Head of the Main Operational Department of the Russian General Staff, Sergei Rudskoi stated that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) together with the Russian Aerospace Forces had made «serious progress» in liberating the eastern and central parts of Syria from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), at a briefing in Moscow, Wednesday.
He also stated that «we have won the battle... Еще against the terrorist groups in the area of the city of Deir ez Zor», adding that the «Syrian people have been waiting for it more than three years.»
Rudskoi went on to say that «the most important militant facilities were destroyed by Caliber cruise missiles launched from the Admiral Essen frigate».
In recent days, SAA forces with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces have made rapid advances with tanks and helicopters to push through IS lines in Deir ez-Zor and break the IS siege of the city.
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