The crippling blockade imposed by the Islamic State on the eastern city of Deir Ezzor has been finally lifted with the Army troops linking up with the government-held part of the city on the western bank of Euphrates.
The spectacular achievement was fulfilled after the government forces launched – months ago – a full-scale offensive with the primary objective of breaking the siege imposed on the city.
On May 2015, the Islamic State entirely encircled Deir Ezzor after taking over large swathes of territories in the Syrian Desert including the ancient city of Palmyra.
Breaking the siege will further pop up the Army troops to oust the terror organization from the areas it controls in the province.
Meanwhile, the US-backed Kurdish-led forces continue to advance inside Raqqa; once ISIS de-facto capital.