Syrian War Report – August 23, 2017: Syrian Army Liberates Large Area From ISIS

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On August 22, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces successfully continued their operation against ISIS and liberated Dahr Hamra, Latum Ghabiri, Souq, Qasr Hayr Sharqi and Kuwayr in the province of Homs. This advance reduced the distance to Sukhna from 10 km to 5 km.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Defense Ministry released a statement claiming that ISIS terrorists are on the run. According to the statement, ISIS members were fleeing the area amid large number of losses in the manpower and military equipment.

On August 23, the Tiger Forces developed momentum in the Zaheq Mount area. They need to secure the entire mountain to close the pocket officially.

Separately reports appeared that on August 22 the 800th Regiment of the Syrian Republican Guard and allied units advanced 30km along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway liberating Talat al Krad and Jabal Dahik ash Sharqi.

Media also speculate that the Tiger Forces seized Rujm al Hajanah and Jabal Dabbah in the direction of Deir Ezzor. If these advances confirmed, this will mean that the Syrian military is not going to delay the Deir Ezzor operation and will likely push towards the city as soon as the ISIS resistance disappears north of the Homs-Palmyra highway.

East of Salamiyah, the SAA retook Jani Albawi, Tal Albawi and Albawi from ISIS terrorists and established a fire control over Salba further increasing pressure on ISIS positions north of the ISIS strong point of Uqayribat. ISIS has many fortified defense positions in the cross-country terran inside the pocket. Thus, the progress inside the pocket is slower than in the desert area.

The Hezbollah media wing in Syria has released a video showing members of Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada using combat unmanned aerial vehicles (UCAVs) against ISIS targets in the Syrian desert. Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada is an Iraqi Shia militia. It is a part of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

According to the data shown on the video, airstrikes could be conducted by Iranian-made Shahed-129 UCAVs. It is not clear if the UCAVs are operated directly by Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada. Experts believe that Shahed-129 UCAVs could be operated directly from Iran. Meanwhile, Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada members just call airstrikes on selected targets using reconnaissance drones.

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  • FlorianGeyer

    With a little good fortune and the great courage of the SAA and ALL their allies the end of this US proxy terror nightmare is drawing to a conclusion in the vast desert area of Syria.

  • Trustin Judeau

    The end of ISIS is coming . They have basically lost Central Syria and soon they will lose East Syria

    • Thegr8rambino

      Inshallah :)))

  • Trustin Judeau

    Meanwhile the HTS chump fans demand HTS to help the other chumps from ISIS and break the siege of East Hama CS https://twitter.com/Trffgg3/status/900274383385538560

    • Red Tick Alert

      More to take out; sounds like a plan.

    • Justin

      And if they did break it, would it matter? ISIS have made some sly attacks on HTS in the Idlib province! So would they join forces? Or would they simply become another group of “infighters” they kill each other!
      However it would mean ISIS could be re-armed which is not a good thing!

  • General Surena

    1500 iranian special forces “SABERİN” and “54 FULL ARMED UCAVs” are ready for deir ez zor operation.. surprise attack will be from east of town.

    • Red Tick Alert

      Its not a surprise now is it ?; Excellent reverse phycology General as we have been instructed to attack from the West, or was it the North or South ?.

  • Thegr8rambino

    Very good :)))

  • Kell

    Mmm jihadimap is reporting Isis and HTS in a joint operation have cut the Ithrya-Khannisar road.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ec6d8fee09966225a7f3400b14cbc2b0c538dd9d1f2cdba2299cff0ababfe1c1.png

    • VGA

      Just some ISIS fighters escaped.

  • Ivan Kumar

    meanwhile idiot bibi went to Russia hat in hand to plead on behalf his ISIS friends

  • hygtfrde vgdsehy

    If they play the blame Israel card it will continue problems with or without anyone ever mingling. Admit faults and move on. Be honest the last thing Israel wants is a war torn neighbor. With the way they argue over land. They could easily of swept the population to nothing. You don’t pick another fight when you are already down for the count.