On September 14, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Syrian Republican Guard (SRG), supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces,liberated the Jazeera University from ISIS and entered the village of Baghiliyah located on the northwestern flank of Deir Ezzor city.
On September 13, the SAA and the SRG seized the key Rawad mountain that overlooks the vicinity of Baghiliyah. This set a foothold for the further operations in the area.
Government forces also continued operations against ISIS near Deir Ezzor Airport. By September 14, the SAA and the SRG had liberated the 1082th air defense battalion, the Kroum hill and entered the key town of al-Muri’iyah located on the southeastern flank of Deir Ezzor city. On Septemer 14, clashes continued in al-Muri’iyah with government troops were seeking to secure this area.
These operations of the SAA and the SRG are aimed at securing the western bank of the Euphrates River. This is needed in order to set a foothold for liberation of the ISIS-held northern part of Deir Ezzor city. The control over the bank is also needed if the SAA and the SRG are going to cross the Euphrates River.
On September 13, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) entered the ISIS-held village of al-Husayniyah north of Deir Ezzor city. On September 14, clashes continued in the same area. If the SDF secures al-Husayniyah, the US-backed force will be able to use it as a launch pad for further operations on the eastern bank of Euphrates.
SDF convoy of military vehicles, footage also shows YPJ participation of Deir-Ez-Zor Operation. pic.twitter.com/m0FmwY7qjr
— Afarin Mamosta (@AfarinMamosta) 14 September 2017