Syria: SAA takes full control of Deir ez-Zor

Chief of the General Staff of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Ali Abdullah Ayyoub announced that the SAA has «completed its mission in restoring security and stability to the city of Deir ez-Zor entirely,» in a televised statement from Damascus, Friday. Along with «paramilitary and allied forces,» the SAA «also obliterated the remnants of Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS) terrorist organisation... Еще in the city, killed huge amounts of the organization's terrorists including leaders and foreigners, destroyed their arms and vehicles, and gained their arms and ammunition arsenal.» Ayyoub underlined the significance of the liberation, saying that Deir er-Zor is a «traffic centre linking the eastern region with northern and middle regions, besides being a basic entrance between the Syrian Desert and Syrian Jazeera towards the brotherly country of Iraq», as well as «as a basic store for petrol and gas.» The liberation «is also the final stage towards the total extermination of IS in Syria,» Ayyoub stated. Deir ez-Zor, which is situated southeast of IS' former stronghold of Raqqa, was besieged by Islamic State in 2014.

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