SYRIAN, IRAQI FORCES MEET FACE-TO-FACE IN BORDER AREA AMID FIGHT AGAINST DAESH

The Syrian and Iraqi forces met on the border Sunday, as both have made progress in the battle against the Daesh in their respective territories, as the Syrian army is advancing west of the Daesh de facto capital in northern Syria.

The pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV, which is close to the Syrian government, said, the Syrian military forces and the Iraqi al-Hashd al-Shaabi, or the Popular Mobilisation Forces, met face to face on the Syrian side of the border between both countries, more specifically in a Syrian area between the Tanf border-crossing and the city of Bukamal, both in the Syrian desert, close to the Iraqi border.

Citing a senior Syrian military officer, the report said, the Syrian army has so far captured 25,000 sq km in the Syrian desert, near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, adding that, the Syrian and Iraqi forces will coordinate to secure the border until it's fully safe.

The officer said that all kinds of ground and air weapons have been used during the military operation.

Meanwhile, the report cited a commander of the Iraqi al-Hashd al-Shaabi, as saying that the Iraqi group is waiting for the zero hour, to attack the Daesh in the Syrian city of Bukamal in Deir al-Zour province, near the Iraqi border, in an apparent coordination with the Syrian government forces.

The Syrian army said that it has reached a border point with Iraq north of Tanf, as Tanf itself is controlled by US forces, which struck the Syrian army several times, to keep it away from the Tanf border crossing.

The US apparently doesn't want any link between the Shiite-led al-Hashid al-Shaabi and the Syrian army, which is also heavily backed by Shiite forces and Iran.

However, the Syrian army skirted around and reached a border point north of Tanf.

The recent development in the Syrian desert is part of a wide-scale offensive the Syrian army recently unleashed, under the title "Great Dawn," which aims to clear the desert area between the Iraqi, Syrian and Jordanian borders from the Daesh and to cut the road, before the U.S. plan of creating areas of its influence in that south-eastern Syria.

Syrian TV said, the Syrian army cut off the rebel supply routes between the Jordanian border and the town of Lajat, in central Syria amid ongoing operation to secure the border points between Syria, Iraq and Jordan.

Backed by Russian Air Force and the Lebanese Hezbollah group, the Syrian army is also advancing in the western countryside of Raqqa province, the de facto capital of the Daesh.

Syrian military source said, Syrian forces are advancing in the western countryside of Raqqa against the Daesh.

The progress of the army in Raqqa aims primarily at isolating the militants in the southern countryside of Aleppo, as a prelude to dislodge them from that key province in northern Syria.

As for Raqqa itself, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are on the offensive to strip the Daesh of one of its key strongholds and self-declared capital in Syria.

The operation, which started ten days ago by the SDF succeeded to strip Daesh of four neighbourhoods in Raqqa, amid reports that the group, which is led by Kurdish forces, has captured the Bitan neighbourhood on Sunday.

Still, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor group said, the operation of the SDF against Raqqa is witnessing some slowdowns as the SDF has reached heavily-fortified Daesh strongholds in Raqqa

Source: NAM News Network