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SDF to Join in Syrian Liberation of Deir ez-Zor From Daesh 'at Any Moment'

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The Syrian Army, backed by Russian warplanes, broke through the Daesh terrorist encirclement of Deir ez-Zor earlier this month; now the Kurdish-led, American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are poised and ready to enter this eastern Syrian city, a SDF spokesman told Sputnik Turkey.

With mostly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) units continuing to advance on Deir ez-Zor, Ahmed Ebu Hewla, commander of  Deir ez-Zor's SDF-controlled Military Council, said in an interview with Sputnik Turkey that their forces are poised to enter the city and start fighting Daesh (ISIS) at any moment.

"We recaptured a number of suburban areas of Deir ez-Zor from the Daesh terrorist group. Right now, the SDF units are based on the city's outskirts so we can enter Der ez-Zor  at any time," he said.

He referred to "fierce fighting between the SDF and Daesh during which at least 70 terrorists were destroyed."

© Sputnik / HİKMET DURGUN Syrian Democratic Forces fighters advance on Deir ez-Zor
 Syrian Democratic Forces fighters advance on Deir ez-Zor  - Sputnik International
Syrian Democratic Forces fighters advance on Deir ez-Zor

Hewla said that the SDF prevents Daesh from launching bomb attacks and that as a result of a military operation, the SDF "managed to save about 3,000 Deir ez-Zor civilians" who left the city and were deployed to safe havens where they were provided with basic necessities.

"Coalition aircraft support us from the air as the Syrian Army attacks Daesh positions from the opposite flank," he concluded.

© Sputnik / HİKMET DURGUN Syrian Democratic Forces advance on Deir ez-Zor
 Syrian Democratic Forces advance on Deir ez-Zor  - Sputnik International
Syrian Democratic Forces advance on Deir ez-Zor

Last Monday, SDF spokesman Talal Silo told Sputnik that SDF units, manned mainly by Kurdish militias, promised not to attack the Syrian government forces in Deir ez-Zor.

Syrian Army soldiers at combat positions near Deir ez-Zor. File photo - Sputnik International
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Earlier reports indicated that the SDF units began their own operation against Daesh in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, where the Syrian government forces are already conducting a successful operation with the support of Russian warplanes. A total of 10,000 SDF fighters are reportedly taking part in the operation.

Earlier it was reported that the Syrian army, with Russian air support, has managed to finally break Daesh siege's of Deir ez-Zor.

The operation to break the siege of the city, which lies 140 km south east of Raqqa, began after four months of planning and preparation in the wake of the completion of the operation to liberate east Aleppo in January.

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