Tribal forces allied with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) started advancing in the southern Raqqa countryside. Acording to pro-government sources, tribal forces have captured the villages of Shuweyhan and Bir Al Dahel in the area.
On Thursday, additional reinforcements, including 2500 fighters, have joined a 4000 other members of Raqqa tribes who are currently fighting alongside the SAA in the province.
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If this is confirmed, the SAA has succeeded in forming a large force from the sons of Raqqa, which is currently working to liberate the southern part of the province from ISIS.
The presence of this force may prevent the US from active actions against the SAA. The US has been claiming that the Shiite militias are the ones advancing in the area. The presence of this large force from Raqqa tribes may also force the US-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to give up some of their decisions regarding the future of the province.
In the eastern Hama countryside, the SAA and Liwa al-Quds captured Um Twayneh, al-Hardanah, al-Qatshiyah and Khirbet Zainab Hills South of the Ithriyah road.
The SAA is advancing very slowly in the northern Hama countryside, despite the presence of large and well equipped forces such as the Liwa al-Quds and Soqour al-Sahra. The SAA and its allies seem to have problems of coordination in the area.