Syrian troops backed by Russian aircraft broke through the blockade of the last stronghold of terrorists of the city of Deir ez-Zor. The Ministry of defence estimate the operation as surpassing in importance all previous victories for three years. About how long will it take the troops to completely clear the city of militants, “MK” said the military expert.
The Syrian army, backed by planes of Air and space forces of the Russian Federation systematically pushes terrorists of ISIS (terrorist organization banned in Russia) from the city of Deir ez-Zor, more than three years were in the blockade. Now the Syrian military strip of territory on the East of the city where there is a military airfield. In addition, units of the fifth corps of the Syrian army advancing from Palmyra, close to the southern outskirts of Deir ez-Zor and managed to break through the defense of terrorists. Thus, the army opened “the southern gate” of the city and took control of strategic highway, Deir-ez-Zor — Palmyra.
Now the army protects the freed blocks. Sappers clear the route of mines and improvised explosive devices to access normal public transport.
Near the town, in the vicinity of the oil field At Thame, in the environment were a large group of ISIS.
In the defense Ministry claim that “Syrian government forces backed by the Russian space forces have made significant gains and inflicted a crushing defeat on the gangs of ISIS near the city of Deir ez-Zor, which surpasses in importance and scale of all previous wins over the last three years.”
According to military expert Viktor Murakhovski, access to Deir-ez-Zor — a classic military operation, which subsequently may enter into military textbooks.
Now the Syrian army will be surrounded by neighborhoods that are under the control of ISIS, and gradually to squeeze out fighters. It is clear that over the years the terrorists had prepared the city for defense, but I don’t think that will be a frontal assault of these positions, — says the expert.
In his opinion, the Syrians will win the city, as it was in Aleppo. First of Deir ez-Zor completely blocked, cutting off all channels of supply of weapons and ammunition. Here the main role will be assigned to the Russian aircraft, which would attack the caravans trying to break into the city. Then offer the rebels moderate wing to leave the city at designated corridors, after which the Syrian divisions will cut the city into sections and systematically to clean them.
Is the surgery will take 4-6 weeks — says Murakhovsky. — In contrast to the assaults of the Syrian Raqqa or the Iraqi Mosul, which is held by the US-led coalition, the city will not be level with the ground front-line aircraft. Our VCS will act only on the outer perimeter.
According to Murakhovsky, the Syrian units on hand that the U.S. coalition now conducting an operation to capture the city of Raqqa, thereby restricting the actions of ISIS. If the attack continues at this rate, the Syrian troops in the next month will be able to take control of the valley of the Euphrates towards the Iraqi border and North to raqqa.
In the case of this development it will be possible to say that the ISIS forces inflicted strategic damage.