Syrian Army gathers forces for final battle against ISIS in Deir Ezzor
Huge reinforcements – including soldiers, military vehicles and weapons – continue to pour into the eastern city of Deir Ezzor to help launch a major attack against the Islamic State.
Once the siege was lifted, the Syrian Army began fortifying its positions in the 137 Brigade area and the airbase, and eventually expanding control around those two bases.
Today, the Army troops attacked al-Jafrah town located to the east of the airfield (just on the western bank of the Euphrates), and stormed the ISIS-held bastion from the western outflanks.
Meanwhile, the US-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces announced that its fighters will launch an attack against the Islamic State in Deir Ezzor.
With the Kurdish militia already fighting ISIS in its de-facto capital of Raqqa, they – as per a Kurdish leader – now aim at driving out the group from the eastern bank of the Euphrates.
Arguably speaking, Deir Ezzor has more strategic importance than Raqqa for being the country’s most oil-rich province.
With the race for Deir Ezzor rages between the Syrian Army and Kurdish militia, it’s highly unlikely that the two antagonist patties will clash anytime soon.
An informed military source told Muraselon that the government troops are – and have been – avoiding any clashes with the Kurdish militia as instructed by the senior command.
“The Syrian Army has no intention whatsoever to cross the Euphrates and fight the Kurds.
All such reports circulated via social media networks are false,” the same source added.
Source : Muraselon.com