The Russian General staff about the operation of unblocking Deir ez-Zor. It is worth noting that the operation was designed jointly by Russian and Syrian military. However, the high pace of operations in Eastern and Central Syria and more educated punches (compared to the campaigns of 2014-2015) to bypass and encircle the enemy, has long pointed to the fact that the specialists of the General staff are firmly are assisting the Syrian military. Hence increased speed of operations and reducing the effectiveness of enemy countermeasures.
Al-Qaeda is creating its most powerful stronghold ever in north-west Syria at a time when world attention is almost entirely focused on the impending defeat of Isis in the east of the country. It has established full control of Idlib province and of a vital Syrian-Turkish border crossing since July. “Idlib Province is the largest al-Qaeda safe haven since 9/11,” says Brett McGurk, the senior US envoy to the international coalition fighting Isis.
The Syrian authorities have notified the United Nations of breaking the siege of Deir ez-Zor, besieged by militants from the terrorist group Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) since the summer of 2014.
Russia, the United States and Jordan have reached an agreement which will allow the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to take over control of virtually all of militant-held southern Syria with the exception of a Coalition-occupied base near the Iraqi border.