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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

No Summer Holiday for ISIS as Syrian Army Launches Largest Offensive Since Start of the War


The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied forces officially launched a military operation (“Great Dawn”) to retake the Syrian Desert and secure the Syrian-Iraqi border. With the support of the Russian Air Force, the SAA already secured an area of approximately 13,000 square kilometres in central Syria and isolated the remaining pockets in Eastern Damascus that might cause disturbances in the capital; these pockets are now under complete siege and cut off from arms and funds previous supplied via the Jordanian border. The SAA also secured al-Seen airbase in East Damascus to safeguard against any possible threats posed by these terrorist groups. Simultaneously, the SAA and allied forces launched an operation east of Aleppo after successfully blocking Turkish activity in the area. This isn’t to mention Russian deployments in the Kurdish cities of Manbij and Afrin.

At the same time, Syrian troops secured the hilltops overseeing the roads toward Palmyra and are eliminating any attempted push or flanking manoeuvre by ISIS; the control of these hills proved to be very effective in helping the Russian Air Force destroy an ISIS convoy heading towards Palmyra. Despite every foreign effort to hold them back, the Syrian and allied forces initiated their operations in the Syrian desert from multiple axes and simultaneously; and for the first time, the breaching units weren’t transported between axes but engaged in one integrated battle. All the participating units are at the same level of experience, training, and readiness in what could be the largest operation the SAA has launched since the beginning of the war.

The Syrian and Russian Air Forces also conducted a number of visual identifications of the so-called “US-Led Coalition” when they approached areas where Syrian forces are currently operating; keep in mind that this offensive is going to make many foreign countries “uncomfortable”. Arguably, ISIS has never had it this bad. Moreover, if the offensive continues without any serious setbacks, it’s possible that this would be the last Syrian summer for ISIS. Of course, making predictions is risky business… there are simply too many variables to make anything in this war certain. Nevertheless, we have a very high level of confidence in the Syrian command and the Syrian and allied units on the ground.

28 May 2017

Wael al-Hussaini

Russian Insider



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