With ISIS launching a powerful assault on the Panorama Roundabout, the Syrian Army simultaneously made an offensive on the cemetery area.

The Syrian Army in conjunction with the National Defense Forces have advanced in the cemetery and captured new vital hills in the area, putting them in a prime position to reopen the road from Deir Ezzor Airbase to the main city, effectively ending the ISIS siege.

Location of hills captured in Deir Ezzor cemetery

The capture of the hills allows the Syrian Army to view the bus station to the north and areas to the west.

The Syrian Army has been relying on ground to ground missile shelling on ISIS positions in the cemetery as the close proximity of the front lines make the government forces susceptible to accidental bombing from the Syrian Air Force.

If the siege is lifted, aid, arms and reinforcements will be able to arrive in Deir Ezzor with much more safety.



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2017-01-22 17:50

Assuming the US won’t be flying CAS for Daesh any more. If they get the airport open they should ramp up the manpower at least temporarily. They could then push Daesh back and seize the high ground again. Once Dier Ezzor is in a better position to defend it’s self then you could draw down some of the man power again. Right now they are in a position where they can afford to do that.

2017-01-22 18:08

Paul, I understand the close proximity to friendlies, and that area cannot be peppered from air. However, central Jairaiya is over 1 km away from SAA positions at AB. Same goes for central Cemetery. Positions on Hill Harabesh, Hill Al-Amal, Bus Station, the imperative high ground around electrical station, and 137 Missile Battalions base are quite large and adequate for delivery of accurate munitions, such as Kh-25M and KAB-250L with CEP of 3 meters.