Ankara builds barracks and checkpoints along the M4 east of the country. There is a fear of an escalation. In Idlib, Russia hits Failaq Al-Sham (the Sham Legion)’s heart.
Isis at Deir Ezzor lost all its strongholds in the governate of Hasakah and is continuing to lose ground in the Middle Euphrates Valley (MERV) against the SDF
Isis at Deir Ezzor lost all its strongholds in the governate of Hasakah. The SDF of the operation Round Up in the past hours have chased the Islamic State from Al-Bajari (Al-Badir). Moreover, the Arab-Kurdish troops took over Ghadir Mazal Al-Marouf, Al-Watifa and Sabaya Al-Hajj Salem along the axes of Afrah in the Middle Euphrates Valley (MERV). Now the Syrian fighters are pointing at Ghuraf Mahmeyat Al-Raghal and at Al-Rawdah Badiyah. Their objective is to get Daesh out of the MERV in order to be free to concentrate on the last pocket of resistance south of Deir Ezzor: between Hajin and Harse. Meanwhile, the International Coalition and its Iraqi partners are intensely bombing the area, to keep the pressure on the jihadists very high and prevent them from organizing their defenses and trying to escape towards the nearby country. Incidentally a border crossing is being built in the area of Abu Kamal (Al Bukamal).
The Syrian army (SAA) attacks the last outposts of the FSA west of Daraa. Meanwhile, the Islamic State consolidates its presence at Heet, near the border with Jordan. For Daesh Tasil is too close to the enemy
In the meantime, the Syrian army (SAA) launched an offensive against the last area controlled by the rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) west of Daraa. The maneuvers are both in the sky and on the ground. At the moment Tall al-Harara (Tall Harra) is especially under attack, in the centre of the disputed area. The soldiers, moreover, have conquered Zimrin, All Mutawwaq and Al-Saghir. In parallel, the transfer of civilians from Daraa city to the north of Syria (presumably Idlib) has begun, following an agreement on the terms of surrender between Damascus and the militiamen. Isis, however, is continuing to push southwards towards the border with Jordan, after having taken over Heet (Hayt), which has now become one of their strongholds. The jihadists, in fact, are moving there from Tasil considered too close to the enemy’s front and constantly under attack.