The rapid advance of Kurdish light infantry and the support of the American aircraft easily broke through the veil of “black” to the North-East of Raqqa, and attempts to counter them by throwing in the reserves do not give the desired results. The Kurds suffered losses, but kept the occupied territories, which creates prerequisites for further “crimping” of Raqqa to the East.
A few days ago in the besieged and split into two parts enclave of Deir ez-Zor arrived the team of Anna-News, led by Marat Musin. Below notes about what is happening in the enclave in recent days,
In the case of a successful solution for the re-liberation of Palmyra in the month of February-March in mid-spring it is possible to start the operation of unblocking of Deir ezzor, which will require additional training and focus in the area of Palmyra larger groupings, which can be mounted by releasing forces from the other areas.
In recent days the situation has not fundamentally changed. SAA repelled the attack of militants on an air base. Black tried to use the surprise factor by launching car bomb attacks during the sand storm, and then tried to move onto the airfield. Met strong resistance, the enemy after a few failed attacks, was forced to halt the offensive and begin regrouping.
It can be stated that the SAA despite the initial setback, were able to repel the advance of the Caliphate aimed at the immediate destruction of the enclave and now due to moving of active reinforcements and airstrikes (which are now again involved the aircraft long-range bomber aviation of the Russian Federation) is trying to return at least part of the lost positions. At the same time due to the activity of Aeronautics and a few competent maneuver reserves, managed to repel the attacks of militants as district 137th of the base and the air base. In recent days, the operations of the Caliphate have clearly lost harmony and now the enemy is probably trying to exercise their superiority in numbers, rather than to impress the Syrians with some tactical refinements. Losses in recent days, and exhausting the air strikes, clearly make it very difficult for DAESH to make further progress.
The rumors of the death of General Issam Zahreddine, who is the main inspiration of the heroic defense of the city, as usual, proved to be greatly exaggerated. Of course his loss would be irreparable, because General personal example inspiring subordinates plays a very important role in a situation when the violent attacks of the militants could undermine the morale of the defenders of Deir ez-Zor. The fighting of recent days have shown that despite the setback from 15 to 17 January, the Syrians did not lose heart and continue active resistance.
Overall, the defense of the Syrians has been kept up, but the overall situation remains difficult. The enemy has considerable superiority in forces, and will try to soon to take advantage of that, even despite those obstacles created by systematic bombing from the air. The Syrians demonstrated courage and fortitude in the battles of the last days and they have once again proved that they will fight to the end and hope that successful offensive operations East of Aleppo and near Palmyra will force DAESH to withdraw some troops from under the Deir ez-Zor.