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.

Click here for an updated interactive map of the region.

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wakethehellup
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@ Chris Tomson’s assertion that> “If ISIS succeeds in this objective, the SAA will have no strategic goals to pursue in eastern Syria.” Of course they will Chris. Matter of fact, it’s kind of strategic ‘boneheadedness’ that ISIS/ISIL is continuing this assault on the Deir ezzor garrison, with the SAA bearing down on them from three different axis points and nothing or no one to slow them down, [ie U.S. led coalition forces]. Even if ISIS/ISIL forces were to capture Deir ezzor city and airport, it would still be only a matter of time before the SAA and allies reached… Read more »

Assad must stay
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Smoked rats to sell 🙂
Make an offer 🙂

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Wrong: as Raqqah falls, the most of SDF will converge in mass on Deir Ezzor.

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SAA is only 50km from DeZ…
At the height of its power, IS was unable to take the city, with the hits they took since, it’s very unlikely to fall now. If necessary, Russia could always send a dozen Tu-95 filled with 100-200 light guided bombs, loitering for 36 hours missions, rapidly cleansing a corridor allowing SAA to join DeZ rapidly.
I don’t think it’ll take 2 months to move through these 50km