The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, has destroyed the most battle-tested and well-armed unit of ISIS in the Euphrates River valley, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
According to the statement, over 800 ISIS members, 13 battle tanks, 39 pickup trucks armed with large-caliber machine guns and 9 mortars and artillery guns have been destroyed during the clashes in the Ghanem al-Ali village area near the Euphrates River.
“On August 27, 2017, the government forces’ units have annihilated Daesh’s [ISIS] most battle-tested and well-armed group with massive support of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the Euphrates River valley near thecity of Ghanem al-Ali,” the ministry said. “Currently, a grouping of Syrian government troops is rapidly carrying out an offensive along the eastern shore of the Euphrates River, moving toward Deir Ezzor. The goal is to unblock this city and destroy the last stronghold of Daesh in Syria.”
Earlier this month, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that the SAA made large gains against ISIS in central Syria and announced that the lifting of the ISIS siege from Deir Ezzor was one of the main priorities of the ongoing operations.