On Tuesday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) supported by the National Defence Forces (NDF) secured a vital advance on the perimeter of Deir Ezzor Airbase, effectively coming within 1500 meters of linking up with government troops in Deir Ezzor city.
Beginning around noon, the SAA’s 104th Brigade of the Republican Guard quickly seized Tall Alloush and later captured over a dozen buildings in the Martyrs cemetery area.
The advance was heavily aided by both the Russian and Syrian Air Force that conducted tens of sorties on ISIS militants in and around Deir Ezzor.
This all-important SAA advance comes after a week of frontline deadlock in Deir Ezzor despite fierce clashes continuing on a daily basis.
Deir Ezzor has been under ISIS siege for the past three years; recently, jihadist forces also cutoff government-held districts in Deir Ezzor city from the nearby Deir Ezzor Airbase. The airbase represents the SAA’s only route of hauling in supplies and reinforcements from the government heartland in western Syria.