SYRIAN ARMY CONTINUES IT'S ADVANCE IN SOUTHERN RAQQA

By Hani Hamawi

On July 26,the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), led by the tiger forces with the support of local tribal groups continued it's advance against the Islamic state (ISIS) in the Southern Raqqa countryside, taking control of the villages of Rajm Suleiman, Nuzayha and Al Kharrar villages as well as Tall Kharar, which overlooks Zawr Shammar and Ghanim Ali villages, controlled by ISIS,  located directly on the Euphrates river.

Situation in Raqqa countryside with the recently captured locations marked in red, via @EmmanuelGMay

Situation in Raqqa countryside with the recently captured locations marked in red, via @EmmanuelGMay

The Syrian Army are now roughly 10 km away from the administrative border of Deir ez-Zor Governorate and 6 km away from the city of Maadan on the Euphratse river, an intermediary stop before the ultimate goal of this offensive, Deir ez-Zor city. On this front, the elite Tiger Forces unit, led by Suheil al-Hassan, is supported by the tribal militia called "Sons of Raqqa", composed of locals from the villages along the river. Despite the rough terrain, the advance has been ongoing for months now against ISIS, who is more and more on the backfoot after losing several strategic sites such as Resafa and Maskaneh aswell as many oil fields in the west of the map shown above.