The Syrian government forces have “dealt a blow” to ISIS terrorists in Syria’s center and east with the victory in Deir ez Zor being the most important success of the army assisted by Russian warplanes, the Russian Defense Ministry said, commenting on military operations in Syria over the past two weeks.
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that the Syrian army assisted by Russian military aviation has dealt a blow to ISIS terrorist group in the center and east of the war-torn country.
“Over the past two weeks, the Syrian government troops with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces have achieved important advances and dealt a decisive blow to ISIS terrorists in Syria’s east and center,” the chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff, Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, said.
He said that the the lifting of Deir ez Zor’s siege by the Syrian government forces is the most important victory of Damascus.
“We have won the battle over terrorist groups near the city of Deir ez Zor, which is superior in its significance and scale to all previous victories. The Syrian people had been waiting for this for more than three years,” Rudskoy said.
One more Syrian army grouping, which approached the city from the direction of As Sukhnah, is storming terrorists’ fortifications at the gates of Deir ez Zor, the Russian general said.
The Syrian government forces are conducting an offensive on Deir ez Zor from the south along the Euphrates River, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The Russian Aerospace Forces have destroyed 1,200 terrorists, 83 armored vehicles and more than 200 cars belonging to terrorists over two weeks, he said.