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Gunmen storm KRG governorate building in Erbil
No plans yet to open Syria border crossing — official
Drivers for Moderation in Iraqi Politics
Raqqa’s future lost with no plans for rebuilding
Iraqi refugees in Egypt denounce lack of protection, services
Why did you mess with the original title just to misspell "losing" and remove the "s" from pockets? O_o
The article seems a bit optimisitc, I haven't seen any progress in Hajin yet and considering the speed they are going in Hasakah this pocket also might take another couple of months.
Copy and paste didn’t work so wrote the title quick and dirty and got the spelling wrong.
And pocket west of Al Mayadin and Deir ez Zor (which I think is eastern Syria) is also not shrinking either. Don't know if SAA had any operations there recently?
Not really, they sent reinforcements and keep announcing that they will launch an offensive soon and whenever they say that there is an ISIS attack towards Bukamal or the villages south of Mayadin.
there were few sweeping actions there by SAA, especially NDF. some footage was claimed to be like almost from the center of the pocket.
I find the whole thing a bit unconvincing and I am absolutely not sure what's going on.
This area was supposedly cleared 6 months ago:
Faydat was reached last month:
And over the last few weeks there have again been battles in the outskirts of Bukamal. Either the SAA pulled back again and no one ever said a word or ISIS runs circles around them, but in the end it is rather confusing and an organized consistent offensive is nowhere to be seen if you ask me.
ISIS have made a few attacks on Syrian forces there and have likely lost a descent amount of man power and equipment in the process of doing so. Chances are when Syrian forces go in it won't be as intense as if Syrian forces had gone in straight away. Syria has also build up that area with a descent amount of re-reinforcements.
They will probably start to advance soon. Soon though could mean tomorrow or next month so yea just soon.
The Hajin pocket will be cleared in phase three. The DeZMC is ridiculous right now. They’re waiting for a phase three to be announced
First, they need to lose their second to last and third to last pockets in Eastern Syria.