Syrian Forces Enter ISIS Stronghold in Deir Ezzor

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Syrian Forces Enter ISIS Stronghold in Deir Ezzor

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

On Friday, according to Syrian Al-Khabar television, government and allied forces entered Al-Mayadeen, ISIS' stronghold in the country after Washington redeployed most of its fighters from Raqqa.

Al-Mayadeen News reported the same thing, a major government achievement. Reportedly, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, apparently still alive, not killed as earlier believed, left the city ahead of advancing Syrian forces.

Unconfirmed reports indicate civilians no longer are there. The city is 35 km southeast of Deir Ezzor. Ahead of entering Al-Maydeen, government and allied forces captured strategic hills around the city, facilitating further advances.

Russian air and naval power continue playing a key role, its submarines launching cruise missile against ISIS positions.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov sai
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