Nationwide map of Syria – August 2, 2017
As the month of August commences it appears that the ISIS terrorist group will continue to suffer major military and territorial setbacks at both the hands of pro-government forces and the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
In Raqqa Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), led by the elite Tiger Forces and backed up by pro-government tribal militias, continues to spread across the desert spaces in the province’s southern countryside and roll-up the farming belt on the western bank of the Euphrates, now liberating settlements as far down as the crossroads town of Ghanim al-Ali.
Kurdish-led forces for their part have now seized about 50 percent of Raqqa city from ISIS terrorists, including most of the southern and western districts.
In Homs Governorate, pro-government forces have reached and just entered into the strategic ISIS-held town of al-Sukhnah were a large battle now appears to be unfolding for the settlement itself.
In Deir Ezzor Governorate, pro-government forces stationed in the provincial capital launched a surprise attack against ISIS forces advancing somewhat noticeably in the direction of the Deir Ezzor Airbase. Further north, the Tiger Forces entered into the Deir Ezzor region as part of their ongoing offensive in southern Raqqa. Furthermore, it should be clarified that reports regarding the liberation of the T-2 Airbase and its surrounding area are incorrect, as are reports that pro-government forces secured Hamimah from ISIS – both aforementioned sites remain under the control of the terrorist group.