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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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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Raqqa, Deir Hafir, Deir ez-Zor. 18.03.2017 | Colonel Cassad

Overall, the strategic situation for the Caliphate continues to deteriorate and the actions of the SAA, Russia, the Kurds and the United States, creating the preconditions for applying a decisive defeat of the Caliphate in Syria during 2017, after which it can cease to exist in the format of the state have lost all the key towns and going to the more traditional strategy of terrorist war.

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British YPG member says ISIS leadership fleeing Raqqa, Turkey excluded from the operation | ARA News

A British volunteer with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) told ARA News that the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group is already relocating its leadership away from Raqqa city, in northeastern Syria.

Known by his Kurdish nickname Rojhat Rojava, the 23-year-old British YPG fighter is one of the dozens of foreign volunteers that have joined the Euphrates Wrath campaign to fight ISIS in the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa.

He said that so far ISIS is not resisting much in Raqqa’s countryside.

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Welcome to Raqqa, a photo-essay from the frontlines | SOFREP

After a ruthless and exhausting 6 years of war in Syria, only the most ideologically strong militias have managed to flourish, absorbing various fragmented rebel factions and uniting them under strict philosophies. On the frontlines of Raqqa, a battle is raging between the American-backed coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Islamic State (ISIS).

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The Islamic State’s use of decoys to counter air power | The Hoplite

The so-called Islamic State (IS) has employed a range of decoys in an effort to limit the Coalition’s air power advantage. Wooden mock-ups of HMWWV light tactical vehicles, main battle tanks, and other platforms were recently discovered by the Iraqi Army in Islamic State workshops in northern Mosul. Additionally, in the course of the Battle of Manbij from June-August 2016, the opposition Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) uncovered a factory that had been used by IS to build fake weapons in an effort to fool aerial reconnaissance.

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