Pro-governmnet forces, led by the Syrian Arab Army Tiger Forces, are finishing preparations to cross the Euphrates River, according to pro-government sources.
According to reports, government troops, backed up by Russian military advisers, are going to use pontoon bridges and boats that arrived the city earlier in September.
Earlier this week, multiple pro-government media activists claimed that the Tiger Forces and its allies have already crossed the Euphrates River in response to the advance of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside. However, these reports untrue.
The SDF is now developing momentum in the area aiming to reach Deir Ezzor city and to take control the strategic Omar oil fields east of it. The Tiger Forces and their allies could make a try to cut off the US-backed force from the Omar oil fields.
No doubs that this will draw significant resources from the Syrian military. So, the success of the operation will depend on the ability of government forces to crush the ISIS defense on the both banks of Euphrates. This could also delay the expected government advance in the area.
Government forces are in Deir Ezzor city: