The month of June has been rough for the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria, as they have lost large chunks of territory to the Syrian, Iraqi, and Kurdish armed forces.
While the Iraqi Armed Forces conclude their operations in Mosul, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commenced their Raqqa City offensive this month after successfully clearing most of the eastern bank of the Euphrates River near the provincial capital.
Within two weeks of launching their offensive, the Kurdish-led forces have managed to liberate large parts of the city, while also engaging in a fierce battle with the Islamic State militants near the Division 17 Base.
West of Raqqa City, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has entered the Maskanah Plain located inside both the Aleppo and Al-Raqqa governorates for the first time since their withdrawal from this area in early 2013.
Not only did the Syrian Army liberate the Maskanah Plain, but they also made their first major push in the Al-Raqqa Governorate during this war.
Currently, the Syrian Arab Army is on the verge of liberating the Islamic State stronghold of Resafa, which is located along an important roadway to the Deir Ezzor Governorate.
In southern Syria, the Syrian Arab Army has resumed their offensive in the Dara’a Governorate, following a 48 hour ceasefire with the jihadist rebels.
The Syrian Arab Army is attempting to expel the remaining militants inside of Dara’a City by the end of Summer.
Meanwhile, east of Dara’a, the Syrian Arab Army has finally taken control of a crossing that leads into Iraq; this took place after government forces seized the village of Al-Boudah, which is located just north of the Al-Anbar Governorate border.
On Tuesday, the Syrian Arab Army announced the capture of Bir Qassab in southeast Damascus, following a fierce battle with jihadists near Syria’s capital city.
Also in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army began an important offensive inside the town of Jobar; this operation is geared to expel the remaining militants in the eastern pocket of the capital.
The Syrian Arab Army kicked off a new offensive in the eastern countryside of Hama this past weekend, targeting the last villages under Islamic State control near the large town of ‘Aqareb.
Thus far, the Syrian Arab Army has liberated a number of villages, while also advancing on ISIL’s imperative oil smuggling route through central Syria.
Just south of Hama, the Syrian Arab Army resumed their field operations in eastern Palmyra, liberating the imperative village of Arak, the Talilah Reserve, and T-3 Pumping Station.
The government forces in central Syria are attempting to lift the siege on Deir Ezzor City and reestablish control over the Homs-Deir Ezzor Highway.
The Islamic State has launched several offensives inside the Deir Ezzor Governorate recently, striking the Syrian Army’s defenses near the Panorama Roundabout in the western outskirts of the provincial capital.
ISIL did manage to capture several points near the Panorama Roundabout, including the local school and nearby checkpoints.
Due to a shortage of tanks and other armored vehicles, the Syrian Arab Army has been forced to remain on the defensive in eastern Syria, while the Islamic State attempts to expand its reach inside the province.