BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army gained full control of Al-Baghiliyah district, located northeast of Deir ez-Zor, on Friday, coming face-to-face with the US-backed militias on the west side of the Euphrates River.

The Syrian Army has been focusing on clearing the east bank of the Euphrates from fighters of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS), while the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, (SDF) have consolidated their control over the west.

A spokesman of the SDF has reportedly stated that Syrian Arab Army troops will not gain permission to cross the Euphrates in establishing control over the entirety of Deir ez-Zor province.

The SAA broke the three-year-long siege on Deir ez-Zor on 5 September, significantly reducing crucial supply routes for IS.

Source: Ruptly

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2017-09-17 07:05

Check your east and west orientation, please

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The_Observer
2017-09-16 13:54

I think the translations of directions is reversed. Al-Baghiliyah is NW of Deir Ezzor. The SAA is currently on the WESTERN side of the Euphrates cleaning up ISIS while the SDF (Kurds) are trying to stop the SAA crossing over to the EASTERN side of the Euphrates.

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2017-09-16 15:54

”..with the US-backed militias on the west side of the Euphrates River.” ”The Syrian Army has been focusing on clearing the east bank of the Euphrates..”
Which bank is which is always related to the rising sun.
So,SDF fights in the east and SAA in the west bank of the river.
Don’t worry,be happy.It took three gruelling years in order to be able to write today about liberating the banks of Euphrates.