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Battle for Deir Ezzor reaches tipping point as ISIL launches a massive assault against the Syrian Army
The Islamic State (ISIL) launched a massive assault on the western countryside of Deir Ezzor, tonight, targeting the Syrian Arab Army's (SAA) defenses in the Panorama area of the province.
ISIL's large-scale night assault would prove successful, as their forces managed to take control of the Panorama School near the strategic roundabout.
Following the capture of the Panorama School, the Islamic State forces broke-through the Syrian Arab Army's front-lines at the large hilltop of Tal Umm Abboud, forcing the latter to reinforce the area in order to avoid being overrun.
According to a military source in Deir Ezzor, the situation is not good for the Syrian military at the Panorama front, as the Islamic State forces are steadily advancing at Tal Umm Abboud and Tal SyriaTel.
If the aforementioned hilltops are captured, tonight, then the Islamic State forces will reach the southern gates of Deir Ezzor City by sunrise on Monday.
The Syrian and Russian air forces are now launching airstrikes along the Islamic State's main supply route to the Panorama area, hitting several sites as far south as the Thardeh Mountains and Al-Thayyem Oil Fields.
The military source informed Al-Masdar that ISIL is losing a significant number of fighters to achieve this advance in Deir Ezzor, so this could be prove costly in the future for the terrorist group.
[Source: By Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar Al-'Arabi, Beirut, 04Jun17]
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