Thursday, 8 June 2017

Syrian War Report – June 5, 2017: Maskanah Is Liberated, Army Moves To Raqqa Province


Syrian government forces, led by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces, have achieved a major victory in the battle against ISIS in eastern Aleppo. Late on Friday, the Tiger Forces encircled the ISIS stronghold of Maskanah and took control over the N4 highway. On Saturday, army troops liberated Maskanah itself and started removing mines and IEDs set up by terrorists in the area. A majority of ISIS terrorists had withdrew from the town in the direction of Palmyra, according to local sources.

Separately, units of Liwa al-Quds and the Republican Guard advanced east of Khansser and captured the Alam hill and the nearby points.
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ISIS responded to this with a large advance against the SAA in the city of Deir Ezzor. ISIS units operating had received additional reinforcements, including artillery pieces and military equipment. This allowed them to capture the Panorama roundabout and the Panorama School in the area of the 137th Base. A fierce fighting is ongoing in Tal Umm Abboud and Tal SyriaTel. If the 137th Base falls into hands of ISIS, this may lead to a collapse of government forces defenses in a large part of Deir Ezzor. The situation is critical.



It looks like ISIS has withdrawn in order to take Deir Ezzor but this might prove to be a trap (of their own making). By concentrating their remaining forces, on open ground, with no air cover, they are open to destruction by Syrian and Russian air power that will now concentrate on this position. This pattern keeps repeating. ISIS is not strong enough to build any momentum without being picked apart from the air. Once they lose control of major cities, where they have cover, the terrorist armies are exposed. It's only a matter of time until they are wiped out.

(Note: After the war it's likely that a low level terrorist insurgency will continue for some time - as opposed to this force on force scenario that pits relatively large 'conventional' formations against each other.)

Update:

'De-confliction' Zone : US-led coalition air strikes hit Syrian pro-govt forces


The US is unjustly killing Syria Army soldiers who are fighting ISIS. Their actions in Syria constitute a war crime. This was no accident. The Russians are taking what happened to the US. They should also declare a no fly zone in all of Syria and shoot at US warplanes to show they are serious. Such actions would be justified. The US military is the criminal element here.

Related:

Syrian-Iraqi War Report – June 6, 2017: ISIS Advancing In Deir Ezzor  


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 8th, 2017.]

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