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.
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.
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.
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.
Fierce clashes are ongoing between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and ISIS fighters on the road between the town of Tabqa, the city of Raqqa, and the Tabqa Military Airbase where SDF fighters have repelled and ISIS attack on their positions between Tabqa and Raqqa.
After the occupation of the airbase, dam and connection forces them to occupy, on the agenda will be the promotion along the southern shore of the Euphrates, with the goal the complete environment of Raqqa and its subsequent storm, which could begin in mid-late April, with upbeat developments in the mid-to-late may, if the Caliphate will be able to stretch on the South shore.
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.”