The Syrian army seized back a key village near the city of Tabaqa in Raqqa province in the early hours of Saturday.
The army units took full control of Abu Al-Allaj village attacking the village from the direction of Zakiyah.
The Syrian forces are now only 35 kilometers from Tabaqa military airport in Raqqa province.
On Thursday, the Syrian army, backed by the Desert Hawks brigade, started full-scale military operations to drive back the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group from its de-facto capital of Raqqa.
According to field sources, the Syrian forces have started the operations from Ithriya region which links Aleppo to Hama, a strategic area which separates the Syrian army and the ISIL’s positions.
The army and its allies began the offensive by artillery attacks, supported by airstrikes, against the Eastern parts of Raqqa which are hosting the main strongholds of the ISIL terrorists.