The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) along with their allies are pushing into ISIS territory and the terrorists are in full retreat.
Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground near Aleppo and now have their sights set on Raqqa.
Russia Insider reports: No wonder the Saudis are desperate to enter the fight:
The Al-Raqqa countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 555th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), Fouj Al-Joulan (Golani Regiment), and the pro-government Palestinian militia “Liwaa Al-Quds) – imposed full control over several hills surrounding the imperative village of Zakiyah along the Salamiyah-Raqqa Road.
According to a military source in the Al-Salamiyah District, the Syrian Armed Forces established control over several small hilltops that surround the village of Zakiyah in southern Al-Raqqa after a fierce battle with the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) this morning.
Recently, ISIS lost control of the Zakiyah crossroad that would allow them access to much of the Hama Governorate’s eastern countryside; this loss now leaves the terrorist group without a primary supply route to their stronghold at the town of ‘Aqayrib.
At the same time not only is Turkey shelling those very forces as they advance towards Raqqa, but reports now indicate that the Turkish army has now entered Syria with 12 armored pickup trucks with machine guns and more than a hundred military mercenaries.
Damascus had already filed a formal complaint with the United Nations regarding Turkey’s act of aggression, Syrian state media reported on Sunday
The Syrian government described Turkey’s actions as direct support for “terrorist” groups.