Syrian War Report – June 16, 2017: US Rocket Artillery Systems Pose Direct Threat To Govt Forces In Southeastern Syria

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The SAA reportedly entered into the Al-Ajrawi farm south of the Tabqah airbase after repelling an attack by ISIS fighters on its new positions in the Raqqah province. Earlier this week, the SAA liberated the Al-Thawra oil field, the Al-Thawra housing and pumping station.

According to pro-government sources, the SAA may continue its advance via the Athria-Rusafa-Raqqa road. If government troops reach Rusafa, they will control the northern road to Deir Ezzor.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed up by the US-led coalition’s airpower, artillery units and military advisers, have taken control of Al-Sinaa district in the eastern part of the ISIS-held city of Raqqah. The SDF also began storming Al-Batani and continued clashing with ISIS in Al-Bared.

Separately, the SDF has captured Hawra Jrayat village and surrounding areas in the Raqqah countryside.

In Daraa city, the SAA and its allies further advanced against militants in the Nazheen camp and captured about a half of it. Clashes were also reported in Al-Manishiyah and Dara’a Al-Balad districts.

In the countryside of Palmyra, clashes between the SAA and ISIS continued near the Arak field. Following the previous gains, government forces captured the SyriaTel Hill that allows to dominate over the nearby positions controlled by ISIS.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed on Thursday that the US military has deployed two High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from Jordan to Syria. The ministry added that these systems cannot provide a support to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces storming the ISIS stronghold of Raqqah. Instead, they pose a direct threat to government forces.

“The US-led anti-Daesh coalition has several times already attacked Syrian government forces fighting Daesh [ISIS] near the Jordanian border. It is possible to assume that similar strikes could be continued in the future, involving HIMARS from now on. So what objectives is the US pursuing in Syria and whom are the US servicemen fighting there?” the statement read.

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  • Xanatos

    Why are no other units capable of advancing in Aleppo province except the tiger force? Isis their must have withdrawn down to tiny garrisons by now, as they can plainly see they are getting encircled.

    • Adam Kafei

      I should imagine the SAA isn’t committing more resources to Aleppo/Raqqa in part due to the moves toward Deir Ezzor and it’s wider supporting operations.

      It is also likely that ISIS has not in fact abandoned that area, for one the Aleppo supply line is still one of the most vulnerable areas under SAA control. Second when Raqqa falls the ISIS/SDF front will shorten fairly significantly with the longest single front being east of Deir Ezzor, further, if the SAA can take Rusafa they’ll likely lose interest in following that road further east. I imagine they’ll take more interest in securing the oil and gas fields in the area before re-purposing the Tiger forces to something else.

      With this in mind, it makes sense for ISIS to not want the SAA line shortened here as it would aid the SAA’s move to relieve Deir Ezzor, it is also worth remembering that ISIS has had plenty of time to become very well entrenched in the area so abandoning what is still a valuable position would be a waste, a counter productive waste at that.

      • Sebastian Vicente

        My kingdom for 3 mountain infantery divisions (If SAA take the mounts reach Wadi Al-Kown, isolating Al Suknah)

        • Adam Kafei

          It will happen in due course. For the time being that area is largely stagnant from a military perspective and I don’t see anything of great value economically or politically on the maps to warrant immediate operations of any scale to take it.

          Probably chalk it up with the other clean ups to do after Deir Ezzor.

  • Manuel Flores Escobar

    It is a Bluff of the US Forces there!…they can deploy the same system in Jordan border ( about 20km) as Himars have 300km range…by the way the Al Tanf base and US backed moderate terrorist only have one purpose there..its to distract SAA troops, therefore to slow down the retake of Deir Ezzor as USA think that ISIS can take SAA bases in Deir Ezzor once it has allowed under agreements the departure of terrorist from Raqqa towards DEZ….obviusly if SAA withdraw troops around Al tanf,Zaza..etc…US backed terrorist will advance towards Sweida,Dara,Damascus….the solution is the entrance of masive PMU troops from Irak to help SAA to retake Deir Ezzor!…

    • testera

      300 km range applies only if HIMARS carries one MGM-140 ATACMS. It is more likely that they are in configuration with 6 rockets, and those have much shorter range.

    • goingbrokes

      Good point about Jordan. Made me realise that the Jordanian government must have objected to US potentially using their missiles from Jordanian territory. That was why US was compelled to take them to At Tanf if they were going to be used in anger.

    • goingbrokes

      In addition: the presence of HIMARS almost certainly signifies that US planes are not welcome there, and US pilots do not feel safe enough to fly in the area. If the pilots don’t feel safe they have made the calculation that the anti-air missiles will catch them before they reach safety! There’s been some hard talking behind the scenes.

    • Red Tick Alert

      They are banking on the fact that the Russians will not attack them – well I say, that time has passed – > wipe the bastards out.

  • Samuel Boas

    I hope the SAA will capture these systems and use it themselves.

    • Solomon Krupacek

      hope dies as last. after you.

      • John Whitehot

        true, lol.

        • Hisham Saber

          You and Solomon are two despicable Zionist blowjobs, in fact, if I had your addresses, I would send you pillows to kneel on while you serviced you Israeli Zionist cousins.

          • PZIVJ

            You seem to know a lot about this, many await your services in Libya.

          • Hisham Saber

            Shut up. No one is talking to you, in fact, no one likes you. Jew.

          • John Whitehot

            The most despicable thing is that there are so-called adults that think they can manipulate people into flame wars, or to derail serious and interesting discussions into insult-fests.

            You really sux, there’s not much more one can tell about your kind.

          • markusaa

            A true southfront reader

    • testera

      They don’t need them. Considering the amount of bombs/rockets/shell that they use daily, those two trucks are a irrelevant.

  • wimroffel

    The US already used Himars from Jordan. See: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/13/politics/us-artillery-system-southern-syria/index.html

    Quote: While this is the first HIMARS deployment to southern Syria, a US official told CNN that this was not the first time HIMARS has been used in the country, with the system being deployed to the north to help the Syrian Democratic Forces in their offensives against ISIS. US Marines have also used M777 howitzers in support of SDF units fighting ISIS in northern Syria.
    HIMARS had been previously used to strike ISIS targets from firing positions in Turkey and Jordan. The system has also been deployed in Iraq to hit ISIS positions there.

  • General Surena

    these systems are for israel. …. a long project.

    • Hisham Saber

      no amount of weapons will save the Zionist entity. I cant wait till Hezbolah lets loose on them again.

  • Kell

    Reports from Russian sources that the attack on Marj al-Rahil air base may have been HIMARS (unconfirmed)

  • Rodney Loder

    Well, well, well, war is the only solution, the x UK Ambassador to Syria said so himself, something all intelligent pundits always knew, after all were fighting for the Final World Order, and how on Earth could it be a political arrangement, Allah gave us Brother Baghdadi that Iran fired on, so that US could back down if they want, thereby admitting that they lost, although their next provocation is guaranteed.
    What could anyone expect when the Second Coming of Christ was used for 66 years by homosexuals and their Christian friends.
    The US has been getting it every which way and they won’t want to be missing out tomorrow.

  • Milan Miljkovic

    the strike should be first of all regarded as the continuation of the US agenda of neglecting the norms of international law. Regardless of who has power in Washington, people there are used to the fact that there are circumstances allowing them to arrogantly look down on – and in some situations, to openly ignore – the basics of international relations.