Hama. 23.03.2017 | Colonel Cassad

Both sides suffer heavy losses, according to rough estimates, only in March 22, SAA and the rebels lost a few dozen people killed. As trophies, the militants seized several guns and antiaircraft guns, cars, ammo and at least 1 BMP. The Syrians also lost 2 to 4 tanks. The militants during the fighting have lost several trucks and at least 1 tank.

Fighters it shot prisoners and civilians in captured villages who collaborated with the Assad government (it is reported that yesterday were executed between 25 and 35 civilians). FSI Russian and Syrian air force cause constant air strikes on the advancing militants, but in order for this impact to take effect, it will take some time.

The front at the moment has not yet stabilized, so the resolution of the crisis has yet to be achieved. The opponent owns a fully operational initiative.

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The boiler in Deir Hafir and a break in the Hama front | Colonel Cassad

In General, the SAA systematically used all the benefits of reconfiguring the political and military situation in Northern Syria and has significantly grown territories between Aleppo and the Euphrates, maintaining excellent prospects for further promotion in the province of raqqa.

However, the success in this case go hand in hand with failures. In Hama, despite the reinforcements being moved from Damascus, things still are not the best way.

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The crisis in Northern Hama | Colonel Cassad

The evening of March 22 the case of the SAA in Northern Hama worsened. The militants took Suran and has moved to the South, about the same place where they successfully attacked in September 2016, when their advance was halted by the reserves of the SAA, as well as internal strife. At this point, the attack is carried out by radical groups under the leadership of “al-Nusra”, which took part of his forces from the region of Idlib, to conduct offensive operations separately from the opponents of the “Ahrar al-sham” and the Syrian Free Army.

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Syria. 22.03.2017 | Colonel Cassad

The Syrian army continues to develop the successful attack East of Aleppo. One group comes along the banks of the Euphrates to the administrative borders of the province of Raqqa, along the way, pushing the militants in the South.

In turn, the formation of SDF/YPG continues to advance toward the Euphrates to the East of Raqqa. The city itself is actively not touched – the main effort concentrated on the capture of key towns, roads and bridges on the Euphrates, that is guaranteed to cut through the logistics of militants between Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor.

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The Evacuation of Waer | Colonel Cassad

The enemy lost the town took up defensive positions in the mountainous terrain to the North from the road Palmyra-Tiyas and providing a flanking effect, inhibits attempts by SAA to move from Palmyra in the direction of Deir ez-Zor. The SAA are therefore forced to spend a portion of their forces on the Northern flank, trying to secure control of the heights and the mountainous area to the North of the road to get there comfortable position for the defense, to do mounted shock troops to advance to Deir-ez-Zor and conduct supporting operations to the North and South of the city…The main problem on both sides, front length is too large for the available forces, therefore, of paramount importance is the ownership of the initiative, which jihadists owned in December-January. Since February, it passed into the hands of the Syrians and their allies, and this was reflected in the operational environment.

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