Earlier today, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched an assault on the southern sector of Deir Ezzor in a bid to link up with besieged government troops at Deir Ezzor Airbase.

Led by the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard, the National Defence Forces (NDF) and 137th Mechanized Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division, Syrian government troops attacked Tall Aloush, a strategic hill in the cemetery area, and engaged in a fierce battle with ISIS militants defending the imperative high point.

However, by late afternoon on Monday, Islamic State forces had thoroughly repelled the government offensive; at least 10 SAA soldiers were killed-in-action while ISIS only sustained a handful of casualties.

Regardless, joint Syrian and Russian airstrikes targeted ISIS insurgents across the provincial capital – sorties targeted the Al-Sanouf hill, Al-Rawad hill, Al-Rashdiyah district, Al-Baghiliyah village, hill 17 and the Al-Sinaa suburb.

Should the SAA take control of Tall Aloush in a renewed attack, this advance would pave the way to reach Deir Ezzor Airbase. Due to ISIS commanders realizing the hill’s importance, the site is heavily fortified by jihadist fighters.

The city’s airport was cutoff from government-held districts in downtown Deir Ezzor following an Islamic State offensive in January.

Recently, government forces have made modest gains on the perimeter of Deir Ezzor although ISIS seems to have gained the upper hand in the battle for the eastern city.

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coyotl
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Offensives must wait until they are ready to commit resources as in Palmyra.

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Stern Daler

The problem is that Deir Ezzor cannot be reinforced easily. Only by air.

Assad must stay
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Assad must stay

SyAAF and RuAF should cook Tall Aloush.

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Any updates? Liveuamap which tracks the battle claims Tal Alloush was captured by the SAA. Either way, all resources must be put towards resecuring the city. There is no time to be fooling around

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Nestor Arapa

No entiendo, en el lugar no hay presencia de civiles por tanto se puede emplear bombas o lluvia de misiles de mayor poder destructivo. La ofensiva debe ser desde el aire.

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Syrian army and ISIS is to close in a small area ?