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Syrian Army Preparing for Fresh Anti-ISIL Operations in Deir Ezzur

18 September 2016 18:37

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Syrian Army and pro-government tribal fighters are getting ready to launch a fresh round of large-scale attack in Deir Ezzur to reinvigorate security of key military bases in the region, military sources said Sunday.

“The Syrian Army that has recaptured lost land from ISIL in al-Thardah mountain and surrounding areas of Deir Ezzur military airbase is to launch a fresh round of massive anti-ISIL offensive with the participation of tribal fighters in the region,” the sources said.

“Five military helicopters have been dispatched to Deir Ezzur airbase to reinvigorate combat capabilities of the pro-government forces there,” they added.

“The Syrian army troops and their allies are said to be preparing to move from Kabajeb region in the Eastern side of Palmyra in Homs, while other army units deployed in Palmyra will move towards Deir Ezzur to help their comrades lift the siege of the Eastern city,” the sources went on to say.

“The upcoming operation will be in line with the army’s offensives near al-Sonouf height in recent days to capture the entire al-Thardah mountain which overlooks at least 80 square kilometers of region’s lands,” the sources added.

Reports said earlier today that Syrian Army troops struck ISIL’s defense lines in the Southern countryside of Deir Ezzur and retook the positions the terrorists captured after the US-led coalition bombed army’s strongholds in the region, military sources confirmed.

“The Syrian army has regained its positions in al-Thardah mountain that were captured by the ISIL terrorists following the US-led coalition airstrikes,” the sources said.

Al-Thardah Mountain is a strategic position overlooking Deir Ezzur Airport, a vital lifeline for providing supplies to Deir Ezzur city and army units in the region.

The General Command of the Syrian army said on Saturday that the US-led coalition bombed the Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzur, killing some 80 soldiers and injuring dozens more.

According to Syria’s official SANA news agency, the bombing took place on al-Thardah Mountain in Southern countryside of Deir Ezzur and caused casualties and destruction on the ground.

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