DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:35 P.M.) – With apocalyptic battles unfolding in Raqqa and Mosul, the Islamic State has diverted much of its military capabilities to Deir Ezzor in a bid establish a new capital for the self-proclaimed caliphate.

Newly released images published by Amaq Agency shows scores of ISIS militants attacking positions held by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) around the Panorama roundabout on the embattled M7-highway leading to the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor.


Before the battle for Mosul began last year, ISIS withdrew all its tanks and armored vehicles from Iraq’s second largest city and transferred them to the Deir Ezzor frontier. The same has now happened with Raqqa city, military sources inform Al-Masdar News. This is primarily due to the lethal effectiveness of car bombs in urban warfare.

A large garrison of SAA troops – commanded by Major General Issam Zahreddine – has stood strong against a jihadist siege in Deir Ezzor that begin back in 2012, fighting off seemingly endless waves of attacks on a daily basis.

However, the Islamic State still maintains the upper hand in the city as the SAA has been unable to receive any new armored vehicles since 2014.

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Rafik Chauhan

In sha Allah SAA will be victorious by this brave soldiers and commanders .keep up your Another SAA force is coming to rescue

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Zahreddine and his garrison are heroes not just for Syrians but for all humanity against the barbarous fanaticism of ISIS and the treacherous betrayal of freedom by the USA.

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Simon Gunson

At Easter when The Bus convoy was halted outside Rashidin, survivors of the bombing attack said the Hay’at Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) fighters surrounding them were not Syrians.

They were Saudi, Chechen, Uzbek and Afghans. HTS is Al Qaeda

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It’s a shame that BOTH CJTFOIR AND VKS (Russian Aerospace Forces) simply not hunted the tanks and vehicles retreating from both Mosul and Raqqa! This is amateur job! “However, the Islamic State still maintains the upper hand in the city as the SAA has been unable to receive any new armored vehicles since 2014.” => Although it wouldn’t be a serious issue to do so : http://red-stars.org/IMG/jpg/BMD-4_aerolargage_BTVT_Narod_.jpg BMD-4 is pretty kick-a*s with its 100mm gun. Sorry, T-90 or T-14 are too heavy for air-drop. I can’t tell if Russians also have LPADS allowing high accuracy airdrops (GPS guided, up to… Read more »

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Great photo

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Isis and fsa divide information