ISIL on Verge on Full Collapse in Northern Syria
Field sources said on Wednesday that the Syrian Army troops’ advances in Aleppo and Raqqa provinces and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces’ victories in Raqqa have put the ISIL terrorist group on the brink of complete collapse in the Northern parts of the country.
The sources said that as the Iraqi forces are taking the last steps towards the full liberation of Mosul city, the ISIL’s capital in Iraq, the Takfiri terrorists are experiencing their worst days in Northern Syria.
As the liberation of Raqqa city will no doubt be a demoralizing loss for ISIL, the battle often overshadows the Syrian Army’s ongoing operations along the Aleppo-Raqqa road, the sources went on to say.
They added that for the ISIL, losing Raqqa city doesn’t mean the end of their so-called ‘caliphate’ in Northern Syria; “however, the loss of the Ithriya-Salamiyah Highway does”.
Over the past years, the ISIL group has used the highway to transport provisions to their forces in Eastern Aleppo and Western Raqqa, and if the Syrian army manages to capture it, the terrorists are left with no supply route to the Maskana and Khanasser plains or the Western bank of the Euphrates River.
The sources underscored that if the ISIL loses Raqqa city and Ithriya-al-Salamiyah road their presence in Northern Syria will come to an end.
The Syrian army has launched its largest military operations in Badiyeh (desert) region in the past few months, codenamed Faj al-Kobra, destroying the ISIL terrorists’ positions and their defense power.
The army and its allies regained control of thousands of kilometers of lands, including tens of towns and strategic positions including the energy fields, in the Eastern Parts of Homs and Hama and Aleppo provinces in the first stage of their operations in Badiyeh region.
Meantime, over half of ISIL’s military equipment, including a large number of tanks, personnel carriers and military convoys as well as their lifelines, were crippled in joint operations of the Syrian and Russian fighter jets, facilitating the Syrian ground forces’ mission and leading to their extensive advance.
Also, the Syrian troops’ surprise attacks forced ISIL commanders to flee the battleground.
A military source said that the army and its allies’ repeated ground attacks drove the ISIL out of many of its positions, including the tunnels and heights, which would help the army to further advance towards Deir Ezzur.
Military experts say the recent advances of the Syrian army troops at border with Iraq towards the ISIL-held town of Albu Kamal were of vital importance, showing that the pro-government forces would soon drive terrorists out of the war-hit country.
Amin Hatit, a military expert, pointed to the army’s advances against terrorists from the country’s border with Iraq towards North, and said that the army’s control over the large region between Deir Ezzur city and the town of Albu Kamal would pave the ground for the restoration of complete tranquility and security to Palmyra, energy-rich regions and Badiyeh.