The Syrian government forces pushed the ISIL back from their strongholds near the villages of Khirbet Zeidan and Madakheh, which not only resulted in the liberation of the villages and claimed the lives of at least 35 militant but gave this upper hand to the Syrian army to deploy forces to the distance only five kilometers away from the gas-rich al-Resafeh region.
Military sources said that the Syrian army is resolved to capture al-Tabaqa airbase in its first phase of operation and then rush towards Raqqa city.
In case of defeating the ISIL and capture of Raqqa by the Syrian army, the ISIL supply and communication lines from Syrian to Turkey will be completely cut off, which means there will be no further smuggling of oil to Turkey from Syria.
In relevant developments on Monday, the Syrian Army and National Defense Forces engaged in a tough battle with the ISIL terrorists in the mountainous regions of Eastern Hama and Western Raqqa, and captured a key village after over a day of non-stop clashes.
The Syrian government forces, who had reached to Abu Alaj village surroundings yesterday, managed to enter the village and its nearby hills located 10 km to the East of Zakiyeh crossroad and forced the ISIL to retreat from the area.
The ISIL left behind scores of the dead or wounded members and fled the battlefield.