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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Meeting in Antalya | Colonel Cassad

Russia in this situation, advocates of Assad, bargaining for a new territorial gains in Northern Syria and striving to achieve interaction between Assad and the Kurds to pull the Kurds out of a too strong alliance with the United States. At this stage, the Kurds have already passed the Syrian army three villages to the southwest of Manbij, but fully buffer zone is still not formed. While to the West of Manbij fighting continues between the Kurds and the FSA, where both parties bear the loss in killed, wounded and prisoners. There are losses in clashes between the SAA and FSA.

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The castle of Palmyra Liberated | Colonel Cassad

Developments in the area of the ancient city is accelerating. After lunch, the Syrian army took the high al-tar and the castle of Palmyra. Have not yet confirmed reports that after the citadel troops advanced to the village of al-Amir. As previously indicated, instead of a direct assault on the town, SAA and allies have focused on establishing control over the heights to the North of the city.

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The attack on Palmyra. 27.02.2017 | Colonel Cassad

The Syrian command is making sufficiently reasonable attempts to expand the territory of the elongated protrusion, to Palmyra, to reduce the future risks associated with flanking threats key track supply, so the advance to the main defensive lines of the Caliphate is quite obvious. Similar actions are being taken and to the South, where the army yesterday took the altitude of 939, the control of which should provide the southern flank of group coming to the crossroads West of the city.

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