BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – June has seen many changes across the battlefield in Syria, but perhaps the most notable thing to take place during the month was the Islamic State’s (ISIL) complete collapse in the northern part of the country.

Starting with the provincial capital of the Al-Raqqa Governorate, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have managed to seize large chunks of the city, while also encircling the remaining terrorists still occupying several neighborhoods.

West of Raqqa City, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has not only captured the key town of Resafa, but they have also managed to retake the strategic Salamiyah-Resafa Highwat that was once used by the terrorist group to resupply their fighters in east Aleppo and Tabaqa.

While the Islamic State’s collapse in the Al-Raqqa Governorate is close to conclusion, the southern part of Syrian is witnessing drastic changes on the battlefield.

The Syrian Arab Army has seized hundreds of kilometers of territory from the Islamic State forces over the last few weeks in the Homs and Deir Ezzor governorates, paving the way for their troops to advance along the main highway to the Iraqi border-crossing at Albukamal.

As July begins, the Islamic State may find themselves on the verge of expulsion from central and southern Syria, as the Syrian Army continues their field operations inside the country’s vast desert region.

Military Situation In Eastern Aleppo And Western Raqqah On June 29, 2017 (Map Update)

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Syrian War Report – June 30, 2017: Government Advance Against ISIS

Syrian government forces, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, have fully secured the important village of Humaima following about a week of clashes with ISIS terrorists in the border area with Iraq. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continued advancing in the direction of the T2 pumping station in southern Deir Ezzor.

Meanwhile, some pro-government media spread rumors that US-led coalition troops may leave their garrisons in At Tanf and al-Zquf. However, this seems unlikely in the nearest future because the garrisons in the area allow the coalition to control a chunk of the Syrian borders with Jordan and Iraq.

The SAA Tiger Forces, Liwa al-Quds and the National Defense Forces made gains against ISIS east of the Ithriyah-Khanasir road. Government troops have liberated the villages of Al-Shreima, Jadidah and Rasm Askar as well as several strategic hills east of Khansir.

Separately, the Tiger Forces have retaken Bir Abu Al’Allaj and entered the Habbari field area where clashes are now ongoing. ISIS has conducted an attack against the SAA east of Resafa but failed to break the SAA defense.

In eastern Damascus, the SAA advanced in the Ayn Tarma area and took few buildings near Al-Sanabel gas station. The SAA also reached the Ayn Tarma Roundabout and imposed a fire control over it.

Faylaq al-Rahman claimed that it managed to destroy a bulldozer of the SAA with an ATGM in Ayn Tarma. It also claimed to destroy a SAA tank in Jobar district.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured the villages of Kasrat Affan and Mustajd Naqib in the southern Raqqah countryside.

An ISIS VBIED targeted a gathering of SDF troops in Al-Mashlabi district. Another VBIED targeted the SDF in Al-Sabahia village west of Raqqa. No confirmed reports about casualties in the SDF ranks are available online.
Summing up the recent events, ISIS is collapsing on multiple frontlines in Syria under the pressure of the SAA and the SDF. At the same time, the so-called moderate opposition backed up by the US and its regional allies are focused on attempts to make some progress against government forces in southern Syria.

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