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Syrian Army Preparing for Large-Scale Operation to Liberate ISIL-Held Raqqa

29 October 2016 12:27

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Syrian Army’s Special Forces are getting ready to capture the ISIL-held town of Deir Hafer in Eastern Aleppo to pave the ground for the start of a large-scale offensive to free Raqqa city, the capital of ISIL’s self-proclaimed capital in Syria, informed sources disclosed on Saturday.

“Syrian army’s Desert Hawks Brigade, who arrived in Aleppo a couple of days ago will soon take part in an operation to liberate Deir Hafer in Eastern Aleppo near the border with Raqqa province,” the sources said.

“The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are also to storm the ISIL-held al-Bab in Northeastern Aleppo,” they added.

“After the recapture of al-Bab and Deir Hafer, the Syrian government forces will hit ISIL’s defense lines in Raqqa,” the sources pointed out.

“Simultaneous anti-ISIL operations in Syria’s Raqqa and in Iraq’s Mosul will decrease the defense abilities of ISIL and will ease the capture of the terrorist group’s capitals in Syria and Iraq,” they added.

Military sources disclosed on Wednesday that experienced commandoes of Desert Hawks Brigade arrived in Aleppo city to join a large-scale battle against the terrorist groups in the region,

“The Syrian Special Forces, also known as Liwa Suqour al-Sahra, are also experienced in street battle,” the sources said, adding, “The Brigade will lead the operation of government forces to drive Jeish al-Fatah out of Aleppo city and its outskirts in the next few days.”

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