Assad's government forces have advanced into territories dangerously close to U.S. held areas in Raqqa. The Syrian Army, along with its Lebanese Hezbollah ally, have retaken lands from ISIS fighters. Currently, Assad's forces "liberated" more ISIS territories compared to the concerted efforts of U.S. commandos and the Syrian Democratic Forces or SDF.

What is the current situation in Syria?

Local news agencies have reported an influx of U.S. combat vehicles in the Raqqa region. This is after most of the ISIS defenders have been driven out of the strategic locations in the city.

Though Islamist resistance in Raqqa is not yet completely eradicated, the level of resistance is no longer a major threat.

Assad's government has made considerable advances in the western Syrian desert. This is mainly due to the massive support provided by Russia and Iranian militia. According to local reports, Assad now has the support of the Lebanese Hezbollah in retaking lands previously held by ISIS militants.

On Saturday, government forces have taken territories in the provincial boundary between Raqqa and Deir Al-Zor. The Syrian army also captured a oil field in the Sabkha region. This is a major blow to the U.S. backed coalition as Assad's forces are slowly dissecting the Syrian desert and may isolate the Raqqa region form joining up with other Syrian rebels.

In Northern Syria, clashes between Turkish-backed Kurds and U.S. backed Kurds continue along the border. Turkey firmly opposed the U.S. decision to arm Syrian Kurds, who they deem as terrorists.

This is the current situation in Syria, a country divided by different ideologies, alliances and interests.

How will the U.S. gain advantage in Syria?

The United States have begun fortifying acquired regions in Syria. This is confirmed by many local sources indicating the increased number of U.S. military vehicles entering Raqqa and securing its outside perimeter.

The United States is also hastily fortifying abandoned airbases around Raqqa. It is important for the U.S. coalition to have an effective air force capable of conducting strikes on key locations in ISIS controlled territory.

However, the major problem in Syria is the presence of Russian support. The United States is not willing to openly go against Assad's forces, as the Syrian government is supported by Moscow. The problem with Moscow doubled when the Kremlin issued a warning that U.S. forces deliberately attacking Assad's forces will be considered as targets and be subjected to appropriate action. Syria is a hot bed of opposing factions with powerful allies where U.S. and Russian intervention will just worsen the current dismal state of the country.