The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies successfully encircled ISIS fighters from north, west and south inside Mayadin city in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to several Syrian-pro-government media outlets.
So far, the SAA has captured al-Ba’um area and the Grain silos north of Mayadin city, and al-Balout and Sesame districts in the eastern part of the city. South of Mayadin city, the SAA has captured the al-Rahba castle, the Mayadin old airport and al-Rashadah district along with the the Mayadin power company and several farms.
On October 13, the SAA outflanked ISIS fighters inside Mayadin city and reached the al-Jisir – the bridge – area in the eastern part of the city.
ISIS fighters can now only move into and out of the city throw the Euphrates river that is closely monitored by the SAA and the Russian Air Force.
The ISIS defense inside the city was not effective enough to stop the SAA advance. The main reason is that most of the civilians evacuated the city days before the SAA attack on it. This gave the SAA and the Russian Air Force the freedom to target any movement of ISIS fighters inside Mayadin.
The SAA will likely capture the town in the near future and then cross the Euphrates river again towards the strategic Omar oil fields. The fields will provide the Syrian government with much needed income. Capturing it, the SAA will cut off the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Meanwhile, the SAA and its allies besieged ISIS fighters inside Deir Ezzor city after the SAA captured Marat, Kusham and Hatla villages, and reached the Aleppo roundabout north of Deir Ezzor city. The SAA also reached the al-Siyasiyah bridge that’s considered ISIS main route to Deir Ezzor city on October 10.
The SAA will likely work to eliminate ISIS units on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river north and northwest of Deir Ezzor city before launching its military operation inside Deir Ezzor city. ISIS still have hundreds of experienced fighters that controls around 40% of Deir Ezzor. However, once the SAA captures Saqr island southeast of Deir Ezzor city, the ISIS defense inside the city will likely collapse.
The next target of the SAA after securing Mayadin and Deir Ezzor city and the Omar oil fields will likely be the last ISIS stronghold inside Syria – al-Bukamal city located at the Syrian-Iraqi border.