DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:00 A.M.) – With the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) mechanized pincers pushing towards the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor from three axes connected to the government mainland, ISIS commanders seem to have realized that their assault on the city must be speed up, forcing them to intensify attacks on the SAA’s besieged eastern garrison.
A series of new photos released by Amaq Agency, ISIS’ primary media branch, shows technicals, a tank and mortar guns targeting SAA positions in and around the city:
According to Al-Masdar News field correspondent Ibrahim Joudeh, the SAA is expected to lift the siege of Deir Ezzor city within a couple months, a military prize which has become the High Command’s top priority.
In effect, the Islamic State has barely 60 days to defeat Issam Zahreddine and his elite Republican Guard units. If ISIS succeeds in this objective, the SAA will have no strategic goals to pursue in eastern Syria.
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