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"Accidental" US Airstrikes Won't Stop the Syrian Army From Liberating Deir ez-Zor

The US has tried repeatedly to jeopardize the Syrian operation to lift the siege of Deir ez-Zor. It won't work. Sorry?


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Deir ez-Zor was one of the first Syrian cities to be attacked by the "opposition".

There are many reasons this city was targeted from the very beginning. ‏First and foremost, Deir ez-Zor is the stronghold of the Syrian Forces in Eastern Syria, the largest city in that region, and one of the few cities with an air force base; its strategic and military importance, aside from being the cornerstone of a united Syria, comes from the fact that it is surrounded by and controls important oil fields such as the al-Omar and al-Taim fields. 

‏With that being mentioned, the "opposition" who later became known as "ISIS" attempted to cut off the Syrian East by seizing control over the city and using the resources generated from potential oil trade had they succeeded. Their attempts were partially a success and they were able to control the oil field and smuggle stolen oil to Turkey. 

‏The story of Deir ez-Zor is as old as the Syrian war; it starts in 2011 when the so-called "Moderate Rebels" slaughtered Syrian civilian police and security forces in what was known by Western media as a "civil movement for democracy and change". It was then when the Syrian command issued its orders to the Syrian Armed Forces to aid the Security forces in their mission and storm the city to eradicate all armed movements, and restore order; but the backer of those "rebels" made sure they were ready for such action by providing them with advanced ATGMs, heavy machine guns and other supplies of such.

This turned the Syrian Armed Forces' job of restoring peace into a full scale urban war. these battles lasted for months, until al-Nusra Front rose on the Syrian battlefield as a whole, and those fighting the Syrian military became a branch of the much stronger al-Nusra. Al-Nusra used their old suicide tactics pushing the Syrian Armed Forces to the SyAAF base in Deir ez-Zor where they established a defensive stronghold and were supplied by air.  

‏The turn of events were not in al-Nusra's favor as the much stronger ISIS was established, which brought a large force of well experienced foreigner fighters who had spent years in different hot spots around the world; al-Nusra and ISIS clashed over power and control and ultimately the city was besieged by ISIS after those who were unable to fight the organization decided to join it, making the same people who once were "Rebels" (then "al-Nusra") into ISIS.

The terrorist group used VBIED "Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device" to small drones armed with free fall small bombs and charges in an attempt to cut the link between the airbase and the city in order to fully control the city and establish a tighter siege of the airbase.

‏ISIS used the weather in Deir ez-Zor to its advantage—the metal filled sand storms that blocks almost all detection devices, to the heavy wind that compromised aerial activities from the airbase to defend its borders; yet they were unable to achieve any success in cutting the supplies from the city to the airbase and vise versa; even when they did, it never lasted. 

The so-called "US-Led Coalition" intervened in September 2016 when US jets attacked the Syrian military's defensive lines at the same time that ISIS was attacking Jabal al-Tharda (Arabic for "al-Tharda Mountain") which in result was taken by ISIS fighters; yet the Syrian Arab Armed Forces were able to re-establish a supply route to the city, with help from the RuAF and SyAAF. However things are not yet back to how they were before the US "mistake".

‏This series of events led to what is happening today. The Syrian military has mobilized what is estimated to be the largest forces since the beginning of the Syrian war, and launched an operation to secure its borders with Iraq and establish a route to Deir ez-Zor.

Not surprisingly, the US has attempted to jeopardize this operation multiple times, but the Syrian command did not fall into the provocation of the US military and continued their operation to reach their goals. 

‏Today in 2017 it is safe to say that the city of Deir ez-Zor, its people and its defends have experienced one of the most destructive sieges in recent history.

Last but not least, It won't be long before Syrian soldiers hug their brothers in Deir ez-Zor and definitely eliminate all attempts to partition Syria into smaller states.


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