Troops on Saturday entered the Raqqa province for the first time since 2014, when Daesh (ISIS / ISIL) unleashed its ferocious campaign of terror in the Arab country.
A potential recapture of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in northern Iraq is seen as the ultimate blow to Daesh. In Iraq, armed fighters have edged as close as 30 kilometers (18 miles) of the capital of Nineveh province.
According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, government troops were advancing on the Tabqa dam on the Euphrates River, some 40 km (25 miles) from Raqqa, on Saturday.
"Regime troops backed by Russian airstrikes and Russian-trained militia entered Raqqa province on Saturday morning for the first time since August 2014," said the observatory's director Rami Abdel Rahman.
The advancements followed heavy aerial attacks carried out on Friday in the eastern areas of Hama province which borders Raqqa.
Tal Abyad was cleared of Daesh last year. The town served as a launchpad for ISIS attacks given its proximity to Raqqa.
Earlier in 2016, Syrian forces liberated the ancient city of Palmyra in the sprawling central Homs province.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy it blames on some regional and western governments. According to a February report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict in Syria has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people in total since March 2011.- See more at: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1824993#sthash.6PXQ3VTX.dpuf
Detain Dozens of ISIS Suicide Bombers in Western
"The army men and the National Defense Forces (NDF), tipped off by the intelligence agents, surrounded the group of the ISIS terrorists carrying suicide-belts and arrested them," the sources said, adding, "The suicide attackers were mostly between 16-20 age and even one of them was at the age of 13."
"Three of the suicide bombers exploded their explosives but none of the army men was injured in the blasts," the sources said.
Earlier reports said that the Syrian Army troops and NDF, who captured al-Rasafeh energy-rich region earlier today, hit ISIL's positions around the region's oil and power facilities and captured them after hours of heavy clashes.
The Syrian government forces won the battle against the ISIS in al-Rasafeh triangle and captured oil pumping station and power station in this region.
The Syrian soldiers and NDF moved towards al-Rasafeh crossroad from Ithriya-Raqqa road.
The Syrian army men have cut off the ISIS communication lines in this region and are now hunting the remaining pockets of the Takfiri militants near al-Rasafeh, FNA reported
Abu al-Mosana al-Bahraini, a notorious Takfiri terrorist commander, was killed in heavy clashes with the Syrian army in the Southern part of Aleppo on Saturday.
Tens of Bahraini terrorists have been killed so far fighting along the ISIL and al-Nusra Front terrorist groups in Syria.
Bahrain is one of the financial sponsors of the ISIS terrorist group and it openly collects aids for the group and ISIS supporters have regular conventions in the tiny island nation whose Saudi-backed rulers have been suppressing their own people's revolution in the last several years.
In November, a prominent Bahraini political analyst warned of Saudi Arabia's increased interference in his country, and said evidence shows that Riyadh is seeking to bring a Wahhabi regime to power.
"At present, Saudi Arabia's meddling in Bahrain has increased and it will further exacerbate given the growing corruption among the al-Khalifa rulers," Mahdi al-Moussavi said.
He warned that Saudi Arabia is seeking to strengthen and enhance the status of those political parties which are favored by Riyadh in a bid to achieve the said goal.
"The main component of the Saudis' policy in Bahrain is creation of a coalition government under the control of extremist Wahhabis," Moussavi said, FNA reported.