Assad in Hama | Colonel Cassad

In the South there is an active advance along the Syrian-Iraqi border to the Euphrates. The Americans sit at Tanf, but do not actively engage the SAA and Iranian “proxies”.

In Raqqa the SAA is close to solving the problem by cutting off its ledge between Maskanah and Tabqa. Closing of the pincers and digestion of the boiler can be expected within a week.

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The defeat of ISIS at Resafa | Colonel Cassad

Uplifting video dedicated to Resafa offensive and the liberation of neighboring villages. Starts with the progress in the desert South of Tabqa and ends with the hoisting of the Syrian flag on the ruins of the ancient Roman wall in Resafa. Main feature video demonstration of a large number of destroyed and damaged tanks of the Caliphate, broken down trailers, abandoned guns and other goods.

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Offensive in Eastern Aleppo | Colonel Cassad

The advance detachments of the SAA have actually come very close to the outskirts of Maskanah. At the same time, the line of militant detachments, which signify the front line to the south of the city, is quite vigorously being pushed back. In fact, the front itself is no longer there – the militants continue to retreat to the east, resting in separate settlements, but with a similar level of resistance, the SAA is coping well. Maskanah is essentially the last major city in the province where the Caliphate will be able to provide less or less organized resistance, and further down to the American enclave near Tabqa, the terrain as a whole favors the offensive of Syrian mechanized formations that are supported by the Russian Air Force and the Syrian Air Force.

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Briefly on Syria | Colonel Cassad

On Friday at Raqqa was killed a 22-year-old Solider from the 75th Ranger battalion of the U.S. army, Etienne Murphy.

Moreover, there are discrepancies about the causes of death according to one version, he crashed the SUV, on the other – died during the battle with militants of the Caliphate.

It is worth noting that for a 22 years old he had quite a large number of medals and awards.

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Flooding in Raqqa | Colonel Cassad

The US and the Kurds continue in turn to expand the bridgehead on the southern Bank of the Euphrates, and continued to occupy towns in the assumption of Raqqa. The supply of equipment for SDF/YPG are continuing, in desert areas, where the actions of mobile groups, small arms and ammunition dropped from a military transport aircraft. Operations of US special forces supported by helicopters and planes with bases in Rojava. In General, everything goes in line with the old trends associated with the creation of operational assumptions associated with the assault on Raqqa. Formerly the deadline is obviously frustrated that the Caliphate can certainly burn itself into an asset, but strategically it doesn’t change anything. Winning 1-2 months is unlikely to allow the Caliphate to significantly change the balance of forces around their capital.

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Damascus 2013-2017 | Colonel Cassad

It is obvious that preparations are underway for hostilities against the Caliphate (the regrouping of troops and creation of strike groups requires a certain time), which we will see in the second half of may-early June. As the primary tasks is to sweep the area of the base of the Giro and promotion along the banks of the Euphrates to the administrative borders of Raqqa province + creation of prerequisites for the development of the offensive from the area Itree. Simultaneously, we can expect offensive operations to the North and South of the highway Ties – Palmyra, as well as the mounting of the strike group in the area of the Palmyra, for the ambitious offensive operations in the direction of Deir ez-Zor.

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Tabqa falls | Colonel Cassad

The Release of Tabqa will allow the Americans and the Kurds more actively develop operations to the South of Raqqa for its environment, so that today’s success (prepared by the previous weeks of fighting) is an important step on the road to the direct assault on Raqqa. US strategy associated with the environment of Raqqa, though with difficulty, but it works. The militants could only slow the implementation of this plan, but not to disrupt it.

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The wrong coordinates | Colonel Cassad

Beating off the attack of DAESH, SDF requested an airstrike, but gave the wrong coordinates, or by the moment of impact, the front line had managed to move. In the end, the American planes bombed on their own. As a result, SDF/YPG (basically the Kurds) 18 killed and a few dozen injured. The incident is officially recognized by the Pentagon, though the Americans all piled into SDF – for failing to properly give coordinates. In principle, an ordinary episode, but not the first. Similar incidents took place in the assault Manjib, Fallujah and Mosul, not to mention the “erroneous” attacks on concentrations of civilians.

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Briefly on Syria | Colonel Cassad

The story with chemical attack develops quite traditional and expected. After stuffing, the militants and the West rushed to accuse “bloody Assad regime” and called the UN security Council, launched a campaign in the press, and trump even said that he changed his attitude to Assad, simultaneously kicking Obama for a prior policy and recommending Russia to change its attitude toward Assad. Russia of course denies everything, in the UN security Council prospects for any anti-Syrian resolution in the objective investigation as nobody is interested, so that the subject “chemical weapons” will be traditionally another element of the information war.

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The SAA counter-offensive in Northern Hama. 03.04.2017 | Colonel Cassad

In General, the situation for the SAA continues to improve and we can talk about the operational crisis being almost completely resolved. Moreover, having the operational initiative and its advantage in manpower and technology, SAA can try to solve more serious tasks than just take away from the militants that they were able to capture in March. The fighters, drawn into the epic battle in Northern Hama, failed to achieve decisive results, losing to the beginning of April, most of the achieved benefits. The loss of Souran and the continuation of the offensive of the SAA on the agenda may be a question of preservation of the ledge, which has already more than two years plagued with SAA.

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Islamic State counterattacks near Raqqa amid allegations U.S. coalition bombed key dam | Japan Times

A senior Russian general on Tuesday meanwhile accused the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State of targeting Syria’s infrastructure — including Tabqa Dam — in territory held by the Sunni extremist group.

Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the military’s General Staff said the coalition was trying to “completely destroy critical infrastructure in Syria and complicate postwar reconstruction as much as possible.”

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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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The military situation in Syria 18.01.2017 | Colonel Cassad

As the Syrians understand the complexity of the situation in Deir ez-Zor, continuing the offensive East of Tiyas, but the pace of advance there are quite modest, to be able to talk about the crisis that forced the Caliphate to bring additional troops. In this respect, the attack in the direction of Deir hafir or the training throw on Tabqa, may force the Caliphate to reconsider their priorities, although without proper preparation, such offensive operations can be quite risky due to the lack of troops to ensure the flanks of the strike force and control over the supply lines. Apparently real plans to liberate Deir-ez-Zor were attributed to spring and have been linked to the onset of Palmyra. The defeat of the Caliphate in December 2016, the first year dealt a serious blow to those plans.

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The military situation in Syria. 09.01.2017 | Colonel Cassad

In General, the parties expected the talks in Astana on January 23 and subsequent negotiations between Russia and USA that somehow will clarify many important points for understanding the future course of the winter-spring campaign of 2017. Prerequisites to a complete end of hostilities of course not – it is about changing foreign policy situation around Syria and the definition of the list of hot fronts, where fighting will continue and which will be created by military means the conditions for the subsequent peace talks.This negotiation step is necessary to consolidate a new military-political reality established after the defeat of the “green” in the battle for Aleppo.

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The Castle Of Jabar | Colonel Cassad

During the offensive to the West of Raqqa, the SDF forces/YPG with the support of the USA took the castle of Jabar to the North of the airbase Tabka. The Caliphate slowly moves to the main defensive positions to the West and North-West of Raqqa, where it is planned to organize a long-term defense on a narrow front. Some of the forces withdrew to the South Bank of the Euphrates – some in the direction of the Tabka, others to al-Baba. At the current pace of progress SDF, in March the Kurds should go on near the outskirts of Raqqa to the West, plus will probably attempt to advance to the capital of the Caliphate from the North. It is also not excluded the option of trying to cross the Euphrates in the area of Tabka, to the benefit of the territory Rojava Americans imported including engineering technique that can be used in the construction of a pontoon bridge in the case of formation of a bridgehead on the southern Bank of the Euphrates. Although in General, it is more likely that priority will be given for a direct advance to Raqqa.

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