57 thoughts on “Al-Raqqa Province Updated Map

  1. This is great, we badly needed this map to position correctly all the players, it is a positive surprise for me since I had the impression the SAA held less terrain. Also it points out how important is the Maskaneh plain and city to protect any major advance from the south toward Raqqa and to solidify gains and protection of southern Aleppo. I would expect SAA to grab this area in any attempt to move to Raqqa. Great job.

    • Absolutely. Judging by satellite maps, the entire west bank of the Euphrates must first be cleansed before any serious advance to Raqqa becomes viable. But such maps do a poor job depicting smaller natural barriers like hilly terrain. I trust the SAA commanders to make the correct choices depending upon the circumstances and the means at their disposal.

  2. Hey Ziad, congrats for the 400,000 visitors mark in a bit more than 2 months of metrics, a fantastic mark, I am glad for the Syrper team. Keep it up folks, you are making the difference.

  3. Currently there is heavy fighting reported near the Khanasser highway. Rats trying to cut off the supply route towards Aleppo.
    Im sure this will be another failed attempt, which will have reverse consequences. Rat defences at Mount al-Hass will collapse, providing the SAA with a strategic point.

    • Khanasser campaign was vital for the SAA to advance toward Aleppo, it provided a safe road and the platform for all we saw in the last 9 months within Aleppo, the rats have been trying to cut it off since it was freed by the SAA and they had never succeed due to the SAA upper management understanding that is a vital road and city, the more the rats stretch their offensice toward Khanasser, the more fragile they will be to defend Saraqib, it will be fund to see that whole southern Aleppo collapse in one week time.
      Joene, please keep us posted on news from your sources.

  4. Those Magnificent Syrians and there Fighting Machines

    Hail to the Syrian Mothers , your Sons and Daughters are truly Hero's to the World,Long Live Syria...

    Thank you...

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    Posted: July 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

    After a 2 year boycott of Israeli-owned Sodastream, which has its main factory in the occupied West Bank, the company has been forced to close their main store in the United Kingdom. One of Britain’s largest retailers, John Lewis, will also no longer stock Sodastream products.
    UK Closure

    Sodastream stock is at a 3 year low of $33.05, $40 off from its high just one year ago. Score one for the BDS movement!

    Soda Stock Drop

  6. LONDON – UNITE, Britain’s largest Trades Union – which last week confirmed it will be financially backing Labor Party leader Ed Miliband’s bid for the premiership next May – has defied his recent call to not support the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment campaign against Israel.

    At their annual conference held in the south coast resort of Brighton last week, they voted to support two hostile- to-Israel resolutions, including one that actively supports the BDS policy promoted by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

    The union, which claims a membership of around 1.3 million, overwhelmingly carried two pro-Palestinian resolutions, while clearly rejecting a pro-Israeli motion. The third motion, from the Bank of England branch, proposed greater co-operation between UNITE and the Histradut by way of constructive dialogue and support for the Israeli union movement.


      • The man who hated Britain: Red Ed's pledge to bring back socialism is a homage to his Marxist father. So what did Miliband Snr really believe in? The answer should disturb everyone who loves this country

        'The Englishman is a rabid nationalist. They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world . . . you sometimes want them almost to lose (the war) to show them how things are . . . To lose their empire would be the worst possible humiliation.'

        ByGeoffrey Levy

        Published: 07:50 AEST, 28 September 2013 | Updated: 22:53 AEST, 1 October 2013

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  7. What is up with Eastern Syria? Why all the bad reports?

    ISIL Expels Tens of Thousands in Syria’s East

    Local Editor

    The Takfiri terrorists group, the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL), has expelled around 60,000 people from their homes in Syria’s east.

    The London-based “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” said ISIL had forced out30,000 residents after seizing Shuheil on Thursday from Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.

    Another 30,000 residents have ISIL terroristsbeen forced from their homes in the towns of Khosham and Tabia Jazeera, also in eastern Deir Ezzor province, the Britain-based NGO said.

    "Some 30,000 residents of the town of Shuheil, the former stronghold of Al-Nusra Front, have been forced out by the Islamic State," the group said.

    Though both ISIL and Al-Nusra share a Takfiri ideology, the two groups have regularly clashed, with Al-Nusra joining a coalition of armed opposition groups fighting ISIL.

    ISIL has seized large swathes of territory in Syria and neighboring Iraq, declaring the land it holds to be an “Islamic caliphate".

    The Observatory said ISIL had prevented some 30,000 people from returning to their homes in two other towns in Deir Ezzor, Khosham and Tabia Jazeera, which it captured in late June.

    Activists on Facebook said residents feared ISIL terrorists planned to loot their homes, and the Observatory said the large displacement had left thousands sleeping in the open, with food and water shortages.

    Elsewhere in the region, the group said negotiations were under way over the fate of some 83,000 people living in three towns in Deir Ezzor after IS advances in the surrounding area.

    • Collective punishment for supporting Nusra. Collective punishment is carried on by all parties fighting in Syria and likely the entire Middle East. Another reason the M.E. ranks almost dead last in, "best places to raise a family" category.

    • I was and still am surprised to. I did not know ISIL was in Eastern Ghouta. Just like i was surprised to see them in some minor villages in Homs. Is that because some rebels switch sides? There numbers must be strong in order to besiege Douma city. Maby Ziad can spent some time on this issue in a post. Because i am more then interested how ISIL gained the total Deir Ezzor/Hasakah front in just weeks time (were Nusra beaten or they switch side). The same seems to be the case in northern Aleppo countryside. I even hear about ISIL killing kurds in Aleppo city. Seems they are trying to unite the rebels under there caliphate banner. Wonder how much of this is indeed the truth.

      • Al Nusra gangs are switching sides to ISIS very quickly, see the Euphrates river, moved from green to black dots very quickly, as you said weeks. There is another effort on northern Aleppo on going where ISIS is taking most of the cities from the almost non existant FSA, Islamic Front (still an active rat group) and Al Nusra. I just pray for the SAA to take advantage of the rat infighting and free all those contested cities, as the SAA did with Al Mayda'ah in Damascus.

        It is my understanding that ISIS has people in many places in Syria, in the South, some in Damascus and Homs/Hama and of course mostly in the northern and eastern side of Syria.


  8. Check this out - did I miss something recently? or is this the genesis of the sukhoi raid on Bagdadi story?


    • Hard to say, this successful attack by the SAA was in Raqqa and supposedly before the news was out on Bagdadi fate, there are many theories and little prove, the strongest one is that he was hit in Iraq and taken a Syria town for treatment. We will learn more about it.
      On the other side, this SAA attack in Raqqa, shows how serious is the news of SAA advances toward east, expect more news around SAA advances toward east, once Aleppo is about to be encircled, and cities are being freed on northern Aleppo every day now, it is time for the SAA to push east toward Raqqa.

    • Not sure but i read this on Saturday i think spinworthy, i read so many news sites, it now seems the Australian government is in a spin on terrorism maybe in Australia, there is a terrorist group here which the government is trying to shut down but cannot, because the smartarse imam basically said that the government cannot accuse it of terrorism acts because Australia has committed the same acts and therefore is also a terrorist organisation.

      So it seems the government is also committing acts of terrorism ( which in the English (not american version) describe what all the western governments are doing is in fact by definition acts of terrorism, this will be taken to court and will wake up many to how the west is in fact committing terrorist acts.

    • Actually i think it was on the Syrian arab armies facebook, he is very very good on news after the events obviously, Ziad tells us what is going to happen, the SAA facebook tells us in depth after it has happened, you really should join this guy's facebook page.

    • There was an SFP article about this raid yesterday. Well planned, brilliantly executed. Bagdadi had, reportedly, been wounded at Al Quaim in an aerial attack, then supposedly taken to Raqqah for treatment, he being in pretty bad shape. Whether either, both or non of the Bagdadi events are true seems to be up in the air. Whether the SAA/SAAF raid had anything to do with Bagdadi, I don't know and there doesn't seem to be much speculation about a connection anywhere so - - who knows? The raid did take place with 300 enemy dead and a number of prisoners, one SAA trooper slightly wounded. I'm pretty happy.

  9. SAA isn't advancing to Raqqa at all, according to this map, it is doing something much smarter! The SAA is attacking backwards ( westward ) from its usual eastward-pushing-strategy from Tabqa airport. Kudo's to Syrian Perspective, who even reported Tabqa being heavily supplied 1 month ago ( now we know the reason why ). Give the General a raise who thought of this tactical move, unexpected and brilliant.

    • Securing Maskaneh plain is vital before any attempt to take Raqqa, or the SAA risks a flack attack that would be disastrous. Fully agree, it is a very well done move.

  10. This seems to be a small victory but of very important strategic meaning, it paves the way for SAA artillery to pound areas nearby Saraqeb, the gateway to free most of the eastern part of Idlib under rats.

    "The militants were pushed back from Ma'ar Tabyee strategic hill in the Eastern parts of Jebel Al-Zawiya in Idlib countryside.
    The Syrian army's control over the strategic hill cuts the supply route of the militants to Saraqeb and Ariha countrysides.
    The Syrian army can now control all movements of the militants in Jebel Al-Arbaeen and Al-Qormid and also bring the terrorists' concentration centers in Kafr Lateh, Na'ar Belit and Majd Lya under fire.
    Last week in Idlib province, army units targeted militants' gatherings in the villages of Maarzaf, Nahleh, Bennish and Bakfaloun, killing many and injuring many others.
    The army also targeted rebels' positions in the villages of Om Sahrij, Abo Hawadid and Kharijeh in the province."

  11. Thnx for the map. Since the maps seems real most of the time can you pls confirm the fall of Maleeha? Even FARS is not confirming it.


    • "Also in the past 24 hours, the residents of a village announced that they witnessed several paratroopers landing in a village in Al-Reqqa.

      According to Al-Reqqa residents, the unidentified military men who spoke English started closing the roads and also searched the houses of the residents of the village"


      What? Syrian paratroopers spoke in english in the assault to Raqqa?

        • "The army units are preparing to take advantage of the ongoing infighting between the Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta, a Syrian military source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told FNA on Sunday.

          "The terrorist groups, specially the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and Jaysh Al-Islam, have intensified their infighting in Douma, the capital of Reef (outskirts of) Damascus," the source added.

          The source noted that under such conditions the Syrian army will use the tactic of besiege with the aim of disconnecting the supply route of the terrorists in Eastern Ghouta, specially the town of Mleiha.

          The army's operations come as Jaysh Al-Islam is trying to recapture the areas under the control of the ISIL.

          Also in the past 24 hours, the residents of a village announced that they witnessed several paratroopers landing in a village in Al-Reqqa.

          According to Al-Reqqa residents, the unidentified military men who spoke English started closing the roads and also searched the houses of the residents of the village.

          They said that the paratroopers began attacking ISIL's Osama bin Laden training military base two hours after midnight.


          • Huh? English-speaking paratroopers? This could only be Americans. Or could they be something like SAS? Why would they come in to take on ISIL when they were backing them?

            The one Islamic fellow that Arklight linked to about Obama backing Al Qeada said that eventually the Americans/CIA eventually kill they people they are backing when they don;t need them anymore.

            Dr. Jim Willie has said at some point the US Military might get in a fight with ISIS/CIA military and then The PEntagon goes to the Senate demanding the impeachment of Obama. Sadly - the US Military cannot even stop Amerika from being invaded and destroyed from the south. They are cowards.

            Syria should be proud of their army and military. They are honorable men.

          • The least known of U.S. special operations units, the 720th STG—combat controllers, pararescuemen and combat weathermen.
            al-Baghdadi medical extraction mission ?

      • Abu Kamal raid in Syria during 2008

        The 2008 Abu Kamal raid was an attack carried out by helicopter-borne CIA paramilitary officers from Special Activities Division and United States Special Operations Command, Joint Special Operations Command inside Syrian territory on October 26, 2008. The Syrian government called the event a “criminal and terrorist” attack on its sovereignty, alleging all of the reported

        Read more: http://www.special-ops.org/category/special-units/special-operations-special-units/#ixzz36lcrlK5U

  12. Nice to see this map. Ignoring nuances, singular hail mary plays and vagaries the gist is the same. The SAA ( et al ) is fighting the war of foreign insurrection on their terms. They are in control and prosecuting a campaign designed by them designed to maximize the use of their resources. The opposition is in an untenable collapse period. Save ww3 this does nothing but become a protracted terror campaign.

    The west will be left to get on the right side of history, start ww3 or continue their advance to irrelevance.

  13. Judging from the Wikipedia map,the entire FSA+NF+IF is wiped out of Deir Ez-Zor and is replaced by IS.Which makes it SAA vs IS,IS also surrounds Ayn Issa,Judging from the map above the,SAA can firstly attack The last pockets of FSA+IF+NF in ar-Raqqa since they are to ill equipped after being Surrounded by IS for nearly 3 months,that means SAA can attack the Northern most IS positions in Raqqa thus probably gaining YPG trust and also remove the Cockroaches that surrounds Ayn Issa.Even the most benefit for SAA is that they can attack FSA+IF+NF in Northern Aleppo thus giving a breathing room for SAA present in Southern Aleppo.

  14. I truly belive Ziad and his team on the news he delivers,it gives hope to all,but for us not living in Syria is a bit hard to understand jow such figures of hundreds or thousands or scumbags being killed,yet no videos posted online,ZIAD EXPLAIN PLEASE !!!

    • Ariston, answer yourself this,
      Which professional national army posts online videos of its war-fighting?
      None - unless they are leaked (rarely).

      The SAA isn't in the business of posting teenage angst propaganda to online beard-brains.
      Leave the snuff film business to the amateurs, the SAA has serious business at hand.

  15. PErhaps a repost but I love seeing videos like this. A town is liberated and yet another command and control / weapons manufacturing facility is seized / destroyed. Again, as the SAA juggernaut rolls and these guys have fewer and fewer safe harbors, their moral, and ability to do anything continues to fall.

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