A general in charge of the operation told Sputnik that "in the coming days, we will raise the Syrian flag in the skies of Deir ez-Zor". The troops are eliminating the last pockets of Daesh resistance. The army has broken the Daesh blockade of the local airbase.
On September 7, a source told Sputnik the US Air Force had evacuated Daesh field commanders from Deir ez-Zor. The US-led coalition denied the claims.