“The Syrian soldiers have drive the ISIL members back from more positions in the Southwestern side of Assad lake and have only 25 kilometers to reach the lake and Al-Tabaqa in the lake’s bank,” the sources said, adding, “The ISIL has suffered a heavy death toll in the army attacks.”
“The Syrian fighter jets have played a crucial role in defeating the ISIL near al-Tabaqa,” the sources said.
Earlier reports said that the Syrian Army troops continued to hit the ISIL strongholds in the Western part of Raqqa province hard and captured a main position of the terrorist group only 18 kilometers away from the strategic al-Tabaqa airbase.
The Syrian soldiers engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL at al-Rasafeh crossroad and Raqqa international highway’s police station and forced the terrorist group to retreat from the region which means the government forces have only 18 kilometers to reach al-Tabaqa airbase.
In the meantime, a battlefield source announced that the government forces’ advances towards Raqqa that were for some hours delayed due to sand storm re-launched again.
The ISIL left behind scores of the dead or wounded members and pulled the remaining pockets of it forces back into the depths of Raqqa.