DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:30 P.M.) – On Friday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) opened a new front in eastern Syria after securing large advances in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

Backed by American airstrikes, the SDF managed to imposed full control over the villages of Jabal az-Zirab, Bir Dumayni, Hujayf az Zarrab and Tal Aljehev, thereby putting their forward units within 25 kilometers of Deir Ezzor’s northern gates.

The advance puts all of the Kharafi road and most of the Abu Khashb road under Kurdish control. US advisors are notably heavily involved in planning the offensive.

On Saturday morning, fresh clashes also erupted on the Khabur River front further east but skirmishes on this frontier proved to be diversionary attacks, probing ISIS’ defensive line.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scores new gains in the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor amid fierce clashes with Islamic State combattants.

With ISIS on its last legs, the SAA and SDF are currently competing in a race to capture as much of Deir Ezzor province for themselves.

Click here for a map of the aforementioned region through an Al-Masdar News partner website.

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truthslayer
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For years they stood by and watched while ISIS attacked Deir ezzor..not once helping the starving civilians besieged there… and now the SAA has lifted the seige they race to steal Syrian oil!
Filthy backstabbing Kurds.

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Deo Cass

The oil will belong to the Zio/Nazi US tyranny not to the Kurds of they lay hands on it. The Kurds are simply ungrateful slaves licking the boots of their US/Zionist masters. They have no dignity or honour. Only cowardise. This has been shown in Raqqa where their genocode abd mass ethnic cleansing of the native Arab population obscures the genocide of Rohinga in Burma. The liberation of Deir Ezzur city by the Syrian government forces is just the beginning not the end of the great war in Syria. The great war will be between the sole legimate Syrian government… Read more »

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why should kurds help dash loving arabs? besides they’re too busy in raqqa and stopping turkish rats invading their homeland

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Chauhan Chauhan

U ARE RIGHT CANT TRUST KURDS ANYMORE THEY HAVE BECOME ZIONIST SLAVE.BACK STABBER FOR RESSITANCE

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Karel Vd Geest

The SDF has only been near DeZ as of may 2017 and then they had only enough forces to take on Raqqah. Now, because many tribal fighters joined SDF and YPG/YPJ have expanded the last few months, they now have enough forces to liberate the countryside of DeZ.

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jmNZ

A bridge over the Euphrates now seems urgent for the SAA.
I´m sure they can do it, with their staunch allies, the Russians, Palestinians, Lebanon´s Hezbollah and the Iranis.
A good push westwards from the PMUs in Iraq would also be very helpful.

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Deo Cass

I would count Russia out. It never lifted a finger in front of repeated unprovoked aggressions, violations of Syria’s airspace and murdering of Syrian government troops by the Zionist entity. The rest, the true resistance to Zionist colonialism, will be enough to prevail.

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it was the usa that took those bridges out and it is the usa who are backing the idea of stealing what they can of syria… it’s rather pathetic for anyone following this closely over the years..

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Karel Vd Geest

They have pontons, so in theory they can. They lack t he necessary forces though at this moment. Maybe in a week or so, they have enough forces. At that time, SDF will have taken the opposite side of the river. Most of the people live on the south/west side of the river.

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Flay the Daeshbags

I’ll put my money on SAA arriving at Mayadin first.

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Deo Cass

Let’s hope so, though a US and co aggression with the excuse of another false flag gas attack is very likely.

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my money is on the kurds!

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Sure They don’t fight,they make deals.

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they were the only ones to take up arms against the pigs of daesh when the arabs ran away – have you not heard of the ypj?

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Karel Vd Geest

SDF will stay on the other side of the river. SAA will arrive first.

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They will be bombed by the Russians if they cross red lines.

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Chauhan Chauhan

BUT AT SAME TIME SAA HAS TO PUSH EAST AND TRY TO REACH AS SUWAR CITY AFTER CROSSING RIVER EUPHRATES THIS WILL MAKE SDF CUT FROM REACHING DIER ZOR CITY BORDER.A ND ALO TO GO SOUTH TOWARDS MADAN SO SDF/YPG WILL NOT MOVE SOUTH AT ALL. AL MAYDEEN SHOULD BE THE WORK OF ARMY BASED ON HAMIMAH.