The Syrian Arab Army Tiger Forces have entered the province of Raqqah after liberating a large area south of Maskanah. With this advance, the Tiger Forces reached the area controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the town of Tabqah.
According to some experts, government forces will likely continue developing momentum toward the Ithriyah-Raqqa road from the direction of Maskanah. Thus, the SDF may be pushed to further advance against ISIS south of Raqqah in order to prevent the Syrian army from reaching the ISIS self-proclaimed capital from this direction. This would prevent ISIS terrorists from redeploying from Raqqah to other frontlines against government forces.