BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:50 P.M.) – Since the beginning of 2017, the Islamic State’s empire in Syria has shrunk by about 70 percent. Most of this achievement can be attributed to the Syrian Arab Army, its paramilitary allies and Russian intervention forces.

In mid-January of this year, the Syrian Arab Army and its allies, backed up by Russian airpower, commenced an offensive against ISIS in eastern Aleppo Governorate in the north of the country. At the same time, pro-government forces in the center of the country also re-started their push into eastern Homs Governorate.

The immediate objectives of these campaigns were to liberate the remainder of Aleppo province that was still under ISIS control and re-liberate ancient city of Palmyra (respectively).

In the event, not only were these objectives achieved, but the offensives in both the north and center of Syria never really stopped – Syrian Army forces simply kept on rolling.

If any parallels in modern military history can be drawn to what is being witnessed in Syria, then the current military and territorial state of ISIS can be compared to that the Third Reich in the winter of 1944 after a number of summer and autumn offensives carried out earlier in the year (namely those which took place on the Eastern Front) devastated its armies throughout Europe and forced the Nazi polity to cede vast tracks of land it had otherwise held onto for years.

With the Syrian Army’s recent lifting of the siege on Deir Ezzor city, the war against ISIS now appears to have reached its terminal stage.

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Just like the Nazis, the Islamic State believed it could fight the entire world and win, considering providence to be on its side; and now also likewise, despite its early golden years of successive conquests against an unsuspecting Syria and Iraq, the collective willpower of many peoples who refused to surrender to its fundamentally oppressive ideology have now brought the jihadist polity to its knees.

When and where the final military blow will be delivered to the pseudo-caliphate as a standing territorial entity are really the only two questions which remain on the matter of ISIS in Syria.

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Bleipriester
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The comparison lacks of realism. The Third Reich is not comparable to a caliphate backed by almost the entirety of the Western World. In fact, Bashar is our Führer and this time we win. Lesson of history: If you want to win war, make sure the Russians are on your side.

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that’s so true.

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The entirety of the Western World? What do you smoke? Crack? Didn’t you noticed the numerous very hard stances on USA from EU leaders? The fact that Erdogan and al-Jubeir JOINTLY complained that EU didn’t helped them AT ALL to oust Assad? Do you know who were the first to attack IS oil smuggling? It wasn’t the Russians, not even SyAAF! It was the French Air-Force! Sincerely, you’ll have a freaking hard time to find any EU country but UK having armed the cockroaches! Some of the clients of EU arms builders, likely KSA, Qatar or Turkey? Obviously, YES! But… Read more »
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Shut up, DGSE. Your narrative doesn’t even work, you’re shilling here for no gain.

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the last stand will depend on what the Iraqis will do; but Abukamal seems to be the most likely place for a last stand in Syria

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What would be interesting is having IS terminated in Syria exactly for the Orthodox X-mas… Although on December 25th would be great too : few knows that Orthodox are still with the Julian calendar…
This would be typical Russian humour and a way to add insult to prejudice…

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Assad is no Fuhrer and it is very offensive to call him like that. Assad is the democratically elected president of Syria who inspired his people to withstand the onslaught of a savage Western colonial aggression and prevail. Not completely though. The tyrannical Western colonial forces spurned on by the Zio/Nazi junta and its present day Fuhrer, Benjamin Nethanyahu and aided by Russia’s inaction in front of repeated aggressions both by the US and co and the Zio/Nazi junta of Israel, have snatched from Syria some of its most vital assets; The Taqba Dam, Syria’s main water supply, the industrial… Read more »
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Bad omen parallelism.
The wiping out of nazi forces led to a split up of territories among the winning parties, in almost complete disregard of inhabitants’ free will. A 40+ years long period of confrontation and unrest, called Cold War.
I wholeheartedly wish heroic Syrians (and Iraqis as well) not to endure a similar fate, with the Kurdish land-grabbers established as “one of the winning parties”.

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Id rather looking shrinking kurdish puppet state than ISIS islamic state.

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