The foreign commanders of Daesh are fleeing their positions in the battles waged by the Syrian army to lift the Daesh siege imposed on the eastern city of Deir al-Zour, a military source said Monday.
The foreign commanders are retreating, leaving behind the local militants, amid a state of collapse in the ranks of the Daesh fighters as a result of the wide-scale offensive by the Syrian army and allied troops, the source said on condition of anonymity.
The Syrian forces on Monday were advancing from two directions to break the siege on the Brigade 137 base in the western part of Deir al-Zour. Once the siege is lifted from the base, the Daesh siege on the city will be broken.
The military forces are advancing from the southern countryside of Raqqa, passing the Bishri mountain, which has been recently captured by the army.
The other attacking forces are advancing from the city of al-Sukhnah in the desert in the eastern countryside of Homs province.
The first group has become within three kilometers from the base, while the second group is 20 km away.
The first group is dismantling roadside bombs and explosives planted by Daesh, while the second one has captured the town of Shoulah between al-Sukhnah and Deir al-Zour and is steadily advancing toward the base.
The two groups are planned to meet in the base with Syrian soldiers who have been besieged in their garrison.
Around 5,000 Syrian soldiers are besieged in the base, and once united with the attacking troops they will then move toward the airbase of Deir al-Zour, which is also under Daesh siege.
The provincial governor of Deir al-Zour, Muhammad Ibrahim Samra, that the Syrian forces are expected to reach the base by Tuesday evening to break the siege on 93,000 civilians in the city.
Deir al-Zour is so important for Daesh due to its proximity to Iraq and the oil fields in that part of the country.
For the Syrian army breaking the siege and capturing all Daesh-held parts of Deir al-Zour will help in securing the border with Iraq and retrieving the oil fields to shore up the crumbling energy sector in the war-torn country.
But the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are also planning to take eastern parts of Deir al-Zour from Daesh, as the U.S. sees an interest in that area.
The SDF is also fighting Daesh in the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Daesh. And with the advance of the Syrian army toward Deir al-Zour, the Kurdish-led SDF are feverishly trying to score as much as possible in Raqqa to prove it's capable of scoring a victory against Daesh.
Earlier in the day, two Russian soldiers were killed by Daesh shelling near Deir al-Zour. The Russian air force is heavily striking Daesh positions there to pave the way for the ground forces to enter the city.
Meanwhile, the Syrian government said it had prepared truckloads of aid to enter the city once the siege is lifted, as the civilians inside Deir al-Zour have been encircled since 2015, with the government and the UN carrying out expensive airdrops of food and aid to the people and soldiers there.
Source: NAM News Network