Syria War Report – October 12, 2017: Syrian Army Pressures ISIS Units In Deir Ezzor City

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are developing momentum against ISIS north and east of Deir Ezzor city.

Government forces have secured the al-Siyasah bridge and further advanced to tighten the siege on ISIS units inside the northern part of Deir Ezzor. Separately, the SAA Tiger Forces captured Balum, Balout, the Electrical sub station, the Taybah school and other points in al-Mayadin city.

Local sources report that the Syrian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces are actively bombing ISIS targets across the entire Deir Ezzor countryside.

On October 11, 40 members of the US-backed militant group, Ahmad al-Abdo Forces, surrendered to the SAA in southeastern Syria. The militants, including their commander Abu Dujana, had been deployed within US-led coalition forces at the at-Tanf garrison.

The militants reportedly handed over their weapons to the SAA and provided info about US forces in at-Tanf. In turn, they got a free passage towards Eastern Qalamun area mostly controlled by Jaish al-Islam branch that has a ceasefire deal with government forces.

Pro-government experts believe that more defections from the US-controlled at-Tanf base is expected in the near future because it lost all its strategic value when the SAA reached the border with Iraq north of it and reached Deir Ezzor city.

On October 12, clashes continued between the SAA and ISIS near al-Qaryatayn city. Earlier, government forces retook from ISIS an area south of the city and secured all hills overlooking it.

An SAA operation to take back al-Qaryatayn is expected soon.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have further advanced at the ash-Shaddaday-al-Busayran road and seized Muwayli and Kabbar villages. As soon as the US-backed force secures the entire road, it will be able to storm al-Busayran itself and to develop momentum in the direction of the Omar oil fields.

In Raqqah city, negotiations continued between US-backed forces and ISIS over terms and conditions of possible withdrawal deal for the terrorist group’s members, according to pro-opposition sources. Separately, a fighting was ongoing near the national hospital in the city center.

If the sides reach no deal, the battle for Raqqah will continue with renewed vigour.

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  • Kell

    Dunno how they are going to get Isis out of Raqqa, perhaps the Russian airforce could replicate the US airforces actions re the convoy of IS from the Leb border?

    • PZIVJ

      But we are not sure where ISIS will be headed.
      So maybe start by cratering the runway at Tabqa. :D

    • Samuel Boas

      They will simply get enough trucks to drive them through areas occupied by the Kurds and let them go as soon as they enter ISIS territory.

    • SF.Spring4040

      How about turn off the power grid & manipulate their supply of methamphetimes with strychnine, here and there.

    • Jens Holm

      Its totally unimportant just like dots like You. the imprtance is taken the city with few losses of troops and many civilians alive.

      • RTA (Bob or Al)

        Nobody said anything to the contrary.

  • heydad

    Hypocrisy is not a very well understood concept in western ideals.

    • jerry hamilton

      We invented it.

      • SF.Spring4040

        Who do you define as “we”?

        • jerry hamilton

          Sorry. We = Britain

    • Barba_Papa

      Of course it is, its called ‘Do as I say! Not as I do.’

  • Kira Binkley

    I reread this article, and see that some of the militant rebels are finally coming to their senses.

    • Ronald

      Your wishing on a star .

  • Kira Binkley

    The U.S. is negotiating for an ISIS withdrawal to Deir es-Zor, is that correct? What about the roads south from Deir es-Zor? Are they part of negotiations as well?