Syrian Army Repelling Large ISIS Attack In Southern Raqqah (Map)

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Last night ISIS launched a large-scale attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and pro-government tribal forces in the southern Raqqah countryside.

According to pro-militant sources, ISIS had deployed elite forces for this advance and even achieved some gains pushing the SAA Tiger Forces and other pro-government units to retreat to the Ghanim Ali-Bishri road. ISIS units reportedly entered the Wadi Ubayd oil field area, Wadi al-Tarab and Rajm Sulayman but were not able to develop the advance further.

Government forces re-groupped and launched a counter-attack to regain the points lost to ISIS. According to some pro-government sources, government troops, led by the Tiger Forces, even did this and regained all lost points.

However, these reports were overestimation. Government forces were not able to reach the outskirts of Maadan.

On Tuesday, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq released few reports claiming that ISIS members killed 50 SAA members and destroyed 3 vehicles as well as captured a battle tank.

Syrian Army Repelling Large ISIS Attack In Southern Raqqah (Map)

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  • Tudor Miron

    Cornered rat is trying to bite. My prediction is: Like the latest attacks of Daesh against SAA the only result will be = even faster distruction of headchopping scum.

  • Joe Doe

    Stopping advances at the gate of Maadan city was one of many SAA blunder and most likely not the last
    one. The worst Officer Staff can due to its soldiers is to order to leave half job done and move the troops to another front. As I pointed out many times SAA High COmmand Staff and Officers have history of poor planning and intelligence gathering.

    ISIS has plenty time to rearm, regroup, rest and reinforce with additional units and the city itself the the consequences are many dead soldiers and military hardware.

    • Turbofan

      You seem to know a lot about incompetence and jobs being half done..Talking from personal experience I assume?

      • Joe Doe

        I have to disappoint you, but I never leave job have than and always prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
        You negativity in your reply tells me that you most likely incompetent and can’t swallow criticism

        • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

          Your negativity in criticism doesn’t help , but as we are seeing this has been a failed attempt by Daesh group 1, Daesh group 2 has also failed in their operations and continued attempts as the first group. The area around DE is slowly being cleared of Daesh terrorists ,the numbers in DE are believed to be about 15-20,000 of the SAA and allies, these numbers should be able to reclaim stronger defensive positions to act in a pincer against the Daesh scum when they link the various fronts and push them onto the defenders at DE.

    • gustavo

      I agree with you point. Russia army has to tell these Syria generals and commander where they are making mistakes.

      • Joe Doe

        Correct, when you receive criticism or something went wrong, analyze and make improvement or fixed. Sweeping problem or blunders under the carpet will not help. Only infantry will pay heavy price

    • John Brown

      No Joe Doe it was very smart of the SAA to stop at Madan as it was heavily defended and now those ISIS Israeli forces from Madan are on the offensive and out in the open where they can be more easily destroyed by air power, instead of being well dug in, in a city where it would be much harder and take much longer to destroy them. .

    • Daniel

      It’s a matter of priorities. There is more or less only 1 elite unit in the SAA and they prioritised eastern Hama to prevent being attacked in back (I assume).

    • ruca

      You must have a lot of inside knowledge. Tell us how it looks at the front line.

  • FlorianGeyer

    Could it be that the US has a clandestine agenda with ISIS that IF the head choppers can push back the SAA to the South of the Raqqa City area, then the 2000 or so ISIS surrounded in Raqqa would be ‘ miraculously ‘ be able to escape ?

    Were that to happen the US proxy Kurds fighting in Raqqa would be freed up to take the oil rich areas of Eastern Deir Ezzor.

    Just a thought :)

    • Jesus

      That was my earlier thought 2-3 days ago.

      • FlorianGeyer

        Its certainly a possibility in the Machiavellian world of US thought.

  • Daqiri

    Hopefully Tigers will recapture all the lost points today, and Russian MoD will declare 800 ISIS fighters killed and 50 vehicles destroyed.

    • Jesus

      To refresh your memory, HTS jihadis had deployed 13,000 men around W. Aleppo trying to break the encirclement of the city, by the time the battle was done, they had suffered 5-7000 dead casualties, losses they have not recuperated from. 800 men hardly constitute more than a battalion, if ISIS has 4-5000 fighters in the area, that would represent 15-20% casualties. ISIS cannot sustain these kind of casualties for long, even with US intelligence help, they are dead meat in open positions where aerial attacks will only increase.

      • John Brown

        Yes Jesus its great ISIS Israeli forces are on the offensive out in the open where they can be more easily destroyed.

      • Daniel

        That was really a death blow to HTS in Aleppo back then when they tried to lift the siege and succeeded for a short while, but the cost was too high.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      The region around Ghanim Ali seen that many already and video evidence to prove it.

  • Dustil schmit

    BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – Some fifty-six (56) Syrian Army soldiers who went missing in the midst of a huge ISIS offensive throughout southeastern Raqqa Governorate about four days ago have arrived, interestingly enough, at a large army base in Hasakah Governorate.

    These army soldiers had been routed during the initial shock phase of a surprise offensive by seasoned ISIS forces in southeast Raqqa.

    Separated from their units, they made their way towards lines of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who then transported them to a large Syrian Army base south of the city of Qamishli in Hasakah Governorate.

    • Joe Doe

      SOme reports saying that over 300 are missing

      • VGA

        Some tribal “fighters” must have individually returned to their homes and are waiting for some days to pass so that others can fight ISIS, before reporting in.

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        The missing were just those that didn’t report right away , since the communications in the region has been spotty, they believe the Coalition is using Jamming to disrupt their communications.

    • PZIVJ

      That is very interesting and amusing.
      Maybe they wanted to redeploy to a base that is much more quite and peaceful. :)

  • gustavo

    ¿ Where is Russia aerospace force to erase these terrorists ?, or ¿ did they act when they say that killed 800 terrorists ? I really hope that Russia increases A LOT its aerospace forces in this area.

    • Joe Doe

      You have to read between lines on those reports. I all the figures will be accurate about ISIS killed, there should not be ISIS left in Syria, but as you can see they are in Syria and strong

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        Daesh is forcing locals to fight for them and arresting and killing any opposed to this.

  • Cheryl Brandon

    I think the plan is to meet the Iraqis on the eastern end and move up north to tackle those fleeing rats! If the 3 of them join together, then they can exterminate all the rats in Northern Syria!. Charge USA and their proxies and the Kurds with War crimes! They too have been stealing property and land from other ethnic minorities eg christisns and sunni and shias and other groups; Kurds+USA+Terrorist are all in the same camp: CRIMINALS

  • Lupus

    SAA and friends suffers a lack of troops. Still they are on winning hand. As they close in on Isis in the last strongholds of these rats we will see more of their convulsions. Their defeat is inevetable tho. After the Hama pocket is cleansed the rest of m will be terminated in DeZ. Let the endgame begin!

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      They are fighting on multiple fronts including the South eastern desert and both fronts in Homs-Hama as HTS and allies try to break the pocket open. They still have to maintain their fronts in all regions and why they can counter these attacks without suffering losses elsewhere.

  • DJ Double D

    US must have something to do with these massive ISIS attacks. This is almost certainty. The agenda is still the same – Destroy Syria.

  • Why don’t you guys just write in Russian? Why the effort of writing to each other in Russo-English?

    • ruca

      Does it offend you?

    • RedBaron9495

      Go back to Jerusalem Post forums….you annoying little kike!