This report from RT gets to the heart of the affair.The Americans announced their proxies were marching to Deir Ezzor, just liberated from ISIS by the Syrian Army but retracted the report 20 minutes later. America has warned Syria not to cross the Euphrates (in their own territory!)
You will never guess what lies on the other side – oil wells – hence the race for Deir Ezzor.
Menwhile western media has a near blackout on any mention of the lifting of a 3-year siege of the city by ISIS terrorists. Remember Aleppo anyone?
While the West has not given a single cent of aid to the people of Raqqa while creating a huge humanitarian crisis.Meanwhile the Russians are providing massive reconstruction aid to Syria.
What's At Stake? Russian-backed and US-led forces advancing on same oil fields in Syria
With Russian-backed Syrian government forces breaking the siege of Deir ez-Zor, US-backed Kurdish militias appear to be heading to the same place, but from another direction.
RT's Ilya Petrenko looks at what's at stake as the two anti-terror forces move closer to one other
This week in Syria, the government army, with the support from Russian combat aviation, held the biggest victory in the history of the war on terrorism in the country.
The "war minister" of the terrorist pseudo-Caliphate was killed, and the city of Deir ez-Zor, which was surrounded for more than three years, was unblocked. This is a huge strategic success.
The rapid operation was developed with the help from Russian General Staff officers. The attack with our Kalibr rockets from the Mediterranean Sea was invaluable for the offensive.
It's important that when planning the whole operation, the task was to minimize casualties among civilians, as well as quickly provide humanitarian assistance to the people.
Both were successfully accomplished. There are unintentional parallels with what is happening around Raqqa, where the Americans have been fighting long and ineffectively.
The sloppy work of their aviation leads to numerous casualties among civilians, and in the city there's a real humanitarian disaster.
The locals haven't yet received a single rice grain, a thread, or a pill from the Americans, although the acute shortage of food, clothing, and medicines is obvious in Raqqa.
Our special war reporter, Evgeni Poddubny, reporting from freed Deir ez-Zor with the latest information.
Syria’s Victory is a Severe Blow to the Global Extremism Project
Channel 4 News
It was the capital of their self-styled caliphate for three years. The base from where the Islamic State terrorized the Middle East and planned violent atrocities across Europe. But now ISIS may finally be about to be driven from the Syrian city of Raqqa.
Lindsey Hilsum and her team spent several days alongside The Syrian Democratic Forces forces in Raqqa, where the fighters were still facing stiff resistance from the encircled IS militants. She joins us now from the northern Syrian city of Qamishli.
ISIS defectors flee to southern Turkey as the group suffers in Syria
13 September, 2017
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:20 A.M.) – Hundreds of militants who have defected from the Islamic State have crossed the borders to southern Turkey as a first step to return to their countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
Local sources reported dozens of the former ultraconservative militants now rallying in several towns and villages in southern Turkey after making it through the borders.
The same sources confirmed that 4 Saudi extremist militants have arrived at a little village in southern Turkey after paying $2000 each to smugglers.
Throughout the year, the Turkish border guards have shot dead scores – both civilians and fighters – while trying to cross the borders into Turkey.
The massive escape comes as the self-proclaimed Islamic State is increasingly losing more grounds to the Syrian Army and allied forces in central and Eastern Syria.