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US-Led Coalition September Attack on Syrian Army in Deir ez-Zor Helped Recent ISIS Offensive

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The aerial attack of the US-led coalition on Syrian troops, stationed in Deir ez-Zor, in September allowed the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group to launch its large-scale attacks on government positions in the last couple of days.

US-Led Coalition September Attack on Syrian Army in Deir ez-Zor Helped Recent ISIS Offensive

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The aerial attack, committed by the US-led coalition on positions of the Syrian Army in southern Deir ez-Zor in September, resulted in large-scale attacks of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group on government positions in the region, launched in the last couple of days, the Al Akhbar newspaper reported.

According to the newspaper, the terrorist group is going to take full control over the city of Deir ez-Zor and vast areas in the Syria’s desert, extending from the south of Sweida up to Palmyra in Homs and from Raqqa to Deir ez-Zor, in order to establish control over the Syrian-Iraqi border. As the article noted, the US-led coalition would gain a significant benefit from IS’s control over the territories in Deir ez-Zor province.

The newspaper added that the IS practically started its plan, when positions of Syrian troops in al-Thardah mountain were struck by the US-led coalition’s air power in September 17, when about 90 Syrian soldiers were killed and 100 others were wounded. Later, the Syrian Army withdrew its troops from al-Thardah mountain, which plays a protection role for the Deir ez-Zor airbase. In this way, the aerial attack of the US-led coalition opened a way for the IS and allowed the terrorist group to use its suicide attackers and suicide vehicles to intensify attacks on the Deir ez-Zor airbase.

As the Fars news agency reported, citing an unnamed source in the military operation’s Command in Deir ez-Zor, the Syrian Army, the Syrian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces try to open the key road between the airbase and the city.

“The Syrian Army still has the upper-hand and will soon turn field equations to its favor,” the source said.

The source also added that over 200 IS terrorists have already been killed since the start of their attacks.

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