The Syrian government forces have broken through the militants’ defense lines of the Islamic State to lift the blockade of the city of Deir ez-Zor, which had remained besieged for about three years, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday, TASS reports.
Earlier, Russia’s Aerospace Forces and cruise missiles launched from the frigate The Admiral Essen dealt a massive strike against their main strongholds, manpower and materiel of the Islamic State near Deir ez-Zor. The Russian Defense Ministry said a number of the major strongholds, vast networks of underground tunnels, artillery positions and shelters for manpower and ammunition were wiped out.
“Using the outcome of the Russian air and missile strikes Syria’s government forces under General Suheil Hassan mounted a lightning offensive to penetrate the Islamic State’s defenses and unblock Deir ez-Zor, the report runs.
“The terrorists tried to halt the advancing Syrian troops using suicide bombers and armored vehicles loaded with explosives. The assault groups of Syria’s government army destroyed more than 50 jihadi armored pickups used by the terrorist forces,” the Defense Ministry said.