The recent liberation of Palmyra (Tadmur) by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has applied intense pressure on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists in eastern Syria, forcing them to consolidate their positions in preparation for a large-scale assault by the government forces.
However, ISIL does not appear to be backing down anytime soon; instead, they have recently amassed a large force of fighters inside the Deir Ezzor Governorate after losing a significant portion of the Homs Governorate over the last two weeks.
According to a military source at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, the Russian Air Force conducted a number of reconnaissance missions over Deir Ezzor, capturing images of ISIL’s movements around this aforementioned province in eastern Syria.
Despite ISIL’s large loss of life during the Syrian government’s offensive in Palmyra, they were able to retain a significant amount of fighters before the city fell; this was an important thing to do in order for them to continue their war against the Syrian Army.
On-the-other-hand, the Syrian Arab Army inside Deir Ezzor will have to forestall the terrorist group’s advance in order to provide ample time for their allies in Palmyra to lift the siege on the city.