On October 2, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies liberated the villages of Rubayah and Mughayzil from ISIS terrorists in the eastern Salamiyah pocket where a large group of ISIS members was encircled in August.
Since August, the ISIS held area have decreased from 3,270 km2 to 480 km2 and it is shrinking further. The SAA have been pressuring on ISIS units on multiple frontlines.
The current goal of government forces is to divide the ISIS-held area into two separate parts. If this is done, the SAA will be able to defeat the remaining groups of ISIS members one by one.
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October 2, 2017: