Thursday, 19 January 2017

Fiercest ISIS Offensive: Islamists Cut Off Syrian Deir ez-Zor Airbase

Islamic State has launched a large-scale offensive against a key government air base in the Syrian province of Dier Ez-Zor. It's believed the terrorists entered Syria from the Iraqi city of Mosul - where they had been fighting against a U.S.-led operation. Despite the Syrian army's efforts, ISIL fighters have been making steady gains in that province, and have now effectively cut-off the strategically important government base there. RT's Lizzie Phelan filed this report from Syria.

With limited resources in the area the short term solution to the ISIS offensive is to bomb them using aircraft. For a tactical map see the following South Front report:

Syrian War Report – January 17, 2017: ISIS Developing Advance In Deir Ezzor

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 19th, 2017.]

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