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    Smoke on the Euphrates: Syrian Army Decimates Daesh in Deir ez-Zor

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    The Syrian Army and the country's National Defense Force have reportedly managed to take full control two neighborhoods in Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria's largest city, as well as a strategic route connecting a nearby city with an oilfield.

    A key road has been won back by the Syrian Army and the country's National Defense Force (NDF) in eastern Syria's Deir ez-Zor province, where Syrian government forces continue to advance on Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) terrorists, according to the Iranian news agency FARS.

    Dozens of terrorists were killed and many more wounded after the Syrian forces fully retook a key route linking the al-Tim oilfield to the city of al-Mayadin in Deir ez-Zor, FARS quoted sources as saying.

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    Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers

    The advance came shortly after the Syrian Army and the NDF attacked Daesh strongholds based in two neighborhoods in the city of Deir ez-Zor with the help of the government forces' artillery units, sources said. 

    Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with forces loyal to the country's President Bashar Assad fighting a number of opposition factions and extremist groups, including Daesh and the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, which have been blacklisted as terrorist organizations by many countries, including Russia.

    In February 2015, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2268, endorsing a Russia-US agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria, shortly before the ceasefire came into force on February 27.

    Between September 30, 2015 and March 14, 2016, the Syrian Army's anti-terror efforts were backed by an extensive Russian air campaign. During that period, more than fifty Russian warplanes, including Su-24M, Su-25 and Su-34 jets, executed precision airstrikes on Daesh and al-Nusra Front targets in Syria at the behest of President Assad.

    On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the Russian Aerospace Forces unit had fulfilled their mission in Syria and its withdrawal would begin the following day.

    Moscow will, however, maintain a military presence in Syria, although a deadline for a complete pullout has not yet been announced. Putin also indicated that Russian forces will remain at the port of Tartus and Hmeymim Airbase in Latakia.

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      The Russians would not have left if they did not know the battle was already won. At least that is my hope....
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      teddy j, you are so right there....those true Syrians have proved to the world who they are , what they are made of....all they needed was a push by a Friend, a true Friend, Russia , and the rest they did and are still doing.
      Mr Us of NA, Eu, Nato, Pentagon/CIA, stay clear, you do not belong to Syria. Full stop. I predict that you will never be wanted there. That country is superior to yours, I say again, superior. With traditions, History, culture, landscape, climate, fine foods, Once the rebuilding is done, Syria will be the Pearl of the world and the M.E. I do hope Russia will keep an eye, a sharp eye at that. Vultures are very near Syria. Finally, may God bless Syria, its courageous fighters, its President who astounded us by NOT leaving and abdicating , and running when the pressure was on him for 4 years.... Mr Assad, I salute you. You must be a hero, like Mr.Putin. Forward in Faith.
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      jasin reply tocohedavid(Show commentHide comment)
      cohedavid, I hate war, but it is sometimes a fact of life. Russia fights wars like I wish the US would. The US government sees war as a business venture.
    • ariavd
      Babylonian confusion among the enemies of the syrian army. one party du not knov what the other do ,and the same ,saa monitoring mowement among the enemy,is new,neocons cant fight, but tricks.!!
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      tony pin reply tocohedavid(Show commentHide comment)
      cohedavid, Russia has not left, it has a naval and air base in Syria, its there for the long haul.
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      cohedavidin reply totony p(Show commentHide comment)
      tony p, That is a comforting fact, of course. The only thing I regret about the Russian involvement in the Syrian war is that they did not step in earlier, but I guess that was not possible out of international considerations and maybe Ukriane got in the way....what do I know? One thing is for certain, if you don't have a big and powerful friend in today's world you're stuffed.

      And to jas, yes, I also approve of the Russian campaign. The US however, has done enough of foreign fighting by now, don't you think? Their next war will most likely be fought at home, against their own people who've just about have had enough now.
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