SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 26, 2017: SAA, SDF DIVIDE SPHERES OF INFLUENCE IN EASTERN SYRIA

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Syrian government forces, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, have liberated the village of Baghliyah and nearby hills from ISIS terrorist sin the eastern Homs countryside. Thus, the army and its allies outflanked Dabat Milli, Taliah Sharqiyah and deployed in a striking distance from Rasm Hamidah where clashes are now ongoing.

The general idea of this advance is to put additional pressure on ISIS terrorists north of the Homs-Palmyra highway and to contribute to a wider effort aimed at isolating and destroying a large ISIS grouping deployed at the town of Uqayribat. Pro-government units have been struggling to do this since June. However, ISIS has a strong defense and is not going to withdraw without the battle.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces and pro-government Tribal Forces have liberated of Shinan and Abar al-Jeraih near the Euphrates River in southern Raqqah.

The advance followed reports that the SAA and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made a deal dividing the spheres of influence in the provinces of Raqqah and Deir Ezzor on July 20. The agreement was reportedly backed by Russia. According to the agreement, the SAA and pro-government tribal forces will be able to gain areas in the southern and southeastern Raqqah countryside and the northwestern Deir Ezzor countryside without any resistance or antagonism from the SDF. This will allow government forces, backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces, to advance towards Deir Ezzor city from the countryside of Raqqah and Palmyra simultaneously.

Some 400 government fighters with battle tanks, multiple rocket launches and other equipment were allegedly deployed in Ukayrshah and Dahla near the contact line with the SDF. The total number of Tribal Forces fighters involved in the operation is about 4,000. The SDF allegedly abandoned plans to captured the western Deir Ezzor countryside.

If it’s true, the agreement will be an important contribution to a de-confliction scenario between the SDF and various pro-government forces. However, there could be some hidden terms and conditions behind the deal that may appear later. There is a lack of info from Raqqah provinces because of a strict media censorship imposed by the Syrian military. Meanwhile, the SDF avoids publishing info about its contacts with the SAA.

According to pro-Kurdish sources, the continued advancing in Raqqah city, repelled an ISIS attack killing 35 terrorists and seized a major part of Hisham Ibn Abdulmalik district. Some problems faced during the battle for Raqqah may be one of the reasons behind the alleged deal with the SAA.

TIGER FORCES 10KM AWAY FROM ENTERING DEIR EZZOR PROVINCE FROM SOUTHERN RAQQAH COUNTRYSIDE

Tiger Forces 10km Away From Entering Deir Ezzor Province From Southern Raqqah Countryside

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces and pro-government tribal forces are now deployed only about 10km away from the border with the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor.

Earlier today, the SAA and tribal forces liberated the villages of Nuzayzah and Rajm Sulayman east of Sabkhawi and isloated the ISIS-held villages of Sabkhah and Ghanim Ali from the southern direction. With this move, government forces eased the storm of the aforementioned villages and got control over one of the few useful roads in the area.

Tiger Forces 10km Away From Entering Deir Ezzor Province From Southern Raqqah Countryside

Military Situation In Palmyra Countryside On July 26, 2017 (Map Update)

This map provides a general look at the military situation in the Palmyra countryside on July 26, 2017. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have liberated the village of Baghliyah and nearby hills from ISIS terrorists. Government forces are now aiming to liberate Dabat Milli, Taliah Sharqiyah and Rasm Hamidah.

Military Situation In Palmyra Countryside On July 26, 2017 (Map Update)

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VIDEOS: HEZBOLLAH CONTINUES ITS OPERATION AGAINST TERRORISTS AT SYRIAN BORDER

26.07.2017

Videos: Hezbollah Continues Its Operation Against Terrorists At Syrian Border

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On Wednesday, Hezbollah and its allies continued advancing on Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants at the Lebanese-Syrian border aiming to liberate the rest of Jaroud Arsal area from them.

The Hezbollah media wing in Syria has released two fresh videos from the area:

Weapons seized by Syrian security forces in western Qalamoun en route to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham at the Syrian-Lebanese border:

Videos: Hezbollah Continues Its Operation Against Terrorists At Syrian Border

Videos: Hezbollah Continues Its Operation Against Terrorists At Syrian Border

Videos: Hezbollah Continues Its Operation Against Terrorists At Syrian Border

Videos: Hezbollah Continues Its Operation Against Terrorists At Syrian Border

 

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