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Syria War Report – October 9, 2017: Syrian Army Restores Control Over Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Hezbollah have repelled all ISIS attacks along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway, regained an area east of Sukhna and restored control over this key supply line to government forces operating near Deir Ezzor city, according to pro-government sources.

Meanwhile, government forces, led by the SAA Tiger Forces, started storming the ISIS stronghold of Mayadin. The SAA seized the old airport, the grain silos and other points west and south of the city.

The situation inside Mayadin remains unclear. Some sources report that ISIS is withdrawing from the area under the threat of being encircled by government forces. At the same time, no photos or videos showing SAA troops deep inside the city are available online.

Anyway, the fall of Mayadin will be a major blow to the ISIS defense in the Euphrates Valley.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seized the town of as-Sawah from ISIS northwest of Deir Ezzor. Separately, SDF units captured Markadah town in southern Hasakah. Markadah is located on the road heading to the SDF-held town of As Suwar and the ISIS strong point of al-Busariyah.

The SDF is attempting to deliver a fell stroke to ISIS in the city of Raqqah. Last weekend, Jihan Sheikh, spokesperson for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said that 85% of Raqqah is under the SDF control and vowed that the US-backed force will take full control over the city in few days.

Ardal Raqqa, a SDF field commander, told Reuters that the final push to defeat ISIS militants was set to be started on Sunday night.

Turkey has deployed a large force including Leopard 2 and M60T battle tanks at the border with Syria ahead of the large-scale military intervention in the province of Idlib. According to Turkish President Recep Erdogan, Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army groups have already entered the province and developing momentum there.

In case of the military intervention, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) would likely be the main enemy of Turkey-led forces. Recently, the group has had very cold ties with Ankara and its proxies.

Pro-Turkish media also argue that the operation would be linked to countering Kurdish militias operating in northwestern Syria.

On Sunday, Turkish officers and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) representatives reportedly held a meeting in Darat Izza town in northwestern Aleppo. The meeting was likely linked to the upcoming Turkish military action in the militant-held area. Opposition sources speculated that HTS might surrender positions near the Kurdish-held area to Turkey without any fighting.

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MD Ranix

kudos and deep respect to the unstoppable russian led coalition

Moussa Saab

Lets hope the SAA crosses the river soon.

Solomon Krupacek



Jonathan Cohen



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Castration might work better.


How about both ,just to be certain ?

Tudor Miron

You really sound as a victim of abortion yourself.


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Solomon Krupacek

no control is restored



Confusing reports all over. Largely unconfirmed.

SAA was going to take Mayadin today, which did not happen and acc to opposition sources SAA has had heavy losses today, both at Mayadin and on the weak bridgehead east of the Euphrates where SDF is closing the pocket there and pushing IS towards the SAA bridgehead, where their only escape is smashing through SAA lines just a few kms in depth.

An unconfirmed ceasefire in Raqqah, SDF statements of taking a lot of villages along the Khabur and the first, as yet unconfirmed, report on an SDF attack on the Omar fields, exact location unknown.

After several days of quiet on the SDF side, it seems SDF is on the verge of major beakthroughs.

This week will again be telling.


It is also unconfirmed as to what happened to your friend Justin Ryan. Could it have been foul play ? :DD


The last part of the video was interesting. HTS may give up positions near or around Kurdish majority strongholds in the north. Question is, if HTS does, what are they getting in return? I speculate a free hand in controlling the heartland of Idlib, and better relations with Turkey for economic and political survival.

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