DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:00 A.M.) – The Islamic State seem intent on capturing Syria’s eastern city of Deir Ezzor and has effectively intensified its attacks on government-held districts and an isolated airport south of the city.

Under the guise of a sandstorm, ISIS unleashed the bulk of its offensive on Sunday, deploying six child suicide bombers to combat the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Fresh jihadist attacks were launched on Monday in a bid to capture Deir Ezzor Airbase.

Amaq released six pictures depicting more conventual war methods used on Monday, showing ISIS units utilizing a variety of tanks and technicals in the battle for Deir Ezzor.

The SAA is on the defensive in Deir Ezzor and relies mostly on airstrikes to prevent the Islamic State from mobilizing its forces for a general offensive.

If ISIS was to capture Deir Ezzor city entirely, it could set up a secondary capital and free up thousands of fighters for duties elsewhere in Syria and Iraq.

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Daeshbags Sux
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Haven’t Russians the same kind of auto-deactivating minefields US can air-drop?
There are other means to do area denial.
Personally, I’d highly consider radioactive matters with short half life so (i.e. iridium has a 74 days half-life), anyone entering the area in the next few months gets a very serious exposition.
This was considered for Tora-Bora but dismissed by fear of political turmoil. Nevertheless, there are less long term issues than with a mine field.

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Or the RuAF could just bust out their stockpile of FOAB’s, put the real fear of god into the ISIS rats

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Or the RuAF could reak out whatever stockpiled FOAB’s they have laying around, out in the open desert area of Deir Ezzor they can put the true fear of god into the ISIS rats

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thor sox

What nuclear weapon would you be speaking of?

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I WONDER WHY IS IT THAT RUSSIA FIND IT HARD TO DESTROY TANKS AND ARMOR OF ISIS IN AN OPEN DESERT

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I fear this article about Deir-Ezzor situation is correct as I think it is. If so, I think Syria and Russia air forces should defend it and its besieged soldiers at any costs, namely carpet bombing all surrounded areas with the maximum powerfull and full destructive bombs, reducing completely to ashes and nobody’s living land large and wide areas around the city and airport. I believe Russia has more than enough weapons, long distance missils and aircrafts for doing it. It is better to have colateral damages and casualties than to let the city, airport, its besieged population and brave… Read more »