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SAA Captures New Territories

According to Inside Syria Media Center’ military correspondents, the Syrian army backed up by air support captured a number of oil wells in southwest Raqqa province on Saturday. Islamic State militants were trying to resist but without any success.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had taken control of Wahab, al Fahd, Dbaysan, al-Qseer, Abu al Qatat and Abu Qatash oil fields and of several other villages in the desert area that are located in the southwest of Raqqa province.
To be noticed is that the captured oil fields lie south of the town of Rasafa and its oil wells, which the SAA took inside the province last month. Government forces have been successfully advancing to the east of Aleppo city seizing territories to the west of the Euphrates River in the last few months. The militants have weaken their positions and moved up the reserves from this area to defend Raqqa. The army under the support of its allies has also gained control over some areas in the desert northeast of the city of Palmyra with their capture of the Hail gas field that brought them almost 18 kms south of Sukhna.
Reuters reports, the army’s next goal is to retake the town of Sukhna, a gateway to the eastern province of Deir ez-Zorr that borders Iraq and likely to be the militants’ last major stronghold in Syria if Raqqa falls.

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