The Syrian Arab Army gained full control of Al-Baghiliyah district, located northeast of Deir ez-Zor, on Friday, coming face-to-face with the US-backed militias on the west side of the Euphrates River.
The Syrian Army has been focusing on clearing the east bank of the Euphrates from fighters of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS), while the US-backed Syrian Democratic... Еще Forces, (SDF) have consolidated their control over the west.
A spokesman of the SDF has reportedly stated that Syrian Arab Army troops will not gain permission to cross the Euphrates in establishing control over the entirety of Deir ez-Zor province.
The SAA broke the 3-year-long siege on Deir ez-Zor on 5 September, significantly reducing crucial supply routes for IS.
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