ISIS has reportedly deployed additional reinforcements to southern Raqqah in order to boost its offensive against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces and pro-government tribal forces in the area.
Clashes are now ongoing between ISIS militants and government troos in the areas west and south of the crossroad village of Ghanem Al-Ali. An intense fighting is also ongoing in the area of Ghanem Al-Ali village itself.
ISIS claims that it controls the village while pro-government sources deny these claims.
However, it’s clear that ISIS has successfully used the government advance in central Syria for re-gropuing and preparing for operations in the province of Raqqah.