The 4-year ISIS siege of the Syrian city is about to be lifted
Incredible. Just 15 kilometers more separate advanced units of the Syrian army from lifting the ISIS siege of Deir Ez-Zor. The city which has been under siege for almost four years now is about to be relieved. Judging by the lightning speed of the recent advances we are now talking about just days, perhaps only hours, before the 100,000 residents of the city and its defenders, are no longer encircled by a ring of ISIS fanatics.
It took the Syrian army three months of hard fighting to advance 70 kilometers from Palmyra to Suknah. After Suknah — and the rugged high ground to its north — was taken, however; it only took another month for the Syrians to advance another 150 kilometers over open desert and reach the doorstep of Deir Ez-Zor. The very latest advances have been particularly lightning-fast with 50 kilometers covered in just three days. It is as if the closer the advancing units are to Deir Ez-Zor, the louder the call of the city, the greater their morale and the speed with which they advance.
The residents are already celebrating just the fact the Syrian army is now so close. This has some sources reporting that the siege has already been lifted, but we'll take the word of the Russian war reporter, Ivan Sidorenko, who is on the ground and has good contacts, and explains that is not quite the case yet.
Jubilation of the people in the videos is something else. These are not hapless oppressed masses clamoring for western-sponsored regime change. These are proud people celebrating the imminent relief by their national army. Relief that came a lot sooner than could be foreseen even just eight months ago when Deir ez-Zor was still just a lonely island in a vast ISIS sea.