10 Palmyra victory has Syrian Army set to break ISIS siege on Deir Ezzor
Today, Syrian government troops – spearheaded by the elite Tiger Forces – captured some 4 kilometers of road eastwards along the M7-Highway that leads from Palmyra to the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor.
Meanwhile, ISIS has reportedly placed hundreds of mines and improvised explosives all along the M7-Highway in an effort to prevent the Syrian Army from reaching its comrades inside the besieged city of Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria. Nevertheless, during the early morning hours, Russia announced it had sent up-to-date military hardware as to clear these mines with as few casualties as possible.
Intel given to us also suggests that ISIS fighters have set up a new strong defensive line on the outskirts of the town of As Sukhnah – however, this area is currently being heavily bombed by Russian war planes as to prevent fortifications from being built.
With Major General Suheil al-Hassan (he often goes under his alias “The Tiger”) leading the Tiger Forces along the M7-Highway, the next big battle is likely to take place at the village of Arak which is surrounded by the most rich oil region in all of Syria.
If the SAA is able to capture Arak and its oil fields, the economy of the Islamic State will be dealt an almost intolerable blow. This would also have government troops slice directly through the very heart of the caliphate, effectively splitting its regions across Syria in two.