Syrian government forces are preparing to cross the Euphrates River in the area of Deir Ezzor city, according to photos appeared online on September 7.
The photos show a column of pontoon bridges and boats in the area of Deir Ezzor. It’s clear that the Syrian military is going to use the deployed equipment to force the river.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) now has an option to make a flanking maneuver in order to encircle ISIS units operating inside Deir Ezzor city from the northern direction.
This will likely impact significantly the battle for the city itself that would be started when the SAA is in full control of the Sukhna-Deir Ezzor highway.