The Assad regime claims today to have finally liberated the eastern city of Deir al-Zour after nearly three years’ of control by the ISIS terror group. The city is the country’s largest in the province of the same name.
The military asserts that it is now in full control of the city following weeks of fighting for the final ISIS stronghold in the oil-rich province that borders Iraq.
According to a statement released by the Syrian military, “Army units, in cooperation with allied forces, liberated the city of Deir al-Zour completely from the Daesh terrorist organization.” The military is now busy dismantling booby traps left behind by ISIS fighters.
With the backing of Russia and Iran as well as US-backed Kurdish Syrian forces, the Syrian military is now focusing on taking back the rest of the Deir al-Zour province.
Since its peak of power in 2014 and 2015, the ISIS extremist group has lost a significant amount of territory—more than 90 percent—in its self-proclaimed caliphate, including Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in northern Syria.
In September, Syrian government forces announced they had broken through a nearly three-year ISIS blockade to join with soldiers who were based outside Deir al-Zour, and that they were finally expecting to be in a position to end the ISIS reign in the region, which is rich in oil, mineral and water resources. Vladimir Putin has called it a “strategically important victory over terrorists.”