BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 A.M.) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces continued their advance into Deir Ezzor City, Monday, capturing several areas from the so-called Islamic State (ISIL) at the northern part of the provincial capital.
The Syrian Democratic Forces managed to capture the strategic 113th Brigade Base on Monday, following a series of intense clashes with the Islamic State terrorists.
Once the 113th Brigade Base was liberated, the SDF turned their attention to the Al-Salihiyah District, where they scored another advance against the depleted ISIL units.
However, this advance has not been welcomed by everyone, as the Syrian Army’s High Command views this advance by the SDF as an attempt to impede the government’s progress.
According to a military source from the Syrian Army, the SDF is quickly trying to expand southward in Deir Ezzor to block the Syrian Army’s planned amphibious landing, which would allow them access to the districts east of the Euphrates River.
With the Islamic State’s large presence in the western part of Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Arab Army may run out of time to cross the Euphrates, as SDF units quickly advance south towards Albukamal.