Yesterday, government troops retook the Industrial District from ISIS fighters who had attempted to advance towards Deir Ezzor Airbase from the northern flank.

Meanwhile, another major battle took place at the neighbouring al-Sina’ah district which was captured by Islamic State forces 2 weeks ago but since almost entirely retaken.

With government forces in control of 80% of the district at daybreak, ISIS launched a morning offensive and managed to captured a dozen building blocks.

However, during yesterday afternoon the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Republican Guard launched a counter-offensive which had them seize the entire al-Sina’ah district and simultaneously the neighbouring Industrial Zone.

ISIS was unable to keep control of al-Sina’ah due to Major General Issam Zahreddine commanding the battle from the strategic al-Tharda Mountain which overlooks the district.

The initial ISIS thrust into al-Sina’ah did nevertheless cause the death of 10 government troops while an SAA source said they had killed approximately 20 ISIS fighters in return.

With the SAA in control of both al-Sina’ah district and the Industrial District, they are now set to strike towards the Old Airport neighbourhood where government troops did a special demolishing operation 3 days ago.

If the SAA can capture the entire western bank of the Euphrates in Deir Ezzor city, this would have their forces entrenched until Tiger Forces advancing from Palmyra can relieve the besieged troops held up in the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor.

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Will the saa ever reach the right side of the river? What a shame; SAA advances are so slow, despite all the assistance and AF. Hundreds of thousands of young men are relaxing in Damascus and other cities, without providing any assistance to their country. A conscription is needed!

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We are fighting with usa and israil and turks and saudia and 100000 in Saa died since 2012 we go slowly but we are winning it is a miracle be patient and proud of all sirians they remain in syria and in the right sides.

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The SAA have done an amazing job holding onto Deir ezzor. Any advances is a remarkable achievement considering the circumstances they have had to endure and being surrounded by ISIS and cut off from the rest of Syria. If you think you can do better, why are you not fighting alongside them?

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Finally I read, that the loses are 20:10, 2:1.
Brave syrian soldiers!
However I would like to see 100000:0 ratio.
Russians have to take out NEOCONS. Body by body.

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I hope that the Syrian army and their Allies can hold firm, and to take Raqqah before the moderate rebels that the us coalition is backing do it, would be such a shame after all their hard fighting this was to happen. I know this could be hard as the fighting has so many fronts at the present time but I hope this can eventuate.