Everyday Life of 'New Daesh Capital' in Syria

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Take a look at the Syrian military units and the peaceful life in Deir ez-Zor, the largest city in eastern Syria, where the jihadists and their military command are now reportedly centered.

Located about 90 miles (144.8 kilometers) from Raqqa, Daesh's previous self-proclaimed capital, Deir ez-Zor is now considered the "new headquarters" of the terrorist group, according to media reports. A government-controlled enclave remains in the city, which is partly-held by Daesh and surrounded by Daesh-controlled territory.

In April 2014, Daesh militants blocked the road linking Damascus, Palmyra and Deir ez-Zor, making the delivery of humanitarian aid impossible. The government-held part of Deir ez-Zor has been in a state of siege since September 2014. The army and civilians are provided with emergency supplies by air. Since the end of 2015, the Russian military has provided humanitarian assistance to the besieged city.

Since mid-January 2017, the number of militant attacks on residential areas and the military airbase has increased significantly. The government forces repeatedly repel attacks by militants attempting to seize the Deir ez-Zor Airbase. Aircraft based at the airbase provide fire support to Syrian troops fighting in and around the city.

© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskiyA soldier of the Syrian Republican Guard on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.
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A soldier of the Syrian Republican Guard on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskiyResidents on a street in Deir ez-Zor, the largest city in eastern Syria.
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Residents on a street in Deir ez-Zor, the largest city in eastern Syria.
© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskiyA soldier of the Syrian Republican Guard on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.
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A soldier of the Syrian Republican Guard on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskiyA soldier of the Syrian Republican Guard on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.
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A soldier of the Syrian Republican Guard on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskiyA building on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor, located some 450 kilometers (280 miles) to the northeast of Damascus, on the shores of the Euphrates River.
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A building on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor, located some 450 kilometers (280 miles) to the northeast of Damascus, on the shores of the Euphrates River.
© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskiySoldiers of the Syrian Republican Guard on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.
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Soldiers of the Syrian Republican Guard on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskiyA soldier of the Syrian Republican Guard on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.
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A soldier of the Syrian Republican Guard on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskiyA destroyed building controlled by militants in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.
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A destroyed building controlled by militants in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskiyResidents on the street in Deir ez Zor.
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Residents on the street in Deir ez Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskiySoldiers of the Syrian Republican Guard on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.
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Soldiers of the Syrian Republican Guard on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskiyA soldier of the Syrian Republican Guard on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.
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A soldier of the Syrian Republican Guard on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskiyA burned-out car on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.
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A burned-out car on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankChildren greet a fighter from the Syrian Republican Guard in Deir ez-Zor.
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Children greet a fighter from the Syrian Republican Guard in Deir ez-Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankGeneral Issam Zahreddine (center left) is training recruits of the Syrian Republican Guard in Deir ez-Zor.
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General Issam Zahreddine (center left) is training recruits of the Syrian Republican Guard in Deir ez-Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankA soldier of the Republican Guard in a firing position in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.
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A soldier of the Republican Guard in a firing position in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankA boy passes a water jar up on a rope in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.
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A boy passes a water jar up on a rope in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankA center for children in Deir ez-Zor, Syria.
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A center for children in Deir ez-Zor, Syria.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankFans watching a football match between teams of students and the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies’ employees in Deir ez-Zor.
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Fans watching a football match between teams of students and the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies’ employees in Deir ez-Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankFootball players during a match between teams of students and the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies’ employees in Deir ez-Zor.
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Football players during a match between teams of students and the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies’ employees in Deir ez-Zor.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankTorn flags of the Syrian Arab Republic during a dust storm in Deir ez-Zor, Syria.
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Torn flags of the Syrian Arab Republic during a dust storm in Deir ez-Zor, Syria.
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