Tiger Forces paid a heavy price for liberating two rural Aleppo villages as the Islamic State deployed two suicide bombers, armed drones, multiple anti-tank missiles and other heavy weaponry to cling onto its last territory in the governorate.
Footage of the suicide bombers recorded by Amaq Agency:
According to Amaq Agency, the SVBIED’s were driven by two militants named Abu Muawiyah Al-Idlibi and Khattab Al-Turkestani, the latter of whom was a foreign fighter turned volunteer suicide bomber for the caliphate.
The suicidal attacks near the village of Atshana resulted in the destruction of three technicals which were mounted with Bofors 57 mm gun and anti-aircraft machine guns. Several soldiers were also killed, the ISIS-linked Amaq outlet claimed. In addition, a T-72 tank and BMP-1 were destroyed by a guided missiles.
Subsequently, commander-in-chief Suheil Al-Hassan will likely have to redraw plans for the capture of Jirah Airbase. This famous Syrian general – rivaled only by Major General Issam Zahreddine who has led the defense of Deir Ezzor city – has never lot a battle and is known to do everything possible to minimize casualties among troops under his command.