Islamic State Collapses As Syrian Army Fully Liberates Deir Ezzor City

After two months of intense fighting, Syria's last major ISIS stronghold of Deir Ezzor city has been fully liberated by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), and this comes just as the terror group is losing its final stronghold across the border in Iraq as the Iraqi army and paramilitary units liberate the city of al-Qaem.

The final fledgling terror resistance ended overnight as the SAA's elite Tiger Forces and the Republican Guard yesterday liberated the city's Jubaliyah neighborhood, the central park area, the school of law and education area and the southern part of the sprawling Hamidiyah neighborhood. The week witnessed rapid army victory as it pushed deep into the last remnants of ISIS presence in the city, with the group losing 40% of the area that it had been controlling in the northern part of the city in a matter of a mere few days. 

Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian army's victory in Deir Ezzor has even anti-Assad pundits expressing shock and surprise that government forces could come back against such impossible odds. For much of the past year the city's key military airport was besieged by ISIS while over 5000 civilians along with Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters were trapped inside the base with no food or supplies. According to various reports from correspondents on the ground, it was defended from near daily terror attacks by starving base residents, and supplied from government air drops. Many lost their lives just attempting to access some of the hard to reach airdrops on which the base's survival depended, however, it was the SAA liberation of this key airport in early September that proved to be the final turning point of the breakdown of the ISIS stranglehold on the city. 

Yet even starting five years back, when much of the city came under the control of the Islamic State's precursor, al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda), the plight of the over 100,000 pro-government civilians trapped and brutalized by jihadists in Deir Ezzor had been largely ignored by international media, even as civilian suffering in other parts of Syria was frequently highlighted. The eastern province's largest city spent two years under Nusra control, followed by three years of ISIS control. 

Though ISIS lines began crumbling in early September, US presence in the area threatened to complicate the Syrian military's forward momentum in the provinces of Deir Ezzor and Hasakah, as the US-backed SDF (Syrian Kurdish dominated "Syrian Democratic Forces") progressed against ISIS on the eastern side of the Euphrates, which runs through Deir Ezzor city. There was a time when it appeared that US-backed forces might eventually attempt to themselves take the city outright, similar to what occurred last month with the SDF liberation of Raqqa.

And with Syria's largest oil and gas fields and processing plants located in and around Deir Ezzor up for grabs, both advancing sides (SDF from the East, and SAA from the West) accused the other of coordinating with ISIS and merely "pretending" to drive out the terrorists. Late last month the SDF announced it had captured Syria's largest oil field - al-Omar field which lies on the eastern bank of the Euphrates - from ISIS, though the future of this field and others continues to be contested by the Syrian government and Kurdish forces.

At times over the course of the the Deir Ezzor ordeal, Syrian national forces came under direct US attack. The most significant event occurred over a year ago when the US coalition launched a massive air attack on Syrian government troops near the city's military airport at the very moment the Syrian army was fighting ISIS. The US characterized it as a case of mistaken identity while Syria accused the US coalition of directly aiding ISIS by the attack. The end result was about 100 Syrian soldiers dead and over a hundred more wounded while ISIS terrorists were able to advance and entrench their positions. 

But concerning last night's final and monumental Syrian army victory, it's worthwhile to recall all that Deir Ezzor has suffered over the years, which prompted even pro-opposition pundit Hassan Hassan to respond, "That the regime has been able to keep its garrison in Deir Ezzor is indeed quite a miracle. Fair is fair."

Liberation of Deir Ezzor by the Syrian Army. Image source: Al-Masdar News

An expert who goes by the name Ehsani and writes for the influential analysis blog, Syria Comment, previously obtained rare insider commentary from a senior Syrian government official concerning the lifting of the Deir Ezzor siege, and its liberation and its significance. Ehsani presented the comments as follows:

What a senior source in Damascus had to say about Deir Ezzor: The city had been under siege for 5 years - two under Nusra and three under ISIS. When Mosul fell, the Iraqi Army had almost 10 times the number of people that Syrian Army had in Deir Ezzor. Few predicted we can hold on. The Syrian Army presence resembled a small island surrounded by the black of ISIS. All we had was a total of 7,000 between police and soldiers. Of the 7,000 present, only 2,000 were truly professional soldiers. Many of these men didn't see their families for nearly 5 years. Real medical care was lacking. Leading officers who died had to be replaced several times. A total of 180,000 civilians were also under siege. The State had to provide the security for both citizens & troops. ISIS did not stop its attacks against us once throughout the 3 years. Every time the Iraqi army attacked ISIS, more of the group would move into Syria and their attacks against our troops would increase. Throughout this ordeal, the Syrian leadership did not even once contemplate or made any plans to abandon the city. Recall that US strike against our most important strategic position caused us to lose 10% of our troops stationed to defend the airport side. Roads to Deir Ezzor are now open from most Syrian cities. Citizens under control of terrorists and insurgents will soon all be freed. Deir Ezzor like all cities will come under one flag - the one with 2 stars under one national identity that is immune from fitna [discord] and strife. "Do I believe that the Syria of the future will surprise the world but this time in how we will rebuild & move on? Yes, of course I do."

Now the Syrian army will set its sites on the increasingly non-existent Islamic State terror group's last place where it has an urban presence in Syria: the town of Abu Kamal - this as ISIS finds itself squeezed into the border area between Deir Ezzor and Abu Kamal. As the Iraqi army is now purging al-Qaem on the Iraqi side - it is likely that the group's leaders and militants will flee to the numerous refugee camps which have emerged in the last years along the Syrian-Iraq border in order to hide amidst the tens of thousands of refugees that remain.

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Manthong wildbad Fri, 11/03/2017 - 08:38 Permalink

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  W T F . over    ? If we had not wanted Assad and his .gov  wasted, ….. If we had not minded that Vlad could keep a lousy little water port at Tartus…… If we were not owned by the Saudi/Israeli alliance and were not dedicated to the f’ng oil pipeline that would happen after Assad went away…… There is more… but it did not happen… Thank God… or Allah or whoever you think is out there... ………but hundreds of thousands or millions of good people have had their lives destroyed; …all in the name of the CIA and empire…. …we should be ashamed.

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HowdyDoody chumbawamba Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:49 Permalink

Small numbers of Russian ground forces were and are present on the ground. In one instance, the terrorists somehow became aware of the position of a Russian forward air controller directing air strikes against them. He detected their approach and knew his fate if he was captured so a he called in an airstrike to take out the terrorists. He knew it would take him out too.

His name is Alexander Prokhorenko. RIP.

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shamus001 Took Red Pill Fri, 11/03/2017 - 08:58 Permalink

Now its Americas turn. The American Taliban (aka Antifa) will begin occupying major cities, bashing heads of all those opposed, toting rifles and clubs, masked, and just like the Taliban, are supported by a minority of radical thinking locals.They need to be shuttered IMMEDIATELY or there will shortly follow - pickup trucks with armed, masked thugs looking for patriots and any who think differently to beat into submission!

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intotheblack shamus001 Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:53 Permalink

Unless coordinated with a broadly organized deep-state coup d'etat operation where the trannies and obese-lesbians of antifa act as distractions on the ground nothing will come of this. For this to become a U.S. redux of Euromaidan would require the resources of a Soros and a Nuland and ... oh ... I hate purple. I look terrible in purple.

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Chupacabra-322 Took Red Pill Fri, 11/03/2017 - 09:22 Permalink

@ Took,

7 in 5 years, sounds like Israhell’s Yinion Plan is getting blown to bits.

Arming, funding & training terror organizations since the days of the Mujahaideen.

Advancing Israel's Yinon Plan is the Goal.

“[The Yinon plan] is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states.

Israeli strategists viewed Iraq as their biggest strategic challenge from an Arab state. This is why Iraq was outlined as the centerpiece to the balkanization of the Middle East and the Arab World. In Iraq, on the basis of the concepts of the Yinon Plan, Israeli strategists have called for the division of Iraq into a Kurdish state and two Arab states, one for Shiite Muslims and the other for Sunni Muslims. The first step towards establishing this was a war between Iraq and Iran, which the Yinon Plan discusses.

The Atlantic, in 2008, and the U.S. military’s Armed Forces Journal, in 2006, both published widely circulated maps that closely followed the outline of the Yinon Plan. Aside from a divided Iraq, which the Biden Plan also calls for, the Yinon Plan calls for a divided Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria. The partitioning of Iran, Turkey, Somalia, and Pakistan also all fall into line with these views. The Yinon Plan also calls for dissolution in North Africa and forecasts it as starting from Egypt and then spilling over into Sudan, Libya, and the rest of the region.
Greater Israel” requires the breaking up of the existing Arab states into small states.

“The plan operates on two essential premises. To survive, Israel must 1) become an imperial regional power, and 2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states. Small here will depend on the ethnic or sectarian composition of each state. Consequently, the Zionist hope is that sectarian-based states become Israel’s satellites and, ironically, its source of moral legitimation… This is not a new idea, nor does it surface for the first time in Zionist strategic thinking. Indeed, fragmenting all Arab states into smaller units has been a recurrent theme.” (Yinon Plan, see below)

Viewed in this context, the war on Syria and Iraq is part of the process of Israeli territorial expansion.

In this regard, the defeat of US sponsored terrorists (ISIS, Al Nusra) by Syrian Forces with the support of Russia, Iran and Hizbollah constitutes a significant setback for the Zionist project.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-mi...

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BobEore Chupacabra-322 Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:50 Permalink

Right then.

Youse keep repeating the storyline that

"In this regard, the defeat of US sponsored terrorists (ISIS, Al Nusra) by Syrian Forces with the support of Russia, Iran and Hizbollah constitutes a significant setback for the Zionist project"

and I'll just keep repeating the alternative interpretation to to the present version of the '[consensus trace zheeple]meme:

Sraels' Daesh/Isis brand has expired - its best before date used up on schedule, and the job it was created to do - achieved. And while sionist foreign policy pundits are DELIGHTED for western flunkies to believe that as a result of the wrapping up of the Syria adventure -

Sraels' plans are ... on the ropes...

both the bearded weirdo flunkies - and the KRG Barzani Kurdish Krime Krew have just found out what happens when they are ... no longer integral to Sraeli plans!

One can't help put suspect that silly occidental exceptionalists who fall prey to the latest talmudist media memes will Also be pathetically remiss in getting the memo...

bout what happens when the big star o david bus comes a callin to congratulate its congregatin crew of dupe helpers.

Russia/Iran/Saudistan/Iraq and a couple o Gulf States... all happy new members of the sionist-led EURASIAN ENERGY CARTEL .., soon to put a silver bullet in the heart of an expiring western world.

Hurrah! They shouted... fore plunging off a cliff in a lemming-like line of lunatics!

Now punch those vote meters like theres' no tomorrow!/today only!

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Crash N. Burn Crazy Or Not Fri, 11/03/2017 - 09:13 Permalink

""Why do Muslims hate us?" for $1000...." THE BOOK is the main reason. The hate "us" because we are "disbelievers". From Comparing Islam and Christianity:"I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them."  "Allah"(Quran 8:12)   "Fight everyone in the way of Allah and kill those who disbelieve in Allah."  Muhammad (Ibn Ishaq 992) 

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Crazy Or Not Crash N. Burn Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:31 Permalink

>"THE BOOK is the main reason.."That book , or another Sir! - at least the ones where the citizen puts any kind of trust/faith/dependency in an external force to oneself. Surrendering one's own ability to self determine one's actions. By doing so "the faithful" create a parent dependency on an external force ..... and the agents or representatives of that external force to direct one's own life. Thus begins the domestication of the soverign individual to the wishes and desires of that authority force, its agents, representatives or Governing forces.Welcome - you are now the proxy tool domesticated in the hands of an external leader to be sheparded into any pen of his or her choosing. You are now a battery of production (revenue/energy) in a Matrix designed by another. In short, you're fucked. 

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garcam123 Manthong Fri, 11/03/2017 - 15:12 Permalink

we should retaliate.......using the rule of LAW...Arrest, Charge and prosecute weapons makers and those who profit from war......make them destitute and hang the pricniples.......publicly!My list starts with McShitstain, his fuckboy partner and Cuntlery!My life would have some small measure of closure if tha scum were to preceed me back to stardust, artifically, painfully and publicly! 

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