The situation in Deir Ezzor remains dire for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) as entrenched government forces find themselves forced to fend off daily ISIS attacks with little hope of liberation on its way.
In fact, the closest SAA troops at Palmyra are stationed some 160 kilometers west of the government-held Deir Ezzor enclave while the SAA’s Military High Command seems increasingly focused on retaking Aleppo and Damascus.
Despite suffering serious setbacks across Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State is keen to retake Deir Ezzor and score a symbolic victory for the self-proclaimed caliphate.
On Thursday evening, Amaq Agency released footage of ISIS fighters firing upon SAA positions inside the urban city of Deir Ezzor. The footage is available below:
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The latest battle map from the city can be seen here.