BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:55 P.M.) -The strategic situation for ISIS forces in central Syria continues to exponentially decline with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its paramilitary allies, backed up by Russian airpower, continuing to advance at the rate of liberating five to seven settlements per day.
The above map reflects the situation in central Syria following the SAA’s liberation of the towns of Zaghroutiyah, Drawayshiyah, Lawaybdah, Ghaniman and Umm Sajj earlier today.
The securing of these five settlements has translated to the liberation of about 60 square kilometers of territory in central Syria. If the current pace of this advance can be maintained by pro-government forces, then ISIS resistance throughout the region will likely be terminated within a fortnight.
In any case, it should be noted that the central Syria front nonetheless remains of secondary importance in terms of the investment of pro-government military resources. To this end, operations in and around the strategic city of Deir Ezzor continue to be of top priority.