On September 26, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) consolidated their control over Nashad and Mazlum villages on the eastern bank of the Euphrates and continued clashing with ISIS terrorists in the area.
Separately, reports appeared, that government forces captured Hatlah Tahtani village northwest of Nashad. If reports are confirmed, ISIS units in the northern part of Deir Ezzor ciry will be fully besieged by the SAA and the NDF.
Saqr Island east of Deir Ezzor had been one of the key ISIS logistic hubs before the liberation of Hatlah Tahtani. Now, the importance of Saqr Island is much lower.
Earlier on September 26, the Russian media officially confirmed that Russian troops had established a bridge linking the eastern and western banks of the Euphrates. The 200m-long bridge allows to transport armoured vehicles and battle tanks.
Meanwhile, Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers struck terrorist targets in the provinces of Deir Ezzor and Idlib. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the missile strikes destroyed “command posts, troop concentrations, and military equipment, as well as ammunition depots.”
Meanwhile, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) liberated Al-Suwar town from ISIS in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to pro-SDF sources, the SDF even crossed the Khabur River near Al-Suwar.
The Russian military has established a temprary bridge through the Euphrates River: