Syrian War Report – August 30, 2017: Syrian Army Advances Northeast Of Sukhna

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Government forces, led by the Syrian Republican Guard, have overrun the ISIS defense north of Sukhna and liberated Al Khuwayliyah, Khan al-Baghala, the Subai’i Mount, the Daba Mount, the Khashm Baghal Mount and the nearby areas, according to pro-government sources.

If reports are confirmed, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are now in a striking distance from the ISIS-held village of Kabbajb located in only about 50km from Deir Ezzor.

East of Salamiyah, the SAA and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have captured Jawasiyat Janubi, Haddaj, Rasm Zaynab, Taybah, Tahmaz, Bir Ghazalah, Kherbet Amarah and Wadi Khullah taking control over the entire eastern flank of the ISIS-held town of Uqayribat.

ISIS is in a no win situation in the area and soon government forces will take control over the entire eastern countryside of Salamiyah.

The SAA and tribal forces have been repelling another large ISIS attack in southern Raqqah. Late on Monday, ISIS deployed its elite forces and launched another offensive against government forces near Maadan entering in the Wadi Ubayd oil field, Wadi al-Tarab, Rajm Sulayman, Nuzayzah, as-Salam Alaykum and the nearby areas. On Tuesday, government forces launched a counter-attack and reportedly regained the points lost to ISIS south of Ghanem Ali. However, on Wednesday, an intense fighting continued in the area.

ISIS was using manpower and military equipment that had been freed after the large retreat from central Syria.

According to ISIS, government forces lost at least 50 soldiers and 3 vehicles in the recent clashes. The group also claimed that it seized few artillery guns, at least 1 battle tank as well as other weapons and munitions during the clashes in the Ghanem Ali area.

The US-led coalition’s warplanes accidentally carried out airstrikes on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the city of Raqqah, according to reports in the Arab media. The incident reportedly took place in al-Haramiyeh neighborhood and resulted in killing of 10 SDF fighters.

US-led coalition troops have engaged Turkish-backed militants in a firefight near the SDF-held town of Manbij in northern Syria, the coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon said on Tuesday. The firefight between US-led coalition troops and pro-Turkish militants was the recent in a series of tensions between Washington and Ankara over the US support to Kurdish militias remaining a core of the SDF. Ankara describes the US support to the Kurdish-dominated SDF as a threat to its security.

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  • Kell

    Awesome, first to comment, you can see how important the Euphrates valley is to isil by the continuing desperate attacks on the Tigers/Tribal near Ghanim Ali.
    Hopefully the IS pocket is done away with soon without to many losses and the SAA can mass and drive to Deir ezzor from multiple directions.
    The amazing success of late is a credit/honor to the SAA president Assad, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, amazing work.

    • It’s Endgame for Grey Daesh, but Green Daesh still need to be dealt with. Then the invading Ottomans and Sultan (DaeshDaddy) Erdogan are still menacing.

    • Jan Tjarks

      Daesh has to prevent being surrounded and pinned against the Euphrates river at Ma’adan. This was the main reason why Daesh had to attack in this area, as the SAA could have been going on with this method until Deir Ezzor. It’s a desperate defence, the best defence often is to attack, in the open landscape around Ma’adan indeed is.

      While Daesh is depleting itself for this, SAA gains ground further south in the center, at Sukhna. When SAA will reach Deir Ezzor, Ma’adan will be the new pocket to be wiped out, with crossing the river the only hope to escape. As such, it would make sense to close the pocket completely, by advancing from Deir Ezzor alongside the river to Ma’adan.

      It will be interesting to see how much resistance Daesh can put up against the assault from the center, means from Sukhna, to prevent such scenario as long as possible. But, besides delaying the inevitable, Daesh has nothing to achieve.

      More interesting will be, how Al-Bukhama will turn out, T2 still hasn’t been taken.

      • Kell

        Yes I wonder why they havent taken T2 yet, may be part of the plan to even up the front line.
        The Iraqis had better hurry up and defeat the Hawijah pocket and get going to the border otherwise streams of IS will be soon massing in their Western quarter.

        • Jan Tjarks

          Currently T2 has no priority, as Deir Ezzor is coming in range now and Ma’adan most likely becoming a pocket very soon. Most likely that pocket would be secured first.

          Question is, if SAA will clean out the far east beyond Deir Ezzor, liberating many valuable oil fields in the process, or will turn their attention towards Al-Bukhama in the south. That would be the time for T2 becoming an important target again.

    • Bill Esslemont

      It’s disgraceful that the Syrian government forces have also to contend with ‘accidental’ air strikes by the US.

  • Attrition47

    Good point that the US head-chopping, heart-eating rapers in DE province had been reinforced by the head-chopping, heart-eating rapers booted out of the western provinces. The more they attack, the more they will be defeated.

  • Carol Binkley

    From where, do you suppose, is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calling the shots?

    • Pizza shop in Brooklyn?

      • Carol Binkley

        That would not be what I would call a favorite haunt of al-Baghdadi. He has more class than that.

    • Kell

      Tel Aviv

      • Carol Binkley

        You really need to get locked into reality. I know better.

        • Boris Kazlov

          So,please enlighten us,priestess of imperial knowledge.

          • Carol Binkley

            I can’t. You have yet to reach a level of intelligence that is able to comprehend 21st century world events.

            KiraSeer Binkley

          • Boris Kazlov

            I think that you are just a stupid bitch who really cannot answer, out of fear of being shamed, you playing mysterious might fool some of your murican friends, not me, I am far more intelligent than you yankistanis.

          • Carol Binkley

            Oooookay.

        • Boris Kazlov

          Oh, I know, Putin did it, n’est-ce pas?

  • Jean-marie Hamel

    ISIS (IsraHELL Secret Intellignece Service) became the Worst Terrorist gang in the World ! Conforting to see Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, and Yes Assad, prepared to Destroy these Evil Creatures ! But israHELL is not alone as Ennemy, US also is in it, (US belongs to Zionism power), today, we see a Real War against these Terrorists, and israHELL’s domination is shaking, until it is GONE !