Syria breaks Islamic State siege on eastern city

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-06/syria-breaks-is-siege-deir-ezzor-opens-a-new-phase-in-the-war/8876668

The Syrian military has scored a major win against the Islamic State group, breaking the IS siege on the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

That opens the way to relieving more than 90,000 people who’ve lived under siege in a Government-controlled portion of the city for three years. In Deir Ezzor, there were celebrations.

But this also marks a new phase in the conflict and an intensification of the battle for eastern Syria, where US-backed forces are also fighting IS.

As government troops broke through to be reunited with members of the 137th Brigade, who have been based in the Government-controlled enclave since the siege began, they celebrated, chanting “Allah, Syria, Bashar and that’s it” — a reference to their President, Bashar al Assad.

And in Damascus, the Syrian Military General Command praised the soldiers who had held out during the siege.

“They presented an example of sacrifice that laid the foundation for this great victory, with the advancing forces striking the terrorists of the Daesh (Islamic State) organisation killing and wounding hundreds,” it said.

But all of the city is not yet in Government hands.

IS seized control of half of it in 2014, before cutting road links to the rest of the country in 2015.

So a major new battle is about to get underway.

The military command says the breakthrough “creates an important foundation for expanding military operations in the region and its surrounding areas to finish off what remains of the terrorist organisation”.

That means tens of thousands of civilians will be freed from IS rule.

But before IS came along more moderate rebel groups had already risen up against the Government in Deir Ezzor, so there’s concern about how the Government will treat any of their supporters who remained.

And Deir Ezzor is unlikely to be the end of the Government’s push in Syria’s east.

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probably time for a “syria has wmd” meme to start again..

“That opens the way to relieving more than 90,000 people who’ve lived under siege in a Government-controlled portion of the city for three years. In Deir Ezzor, there were celebrations.”

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~ by seeker401 on September 7, 2017.

11 Responses to “Syria breaks Islamic State siege on eastern city”

  1. “probably time for a “syria has wmd” meme to start again..”
    right. here you have it:

  2. exactly. the meme…

    now check this…:
    https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5012027,00.html

  3. the pretext…and they / Israel don’t hesitate to strike again!!

    Israel hits Syria target reportedly tied to chemical weapons
    #SyriaWar
    Air strikes in Hama come a day after UN blamed Assad government for April Sarin gas attack in Khan Sheikhun

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/news/israel-hits-syria-target-reportedly-tied-chemical-weapons-2136576360

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