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Exclusive Photos: Syrian-Russian Forces on the Road to Deir ez-Zor

Backed by Russian air and ground support, the Syrian Army continues its push towards the besieged city of Deir ez-Zor


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With the help of Russian air and ground support, the Syrian Army continues to score victories against ISIS as it pushes towards Deir ez-Zor. 

Yesterday we published an exclusive report detailing a successful ambush against ISIS tanks near Arak oil field. During the attack, the Syrian Army was aided by Russian air support as well as Russian advisors on the ground. 

<figcaption>A Russian advisor embedded with the advancing Syrian forces</figcaption>
A Russian advisor embedded with the advancing Syrian forces

Aside from the obvious benefits of having the help of elite Russian ground forces, their presence should also deter any "accidental" airstrikes from the US-led coalition. 

Expect a long desert slog towards Deir ez-Zor—there's at least 170 km of ground left to cover. But so far the march is going according to plan:

A Russian advisor confers with a Syrian tank crew. 

Russian advisors wear a variety of uniforms but all seem to have the same salmon combat helmets. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulldozers serve two purposes in desert combat: creating defensive positions and paving roads. 

The ultimate goal is to reach Deir ez-Zor and lift the siege. 


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