BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) is in serious trouble in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor, as they find themselves under a heavy attack from the Syrian military and Russian forces.

Led by their Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to liberate a large chunk of the Islamic State-occupied pocket in western Deir Ezzor after launching this surprise operation earlier this week.

With help from the Russian Air Force, the Syrian Arab Army has liberated several points from the Islamic State this week, forcing them to fall back towards the T-3 Pumping Station near the Homs provincial border.

As a result of this advance, the Syrian Arab Army has nearly split the Islamic State’s pocket in half, while also shrinking it considerably over the last 72 hours.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army should be able to clear this entire pocket within a week, as the Islamic State continues to fall back in the Badiya Al-Sham region.

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