The Syrian forces captured, on Saturday, a strategic highland region, on the administrative borders of Deir al-Zour besieged by the Daesh, a military source said.
The capture of Mount Bishri has made the army and allied forces become 30 km from breaking the Daesh siege on the eastern city, home to 100,000 civilians, the source said.
The strategic significance of the mountain, rests with its location, as it links the southern countryside of Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the Daesh, with the western countryside of Deir al-Zour and the areas the army has recently taken, in the remote desert in the eastern countryside of Homs province, in central Syria.
It’s worth mentioning that the Syrian army has captured large swathes of the southern countryside of Raqqa, which makes the mountain a hub for the army to move freely between areas it has taken recently.
The military operation to break the Daesh siege on Deir al-Zour has been dragging for a few months, in the desert of Homs and the southern countryside of Raqqa.
A day earlier, the Syrian army said, it had reached the administrative borders of Deir al-Zour, an oil-rich province near Iraq.
The province has largely fallen to Daesh, except a few areas in the capital city, which are still under government control but have been besieged by the Daesh since 2015.
Deir al-Zour is expected to be the last Daesh stronghold in Syria, as many militants are fleeing to the province, with the advances of U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa
Source: NAM News Network