Syrian War Report – July 21, 2017: Fierce Clashes Between Army And ISIS

…from SouthFront

An intense fighting is ongoing between government forces and ISIS terrorists in the area of the Homs-Palmyra highway and near the border with Iraq.

According to pro-government sources, 30 ISIS members were killed and over 50 were injured during clashes in the area of Humaymah near the border with Iraq. 2 Syrian soldiers were killed as a result of the ISIS attack at the Al-Musheirefah Hill in the eastern Homs countryside. At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies advanced north of the Homs-Palmyra road and captured the Al-Alam Hill south of Taliaa al-Gharbia.

Meanwhile, Russian airstrikes destroyed at least 3 ISIS vehicles in the area of Jub Al-Abied east of Salamiyah.

According to local sources, government forces are going to resume the operation in the eastern Hama countryside within few days. The SAA, the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Desert Hawks Brigade still see the liberation of Uqayrabat as a key part of the wider effort against ISIS in central Syria.

Right now, government forces cannot push to Deir Ezzor because of a high number of ISIS units operating in the rear of its logistical lines. Sukhna is another point that has to be liberated to resolve the situation.

An intense fighting is ongoing in eastern Damascus where the SAA and the NDF have been attempting to pressure Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), Faylaq al-Rahman and Jaish al-Islam on multiple fronts. The main clashes are ongoing in the Ayn Tarma area. However, sporadic firefights were also reported in the northeastern part of the pocket. According to pro-militant sources, over 30 government soldiers were killed in the recent clashes.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed up by the US-led coalition, is storming the neighborhoods of Nezlit Shehada and Al-Shaddadi in Raqqah city. According to pro-SDF sources, over 27 ISIS members were killed in the recent clashes and an IED plant was captured. According to ISIS, 8 SDF members were killed recently.

The battle for Raqqah has turned into a very complicated task for the US-backed force. While there is little doubt that the city will be liberated, the question is how much time and manpower will this effort take?

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  1. Eduardo  July 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    “government forces cannot push to Deir Ezzor because of a high number of ISIS units operating in the rear of its logistical lines” – In the meantime “Russian air strikes destroyed at least 3 ISIS vehicles in the area of Jub Al-Abied east of Salamiyah”
    The more I read about the ongoing Invasion and constant re grouping of ISIS in Syria the less I become confident in Putin’s Russia as “the just liberator”.
    The Russian Airforce bombs brand new Toyota’s into the ground while the rear of ISIS logistical lines near Palmira prepare for their next kill – protected by USA and their ME enema’s.
    Syria has been betrayed by the East and West and is lost forever. The cradle of mankind is destroyed while its artefacts and relics keep wandering into the bloody hands of the same Christian devils that designed and supported the onslaught.

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