Latakia, Tartous and Sweida are safe. Idlib, Hama and Homs have been liberated. Large operations underway in Aleppo and Damascus with more than 80 % of these capital cities under government control. Daraa and Deir ez-Zor have been holding on for a while. Government troops there are largely entrenched with some sporadic advances.

The only large city under insurgent control is ar-Raqqah. But note that ISIS are waging war on four fronts; against the Syrian Arab Army, the Iraqi army, the Kurds and the remaining “rebel” groups. They are somewhat outnumbered and have implemented a harsh penal code to keep residents frightened. The inhabitants of Raqqah never joined the demonstrations of the socalled “uprising” which proves citizens here preferred life under Assad.

But fear not – there are several thousand NDF soldiers stationed within Raqqah governorate. They are held up at Brigade 93, Division 17 and Tabqa Airbase. Several reports indicate that the latter has been rearmed and resupplied by a convoy travelling from Hama. Don’t be surprised if you see a push towards the city of Raqqah within a few months. Momentum is vital.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, my friends.


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