End of June map update of the Syrian War
June has seen many changes across the battlefield in Syria, but perhaps the most notable thing to take place during the month was the Islamic State’s (ISIL) complete collapse in the northern part of the country.
Starting with the provincial capital of the Al-Raqqa Governorate, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have managed to seize large chunks of the city, while also encircling the remaining terrorists still occupying several neighborhoods.
West of Raqqa City, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has not only captured the key town of Resafa, but they have also managed to retake the strategic Salamiyah-Resafa Highwat that was once used by the terrorist group to resupply their fighters in east Aleppo and Tabaqa.
While the Islamic State’s collapse in the Al-Raqqa Governorate is close to conclusion, the southern part of Syrian is witnessing drastic changes on the battlefield.
The Syrian Arab Army has seized hundreds of kilometers of territory from the Islamic State forces over the last few weeks in the Homs and Deir Ezzor governorates, paving the way for their troops to advance along the main highway to the Iraqi border-crossing at Albukamal.
As July begins, the Islamic State may find themselves on the verge of expulsion from central and southern Syria, as the Syrian Army continues their field operations inside the country’s vast desert region.