Syria: SAA soldiers celebrate after breaking 3-year long IS siege of Deir ez-Zor

Footage captured the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the SAA Tiger Forces (also known as the Qawat Al-Nimr) cheering at the Brigade 137 base after government forces reportedly broke the siege of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), in the Deir ez-Zor area, Tuesday. Units of the Syrian Arab Army linked up with the previously-surrounded troops, thus breaking a three-year-long... Еще siege of the government-held enclave of Deir ez-Zor. The SAA reached the Brigade 137 base on the western edge of Deir ez-Zor, where a garrison of the Syrian army had been surrounded by IS since 2014. In recent days, pro-government forces have made rapid advances with tanks and helicopters to push through IS lines. The link-up to the garrison followed days of fierce battles in which the SAA and its allies swiftly seized IS positions. Much of Deir ez-Zor province, including a military air base and a number of towns and villages, remains under IS control. Deir ez-Zor, which is situated southeast of IS’ former stronghold of Raqqa, has been under siege by IS since 2014.
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