(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Syria’s military have liberated around 85 percent of the country’s territory from the control of terrorists, according to the latest statement by the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Lieutenant General Aleksandr Lapin, Russian chief of staff in Syria, told reporters at Khmeimim air base that the Syrian forces will now have to liberate the remaining 15 percent, around 27,000 square kilometers.
“Currently the operation to free the city is ongoing. The Syrian military will soon finish off the ISIS forces that used to occupy the city’s neighborhoods,” the Lieutenant General said in a briefing.
The blockade of Deir ez-Zor was broken on September 5 by Syrian forces, after three years of ISIS control of the city.
“The command posts and communication networks of the terrorists were destroyed by Kalibr cruise missiles, launched from the Black Sea escort vessel ‘Admiral Essen’. This disrupted control of ISIS units in the area.”
“Over 450 terrorists, 5 tanks and 42 pickups with heavy machine guns were liquidated during the operation,” the Lieutenant General added.