Tabqa 25.03.2017 | Colonel Cassad

The operation in the area of Tabqa is an important stage in the preparation of the assault on Raqqa, which theoretically could begin as early as April, although it is possible that the case will be postponed until may, when it will have accumulated enough power for many months of the campaign to assault the city itself. By the evening of 25 March began to receive reports that DAESH militants have left the airbase Tabqa and departed.

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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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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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US deploys Rangers, Marine artillery to Syria | JANE’S

CJTF-OIR spokesman Colonel John Dorrian told journalists on 9 March that around 400 additional US personnel from the US Army Rangers and a US Marine Corps artillery unit had been deployed to Syria, saying the US military is “preparing logistical and fire support to enable a successful assault on Al-Raqqah: the self-proclaimed capital of ISIS [the Islamic State militant group]”.

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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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