After the battle for Sukhna and encirclement of troops of the Caliphate in Central Syria, before DAESH is the quite non-trivial task of building a mobile defense in the desert areas to the West of Deir ez-Zor, which requires additional forces, which can be taken is that from Iraq but to transfer them is becoming more difficult due to the intense attacks from the Russian and the U.S. air force.
Videos showing air strikes of the Russian Federation Air Force supporting the offensive of Syrian troops in the western regions of the Deir ez Zor province and covering the enclave surrounded by the capital of the province.
Great stuff from Anna-News about the development of the offensive on the southern Bank of the Euphrates in Raqqa province. It well illustrates the difficulties faced by the advancing Syrian troops.
Taking into account the fact that another “ceasefire” has begun and some forces will be thrown from the calmed fronts to finish the Caliphate, we can expect intensification of efforts in East Homs, Eastern Hama and towards Deir-ez-Zor. It is also noted that the frigate Admiral Essen, who came recently to Sevastopol to the place of permanent basing, has already left for a campaign against the shores of Syria. In the near future, significant changes can be expected on the Syrian fronts.
The US-led coalition will establish a new military base for the FSA-affiliated Maghawir al-Thawra group in al-Shaddadi town, northeastern Syria, the political advisor of FSA, Abu Yacoub, said.
According to the advisor, the aim of this new garrison is to deploy the US-backed fighters who will eventually attempt to capture the ISIS-held Deir Ezzor city.
Up to 150 fully-equipped fighters will be deployed to the new base.
Because of ISIS fighters, it will be challenging, although in the light of strategic changes on the Syrian theater, it is now possible with to advance to the heroic city, which has spent several years in a circular defense. The militants have less time in order to break the defense of the enclave, but I think at least one more attempt to eliminate the garrison of Deir ezzor they will take.
On Thursday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies announced start of the Operation “Grand Dawn” in eastern Syria. The aim of the operation is to expel militants from the eastern desert and to set a foothold for a push to Deir Ezzor. The declaration followed a major success of government forces in southeastern Homs where they had liberated about 5,000 km2 and got a full control over the Damascus-Palmyra highway.