DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:45 P.M.) – More troops arrive at the eastern city of Deir Ezzor as the Syrian Army readies final fight against the Islamic State.

The Army’s elite 4th Armored Division sent one of its highly-equipped brigades to take part in the anticipated standoff against ISIS in the oil-rich province.

The Brigade comprises of dozens of T72 tanks and hundreds of highly-trained soldiers who enjoy a hands-on experience in fighting the jihadi group in central Syria; namely  the recently-liberated Aqirbat town.

The Syrian Army is amassing troops, vehicles and equipment in the government-held parts of Deir Ezzor in preparation to launch a massive offensive to re-take the ISIS-controlled parts of the city.

Yesterday, reports had it that Russian pontoon bridges were seen in action to help the Syrian forces cross to the eastern bank of the Euphrates.

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