The Syrian army went on the offensive on the Eastern outskirts of Deir ez-Zor

Units of the Syrian army with artillery support launched an offensive on the positions of militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia) to the East of Deir-ez-Zor. It is reported RIA Novosti citing its own correspondent.

Promotion of advanced units covering reactive and cannon artillery. The aim of the operation is a breakthrough to surrounded by January 2017 the group of government forces on the Eastern outskirts of Deir ez-Zor.

5 September it was reported that the Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin about the completion of the operation to release the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor. A day earlier the Agency reported that the Syrian government army with the support of Air and space forces (VKS) Russia in the attack on the city during the day progressed eight kilometers and captured two strategically important heights.

Deir ez-Zor for three years was completely surrounded by the terrorists. Despite the regular attacks of insurgents using suicide and car bombs, the garrison of Deir ez-Zor continued to hold the line periodically counterattacking terrorists. Supply the city’s defenders and civilian population were carried out through an air corridor.