Syrian War Report – August 31, 2017: ISIS Goes All-In In Southern Raqqah

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By Harold Hoover

On August 30, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that ISIS fighters killed two Russian military service members near Uqayribat town in the eastern Hama countryside. Amaq claimed that the two Russian soldiers and several Syrian soldiers were killed when ISIS repelled their attack towards Uqayribat town.

However, from the photos released by Amaq, it cannot be concluded that the bodies were those of Russian military servicemen. The two soldiers could be some private military contractors operating on the side of the Syrian government or just members of some pro-government group.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 5th Assault Corps’ ISIS Hunters liberated al-Mushayrifah and deployed to within only about 2 km from the southeastern entrance to Uqayribat.

Separately, government troops took control of Mukaymen Janoubi near Taybah.

ISIS deployed additional reinforcements to southern Raqqah in order to boost its offensive against the SAA Tiger Forces and pro-government tribal forces in the area.

Clashes are still ongoing in the Ghanim Ali village area and both sides claim that they are taking upper hand in this battle. However, it seems that ISIS will not be able to deliver enough damage to stop the SAA advance in central Syria.

The SAA further advanced along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor road and recaptured the Harbisha area from ISIS. The advance came amid intense airstrikes on ISIS targets in central Syria.

Syrian and Russian warplanes bombed ISIS in Aksh, Um Mail, Abu Jubilat, al-Qastal al-Shamali, al-Qastal al-Wastani, and al-Qastal al-Janubi in the eastern Hama countryside, and in Saria’at Junid, the al-Qriah hill and al-Mukbat areas around Deir Ezzor city.

The Russian Military Police has deployed in the towns of Shehba and Afrin in northern Syria in order to set up military observation posts and to provide additional security to the area, according to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Further deployments of Russian Military Police units in the YPG-held area in northwestern Syria show the growing Russian influence in the area. Meanwhile, Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria remain under almost a direct influence of the US-led coalition.

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  • Daniel Martin

    Let us all hope that they will all leave in a horizontal position …

    • FlorianGeyer

      Including the US sponsors of global terror.

      • Nigel Maund

        Pity “the US Deep State” and the International Banking Cabal are not foremost amongst “the horizontal” and I mean all of them!

        • FlorianGeyer

          The time is fast approaching when they will be shown no mercy and the fabled ‘6 million ‘ will actually become fact.

  • Sephy

    They are all gonna die down the Euphrates. Big encirclement is coming.

  • heydad

    Yes they are done for. This was a grand strategy to get ISIS to go all in and they fell for it. Those lost offensives will mean a quick and decisive victory when they reach deir ez zour and will not end up like the battle for raqqa and mosuel that will take them into a urban last stand for ISIS with much destruction to the city and the civilians there they want to liberate.

    • dutchnational

      The fight for DeZ will be different anyhow as in the case of Mosul and Raqqah IS held the city and in the case of DeZ it is the SAA holding large parts of the city anyhow. There it not a question of liberating an occupied city, but of breaking a siege, something quite different.

    • Jens Holm

      hahahahahaha. ISIS hasnrt fallen for anything. More like they havnt troops for so much anymore.

      Very strange You compare Mosul and Raqqa with Deir El Zor at all. Kind of funny You ignore Deir El Zor is already bombarded all over for years.

  • Trustin Judeau

    ISIS attack in South Raqqa have enabled SAA to advance on Sukhna axis . Some time ago was the opposite . ISIS was resisting in Palmyra area but was losing big in Resafa area

    • Jens Holm

      It my oppinion ISIS hasnt used much extra troops until the last few days. Those troops are the leftovers from the Al Bab retraeat and down as well as the ones after the loosing Tabqa and west of it.

      Kurds had to push them very hard just before SAA arrived from north to keep the museum airport free. Just after ISIS got more leftovers, when SAA took the Homs/Hama mainroad to Tabqa.

      I do agree about Resafa. Lack of good troops. They might have had fortified it much better, but didnt. I dont know the terrain for it well there.

    • Thegr8rambino

      Do u know if SAA over there in south raqqa have regained all lost positions and advanced further?

  • EL ZORRO

    “Meanwhile, Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria remain under almost a direct influence of the US-led coalition”…TRANSLATION…In northeastern Syria, the Kurdish UNITED STATE SEPOYS, are under direct CONTROL of their GLOBALIST MASTERS.

    • Jens Holm

      For the balance it also shouls have been told how much russians, irranians and hesbollah has to the regime for defence of ddicatorship by any methods.

      • dutchnational

        For every US soldier in Syria, there are over ten Iranians, Hezbollah, Afghans, Iraqi and Russians fighting under Assads banners.

  • Kell

    The more IS they can draw out of the cities and river valley to be killed in the open desert the better.
    The calliphates chapter in history is about to be closed with extreme prejudice.

  • R3mba

    I have one question that trouble’s me for some time. Who the fuck is in ISIL??? I mean look at their combat strategies..Those can t be stupid religion driven fanatics.. They have somne serius war / military strategist there..

    • Keith Smith

      CIA

      • R3mba

        Then those are some bad ass war strategist!

  • Cheryl Brandon

    If the USA/Israhell+EU and their proxies feel that, SAA or Russia or Hezbollah or the pro government militias, would just roll over and hand over their lands to Jewish Supremacists and, their OIL to the world elites and their companies;Think long and hard! They are not scared! They are heroes/warriors/Liberators; They are not going to go away! This is their LAND and their struggle,which you imported to them.They did not ask for these killers on their soil nor your soldiers either! SAA, kick out the USA illegal squatters and their terrorists! Exterminate the rats!Go SAA go!