ISIS’ Defense Crumbles Amid Syrian Army’s Advance In Eastern Al-Suwayda

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On June 8, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued its military operation against ISIS in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside and advanced 7km towards the strategic area of Khirbit al-Ambashi, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria. Reportedly, the SAA also advanced 10km towards al-Safa Hills, east of Khirbit al-Ambashi.

ISIS' Defense Crumbles Amid Syrian Army's Advance In Eastern Al-Suwayda

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Syrian pro-government sources said that Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) warplanes had supported the SAA attack and had carried out a new wave of airstrikes on ISIS positions in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside.

Form its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq reported that ISIS fighters repelled an attack of the SAA on their positions in the eastern al-Suwayda and killed 5 soldiers and officers of the SAA. The source also claimed that ISIS fighters destroyed a BMP-1 armored vehicle and a pickup truck of the SAA with ATGMs.

According to Syrian pro-government activists, hundreds of ISIS fighters are currently hiding in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside. Some of these fighters were evacuated from several districts south of the city of Damascus last month.

The SAA will likely eliminate the remaining fighters of ISIS in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside soon, according to local observers, who doubt that the terrorist group will be able to resist to the SAA advance in such an open desert area for a long time.

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  • I thought the Yarmouk Grey Orcs were Grey Bused to the DeZ/Homs desert pocket? Why would SAA create a new Orc Pocket where none had been there before? Wasn’t this Green Orc territory before last year’s sweeping SAA advances?

    • Barba_Papa

      Could be. If memory serves me right last years advance was not into this territory but going east, along the Jordanian border. Until the Americans set up shop in At Tanf.

    • Bill Wilson

      The Green Orcs withdrew to al-Tanf once the SAA showed up with sufficient forces to maintain control of the region while the rest advanced against ISIS. A good number of ISIS fighters withdrew into the deserts as the SAA and SDF made their sweeping advances. Assad, the Russians and SDF/US had a good idea of where they were holed up and a even better idea to leave them alone so they could watch other ISIS fighters trickle in to join them and where their supply lines run from. The US has the best routes blocked by al-Tanf so the Iraqis blocked their roads along the border and the SAA began blocking the remaining interior desert roads from all civilian traffic, including commercial trucks. Then they started a waiting game to see what ISIS would do once they start running low on foodstuffs and fuel. Some just attacked a FSA checkpoint near al-Tanf in either an attempt to escape or get waiting supply trucks thru. ISIS is attacking SAA positions by the river so they can get out of the desert and back where there’s water, supplies and arable ground to grow crops to feed themselves. ISIS was allowed to hole up in southern Hasakah along a wadi that has a fair number of farms plus a decent water supply. They came trickling in from Deir Azzor and Iraq since they had no where else to go in that arid region that’s practically unpopulated due to scant groundwater resources.
      Now it’s time to wipe them out since they’re bunched together and trapped where they’re at.

      • georgeking

        Very good summation, and I agree this was a very sound plan by S.A.A. and friends.

    • Willing Conscience (The Truths

      They were, it was between 1200 to 1700 fighters and about the equal amount of family members shipped to a secret location in Dier ez-Zor. The media reported a delay in the evacuation but that was just a cover, they had already began evacuating nearly a month beforehand and half of them had already left by the time the official evacuation started, who knows where any of them really ended up.
      By December last year the SAA did have control of all these areas. The Jordanians and the US convinced most of the Southern Front rebels to enter a ceasefire agreement with the SAA and they then pulled all their Southern Front forces away from the eastern parts of As-Suwayda and Rif Dimashq. The FSA didn’t agree to the ceasefire and still kept fighting in Homs under their own banner and without official US support. The Russians at the time accused the US of protecting fleeing FSA fighters with their artillery at Al-Tanf, and also stated they believed the FSA were using the 55km exclusion zone around the base to hide in and resupply from. More interestingly they also stated they believed Isis fighters were possibly doing the same thing. That was before December last year and there have been several similar incidents since then that have more or less had the Russians come right out and accuse the US of actually protecting fleeing Isis fighters with this exclusion zone. There’s heaps of articles concerning the matter.
      Last year the Iraqi’s, the SAA and the Russians all coordinated operations to clean up all the border regions under their control and asked the US to join the operation but were turned down. Without US support the SAA managed to totally clear the Syrian side of the border all the way up to the Euphrates, with only the base at Al-Tanf still posing a problem. The Iraqi’s had a little more difficulty on their side of the border, especially near the areas of Al-Tanf, but once they did, they quickly secured all the rest of their side of the border from top to bottom. The Iraqi’s managed to isolate the Iraqi Isis pocket away from the Syrian border, but were still having problems with Isis supply lines crossing the border at Al-Hasakah and Dier ez-Zor, both in SDF controlled territory. The Iraqi’s, US, French and SDF are now all involved in an operation to drive them out of these areas, but curiously the very first strike in this operation was an Iraqi airstrike in Al-Hasakah governate. Even stranger the Iraqi’s didn’t coordinate this attack with the US and SDF on the ground, they instead only asked for Assad’s approval. That made me think the Iraqi’s actually had to drag the US into this operation, after all they’ve been twiddling their thumbs here ever since the Turks invaded Afrin.
      The most southern part of the pocket of Isis that still operates in Homs and Dier ez-Zor, is only 75km to the north of the 55km zone at Al-Tanf, that’s only a couple of hours travel time even in the rough desert at night. If someone’s suppling you with good intel allowing you to evade SAA positions it’s probably even a pleasant drive between the 2 areas.
      The areas around Al-Tanf have never been free of Isis, the US base at Al-Tanf is their local HQ, Intel provider, supply depot, and recruitment facility. The US is now saying they’re considering pulling their forces out of this base but I think they’ll only leave after the Russian’s atomize their carcasses with nukes. The proposed Saudi gas pipeline was supposed to cross the Jordanian border right here where Al-Tanf is, and I think the US still want’s it too.

  • Ed

    So Amaq is STILL broadcasting?!!!

    • Krockman

      Sad thing is, it’s probably run in Turkey or Europe.

  • Concerned citizen

    Kill those bastards. Never leave one of them alive. They have raped, butchered innocent people in the name of ISLAM.

    SHOW NO MERCY TO THOSE ZIONIST & U.S. PIGS!!!

    WIPE THEM OFF THE FACE OF THIS EARTH.

    MAKE A MASS GRAVE AND BURY THEM IN THE DESERT.

    IF YOU CANNOT DO IT LET US HELP YOU BURY THEM!!!

    • Icarus Tanović

      Salute!