Division 17 was the only unit of the Syrian Arab Army holding onto the city of ar-Raqqa. Ar-Raqqa is otherwise mostly under control of the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) who use it as their main bastion in Syria. Outside of Division 17, the Syrian army does not have any other significant military units in the area so if Division 17 falls into the hands of the Islamic State, ar-Raqqa region would be theirs.
For the longest time the Islamic State had Division 17 encircled and over the last few days, launched a massive offensive to overtake it. By the looks of it, they’ve succeeded. Loss of Division 17 is not significant as far as the overall war in Syria is concerned, but it puts Deir-Ezzor into a precarious position. Deir-Ezzor is still under Syrian control, but is also isolated and encircled by the Islamic State.
Video below was released by the Islamic State’s Raqqa Media Center and shows corpses of slain men left on display on a sidewalk in Raqqa. The Islamic State claims these were the Syrian soldiers their mujaheddin killed during the overtake of Base 17. Some of the corpses are decapitated, and toward the end there appear to be a few crucified on the fence.
If you’ve paid attention to the mainstream media, or popped in discussion forums overrun by the Israeli shills, you would have likely come across claims that ISIS was a proxy of Bashar al-Assad. This is your typical Hasbara manipulation technique which aims to establish a fraudulent claim in order to divert the public’s attention by entangling the readers in the argument over the truthfulness or falsity of the claim, thus preventing the discussion of what really is happening. In this case, the goal was to prevent the public from realizing that ISIS is a Zionist proxy militia, so the Zionists shills were deployed to get the public entangled in the argument over ISIS being a Syrian proxy militia.
It only takes as little as realizing that ISIS (and before them Al Qaeda), despite owning shit loads of military equipment and billions of dollars, have never made any move against Israel. Ever. But one can also listen to the insiders who’ve been there and done that to know who really created, trained and funded the extremists. Training, of course, was provided on behalf of the Zionists by their proxy mercenaries to whom the dumb ones bow and say “thank you for your service“.