The Syrian Army and Russian forces have taken full hold and control of the city of Deir Ezzor from ISIS, Syria’s Defense ministry and state media said, This is last stronghold on the west bank of the Euphrates River, from the Islamic state.
A military source said on Friday, as cited by the state news agency, “Units of the Syrian Arab Army, in cooperation with the allied and supporting forces, have accomplished the mission of fully liberating Deir ez-Zor city from [the] ISIS terrorist organization.”
Two Syrian government enclaves in the city’s west were besieged by ISIS for more than three years before the terror group was ousted about two months ago by the Syrian military backed by Russian forces.
The Deir ez-Zor governorate is located in the western part of Syria, on the border with Iraq, and used to be one of the key pockets of territory that remained under the control of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). Terrorists had been blockading the city for nearly three years.
The reported fall of Deir Ezzor follows ISIS fighters’ loss of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the so-called ISIS caliphate, last month to US-backed militias.
ISIS still holds positions in a number towns and villages in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border.