BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a powerful counter-attack on Friday to lift the one week long siege of the Deir Ezzor Airport.

Led by the Qassem Group of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army stormed the Islamic State’s (ISIS) defenses at the cemetery, Harabish District, Al-Jafra, Jirayah, and Panorama area; this resulted in a fierce battle that is still ongoing at the moment.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army is attempting to recapture the area north of the Deir Ezzor Airport; if successful, they will have lifted the one week long siege of this strategic installation.

Backing the ground forces are Russian and Syrian jets, who have carried out a large number of airstrikes in order to weaken the Islamic State’s resolve around the military airport and Jabal Thardeh.

Some activists have reported the Syrian Arab Army has advanced south of the Deir Ezzor Airport; however, the Al-Masdar cannot confirm these claims.

 

 

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Stern Daler
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Stern Daler
2017-01-20 12:55

Hopefully they reverse IS recent gains.

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Nestor Arapa
2017-01-20 16:41

Si hay oportunidad el ejercito debe avanzar mas allá del aeropuerto para asegurar el radio de contención, ojala tenga éxito.

some day this wars gonna end russell
some day this wars gonna end russell
2017-01-20 20:41

I read on this website there are 4000 saa soldiers in deir ezzor pocket. Thst should be enough men to retake whole city ?

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2017-01-21 07:32

Taking the entire city and defending it from attack is not the aim of Assad in this case. ISIS are religiously driven and strategically bound to attempt Deir Ezzor. Its far cheaper to defend than attack. Right now pinning down those who ran from Mosul means they dont have to fight them around Damascus. Acutally you can tell Baghdadi is no longer in charge, those troops should be defending Ar Raqqa now. If Isis takes the city and the population is destroyed, the SAA/Russia/USA will just build a wall around it and join up with the shia marching up from… Read more »