Syrian War Report – August 18, 2017: Syrian Army Delivers Devastating Blow To ISIS In Homs Province

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Pro-government forces, led by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces and Hezbollah, and supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), have delivered a devastating blow to ISIS terrorists in the province of Homs.

According to the Syrian Defense Ministry, pro-government fighters have liberated the Tuweiyan gas factory, the Tuweiyan gas field, the Akram gas field, the Husain gas field, the Ghadur gas field and the Tuweiyan station. The SAA reportedly destroyed 15 armed vehicles of ISIS and removed dozens of IEDs and mines planted in the gas fields.

Separately, pro-government forces liberated Sawwanat Husayyah, Tall Husayyah, Sawwanat al-Qusayr and the nearby points and cut off the only ISIS supply line to the key ISIS-held village of Uqayrabat. According to some pro-government sources, ISIS is now fully encircled there. However, Uqayrabat and nearby villages are located in a stiff terrain that could contribute to a possible delay of the SAA operation in the area.

According to pro-government sources, the liberation of the Uqayrabat area will allow to shorten the frontline and to free between 3,000 and 5,000 fighters and about 200 vehicles and battle tanks for operations across Syria.

Later, the SAA and its allies took control of the Nabij gas gathering station east of Sukhna further contributing to a possible push to encircle the rest of the ISIS-held area north of Palmyra via capturing the Sukhna-Resafa road.

Government troops also seized Talalat Durub near Humaymah further tightening the siege on the ISIS-held village. When Humaymah is liberated, they will likely focus on liberating the T2 pumping station area near the border with Iraq.

Pro-Kurdish sources claim that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have liberated about 60% of the city of Raqqah including over a half of the Old Raqqah area, which is a key ISIS defense point inside the city. The SDF allegedly killed over 100 ISIS members in the recent clashes in the northern and western parts of Raqqah.

The SDF, backed up by the US-led coalition airpower, artillery and military advisers, has a upper hand in the battle against ISIS. However, a high number of propaganda disseminated by the both sides and a lack of video and photo evidence do not allow to provide a precise look at the real military situation in Old Raqqah and the nearby area.

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  • Wahid Algiers

    Keep on SAA and allies targetting the “bull-eye” of these traitors.

  • Jesus

    The fact that SAA liberated Tuweiyan gas factory moving west of the Resafa – Sukhna axis indicates strong confidence in their position and having full control on ISIS in the area. Eventually they will close the pocket by linking with Sukhna, in the mean time they are destroying ISIS peacemeal.
    As far as the SDF’s gains in Raqqa, they are questionable since the US is the source of misleading news, and their proxies take cues from them.

    • Thegr8rambino

      I pay little to no mind to that battle up there, as both sides are orchestrated by US/israhell

      • Mohammwd Sherdil

        Well said.

        • Jens Holm

          bork

      • Jens Holm

        hahaha lie again.

        • Thegr8rambino

          No lies here pal

    • Gary Sellars

      Ideally, ISIS and SDF will bleed each other dry in Raqqa. It serve the fuckers right, and put a wedge under the wheels of Yankistani plans for balkanisation of North Syria.

      • Jens Holm

        bork.

    • Jens Holm

      You do Your best to milead Yourself.

  • Xanatos

    Raqqa will fall in a month. Don’t believe the previously stated four month estimate. After a month, sdf will race towards deir ezzor if the SAA doesn’t get there first.

    • northerntruthseeker .

      You mean that the civilians in Raqqa will be ethnically cleansed by the Kurdish and American scoundrels shortly…..

      Why does nobody remember the fact that the US fraud ISIS forces were evacuated from Raqqa back at the beginning of last April and redeployed by their American controllers to the area around Deir Ez-Zor? And with that evacuation the only forces that the Kurds are murdering now in Raqqa are civilians and civilian militia fighters….

      • Jens Holm

        Seemes like You need to be clenched in your not updated win95.

        Does it even matter where those troops are now. The main target are and was to make their Capitol out of the game. It is.

        I only see greedy envy in Your low persepective as been Isis by tunnel level Yourself. Just evil dirt.

    • Solomon Krupacek
      • Jens Holm

        So far a very low information level. whats a big convoy.

        My own hopes – hopes – could be the iraqian side tryed to reach eufrat from north and the US equipment was to take from north there too – or try to destroy the Markadah fortifications.

        Seemes to me those Iraqians as well as others in that “Mosul-Tal Afar soup” has lost, what its all about as step 1.

    • Jens Holm

      Im sure SDF dont wish Deir El Zor. If so they had taken east of Raqqa to Deir El Zor long time ago.

    • Antonovs

      And do what ? deir ezzor is under control of Syrian government.

    • Keith Smith

      SAA been cut off

  • gustavo

    Maybe is good idea for SAA to take Halabiyah on the Euprhates river and Zalabiyah, and from there go to Markadah (Nahr al Khadur river) to stop kurds-usa and to assure DZ for Syria army, and maybe continue east up to Irak border. With the help of aerospace Russia force, Hezbolah and Iran it is possible to do this.