BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 A.M.) – A military source in the Deir Ezzor Governorate informed Al-Masdar on Monday night that the Islamic State’s fighters from Al-Sukhnah have arrived in the province after retreating from the aforementioned city.

With a large number of fighters arriving from Al-Sukhnah, the Islamic State has begun launching preliminary attacks inside the Deir Ezzor Governorate after more than two weeks of relative calm.

Just last night, the Islamic State attacked the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the Panorama area of western Deir Ezzor; this attack did not generate any gains, despite the relative intensity of the assault.

The Syrian Army is now on high alert as they expect a major assault to be launched soon in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor.

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robsert
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2017-08-08 10:40

How the f… was it possible for them to retreat from al-Sukhnah? Why didn’t SAA wiped them out completly? Relocating the problem isn’t the same as solving it. DEZ is now in more danger especially because the army needs to clear the hama and homs pocket before the march on DEZ continues. Only hope for Zahreddine and his soldiers is the Tiger himself. Tiger Forces are the only unit capable of reaching DEZ in a short period of time. Tigers need about 1 or 2 days to clear the so called strongholds or they just bypass them. Normal SAA needs… Read more »

an1245
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2017-08-08 17:53
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I completely agree, the Tiger Forces seem to be the best fighting force in Syria by a long way. Considering this situation, all eyes will be on the Tiger again to deliver

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2017-08-08 09:07

Not really sure what Islamic State are doing. They’ve lost. They should be making their way to Idlib, or Afghanistan, or Libya.

If they wanted to go out with a bang, they could attack the Syrian forces around Sukhnah, where the defensive lines are still being established, and perhaps inflict some casualties.

Instead, they’re going to throw themselves against the heavily and well defended lines in the entire region. If you wanted to get rid of Islamic State as fast as possible–because maybe they’ve outlived their usefulness–I guess you’d send them to Deir ez-Zor to die.

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Daeshbags Sux
2017-08-08 21:40
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So they’ll have their 72 virgins faster 😉
Unfortunatelly, even the virgin goats are now depleted!
They’ll have to play Goat-Simulator instead!

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2017-08-08 10:26

It is really up to the RuAF, but how did a “large number” of dash manage to travel without issues in broad daylight, on the only road they could have traveled without RuAF intervention? Is it really true that RuaF has no such basic capability?

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2017-08-08 21:38
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They have only about 33 aircraft in Syria. Both Flankers and Su-24 require pretty high maintenance : at best they’ll do 3 missions a day, thus, you don’t get a lot more from a F-18 (4 missions in intensive use. To give an idea, a Rafale used intensively can be pushed to 10-11 missions while normal use allows 5-6 missions). SyAAF must still have at best 50-80 40y old old cows, they can’t be everywhere… Moreover, this can also be a strategy : DeZ was able to stood while IS was pressuring at the height of its power. It may… Read more »