Briefly on the situation in Deir ez-Zor by the evening of January 18.
Despite intense bombardment and attempts at counterattacks by the SAA, the gap between the city and the air base is preserved. Holding the front against the main force of the SAA in the area of the University of al-Furat, hospital “Assad” and base “Panorama”, “black” trying to widen the gap between the fragmented parts of the enclave, attacking in an urban area to the North of Harabesi and at the same time trying to push back Syrian troops directly to the airbase. The main battles here are in the heart of the quarter, Macabi, Garii and a field hospital to the North of the airbase.The enemy, using superiority in numbers, suicide and active artillery fire, gradually pushing back the Syrian infantry to the air force base. The exchange of manpower (in the last days side lose daily dozens of people killed) best “black”, as they have more opportunities for the transfer of reinforcements and replenishment of worn out parts. The activity of the aviation of the Syrian and Russian air forces so far, only slowed down the advance of the militants, but did not stop it. Complicates the situation that started today sandstorm.
The vicinity of the power plant to the North of Garii.
Yet flights to the enclave remains possible – Syrian air force covers the enclave from the airport of Qamishli, from the same helicopters today, the enclave was transferred a few dozen people to reinforce the garrison with the subsequent evacuation of wounded soldiers. The Caliphate obviously tends to compress the encirclement around the base, to be able to system fire control at the base that will make it impossible for a helicopter service from Qamishli, after which the capture of the airbase would be only a matter of time.
Simultaneously with the attack on an airbase near Jitai and a field hospital, “black” click on part of the enclave near the city. The fighting took place on the outskirts of the 137th army base and Baruch tal (North-Western part of the enclave).
The strategy of “black” is quite obvious – using a superiority in strength, they hinder less the strength of the SAA in order to find new weaknesses in the defense of the enclave and not to concentrate troops for a strike in the direction of the airbase.
Overall, the situation remains critical and the situation for the SAA in Deir ez-Zor continues to deteriorate.
Major-General Hassan Mohamed on positions in Deir ez-Zor.