Government forces have the strategic al-Bishri Mountain and the al-Birshri triangle from ISIS. With tihs advance government troops deployed in only about 37 km from the city of Deir Ezzor besieged by ISIS terrorists.
Some sources even speculate that government troops advanced 5-10 km further, but this still has to be confirmed.
The Al-Bishri Mountain is one of the highest points in the desert area between Palmyra and Deir Ezzor. With liberation of this strategic location as well as the progress along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway government forces are now able to develop momentum in order to take control over Kobaje and Ash Sholah located en route to Deir Ezzor.
The goal of the effort will be to take control over the key roads west and southwest of Deir Ezzor prior launching a direct advance to lift the siege from the strategic city.