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    Russian Strikes Destroy Daesh Strongholds, Underground Tunnels Near Deir ez-Zor

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    The Russian Defense Ministry revealed on Tuesday that Russian airstrikes helped the Syrian army to break through terrorist defenses and lift Deir ez-Zor's siege. Moreover, the Russian strikes destroyed terrorist fortifications, strongholds and underground tunnels.

    Russian strikes on Daesh (ISIS, outlawed in Russia) terrorist group's positions, including today's frigate's strikes with cruise missiles from the Mediterranean, allowed the Syrian Armed Forces to break the 3-year siege of Deir ez-Zor, the Russian Defense Ministry stated on Tuesday. Now, the Syrian goverment forces are engaged in street fights to free districts remaining under the control of militants.

    The Russian strikes conducted simultaneously by aviation and a warship destroyed Daesh fortified areas, undergound tunnels, artillery positions and ammunition depots near Deir ez-Zor.

    "Thanks to the results of a massive strike by Russian aviation and cruise missiles, Syrian government troops' units […] swiftly attacked the defense of Daesh terrorists and deblocked the city of Deir ez Zor."

    The Russian military revealed that Daesh terrorists used so-called 'jihadmobiles' armored vehicles with explosives to stop the advance of the Syrian government troops in Deir-ez-Zor; some 50 vehicles were destroyed.

    "Terrorists tried to stop the breakthrough of the Syrian troops, massively using suicide bombers driving armored vehicles. The assault units of the Syrian government forces destroyed more than 50 terrorists' 'jihadmobiles'."

    Daesh's defeat near Deir ez-Zor will be a strategic loss to the terrorists in Syria, the Russian Ministry of Defense said.

    "The major defeat over Daesh in the Deir ez-Zor region and de-blocking of the city will become a strategic defeat of the international terrorist group in Syria."

    Earlier in the day, the Syrian army assisted by Russia managed to finally break the three-year Daesh siege of the city of Deir ez-Zor, with food and ammunition only being delivered to the city by air, while helicopters from the city of Qamishli had been evacuating the wounded and delivering essential supplies to the city's population. Syrian President Bashar Assad praised the victory.

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