Deir ez-Zor. 29.01.2017 | Colonel Cassad

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.

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Deir ez-Zor. 25.01.2017 | Colonel Cassad

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.

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The crisis in al-Qamishli | Colonel Cassad

Russia in this situation of course will try to reconcile both sides, but do not rule out the possibility that it may come to a complete rupture and Russia will have to choose. In any case the US will try to put Russia in a similar position (similar to the situation around the escalation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh), therefore in the interests of the Russian Federation it is necessary to prevent the implementation of this scenario, which can complicate the situation in Syria and in a number of negative scenarios can lead it to collapse.

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