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.

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Hurry! Time is vital, reports are emerging that a large amount of ISIL fighters are planning on breaking out of Mosul and reinforcing the assault on Deir ez Zor. Although the Daeshbags have stalled due to a lack of manpower and equipment (thanks in large part to Russian and Syrian airstrikes), additional manpower and resources could possibly allow them to take all of Deir ez Zor and make it their new “capital.” Time is of the essence, and the Syrian soldiers there must work overtime and do everything they can to reverse ISIL’s gains in January

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Nestor Arapa

Tienes razón, Al-Raqqa está en peligro ante el avance de SDF y pueda que Dei-Ezzor se convierta en su nueva capital.

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Yes. But these reports are circulated for at least two months because Deir Ezzor has better assets: oil , food and towns and is better situated for an end fight then Mosul or Raqqa.

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Assad must stay

And ask again to US to stop theses scums in Irak. Because they were helping this shame, they have to wake up.

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Well, seems there’s a new sheriff in Washington.
Note he hadn’t to help : just had to let do…
Thus, I’m forced to recognise that the idea to smuggle thousands of shithadists to Palmyra inside empty oil trucks was really vicious. Seems oil is sacred for the US 😀

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Hooray! But if “tens” of airstrikes by the Russian and Syrian air forces led to this advance, then would double airstrikes lead to twice the advancement? Sounds like it may be necessary based on “The Smart Guy’s” post.

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Usually you see the Tu-22M3 dropping a carpet of 10 bombs of 250-250kg (FAB-250)… Interesting point : the bomb bay has room for 3 ranks of 11. Then there are 4 external hard points for MERs (multiple ejection racks), each one for 9 FAB-250… With such loading, range is still 7000km. Since extention, Hmeimim can perfectly receive Tu-22M3 for refuel/reload purpose (and frankly, what russians are waiting for to put the refuelling probes back as US pulled out of treaties on limitation of vectors anyway!). Note that the targetting system Russians created allows ‘surgical strikes’ with “dumb-bombs”. So when you… Read more »

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Nestor Arapa

Por que no usar bombas de mayor poder destructivo en la parte sur para arrasar con los mercenarios y avanzar hacia la zona urbana.

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Assad must stay

Urban zone is not more easy to free, it is more expansive.

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James Graham

You won’t believe this. Your ad for Duncan Bannatyne…he stayed across the road from my Dad’s shop. Started with an ice cream van…Dalmuir/Clydebank…where I live.