“ISIS Expels Syria Regime Forces From Raqqa Province,” AFP, June 21, 2016:
(AFP) — ISIS expelled Syrian regime troops Monday from the northern province of Raqqa in a lightning counter-offensive that killed 40 regime forces, a monitoring group said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militants’ attack was launched late on Sunday following a regime offensive into the ISIS stronghold of Raqa on June 3 that advanced around 20 kilometers (12 miles) toward the town of Tabqa.
“Daesh (ISIS) has managed to drive out regime troops from the administrative borders of Raqa province after a fierce counter-offensive,” the Britain-based group said.
It said the militants had sent hundreds of reinforcements from their de facto capital of Raqa city to defend Tabqa, which has a dam and an air base, located 50 kilometers to the west.
“More than 40 members of the pro-regime forces were killed,” said the Observatory, which relies on a vast network of sources on the ground for its information.
Militant losses were unavailable….