Syrian Army Advancing towards Raqqa after Recapturing Last ISIL Stronghold in Aleppo
The officer, who asked to remain unnamed, said that after the army troops captured the key town of Maskana on Sunday, they continued their advances against ISIL and seized control over the villages of sixth farm, Khirbet al-Anz, al-Makhzoum, al-Morteza, Aziza al-Haj Saleh and al-Qeramateh.
He went on to say that the army soldiers, backed up by the Russian warplanes, have continued to advance against ISIL in the East-most frontiers of Aleppo and deployed on the South-Western bank of the Euphrates River and also the highway between Maskana and Eastern Syria only a few hundred meters away from Aleppo’s border with Raqqa province.
The Syrian army captured the strategic town of Maskana as the last ISIL stronghold in Aleppo province on Sunday.
Following clashes with ISIL terrorists in Eastern Aleppo, the Syrian army captured tens of villages and towns in areas surrounding the key Maskana town and eventually forced a large number of terrorists in Maskana to retreat towards Raqqa.
The army troops also managed to seize control over the water pumping stations and electricity generators of the region and also regained control over the mountains along the Maskana-Raqqa road.
A military sources said following the liberation of Maskana as ISIL’s last bastion in Eastern Aleppo, it seemed that ISIL’s presence in the province came to end and the Syrian troops practically ended the Takfiri terrorists’ presence in the province.
Meantime, a battlefield source said that in view of the geographical location of Maskana which links Eastern Aleppo to Badiyeh (desert), the Syrian army would most probably move towards Badiyeh and other army units would also move towards the Eastern countryside of Hama province to help the Syrian soldiers in the newly-started military operations in the region.
By taking control of Maskana, the Syrian troops are on the verge of entering Raqqa province.