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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:00 P.M.) – Despite rapidly losing ground across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State still holds the upper hand in the battle for Deir Ezzor where besieged government forces are forced to fend off daily jihadist attacks.

On Friday, a number of ISIS tanks continuously targeted and harassed positions held by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) at the Al-Fourat university, located on the N7 Highway leading to the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor.

In addition, jihadist forces found themselves in possession of a large batch of ammunition and firearms after a Russian airdrop accidentally landed on ISIS-held territory.

The pictures also feature an Islamic State child soldier, known as caliphate cubs. These adolescent fighters are regularly used as suicide bombers to combat the SAA in Deir Ezzor.

Chris Tomson | AMN
Chris Tomson | AMN
Chris Tomson | AMN

The armaments stockpile was likely captured by ISIS west of Deir Ezzor city on March 20 after a Russian cargo plane misjudged its coordinates by a few kilometers, thereby parachuting the delivery directly to hostile jihadist militants.

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Stern Daler
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2017-03-25 17:11
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Bad. SAA needs to get use of the airport again. Parachuting is not good enough. Better even if the Kurdish SDF changed priority to Deir Ezzor to create a road connection then push on to Raqqa.

That would give SAA a secure hold in Deir Ezzor and the Kurds get support by SAA troops with heavy gear.

Piero
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2017-03-25 17:48
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The SDF, unfortunately, has the same priority of usa: let Isil take over Deir er Zor. Sounds very strange how the Kurd conquered 40 km of Euphrate river’s banks in very short time, with no losses and the same I can say for Tabqa Dam..

Hitman Agustin
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2017-03-26 11:07
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Without US airstrikes, SDF is nothing. ISIS just need their own airforce to conquer their lost territories.

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2017-03-25 22:02
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Yes it is the only way. SDF and SAA should work fully together. That would be great.

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2017-03-25 22:09
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Actually, parachuting would be great if Russia had LPADS allowing precision air drops. You can drop a 27t load from 25km of the target, it’ll land less than 50m from the chosen point.

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2017-03-26 09:19
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They haven’t and during bad weather storms there is none for those that have.

Roads are the better idea.

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tipex12
2017-03-25 18:05

insignificant amount off ammo as far as a war goes, considering how fast munitions are used up

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Simon Gunson
2017-03-26 08:49

It should be possible to identify where they stockpiled these munitions and target them for destruction

jojo
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2017-03-26 09:08

This is what happens when the SAA mostly just acts like a sitting duck. Also why didn’t Russia bomb the tanks here: “On Friday, a number of ISIS tanks continuously targeted and harassed positions held by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) at the Al-Fourat university”

Russia accidentally dropping weapons to ISIS sounds like U.S. style.

Hitman Agustin
Hitman Agustin
2017-03-26 10:54

Nice job Russia. You are arming your opponent in Syria.