BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is rapidly advancing at the western outskirts of Deir Ezzor, liberating several meters of territory near the 137th Artillery Brigade Base.

Led by elements of the 17th Division and 5th Legion, the Syrian Arab Army has liberated more than 500 meters of territory this morning, leaving them within 2500 meters of the 137th Brigade Base and lifting the siege on Deir Ezzor.

Once the army reaches the 137th Brigade Base, the first phase of the Deir Ezzor offensive will conclude.

The next phase of the offensive will be to lift the siege on the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, followed by taking control of the entire provincial capital.

More details to follow as the battle progresses…

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Rigatoni
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Go SAA. Good luck
Hope they can quickly capture mount thardeh, armenian cemetery and panorama area to unite the two pockets and reopen the airport.
I didn’t believe army would reach Deir so quickly. However IS can alway raid supply lines so be aware on the flanks.

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Why aren’t the Syrian government troops also advancing from the North, on the Raqqa Weatern Euphrates banks axes? A two pronged offensive leaves the troops vulnerable and exposed to counterattacks from the flanks and the risk of another encirclement. A three pronged advance is recommended in such cases, from Raqqa to the North, from the centre and the south like in the memorable battle of Stalingrad in 1942. I am at a loss why such a classical Soviet strategy which has always proved successful is not being followed here.