DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:15 A.M.) – While ISIS unleashes everything it has in a massive offensive on the government-held highway between Palmyra and Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is steadily expanding a second bridgehead northeast of Deir Ezzor city.

Brand new footage released by Hezbollah’s media wing shows government forces bringing armored vehicles safely across the river and landing on the ISIS-held eastern side of the bank near the village of Safirah Al-Fawqaniyah.

In addition, the video shows Russian airstrikes on jihadist controlled areas of Deir Ezzor city along with SAA artillery units shelling Islamic State positions.

Next up, commander-in-chief Suheil Al-Hassan hopes to have the two beachheads meet up in an important pincer offensive that would place ISIS fighters in the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor under siege, thus reversing the military situation from barely a month ago.

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