Syrian War Report – August 15, 2017: Tiger Forces Clearing Central Syria From ISIS

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Voiceover by Harold Hoover

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces have been further capitalizing from the airdrop operation conducted behind ISIS defense lines in the Homs-Palmyra countryside.

On Monday, the Tiger Forces liberated the villages of Bukhayran, Ariqah and Othmaniyah and then the entire Kawm oasis located on the road between Resafa and Sukhna. On Tuesday, government troops continued developing momentum in the directions of Bir Hisayyah and Taybah.

Russian Ka-52 attack helicopters provide a close air support to the advancing government troops. According to local sources, Russian military advisers are involved in the operation.

If the Tiger Forces capture any of the aforementioned villages, they will be able to threaten all ISIS supply lines in the area. This will decrease the ISIS defense capabilities in Uqayribat in the eastern Hama countryside.

The Syrian military is very close to putting ISIS units north of the Homs-Palmyra highway in a no-win situation. In coming days, ISIS will counter-attack in order to slow down the Tiger Forces advance and to prevent encirclement of its forces. If terrorists are not able to achieve their goal, it may lead to a full collapse of the ISIS defense in the area.

In eastern Damascus, government forces continued pressuring Faylaq al-Rahman and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Jobar and Any Tarma. Since the resumption of the operation in these areas, the SAA has made some tactical gains, but the situation remains complicated. Many will depend on the ability of militant groups operating in Eastern Ghouta to cooperate against government forces.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have faced troubles inside the city of Raqqah where the SDF is clashing with ISIS. Since Saturday, ISIS has conducted multiple counter-attacks in the eastern, western and southern parts of the city using VBIEDs, snipers and grenade launchers. According to AMAQ, about 50 SDF members have been killed in the recent attacks. However, this number sounds overestimated.

The delay in the battle of Raqqah plays in to the hands of the Syrian military that seeks to liberate central Syria and to reach Deir Ezzor before the US-backed force.

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  • Jesus

    The developing scenario is bad news for ISIS forces, SAA and allies can approach Bir Hysayya east of Salamyah from the north and south enclosing an ISIS pocket, while the Tiger Forces along with the tribal units can focus on Tybah, take it and move south towards Sukhna enclosing a second ISIS pocket.
    As far as ISIS counterattacks, their effects will be minimal since helicopter gunships and air attacks make it difficult for ISIS to assemble any significant groupings.
    All the old Soviet ordinance available can be used in carpet bombing these encircled pockets until ISIS is fully destroyed

    • Tudor Miron

      That’s a rare point where I agree with sn. McCain :) Some good ole carpet bombing is required in those “kotyol’s”

    • occupybacon

      what if i tell you it’s widely practiced but with better weapons and not called carpet bombing for obvious political reasons?

      • Attrition47

        Carpet bombing a desert?

        • occupybacon

          I said with better weapons, what you see in WW2 documentaries wouldn’t work today.

          • Attrition47

            I don’t watch WWII documentaries, I’m a grown up.

          • occupybacon

            So that means your memory was erased and you don’t remember the carpet bombing from them?

          • Attrition47

            I’m a history man not a Hitler channel man.

          • occupybacon

            Should I call you Mr. History ?

          • Attrition47

            Dad will do….;o)

      • Jesus

        If you use PGMs you do not need to carpet bomb, unguided bombs are dropped in a certain pattern to overlap the destructive power of each bomb and destroy all targets, except for deeply buried targets. B-17s carried out a strong carpet bombing campaign against Germany, destroying economic infrastructure, roadways, factories and plants of every kind, even leveling Dresden. These attacks were carried out by air armadas numbering hundreds and over a thousand bombers.
        B-52s carpet bombed Haiphong and Hanoi on occasion without a sustained pattern, subsequently the targets recovered.
        ISIS does not represent attractive targets compared to the examples above, however, carpet bombing would terrorize the terrorists and annihilate their networks and their sorry existence.

        • occupybacon

          yeah, things like that and cluster bombs i was refering to

          • Jesus

            Cluster bombs are anti personnel, they does not destroy fortifications or reinforced gun emplacements like cluster of 500lbs bonds would.

          • occupybacon

            Actually is anti personnel an armored vehicles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxgiBJATe9M

          • Jesus

            The payloads delivered by B2 and B1 bombers are respectable, however, how many B2 and B1 bombers can be deployed for sustained air sorties dealing with every square km? And the weapons they deploy are expensive and somewhat limited in numbers.
            On the other hand T22, T160, and the Bear bombers are not very “needy” they can fly out a lot more sorties per week than the US counterparts, and have an inexhaustible supply of dumb bombs left over from the Soviet era

          • occupybacon

            I only said carpet bombing is still used today but with more advanced weapons but your only problem seem to be that I posted American bombers instead of Russian bombers.

          • Jesus

            That is not what I implied, in order execute an effective carpet bombing campaign you need many bombers. Each sortie should involve at least 20-30 bombers, and sorties have to be executed daily. Advanced weapons cost money and their stockpiles are relative to the perceived need for various war scenarios.
            20-30 bombers unloading 200 tons of ordnance, is a good effort totally taking out several square miles of targets.

  • Kell

    Looking good

  • samo war