On Friday afternoon, Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began deploying reinforcements to Deir Ezzor ahead of a major military operation in this embattled city.
Exclusively speaking to Al-Masdar News, a military source said that more than 500 soldiers of Republican Guard and tribal paramilitary units are to be transported to Deir Ezzor as preparations for an offensive against the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, or also ISIL/ISIS) are underway.
According to the source, reinforcements are being redeployed to Qamishli Airbase by IL-76 military cargo planes. Then, by means of Mi-8 helicopters, these troops will be transferred to Deir Ezzor city itself.
The main purpose of the upcoming operation is to finally break siege of Deir Ezzor Airbase and secure southern outskirts of the city.